Fiend sign VOYVODA roster
The Bulgarian team had been grinding without an organisation since October 2020.
Fiend, a new esports organisation based in the United States, have announced that they have signed the Bulgarian roster known as VOYVODA. The news comes two weeks after the team upset OG and Cloud9 en route to qualifying for DreamHack Masters Spring, a $250,000 tournament set to kick off on April 29.
The core of Viktor "v1c7oR" Dyankov, Kamen "bubble" Kostadinov, and Hristiyan "REDSTAR" Pironkov has been playing together since October 2020 (initially competing under the MBAPPEEK name) and was joined by Martin "mar" Kuyumdjiev and Simeon "dream3r" Ganev in December. The Bulgarians struggled in their first tournaments before surprising just about everyone in their third-place finish in the DreamHack Masters qualifier, in which they also beat K23.
"Having an organization is pretty great as it gives us more tools to succeed," v1c7oR said in a statement. "Signing with this organization provides us with motivation to keep getting better and to prove that this project will work. It also feels good to have an organization that I can call home! Although we're still a new roster, I'm confident that we can achieve even greater things in 2021."
In a recent interview with HLTV.org, v1c7oR expressed his belief that VOYVODA can become an even better version of the Windigo lineup that won the WESG 2018 World Finals and peaked at No.13 in the world rankings in April 2019. The team ended up disbanding later that year after Windigo ceased operations due to financial issues.
Fiend CEO Aleksandr "fataL" Kharnikov, who has been following the Counter-Strike scene for 20 years, said that he had long wanted to own his own team and that the Bulgarian squad ticks all the boxes for him.
"I feel like the time is right with this roster," he explained. "I've followed them for many years, from their early days in GPlay up until MBAPPEEK. All the five players have the right mentality to rise to new heights, which is the drive to work hard and the will to never give up."
Fiend have the following lineup: