UK organization Verdant has signed a roster to compete in the Northern League of Legends Championship Division Two in spring 2022, a tier below Division One of the NLC, sources have confirmed with Upcomer.
Verdant’s list will be:
- Above: Alexander “Valkyrie” Bachmann
- Jungle: Roshan “I am Kees” Visser
- Center: Øyvind “Erixen” Saltrø Eriksen
- Bot: Jonathan “Draconium” pen
- Support: Olivier “Winter” Lapointe
- Head coach: Ian “Surza” Lux
- Co-trainer: Dan “DanHolt” Holt
- Director of LoL: Richard “Froomie” Froom
- Manager: James “Slimkins” Simpkins
Sources also mentioned that Verdant is doing its best to bring winter to either the UK or Hamburg instead of playing official games from Canada, although the pandemic could make matters worse.
Aside from Winter’s situation, perhaps the most surprising move is that I decide Kees to swap roles for the jungle. Before that he was a top laner. He played on the Norwegian team Bifrost and helped LowLandLions move up to the Elite Series in the spring of 2022.
Erixen and head coach Surza already worked together at Barrage Esports in the UK League of Legends Championship in spring 2020. Meanwhile, Winter and Surza have more recently worked together at Resolve NA in Challengers Rising and the LCS Proving Grounds. Erixen played for Nordavind (now 00 Nation) in the NLC, as well as the Telialigaen and the Winter Showdown Norway 2021.
Both Valkyrie and Draconium have experience in the lower leagues of the Prime League on different teams. Valkyrie recently played on ERN ROAR in the Prime League winter season 2021 in the Second Division and in the summer on 404 Multigaming eV in the First Division. Draconium is a newer, less experienced player and has played in the second division for ECO Prime.
As an organization, Verdant is very green indeed. Founded in 2021, Verdant stands for Wildlife and Environmental Preservation, especially in Great Britain, according to the Organization website. “Many of us spend so much time looking at screens that we want to put the spotlight on the world outside our windows!”
Verdant’s first League of Legends squad should play in the UK Esports League qualifier but due to the NLC’s change of ownership, the tournament said has been postponed until further notice. Verdant then took part in the NLC calibration tournament and successfully qualified for the second division of the NLC in 2022.