Danish esports organization North have confirmed the sale of former player Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså. The Danish star left the team earlier this year as rumors suggested he would be joining storied Dota 2 organization OG in their first venture into CS:GO. Valde has not played with North since October, and the organization has now confirmed his sale to a CS:GO team that is yet to be named.
Valde first signed with North in August of 2017. During his tenure with the squad, North won DreamHack Open events in Montreal, Tours, and Valencia. They fell to G2 in the Grand Final of DreamHack Masters Malmö in 2017, and later defeated domestic rivals Astralis to win DreamHack Masters Stockholm in September of 2018. The star rifler was named the 20th best player of 2018, and is widely considered to be one of the best Danish talents not currently playing on Astralis.
The 24-year-old is now expected to link up with famed Dota 2 organization OG as they sign their first ever Counter-Strike team. These rumors first surfaced in October with a report from French esports news outlet 1pv, which stated that Valde was to be joined by a number of well-known talents on the OG roster. Led by former ENCE in-game leader Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, the expected lineup is bolstered by French veteran Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt and ex-HellRaisers star Issa “ISSAA” Murad. The team has struggled to land a sniper since the reports were first released. Names like Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen and Valentin “poizon” Vasilev have been linked with the organization, though both attempts to sign an AWPer have fallen through. OG has now reportedly set their sights on 22-year-old ALTERNATE aTTaX sniper Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski to complete the roster.
Leaving North and moving forwards— valde (@Officialvalde) December 2, 2019
Valde addressed his release from North in a TwitLonger, where he explains that he feels it is a good time to "try something new" as he goes down a different path in his career. He sends many thanks towards his fans and towards North, stating that his time with the organization was “unforgettable.”
OG is an extremely successful Dota 2 organization, having been the first team to win four Valve-sponsored Majors and the only team to win two Internationals. It is currently unclear when OG plan to reveal their full CS:GO roster, though many expect an announcement in the coming weeks.