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The Norwegian organization Vanir has signed a roster to play in the Northern League of Legends Championship 2022 Division 1, sources confirmed with Upcomer on Wednesday.
Vanir’s 2022 spring roster will be:
- Top: Juho “Nille” Janhunen Wilhelm
- Jungle: Kim “Noodle” Kroon
- Mid: Enes “Sahira” Apelqvist
- Bot: Aleksi “Kehvo” Merta
- Support: August “Quixeth” Skarsfjord
- Head Coach: Michał “Flash” Kosicki
- Mental Coach: Peter “phatlegs” Valderhaug
- Manager: Carlos “Morguez” Nuñez
According to sources, Vanir have been attempting to recruit an assistant coach and have been in talks with Eivind “Dacreq” Olenius Ommundsen, but nothing is set in stone yet. Additionally, according to sources, while the rest of the roster have signed on, Flash has reached a verbal agreement with Vanir.
Nille is a familiar name in the Nordics, where he played two stints in the NLC — once with ENCE in 2020 and again with Tricked Esport in 2021 spring. Last summer, he played with Spanish team eMonkeyz. Noodle joins from his stint with mCon LG UltraGear last summer in the Dutch League, where he helped them win their first championship and qualify for the European Masters 2021 summer. He also helped mCon win the Dutch League 2021 Country finals and placed top-four in the Polish Trinity Force Puchar Polski 2021 tournament with elo turyści.
Sahira played with Granit Gaming in the NLC 2021 spring, where they played top-eight, but most recently helped Absolved qualify for Division One before they were acquired by X7 Esports. Ironically, Sahira helped Absolved defeat Vanir 3-0 to qualify. Bot laner Kehvo worked with Nille during their time on ENCE and recently played with PSV Esports in the Netherlands during summer, placing second in both the Dutch League and the Country Finals.
Quixeth is a veteran in the European scene and has played for a variety of teams. He most recently played for Outplayed in the PG Nationals, achieving second and qualifying for the EU Masters 2021 summer, while Head Coach Flash arrives from his recent stint with NLC team Dusty. Upcomer also reported on Dusty’s roster for 2022 spring in early December.
Vanir were formed in 2017 and have been around the Nordics League of Legends scene. The team’s website states that “through the years Vanir has become a stable contender in the first division of the Norwegian League of Legends league, Telialigaen.” They’ve competed in tournaments like the Telialigaen and the Telia Esports Series Norway. Vanir’s qualification to the NLC is a first in the organization’s history, defeating MnM Gaming 3-0 to qualify.
Vanir recently placed fifth in the Telialigaen 2021 autumn.