BJK have dominated the Turkish scene since the start of the year – finishing in 1st place in the TCL Winter Season and winning the Winter Playoffs. The team then went on to win the International Wild Card Invitational, where they beat off representatives from the other 6 wildcard regions to claim their spot at the Mid-Season Invitational.
Dropping Muhammed “Theokoles” I??k and Isak “Energy” Pettersen Fjell is a big statement of intent from Besiktas – changing their roster while currently being the undisputed best team in Turkey surely shows a higher ambition and real international hopes.
The team’s new pairing will be jungler Arttu “Taikki” Sirkka and midlaner Mustafa “avenuee” Atalay.
The pair also played together on Low Priority, with a roster that included HolyPhoenix, before he joined HWA Gaming. A prior in-game understanding between the two will surely aid them in their upcoming games in the TCL.
Atalay also shares some history with Be?ikta? already – he subbed in for Aces High Esports Club, the team that was picked up to form Be?ikta? e-Sports Club, at IEM Cologne last season. The team managed to take a game off North America’s Team Dignitas, though due to roster changes since, the only remaining member of this roster is Berke “Thaldrin” Demir.