After our unfortunate relegation from Division 2 in Spring 2022, we sought to bounce straight back up in Summer. Thankfully, the lineup we brought in were able to do just that!
Verdant NLC Division 3 Squad:
Petrus 'Petoska' Karevaara
Jordi 'Flawed' Bust
Max 'Sumi' de Beer
Mathias 'Tide' Kruse
Omid 'Touch' Rosander
Going into the season, we were placed in an incredibly tough group including several teams capable of achieving playoffs in most other groups, such as Ruddy Esports, Lionscreed, Lazy in Life and Espergærde Rocket Core. We finished 1st in our group, with an 11-3 record, only dropping games to Lionscreed and Rich Gang. This record meant we began our playoffs journey in the upper bracket, taking on KAOS e-sport and Invulnerables as we went unbeaten on route to the Winter Promotion Series!
After the withdrawal of LDN UTD prior to the Winter Promotion, it was down to three teams to compete for a singular spot in Division Two. In our first series, we beat 1st seed Lucent Esports 3-2, in a back-and-forth series. In the Upper Bracket Final we took on Karolinerna 5 Black, with a much cleaner 3-1 result. The Grand final was a rematch versus Karolinerna 5 Black and almost an idental repeat with another 3-1 victory ensuring our promotion back to Division 2!
After the success of Summer, we took this lineup onwards to the Aurora Cup where we were given the opportunity to face up against teams from Division 1 and 2 as well as our fellow 3rd Division teams. Once again, were given a tough draw facing up against the Spring and Summer Division One champions Dusty, 2nd place Division Two team UniQ, and Blade Edge a team who came through the Closed Qualifiers.
In groups, we finished 2nd behind Dusty having beaten UniQ twice and Blade Edge once. Having gotten out of the groups, we were given a matchup against JDXL who were 2nd in Divison One Summer regular season. Unfortunately, this was a step too far for us and we fell 2-0 to JDXL, finishing out the year in 9-16th in the NLC region!