Na’Vi Enter Valorant With Their First Player, Will Hold Tryouts
Natus Vincere has announced their entry into Valorant’s CIS region to sign Kirill “Cloud” Nekhozhin. Cloud made a name for himself, winning the Valorant Champions Tour CIS Challengers twice and was a top placer at the VCT 2021 CIS Stage 1 Masters, placing 3rd-4th place.
Na’Vi has a list of current contenders for the Valorant slot but advises that they are still looking for candidates, and they are not limiting themselves to only the CIS region. Any Valorant player in Challengers or VCT Masters is advised to reach out to [email protected] if they want to apply.
Vladislav “TheVs” Moroz is managing the roster, a Ukranian rookie manager who is looking to cut his teeth with Na’vi – big shoes to fill and a legacy of Counter-Strike success to live up to. However, starting with Cloud will likely be a strong foundation, and with as young a game as Valorant is, legacy isn’t so strong that newcomers shouldn’t still have a shot.
Na’Vi Looks to Build on FPS Success
Legacy is something that Na’Vi are no strangers to, and certainly, they understand how to build up the CIS region in FPS perhaps better than no other team in the world. While it has taken them a little bit of time to get in on the action, they are looking to catch up to the best in the world as quickly as they can.
“Valorant has developed greatly in the world since its launch,” said Aleksey “xaoc” Kucherov, COO at Natus Vincere. “Although the discipline is still at an early stage in the CIS, things are looking promising. Therefore we want to develop the game in our region. Our goal is to bring as many top-ranked players to the world championships as possible. We are happy to announce Cloud as our first Valorant player. Together we will form a lineup worth cheering for. In the next 1-2 months, we will be doing tryouts of different players and watching the results of the VCT qualifiers, after which we will work out the final roster.”
For his right, Cloud seems happy to have the opportunity to get things on the road for the Na’Vi Valorant team. Given how good some of his competitors have already proven themselves to be internationally, he’ll have his work cut out for him as soon as Na’Vi fills their roster.
“I’m honored to be a part of Na’Vi and incredibly happy to get this chance,” said Kirill “Cloud” Nekhozhin. “I’m willing to work even harder now. I know that many fans are rooting with all their hearts and I would like to give something back! I have been given the opportunity to prove that I am a Valorant player for a reason. I will do my absolute best. Further, I want to say thank you to Alexei and Vlad. Without them, none of this would have happened!”
It could be a while before we see Na’Vi take to the server. Still, with a good foundation and the right rising talent, Na’Vi could immediately make an impact and perhaps be ready for Valorant’s last chance qualifiers in October. The winners will advance to Valorant Champions in December, regardless of circuit point standings from Masters or the VCT.