MAD Lions add SPELLAN on trial

The Bulgarian player could make his debut for the team later on Thursday in the IEM Summer qualifier.

MAD Lions have announced that they have handed a trial to former Windigo member Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov. The Bulgarian player will fill the void left by Kristers "⁠keen⁠" Dārznieks, who was released on Tuesday after a two-week trial with the team.

SPELLAN will add some much-needed experience and leadership to the MAD Lions squad, which is made up of young players selected by head coach Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski. Despite picking up some promising results - including a victory over AGO and a double-overtime loss to ENCE -, the team decided to move on from keen and search for an in-game leader with a different profile.

SPELLAN will take the reins of MAD Lions

According to kuben, SPELLAN will be working under the same terms as some of the other team members, although he did not wish to state which players are still on trial. With the exception of Thomas "⁠TMB⁠" Bundsbæk, who was signed from AGF, all the players in the squad were free agents.

"At the time of the line-up announcement, we didn't publicly state that it was going to be the final group of players," kuben said. "We currently have a few players on the trial. We are satisfied with those who remained in the squad and we intend to develop them further.

"We play open cards with the players. SPELLAN will also start his adventure as an in-game leader on trial as well. As MAD Lions, we have all players under contract so that they feel part of this project from day one."

This will be SPELLAN's second international challenge, after he represented Epsilon in 2019 alongside players like Helvijs "⁠broky⁠" Saukants and Nils "⁠k1to⁠" Gruhne. The 23-year-old, who began his career with Outlaws and Windigo, has been without a team since January, when he left SKADE.

SPELLAN could make his first appearance for MAD Lions later on Thursday in the first open qualifier for IEM Summer, which will also include teams like ENCE, EXTREMUM and SAW. Next week, MAD Lions will also take part in the Spring Sweet Spring 1 Regionals, in which they will face eXploit in the opening round of the Ibero-America group.

With SPELLAN's addition, MAD Lions now have:

Denmark Thomas "⁠TMB⁠" Bundsbæk
Poland Filip "⁠tudsoN⁠" Tudev
Ukraine Volodymyr "⁠Woro2k⁠" Veletniuk
Lithuania Justinas "⁠jL⁠" Lekavicius
Spain Pere "⁠sausol⁠" Solsona Saumell
Bulgaria Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov

Poland Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski (coach)
Spain Jonathan "⁠MusambaN1⁠" Torrent (assistant coach)

Latvia Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Helvijs 'broky' Saukants
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
485
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.61
Lithuania Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
64
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.69
Spain Jonathan 'MusambaN1' Torrent
Jonathan 'MusambaN1' Torrent
Age:
34
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
300
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.70
Germany Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Nils 'k1to' Gruhne
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
965
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Kristers 'keen' Dārznieks
Kristers 'keen' Dārznieks
Age:
20
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
61
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
62
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.66
Poland Filip 'tudsoN' Tudev
Filip 'tudsoN' Tudev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
167
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
428
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.68
Spain Pere 'sausol' Solsona Saumell
Pere 'sausol' Solsona Saumell
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
69
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
Not bad tbh.
2021-04-08 17:07
9 replies
mad lions cos bad lions
2021-04-08 17:08
2 replies
mald lions
2021-04-08 17:22
1 reply
bald lions cos bold kuben
2021-04-08 17:24
Bad tbh...
2021-04-08 17:09
2 replies
Nah. Especially now when they trial a bunch of players. Sure, SPELLAN might not be a monster fragger, but, he is not a bad IGL. Especially for this tier of CS. Also, please elaborate why you think its a bad move.
2021-04-08 17:33
1 reply
#71
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Denmark Yikesslol
Look at his name, he is an idiot ...
2021-04-08 17:40
#55
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Ukraine volod1m1r
good thing they keep all the different flag. Except for 2 guys from Spain. Maybe kick one of them? XD
2021-04-08 17:29
1 reply
2 from Poland too
2021-04-08 17:35
I didnt like the flag mix so i aint think thatz
2021-04-08 17:32
#2
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Hungary 0pahm
XDDDDDDD RIP
2021-04-08 17:07
1 reply
xD why not me
2021-04-08 17:09
Not bad, did not know he could igl tho
2021-04-08 17:07
4 replies
He have always been the IGL in any team he has been as far as I know.
2021-04-08 17:30
3 replies
#84
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Kazakhstan KumysPower
What about vactor? Was not he igl in windigo?
2021-04-08 18:02
2 replies
#101
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United States B0b3rT
It was always bubble, v1ctor was entry
2021-04-08 19:33
1 reply
v1ctor was legend
2021-04-09 19:33
#4
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Finland Cucumber))
could be decent
2021-04-08 17:07
#5
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Serbia eliiiiii_
3
2021-04-08 17:07
#6
kise | 
United States Plactus
Mad lions new epsilon
2021-04-08 17:07
LUL I wish KUBEN the best but LUUUUUL
2021-04-08 17:07
expected
2021-04-08 17:08
KEKW
2021-04-08 17:08
#10
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United States Aggie142
Is it still 6 man roster?
2021-04-08 17:08
nice
2021-04-08 17:08
Did not see that coming... interesting choice
2021-04-08 17:09
lmao wtf
2021-04-08 17:09
lol
2021-04-08 17:10
#19
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Sweden bonisMEN
bald ^^
2021-04-08 17:10
I think spellan is the Bulgarian Hunden, but this guy is mentally unstable. Feel bad.
2021-04-08 17:10
1 reply
#36
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Poland vexxy77
SPELLAN vs Woro2k Finally a worthy opponent. Our battle will be legendary.
2021-04-08 17:17
#22
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Denmark JKTP
Yes we would like to become a bigger meme Maybe it will get us fans
2021-04-08 17:10
1 reply
Whoever made this line is HenryG 2.0
2021-04-08 20:01
#24
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United Kingdom LeMonkke
yet another awper, 4 awp players out of the 6 they have
2021-04-08 17:11
bot
2021-04-08 17:12
1 reply
this team beat ence.
2021-04-08 17:13
#26
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Asia Blitzer
trial igl is something that i dont understand
2021-04-08 17:12
k then
2021-04-08 17:12
Ok they will fix games now
2021-04-08 17:13
not bad not bat at all
2021-04-08 17:13
#31
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Germany Droidd
dude look at all the different flags
2021-04-08 17:14
2 replies
#39
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Poland vexxy77
Mr. Worldwide
2021-04-08 17:18
1 reply
#43
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Germany Droidd
Kuben "Mr. Worldwide" Coach
2021-04-08 17:19
Gl Spellan
2021-04-08 17:15
sup SPELLAN, MAD LIONS wont allow you to sell matches
2021-04-08 17:16
kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk add match fixer
2021-04-08 17:17
#35
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Estonia pj4
the matchfixing toxic bulgarian unlucky i was hoping for something nicer:(
2021-04-08 17:17
lol why get matchfixer spellan? now they will turn into mad matchfixers in a weeks.
2021-04-08 17:18
Is this happens because he is from BULGARIA ?????
2021-04-08 17:18
#40
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Canada free_ropz
ez 5 awpers new meta
2021-04-08 17:18
can someone explain what happened i remember when mad lions were fully danish they were doing good and now this
2021-04-08 17:19
1 reply
They got raided by other danish teams.
2021-04-08 17:35
imagine getting matchfixer on your team
2021-04-08 17:21
mad lions throwing game in SNS now
2021-04-08 17:21
Gl Spellan!
2021-04-08 17:25
madlions defenetly needed a guy who has contact with a lot of bulgarian so they can matchfix nice pick from madlions!
2021-04-08 17:26
2 replies
#92
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Slovakia veeellys
now it makes sense thanks for explanation
2021-04-08 18:31
1 reply
you welcome bro :)
2021-04-08 18:37
welcome to snow sweet snow,lootbet season 6, if there is problem SPELLAN will fix it :)
2021-04-08 17:26
MATCHFIX TEAM NOW...
2021-04-08 17:27
This team doesn't seem to be very good...
2021-04-08 17:28
RiP matchfixgay team
2021-04-08 17:30
I played with spellan in valorant ranked yesterday, so spellan if u see this I was the jett who carried u, all good tho no need to mention it
2021-04-08 17:31
Mad Lions = Epsilon 2.0
2021-04-08 17:32
Expected
2021-04-08 17:32
interesting move, let's see how hungry spellan is....
2021-04-08 17:33
Weirdos
2021-04-08 17:35
i like it i think he deserved one chance cuz mad lions are all new players
2021-04-08 17:35
lmfaooo...
2021-04-08 17:38
#69
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
Hahahahaahahahah
2021-04-08 17:38
lol matchfixer
2021-04-08 17:44
#73
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Canada _Couch
After all the matchfixing news lately I thought they were going to court lol.
2021-04-08 17:45
the best Bulgarian IGL,good luck
2021-04-08 17:45
bruh, what is this ML roster? last time i checked it was full danish lmao
2021-04-08 17:46
ok
2021-04-08 17:46
what?
2021-04-08 17:49
#81
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Bulgaria goshyy
Good luck SPELLAN!
2021-04-08 17:53
Decent move. GL
2021-04-08 17:59
unlucky woro playing with fixers again
2021-04-08 18:00
#85
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Portugal dracø
MAD LIONS what doink?? This line up gets more weird every day
2021-04-08 18:05
Good pickup however rest is meh. Should have picked up bubbles bulgarian team and perhaps Buyout Shipz instead, replacing dreamer.
2021-04-08 18:05
#87
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Hong Kong RiggedCS
HHAHAHAHAHAHA CRACKHEAD
2021-04-08 18:06
Gl Spellan
2021-04-08 18:09
#90
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Poland bercik20
JUST ADD OSKARISH
2021-04-08 18:14
#91
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Czech Republic Pencicak
good move, get rigon and tier1 team
2021-04-08 18:14
interesting pick
2021-04-08 18:34
spellan and woro in the same team KKKKKKKK mad lions smoking that good crack
2021-04-08 18:36
#96
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Turkey 69kagan
spellan and woro on a team xD.
2021-04-08 18:47
Spellan and Woro can do damage. I like this new MAD LIONS approach. You CAN form a team WITHOUT experienced players because the game doesn't require some legacy experience. You don't need f0rest with 20 years of experience, it doesn't matter who you play against if you have, for example, 12k hours. Eventualy It all depends on aim and luck, non-standart peeks and moves in general and for doin' that you don't need 20 years of playing CS. The only problem for this team is "the invite system" with popular rich orgs. No need to spend lots of money on players if you can spend it on more perspective partnership with ESL for example.
2021-04-08 18:53
#99
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United States dangalange
time for mad lions to start throwing now that spellan is on the roster
2021-04-08 19:12
no brain -tudson +normal igl 2 snipers for what? and woro was better
2021-04-08 19:27
expected
2021-04-08 19:38
MAD Lions is like a modern corporation sign players as free interns throw shit to the wall and hope it sticks
2021-04-08 19:38
Loba's arab mix was better than this trash
2021-04-08 19:40
#106
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Russia xaNdEN
How many guys they need??
2021-04-08 20:03
#107
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Poland SebL
SPELLAN is a really good player, he does everything his team needs him to do, I think he is one of the best Bulgarian players atm. It's getting really interesting for MAD Lions, however idk. how will having IGL as 6th player work tbh. But I'm interested in seeing this.
2021-04-08 22:29
#108
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North America joeS
"T1 IGL" ok this is not t1 but ok
2021-04-09 00:40
This roaster is so wierd tbh
2021-04-09 01:27
Just kick that bot jL and suddenly MAD lions looks less like BAD lions.
2021-04-09 02:19
this lowbob to mad lions? just became awful lions especially with coach kuben aka baldfraud
2021-04-09 05:34
1 reply
still better than keen
2021-04-09 09:22
#112
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Europe cNap__
I think the director of Mad Lions watches a lot of fpl matches.
2021-04-09 09:10
#114
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Poland RoDaK
Oh no. Mad lions about to become number 1 throwing team
2021-04-09 10:50
FPL mix? lol
2021-04-09 11:33
i dont know why they dont just use hooxi who is still on the bench, he's a good igl
2021-04-09 13:29
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