Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken is a professional gamer training in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competing for Team Liquid as their rifler. Through his gaming experience in CS he has developed his fighting skills to handle the lurker position as well as his impact in the current support role whenever needed.
Van Dulken loves his gaming career, he just wishes he had enough time to spend with his family. His mother supports his choice of career in fact she watches Russel play at the esports tournaments. He loves travelling with his teammates and depending on the competition results, he loves to celebrate on a pint of beer.
Where it all began:
Russel was 5 years old when he became interested in computer games, watching his parents play. He was encouraged to try his very first video game, Quake. As he grew older so did his passion for gaming becoming more than just a hobby. It was the one thing that made him happy all the while coming to terms with his parents’ separation and a victim of bullying in school.
He came across CS: GO through his father who loved video games, it was a bond that he and his father had. His dream was to be a professional pro gamer and when the opportunity arose, he dropped out of school. His competitive spirit in video games has shown his fighting potential in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to join esports teams like Tectonic, Team Solomid and Misfits. He continues to follow his dreams with one of the top units, Team Liquid.
Team Liquid is a esports organization that was established in The Netherlands back in 2000. The association started out as a Brood War Clan that eventually switched to StarCraft 2 in 2010. Understanding the growth of electronic sports has given Liquid the opportunity to support squads that compete in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Smash, Street Fighter, Halo and FIFA. The company is worldly known for their informative website that covers everything that is esports featuring tournaments, players and their teams.
Liquid created their CS: GO team in 2015, acquiring the former players from Denial Esports. Like in every team, the lineup changes, players left while others joined. Forming the current CS roster is nitr0, EliGE, jdm64, Stanislaw and Twistzz that will carry the unit to new gaming heights.
Competition Participation and Winnings:
Twistzz greatest win was when he attended Esports Championship Series Season 1 – Finals while playing for Team Solomid. Reaching the semi-finals, the CS squad lost to Luminosity with the record 0-2, to claim their reward of $80K.
While playing for Team Liquid, Twistzz won his second highest accomplishment at the ESL Pro League Season 5 – Finals. The squad managed to go through to the semi-finals, but lost against North with a disappointing result of 0-2. Proud of their close call and yet so far they scooped their prize of $60K.
The most recent Counter-Strike tournaments that Twistzz and Team Liquid have attended include Eleague CS: GO Premier 2017, ESL One: New York, ESG Tour Mykonos, DreamHack Masters Malmo qualifiers and ESL One Cologne among many others. Competing with top teams like Faze Clan, Renegades, Mousesports, Astralis and Immortals has given Russell the pleasure of improving his CS gameplays, showing the esports community his fighting capabilities.