Why did we join Polaris?

NXT is a relatively young organisation – we officially launched at the end of May 2023, and since then have seen varying success in many localised esports circuits.
We’ve had, and still have, active teams in the Benelux, Nordic/UK and German regions in League of Legends, Valorant and Rocket League.
The diversity of teams and competitions we’ve competed in might confuse some, but our mission has always been clear: the bigger the challenge, the greater the story.

We’ve had varying success in the UK region before, as we managed to land a 4th place finish at Insomnia71 with Rocket League not too long ago.
We’re no strangers in Valorant either, having recently finished 4th (we’re starting to see a pattern here) in the Challengers DACH Closed Qualifier, only 2 wins away from qualifying to, you guessed it, the German region.

Despite this the question remains: why did we join Polaris?

Our vision on esports

Before we specify the exact reasoning behind our decision to choose for a long-term project in Polaris, over other leagues, we feel it’s prudent to discuss our vision on esports and explain how our reasoning led to the decision that was made.

Most, if not all, esports organisations build their brand on the same principle and strategy: grassroots esports.
To explain this term, simply put, organisations like to focus on one specific region and fully commit themselves towards building a fanbase in said region.
Although this has been established as “the best way” to build an esports organisation, we’re here to smash the status quo and prove that grassroots is not the solution to everything.
In short, our vision and thought process in decision making is fairly simple: we believe the most engaging part about esports are cool and exciting projects, with a good story to boot.

If you heard about NXT before today, it’s probably because our very first Valorant story was written in the German ecosystem, particularly Project V.
We picked up a squad of young & talented players and defied the odds by crowning ourself among the 4 best teams in Project V, alongside the likes of Divizon & Entropy.
Our amazing debut season continued in The Pokal, a big offseason tournament between Challengers DACH teams as well as top teams in both Project V and the German amateur esports scene.
We once again defied all odds and managed to count ourselves among the 8 best teams in German Valorant all together – beating established teams like Unicorns of Love & Ovation.
At the start of this year, we came closer than ever to take the next step by ending 4th in the Challengers DACH Closed Qualifier.
In the end we had to watch Divizon & Fokus qualify instead of us.

Just because grassroots isn’t something we consider highly when making a decision, doesn’t mean that we don’t commit ourselves to growing the local circuits we participate in.
We’ve shown this by picking up a Benelux oriented Valorant team to participate (and dominate) the Valorant Super Cup – although it only recently got announced that the Valorant Trinity Trials, the Benelux region’s biggest competition, would be cancelled for this year.
We wanted to support this grassroots region and develop Valorant within the Benelux, and were committed to craft an awesome story with a cool achievement to boot.

Choosing Polaris

After initially failing to qualify for Challengers DACH, we remained committed to the German region and wanted to once again offer promising talent the stage to play and improve, and eventually build their careers with NXT.
Unfortunately, another blow came after a refurbished roster failed to even qualify for the top level of Project V.
Due to this, it was no longer feasible for us to continue with said roster, as well as quickly noticing that no apparent alternatives were available.

The connection with Polaris didn’t come out of the blue, we first of all saw the coach of our German roster – Vincent “Zescht” Talmon-Gros – move over to Polaris as an analyst.
Additionally, as part of the roster we signed was a familiar connection – Maxim “MaximN” Nonglaire – whom we built a roster around for the Valorant Super Cup we mentioned earlier.

In the end, the reason we decided to sign the roster formerly known as Human Tripwires and enter the Challengers league in Northern Europe, was exactly within the line of our vision and mission as an organisation: we saw an awesome project with a lot of potential, and are ready to write a cool story in Valorant with this as our flagship team.

What comes NXT?

Simply said, we’re continuing to look towards the future with an optimistic view – our first birthday is almost around the corner and we can safely say that, in a very short period of time, we have managed a great amount of success in regions across Europe.

The sky is the limit for us, and we want to continue our growth, we believe we’ve signed a roster with the exact same mentality and in this have found a perfect match.
Now it’s time for us to take the UK region by force – first event on the calendar? Surely, it’ll be Insomnia.