MAD Lions bench SPELLAN

The Bulgarian in-game leader is free to explore offers from other organizations ahead of the second half of the year.

Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov will no longer be calling the shots in MAD Lions after being moved to the bench in the off-season. The Bulgarian player had been plying his trade in the international squad since April, when he joined the team to take the reins following the dismissal of Kristers "⁠keen⁠" Dārznieks.

During SPELLAN's tenure, MAD Lions often fell short in the tough qualifier circuit in Europe, although they managed victories at some of the smaller events they played, namely GameGune 23 and Esports Pro Tour Summer. They nonetheless failed to impress at bigger tournaments for emerging teams like Spring Sweet Spring 1, finishing in 16-18th place, and at BLAST Rising, where their playoff run was cut short by Spirit Academy in the quarterfinals.

SPELLAN will no longer lead MAD Lions

"I never really felt comfortable in the team in-game and didn't really have the chance to lead the game the way I'm used to, so it affected my confidence and performance during my stay here," the Bulgarian in-game leader wrote in a statement after being moved to the bench, voicing a sentiment that helps explain his dip in personal form in the statistical department, as he went from a 1.01 average rating during his year in SKADE prior to joining MAD Lions to a 0.93 at the time of his benching.

"On the positive side I can say I learned and improved a lot on some aspects inside and outside of the game thanks to the people in MAD Lions," he added, "I can say I really had fun with the boys, so I know I can bring more to my next team with the experience I got. I am very thankful for the professionalism and the time we spent together."

The 23-year-old will take the last days of the off-season to rest but hopes to return to activity after the player break, be it back as an in-game leader or in another role, albeit under a new banner.

MAD Lions's are now down to five players in the active roster:

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

Poland Jakub "⁠kuben⁠" Gurczynski (coach)

Bulgaria Teodor "⁠SPELLAN⁠" Nikolov (benched)

Bulgaria Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Teodor 'SPELLAN' Nikolov
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1420
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Ukraine Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Volodymyr 'Woro2k' Veletniuk
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
116
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.67
Lithuania Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Justinas 'jL' Lekavicius
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.67
Poland Filip 'tudsoN' Tudev
Filip 'tudsoN' Tudev
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
218
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
Denmark Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Thomas 'TMB' Bundsbæk
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
501
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
Spain Pere 'sausol' Solsona Saumell
Pere 'sausol' Solsona Saumell
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
135
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Latvia Kristers 'keen' Dārznieks
Kristers 'keen' Dārznieks
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
69
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
This team is irrelevant :)
2021-08-05 17:58
19 replies
Better than mibr anyways
2021-08-05 18:05
17 replies
Milbr #56 Mad Lions #67
2021-08-05 18:14
16 replies
thinking hltv ranking makes sence LOLLL
2021-08-05 18:22
11 replies
What do you believe is the best system for determining world rankings? Or which site/organization? Hltv isn’t perfect but they pretty damn good. Full breakdown of points, placing more or less emphasis on LAN’s and bigger/smaller events. What’s your rebuttal Lol
2021-08-05 19:19
9 replies
gosugamers.net
2021-08-05 20:40
5 replies
Not the guy I commented on of course but that site seems trashhhh Lol. Astralis and Faze both went DOWN on their site after the strong placings at LAN. That right there shows it’s poop
2021-08-06 00:12
2 replies
ok Canada
2021-08-06 01:57
1 reply
liquid fan basically from NA
2021-08-06 02:21
pog ORDER top 20
2021-08-06 07:58
1 reply
ofc
2021-08-06 11:35
akuma 28 lmao
2021-08-06 14:28
2 replies
They’re 30 on Gosu. Hardly a difference.. I’m not supporting hltv as being the best. I asked an unbiased question and was given some satisfactory feedback. Gosu obviously isn’t much better
2021-08-06 19:33
1 reply
as long as we can all agree that jackz is the best player every site will do
2021-08-06 22:34
+1
2021-08-06 07:55
#38
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Europe Zinn0
We talk irrelevant its madlions.
2021-08-05 18:22
#48
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Portugal Davdio
dont forget mibr usually farm points for ranking playing their shitty competitions in Brazil
2021-08-05 18:40
MIBR 44.4% WINRATE MAD LIONS 63.6% WINRATE THANK ME LATER
2021-08-05 19:06
1 reply
+1
2021-08-05 21:26
they cant find a fucking IGL lmao
2021-08-05 18:31
nice 'development' roster. they had a top 10 roster and wasted it all what a shame.
2021-08-05 17:59
10 replies
feelsbad for TMB man... had a chance to play with some really strong danish guys then got left with this dumpster fire
2021-08-05 18:31
9 replies
#44
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Lithuania Zen3ix
TMB not that good mens))
2021-08-05 18:35
8 replies
dude imagine signing with ML and getting promised to play with refrezh, sjuush, roeJ, hooxi, and then u get put with 4 random players like that sucks ass and u get the pressure of a bunch of danish top20 players saying to watch out for you because ur a sick player so much pressure and it sucks for him mens)))
2021-08-05 18:37
7 replies
#47
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Lithuania Zen3ix
wasn't this roster built around him? plus if he pulls of 1.0 rating in this tier then idk mens)) u right tho, the last ML was way better than this one, but atleast i see someone playing good in that team
2021-08-05 18:38
6 replies
how the hell is this roster "built around him"? he literally got all the shitty support roles lmfao
2021-08-05 19:15
5 replies
#123
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Lithuania Zen3ix
when the team was first built together they said that it is built around him.
2021-08-06 11:43
4 replies
obvious lie by management tho, you arent building around TMB by getting fucking Woro2k, Tudson and Sausol lol, they just want to get these young players so they can sell them for a profit if they become good, they really screwed over TMB, not even keeping Hooxi and Roej was absolutely embarassing and showed this operation is just a way for them to get a quick buck with young players
2021-08-06 12:53
3 replies
#128
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Lithuania Zen3ix
yeah, that's true, i think it kind of worked tho, i mean woro sausol and tudson are good so it would be easy to sell them, but also jL became really good in the last couple of months, litterally carrying the team
2021-08-06 14:03
2 replies
flag but yes
2021-08-08 04:49
1 reply
#135
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Lithuania Zen3ix
i mean ye, i like to see him play good, but i don't think i said any lies :D
2021-08-08 12:10
FPL God
2021-08-05 17:59
#4
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Germany Furkk
Trash
2021-08-05 17:59
Team needs more awpers
2021-08-05 17:59
1 reply
+1
2021-08-05 22:33
I dont understand this team sry....
2021-08-05 18:00
10 replies
#15
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
Neither does their management dont worry about it
2021-08-05 18:03
9 replies
they should go full russki,polska or whatever
2021-08-05 18:05
8 replies
#24
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
They shouldnt have thrown away their Danish team from 2019/2020 Doesnt matter what region they were to look to, there isnt a viable group of talent available and all talent for academy projects has been taken by actual t1 orgs who knew what they were doing If we're being honest the best thing ML can do is just disband this roster so they save money and can get a better one in a few more months
2021-08-05 18:08
7 replies
maybe they should add the team from msl^^ it would be so much better than this team
2021-08-05 18:09
5 replies
#28
JUGi | 
Finland Khroni
Maybe, they could also pick up DBL, the currently listed NORDAVIND roster, or even make a decent NA team given that Junior, tarik and RUSH are currently listed as well
2021-08-05 18:12
3 replies
That isn't a bad start to an NA roster, but then you definitely need two stars to round out a good five
2021-08-06 07:48
2 replies
+Hiko +Skadoodle
2021-08-06 08:39
NA scene outside EG and Liquid is pretty dead and the lower scenes are full of match fixers but for sure there's some 16/17 yo god aimers in NA that they can find
2021-08-06 12:34
#104
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Asia M@GNU5
maybe MSL can help them rn
2021-08-06 02:39
We’ve seen all the ‘talent’ taken by t1 teams lately. Seems like they actually didnt know what they are doing lol.
2021-08-06 06:07
Imagine bench igl
2021-08-05 18:00
2 replies
#14
ropz | 
United States Goob
they did it twice, within 6 months of the team beginning smh my head
2021-08-05 18:02
well they have to do it if the igl isn't comfortable etc
2021-08-05 18:05
ok ig
2021-08-05 18:00
Make a post about EPL matches already mens((
2021-08-05 18:01
1 reply
+1 my friend
2021-08-05 18:01
ahahhhahaahhhhhahha
2021-08-05 18:01
I thought they dont exist as a team anymore
2021-08-05 18:01
xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
2021-08-05 18:01
+Allu incoming
2021-08-05 18:03
#17
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Lithuania Falafelis
On paper they have good team, but holy shit they suck for some reason, maybe they need more experienced players in their team.
2021-08-05 18:03
4 replies
#34
44 | 
Russia CYETA
no, they dont have good team on paper at all
2021-08-05 18:18
3 replies
#64
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Lithuania Falafelis
They do, all of these players are very skilled and up and coming.
2021-08-05 19:39
2 replies
#68
44 | 
Russia CYETA
:D
2021-08-05 19:43
1 reply
#69
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Lithuania Falafelis
;D
2021-08-05 19:44
+shroud confirmed
2021-08-05 18:06
3 replies
#70
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Lithuania Falafelis
shroud retired back in 2017, I don't think he will come back to CSGO or join MAD Lions lienup.
2021-08-05 19:45
2 replies
its a joke mf
2021-08-05 20:14
You should be really fun at parties and stuff
2021-08-06 06:09
This seems like such a bad managed team. Its so many awpers and new people all the time. What a mess
2021-08-05 18:07
2 replies
#71
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Lithuania Falafelis
Why do you think so?
2021-08-05 19:45
1 reply
They have removed 3 players in just some months and had 3 different IGLs. Most of the players where AWPers and they even played without Spellan on some map eventho he was the IGL. Woro was for a long time someone who often just played one map eventho he was by far the best preforming player.
2021-08-06 00:03
#23
PeeP | 
United States Den422
since when did MAD Lions get another team after the Danish guys?? lmfao never heard of this team
2021-08-05 18:07
1 reply
MAD Lions need another cheater
2021-08-05 18:10
2 replies
#72
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Lithuania Falafelis
Who is cheating for them now? :O
2021-08-05 19:46
1 reply
woro
2021-08-06 02:43
4 months and Mad Lions didnt move an inch.
2021-08-05 18:13
2 replies
#73
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Lithuania Falafelis
srsly?
2021-08-05 19:46
Downhill maybe
2021-08-06 06:10
Rip
2021-08-05 18:15
1 reply
#74
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Lithuania Falafelis
Rip
2021-08-05 19:46
mad lions turned bad lil cats
2021-08-05 18:15
A joke of a team
2021-08-05 18:19
1 reply
#75
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Lithuania Falafelis
Do you truly think so?
2021-08-05 19:47
+kennyS
2021-08-05 18:19
3 replies
#76
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Lithuania Falafelis
Instead of who?
2021-08-05 19:47
1 reply
spellan
2021-08-05 20:00
thats excatly what they need,more awpers
2021-08-06 02:42
MAD LOLIONS
2021-08-05 18:25
#40
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France dolbyeawp
trash player idk why they took him
2021-08-05 18:29
great news
2021-08-05 18:33
#46
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Netherlands Lacerta
Great Move Let this 5 play
2021-08-05 18:38
2 replies
#77
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Lithuania Falafelis
Ok I will alow these 5 to play, thanks for advice very helpfull.
2021-08-05 19:47
1 reply
#119
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Netherlands Lacerta
? ok
2021-08-06 11:07
#49
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Chile cristiaan
sad
2021-08-05 18:41
One matchfixer less
2021-08-05 18:43
2 replies
#52
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Hungary Shiron212
hahaha
2021-08-05 18:46
#78
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Lithuania Falafelis
When was the last time he match fixed?
2021-08-05 19:48
#51
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Hungary Shiron212
Sad story
2021-08-05 18:45
#53
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Hungary 0pahm
Matchfixers must have to go if organisers want to still make money.
2021-08-05 18:46
#54
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Spain Nepomu
Finally god damn what an awful player
2021-08-05 18:53
this team is so pathetic changing rooster every 2 weeks
2021-08-05 18:55
t10 team
2021-08-05 19:04
Faster than expected
2021-08-05 19:04
Just buy Jerry,idiots
2021-08-05 19:07
2 replies
Jerry won't leave ForZe for this
2021-08-05 19:42
1 reply
+1000
2021-08-05 19:55
Finally they benched him
2021-08-05 19:12
i forgot mad lions had an org LOL
2021-08-05 19:31
#65
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Serbia Dusan837
good org but no namers in team
2021-08-05 19:40
#66
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United States burNout_
Bruh, another team thats not letting an IGL lead the way they want.
2021-08-05 19:42
1 reply
He's just toxic
2021-08-05 20:00
Get fucked toxic dog
2021-08-05 19:59
What team? Who?
2021-08-05 20:00
#86
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Brazil gosttavoo
dead project
2021-08-05 21:18
Finally baldman can find the real team rather then this trash project.
2021-08-05 21:19
who?
2021-08-05 21:36
This is a clusterfuck. And what happend to Rejin?
2021-08-05 21:43
from good to top tier 48946541
2021-08-05 22:12
1) the guy should get used to the situation, not bend situation to his liking. 2) the guys is known for having attitude (read: he's toxic).
2021-08-05 22:20
#94
ISSAA | 
Poland farr
+mirbit
2021-08-05 22:37
1 reply
Quite a possible move. Still wouldnt solve the issues they have I guess
2021-08-06 06:15
#95
CeRq | 
Bulgaria UncleG
rip fixed matches :) SPELLAN deserve it
2021-08-05 22:43
Xizt time?
2021-08-06 00:02
Very important information...=D
2021-08-06 00:11
#103
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United States EZ4Bard
dont car
2021-08-06 02:25
Spellan was always a poor pickup. Mad Lions should have renamed their team to ML academy maybe they could have got a WePlay invite lol
2021-08-06 05:57
Noone cars about this bulg shit
2021-08-06 06:36
So...no IGL? lol. Makes zero sense.
2021-08-06 11:36
#122
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Other go1x1n00b
23? is this a typo?
2021-08-06 11:39
expected
2021-08-06 11:55
#127
NiKo | 
Poland SebL
Good decision, he was really bad lately. MAD Lions coldzera? :P
2021-08-06 13:59
expected I'm surprised they signed him at first place
2021-08-06 16:53
#132
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Ukraine slivdNhq
Finally
2021-08-06 20:01
#136
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Hungary F1z3s
n1
2021-08-11 23:33
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