The Western Wolves’ have recently made some strategic additions to their Counter-Strike: Global Offensive division. After catching the international community’s attention by securing a third place finish for the DreamHack Winter 2012 Qualifier, all eyes are on these five up-and-coming Swedish talents, and recent Western Wolves additions, including:
Before joining the Western Wolves’ line-up, the new additions played under the SY_b tag. Moving over from Counter-Strike 1.6, the team has a ton of experience under their belt already, as well as some strong individual achievements. To name a few, they won the first ESPlay CS:GO tournament, the ESL: Go4CS:GO Cup #14, and most notably the THOR Open CS:GO Qualifier #2 where they beat teams such as Virtus.Pro, Fragmasters.TOXIC and Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Most recently, the top players managed to catch quite a few big names off guard at the DreamHack Winter 2012 Qualifier. Unfortunately, they only secured a third place finish and still have to qualify themselves through the BYOC tournament.
Here’s a close up look of each new player and their strengths they bring to the Western Wolves’ team:
Erik “zende” Sundequist is the team’s captain and only recently turned 18-years-old. He is considered one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in the CS:GO scene and has a ton of online experience for a player of his age. Under the wW tag, he is looking to attend more offline events. Former teams include dope, Gamerzone and AEQUINTAS.
Andreas “Schneider” Lindberg used to play under some semi-professional Swedish CS1.6 teams such as Gamerzone, Hellslayers and hatersG0nnahate. His experience and impressive individual skill prove him as a worthy member of the team.
Robin “flusha” Rönnquist picked up his feel for the competitive CS scene years ago and has played in quite a few LAN events already, including DreamHack, IOL and esport-SM. Known for his patience and sense of humor, he’s a very strong addition to the line-up.
Simon “downie” Storm is only 17-years-old. This makes him the youngest, and often the most under-estimated player of the team. With six years of CS1.6 experience under his belt alongside a heart that beats for competitive play, he’s considered another one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in the Counter-Strike: GO scene. Former teams include dope, Gamerzone and AEQUINTAS.
Jonatan “Devilwalk” Lundberg is the oldest (and most wise?) player for Western Wolves at 21-years-old. Before he picked up Counter-Strike: GO up earlier this year, he played CS1.6 for nine years with his older brothers and irl mates. He claims he was no good back then, but his performance at recent games under the WW tag tell us an entirely different story.
We’ll be seeing these five players in action at the DreamHack Winter 2012 BYOC event where they will compete for a spot in the official tournament. Team’s captain zende shared his thoughts about their DreamHack Winter attendance, “Basically, we’re disappointed we lost in the very last game for a main tournament invite. We’re going to learn from that loss and take the experience we’ve gained with us into the BYOC. As it always is, BYOC will be a bit of a hassle but we’re going to do everything in our power to get through and prove ourselves a worthy team in the main tournament.”
Do you think these wolves have what it takes to take their game to the next level? Many have already named them the big underdogs of the tournament. Their brutally aggressive tactics as well as solid teamwork have beaten quite a few big names in the scene.
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