North American and South Korean organization Gen.G are set to sign Nicholas “NaturE” Garrison to finalize their VALORANT roster, according to sources close to Upcomer.
NaturE, as well as several other professional VALORANT players in North America, underwent several trial sessions with the side leading up to the potential acquisition.
NaturE looks to complete Gen.G VALORANT roster
Gen.G moved Danny Huynh to the inactive roster in April of 2021, which prompted the change. Additionally, players such as Cloud9’s Erick “Xeppaa” Bach and former Complexity player Brock “brawk” Somerhalder were seen trialling with the side.
Previously, NaturE had played for Immortals until his departure on April 27. Immortals finished second at the VALORANT Champions Tour 2021: North America Stage 1 Challengers 1 in February. This earned the organization a spot at Challengers 2.
While Immortals managed to secure qualification for Masters in March, the team finished joint last alongside XSET. This was after suffering defeats to 100 Thieves in the upper bracket and Luminosity in the lower bracket. Gen.G, however, finished third.
Additionally, Gen.G failed to qualify for Challengers 2. Therefore, the organization was denied qualification to the first international VALORANT event in late May. Stage 2 Masters is set to take place from May 24 – 30 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sentinels and Version1 will represent North America at the event.
Prior to the potential acquisition by Gen.G, NaturE was playing alongside other VALORANT free agents. These include Keven “AZK” Larivière, Josh “shinobi” Abastado, Eric “Kanpeki” Xu and Keven “PLAYER1” Champagne. The rest of the team remain open to opportunities.
For those curious about AZK since I've seen a few threads about him:
Last time I heard he was teaming with:
All players are F/A and open to opportunities.
— George Geddes (@GeorgeCGed) May 4, 2021
Gen.G will compete in the next stage of the VALORANT Champions Tour following the conclusion of Stage 2 Masters in late May of 2021.
If the move is complete, Gen.G will field the following VALORANT roster:
- Anthony “gMd” Guimond
- Michael “MkaeL” De Luca
- Shawn O’Riley
- Kenneth “koosta” Suen
- Matthew “mCe” Elmore (coach)
- Huynh (inactive)