Despite having a rough start to the year at the ELEAGUE Major, 2018 can be seen as a year of progress and success for BIG. Earlier this year, we have made significant changes to our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, bringing aboard Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch in what was the biggest transfer up to date in the German scene, and acquiring one of the hottest AWP talents, Owen “smooya” Butterfield.
Today, we are incredibly excited to announce a complete overhaul of our League of Legends roster, bringing aboard some of the most exciting prospects in Europe.
Joining the team as our new jungler is Finn-Lukas “Don Arts” Salomon. Making a name for himself on teams such as EURONICS and Alternate aTTaX, Don Arts is a natural leader both inside and outside the game.
Markus “Acidy” Käpp will be joining forces with Juho “NilleNalley” Janhunen to create a tactically diverse top lane. Acidy, whose strengths lie with his strong tank play, will be a perfect complement to NilleNalley’s split pushing prowess and carry play.
Our mid lane will be boosted by the presence of Brayan “Kruimel” Van Oosten, who will be our beacon of consistency with his long tenure in League of Legends professional play, and his strong champion pool.
Backing our ADC Tobias “Navio” Stephan will be our new support player: Tobias “Dreamer Ace” Schreckeneder. The young Austrian will have the chance to show off his exceptional mechanical talent and his teamwork, to form the deadliest bot lane in the German scene. Our last years support player Nils “hammann” Hammann will remain as active sub, having the chance to learn and improve with regular practise.
Finally, our management has undergone some changes as well. We are moving Floris “Vamir” Tuijn to the head coach position, as well as adding Luciana “AngelArcher” Nadrag as our new analyst. The two of them will create a solid, constructive frame around the team to make sure they are prepared and ready for all of their matches.
Statement Don Arts
The recent weeks that I have been scrimming with BIG wasn’t actually my first encounter with the team; in their preparation for spring finals I filled some scrims for them. I already realized back then that the motivation of all the players was not only playing some games in the German league but winning the whole thing, although the scrim results were rather unsatisfying. Watching them play semis vs ESG really surprised me. They put up a huge fight against the tournament favorites and were super close to even winning it.
Now that I got added to the team I hope I can develop the team and the talent it has on the roster to make great things happen. Scrims have been going extremely well since the beginning and I am convinced we’re gonna be one of the top teams until the split starts.
Other than that you can definitely see that BIG has been leading the German esports, even if not in League of Legends, for a reason. Everything is going super fast, the staff is hardworking and they really care about the players.
We definitely wanna be contenders for top 4 in every Germann league and looking at our team and staff I think we even have a realistic shot at making a strong run happen once again!
Statement Nick “Crane” Turberville, Team Manager
After having a strong start in the previous split, we knew that the players have a lot of potential to reach the top. However, we knew that in some cases there just wasn’t enough. Everyone contributed their thoughts and feelings on the team, and we ended up at the conclusion that these 7 players will be the best for us.
Every member of the team brings their own individual talents and strengths to the team, forming a lineup who synergizes well and give strong results. To backup these players we have a very strong support staff with our head coach and analyst. Altogether I am very confident in our lineup for the upcoming split, and I can’t wait for you all to see what we can do.
Berlin International Gaming will be fielding the following League of Legends line-up moving forward:
Jungle: Finn-Lukas “Don Arts” Salomon
Secondary Mid: Calle “Dragane” Dargren
Support: Tobias “Dreamer Ace” Schreckeneder
Secondary Support: Nils “hammann” Hammann
Manager: Nick “Crane” Turberville
Head Coach: Floris “Vamir” Tuijn
Analyst: Luciana “AngelArcher” Nadrag
Thank you Agurin and Acesive for your contribution to the line-up. We wish you all the best moving forward! We would also like to thank exceL Esports for the smooth process in regards to the transfer of Brayan “Kruimel” Van Oosten.