From A1 Adria League to the biggest tournaments in the world
Throughout eight seasons of A1 Adria League (A1AL), we had the opportunity to see some of the biggest regional talents in esports. The fact that goes in favor of this is that some of them had the chance to work or play on some of the biggest esports tournaments in the world. As there are too many of them we can’t fit them all, so we singled out the most successful ones.
Four years and eight seasons of A1 Adria League
It’s been four years since the first season of the A1 Adria League, at that time called Vip Adria League. Since the beginning, a lot of things have changed. However, the help in the development and establishment of domestic esports players has always remained the same. It wasn’t just the players who were gaining a valuable platform for competing and experience throughout the league, but also those who had the opportunity to work on this project. The image of regional esports wouldn’t be the same today without one of the most long-lived leagues.
Thousands of players played countless matches in order to obtain the flattering title of best in the region. Some of them have made impressive careers.
Valiance&CO – the legendary roster
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the game that has been a part of A1 Adria Leagues since season one. One of the teams which marked this league since the beginning is Valiance&CO, champions of the first two seasons. Even though Valiance&CO have won the league with slightly different rosters, the core of this team remained the same. nexa, huNter-, emi and LETN1 did that miracle run with CR4ZY at StarLadder Major in Berlin, while Impulse kept dominating the regional CS:GO scene for years to come.
Duo players Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač, who won the league two times, and Nemanja “nexa” Isaković who joined the team before the second title, also used to play together in G2 Esports – one of the top five CS:GO teams in the world! They split ways in their recent careers with nexa joining the ranks of OG, while huNter- stayed with NiKO in a refreshed G2 lineup featuring m0NESY and aleksib – competing at both the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in Köln and IEM Katowice in Poland.
Besides them, we have to mention Pavle “maden” Bošković who starred in A1 Adria League playing for teams like UltiCoin and Ripple Esports. After a few years with the FPX core, he moved on to compete under the ENCE’s banner. ex-BLINK with different rosters and by various names also participated in the league. Today the four members Sener “SENER1” Mahmuti, Flatro “juanflatroo” Halimi, Dionis “sinnopsyy” Budeci, and Genc “gxx-” Kolgeci are in the top 50 teams in the world, currently looking for organization to represent.
The KlikTech journey
From the champions in the first two seasons in the A1 Adria League in League of Legends, you could probably make a respectable European team.
Toni “Sacre” Sabalić and Aljoša “Milica” Kovandžić, players of the now legendary KlikTech, after great regional success, have found their way to the League of Legends European Championship, the strongest European league in this esports. They were part of the team which surprised the whole European LoL scene qualifying to top eight of European Masters in 2018. Regional representatives had only one better performance in this tournament since its inception. ASUS ROG ELITE was the better team, who in order to win the second season of the league had to beat KlikTech, mentioned earlier. Dino “LIMIT” Tot played for ASUS that year, and today he is a BDS player in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).
World success isn’t reserved only for players
It wasn’t only the players that made it to the top of world esports. A lot of people who were during the years working on the realization of A1 Adria League now still work in esports and on some of the biggest tournaments. They are rarely spoken of, but their success isn’t any less valuable, and they are equally important for the growth and development of regional esports. One of them is Ante “med1cz” Medić. In A1 Adria League he was an observer, and you could also see him commentating on some of the matches. Today he works for Ubisoft, as an official observer and in-game director of the biggest Rainbow Six Siege tournaments. He worked on the broadcast of the biggest R6 esports tournaments, including Six Invitational in Montreal and Paris, as well as Six Mexico Major.
Who’s missing on the list?
Take a moment and browse through our history page and find out all the legendary names who participated in eight amazing seasons of regional esports.
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