i wonder if rage engine would be capable to deliver good multiplayer, not going all hardcore, but doom to me is the last hope to see anything new in games that really make me feel something new.
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Johan "toxjq" Quick
Pelle "fazz" Söderman
Romain "dem0n" Leclercq
Frazer "Fraze" Hockley
Vitaliy "bpatela" Chehutsky
Soeren "sothis" Holm Pedersen
Sebastian "zeun" de la Nuez
Lars Navntoft "brescia"
Group A I think is right off the bat the best one to look at. With maybe not the very top of the top seeds toxjq & fazz and some of the stronger high seeds like dem0n, Fraze. With the top and high seeds being so close, unless you are ins, it will be very hard to tell the ordering of the top four. From toxjq & fazz we have nothing less to expect than highest quality games. dem0n and Fraze while they seem to share some mutual respect I think they might have developed a healthy rivalry during Fraze's last stay in Europe.
It doesn't end at the top four however. bpatela has played everywhere and all the time. Really solidifying as a household name in quake. I would say he is a very solid defensive player that can hold up to the very best, although in some games I have noticed some lack of decisive action, which is certainly needed to challenge the bigger names in the group.
sothis became the hot topic overnight after defeating strenx and making him forfeit the match and allegedly retire. Although the game was sub par by strenx and the retirement part probably mostly made up by the community. I bet sothis will still be most eager to attend the DHW as he was rather upset the last one didn't happen and we can be sure he is excited to play and hungry for some high profile player retirement money.
I'm sure that if it wasn't for zeun's lengthy absence from the quake scene we would have seen him most likely in the mid seed. First time zeun appeared on the radar he took the whole quake community by storm, when he defeated Cooller with plays and aim that lead to a widespread hackusations, no solid evidence was ever provided and it seemed it mostly stemmed from wild fanboys, I'm sure that zeun wants to put his skills beyond doubt on LAN. Will he cause any upsets as in the past?
Lastly we have brescia, a quake veteran but mostly a TDM player. His latest duel appearances were not highly impressive so I hope larslarslars can become a one man army in the spirit of a TDM'er and cause some havoc.
When the seeds were first announced and people saw k1llsen and Spart1e seeded as high, many pointed out that they would be group of death material. However, having them both in the same group makes it the group of death.... on the Death Star..... undergoing a black plague. As dramatic as it sounds the most excitement seems to be on predicting how the top four will divide the qualifying spots. I would say Cypher and Spart1e are sure to advance and both land somewhere in the top three spots.
I'm somewhat baffled by the DaHanG praise. He sure is good and with the prolonged periods rapha seems absent from the scene, he usually holds the undisputed 1st in USA, rarely dropping as much as a map. However, there are many, in this group alone, to challenge him and with his aura of invincibility shaken I am eager to see if he will be able to keep his A-game and what in general it might do to his confidence.
k1llsen is just starting his preparations. This zadrot ebaniy will just have to blow off some dust of his rail gun and he will be in top shape, don't worry about that. With k1llsen's game it always seems his performance is directly proportional to the accuracies he hits, he has just one gear and if that fails he is not doing so well. It will surely be enough to get him past the group stages but the chances that he will blunder once before taking the grand prize are high.
I feel somewhat sorry for both kRoNic and Camma, both are great talent but I am afraid that against such opposition they might not be able to show their full capabilities. As of late kRoNic has really stepped up his game and has shown better play and going further stages of competition. This will be the first big appearance of Camma in an international setting. His brother Fraze has always spoken very highly of Camma's ability but it will be his quake that will need to do the talking soon. I wish both the very best of luck as I fear they will need plenty of it to make out of the group.
Laskij is another player who has shown great growth over the last months, but he also has expressed mild disappointment over the latest map pool which as he says has hurt his motivation to practice. In all honesty _gory is someone who has been floating under my quake radar. Apart from a few appearances in early stages of Faceit cups he has not done much to raise attention. However, I am sure as being a replacement for some of the drop outs he will be eager to show that he is not simply a filler.
With a lot of poles in the lineup it was inevitable that some will land in the same group but this really is quite something... I would have imagined that the Polish players would have attended Dreamhack as sort of a team. Practicing together, discussing the players etc but now that they are mostly in one group as rivals I am curious to see what dynamics it will bring to the tournament preparation.
av3k announced his retirement from LAN events last Dreamhack and after his increased participation in online cups lately it just makes it all the sweeter to see him back in DHW'13 as one of the most anticipated tournament ever.
STING has shown spectacular play as of late and has surpassed his brother matr0x. He is expected to go out of the group quite comfortably.
twister commented after the South African Showmatch that the players are of etty's skill level. Not sure of what to think of that but with the results etty is showing that can't be an insult. So I am looking forward to the Detrony and etty games to see how much truth that statement holds.
Finally we have gienon, luukets and Aeol. While gienon plays in a very entertaining way in both TDM and duel, I think he lacks some final quality to back his aggressive play style to show consistent results. For luukets and Aeol I think this will be just an amazing opportunity to take part in such an event. Especially Aeol being a community pillar, I'm sure he will bring lots of enthusiasm to his game having traveled so far to participate.
Oh right... There is also evil, not hard to forget him as he as disappeared like the devil himself. The story regarding evil is known to everyone. Veteran player who over the last two years has risen to the very elite of QuakeLive, taking last Dreamhack, placing second at QuakeCon and countless online events. He has enjoyed the most spotlight time of all players... and he has suffered from him. His demos must have been the most analyzed ones as an attempt to understand and combat his style. Recently we have not seen much of evil, but rumors are that he is practicing and aborting all his games to hide his preparations and his level of play. Cooller mentioned that he knows the 'key' to beating evil's style. Has he breached his vow of silenced and shared the knowledge or will evil just come back with a fresh lock and again dominate?
Although I was happy with how the seeds were distributed there were some seeds that raised a few questions. Most of the players in question have landed in Group D. Which will bring a lot of interesting games and maybe some of the more unpredictable results, all with an icing of delicious ESR drama!
Cooller vs rapha. I am rather new to quake and I remember exactly how I got hooked on it. It was ESL Classics Video, where rapha analysed his game against Cooller on dm6 for the IEM World Championship. When I first saw that video with little to no experience to quake it felt like some one was trying to explain to me the Quantum Field theory of Coherent Path Integrals. Yet as I played more and revisited the video once in a while I seemed to grasp more and more of what he says and still I can sometimes see some deeper meaning in it even today. A timeless classic for me. It will be a delight to see them two go at each other again, their mutual knowledge of their play styles will bring a vibrant and dynamic match, no doubt!
Ph4ntom, twister, matr0x. These three will be interesting to watch. Mostly when paired up with Ph4ntom. We really don't know enough of the South African Players to comfortably seed them in either mid or high. So my guess would have been that they were seeded high optimistically and in hopes to utilize the rare opportunity and to see as much of them as possible. However, matr0x had other thoughts, he seemed in disagreement that some ZEF Side kids come up to our neighborhood and take our sweet sweet seeds. Plenty has been said and quoting Ph4ntom: let their quake do the talking in just over a week from now.
I'm sure plazmaistar will bring his rail and plenty of tape to record for his newest TAORITDH. Although he has shown that he has more than just his rail in his arsenal there is also a lot of inconsistency surrounding him.
With the last two being replacements for some recent drop out's as well I have not much faith in no_il and
jewRo, but it is good to see jewRo playing some more again, the little I have seen of him he seemed like a diamond in the rough.
DreamHack Winter is coming up in less than 10 days, how do you feel going in?
DaHanG: I feel very good. I haven't played top tier players except rapha a few times but he's never that impressive until days before the events when it's crunch time and he gets back in shape. So it is hard to tell exactly where I'm at but I feel like I am in better shape than I was at QuakeCon earlier this year.
I think FPS should be present at any good LAN tournament, no matter what, be it major or just a local one. The question though is which FPS game would be in the games list. Community wants a game like Quake, but sponsors want a game that will deliver some money in the end. So it's really hard to strike a balance between these two options. Reborn could be the next best thing for FPS if it manages to break in. But for now, we have Shootmania which is more about money and is less enjoyable compared to Quake, which is slowly dying every day.
What I am going to tell you right now is how I started and why it is important to never give up, no matter what happens to you. For the people who don't know me, my name is Kévin Baeza, and I am 21 years old playing for team fnatic (www.fnatic.com).If you have any questions, you can ask on: , , Twitch.tv
In-game, I'm known as strenx. I don't really know why I have chosen this name to begin with. It could have been derived from the word “strength” as I once said during an interview but I don't even remember exactly. However, I stuck to the name and I have played Quake and I'm willing to replay this game.
When I was nine years old, I started playing Quake and I did not know anything about professional gaming or tournaments. Playing and winning were my two motivations.
I started playing Quake 3 on the patch 1,11. I played 1v1 instagib (rail gun only) for 4 years on . Though, at the same time I was told that a lot of people played Quake with a patch called 1.32 on OSP mod.
I joined some duel servers and the first days were a true nightmare. Indeed, I was being owned by a lot of people. I told them that I would own them with a 1v1 instagib.
I was young and what I did not realize is that in “real games” people used «all weapons». I played duel against some top French players at that time. Some people did not believe that I was a beginner with the rest of the weapons. They thought that I had good potential. Actually, I was really happy about that. When I started playing Quake at the age of 9 my whole life was devoted to that game.
I was told that there were tournaments, and of course, professional players who already had established themselves as “legends of quake”. When I watched ESWC with fox, z4muz, LeXeR, polosiaty, unKind, cooller. All these players were untouchable in my eyes. From my standpoint, these guys were legends.
They were impossible to reach and to talk with. I have never managed to catch them and never been able to play them once. I told myself one thing from that moment on: «If I were pro, I would always be there for the others in-game. I would try to talk as much with players and give them advice if they needed”. Because at that time I was not able to talk to pros and play with them, I don't want others to experience the same problem.
After that, I started to discover pickups and started playing capturetheflag with people from the community. But people started to be suspicious about me and they accused me of aliasing. However, it was not really a problem. The real problem, which I at start thought was not a problem at all, was during the time I was started being called a cheater. I was really happy at the beginning because it proved that you are good and you could have a good aim, I was truely happy about it... Maybe I was too young.
Days after days and months after months, I started to react to their insults and to their unremitting kicks. I was young and I always wanted to reply to this. I remember that I started to be banned on pickup more and more often cause people said they did not want to play with/against a cheater. Though, I could not prove it because I was too young to go to a LAN. But thanks to that, I could at least play the top french players at that time. All these guys wanted me to play these pros and they wanted to prove that I cheated. But they never found any proofs. But, deep down in my heart, I was so happy to duel against the best frenchs players in that time. They made fun of me though, owning me +40. I was happy to duel them anyways. Years were gone and I had to stop quake for 1 year in order to end all of this suffering and false accusations. But the reason why I comeback at 14-15 years was because I watched ESWC 2004, and I saw all theses pros. I didn't know their faces but when I saw their nickname, I could imagine them as god, as true gods, and I really wanted to play back. I started to alias their name so I could think I was like them. But things got worse years per years... People kept accusing me of cheating and they made fun of me because the more I was replying, the more it was getting worse, and it lasted 4 years. When you are young and you think only about the game, it is really hard to endure that (I know what I am talking about). And then, I was totally banned from all the french pickups and all french leagues, without any real proofs. From now, I would say it was jealousy. But I would thank them anyways.. why? Because without that I would not be what I am today in esports. Since that moment, I played duel only because it was the only thing I could do. I practiced day and night until I could attend a lan. I wanted to play Quake 4, still my computer was too bad. In 2008, they've put Quake 3 back at ESWC. You can't imagine how happy I was. All the actual duel french players at that time were there ( falcuma, unity, linkin). I said that I will win this cup and I will shut all the mouth of everybody that made my life a nightmare (99,99 % of people actually :D). You can guess that everybody was laughing at me, even these players. And the worse thing was that I couldn't have any team to send me on lans, because these people told to the organisations that I was a cheater and it is bad for reputation. My parents sent me on LANS, they paid themselves plus I managed to qualify to the French finals. Webone was the only team that trusted me at that time. I won't explain all this ESWC France tournament, still at the end, I won this cup.... I won it, and for myself, this cup was not only a win but also a win for all these 4 years of pain that I had in game. Thank to this victory, I started to get a name. At Dreamhack Winter 2008, I managed to win fox into the semi final. The player who was and still is my legend. And I won pretty hardly (+25 each maps). Albeit the organisation that I had did not even pay me the travel, a friend of mine, Spartie paid me this. But I slept on the floor and I managed to be 2nd afterall. The guys who insulted me started to respect me, but I don't know if it was ass licking and I didn't care. You know, I liked how ridiculous they were haha. The worst thing is that there were people who never admitted that they were wrong.. Sad story, eh? Where I really started to get a name was in Quake Live. I began to win almost all the online cups (I won 52 ZOTAC cups, and 18 g-data + a lot of differents online cups). I was called online hero, but it is better than cheater isn't it? I started to play lans again, and was owned during the first ones, then Cooller gave me an important advice that changed all my esports career :
« You have to choose situations when to be aggressive »
I always try to mention it on a interview, not to make fun of him, but to thank him about this. A player that I watched a lot when I was a kid, and at this time I was in the sofa with him during an interview and said my nickname. When you played this game for years and followed theses players since you were a little boy, I can tell you that it was really important for me. He gave me an advice, even if he did not care after that. So to conclude, what I did to be where I am now is simple: Never give up, follow your dreams, never listen to fuckers, cause they will do everything to put you down. They did it for 4 years, I never gave up and here I am, a player from « fnatic »
Being pro gamer is not something easy because you have to face to a lot of insults, jealousy, and they will do everything to prevent you from having your dreams. Some people have luck... having a brother as pro gamer or as a devoted player is much easier.... But I was alone, without any help, and I managed to do it. At least I try to do most of all pro don't do, reply to their fans.
Ps : I will put more blogs in the future, my esports stories, troubles, when I missed the flight three times, or when I slept outside in Dallas!
Here are some videos if you don't know the videos I talked about (I was not angry, no worries):