Astralis’ academy development scheme, Astralis Talent, has acquired its spot in the NLC from outgoing organisation Tricked Esport.
The Danish orgs struck a deal that will see Astralis’ academy team play in the NLC in 2022, working under their main team which of course will still be taking part in the higher-tier LEC as usual.
In an announcement post, Tricked said they have recommended Astralis signs contracts with all of their current League of Legends players and staff.
Astralis entering the NLC was first announced earlier this month, around the time Fnatic Rising said they would be leaving the NLC to join the Spanish Superliga next year.
The news also comes after Tricked won the most recent Summer 2021 NLC, reverse sweeping Fnatic Rising to become the first non-academy team to win the UK/Nordics European Regional League.
Tricked said it now wants to ‘build a new future team that will play at the highest national level’ and will likely return to the NLC one day.
Morten Jensen, CEO at Tricked Esport, said: “I am incredibly proud that in a very short time, we have become the first team that not affiliated with an LEC organisation to win the NLC.
“It shows that [our talent development programme has worked], and right now there is a lack of power further down in the ecosystem for League of Legends to stick together, which is why we are also happy to give Astralis an opportunity.
“We need to go down and build so we can move even more players from [their] dreams to reality – that’s just as important as winning great titles – and one day we will probably return to NLC.”
Natasha Voetmann, outgoing manager of League of Legends at Tricked Esport, added: “We end this round of NLC with a great first place. It has been a fantastic last split for both players and staff in the League of Legends department – we end up at the top – and we finished among the top 12 in the EU Masters tournament.”
Astralis said it was ‘super happy’ to be competing in the NLC.
Tricked follow Finnish team Kova who have also departed the NLC ahead of the 1st Division Qualifier in October 2021.
In August, Freaks 4U took over NLC tournament organising duties from DreamHack, the UKLC was scrapped and a new NLC format was announced.
In other recent Astralis LoL news, the org have let mid-laner MagiFelix go.
Astralis part ways with MagiFelix: ‘Unfortunately Felix isn’t the right fit for our strategy and for us as a team at this time’
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