NAVI disbands Paladins roster
NAVI.Paladins players become free agents
Natus Vincere esports club made a decision to disband Paladins roster and focus the resources on other disciplines. The decision was made based on the low popularity of the title, and the changes in the tournament system. Starting today, NAVI.Paladins players are free agents.
NAVI created Paladins roster in September 2017, signing up WASD Sports squad. For over 2 years the Born to Win was one of the best esports clubs, showing incredible games during international LANs. So, NAVI.Paladins became the world champions in January 2018, and finished in the second place in November.
Take a look at the detailed history of NAVI.Paladins .
"This decision was made by Natus Vincere because of the League format change next year. Paladins doesn't develop the way it did during the initial years as an esports discipline.
First of all, I would like to thank the guys who were representing the organization this entire time: they've given it their all to become the top-1 team of the league. The season was tough due to constant flights, but there's a certain charm of the "hotel life".
Thanks to the fans who followed us these years. The guys keep playing and streaming, so go and show your support."
"With the announcements about Paladins Esports in 2020, it was obvious organisations had to leave the Paladins scene. I would like to start off by thanking NAVI for everything they have done, I've been a part of this organisation for over 2 years and I'm really grateful for all the support they have given me and my team.
When we just joined NAVI we started off early with a World Championship victory, which set the bar high for us to succeed. We've had our ups and downs, losing early in some tournaments, but winning some as well. In 2018 out of 5 tournaments we won 3. Getting a second place in the World Championship, so close to going back to back champions.
In 2019 the scene changed to a LAN League, where we ended up traveling back and forth between America and Europe. This process exhausted our players and affected our attitude towards each other. Which ended up being something we couldn't overcome and we struggled in 2019. We did well in the regular season, finishing in 1st place, but during the tournaments, we couldn't perform.
Looking back at all of this I don't regret anything that has happened, I've made great friends and we've had great results. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life. For making these memories I want to thank all my teammates over the past 2 years as well as both Yaroslav "NightEnd" Klochko and Mykhailo "M1ke" Palamar for being our manager. They fit in perfectly and became friends with the players.
I'm grateful to have had to chance to experience this and be a part of NAVI, an amazing organization that supported us throughout it all.
I want to thank all the fans as well who supported us throughout every tournament, win or loss. My stay with NAVI might have ended, but I'm smiling as I've made some of my best memories here.
May we meet again and see each other in the future. Thanks for everything."
NAVI Paladins roster:
Kai "Faenex" van Duppen (captain)
Kari "Mutu" Parviainen
Teemu "spunkki" Tenhunen
Kevin "Laizy" Jensen
André "Ninu" Costa
Mykhailo "M1ke" Palamar (manager)