Sources: Gen.G in discussions to sign rhyme to VALORANT roster
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North American and South Korean organization Gen.G Esports is in discussions to sign Emir “rhyme” Muminovic to their VALORANT roster, multiple sources told Upcomer and journalist Bo Hoogland. 

Contract negotiations began following rhyme’s trial with the team, according to multiple sources. The Bosnian player will have to move to North America to play with Gen.G and secure the respective work visa to compete in the United States. 

If this transfer goes through, rhyme will be the first European player to successfully join a North American team this offseason. 

Most notably, rhyme competed with Ninjas in Pyjamas from June to November, when he was released by the organization alongside the rest of the players. Ninjas in Pyjamas are set to field a Latin American team, the organization announced on Nov. 2. 

Rhyme competed with Ninjas in Pyjamas during the Stage 3 Challengers 2 tournament, which concluded in August. NiP were taken down by Team Heretics in the first round of the upper bracket during the closed qualifier. But, the team was then defeated by Team Vitality in the third round of the lower bracket. 

Gen.G have been searching for one final player to complete their roster, following the team’s top-six finish at the VALORANT Champions Tour Last Chance Qualifier, which concluded on Nov. 1. Gen.G played with Nolan “Temperature” Pepper during the tournament, but the organization announced that he will be stepping down from the active roster on Nov. 4. 

Gen.G’s VALORANT roster is on a break from practice and competition at the time of publication. The team will compete in the next season of the VALORANT Champions Tour, which will begin at the start of 2022. 

If rhyme signs with Gen.G, the team will field the following roster: 

  • rhyme 
  • Anthony “gMd” Guimond
  • Kenneth “koosta” Suen
  • Nicholas “NaturE” Garrison
  • Shawn O’Riley
  • Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit (Coach) 
George is the lead reporter for Upcomer from the United Kingdom.
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