grux signs with North

The 21-year-old will be hoping to kick-start his career after enduring a frustrating six months following the disbandment of ex-SMASH.

North have announced that they have completed their roster with the signing of free agent Denis "⁠grux⁠" Gutaj. The 21-year-old has sealed a permanent switch following a "successful extended trial" with the team, according to the Danish organisation.

grux is North's new fifth player

grux, who has played for teams such as Ancient and SMASH in the past, will fill a slot that had been vacant for more than a month after the organisation made Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen and Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup available for transfer, and recalled Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand from his loan with AGF.

"Denis is a player who our scouting and development tool highlighted as having the right in-game characteristics for the type of role we needed, highlighted during an extended trial with the team where he impressed," Graham Pitt, Head of Esports Operations at North, said in a statement.

"Certainly, it showed a player who has not performed to his full potential in his previous teams and has a lot more to give in the right environment. Denis comes in with a lot of hunger and the desire to improve every day, something that will help drive the team forward."

grux was one of "a number of players" who tried out for North, according to Pitt. The team competed in DreamHack Masters Winter in December with Rasmus "⁠kreaz⁠" Johansson as a stand-in, finishing 9th-12th in what was their final tournament of 2020.

The 21-year-old will be hoping to prove his quality after struggling to find a team following the disbandment of the SMASH squad. He played only two matches in the last three months, competing alongside players like Alfred "⁠RuStY⁠" Karlsson and Erik "⁠truth⁠" Hansen Dyrnes in a mix team called 1ADL in an ESEA Autumn Cash Cup.

"Playing in this team will help me stay consistent and learn new things, and I'm motivated more than ever to play," grux said. "I believe in our future and the game style we will bring on our matches."

North now have:

Denmark Nicklas "⁠gade⁠" Gade
Denmark René "⁠cajunb⁠" Borg
Sweden Jonas "⁠Lekr0⁠" Olofsson
Denmark Kristoffer "⁠Kristou⁠" Aamand
Sweden Denis "⁠grux⁠" Gutaj

Denmark Mathias "⁠MSL⁠" Lauridsen (transfer list)
Denmark Philip "⁠aizy⁠" Aistrup (transfer list)

Sweden Jimmy "⁠Jumpy⁠" Berndtsson (coach)

Sweden Alfred 'RuStY' Karlsson
Alfred 'RuStY' Karlsson
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
896
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
Denmark René 'cajunb' Borg
René 'cajunb' Borg
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1654
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
Denmark Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Nicklas 'gade' Gade
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
845
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Sweden Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1020
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Kristoffer 'Kristou' Aamand
Age:
19
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
304
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.69
Norway Erik 'truth' Hansen Dyrnes
Erik 'truth' Hansen Dyrnes
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
426
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.92
Maps played:
1701
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.72
Sweden Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Rasmus 'kreaz' Johansson
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
374
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.65
Sweden Denis 'grux' Gutaj
Denis 'grux' Gutaj
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
347
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Sweden Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Jimmy 'Jumpy' Berndtsson
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
175
KPR:
0.56
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Philip 'aizy' Aistrup
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1506
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
i knew it
2021-01-19 22:43
4 replies
danish cs is dead
2021-01-19 22:44
3 replies
true danish players are the worst
2021-01-19 22:45
2 replies
-cajunB + good awper and i will start watching north games
2021-01-19 22:47
1 reply
ez grux domination stockholm 2021 mvp, astralis destroyed
2021-01-19 23:05
#2
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United States Cesperus
Okay Edit: who is this guy
2021-01-19 22:43
5 replies
Reasonably good pugstar, don't know if he's better than kreaz though
2021-01-19 22:44
1 reply
#23
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United States Cesperus
+1 Kreaz cute
2021-01-19 22:46
didn't you read the headline? "Noob signs with trash"
2021-01-19 22:46
1 reply
#36
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North America 007DBR9
+"for baseline experience"
2021-01-19 22:57
scuffed csgo version of gux
2021-01-20 13:34
#3
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United Kingdom OneBinG_
Nice
2021-01-19 22:43
solid tier 5 team
2021-01-19 22:44
3 replies
#12
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
New team > Old team
2021-01-19 22:44
2 replies
It's not hard to make a better team without msl
2021-01-19 22:47
1 reply
haha poor msl get so much shit
2021-01-19 22:49
L
2021-01-19 22:44
W H OMEGALUL
2021-01-19 22:44
#7
grux | 
Sweden kullmaN
Great addition grux insane player
2021-01-19 22:44
expected
2021-01-19 22:44
#9
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United Kingdom DDoubleE
Good luck mate.
2021-01-19 22:44
Going swedish?
2021-01-19 22:44
#13
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Sweden axelious
Really cant see how he would be better then Aizy but GL, Always nice with a Swede taking place
2021-01-19 22:45
4 replies
Aizy left the team so.. Why does that comparison matter? If they kicked aizy and signed grux then okay but they didnt.
2021-01-20 00:01
3 replies
#61
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Sweden axelious
Oh, I thought they did! My bad
2021-01-20 08:15
2 replies
They said in the announcement that they wanted to take the team in a new direction (wich was basically bringing in some new scandinavian younger talent) and aizy and msl was not onboard.
2021-01-20 12:52
1 reply
#70
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Sweden axelious
Ah, I see!
2021-01-20 13:05
#14
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United States wheelsup26
TMB cryge
2021-01-19 22:44
#15
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Poland megabania
TOP 40 welcome to
2021-01-19 22:44
what a strange move
2021-01-19 22:44
#18
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Sweden Trkmag
nice move tbh
2021-01-19 22:45
Ah North is still alive Not the worst move from their management but that roster still looks trash
2021-01-19 22:45
2 replies
very flexible use of the word 'alive'
2021-01-20 00:43
1 reply
yeah you're right. we're basically looking at a zombie that refuses to die
2021-01-20 08:02
And now kick Kristou and gade plz
2021-01-19 22:46
3 replies
#28
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr
And cajun
2021-01-19 22:48
1 reply
Sometimes I think, he's not too shabby, but of course this would be good too
2021-01-19 22:51
Not kristou, young upcoming talent. Kick the old Cajunb
2021-01-20 07:52
The real headshot machine
2021-01-19 22:47
Who carsssss norph😴😴😴
2021-01-19 22:47
not better than kreaz though
2021-01-19 22:49
who are you amk noob
2021-01-19 22:50
1 reply
Kebab detected
2021-01-19 22:51
Xd
2021-01-19 22:53
#35
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Poland iOFF
Faze aizy ?
2021-01-19 22:56
who?
2021-01-19 22:57
1 reply
Denis "grux" Gutaj is a Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player of Albanian descent.
2021-01-19 22:59
Let's go grux!! Interesting line-up from North with some potential and firepower!
2021-01-19 22:59
Just when you think this line-up can't get worse...
2021-01-19 23:00
awww I thought they signed Gux
2021-01-19 23:01
I feel bad for Lekr0
2021-01-19 23:04
#43
grux | 
Montenegro Kladiz
NICEEEE !! let's go
2021-01-19 23:04
there is no way this team will accomplish anything. Sad but true
2021-01-19 23:05
#46
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China HEIDASHUAi
F for kreaz
2021-01-19 23:07
they should rebrand North to Paycheck Stealers
2021-01-19 23:15
1 reply
LOL
2021-01-20 04:59
Grux 100 gubbe
2021-01-19 23:28
North is like ENCE with those moves They should disband tho
2021-01-19 23:53
2 replies
Just a shot in the dark but I dont think you've even watched grux and have any idea how he plays and the potential he has.
2021-01-19 23:58
1 reply
I dont talk about grux? I talk about how strange roster moves north doing in the past few months, seems really messy and i dont think that they will play better than even recent roster.
2021-01-20 01:15
Great move, grux is a very good entry fragger. Its about time he got his shot. I am surprised to se kreaz go though, he showed some promise.
2021-01-19 23:57
#54
Jame | 
Poland SebL
Ok, he is pretty good. But this roster is still really bad and will make more changes soon.
2021-01-20 00:05
Average age 25, Just kick gade and cajunb as well and add two more Swedes from these random ass teams were the new fnatic player/nip youngsters Come from and then also kick kristou because the Swedes would not understand him, sadly disco doplan etc are taken now but you could just add kreaz again.
2021-01-20 05:28
#62
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Sweden Zolity
lol
2021-01-20 08:20
#63
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Latvia CVJMZ
This north lineup will make sweet T2 debut :)
2021-01-20 08:44
There are no star players in this team
2021-01-20 10:52
decent tier 3 team if all of them plays like in their prime they might be a top 10-15 team but i don't think that will be happening.
2021-01-20 11:13
At this point it was better for them to just boot everyone and sign a decent team... This is not even looking good on paper lol
2021-01-20 11:19
#67
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Sweden RaaCCooN
Ok
2021-01-20 11:22
n♿️rth
2021-01-20 12:39
not gux sadly) gl tho
2021-01-21 07:48
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