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Player Information
Troels Lyngholt Nielsen
December 24, 1989 (1989-12-24) (age 27)
Approx. Total Earnings:
Signature Hero:
Keeper of the Light Vengeful Spirit Dazzle
Solo MMR:
7110 (last update: 2016-09-29)
2008-10-?? — 2008-11-??
2008-11-?? — 2009-03-??
2009-02-?? — 2009-04-??
2009-??-?? — 2009-??-??
2009-??-?? — 2009-??-??
2009-12-12 — 2010-03-06
2010-03-06 — 2010-10-10
2010-??-?? — 2011-??-??
2011-??-?? — 2011-??-??
2011-??-?? — 2011-??-??
2011-12-05 — 2013-01-19
2013-01-19 — 2013-02-26
2013-05-01 — 2013-12-19
2015-12-02 — 2016-02-29
2016-02-29 — 2016-06-21
2016-06-21 — 2017-01-06
2017-01-06 — 2017-01-25
2017-01-25 — Present

Troels "syndereN" Nielsen is a Danish professional Dota 2 player who is currently the captain of Ninjas in Pyjamas.



In December 2009 SyndereN formed "THE SHIT!", a team consisting mainly of Scandinavian players.[1] They experienced some success as they became the first team to take a game off of "" at a point where they were seen as invincible.[2] "THE SHIT!" also finished second in "Farm4Fame 2.4".[2] They were picked up by a sponsor, Online Kingdom, in March 2010.[3] As Online Kingdom the squad won "European Dota Championship Pro League", and got into the top 8 at ESWC 2010.[2] They finally disbanded after a brief period of inactivity in October 2010.[2]

Dota 2[edit]

As a player[edit]

SyndereN's big break in Dota 2 came when his current team of "Wild Honey Badgers" won the Dreamhack Winter 2011 Dota 2 tournament. Shortly after the tournament completed, SyndereN and his team were picked up by mTw to form their Dota 2 division.[4] Despite running into a few changes with the team and even a complete revamp, SyndereN continued to prove his capabilities as a captain and a player by leading mTw to tournament victories in The GD Studio's Arena #2 for $1,000 and more notably, retained their DreamHack championship at Dreamhack Summer 2012 against Na`Vi for 50,000 SEK (approximately US$7,500).

With the same line-up as DreamHack Summer 2012, SyndereN managed to qualify for The International 2012. Shortly before the tournament rumors started that the team had internal issues and SyndereN was removed from the role as captain. After a disappointing 3-11 record at the event, all players, except for SyndereN, left the organization. It was made clear that SyndereN would, yet again, build a team from scratch.[5]

On October 31 of 2012, mTw announced their new Dota 2 squad with SyndereN at the helm again. The new team consisted of Matrim, Tulex, Warlog, Dutch_freak and SyndereN himself.[6] The newly established mTw team was expected to participate in Dreamhack Winter 2012 on the backs of the invitation the previous mTw squad received for winning DreamHack Summer 2012 over Na'Vi. Unfortunately for SyndereN and his fresh dota squad, they were unable to attend DreamHack Winter 2012, stating that they were not up to the level of skill they wish to be.[7] SyndereN was never able to really show off his newest mTw Dota 2 squad on a big stage as mTw definitely shut down on January 27, 2013.[8] After that, ex-mTw played under the moniker of Re-defining Madness. On February 26th, SyndereN announced the disbandment of Re-defining Madness due to a lack of progress and lackluster performance, and the players went their own ways.[9]

On May 1, 2013, SyndereN joined mousesports, where he replaced the recently removed Alex.[10] On December 19th 2013 SyndereN announced his retirement as a professional player to focus on his work as a commentator.[11]

On December 2, 2015, SyndereN announced his return to competitive play, with the creation of Steak Gaming.[12]. After two months of weak performances, the team was disbanded. On the 29th of February, 2016, SyndereN announced the formation of a new team, No Diggity, with Era, KheZu, qojqva, and YapzOr. The team was signed by Escape Gaming in June, shortly before the International 2016 European Qualifiers.[13]

The team managed to get into the The International 2016, where they placed 13-16th. On November 6th KheZu leaves for Team Secret [14] and later on December 27th YapzOr leaves to create B)ears. [15]. After Escape Gaming released rest of the players on January 6th [16], Synderen locked a roster including remaning players from Escape (Era and qojqva) and old DotA veterans Trixi and H4nn1 with a cryptic name of "Jan 25th".

On January 25th, Ninjas in Pyjamas announces they are re-creating their DotA 2 roster with Synderen, Era, qojqva, Trixi and H4nn1. [17]

As a caster[edit]

In addition to being a popular player, SyndereN has also co-cast with Tobi Wan for The Defense Season 1 and 2, along with a few games of The International 2012. He is well liked for the insight he provides during the casts as well as his good chemistry with Tobi. Some of SyndereN's most notable casts were for The Defense Season 1 finals when he flew to Germany to cast with Tobi Wan in person. In January 2014, SyndereN joined Dotacinema as a caster under the title "Head of e-Sports".[18] There, he formed a casting duo with the ex-HoN caster SUNSfan and proceeded to cast the Dotacinema organized tournament, XMG Captains Draft Invitational. The duo is currently casting as part of the North American Hub for the "The International 4" qualifiers. On June 6, 2014, Valve officially invited him to The International 4 as a personality.[19]

Outside of casting, SyndereN is, along with Puppey, one of the experts on the talk-show TalkDOTA hosted by joinDOTA and Tobi Wan.

SyndereN continued to cast games for 2014 and the first half of 2015, casting at ESL One New York, The Summit 3 and ESL One Frankfurt. After casting for The International 2015, SyndereN joined MoonduckTV, and shifted more to the analyst role, acting as an analyst for the Frankfurt Major and Dreamleague. After acting as talent for the Shanghai Major, SyndereN has taken a break from casting, focusing on competing under Escape Gaming for the remainder of 2016.


Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Results Prize
2016-11-26 A22nd A2Major DreamLeague Season 6 Escape Gaming 0 : 3 Team Liquid $45,000
2016-11-20 A22nd A3Minor Royal Arena #1 Escape Gaming 0 : 3 The Imperial $1,500
2016-11-08 A11st A2Major DreamLeague Season 6 League Play Escape Gaming 10/-/4 Grp. S. $10,000
2016-08-31 A33rd A2Major WCA2016 EU Main Qualifier Escape Gaming 2 : 3 Vega Squadron $6,785
2016-08-08 B313 - 16th A1Premier The International 2016 Escape Gaming 0 : 1 Fnatic/Fnatic $103,852
2016-05-21 A44th A2Major DreamLeague Season 5 No Diggity 1 : 2 $10,000
2016-04-21 A22nd A7Qualifier DreamLeague Season 5 League Play No Diggity 8/-/6 Grp. S. $8,000
2013-06-17 A55 - 8th A1Premier DreamHack Summer 2013 Mousesports 1 : 2 Alliance $1,547.4
2012-07-29 A11st A3Minor The Premier League Masters MTw 3 : 0 Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere $500
2012-06-18 A11st A1Premier DreamHack Summer 2012 MTw 2 : 1 Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere $14,386
About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament

Notable Events Casted or Hosted[edit]

Date Tier Tournament Position Partner List

2016-03-06 A1Premier Dota Major Championships The Shanghai Major 2016 EN Commentator/Analyst
2015-11-21 A1Premier Dota Major Championships The Frankfurt Major 2015 Analyst
2015-08-08 A1Premier The International The International 2015 EN Commentator
2015-06-21 A1Premier ESL ESL One Frankfurt 2015 Commentator
2015-06-15 A1Premier DreamLeague DreamLeague Season 3 Analyst
2015-05-17 A1Premier The Summit The Summit 3 EN Commentator
2014-10-10 A1Premier ESL ESL One New York 2014 Commentator
2014-07-21 A1Premier The International The International 2014 EN Commentator
2014-06-29 A1Premier ESL ESL One Frankfurt 2014 Commentator
2012-09-02 A1Premier The International The International 2012 EN Commentator










External links[edit]


  1. Patrik "Raistlin" Hellstrand (2009-12-12). "Drayich returns as syndereN forms 'THE SHIT!'". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "heikki" (2010-10-10). "Online Kingdom disbands". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  3. Vincent "em0_llama" Nunes (2010-03-06). "TheShit! is now OK". Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  4. Kai "Treble1999" Chua (2011-12-07). "mTw acquire Wild Honey Badgers". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  5. "mymTw - All good things comes to an end"
  6. "Matrim and Tulex return to mTw"
  7. "mTw and Clan Poland not traveling to DreamHack"
  8. "mTw officially shuts down"
  9. Re-Defining Madness disbands
  10. SyndereN Joins Mouz
  11. SyndereN retires as a player
  13. Robinson, Zak (21 June 2016). Escape Sign No Diggity "Escape Gaming Sign “No Diggity”". Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  14. "WELCOMING MAURICE ‘KHEZU’ GUTMANN". Team Secret. 2016-11-06. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
  15. "YapzOr leaves escape". Twitter. 2016-12-27. Retrieved 2016-12-27.
  16. ZeroEmpires (6 January 2017). "Goodbye & Good Luck". Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  17. DevelOP3 (2017-01-25). "Announcement: The Return to DOTA 2.". Ninjas in Pyjamas. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  19. Ren "Ren" Vitug (2014-06-06). "UPDATED : Multiple EN casters and personalities confirm TI4 invite". Retrieved 2014-07-15.