SEMPHIS returns as coach of Gaimin Gladiators

The former in-game leader hopes to elevate a less-tenured North American lineup by bringing his experience to the table.

Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen has joined Gaimin Gladiators as the team's head coach, the organization has announced. His addition to the roster marks a return to activity after he spent nearly a year on the sidelines, last recording an official match on HLTV with SKDC in May 2021 in ESEA Premier and otherwise only sporadically taking part in the lower ESEA leagues.

The 32-year-old is most well-known in CS:GO for stints on Complexity, Cloud9, and TSM in the early years of the game, notably managing a top-four finish at the first CS:GO Major, DreamHack Winter 2013, as well as a playoff appearance at the second Major, EMS One Katowice 2014.

SEMPHIS is looking to instill a disciplined environment with the Gladiators

During his years as an active player, SEMPHIS played alongside a handful of notable upcoming talents, including Russel "⁠Twistzz⁠" Van Dulken and former Misfits and Rogue member Hunter "⁠SicK⁠" Mims. His pro career came to an end after he was benched from Envy just one month into his time on the team, and he has only had brief stints on ESEA Premier lineups since, mostly being inactive in the scene.

Gaimin Gladiators most notably features David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster, who unceremoniously departed Party Astronauts in February after the team's bootcamp was cancelled, as well as former ChocoCheck trio Carson "⁠nosraC⁠" O'Reilly, Jeorge "⁠jeorgesnorts⁠" Endicott, and Dominick "⁠JazzPimp⁠" Dimpfel.

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"I wasn't exactly sure what direction I wanted to go," SEMPHIS said when contacted by HLTV.org about his decision to join the ESL Challenger League team. "Shortly after being removed from Envy I was diagnosed with keratoconus [an eye disease that results in a loss of vision], which took me out of the scene for a little over a year. When I came back I had to be realistic and accept with my age and the fact I need to use a hard RGP contact to see properly, playing just isn't in the cards anymore."

As the contact is uncomfortable to wear for lengthy periods, practicing actively as a player on a team was out of the question. Instead, coaching is the direction the Canadian is looking toward as he now looks to help further the development of less experienced talent in North America.

cynic will have the experience of SEMPHIS behind him

"My goal for the team is slow and steady improvements," SEMPHIS went on to explain. "When working with younger, less experienced players, people have to be realistic and realize we won't become the best team in the world in a month.

"I want to implement a proper practice schedule and ensure we are working hard to improve the right way even if in the short term that makes us worse, going into practice with a goal of what we want to work on and improve instead of trying to win the scrim for example, not getting upset over losses and realizing they're important learning opportunities that are actually beneficial for growth.

"I look at teams like Gambit and we all saw where they came from, they worked hard and put in the effort and I see no reason any of the players reading this aspiring to become pro can't achieve similar results with the right work ethic."

SEMPHIS' new team is currently competing in ESL Challenger League Season 40, where they are in contention to make the playoffs as they reside in third place in Group B.

Gaimin Gladiators now have:

United States Carson "⁠nosraC⁠" O'Reilly
United States Dominick "⁠JazzPimp⁠" Dimpfel
United States Jeorge "⁠jeorgesnorts⁠" Endicott
United States David "⁠cynic⁠" Polster
United States Otto "⁠garfield⁠" Netteberg

Canada Kory "⁠SEMPHIS⁠" Friesen (coach)

United States David 'cynic' Polster
David 'cynic' Polster
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
589
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
United States Jeorge 'jeorgesnorts' Endicott
Jeorge 'jeorgesnorts'  Endicott
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
203
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.68
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
1319
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.62
United States Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly
Carson 'nosraC' O'Reilly
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
404
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
United States Otto 'garfield' Netteberg
Otto 'garfield' Netteberg
Age:
17
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
23
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.77
United States Dominick 'JazzPimp' Dimpfel
Dominick 'JazzPimp' Dimpfel
Age:
25
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
357
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.72
#1
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Brazil PrestusHood
Wasted talent, semphis deserve to join a better team. Goat of NA coaching
2022-03-22 01:30
5 replies
actually really good move imo
2022-03-22 01:54
1 reply
#30
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Canada Hayaaa
Steady salary too haha
2022-03-22 02:01
#68
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Australia B_Tannen
He will rebuild the scene.
2022-03-22 08:24
pfffft
2022-03-22 17:40
#112
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Malaysia AtPdTrZ
he said he would actually coach the complexity boys but he's afraid that Jason lake still hold a grudge on him at the ex c9 boys i think they're cool now but chances of them working together is a worst gamble then doing poker (PTR)
2022-03-23 08:38
#2
hades | 
Netherlands SYDK
out of all the options, this team? okay semphis
2022-03-22 01:30
4 replies
Well at least he is helping out the NA scene, but yeah I agree he could have coached some other team
2022-03-22 01:31
1 reply
#94
 | 
Sweden hxm__
Helping out matchfixing
2022-03-22 12:19
#50
Liazz | 
New Zealand Iuca5
doubt he had a wealth of options
2022-03-22 04:04
#111
 | 
Ukraine TimaSicK
Better this than mythic
2022-03-23 07:45
adderall!!!
2022-03-22 01:30
1 reply
#27
 | 
United States Magma_44
"guys we need to stop match fixing. pop these addys and let's go"
2022-03-22 02:00
#4
 | 
United States cybonics
it's been way too long, hopefully he can set these guys on the right path
2022-03-22 01:30
LETS GO SEMPHIS
2022-03-22 01:30
OK
2022-03-22 01:31
He should go to Liquid and make Adren an assistant coach.
2022-03-22 01:31
#9
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Serbia Jnordz
lmao
2022-03-22 01:32
nice money laundering scheme
2022-03-22 01:36
"garfield" kekw
2022-03-22 01:36
NA back on top
2022-03-22 01:43
Cool!
2022-03-22 01:44
#21
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Hungary StraYzie
The goat is back
2022-03-22 01:45
Semphis living legend.
2022-03-22 01:58
wtf is his player profile?
2022-03-22 02:06
free paychecks inc
2022-03-22 02:06
#34
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Canada Turborat
Hope for NA has returned
2022-03-22 02:08
What a great ADDYtion! Kill it man
2022-03-22 02:20
#37
 | 
Malaysia AtPdTrZ
CHOCOCHECK WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED
2022-03-22 02:27
#38
 | 
United States GiantDays
Neat!
2022-03-22 02:52
#39
joel | 
Sweden Skunk2
crazy person shall be interesting
2022-03-22 02:53
gl TERMINATOR1g kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
2022-03-22 02:54
1 reply
LOL Fun fact: I used to talk to semphis a lot back in the Gotfrag days and started using TERMINATOR to troll him. Stopped getting in touch once MSN messenger died.
2022-03-26 15:46
#41
N4j | 
Germany N4j
"return" is bad.. he's been here the whole time...
2022-03-22 02:55
1 reply
#53
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United States cybonics
He stepped away when he was diagnosed with keratoconus
2022-03-22 04:43
irrelevant team, irrelevant player
2022-03-22 03:01
Pog
2022-03-22 03:02
#47
 | 
United States B0b3rT
Love semphis hate this team
2022-03-22 03:18
#48
 | 
Afghanistan s1mesy
s0mphis lmao
2022-03-22 03:20
1 reply
#51
Petra | 
Poland 138|
wtf toxicado
2022-03-22 04:14
Wasnt semphis that TERMINATOR kid on the gotfrag forums that everyone hated?
2022-03-22 03:24
3 replies
please explain further
2022-03-22 13:24
Gotfrag must be like 10+ years ago now. I hope someone confirms this, but i doubt that will happen
2022-03-22 14:56
No one hated semphis. He trolled a lot and was an Edward fanboy.
2022-03-26 15:47
#52
 | 
China RADNIKEY
Hilarious
2022-03-22 04:19
daddy semphy, take me in your arms
2022-03-22 04:49
LETS GO SEMPHIS
2022-03-22 04:56
From metal head up-coming star to adderal popping coach, what a career.
2022-03-22 05:04
Should be their gym coach and put some muscle on those skinny mfs.
2022-03-22 05:20
LETS GO MEMPHIS, SHOW THAT XAVI GUY WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF
2022-03-22 06:07
#60
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ALLAHTARES
GAI
2022-03-22 06:41
#61
f0rest | 
Brazil ylvd
Gigantic. This is a good team, specially for starting as a coach. Wish him all the success.
2022-03-22 06:45
why not coach orgless? too shit for that team?
2022-03-22 06:46
1 reply
more like orgless is too shit for him lol imagine still believing in daps and koosta
2022-03-22 08:53
i see canada flag i click
2022-03-22 06:54
Who
2022-03-22 07:34
expected
2022-03-22 07:43
Who
2022-03-22 07:59
God semphis
2022-03-22 08:21
he's gonna coach liquid soon anyway but it's a good start
2022-03-22 08:53
#74
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Bulgaria ramkain
Legend says he took his official picture after bathroom
2022-03-22 09:09
damn semphis lets go bro
2022-03-22 09:10
With the freshest strats
2022-03-22 09:29
I love semphis Such a cool guy
2022-03-22 09:42
Welcome back brotha
2022-03-22 10:26
Fitting name for beast boy semphis, leezz GOO Jesus!
2022-03-22 10:43
#85
green | 
Libya tblgk
Lets gooo beat that ksceratoconus
2022-03-22 11:00
Exiting b exiting b
2022-03-22 11:00
welcome back, legend!
2022-03-22 11:08
#93
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Portugal dascouves
How is JazzPimp 24? He looks at least 28 in his picture, and that picture isn't even new
2022-03-22 12:02
Isn't cynic the guy that destroyed his team by getting his vaccine for the day before the flight to the team bootcamp in Europe and being unable to fly because of it? How the fuck did he find a new team
2022-03-22 12:46
1 reply
#99
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United States cybonics
yes, because he's good. he's also toxic which is kinda on brand for ChocoCheck
2022-03-22 13:56
This team is shady, they pay their players in their crypto currency, and then they need to find sites to convert that to real money if other sites accept that crypto ofc, and if they don't convert it and org pulls a plug that crypto becomes worthless abd they were playing for free
2022-03-22 12:57
Let's gooo semphis bringing NA back to the top babyyyyy!!!
2022-03-22 14:28
#101
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North America Flightive
GOD OF ADERALL
2022-03-22 14:41
so washed up player as a coach for a soon to be washed up roster.makes sense. he should have stuck with old man ocean.haha
2022-03-22 15:57
#106
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Finland AliSabid
Nice
2022-03-22 16:24
He was a font of knowledge on those Peekers Advantage podcast. (When is the next one?). He’ll do great. Just worried if he’ll have enough time to work out.
2022-03-23 01:18
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