After disappointing results at First Strike NA, NRG has decided to rework its Valorant roster, adding Gage “Infinite” Green and Ryan “Shanks” Ngo.
Infinite is a former CS:GO pro who has been part of multiple teams since he started his career in 2017. He was also part of the Chaos Esports Club roster that finished first place during WESG 2019 North America, along with a fifth/sixth-place finish in Flashpoint Season 1 playing under Orgless.
Meanwhile, Shanks is a young up-and-coming Valorant player who has made a name for himself in Valorant’s competitive queue, where he frequently plays against other pro players.
Shanks briefly played for Team Dignitas during the Pop Flash Ignition Series event, where the team finished in fourth place. He also played as a stand-in for Immortals during the UMG First Strike NA qualifier, where the team lost to TSM.
Infinite and Shanks will be replacing Lioc “effys” Sauvageau and Yannick “Koler” Blanchette.
NRG failed to qualify for Riot’s main First Strike tournament after the team lost to Complexity in the Nerd Street Gamers qualifier. They then lost again to FaZe Clan in the second UMG qualifier. NRG then decided to part ways with effys after his trial period finished. The team then decided to bench Koler.
NRG hopes that the two new members will help bolster its talented Valorant roster, which still has retired CS:GO pros Damian “daps” Steele, Sam “s0m” Oh, and Coach Chet Singh.
Expectations for NRG going into the Riot’s new Champions Tour pro circuit remain high, but with top-rated teams like 100 Thieves, Sentinels, and TSM all playing in the same NA region, NRG will have their work cut out for them.
NRG Valorant roster:
- Damian “daps” Steele (in-game leader)
- Sam “s0m” Oh
- Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic
- Ryan “Shanks” Ngo
- Gage “Infinite” Green
- Chet Singh (Coach)