The Danish esports organization Tricked Esport has announced the sale of its League of Legends NLC spot to fellow Nordic organization Astralis.
With this sale, Astralis’ academy team will be seen competing in Division 1 of the newly reformed NLC.
The news comes in continuation with Astralis’ Spanish academy team, Astralis Stormbringers, being sold to sports and entertainment company Kosmos.
Commenting on the deal, Morten Jensen, CEO at Tricked Esport, said, “We love talent development in Tricked, 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 to build on our successful setup and we hope they take a big part of the sporting set-up in NLC.”
Natasha Voetmann, Tricked Esport’s League of Legends Manager, said, “We end this round of NLC with a great first place. We are the first team ever that is not an LEC Academy team that has won first place. This gave us the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in Europe, in The EU Masters tournament, where we finished among the top 12.”
According to an official statement by Tricked Esport, the organization will be delivering a ‘Full Circle talent development concept’, which would include creating a team that’s capable to compete at a national level. Last year, Tricked Esport have been crowned champions of the NLC when they defeated the LEC academy team, Fnatic Rising.
Since last month, the NLC has been implementing a new multi-division league ecosystem under their new league operator Freaks 4U Gaming.
The NLC is the Nordic, UK, and Ireland’s premier European Regional League and a Nordic native team such as Astralis participating in the league makes total sense.