Aug 3 2014 - 9:55 pm

A Terran born outside Korea wins a 'StarCraft' major for the first time since 2012

For the first time this year, a Terran player born outside Korea has won a major StarCraft 2 tournament
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

For the first time this year, a Terran player born outside Korea has won a major StarCraft 2 tournament. That temporal qualifier can extend years longer, depending on your definition of a “major” tournament. But whatever your definition, Danish Terran Patrick “Bunny” Brix earned a little piece of history today.

Team Liquid’s Brix took the Gfinity 3 title by beating Korean Zerg player Ko “HyuN” Seok Hyun in the final by a 4-2 score.

It was an exciting match. Ko took the first map, King Sejong Station, leading to the typical pessimism surrounding a major Korean against non- matchup. Here we go again, the crowd seemed to sigh. The Korean will win easily.

But Brix was resilient and fought back to take a 2-1 series lead. Despite Ko tying it up, the Terran never looked like he lost control, winning the final two maps in commanding fashion. The win was all the more impressive considering the current balance environment, with Terrans struggling against the other two races.

The victory was historic for a variety of reasons.

As outlined by Team Liquid staffer “tree-hugger” on Reddit, Brix is now the first non-Korean player to win a World Championship Series point tournament. Ever. He’s the first non-Korean Terran to win a major offline tournament since Libo “Xenocider” Chang took the International e-Culture Festival 2013. He’s the first non-Korean Terran to win a tournament with significant Koreans in attendance since Marcus “ThorZaIN” Eklöf won the 2012 Dreamhack Open in Stockholm.

The $16,000 Brix pulled in is the highest prize ever won by a Terran born outside of Korea. It was special win, and well deserved. Brix advanced from his group with the top seed by sweeping hometown favorite Benjamin “DeMusliM” Baker, darling of the British crowd at Gfinity, and Korean Protoss Son “StarDust” Seok Hee, the winner of the second season of WCS Europe last month.

His bracket run was no easier. He survived a close 2-1 series against Dario “TLO” Wunsch in the quarterfinals, and then had to beat Team Liquid teammate Jens “Snute” Aasgaard, the Zerg who single-handedly won the Nation Wars tournament last week. Aasgaard is largely considered the top player outside Korea in recent months, but he may now need to hand his crown over to Brix.

Brix beat his teammate by abusing two barracks rushses, using an aggressive tactic to prevent the Zerg from getting into his late game wheelhouse. Some fans don't like the so-called "cheese" strategy, but if it wins you a tournament, how can one complain? Brix sure won't, as he cashes his well deserved check for $16,000.

Screengrab via Twitch

Today - 4:46 pm

Cloud9 recruits new player ahead of Overwatch APEX Season 2

Former NRG Esports player Daniel "Gods" Graeser will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Western Overwatch teams are arriving in South Korea just days before the OGN Overwatch APEX Season 2 tournament series is set to begin—and Cloud9 is just announcing a roster change.

Daniel "Gods" Graeser, a flex/DPS player who was released from NRG Esports in October, will replace Kyle "KyKy" Souder on Cloud9. KyKy will step down from the starting roster, though he'll stay in South Korea as a temporary coach for Cloud9 opponent Team EnVyUs.

Uncertainty in Overwatch's meta is likely the cause of Cloud9's roster shakeup: A new patch is in testing on Overwatch's public test realm and expected to hit the live server at any time. Gods, as a flex player, is like a safety net. With Lane "Surefour" Roberts and Lucas "Mendokusaii" Håkansson also on flex, they've got much of the hero pool covered.

"I'm very excited to be joining Cloud9," Gods said in a statement. "Becoming part of such an amazing organization is definitely a huge opportunity for my career, and I can't wait to see all that we can accomplish together."

Though a last minute roster change seems reckless, it's worked for invited OGN Overwatch APEX teams in the past. In season one, Team EnVyUs was forced to replace Ronnie "Talespin" DuPree after he quit the team days before EnVyUs was scheduled to fly to South Korea. The sudden switch up seemed to work for EnVyUs, who brought on Pongphop "Mickie" Rattanasangchod and won the whole tournament. With KyKy as coach, they're looking to do the same. The former Cloud9 player, however, is not signed to EnVyUs permanently: "[He's] here to help us as a tryout for a coaching position," Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka tweeted. "We're optimistic about his position."

EnVyUs will take on MVP Infinity when OGN Overwatch APEX season two begins on Jan. 17 at 5am ET (7pm KST). Cloud9 takes the stage Jan. 20 at 5am ET (7pm KST).

Jan 15 2017 - 10:59 pm

Staz bests Orange in WESG Hearthstone final

It's the first major win for an SEA player.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Screengrab via Starladder_HS_en/Twitch

At the first major Hearthstone event of 2017, Euneil “Staz” Javinaz bested European star Jon "Orange" Westberg to win his first title—and the first for his region.

Staz and Orange went the full seven games in the stunning final set, trading games back and forth before Staz eventually came out on top 4-3. The final game was a grinding affair, a Reno Mage mirror that played over close to an hour.

Representing the South East Asia region, Staz is the first player from that region to win a major title.

Staz reached the final after beating out a pair of Europeans—Orange's countryman Elliot "Fluffy" Karlsson and the impressive Raphael "BunnyHoppor" Peltzer—arguably having the toughest road through the bracket stage.

Orange's run was no easy feat either as he had to take out Sebastian "Xixo" Bentert, one of the most successful players of 2016 playing in his first tournament since joining Counter Logic Gaming.

The loss meant that Orange was unable to string together back to back major victories, after winning his second Seat Story Cup title in December.

For his victory Staz takes home a whopping $150,000, one of the largest prizes ever awarded in Hearthstone. For second place Orange will have to make do with $70,000.