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Titan
Generic Titan Profile Picture.png
Divisions Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
SMITE
Founded September 2013
Folded January 2016
Location Singapore (HQ)
Website www.titan.pro

Titan was a professional eSports team founded in September 2013. Titan formerly sponsored teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Smite, Quake Live and Dota 2. CEO and founder Damien Grust announced the organisation's dissolution on January 13, 2016, citing financial issues.[1][2]

Dota 2[edit]

Titan started its Dota 2 team in 2013 by recruiting four players from Orange Esports, Lee "KyXy" Kong Yang, Lim "Net" Wai Pern, Joel "Xtinct" Chan and Chong "Ohaiyo" Xin Khoo, in addition to Chua "Ice" Chee Cai.[3][4]

Although the team secured a podium finish at Mineski Pro Gaming League,[5] in December 2013 Ice was dismissed from the team,[6] being replaced first by Singaporean carry player Gavin ‘Meracle’ Kang and then Malaysian player Ng Wei "NWP" Poong (formerly known as "Yamateh").[7]

The team went on to win the Asian Cyber Games 2013[8] and finished 9th/10th place at The International 4 in 2014.[9]

In October 2014, the Titan Dota 2 team was disbanded and the division was officially put on hold.[10] Most of the players went on to join the newly formed Team Malaysia.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

In January 2014, began a CS:GO team by recruiting the VeryGames team of Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans, Nathan "NBK" Schmitt, Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom and Richard "shox" Papillon.[11][12] The team went on to win the February 2014 DreamHack Invitational tournament, defeating their rivals Ninjas in Pyjamas,[13][14] With Copenhagen Games 2014 being the first LAN to do groups based on world rankings, Titan was officially placed as the 2nd best team in the world,[15] but failed to deliver at the event.

The team's lineup changed in May 2014 with the departure of Richard "shox" Papillon and his replacement by Kenny "kennyS" Schrub.[16] Following the change, the team did poorly, although it won second place at Gfinity 3 in August 2014.[17][18]

In September 2014, the roster was restructured again. Only Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans and Kenny "kennyS" Schrub were retained, as they were joined by three players from LDLC: Dan "apEX" Madesclaire, Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez and Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian.[19][20] The new lineup then went on to win the DreamHack Stockholm Invitational in Globen,[21] taking down parts of their former teammates in LDLC. Kenny "kennyS" Schrub was also singled out as "the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player in the world" by esports historian Duncan "Thorin" Shields,[22] with the team being ranked as no. 5 on his Top 10 World Ranking list leading up to DreamHack Winter 2014.[23]

In November 2014, Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian was dismissed from the team after receiving a VAC ban,[24] with returning CS:S legend Cédric "RpK" Guipouy taking his place.[25] Also returning but in July 2015 would be previous Titan team members Richard "shox" Papillon and Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux, replacing the two exiting players apEX and kennyS.[26][27] In September 2015 another longtime member, Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez, left the team, making room for yet another returning player, Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom.[28][29]

However, on January 13, 2016, Titan's Founder and CEO Damien Grust issued a statement from its official website stating that they do not possess the revenue to keep supporting their CS:GO division and that they would disband.

"From then on it was a real uphill battle and I forced myself to reinvest into Titan in order to keep the company afloat for at least one more year, believing that we could make it after all. We fought the entire year, trying to secure sponsorships that would enable us to keep a struggling, but great CS:GO team as well as our SMITE team. We also sought advice from agencies and lawyers to maybe even sell shares in the company, or merge with another one. None of these scenarios ever materialised with any of the potential partners we spoke to.

Here we are now, starting 2016 without a budget high enough to keep a CS:GO team or pay our amazing staff. How profoundly sad."[30]

Smite[edit]

In December 2014 Titan expanded its esports presence by recruiting Aquila, securing the lineup of Nate “Ataraxia” Mark, Andreas “KanyeLife” Christmansson, Emil “PrettyPriMe” Edström, Thomas “Repikas” Skallebaek, and Kevin “Confrey” Confrey.[31][32]

Founded as Agilitas at the start of the Smite Pro league qualifier in 2013, the team had stayed largely intact since its inception, adding manager Job “CaptCoach” Hilbers and analyst Erik “Omgimabird” Sjösten as support staff.

Playing their way through the Smite Challenger Cup and placing 1st seven weeks in a row, the team ended 2014 by winning the Smite European Regionals after a 2-0 clean sweep against SK Gaming in the finals.[33][34][35] In the following 2015 Smite World Championship tournament the team managed to beat Oh My God and SK Gaming, with Titan taking an impressive second place after losing 2-3 to the home soil lineup of Cognitive Prime in the grand final.[36][37]

In August 2015 Job “CaptCoach” Hilbers left the team in search for new challenges, and the following month saw the team part ways with Kevin “Confrey” Confrey, being replaced by the up-and-coming talent of Nicklas "Brotuz" Petersen.[38]

On January 12, 2016, Titan's Smite division dissolved due to the departure of the current Titan SMITE roster. It would only be a mere day later that Titan's CSGO division followed suite and was shut down, along with the rest of Titan.

"The departure from Titan also signals the end of the current roster, with parts of the Thomas "Repikas" Skallebaek, Nicklas "Brotuz" Petersen, Nate "Ataraxia" Mark, Emil "PrettyPriMe" Edström and Andreas "KanyeLife" Christmansson lineup going their separate ways."[39]

Former players[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

  • Nathan "NBK" Schmitt
  • Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
  • Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
  • Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez
  • Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian
  • Kévin "Ex6TenZ" Droolans
  • Richard "shox" Papillon
  • Cédric "RpK" Guipouy
  • Kudret Anıl "Haumea" Coşkun
  • Leon "h0pz" Bajramov
  • Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux
  • Jérôme "NiaK" Sudries (Manager)

Smite[edit]

  • Kevin "Confrey" Confrey (Hunter)
  • Thomas "Repikas" Skallebaek (Jungler/Guardian)
  • Nicklas "Brotuz" Petersen (Solo)
  • Nate "Ataraxia" Mark (Hunter)
  • Emil "PrettyPriMe" Edström (Mid)
  • Andreas "KanyeLife" Christmansson (Guardian)
  • Erik "Omgimabird" Sjösten (Analyst)

Dota 2[edit]

  • Chua "Ice" Chee Cai
  • Galvin Kang Jian "Meracle" Wen
  • Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo
  • Wei Poong "NWP" Ng
  • Wai Pern "Net" Lim
  • Joel Zhan Leong "XtiNcT" Chan
  • Kong Yang "kY.xY" Lee

Quake Live[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date
2nd Place ESEA s15 Dallas, USA 19 January 2014
1st Place DreamHack Invitational Stockholm, Sweden 21 February 2014
3rd Place StarSeries XI Kiev, Ukraine 5 May 2014
2nd Place Gfinity 3 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2014
1st Place DreamHack Invitational Stockholm, Sweden 27 September 2014
2nd Place Asus ROG Helsinki, Finland 31 January 2015
2nd Place Pantamera CSGO Challenge Stockholm, Sweden 7 February 2015
1st Place Gamers Assembly 2015 Poitiers, France 6 April 2015
2nd Place ESL Pro League Winter 2015 Cologne, Germany 12 April 2015
3rd Place ESEA s18 Dallas, USA 19 April 2015
3rd Place Gaming Paradise Portorož, Slovenia 9 September 2015
3rd Place CEVO Season 8 Columbus, USA 8 November 2015

Smite[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date
1st Place Wildcards Online 26 October 2014
1st Place SMITE European Regionals Cologne, Germany 16 November 2014
2nd Place SMITE World Championship 2015 Atlanta, USA 11 January 2015
2nd Place Hitbox EU Invitational Online 12 July 2015

Dota 2[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date
1st Place SteelSeries SEA Cup Season 3 Online 28–31 October 2013
2nd Place GMPGL SEA Grand Finals Season Five Quezon City, Philippines 9–10 November 2013
~5 Rapture Gaming Network League 2013 - 2014 Online 18 May - 8 December 2013
1st Place joinDOTA League Asia Season 1 Online 26 January - 13 April 2014
~9 The International 2014 Seattle, Washington, United States 8–21 July 2014

Quake Live[edit]

Place Tournament Location Date
1st Place DreamHack Winter 2013 Jönköping, Sweden 1 December 2013
1st Place QuakeCon 2014 Intel Duel Masters Invitational Championship Dallas, Texas 20 July 2014

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