As if a rank named VALORANT in a game named VALORANT wasn’t enough, Immortals are the latest major esports organization to get in on the action, as they’ve announced the signing of their first four VALORANT players. Immortals field their own roster in League of Legends, as well as operating the Los Angeles Valiant in the Overwatch League and Optic Gaming Los Angeles in the Call of Duty League. They also own CS:GO team MIBR.
The four players announced by Immortals are Yannick “Koler” Blanchette, Amgalan “genghsta” Nemekhbayar, Noah “jcStani” Smith, and Joseph “Bjorlulu” Bjorklund. Koler, genghsta, and Bjorlulu all hail from Counter-Strike, being very minor players in the scene with few achievements to their name. jcStani comes from the world of some very different games, being notable in Battalion 1944 and even Krunker.io. Lower-tier CS:GO players have already been proven to be successful by teams like Gen.G, so Immortals will no doubt be hoping they will have similar success.
Bjorlulu is the most notable player, having won several VALORANT tournaments already as a part of amateur team Big Frames. Specifically, he’s won the first Fragadelphia Social Distancing tournament and the first week of VALORANT Academy North America. Bjorlulu has been praised around the community for his play, so look for him to lead the way for this new Immortals lineup.
Immortals are fielding a very different roster to other teams. They haven’t signed any well-known CS:GO or Overwatch players, at least not yet. Instead, they’ve taken a different approach, signing young, relatively unknown players with Counter-Strike and shooter backgrounds. They’ll be hoping it pays off.
Immortals’ roster is currently:
Yannick “Koler” Blanchette Amgalan “genghsta” Nemekhbayar Noah “jcStani” Smith Joseph “Bjorlulu” Bjorklund
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