In a TwitLonger posted Thursday, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Teodor "SPELLAN" Nikolov announced that Mad Lions benched him and that he is looking ahead to future opportunities with other organizations. In a tweet from their account, Mad Lions confirmed the news and wished SPELLAN well in his future endeavors.
SPELLAN Benched by Mad Lions
In the TwitLonger, SPELLAN discussed his time with the organization, stating that, "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." SPELLAN went on to thank his teammates and people in the organization, giving credit to them for learning and growing as a player. SPELLAN also addressed his future, relaxing with a vacation, "so I can reset my mind and come back hungry for work as I am super motivated to play on a high level again."
SPELLAN's stint with Mad Lions lasted only a few months since his arrival with the team back in April 2021, and with limited success in matches and tournaments. It remains to be seen how SPELLAN and Mad Lions progress from here, ahead of the first in-person CS:GO Major since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Plenty of roster changes to CS:GO teams are in effect, with Peter" Ptr" Gurney announcing his retirement from CS:GO, and the three time Major winner Jesper "JW" Wecksell being benched as well, with FNATIC restructuring their team.