Today, we are thrilled to announce that we continue to deliver on our promise of expansion with the signing of Nihilum’s Hearthstone roster. Delving into Blizzard’s card game had long been in our plans, but we decided against making a move until we were 100 per cent sure that the team we picked could live up to the club’s standards and make a splash in the scene.
Finding the right team/players is never an easy task, but once we got to talk to Nihilum’s roster we immediately knew that they ticked all the boxes. They have charisma, a winning culture and the drive to improve each and every day, all traits that we uphold at G2.Kinguin. So please join us in welcoming Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy, Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski, Dima “Rdu” Radu and Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk to the club!
We are proud to support the strongest Hearthstone team in the world, a title earned after winning the Archon Team League Championships, the biggest team-based Hearthstone competition held to date. With such a talented and experienced group of players, we are sure that the future of G2.Kinguin’s Hearthstone section is bright.
However, the impact of today’s announcement will go far beyond the limits of a single game. Confused? No need to be. We are pleased to also announce that, in addition to captaining our Hearthstone team, Lothar will be taking up the position of G2.Kinguin’s Chief Gaming Officer (CGO), which means that he will act as the liaison between the management and the teams, ensuring that all squads are representing us in the best possible way. He will also be in charge of acquiring new talent for the club across new games. Below you can find a statement from him on the team’s move to G2.Kinguin:
“It is more than satisfying to see that a team that I have built from scratch achieve so much that it has caught the attention of bigger organisations. Today, I can announce that Nihilum’s Hearthstone team moves under a new roof, the sun-bathed G2 roof in Spain. Our team remains intact, so you will see the same quartet that we have used for almost a year now. New home, new challenges, and our first chance to shine under the name will be the BlizzCon European Championships, in Prague, on October 3rd-4th, where Lifecoach and Thijs will be fighting for the European Championship title and a spot at Worlds. For me, personally, this is also the time for new challenges as I step down from being Nihilum General Manager to take the position of Chief Gaming Officer in G2, where I will be taking care of teams and players. Wish us luck!”
G2.Kinguin’s founder and CEO, Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago, gave the following statement about the club’s expansion into Hearthstone:
“We are very excited to move into another tier 1 esports game with a world champion lineup. Amazing players, genuinely nice people and very unique characters; these guys got it all, and we as G2 could not be happier to be represented by anyone else than these players in Hearthstone. We will put huge emphasis on creating exciting content surrounding this wonderful game and our star players, allowing our entire fanbase to get in touch with this super fun game with ease. We hope this to be a great present for our teams’ fanbase and to attract many new fans.”
Read on to find more information about our Hearthstone players.
When talking about legends in the Hearthstone competitive scene, no discussion can ever take place without mentioning Adrian “Lifecoach” Koy. A former poker player with over $130,000 in live earnings, Koy, who currently lives in Vienna with his wife and two daughters, embraced Hearthstone soon after the game’s release and has since become a dominant force in the scene. He boasts many individual accolades, including first-place finishes at Viagame House Cup #3 and in the ROOT Gaming Hearthstone Invitational, and played a key role in the team’s title-winning campaign at the Archon League Championships.
On top of being one of the most successful players in the game, Lifecoach also has a very large fanbase. It is not a surprise, as the German player spends several hours per week on his stream and interacts with viewers on the chat as often as possible, which makes for amazing discussions about strategies and new decks.
Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski is a veteran of the Hearthstone scene and one of its most popular figures. After leaving Planetkey Dynamics, he was offered the position of captain in Nihilum to create a successful lineup, which he brilliantly accomplished. He makes sure that all the pieces fall into place in the team but he is also a great player in his own right, with multiple top-eight finishes at international events.
Lothar, who often provides live commentary on Hearthstone events, will also be taking over as G2.Kinguin’s Chief Gaming Officer (CGO), which means that he will be overseeing all teams and players, making sure that everything is on track at the club.
Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk joins G2.Kinguin as the No 1 player in the world according to GosuGamers’ ranking. He had an extraordinary run online during the early stages of his career, winning several ZOTAC Cups and IHU King of the Kill tournaments, and he went on to translate that success into offline play, taking the gold at DreamHack Masters Bucharest and closing the year of 2014 with a runners-up finish at the DreamHack Hearthstone Championship.
Molendijk has been able to maintain his amazing level of form in 2015 and he will be looking to secure a place at Worlds via the European Championship qualifier.
Dima “Rdu” Radu started playing Hearthstone just for fun, but when he reached the semi-finals of DreamHack Bucharest he realised that he could follow the road of a professional player. Just two months later, he would win DreamHack Summer to establish himself as one of the hottest players in the scene, finishing at the top of GosuGamers’ rankings twice in a row.
Radu’s dedication to the game is unparalleled, and he is just starting to reap the rewards. The Romanian talent ended 2014 as one of the year’s most successful players, and he will certainly add many titles to his cabinet while wearing G2.Kinguin’s shirt.