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KRÜ Esports may be a relatively new team, but their results have been fantastic and they have never failed to deliver. In each tournament they’ve attended so far, KRÜ has finished in the top three, leading up to qualifying for the VALORANT Masters: Reykjavik. A large part of a team’s success is due to the player who can ‘do it all’. For KRÜ Esports, that player is Juan Pablo “NagZ” Lopez. Out of all the players on the team, he is the most selfless in matches and will be a player to watch out for during VCT Masters: Reykjavik.
Who is KRÜ Esports’ NagZ
Before VALORANT, NagZ played professional Counter-Strike. In early 2020, for team Dynasty, he made it to the closed qualifier for Flashpoint 1 but eventually lost to Bravos and Alma, to be eliminated. After that, he saw a second chance to let his Counter-Strike experience mean something for the future. Right after his loss at Flashpoint, the VALORANT beta opened up and NagZ began streaming the game. Like many other ex-Counter-Strike players, he decided to go pro and the rest is history.
NagZ’s debut on the scene was with Furious Gaming. While only on the team for a month, it was here that he decided to main Jett. However, after only a month on Furious, he was acquired by Estral Esports. Here, he found great success and won eight out of eleven matches the team played. On December 31 2020 though, Estral dropped their VALORANT roster.
NagZ wasn’t teamless for long, as only twelve days later, KRÜ Esports signed him as part of their new VALORANT roster. After a slew of second-place results and two roster changes, KRÜ entered the VCT Masters: Reykjavik as favorites and showed just why. NagZ and KRÜ won every match they played and didn’t even drop a map at the qualifier for Iceland.
DREAM TEAM🤟 pic.twitter.com/LOYObfRv0X
— KRÜ Esports 🤟🇮🇸 (@KRUesports) April 8, 2021
Master of All Agents
Since his signing in January, NagZ has consistently proven his VALORANT ability. As an entry fragger and a selfless player, he is more than willing to dash or double satchel into a site to make room for his team. However, that doesn’t mean he sacrifices himself. Not only is he a duelist, but NagZ also performs well in the clutch.
In both clips below, NagZ’s quick thinking is on show, allowing him to convert rounds. While he is an entry fragger, NagZ shines in these high-pressure situations, which often bails KRÜ out of unfortunate situations. NagZ was named one of the best in his region, and if he can keep this up at VCT Masters: Reykjavik, KRÜ has the potential to make a deep run in the tournament.
— KRÜ Esports 🤟🇮🇸 (@KRUesports) January 29, 2021
Recently, he hasn’t just stuck to being the team’s entry fragger either. On his old teams, NagZ was known to dominate with his Jett OP’ing, and his time on KRÜ Esports has been no different. NagZ can be counted on to hit the shot, even if it seems impossible. His true diversity of played agents can be seen in the grand finals of the qualifier for VCT Masters: Reykjavik. In that series alone, he played three different agents: Raze, Jett and Sage. NagZ looked perfectly fluent with each agent he played, despite how different each one performs.
KRÜ Esports and NagZ at VCT Masters: Reykjavik
KRÜ Esports has a hard time ahead of themselves at VCT Masters: Reykjavik. Their opening match is against a dominant-looking European Fnatic. Then, if they win, KRÜ Esports will take on North America’s best: Sentinels. From explosive entry kills to amazing clutches, NagZ will be essential to his team’s success going forward.
Zain Merchant is an Esports writer who has previously worked with Team Dignitas. He loves FPS games such as Valorant, Counter-Strike and Valorant.