The Belorussian had to face his "brother" av3k in the semi-finals to prove his worth. Both were previously teammates in arguably their best times at 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 evil.
On the other side of the bracket, rapha had the unfortunate circumstance of playing his compatriot - DaHang. The two North American representatives have quite the history of matches against each other with our player edging the former Evil Geniuses player. After a very close series, SK's ace took the victory with a 3-2. Next up was evil who had been waiting since August to avenge his 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 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.
DreamHack Winter 2013 Quake Championship:
2. Shane "SK.Rapha" Hendrixon
3. Sergey "evil" Orekhov
4. Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski
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)
LDLC wins DreamHack Winter 2014
DreamHack Winter 2014: Groups and schedule
Numberguy at DHW Hearthstone Championship
In Spotlight: pita
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