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DHW: Cypher sweeps rapha

By Stuart 'SwitchbacK' Macdonald
Nov 26, 2011 23:24

ImageCypher secured his third successive DreamHack title by defeating rapha 3-0.

Three consecutive DreamHacks, three consecutive titles. Alexei 'Cypher' Yanushevsky seems to have found his marquee tournament after he swept SK Gaming's Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson 3-0 in Saturday night's DreamHack Winter 2011 Quake Live grand final.

The Belarusian Quake prodigy looked comfortable throughout the series although his performance wasn't as dominant as some of his previous outings. Often capitalizing on mistakes made by rapha, Cypher quickly pounced on his counterpart's misfortunes and ensured that he'd see out the game with the win.

Even when Cypher fell behind he waited out for the prime opportunity to steal a kill then began to work his way back into the race for the lead.

The final map was a tense affair with the score sitting at 1-0 after several minutes of action. While exchanges were common, neither player managed to finish the job until Cypher turned up the heat with only two minutes left. rapha reduced the deficit to two frags with just under 30 seconds remaining but was unable to catch Cypher who was expertly avoiding the two-time QuakeCon champ to secure the victory.

Final standings:

1st: Alexei 'Cypher' Yanushevsky - ~$4,275
2nd: Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson - ~$2,137
3rd: Maciej 'av3k' Krzykowski - ~$1,425



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