The core of the former North American team as well as ex-SPLYCE member Peter ‘ptr’ Gurney and European players Fatih ‘gob b’ Dayik and Nikola ‘LEGIJA’ Ninic have been signed by NRG eSports.
When Method parted ways with their North American team, much of the lineup fell apart except for duo Samuel “SileNt3m” Portilloand Justin “just9n” Ortiz who went seeking for a stable five to represent the team’s ESL ESEA Pro League slot in the coming season.
Although this team’s formation could have been guessed at a few days ago with a few new players joining the ESEA roster, NRG eSports (an organisation with its roots in League of Legends) have now announced that they have signed the ex-Method core and their new teammates.
gob b relocates to North America in his latest venture
First and foremost, joining the two players will be Peter “ptr” Gurney, who was previously playing on SPLYCE before that roster imploded at the end of 2015 and who had a breakout moment early in 2015 while playing for CLG.
The final two acquisitions have a much more international flavour: the fourth player will be Fatih “gob b” Dayik, who was previously plying his trade on mousesports this year before also being released at the end of the year and who will be the new IGL for the NRG team.
The fifth member is Serb Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić, a once teammate of Dayik’s on mousesports before he stepped down from that roster and was seen coaching lineups such as Nihilum in North America and Kinguin in Europe. Ninić has often been seen on the fringes of the North American scene for the past few months, and was expected to join or coach numerous ventures that ultimately fell apart.
NRG have also signed a manager, Nebi “fnr” Serc, who has managed Dayik in the past as well as bringing on board ex-Method player Zachary “Eley” Stauffer as an analyst for the team.
In a statement on the signing, Dayik expressed some thoughts:
“I am very happy to find a completely new home to continue my CS:GO career. I also feel very happy to be here in NA with people I really like. It’s quite familiar here and everyone is very talented in what they are doing. I know we have to practice a lot but I see a great future for me and my team. There is an awesome chemistry which results in an extremely motivated team.
It is a big new step in my life and I am looking forward to achieving big goals with my team and working with the rising star of eSports, NRG,” Dayik said.
NRG eSports’ lineup is officially:
Justin “just9n” Ortiz
Samuel “SileNt3m” Portillo
Peter “ptr” Gurney
Fatih “gob b” Dayik
Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić
NRG will debut in this weekend’s Last Chance online pre-qualifierfor the MLG Columbus Main Qualifier.