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Player Information
Troels Lyngholt Nielsen
December 24, 1989 (age 34)
Europe Europe
Years Active (Player):
2011 - 2022
Current Role:
Approx. Total Winnings:
Signature Hero:
Keeper of the Light Vengeful Spirit Dazzle
2008-10-?? — 2008-11-??
2008-11-?? — 2009-03-??
2009-02-?? — 2009-04-20
2009-??-?? — 2009-??-??
2009-??-?? — 2009-??-??
2009-12-12 — 2010-03-06
2010-03-06 — 2010-10-10
2010-??-?? — 2011-??-??
Dota 2:
2011-??-?? — 2011-??-??
2011-11-24 — 2011-12-05
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 — 2017-04-20
2017-05-23 — 2017-07-??
2017-09-04 — 2017-09-24
2017-09-28 — 2017-11-27
2018-02-07 — 2018-06-05
2018-09-13 — 2018-12-??
Upcoming Matches
No Upcoming Matches

Upcoming Tournaments
No upcoming tournaments

Troels Lyngholt "syndereN" Nielsen (born December 24, 1989) is a Danish Dota 2 caster.


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]

2011 - 2013[edit]

syndereN's big break through in Dota 2 came when his team Wild Honey Badgers won the Dreamhack Winter 2011 Dota 2 tournament. Shortly after the tournament completed, the 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 USD and more notably, retained their DreamHack championship at Dreamhack Summer 2012 against Na`Vi for kr 100,000 SEK (approximately $15,000 USD).

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]

2015 - Present: Return to Competitive Dota[edit]

On December 2, 2015, syndereN announced his return to competitive play, with the creation of Steak Gaming.[12]. Joining him were veterans Era, Fogged, and Sealkid, as well as Australian pubstar sLiCKz. However, after two months of weak performances, failing in numerous open qualifiers, the team was disbanded. On the 29th of February, 2016, syndereN and Era rejoined on a new team, No Diggity. They were joined by fellow veteran qojqva and two newcomers to the competitive scene, KheZu and YapzOr. This team would prove to be much more successful, winning their first qualifier for EPICENTER as well as reaching second place in the League Play for DreamLeague. As a result, the team was signed by a newly founded organization, 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, losing to Fnatic in the first round.

Following The International, the team was unable to connect to their previous performance, failing to qualify for many tournaments, especially for The Boston Major and ESL One Genting. Their only successful qualifier would once again be DreamLeague, where they topped the group ahead of Team Liquid. As a result, their two newcomers, Khezu and YapzOr, would leave the team: Khezu to join a fledgling Team Secret[14] in November and YapzOr to create B)ears[15] in December. This team's life would end with a second-place finish at the LAN event for DreamLeague Season 6 (where Trixi would stand in for Khezu), where they lost 3-0 in the Grand Finals to Team Liquid.

After Escape Gaming released the rest of the players on January 6th,[16] syndereN locked a roster including remaining players from Escape (Era and qojqva) and old DotA veterans Trixi and H4nn1 with a cryptic name of January 25th. On January 25th, Ninjas in Pyjamas announced they were re-creating their DotA 2[17], by picking up this new squad. syndereN's time with NiP would prove to be short. After failing to qualify for any LAN events, most notably The Kiev Major and the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017, syndereN was replaced by iNsania.

syndereN would remain teamless until it was time to register a team for The International 2017. together with fellow Dane 13abyKnight, Xcalibur, and Alliance veterans EGM and Akke, syndereN formed Crescendo. However, this team failed to qualify for The International, winning only two games in the qualifier. syndereN would still attend the event, but as a caster.

With the introduction of the new Dota Pro Circuit system, syndereN attempted to revive No Diggity. He was once again joined by Era, former Alliance members Handsken and jonassomfan, as well as Jordanian pubstar MagE-. This time, however, the team managed to only last 3 weeks before disbanding. syndereN then replaced Saksa on MidOrFeed, where he was reunited with Khezu and played with rising stars such as w33, Timado, and canceL^^. For the few months that they played together, the team showed promise, but could not qualify for any of the new minors and majors. After disappointing results, the team disbanded by the end of November 2017.

On February 5th, before the roster lock deadline for The International 2018, syndereN registers with a new team Mad Lads, once again with Khezu and qojqva. The team was also comrpised by the Greeks Madara and Maybe Next Time[18]. Despite decent qualifier performances, the team was unable to clinch a LAN appearance.

Due to roster instability in the European region, the team was a subject for an invite in the European Regional Qualifiers for The International 2018. With the imminent qualifiers, a few days away, it was later unveiled that, two players unexpectedly left and syndereN's long time friend and teammate, qojqva, decided to join Alliance. With this third departure, syndereN's hopes of attending TI8 as a player were effectively dashed.[19]

After HAPPY GUYS disbanded around new years 2018/19 syndereN announced his new team Kaban on the 18th of January.[20]


In addition to being a popular player, syndereN has also co-casted with Tobi Wan for The Defense Season 1 and 2, along with a few games at 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".[21] 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 casted 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.[22]

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. After Escape disbanded, however, syndereN once again returned to shuffling between being a player and a caster


  • syndereN currently holds the dubious honor of having attended all The Internationals either as invited talent or as a player.
  • "syndereN" is Danish for "the culprit".[23]


Additional Content[edit]






  1. Patrik "Raistlin" Hellstrand (2009-12-12). "Drayich returns as syndereN forms 'THE SHIT!'". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "heikki" (2010-10-10). "Online Kingdom disbands". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  3. Vincent "em0_llama" Nunes (2010-03-06). "TheShit! is now OK". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  4. Kai "Treble1999" Chua (2011-12-07). "mTw acquire Wild Honey Badgers". GosuGamers. 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.
  18. Troels "syndereN" Nielsen (2018-02-07). "Locked and Loaded". Twitter.
  19. Troels "syndereN" Nielsen (2018-06-05). "Mad Lads and TI8". twitlonger. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  20. Troels "syndereN" Nielsen (2019-01-18). "Ex-Spirit players and DKPhobos". twitter. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  22. Ren "Ren" Vitug (2014-06-06). "UPDATED : Multiple EN casters and personalities confirm TI4 invite". GosuGamers. Retrieved 2014-07-15.