North complete Lekr0 signing
The 27-year-old will continue his career in the Danish team three months after being dropped to the bench by Ninjas in Pyjamas.
North have signed Jonas "Lekr0" Olofsson from Ninjas in Pyjamas for an undisclosed fee, the Danish organisation announced on Friday. The Swedish player will fill the spot that has been vacant since Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye left the organisation in July.
Lekr0 leaves Ninjas in Pyjamas after two years, having been signed from fnatic in July 2018 as a replacement for William "draken" Sundin. He took over as in-game leader just a month later following the team's dismal run at ESL One Cologne, leading the Ninjas to their first Major in two years when they won the Europe Minor leading to the FACEIT Major.
The 27-year-old's tenure with the team ended in May after he was moved to the bench and put on the transfer list following the signing of Hampus "hampus" Poser from GamerLegion as Ninjas in Pyjamas wanted a dedicated in-game leader who could take the squad in a different direction.
In North, Lekr0 will go back to a main rifler role, although he will still "assist with tactical input both pre and mid-game", according to Graham Pitt, the organisation's Head of Esports Operations, who added that the move will not change anything in the team's communication, which has been a mixture of Danish and Swedish since the apointment of Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson — Lekr0's former coach in fnatic.
Lekr0 says he "didn't have any doubts" about his next project once he began talking with North. He came close to joining MAD Lions last month but ended up turning down the Flashpoint 1 champions, who went on to sign Paweł "innocent" Mocek.
"This is definitely the new home for me, and I am really looking forward to playing with the guys and bringing this team to the next level," Lekr0 added.
Lekr0 will make his first appearance for North in the third edition of Nine to Five, a $50,000 online tournament. The Danish team will enter the tournament in the playoff stage, which will begin on Tuesday.
With this move, North now have:
Jimmy "Jumpy" Berndtsson (coach)