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NRG Picks Up Shanks for Its VALORANT Roster

VALORANT’s offseason has been wild, and it doesn’t look like it will slow down soon. Making the second move of this month, NRG has added Canadian player Ryan “Shanks” Ngo to its VALORANT roster. The team announced the transfer by saying “mr. fourth quarter has arrived.”

Photo courtesy of NRG

The roster move was predictable since NRG benched KOLER last week and competed in Nerd Street Gamers’ November monthly tournament with Shanks. Even though the young player has been in VALORANT’s scene, this will be his first full-time professional appearance after four months. Therefore, Shanks shared his thoughts and said he is grateful for the opportunity:

“Hard for me to show emotion, but I wanted to thank everyone who has been supporting me these past six months,” Shanks said on Twitter. “Nobody knew who I was and nobody believed I would be where I am today. My life has been changed forever and I am grateful for all of you guys. Just the beginning #NRGFam.”

Back in August, Shanks was on a trial with Dignitas, and he helped them earn the fourth-place finish in the tournament by defeating TSM twice in the group stage. However, Dignitas decided not to sign with the Canadian player after his name was involved in a CS:GO match-fixing scandal in September, but the player’s innocence has come to surface in a quite short time.

Recently, Shanks competed in First Strike UMG Closed Qualifier under Immortals’ jersey as an emergency stand-in since Andrew “ShoT_UP” Orlowski was unable to play and Shanks helped them qualify to the main event.

NRG’s VALORANT roster is now:

  • Daniel “eeiu” Vucenovic
  • Sam “s0m” Oh
  • Damian “daps” Steele
  • Ryan “shanks” Ngo
  • Yannick “KOLER” Blanchette (Sub)
  • Chet “Chet” Singh (Coach)
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