Revealing second pair of teams: Team Coinflip Gaming and Surreal Gaming

As we continue our news marathon - here are the next two BESL season one teams representing Latvia - Team Coinflip Gaming and Surreal Gaming.

Team Coinflip Gaming [TCG]

Lineup

Dainis "Onyoz" Strautiņš (ingame: Hqyo, TOP)

Daniels "Gnome" Vahruševs (ingame: Bresakemp, JGL)

Edgars "Spozhais" Gulbis (ingame: Pluka, MID)

Mārtiņš "Klydex" Zālītis (ingame: insidevision55, ADC)

Dāvids “RiftWolfie” Kanders (SUP)

Team Story

Team Coinflip Gaming started as a combined roster with players from various teams attending many Latvian LAN tournaments. The first small success for the team was GOEXANIMO Summer Invitational, where they got 3rd/4th place but since then the roster has seen many changes. Although current players had known each other in-game for a long time, and sometimes played against each other, the teams core „trio” formed in Season 7 when they started playing together in various online tournaments and ranked games. As a team, these three players first played together in LAN at GOEXANIMO LoL 5x5 #3 placing 3rd. The teams catchphrase “coinflip team” started because of the unpredictable and wild playstyle of the team members.

Achievements

3rd place Samsung GOEXANIMO LoL 5x5 #3

3rd place MSI League of legends Unicon 2016

2nd place King of the Baltics 2017

1st place in LU DF League of legends 5x5 2017

Players

Edgars "Spozhais" Gulbis (MID)

Midlaner and captain for Team Coinflip Gaming. His first LAN event was MSI League of Legends LAN finals in Unicon 2016 as jungler for RWR. Plays a large champion pool, but known for inconsistency, hence why some say that he is among the top of Latvian midlaners, but others say he has a long way to go. Came to BESL to prove that he can compete with the best players in the Baltic region.  His favourite champions are flashy and mechanically intensive, such as Yasuo, Azir, and Ekko. Because of his high-risk playstyle with yasuo, he was the original inspiration for the teams slogan “coinflip”.

Daniels "Gnome" Vahruševs (JGL)

Playing LoL since Season 2. Known for being a supportive jungler. His most loved champions are Ivern and Nunu, but also capable of delivering aggressive play style. Has also taken part in Summer Invitational GOEXANIMO LoL tournament, where he achieved 3rd/4th place. Been in the top 3 junglers of Latvia for a long time now, and this tournament will show that he can reach the number  1 spot. He is looking to improve and show what he’s capable of in BESL!

Dāvids “RiftWolfie” Kanders (SUP)

First time he got involved in the competitive side of League of Legends and Latvian LAN tournaments was by participating in a GOEXANIMO tournament that took place in April 2017 as the Support for Falcon Gaming. After taking part in a few LAN tournaments, in December 2017 he got to compete in 'Kings of the Baltics' LAN tournament that was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, finishing second with Falcon Gaming. Since then, he has moved forward onto a new roster as the Support player for Team Coinflip Gaming. His preferred champions are Rakan, Alistar and Tahm.

Mārtiņš "Klydex" Zālītis (ADC)

Klydex - Adc player for TCG. Started playing league in season 3. Started participating  in various tournaments when he was only 15 years old. Known for his hypercarry style. Favourite champions are twitch, xayah and vayne. Some players would say he is overrated but he is here to prove them wrong.

Dainis "Onyoz" Strautiņš (TOP)

Onyoz - top laner for Team Coinflip Gaming. He is known for his individual playstayle or as he says himself: “I like to win my lane by playing mind games”. Some would say he is the best Tryndamere in EUNE server. Favourite champions: Ornn, Tryndamere, Poppy, Camille. Fiora, Jayce, Gangplank.

 

Surreal Gaming [SG]

Lineup

Romāns "NerZulx" Jakšts (TOP)

Sergejs "bIGMAK" Pahars (ingame: Captain Snowball, JGL)

Aleksejs "McRo" Dorohovs (MID)

Lauris "Shyking" Jurgilēvičs (ADC)

Reinis “atnex” Puriņš (SUP)

Team Story

Team Surreal Gaming's roster is made up of old veterans and few newcomers who are eager to compete for the major BESL event. Most importantly they have hardworking and committed players that are willing to improve themselves and dedicate their time to compete against the best, while occasionally defeating some of the Latvian top teams.

Achievements

Occasionally achieving 2nd or 3rd place at GOEXANIMO monthly tournaments

Players

Romāns "NerZulx" Jakšts (TOP)

NerZulx has always been seen as an innovator of some extent, having the audacity to play champions like Xerath, Lee sin, Azir, lulu, Diana top lane with quite a lot of success when back then it was considered madness to even try.  Another shining perk that people tend to associate with NerZulx is that he always had possessed a mind of a leader, always building players and showing the way of teamplay.

Sergejs "bIGMAK" Pahars (JGL)

bIGMAK is a very dedicated and emotional player and always does his best in leading his team to victory, being a shot-caller with countless experience. He also has played many amateur tournaments together with prodigies of our time on the Russian server, some of which are now playing in LCL (Continental league) that gave him an invaluable experience and game knowledge.

Aleksejs "McRo" Dorohovs (MID)

McRo finally got more free time and decided to devote and motivate himself to finally achieve something in this game. Someday he wants to be called a Pro-Gamer. He started to analyze his mistakes as well as his own decisions, and started marching a long road to success by joining Surreal Gaming. Now with the BESL Pro league he might be one step closer to achieving that goal.

Lauris "Shyking" Jurgilēvičs (ADC)

Shyking aka Kaiser started to play league of legends far back in season 2. He is well known for his high ceiling mechanics on champions like Vayne and Lucian. There was time where he had pure mechanical skills but lacked the ingenuity to compete against other people in a more strategic way of playing. For the most part of season 6 till season 8 he has been rapidly improving and surpassing other people in macro-play and mechanics and is here to show others their place.

Reinis “atnex” Puriņš (SUP)

Atnex aka Zippen started playing league of legends at the start of season 3, he found out about the game when he and his best friend, who moved to UK, were looking for a game to play together. At the start he mostly played for fun and with no care for the competitive spirit that the game can bring. But in season 4 he began his journey in ranked, knowingly that he can be one of the best. The only trial for him was knowing how far the can go up the ladder. By few seasons he achieved master tier, a prime example for everybody that he is capable of achieving high ranked in soloq. Throughout his career Atnex has tried many roles but the most enjoyed he found for himself to be support. As a person who works hard and dedicates himself to the game, he is sure enough to bring the upright success for the team and especially grant the team a needed upgrade to compete in besl. It is his first tournament that he will participate in, he expects it to be a big turn of events in his career and he is eager to show off his competitive spirit and teamwork with his marksman at the bottom lane.

 

BESL Pro Season 1 starts on 26th of February. For nine weeks ten best Baltic state teams will battle it out for a chance to secure one of the four spots at the LAN finals held at Hypertown Riga 2018 EXPO taking place from 26th till 27th of May at Ķipsala exhibition center in Riga, Latvia.

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