Name: Verklingen
Posts: 8
Those guys influenced our lives. They became our rolemodels. They dedicated part of their lives to this game Ė playing it from hundreds to thousands of hours. For some people they meant more than Tiger Woods or Wayne Gretzky. But who are they? Which impression do they make as a people and as players? Hereís the short list of Quake 3 players who influenced my gaming life and my real life in a way as well. I started following Quake 3 scene around 2004 so I am sorry if some famous names are missing, that is, because I donít know much about those players and donít want to rely on some gossips. I would also like to see your opinions on this matter, on the players, and also on my analysis. This is also based on the interviews Iíve read, ingame behavior and some related articles.

As people

Poland Av3k : This dude was talking about getting a girl when he was like 14-15. I was always like: omg? Why would he want to ruin his life that early :-) We could see that he wants to wear fashionable clothes and look good. On last events we could see that he gained some muscleÖ End of jokes. Av3k is no longer a kid like some of the older quakers (e.g. me) think, while weíve been following his gaming career since his early OSP online matches; I guess heís good nerves.

Russia Cooller : In the past he influenced a lot of players, seemed like a perfectionist, great role model, with very strong will to practice, will to become the best and so on. Hungry for tournaments. Later on his focus seemed to be somewhere else (I would guess Ė girls, school, work). He overall seems like a funny good guy (with all his lg,rg,dancing floor quotes) although I could see he easily became angry when something went wrong, but I guess thatís how it is, when people are deeply concentrated. Hard worker and talented. In some of the latest tourneys I could see the "I donít care attitude".

Belarus Cypher: Popular in last few years. Very confident, very hard working. He seems literally pissed off when he loses. I canít say I like his attitude in some ways but overall OK. Friendly guy giving good answers in interviews.

United States of America CZM: This guy seems like a really friendly type and very intelligent. He makes a great role model, because heís obviously successful in life (Outside Q3 that is) with his own game and math successes and in the game as well. Good analytical thinking, interesting practice methods and patience, this guy seems like a hardworker with a good discipline. I always laughed when watching his Interview videos.

Sweden fooki : Hm I think this guy is also not that talkative. But he seems like a really nice person! I remember few interviews with him, the best one for, me was undoubtedly the one with another quake player, I guess it was 2GD and they were in some French restaurant or anything like that. It was hilarious. I believe his self-confidence isnít high though.

Sweden Fox: I think heís naturally intelligent guy (in different way than czm). Maybe heís not that patient or become nervous when thereís huge pressure, but thatís the case of many people. He seems funny, giving good answers in interviews. Good looking guy, with good sense of humor I think if he did something else than playing Quake, with more people around, heíd be surrounded by girls all the time :-)

ChinaRussia Jibo: I believe this happy looking guy has many friends and is successful in so called R.L. I donít know much about him, but I guess heís hardworking and patient. I donít see him as an individualist more like some team worker :-)

Austria Noctis: Became popular in last few years. I think this guy is also smart (like the foxes intelligence), but he seems kind of moody, not that consistent Iíd say. I also think he might be a bit lazy. He seems to have great amount of talent. I canít remember any interview with him, but heís often here on ESR so I can say he gives smart answers and has good sense of humor.

Sweden Toxic : Pure heavyweight with huge muscles. Expect to be KOíd in the first round! I remember Toxic from past as a quite guy, later on, he seemed to gain confidence, not only in RL but also in duels. I have read some interviews with this guy, I guess he doesnít like joking that much or does but only with his friends. When I think of Toxic I somehow recall Kimi RšikŲnnen. I would both define them as ĄSilent assassinsď.

Sweden Z4muZ : I think of this guy as of a confident player. With good mindset. I believe I am not that from truth since he successfully played or maybe still plays poker. And there, he must have proven, that heís a good pretender and cheater with nerves of steel :-) Which might be a fine background to be good at quake.

United States of America Zero4: This guy didnít make a good impression on me. From the interviews, in-game behavior, trashtalk, he seems like a guy with too big ego and seems OVERconfident, maybe it was mostly fun from his side, but I donít know that, as an ordinary guy staying outside, representing the public. He also seems like a hard worker.

As players

Poland Av3k : Seems like a well-balanced player with dynamic style. Donít know of his best weapon, maybe railgun. But as for the map I would pick ztn, he was doing well there and had lots of demos from there. I picked him because raged poles wanted him here. No:-), I did, because heís done good job in the online matches and last year he was doing great in CPMA vq3 LANs.

Russia Cooller: Brain, brain, brain :-) I have this impression, because he used to time many items at once while effectively fighting his opponent and that was something rarely to be seen. Known for his railgun hating attitude. His favorite maps seemed to be ztn and pdm6. If I should name some weapon when I hear the name of "Cooller", it would be shaft.

Belarus Cypher: Fast, faster, the fastest! Positioning of this guy is on really great level, his speed seemed insane and aim great as well. I recommend watching demos against czm, there you can see the difference in speed of those two. His favorite map, I am not sure but he does great on ztn, pdm6, pt4 afaikÖ ZTN. If I should summarize the patterns of his game Iíd say itís "dynamic".

United States of America CZM: Good strategy, patience, very good aim, famous for his railgun shooting on a short distance. I remember his shaft from QCON 2004 which he won. That shaft seemed on another level than the rest of the comp. If I am not mistaken he said something like he practiced aim for this one with his sister or something like that :-) Map? Obviously hub3aeroq3 as he was the first player to master it and was on completely different level than the others. Weapon? Railgun

Sweden Fooki : His favourite map, like month ago I would pick dm6 but Iíve seen some kind of quote in his QL profile saying to not make him play any more dm6, so I am kind of afraid to claim that now! As a weapon, thatís difficult one for me, maybe lg. Heís been with us for a long time, winning e.g. QLAN2, I guess. He definitely fits in my list well.

Sweden fox: More of a TDM player. Great aim. I Canít forget his games in team with toxic. It seemed like those two played in their own league and were competing only with each other (Who gets the better NET, gets more kills and so on) his TDM games were always so nice to watch. I enjoyed mostly the pdm6 games, where he mastered the RA Ďpanel?í part of the map and kept killing enemies from there in so many different ways. Weapon? RG. Maps? Dm6 or pt4.

ChinaRussia Jibo: I think heís great TDM player, does great in duel too but not as good as in TDM. So he might resemble fox, but in JiboĎs case I believe heís worse in TDM and better in duel. His cpma vq3 shaft was ferocious, although he lost legendary 200/200 x 100/200 battle against Av3k on ztn. Map? Ztn. Weapon? Lg

Austria Noctis: I know him only since the cpma vq3 era so itís kind of hard to judge his play style. He definitely seems to be one of the best in TDM, thatís for sure. In duel itís different case, I personally donít think he likes this mode that much. Sometimes you see him play very good and sometimes heís almost like a middle skilled player. I think heís more of a TDM guy. I am not sure about his fav. weapon, donít know his favorite map either. He seems to be consistent on many maps, canít remember to see him playing pt4 in duel that much.

Sweden Toxic : I think I donít have to say, that his favourite weapon would be railgun, or at least the most feared one. I wouldnít pick pdm6 or pt4 against him, thatís for sure. Some people think that his lg is nothink on LAN, I am not that convinced. As mentioned in the fox part, they made a great 4v4 team and I guess even better team for 2v2. I remember them playing under tag iC, owning everyone and therefore I picked him. I think that QIV duels were somehow better for him than duels in Q3 though for some reason.

Sweden Z4muZ : At his prime, I guess it mightíve been around 2003-04 he did well on all maps. I personally liked his ztn and pt4 matches. I wouldnít like to eat one of his slugs or take some of that lightning beam, so best guns Ė railgun,lg. But I have to mention his rockets were great too so again well-balanced player. I liked his playing style the most, it made me sad in a way, that he stopped wasting his time with Quake 3.

United States of America Zero4: I guess his cpma vq3 career was too short to judge. In OSP he is famous for mastering pt4 map, I believe he was almost as dominating as czm on aero at his time. I remember well placed rockets, so his fav. Weapon I Ďd say RL. Patient player, good positioning, successfully finding good opportunities to attack.

Many more guys should be posted here, they deserve to be listed, but I donít want to make this too long. I think I should also mention girls who come on my mind when I hear the word "Quake 3": New Zealand Liefje, Sweden trito, United States of America Missy, Russia Barbie, United Kingdom Ms.X, and obviously Russia Quetz, sheís the one with higher skill than the other listed girls. Sheís incredibly active in tournaments so I guess she loves competing. Although those girls havenít ever been close to top, they definitely have their place here, and they might be legends in a way too, why not?

I hope you had fun reading this. Itís full of personal opinions and I am not stating it as a truth! :-) Itís just my point of view as quake 3 fan and donít get me wrong as a player too. As for the last point, I am sorry for my english111

Added some big names, have fun guys.