Ukranian esports franchise Natus Vincere has confirmed its entry into Hearthstone with a trio of free agent pick ups that have the community buzzing.
The signings of Sebastian “Ostkaka” Engwall, Frederik “Hoej” Nielsen and Sebastian “Xixo” Bentert were announced today, confirming earlier reports by the Daily Dot and GosuGamers.
The three were all free agents for varying lengths of time. For Nielsen, Na’Vi is his first major team in Hearthstone having fielded a number of offers since winning the Viagame House Cup 2 in March. Engwall had been looking to move on from ROOT Gaming for a number of months but only departed the team last night. For Bentert, the signing comes just a few weeks after an acrimonious split with his previous team—Jason “Amaz” Chan’s Archon organization.
With placings at six majors between them, and with all three having finished in the top eight of the Hearthstone World Championship standings, the unit instantly becomes one of the most decorated teams in Hearthstone. All three players have a strong chance of qualifying for the European Hearthstone Championship in Prague, where the top four players will advance to November’s Hearthstone World Championship.
The trio fielded a significant number of offers before signing with Na’Vi. Na’Vi had previously had brief talks with the trio of Harald “Powder” Gimre, Daniel “DTwo” Ikuta, and Jan “Faramir” Engelmann before they signed with Trig Esports, but had shown limited interest in entering the game until now.
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