NATIONS ELITE ESPORTS CUP REGIONAL BREAKDOWN: THE BALKANS
The Nations Elite Esports Cup Regional Qualifiers are just around the corner. We have already introduced you to some of the notable teams in the Nordics, as well as Portugal and Spain. Today, it’s the turn for the teams from the Balkans.
The Balkans is different from Scandinavia and the Iberian Peninsula. By a generous definition, the region has 13 countries. Thus, we’re changing the format of the article for this region. Instead of giving you a couple of teams from each country, we will talk about the best teams from the whole region and point out where the players come from 1 by 1.
In alphabetical order, the first team we would like to highlight is BPro Gaming from Bulgaria. The team has gone through some changes this autumn, signing three players, Krasen “Zix” Minchev, Hristiyan “REDSTAR” Pironkov and Ivan “VNko” Ivanov to join the core of players Valentin “poiz0n” Vasilev, Ianko “Blocker” Panov and Dimitar “DroW” Slavkov.
The third team to step into the spotlight is KlikTech from Slovenia. While KlikTech doesn’t have an all-Slovenian roster, at least they have three players from the country, Nejc “saveeey” Mis, Matija “Bustem” Omerzel and Alan “Imp” Pfeifer to go with two Croatians, Luka “brky” Brkanac and Predrag “st0Le” Stojković.
Nexus Gaming is a very good Romanian team, featuring Catalin-Ionut “BTN” Stanescu, Costin “jaxi” Vrînceanu, Bogdan “nJ” Nicolae, Adrian “XELLOW” Guta, who’s only 17 years old and Iulian “iGm” Hagau.
The team has been going through some roster upheaval in recent months with Valentin “SEMINTE” Bodea and Christian “sXe” Nita released from the team recently.
Coming out from Serbia, Resistance is the next team on our list. Their all-Serbian roster seems to be incomplete, missing one player, however, they have been recently seen using Resistance’s Aleksa “Impulse” Stankić to reinforce their core four of Nemanja “k1Ng0r” Bošković, Petar “HOLMES” Dimitrijević, Dimitrije “DiMKE” Veljković and Dejan “d3k1” Kosanović.
Based in Serbia, Squared has four Serbian players, Marko “shev” Krajčeski, Jordan “JORDAN” Tašković, David “Dav” Miljanić and Impulse with Croatian Matija “NyX” Jovanović rounding out the roster. It seems like Resistance will have to find a new player for our event as Impulse is not available for obvious reasons.
Where many teams talked about here seem to prefer rosters of a majority of their players coming from a single country, Valiance is not about that life. The Serbian organization does have three Serbian players in Luka “emi” Vuković, Đorđe “DJOXiC” Niciforović and Nestor “LETN1” Tanić. The last two, however, come from two different countries, making Valiance the most international team spotlighted in this article.
One of the two, Anel “NENO” Ceković, comes from Macedonia, while Nemanja “huNter” Kovač is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. huNter is the most statistically impressive player on the Valiance roster.
The Bulgarian roster currently playing under the Windigo banner has been known as ex-Outlaws for a while, after parting ways with the Outlaws organization.
Now, they’ve found themselves under new management and had the chance to play against teams like EnVyUs and GODSENT, bringing nV to Overtime.
What is the Windigo lineup? Nikolay “pNshr” Paunin, Kamen “bubble” Kostadinov, Viktor “v1c7oR” Dyankov, Teodor “SPELLAN” Nikolov and Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov.
But Wait, There’s More!
Our FaceIt Online Qualifiers for the Nations Elite Esports Cup have already finish with LPSP qualifying for the main event. Now its regional turn starting with Nordic and Spanish/Portuguese Qualifiers which are set to start on Nov. 29-30. The last qualifier to be held will feature the Balkan teams and is scheduled to take place on Dec. 2-3.
Amazing stories are set to happen and there is not much left. You still have a chance to register, and be a winner to meet teams like GODSENT, LDLC, Kinguin, AGO or LPSP in the battle for the lion’s share of the €25,000 prize pool.