Sources: North Trialing grux on CS:GO Team

North is trialing grux for its CS:GO roster, according to sources
North is trialing grux for its CS:GO roster, according to sources | Photo courtesy of North

North is trialing Swedish Counter-Strike player Denis "grux" Gutaj for a place on their active roster, according to multiple sources close to the team. He has been practicing with the North lineup over the past week, but it is unknown if they will start the year with him as their official fifth player.

North recently moved on from their long time in-game leader and captain Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen, who had two tenures with the organization between 2017 and 2020. Benched alongside him is Philip "aizy" Aistrup who never left the organization and has called North home for almost four years. Rasmus "kreaz" Johansson and Kristoffer "kristou" Aamand stepped in for the two of them late last year. At this time, it is expected that grux will fill in for kreaz, who was also trialing for North in their most recent matches.

grux has not had a ton of experience playing at a professional level, with short periods of time on multiple Swedish and international rosters between 2018 and 2020. He was on Red Reserve for a few months in late 2018 before departing in early 2019. In June of 2019 he joined Team Ancient for a two month duration only to leave and join SMASH Esports in late 2019. This tenure was his longest and lasted for six months before the team parted ways with the organization and went their separate ways.

It is unclear at this time if North will play in Season 13 of ESL Pro League by qualifying via the ESL World Ranking. Their current place of 28th will likely change as a result of making an additional roster move. Season 11 was the last time they participated in the league, where they finished 13th-15th.

Representatives from North declined comment.