AFK Pros is proud to announce that professional player Niko ‘Polvi’ Polvinen has successfully transferred from Tenstar to MAD Lions, as part of the golden team’s exciting entry into VALORANT esports. Polvi will play in the duelist position, with the same teammates he competed alongside at Tenstar, as well as a new recruit in the substitute slot.
Polvi began his VALORANT esports journey in July 2020, playing with fellow AFK Pros client Synsi on Quickmath, a Finnish unsigned team. In May 2021, Polvi signed with Tenstar and has been with the organisation ever since. Tenstar first tasted success two months later at ESL’s UK&I Skirmish, where the team took the first place prize. When the VALORANT esports ecosystem developed at the beginning of 2022, the team qualified for the Northern Europe: Polaris VRL.
Tenstar had a fantastic first split in the Northern Europe regional league, where they narrowly missed out on the VCT Promotion tournament. Polvi contributed heavily to this success and was ranked as one of the three most statistically impactful players in the league. With this move to MAD Lions, we believe that Polvi is in a fantastic position to take the next exciting step in his flourishing career. With uncertainty over the future of VALORANT esports post 2022, MAD Lions, a long-term Riot partner with a history of big investment, is the perfect home for Polvi.
We at AFK Pros are very excited to see how Polvi and MAD Lions fare as they transition into the French VRL for the remainder of the season and look to compete on even greater stages in the near future. We look forward to supporting Niko on this journey.