In order of when I played with them:
Grizz (UGC S12) - He literally got me into competitive, if it wasn’t for him I would of probably never entered UGC. He quit a long time ago, but he’s still one of my best friends and we still talk.
Jarrett (UGC S13) - I can’t stress this enough, this guy has single handedly carried teams to grand finals, and is largely responsible for KNDs early success. He is a phenomenal demo, teammate, and friend. In earlier and even current seasons, he has taught me so much about the game and how to play it. I am extremely lucky to have been able to play with him for as many seasons as I have.
Giraffe (UGC S14) - A lot of people who have played with Giraffe will tell you he is a very stubborn person to play with, and can make the game unfun. I also had a similar experience and even clashed with him when I played with him, but I can’t forget that he is a large part of my growth as a player. I think I improved as a TF2 player a lot in the season I played with Giraffe, he helped me become a spy who communicates and coordinates and I’m not entirely sure I’d be the player I am without him.
Kresnik (UGC S18) - One of the most kind hearted and genuine person I’ve ever met. He was a great team leader for KND in UGC, and a lot of the things he told us as a leader I try and incorporate with my teams. He knew how toxic a team can be when they just expect wins, he created an environment that made everyone still fight hard to win, and earn it. It’s not easy and even I slip up sometimes today, it’s good to have someone on your team that serves as a constant reminder that winning isn’t handed to you.
Bowl (UGC S25, RGL S1, RGL S2) - I list three seasons for Bowl because this was slower to develop. Actual core KND died in UGC S18 when Kresnik stopped leading it. There were KND teams between S19 and S22 but they were led by Ender and Etney and never really had the same core roster. I took over leading in S25 and for three seasons I played with Bowl on demo.
I was finally able to take what I’ve learned from people (Jarrett, Giraffe, Kresnik) I’ve played with in the past and try to incorporate it into my own team, and without Bowl I don’t think I would of been able to do it. Bowl hasn’t been the greatest community member when it comes to behavior but I don’t think there is anyone more passionate about winning and improving. He helped keep me under control when I felt like things were collapsing, or when I felt like I wasn’t doing a good job. When I didn’t feel like working that hard his desire and drive to play kept me invested and made me continue to work as hard as I did.
There are plenty of other people I’ve loved playing with but in terms of people who have helped develop me as a player, this is the list.