The Canadian sensation, Twistzz, has emerged as the first revelation in this year's coveted Top 20 Players of the Year list by 1xBet, earning recognition for his unwavering skill set and exceptional trading abilities.
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken's legacy in the Top 20 rankings began in 2018, marking his debut year with Team Liquid. Securing the 12th position globally, Twistzz showcased his prowess through deep runs in international tournaments and clinching victories at cs_summit 2 and SuperNova Malta. The following year, amidst Liquid's triumphant period and the Intel Grand Slam win, he climbed to the 9th spot, trailing behind teammates Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski and Keith "NAF" Markovic.
However, 2020 proved challenging for Liquid, resulting in Twistzz missing the Top 20. Seeking a new challenge, he joined FaZe, finding the freedom and space he desired. In 2021, despite a less eventful year, Twistzz secured the 17th position, a testament to his consistency as FaZe's standout star.
As FaZe delved into 2023, they faced hurdles and triumphs. Qualifying for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, the team showcased resilience, albeit with a stand-in. The real test unfolded at IEM Katowice, where Twistzz's stellar performance against Mongolians highlighted his individual brilliance.
The pressure heightened approaching the Paris Major, but FaZe, having triumphed in ESL Pro League Season 17, found their stride. Malta witnessed FaZe's dominance, securing an Intel Grand Slam prize and alleviating the team's previous missed opportunities.
However, FaZe's journey took a rocky turn in the European RMRs, revealing the team's vulnerabilities. IEM Rio 2023 proved challenging for Twistzz, citing exhaustion as a factor in FaZe's 9th-12th place finish.
The Major posed another challenge, with FaZe battling skepticism due to RMR struggles. Twistzz acknowledged doubts but emphasized the team's solid performance, navigating through challenges and reaching the quarter-finals.
The first half of 2023 saw Twistzz's resurgence in North America, with notable performances at IEM Dallas and BLAST Premier Spring Final. Yet, FaZe's form wavered in subsequent events, highlighting inconsistency.
FaZe's transition to Counter-Strike 2 rejuvenated their success. Twistzz played a pivotal role in Sydney, earning his second Exceptionally Valuable Player (EVP) accolade. FaZe continued their winning streak, triumphing in the Thunderpick World Championship 2023. However, a setback at BLAST Premier Fall Final ended their 18-match streak.
Twistzz bid farewell to FaZe after this event, returning to Liquid. Reflecting on his challenging year, he expressed anticipation for the future, emphasizing the importance of pushing personal limits.
Twistzz's 20th position in the Top 20 Players of 2023 reflects his consistent performance and exceptional trading skills. Notable is his remarkable trade ability, ranking among the top traders globally. Despite lacking MVPs, his EVP accolades underscore his role in FaZe's success. Looking ahead, Twistzz aims to elevate his game, support his team, and secure victories in 2024.