Jessica S. January 6, 2021
Team Liquid is reportedly trialing former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Jakob "JUGi" Hansen for its Valorant roster.
Nothing is official yet, but Team Liquid fans are hopeful that JUGi will don a Marvel Comics-themed jersey sometime soon. During the trials, JUGi is reported to have taken the place of Adam "ec1s" Eccles, but it is unknown whether JUGi will replace him on the active roster or someone else's.
JUGi most recently played for top CSGO team Astralis, where he spent three months. JUGi has accomplished much in his time playing CSGO, but 2020 wasn't a great year for the Danish player. He found himself sitting on the bench for most of the year while on North before getting picked up by Astralis. He only played two tournaments with Astralis with mediocre results and was released from the team in July 2020.
The switch to Valorant is a surprise for most, given that a TwitLonger in October 2020 seemed lukewarm regarding the possibility of a switch. "I had some thoughts about to swap to Valorant. I played it a lot and I think I got quite good at it, but it's just not the same at all," he said. In December he announced he was looking for a team, but didn't specify the game, which left him open to inquiries from both CSGO and Valorant teams.
Despite his reservations about the game, many CSGO pros have been finding success in Valorant to this point. Given his skills in Valve's tactical shooter, it's easy to see why a team like Team Liquid would be willing to bring him on for a trial run.
As for the current active roster for Team Liquid, it is unclear what will happen to the former fish123 members. Liquid's predominantly British Valorant team has notched mixed results thus far, most recently falling to Team Heretics in the first round of First Strike: Europe.