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Rapha takes silver at DreamHack

By Daniel 'd1dx' Yordanov
Nov 30, 2013 22:46


ImageOur Quake ace finished runner-up after going the distance against his long time rival.

Both BY Cypher and US Rapha went through hell before facing each other for the title of SE DreamHack Winter 2013.

The Belorussian had to face his "brother" PL av3k in the semi-finals to prove his worth. Both were previously teammates in arguably their best times at NL SeriousGaming which meant that they knew each others play styles. An always aggressive av3k opened up with a victory on ztn, but his opponent was having none of it and came back swiftly with three one-sided affairs to close out the series. This left the Pole in a 3/4 place match against RU evil.

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On the other side of the bracket, US rapha had the unfortunate circumstance of playing his compatriot - US DaHang. The two North American representatives have quite the history of matches against each other with our player edging the former US Evil Geniuses player. After a very close series, SK's ace took the victory with a 3-2. Next up was RU evil who had been waiting since August to avenge his US QuakeCon 2013 loss to the American. The Russian enigma however, was cracked with only one lost map. Thus, Shane and Alexey were to battle each other once again for the title at DreamHack.

The first map was Aerowalk, chosen by BY Cypher. Things started horribly for our player as the Belorussian never left breathing space. His Lightning Gun was absolutely unbearable for his opponent as Cypher scored frag after frag. Given this circumstance and the seemingly unstoppable string of shots he was facing, Rapha conceded.

The second map was Lost World and immediately both players threw aggressive pokes at each other. Cypher scored the opening frag and gained momentum. Rapha relied on his calculated style which did not disappoint him as he equalised the game and forced it into overtime where the American sealed the deal to bring the series into 1-1. The third and fourth map did go in the same fashion, bringing the series to a 2-2 scoreline. What has to be noted is Rapha's ability to play Toxicity to a degree where an aim-on Cypher cannot regain control. A feat which no other player in the world possesses.

The fifth and final map started rather poor for Rapha as his opponent took a quick lead. Despite our ace's valiant efforts, Cypher amount too big of a lead and with two minutes left on the clock, he just played a map and tried to leave zero to none chances for Rapha to come back.

Another amazing duel by the two best Quake players in the world.

SE DreamHack Winter 2013 Quake Championship:
1. BY Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevsky
2. USShane "SK.Rapha" Hendrixon
3. RU Sergey "evil" Orekhov
4. PL Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski


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