Shane's gather team - thedream (SK.rapha, cl0ck, demex) had a heart-stopping match with the star-packed line-up of WatchThis (viju, id_, gwc). Despite always being one step behind, Shane and his boys got their game together, equalised the match and took down their opponents by winning Campgrounds(dm6) as the last map in a dominant fashion.
Next up was the duel tournament which implemented a rather strange group system. Once that was done the playoffs were underway. There, Shane got a quick win versus dkt and moved on to face the Russian threat, evil. "The final before the final" saw rapha dispose of his rival with a score of 2-1 which let him progress to the winner's bracket final. Evil Geniuses DaHang did give SK's ace a hard time, but a perfect defensive rail shot on Cure sealed rapha's slot in the grand final.
Many were wondering how would evil pick his game up and showcase the same prowess that made him a monster during the last DreamHack and they were not disappointed. The Russian literally destroyed DaHang and eager to avenge his semi-final loss stepped forth to face rapha for the crown of QuakeCon. Due to coming from the upper bracket Shane had a one-map advantage and no surprises here, chose Blood Run(ztn) as his "victory" map.
Staying true to his defensive, well-thought style, Shane was once again triumphant.
The final delivered everything fans expected as the Furious Heights(t7) game goes in the annals of QuakeLive as one of the best t7 matches in history as the action there was literally non-stop and both players showed everyone exactly why they are considered the best players in the world. Unfortunately, the Russian managed to break rapha's composure and equalise the map score 1-1. Coming strong from his victory, evil carried his momentum onto the next map - Cure, where he controlled the pace from the start and took another victory over his opponent.
Back against the wall, rapha played a brilliant Lost World(dm13) game and patiently calculated his aggression until the 8th minute when the Russian made a positioning mistake, allowing rapha to take the lead with two rocket shots. From that point on, the American was in control and visibly regained his confidence and came at the Russian head-strong in the last map - Toxicity. There rapha simply demolished evil with a 17-2 score taking his third QuakeCon title, equalising the record with his mentor, Quake legend and former SK ace - John "ZeRo4" Hill.
QuakeCon 2013 Duel Championship final standings:
2. 102.evil - 5,000$
3. EG.DaHang - 3,000$
4. ZeRo4 - 1,000$
Rapha and thedream with their cheque.
QuakeCon 2013 Clan Arena 3v3 Challenge final standings:
2. WatchThis (gwc, id_, viju) - 2,000$
3. Counter Measure (ZeRo4, kgb, NemesiS) - 1,000$
Rapha is standing tall as one of the two people with three QuakeCon duel titles and the first person to win both the duel and team competitions. Congratulations Shane!
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
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