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'Reflections' with GitzZz (28 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 15:32 CST, 22 January 2018 - iMsg
In the 129th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed Germany Christian "GitzZz" H÷ck, legendary Unreal Tournament dueller and multiple time champion (WCG 2001, WCG 2002 and ESWC 2003).

GitzZz talks about his world championship campaigns, his rivalries with players like Netherlands Lauke and Germany Burnie, the 'what if' matches that never happened vs. United States of America destrukt and United States of America FATAL1TY and even the present of Unreal esports.

Link: Reflections with GitzZz, YouTube Thooorin
Edited by Thorin at 15:32 CST, 22 January 2018 - 6877 Hits
'Reflections' with Vicious (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:25 CST, 31 December 2017 - iMsg
In the 125th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed Italy Riccardo "Vicious" Zanocchio, old school Unreal Tournament and Painkiller dueller.

Vicious talks about his experiences around legendary duellers like Netherlands Vo0 and Germany GitzZz, as well as his perspective on the mentality of duel players and the evolution of FPS esports games.

Link: Reflections with Vicious, YouTube Thooorin
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'Reflections' with Vo0 (40 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:37 CST, 21 December 2017 - iMsg
In the 123rd episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager, CPMA enthusiast, legendary Painkiller champion and current Quake Champions dueller.

Vo0 discussed his love of movement-based games, his epic rivalry in Painkiller with United States of America FATAL1TY, the CPL World Tour and his return to duelling in Quake Champions.

Link: Reflections with Vo0, YouTube Thooorin
Edited by Thorin at 09:38 CST, 21 December 2017 - 11001 Hits
'Reflections' with fazz (58 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:52 CST, 18 November 2017 - iMsg
In the 118th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed Sweden Pelle "fazz" S÷derman, famed duel and TDM player of Quake 3 and QuakeLive.

fazz discussed his TDM days in Sweden EYE, famous team-mates Sweden fox and Sweden proZaC, his late arrival into Quake Live and his thoughts on newer esports titles like Overwatch and Quake Champions

Link: Reflections with fazz, YouTube Thooorin
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'Reflections' with rapha (50 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:09 CST, 11 November 2017 - iMsg
In the 116th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson, legendary QuakeLive champion and now Quake Champions dueller.

rapha discussed his rivalries with players like Belarus Cypher, Russia Cooller, Russia evil and United States of America DaHanG. He also gave insights as to how his unique style and mentality for duelling developed, as well as his relationship with United States of America ZeRo4.

Link: Reflections with rapha, YouTube Thooorin
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'Reflections' with DaHanG (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:24 CDT, 20 October 2017 - iMsg
In the 114th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed United States of America Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty, famed Quake 4, QuakeLive and now Quake Champions dueler.

DaHanG discussed his start in Quake 2, his rise in Quake 4, his numerous finals runs in QuakeLive, playing as a Support for Team Liquid in Overwatch and his thoughts on Quake Champions.

Link: Reflections with DaHanG, YouTube Thooorin
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'Reflections' with FATAL1TY (79 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 13:52 CDT, 1 November 2016 - iMsg
In the 90th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed United States of America Johnathan "FATAL1TY" Wendel, legendary Quake 3, UT2003 and Painkiller dueler.

FATAL1TY discusses his approach to becoming a duel champion, the rivals he battled across eight years of competition and the challenges of adapting to different FPS games.

Link: Reflections with FATAL1TY, YouTube Thooorin
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Thorin's Thoughts - Fatal1ty Redeemed (120 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:40 CST, 28 January 2016 - iMsg
In this episode of my series "Thorin's Thoughts", I discuss the greatness of United States of America Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel in the context of people in the community down-playing his accomplishments.

Link: Fatal1ty Redeemed, YouTube Thooorin
Previous quake related episode: Bonjwas of Quake
Edited by Thorin at 14:42 CST, 28 January 2016 - 29632 Hits
Thorin's Thoughts - Bonjwas of Quake (86 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:54 CST, 22 January 2016 - iMsg
In this episode of my series "Thorin's Thoughts", I discuss the great Quake duelers who stood above all others for a period in history.

Link: Bonjwas of Quake, YouTube Thooorin
Previous quake related episode: rapha's Game
Edited by Thorin at 10:56 CST, 22 January 2016 - 14475 Hits
'Reflections' with Makaveli (110 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:46 CDT, 17 September 2015 - iMsg
In the 71st episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed United States of America Victor "Makaveli" Cuadra, legendary Quake 2 and Quake 3 dueler.

Makaveli discusses his development as a player, rising to the top with peers like Thresh and immortal; his style of play and philosophy on dueling; and the key tournaments which shaped his career.

Link: Reflections with Makaveli, YouTube Thooorin
Edited by twister at 17:14 CDT, 17 September 2015 - 24862 Hits
'Reflections' with Thresh (141 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:08 CDT, 3 September 2015 - iMsg
In the 67th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed United States of America Dennis "Thresh" Fong, legendary Quake and Quake 2 champion.

Thresh talks about his famous championship runs, his innovation of the control style of play and his relationships with fellow Quake legends like Makaveli and immortal.

Link: Reflections with Thresh, YouTube Thooorin
Edited by twister_ at 16:31 CDT, 4 September 2015 - 26890 Hits
'Reflections' with Cypher (101 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 05:47 CDT, 8 July 2015 - iMsg
In the 64th episode of my "Reflections" series I interviewed Belarus Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky, legendary Quake III and QuakeLive champion.

Cypher answers in Russian, so he can speak in more detail, and there are English language subtitles.

Link: Reflections with Cypher, YouTube Thooorin
Edited by Thorin at 14:10 CDT, 3 September 2015 - 35730 Hits
Thorin's Thoughts - rapha's Game (100 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 01:24 CDT, 20 March 2015 - iMsg
In this episode of my series "Thorin's Thoughts", I discuss the approach which made United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson one of the most successful duelers of all-time.

Link: rapha's Game, YouTube Thooorin
Previous quake related episode: av3k's Fearless Aggression
Edited by Thorin at 13:03 CDT, 23 March 2015 - 27967 Hits
TT - av3k's Fearless Aggression (63 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:15 CDT, 9 March 2015 - iMsg
In this Episode in my series "Thorin's Thoughts", I discuss the career and style of the legendary dueler Poland Maciej 'av3k' Krzykowsk.

Edited by xou at 08:01 CDT, 10 March 2015 - 16921 Hits
Youtube channel of classic Quake duels (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:48 CST, 9 December 2014 - iMsg
This youtube channel is full of classic Quake duel series from tournaments, going right back through the Quakes and into the late 90s. Being as newer players aren't going to download those games, patch them and figure out how to play the demos, it really helps having high quality VODs simply out there on youtube.

A few examples:





Massive respect to whoever is behind the channel.
Edited by Thorin at 02:53 CST, 9 December 2014 - 10128 Hits
10 story-lines CS:GO fans should know (3 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:00 CDT, 18 October 2014 - iMsg
As CS:GO continues to get bigger as an esport, there are many looking to get involved and up to speed on the scene. Here are 10 story-lines every CS:GO fan needs to know, to fully appreciate the context of the game's history.

Part 1: NiP, VG/Titan, Danes, fnatic and the Eastern European VP/HR
Part 2: Na`Vi, iBP and C9, Polish Virtus.pro, LDLC and Epsilon, the majors
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The player I'm passionate about: LocKtar (7 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:14 CDT, 13 May 2014 - iMsg
In the the first episode of 'The player I'm passionate about', Sweden andeh, commentator for SuddendeathTV, explains what he likes so much about the play of QW movement maestro Sweden LocKtar.

The entire 27m video can be watched at OnGamers.
Edited by Thorin at 14:20 CDT, 13 May 2014 - 6011 Hits
'Reflections' with Tosspot (71 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:50 CDT, 24 April 2014 - iMsg
In the 27th episode of my 'Reflections' series I interviewed United Kingdom Stuart 'Tosspot' Saw, veteran esports commentator. Tosspot discussed his development as a commentator, his thoughts on the standard of professionalism that should be expected and whether he'd move into any of the newer esports games.

The entire 24m video can be watched at OnGamers.
Edited by Teen Queen at 15:47 CDT, 24 April 2014 - 17635 Hits
'Reflections' with Carmac (87 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:59 CDT, 10 March 2014 - iMsg
In the 13th and 14th episodes of my 'Reflections' series I interviewed Poland Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL.

Part one - UT vs. Quake and the structuring of ESL's SC2 tournaments.
Part two - LoL vs. Dota2.
Edited by xou at 04:54 CDT, 10 March 2014 - 12664 Hits
10 Quake finals that could have been (84 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 18:44 CST, 11 January 2014 - iMsg
This is a historical article speculating on the potential for 10 great Quake duel finals that might have been, but ultimately weren't. Despite all the great match-ups we've seen in the series' history, here's a few where a quick rewind and a different finish to a semi-final could have made things interesting in an entirely different way.


The article can be read at OnGamers.
Edited by xou at 18:12 CST, 12 January 2014 - 22410 Hits
Thorin 'Grilled' (36 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:57 CDT, 18 July 2013 - iMsg
The guest for the 60th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series is myself: United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields. I'm a 12 year veteran of esports journalism, spanning numerous games (incl. Q3, CS, BW, SC2 and LoL). OGN commentator MonteCristo takes the role of guest host for this special one-off interview, seeing the griller become the grilled.

Some of the topics we discussed:
- My early writing career.
- Becoming an expert in Counter-Strike.
- Moving into CS commentary.
- Techniques I use for researching and conducting my interviews.
- The goals behind the Grilled series.
- Hemingway's 'iceberg theory'.
- Sports journalism, related to esports journalism.
- Advice for aspiring esports journalists.

Edited by Badb0y at 15:19 CDT, 18 July 2013 - 13973 Hits
EsportsHeaven #2 - Thorin vs. Slasher (10 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 06:14 CDT, 10 May 2013 - iMsg
The second episode of the Esports Heaven show, hosted by Cadred's United Kingdom Richard A. Lewis, revolved around the question "Do esports journalists over-evaluate themselves?".

The first 80 minutes of the broadcast saw United States of America Rod "Slasher" Breslau, of GameSpot, talking about his career in esports journalism. From 80 minutes onwards United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields, Editor-in-Chief of Team Acer, joined the show, which then became a back-and-forth debate between the two guests on the topic of esports journalism.

Edited by wn at 11:17 CDT, 10 May 2013 - 5878 Hits
ddk 'Grilled' for 68 minutes (117 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:45 CDT, 1 May 2013 - iMsg
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk'" Kapadia is the guest for the 49th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series.

Some of the topics we discussed over the 68 minutes:
- The intense path of self-improvement.
- Strategical thinking and its impact on less mechanically talented players.
- His twin fascinations with QuakeWorld and Brood War.
- The craft of esports commentary.

Edited by wn at 18:52 CDT, 1 May 2013 - 26916 Hits
r/fragfilms, subscribe for frag movies (1 comment)
Posted by Thorin @ 08:03 CST, 19 January 2013 - iMsg
Ok, so for people looking for good frag movies it's something of a wasteland out there. Sites like own-age.com, which used to serve the function of delivering you a supply of new/old movies, no longer fit that role.

Since, for entirely separate reasons, I need to make a bunch of reddit posts regularly, I'm posting frag movies from most games (QW/Q2/Q3/QL/BW/DoD/CS), new and old, to r/fragfilms every day or two. So if you'd like a regular stream of movies to watch, and you have a reddit account, then subscribe.
Edited by Thorin at 08:04 CST, 19 January 2013 - 1061 Hits
Strenx 'Grilled' interview (172 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:27 CST, 9 December 2012 - iMsg
France Kevin "strenx" Baeza is the star of the 18th episode of my 'Grilled' in-depth video interview series.

Some of the topics we discussed
- His famous history with Russia Cooller
- The frustrations of facing United States of America rapha
- Belarus Cypher's playing style.
- What separates him from the other aimers (Sweden spart1e and Germany k1llsen)
- The best series of his career.
- How he'd like to be remembered by Quake fans.

Edited by xou at 04:42 CST, 9 December 2012 - 23886 Hits
k1llsen 'Grilled' interview (67 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:12 CST, 5 December 2012 - iMsg
Germany Marcel "k1llsen" Paul is the 15th subject of my 'Grilled' in-depth video interview series.

Some of the topics we discussed:
- Facing Sweden toxjq in Quake 4.
- The secret to beating United States of America rapha.
- His history with Russia Cooller.
- How tactical he is in-game and beforehand.
- How he developed his railing/aiming style.

Edited by xou at 00:03 CST, 6 December 2012 - 15151 Hits
rapha talks post-DH final (64 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 05:12 CST, 25 November 2012 - iMsg
Following an unsuccessful attempt at defending his DreamHack crown United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson spoke to me in a video interview.

Some of the topics we discussed:
- Facing Germany k1llsen in the quarter-final
- Beating Poland av3k yet again in a series.
- rapha's perspective on av3k's strengths as a dueler.
- tourney7 and how it fits rapha's style.
- IPL, Shootmania and rapha's future in QL dueling.

Edited by PerpetualWar at 07:24 CST, 25 November 2012 - 21954 Hits
Grrrr... interviewed (41 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:20 CST, 9 November 2012 - iMsg
I've published an interview with Canada Guillaume "Grrrr..." Patry, the only non-Korean to ever win an OSL in BW.

Some of the topics we discussed:
-The BW scene before Grrrr...'s move to Korea.
-His transition to life in South Korea.
-The excessive partying and drinking which inhibited his professional career and results.
-The rise of players like Korea (Republic of) YellOw, Korea (Republic of) Kingdom, Korea (Republic of) BoxeR and Korea (Republic of) NaDa.
-Thoughts on Korean culture and BW/esports' peak over there.
-Thoughts on MOBA and SC2.

On whether he was the best foreigner before going to Korea:
I can't say that I was the best foreigner, but back then some of the best players in practice did poorly in tournaments. It was the opposite for me, I played better under pressure. In 1999, the best players were not Korean. Around mid-2000, that's when Koreans started dominating Starcraft.

The interview can be read at Team Acer.
Edited by wn at 07:19 CST, 10 November 2012 - 6950 Hits
2GD Grilled video interview (91 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:01 CDT, 12 August 2012 - iMsg
In the seventh episode my 'Grilled' interview series United Kingdom James "2GD" Harding discusses esports past, present and future with me.

Some of the topics discussed in this 87min video:
- 2GD's past a villain in the UK Q3 scene
- The conspiracy theory that Sweden toxjq was convinced to throw the first series of the WSVG Final vs United States of America fatal1ty
- Newer games being more watered/dumbed down
- If Quake style games and/or TDM have any future in esports
- The mystery of Sweden Ztrider
- The most talented players in 2GD's opinion
The video can be watched at Team Acer.
Edited by xou at 03:39 CDT, 13 August 2012 - 15691 Hits
DarK from Memento Mori answers some Qs (No comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:19 CDT, 18 March 2012 - iMsg
I've just published an interview with Norway Ruben "DarK" Bielenberg, of Norway Memento Mori fame, but only the first seven questions are about Quake, since his progaming career was all CS from then onwards. As a result I figured it didn't warrant it's own news post here, but all the same someone might be interested in reading the QW/Q2/Q3 part of the interview.

MM were legendary as a Q2 TDM team for never losing an official match, while winning a number of LANs and online competitions. DarK talks about players like Norway Scion, Norway Shub and Sweden Blue. He also explains what he didn't like about Q3 and how he got into CS.

Your team-mate Shub is still remembered as one of the best Q2 players of all time and is still brought up in discussions over who the best Q2 duel player ever is. What were his strengths and how does he fit into that conversation for you?

Shub was just a raw talent and a complete player, I must say Scion and him are the biggest "raw" gaming talents I've ever seen. Shub had everything: insane aim, very calm and collected and just played a really smart game. He was also very unpredictable, so you never knew where you had him in a duel. Shub is to me the best Q2 duel player that ever touched a keyboard :) Unfortunately he didn't really play anymore when the bigger tournaments started popping up at the end of the Quake2 days.

The entire interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 16:33 CDT, 18 March 2012 - 5861 Hits
rapha: 2011, the big 4 and ZeRo4 (158 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:28 CST, 20 February 2012 - iMsg
United States of America Shane "rapha'" Hendrixson, of SK Gaming, spoke in an extensive text interview about 2011, the big four of QL (himself, Russia Cooller, Belarus cypher and Poland av3k) and United States of America ZeRo4's influence on his development as a player.

On balancing aiming and thinking during engagements:
I know for myself that some games I've played, based just on the way I feel that day I've favored one over the other. Almost always the strategy portion in my case. I've noticed the same in cypher, for example, where some games/days he is just so on he focuses on the aiming and damage output portion of his game. Other days he doesn't feel so comfortable aiming so he switches to focusing on strategy and making less mistakes.

The entire interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 12:16 CST, 20 February 2012 - 30513 Hits
Best Quake movies of 2011 (part 1) (16 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 11:37 CST, 25 December 2011 - iMsg
I've made a roundup of the best Quake movies of 2011, for those who missed some or want to revisit the best. Part one features eight movies in total:

Celestia (by Hungary mmcormic)
Cooller 2010/2011 (by Australia Subtitled)
Quake Cyber Generation REDUX (by Serbia ZeRoQL and United States of America Domino)
Reptile wins! (Finland OvO)
Colosseum II - Quake Nations Cup 2010 (Serbia ZeRoQL)
Strenx: Long way to Dallas (by Russia MMd)
The Spart1e Show (by Germany mouse*)
Strenx 2010 (by Russia MMd)

Stream and download via SK Gaming.

Debate below over which should/shouldn't be included as I'm still deciding which to put in part 2 :)
Edited by Thorin at 11:39 CST, 25 December 2011 - 6715 Hits
Cypher talks Cooller, rapha and 2011 (159 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:00 CST, 22 December 2011 - iMsg
Belarus Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky, QuakeLive's current top dog, speaks in an interview with SK Gaming about his career ups and downs, his rivalry with United States of America rapha and his relationship with Russia Cooller.

Cypher explaining his incredible record against Cooller:
Due to my wish to be like him, since first games we played I wanted him to show who I am, and make him respect me as an oponent. I think mostly because of that I'm always concentrated so much, and I really want to show my best skills against him. Let's say that I do everything to win when I play him. Why I won so much I don't know, maybe I'm just better than him?

The entire interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 08:03 CST, 23 December 2011 - 36098 Hits
Gaming at the movies #16 (3 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:42 CDT, 17 September 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #16 features a consistently high level haul of 6 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #16:
Andreas "MODDII" Fridh Movie (CS, 2011) by aK
Colosseum II - Quake Nations Cup 2010 (QL, 2011) by Serbia ZeRoQL
Strenx: Long way to Dallas (QL, 2011) by Russia MMd
Markeloff: Fragshow (CS, 2011) by Russia Spirit_LN
The Spart1e Show (QL, 2011) by Germany mouse*
eve (CS, 2007) by Germany cRZYFST

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by xou at 14:31 CDT, 17 September 2011 - 2302 Hits
av3k 1on1 3/3: "I should wear glasses" (77 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:37 CDT, 23 August 2011 - iMsg
In the final part of his 1on1 interview with SK Gaming the Polish quake star Poland Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski discusses his country, his personality and his identity as a gamer.

Were there Polish duelers over the years who av3k thought would reach the top level? Does av3k identify himself as a gamer when interacting with the everyday world? How significant is the economical difference between Poland and the West in the context of his future career? What amusing gift might av3k give people who enjoyed the interview series?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 10:34 CDT, 23 August 2011 - 14658 Hits
av3k 1on1 2/3: the elite four (58 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 11:36 CDT, 16 August 2011 - iMsg
SK Gaming's 1on1 series continues its discussion with Poland Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski, as the three time DreamHack champion discusses the elite four of QuakeLive (United States of America rapha, Belarus Cypher, Russia Cooller and himself)

What changed in Cypher to make him a great player in Q3? What made rapha's style so difficult to overcome earlier in QL? Can Cooller become the best player again? Does Cooller matchup better against rapha or Cypher? What is av3k's plan to become a champion again?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 15:40 CDT, 16 August 2011 - 11520 Hits
av3k 1on1 1/3: Quake 4 success (50 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:11 CDT, 8 August 2011 - iMsg
In part 1 of SK Gaming's 1on1 interview with Polish Quake star Poland Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski he discusses his breakout onto the international scene as a Quake 4 prodigy, his victories over Sweden tox and Russia Cooller and the mindset which allowed him to accomplish such feats.

Which sport does av3k actively train in? How did av3k mentally approach games against top tier opponents at such a young age? What is his version of the pizza box story which saw him defeat tox on Phrantic?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 19:32 CDT, 8 August 2011 - 16658 Hits
Cooller transfer interview translated (82 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:08 CDT, 10 July 2011 - iMsg
Cyberfight's video interview with Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov regarding his move from mousesports to Moscow Five (see announcement) has been transcribed and translated to English, with help from Russia ToyTiger.

Cooller discusses the future of Quake, his plans for the M5 team, his TDM plans with Poland av3k, not wanting to play with Sweden toxic, Sweden fox or Belarus Cypher, United States of America Ultrafrag Xtreme.us's weaknesses, France strenx possibly quitting and the upcoming QuakeCon 2011 event.

The translated transcript can be read at SK Gaming.

Link: Cooller's interview on Cyberfight
Edited by xou at 17:30 CDT, 10 July 2011 - 14285 Hits
Strenx handles the mayo daily (12 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 13:30 CDT, 4 July 2011 - iMsg
According to this painfully bad Wired article about fnatic, France Strenx works in a mayonnaise factory.

The Counter-Strike players can afford to live off the game, but team members playing other titles can't: KÚvin BaÚza, a Fnatic Quake Live player competing at IEM, works in a mayonnaise factory
Edited by Thorin at 13:33 CDT, 4 July 2011 - 4669 Hits
rapha: "always excited to play [Cypher]" (19 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 07:10 CDT, 19 June 2011 - iMsg
In this video interview SK Gaming's champion dueler United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson discussed his play on day one and his upcoming final against Belarus Cypher.

What is rapha's take on Austria noctis' resurgence at this event? What should we expect from the final vs. Cypher? Does toxicity favour Cypher? What happened in the loss to Poland av3k in the group stage? How has the scheduling of this tournament affected rapha's play?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 07:14 CDT, 19 June 2011 - 10219 Hits
Cypher: "I played [at] 90% [today]" (48 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:13 CDT, 18 June 2011 - iMsg
In a video interview after the reaching the final of Dreamhack Summer 2011 Belarus Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky spoke about his day's play and his last remaining opponent: United States of America rapha.

Which players does Cypher think toxicity is good and bad for? Was he certain of beating Russia Cooller in their semi-final? What is his analysis of Poland av3k's matchup vs. Cooller? If Cypher wins Dreamhack can he call himself the best player in the world?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 04:53 CDT, 19 June 2011 - 16248 Hits
Gaming at the movies #15 (36 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 04:53 CDT, 21 May 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #15 returns with 8 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #15:
Break The Rules (CS, 2009) by Serbia RavenTL
dennis & hyvlarn - the animals (CS, 2009) by Sweden Granis
f0rest the myth (CS, 2011) by Brazil cass
H^N tEh movie (CS, 2011) by Finland qaxx
Cooller 2010/2011 (QL, 2011) by Australia Subtitled
Reptile wins! (Q3, 2011) by Finland OvO
Heartbreak 2 (Q3, 2010) by United States of America Domino
Ruination (CS, 2004) by United States of America reflex

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by Nukm at 07:50 CDT, 21 May 2011 - 8297 Hits
Chronicles of czm 6/6: TDM legends (59 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 23:09 CDT, 28 March 2011 - iMsg
The concluding part of the Chronicles of czm has the United States of America cK star giving his perspective on other legendary individual TDM players.

Was czm impressed by POV demo fan favourite United States of America kash? What is his take on fellow candidate for 'greatest of all time' Sweden proZaC? After talking about Sweden toxic and Germany SteLam which name does czm offer up in addition and say was as good as any of them? What is the status of czm's education/employment right now?

Part six can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 00:23 CDT, 29 March 2011 - 16407 Hits
Chronicles of czm 5/6: TDM and cK (31 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 05:54 CDT, 26 March 2011 - iMsg
Part 5 of the Chronicles of czm switches to the topic of TDM and discusses United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson's success with United States of America clan Kapitol in North America.

Is the legend of czm appearing as an aliased player quarter-backing pickup teams vs. real TDM sides how he really got his start? How vital was czm to cK's success? How good was United States of America Fatal1ty at TDM? Should cK even be in the discussion for greatest TDM team of all time in light of teams such as Sweden ic, Germany unmatched and Sweden QPO?

Part 5 can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Nellie at 06:32 CDT, 26 March 2011 - 10575 Hits
Chronicles of czm 4/6: Cooller rivalry (27 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 18:09 CDT, 23 March 2011 - iMsg
In part 4 of the continuing Chronicles of czm our hero United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson addresses his rivalry with Russia Cooller which continued in the ESWC 2005 final and the CPL Winter 2006 upper semi-final.

Would czm have won ESWC 2005 if he hadn't made that infamous rocketjump? Was Cooller czm's true rival in Q3? Did Cooller choose to let China Jibo progress to the final to face czm at CPL? Describing his matchup against Cooller czm says it's a "style mismatch" and adds "I beat him most of the time."

Part four can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 01:35 CDT, 24 March 2011 - 9030 Hits
Gaming at the movies #14 (10 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:32 CDT, 23 March 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #14 serves up 7 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #14:
Final Reality 2 (leaked version) (CS, 2007) by United States of America reflex
Na`Vi Edward@IEM5 (CS, 2011) by Ukraine FQsters
Fragged by Keep3r (Q3, 2004) by 3day
EDL4 (Q2, 2007) by Spain Bullz
neo - The One (CS, 2003) by Germany kaLa
Celestia (Q3, 2011) by Hungary mccormic
n0thing but headshots (CS, 2008) by United States of America highfive

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by xou at 01:36 CDT, 24 March 2011 - 3749 Hits
Chronicles of czm 3/6: Quakecon 2004 (79 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:42 CDT, 20 March 2011 - iMsg
Part 3 of the Chronicles of czm concerns United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson's climb from also ran to event winner as he took down QuakeCon 2004, beating United States of America ZeRo4 and Russia Cooller.

What changed for czm to allow him to make the jump to champion? What is his take on Cooller's complaints over drawing hub? Would Cooller have beaten ZeRo4 on the other maps?

Part 3 can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 22:47 CDT, 20 March 2011 - 21736 Hits
fatal1ty 1on1 2/2: TDM, PK and Q4 (177 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:57 CDT, 18 March 2011 - iMsg
In the second, and final, part of his 1on1 interview with SK Gaming the legendary United States of America Johnathan "fatal1ty" Wendel discusses his Q3 TDM play, Painkiller and Quake 4.

The knock on fatal1ty has always been his teamplay so how does he weigh up credit for United States of America cK's domination in light of playing with the TDM genius United States of America czm? Was Netherlands Vo0 the best Painkiller player? How much did the American offer the Dutchman to bet on PK games? Is the theme of returning to competition and having to catch up an important one for motivating fatal1ty? Would he ever return if the prize money was high enough and there was a properly structured tour?

The second part of the interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 11:31 CDT, 18 March 2011 - 68016 Hits
Gaming at the movies #13 (5 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 18:30 CDT, 17 March 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #13 returns with 7 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #13:
GAME OverDrive (CS, 2011) by Ukraine Neuro
Quake Cyber Generation REDUX (Q3, 2011) by Serbia ZeRoQL and United States of America Domino
KAB0M does Playnation (CS, 2010) by Sweden KAB0M
Strenx 2010 (QL, 2011) by Russia MMd
Kaamo5 (CS, 2005) by Sledac
TaZ (CS, 2011) by Brazil mtt
ClanBase Eurocup III 'the movie' (Q3 + CS, 2001) by Netherlands Amsterdam Wob

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by xou at 20:04 CDT, 17 March 2011 - 3457 Hits
Chronicles of czm 2/6: Babbage's CPL (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:43 CDT, 17 March 2011 - iMsg
In part 2 of the Chronicles of czm Quake's most beloved Maths student, United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson, takes us inside his head for his run at the Babbage's CPL in late 2000.

What movie-like change took place in czm's perceptions during his incredible rail-after-rail sequence to win his famous t4 match against Sweden Aim? How did imagining TV cameras were filming him affect his winning reaction? czm also goes through his matches against United States of America Indio_007, Sweden proZaC and Sweden DOOMer. What got under his skin psychologically against the QW legend DOOMer on dm6?

Part two can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 10:50 CDT, 17 March 2011 - 12608 Hits
Chronicles of czm 1/6: duel origins (60 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:59 CDT, 14 March 2011 - iMsg
The 6 part 'Chronicles of czm' sees Q3 duel and TDM legend United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson break down his career in detail. One part will be released every 3 days until the Chronicles are complete.

In part 1 czm explains his origins as a competitive duel player before he appeared at Babbage's CPL in 2000.

What caused czm to miss an invitation to the TGI QW duel tournament? Which family member prompted czm to compete more seriously in Q3? Winning which LAN helped him dismiss opinions that he cheated? What prevented czm from attending the WCGC?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 10:15 CDT, 14 March 2011 - 23716 Hits
fatal1ty 1on1: should have won Qcon 2k2 (335 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 05:35 CST, 11 March 2011 - iMsg
SK Gaming's 1on1 feature returns with United States of America Johnathan "fatal1ty" Wendel as its first subject in a two part video interview. In part one the Q3, UT2003, AvP and Painkiller champion discusses his illustrious Quake 3 career which launched him as a professional gamer.

Why did fatal1ty's style of play change from being very aggressive early on to more disciplined and safe later? How does he think he matched up with United States of America ZeRo4? What decision by the WCG caused fatal1ty to play AvP? Does he ever shadowbox against the legends who followed him in Q3? Why does he think he should have won Quakecon 2002?

The first part of the interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 11:32 CDT, 18 March 2011 - 146031 Hits
rapha: "hope ZeRo4 was proud of that t4" (159 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 07:57 CST, 5 March 2011 - iMsg
Following his second IEM World Championship title win SK Gaming's United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson spoke about his victory, his opponent and his mentor.

How does rapha feel after winning back-to-back World Championships? How did United States of America ZeRo4 help him out during the tournament? Has Russia Cooller changed since their first IEM final? Was the way he played out of control a specific strategy rapha went in with on dismemberment? Did Cooller get unlucky spawns on t4?

Check the video interview with the winner of the IEM5 Finals!
Edited by xou at 08:46 CST, 5 March 2011 - 47542 Hits
Cooller: "I can show rapha some secrets" (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 15:37 CST, 3 March 2011 - iMsg
Following another 3:0 series win over Poland av3k, this time in the IEM V World Championship, the Russian maestro Russia Cooller spoke in a video interview about playing av3k and his next match vs. France Strenx.

Why has the Cooller-av3k matchup changed so much? Does Cooller agree with the theory that av3k plays worse against the one or two opponents who specifically neutralise his style? What does Cooller think of Strenx's interview comments and a matchup against him next? Would Cooller enjoy a repeat IEM final of him and United States of America rapha?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 02:24 CST, 4 March 2011 - 11477 Hits
rapha: feels like a deja vu (54 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 11:23 CST, 3 March 2011 - iMsg
In the quarter-finals of the IEM V World Championship United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson ran into United States of America DaHanG in the playoffs once again and once again the reigning champion emerged victorious. In this video interview he discussed his feat.

What moments jump out at rapha from his series with DaHanG? Is DaHanG a favourable matchup for him considering their history? Are players like Sweden Spart1e better for rapha than people who play a very adaptive style? Is it fair to say rapha's side of the bracket is easier? Does rapha still feel like a favourite?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 15:21 CST, 3 March 2011 - 16958 Hits
Strenx: Would be nice if [Cooller] lost (61 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:05 CST, 2 March 2011 - iMsg
After topping Group A at the IEM V World Championship France Kevin "strenx" Baeza discussed his group play, his Russian nemesis and looked to the playoffs.

How did Strenx manage to beat Poland av3k again? Why does the Frenchman think it "would be nice if [Russia Cooller] lost"? How did Strenx help Sweden Spart1e beat Cooller in Group B? What is Strenx's take on Belarus Cypher failing?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 00:44 CST, 3 March 2011 - 18990 Hits
czm: "my focus was really poor" (77 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:29 CST, 1 March 2011 - iMsg
American Quake legend United States of America Paul "czm" Nelson spoke in a video interview at the end of day 1 of the IEM V World Championship about how he felt his group play went.

What is czm's overall assessment of his group play? As someone so famous for being able to make comebacks in a short space of time what has held him back in this era? How does United States of America rapha compare to legendary names like United States of America Fatal1ty, United States of America ZeRo4, United States of America czm and United States of America socrates?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 16:27 CST, 1 March 2011 - 19521 Hits
Spart1e talks after group play (21 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:02 CST, 1 March 2011 - iMsg
Sweden Sebastian "Spart1e' Siira was the man in Group B of the IEM V World Championships as he took down three of the biggest names in all of Quake on his way to a 4-1 record. In this video interview he discussed how day 1 went for him.

How does a player lose to Australia dandaking and then defeat Belarus Cypher, Russia Cooller and United States of America rapha? Who is the best player in the world according to Spart1e? Will the future involve more focus on practice for the Swede?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming
Edited by Nukm at 12:05 CST, 1 March 2011 - 13835 Hits
rapha: "I really like playing Cypher" (46 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 04:20 CST, 28 February 2011 - iMsg
In a video interview from his pre-IEM V World Championship bootcamp SK Gaming's United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson discussed the groups and his mindstate going into the tournament.

What was rapha's initial reaction to seeing the group drawings? Why does rapha really like playing Belarus Cypher? Is it a foregone conclusion that Poland av3k will win group A? How has the layover since DreamHack affected rapha's level?

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 04:37 CST, 28 February 2011 - 15582 Hits
Gaming at the movies #12 (86 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:35 CST, 10 February 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #12 returns with 6 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #12:
Forbidden Colors (CS, 2011) by Russia DreaM
midget (Q3 CPM, 2005) by tom
Finnish it (UT2004, 2006) by Finland Electry
Na`Vi - On the way to victory - IEM 4 (CS, 2011) by Ukraine Pan4o
The Afterspray (QL, 2010) by Poland Hell5pawn
dkt2 (CS, 2003) by United States of America destrukt

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by Thorin at 16:34 CDT, 17 March 2011 - 18917 Hits
Russian Cooller interview translated (128 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:27 CST, 7 February 2011 - iMsg
After Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov's IEM victory Cyberfight.ru hosted a stream on which the champion took questions from a thread on the site and answered them. Thanks to Russia ToyTiger his answers can now be read in English.

Amongst the many topics discussed: Belarus Cypher's opinion that Cooller couldn't win or place top 3 at IEM, Cooller's matches vs. Sweden fazz, Austria noctis,Poland av3k & Cypher, France strenx's development, whose Q3 config he copied and his upcoming frag movie.

The full translation transcription can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 08:08 CST, 8 February 2011 - 24919 Hits
Cooller IEM V Euro Champion interview (175 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:28 CST, 23 January 2011 - iMsg
With his victory in the final of the IEM V European Championships Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov has finally made his way back to the top of the world of Quake and acquired a major title after so many thought his time to be a champion had been and gone.

How has Cooller changed his approach to ztn, a map he was one the maestro of, to defeat an Poland av3k who has defeated him on it seemingly every time they have met? Did Cooller ever lose hope during his quest to become a champion again that he could see it through and reach his goal?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 19:48 CST, 23 January 2011 - 67529 Hits
Carmac: "least unfair as possible" (164 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:49 CST, 23 January 2011 - iMsg
Poland Michal "Carmac" Blicharz, ESL's Product Manager for the IEM, spoke in a video interview at length about all of the significant circumstances and factors surrounding the controversial pause, power outage and subsequent recreation of the final moments during the Cooller-Strenx fifth map.

Carmac explains that the lag on the LAN server was a result of power problems spiking the server. He says the power went out in the surrounding area of Kiev not just the Cyber Sport Arena. Carmac explains ESL's decision to recreate the conditions for the final moments of the game and his questioning on Strenx not pausing himself . Should the game have been paused at that moment in the first place?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Nellie at 14:10 CST, 23 January 2011 - 53751 Hits
Cooller post-Strenx match interview (15 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 11:42 CST, 23 January 2011 - iMsg
Following a thrilling and unexpected end to the last map of his semi-final vs. France Strenx the ever popular Russia Anton "Cooller' Singov spoke in a video interview about the controvertial pause/power outage incident and his thoughts on the upcoming final.

What was Cooller's reaction to being killed by Strenx to send the game to overtime? Answering a later question Cooller uses the phrase "biggest epic fail" in what context? What does Cooller think of his matchup vs. Poland av3k being as he had said he preferred av3k over Cypher?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Nukm at 12:12 CST, 23 January 2011 - 7358 Hits
Cooller: hope av3k wins vs. Cypher (38 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:57 CST, 22 January 2011 - iMsg
Following his series victory over Germany k1llsen the Russian duel maestro Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov discussed the two upcoming semi-finals: his own vs. France Strenx and the battle of two of his toughest opponents in Belarus Cypher and Poland av3k.

What is Cooller's response to Strenx's theory that he tries to anger the Frenchman in their battles? What is Cooller's reaction to the comment in a recent Cypher interview that the Belarusian doesn't think Cooller can beat him?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Nukm at 11:16 CST, 22 January 2011 - 10271 Hits
av3k: want to play perfect [vs. Cypher] (11 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 08:56 CST, 22 January 2011 - iMsg
Following his quarter-final victory over Sweden fazz Poland Maciek 'av3k' Krzykowski discussed his thoughts on his performance in the IEM V European Championship Finals so far and looked towards his matchup against Belarus Cypher in the semi-finals.

What does av3k guess is the key France Strenx said he had figured out to defeating the Pole? Why is av3k one of the only people who can beat Cypher right now? In what way does av3k seek to return to the top of Quake?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming
Edited by Slasher at 09:09 CST, 22 January 2011 - 5802 Hits
Strenx: impossible for me to beat Cypher (48 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 15:44 CST, 21 January 2011 - iMsg
After topping Group A at the IEM V European Championship Finals France Kevin "Strenx" Baeza explained that for him right now it is impossible to beat Cypher.

What moment in the match vs. Poland av3k caused Strenx to sing "I believe I can fly"? Why is it impossible for him to beat Belarus Cypher? What tactic will he use against Russia Cooller, that Cooller has been using on him, should they meet in the semi-final?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Nukm at 16:52 CST, 21 January 2011 - 13953 Hits
k1llsen: not confident (11 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 13:45 CST, 21 January 2011 - iMsg
After losing to av3k and finishing 3rd in his group Germany Marcel "k1llsen" Paul explained that he hasn't felt confident during the entire IEM V European Championship Finals due his settings feeling off.

Did k1llsen feel Poland av3k was beatable going into the series? Why is Russia Cooller his most feared opponent in the tournament? Will k1llsen take time off after this event or launch straight into preparation for the World Championships?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 15:46 CST, 21 January 2011 - 6713 Hits
fazz: "don't consider myself a pro" (19 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 11:28 CST, 21 January 2011 - iMsg
After securing his spot in the playoffs of the IEM V European Championships with a win in his final game in Group B Sweden Pelle 'Fazz' S÷derman spoke in a video interview about his tournament so far.

How did Russia Cooller accidentally contribute to fazz's loss to Cypher? Did Austria noctis' tilt affect their series? Which of Group A's players would fazz rather face in the next round? What is the status of fazz's Quake career right now?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 15:47 CST, 21 January 2011 - 7618 Hits
Gaming at the movies #11 (30 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:48 CST, 6 January 2011 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #11 offers 7 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #11:
lurppis 5 (CS, 2011) by Canada illmatic
Cypher the movie (QL, 2011) by Japan Musashiii
Granis THE EXTERMINATOR (CS, 2007) by Sweden Granis
h4 - Defeater (CS, 2008) by tox
The Pink Panther II (CS, 2010) by Serbia RavenTL
Norwegianalized (QL, 2010) by Norway plaZma
Frags Done Extreme (QW, 2001) by Austria sLASh, Austria Delirium and sturm.

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by xou at 17:53 CST, 10 February 2011 - 8695 Hits
Gaming at the movies #10 (18 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:37 CST, 30 December 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #10 gives you one last show for 2010 with 7 movies to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #10:
Dav & dud4 - The last round (Q2, 2007) by Hungary Bela Kiss
HeatoN - The Real Legend (CS, 2010) by Brazil Juka
Obaah it's happytime (CS, 2009) by Norway rglaf
Frags Done Satanic: X (QW, 2005) by Finland Seni
2fast2furyous (CS, 2006) by Sweden grandyz
SpawN - Skilled 'n Ready (CS, 2010) by Seychelles MattFreemaN
clipquake (Q3, 2001) by France CarCass

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every week.
Edited by xou at 17:52 CST, 10 February 2011 - 6754 Hits
Gaming at the movies #9 (55 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 18:32 CST, 22 December 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #9 has a festive haul of 6 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream.

Box office for week #9:
lurppis 4 (CS, 2010) by Finland lurppis
Marcus ' zet ' Sundstrom (CS, 2010) by Romania nevermoRe
The Contenders 2 (Q3, 2010) by United States of America entik
three (Q3, 2008) by India ashr
roboty from outer space (Q3, 2004) by France pez
br÷derna Wallenberg (CS, 2003) by Sweden miniwalle

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:51 CST, 10 February 2011 - 17242 Hits
Gaming at the movies #8 (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:07 CST, 15 December 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #8 sets down a stack of 8 movies to read reviews of, stream and download. As has come to be expected there's a treat from gaming movie history to complete the set.

Box office for week #8:
Twisted Syndicate - Delpan & pita 2010 (CS) by Russia SP3CTRE [2010]
Lost control 2 (QL) by Japan Muff [2010]
3D Morgan (CS) by United States of America maul [2003]
Cypher Frag Movie (Q3) by Russia resoLVer1.0 [2008]
Megatech body id 501 (WSW) by Germany FrooP and Germany KILLME [2010]
The Pink Panther (CS) by Serbia RavenTL [2009]
oskar the troublemaker (CS) by Czech Republic wareaN [2010]
Dag Def Extreme 2 (DDE2) (QW) by Sweden dag [2002]

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:53 CST, 10 February 2011 - 7026 Hits
2 Fresh Pots: rapha-stermy/noctis-strenx (83 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 13:12 CST, 13 December 2010 - iMsg
Fresh Pots returns with a dual serving covering the last two weeks. In last week's United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson narrates his Quakecon 2010 dm13 game vs. Italy Alessandro "stermy" Avallone from the Italian's POV. In this week's rapha looks at a zotac dm6 game between Austria Richard "noctis" Gansterer and France Kevin "strenx" Baeza,

Hear rapha's thoughts at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 14:05 CST, 13 December 2010 - 17130 Hits
Gaming at the movies #7 (27 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 07:40 CST, 8 December 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #7 gives you seven movies to read reviews of, stream and download. The usual piece of gaming cinema greatness that is the classic pick is included to ensure a happy holidays for all.

Box office for week #7:
AUT of Control (Q3) by Austria noctis
JungleboY - Hakuna Matata (CS) by United Kingdom JungleboY
RTCW Competitive History - Year 2002 (RTCW) by Germany twister
bruno (CS) by Brazil donutsmaker
Unagi (QL) by Serbia ZeroQL
Max ruuit Aspe (CS) by Goldy
FURY 3 IYC$CUF (CS) by Sweden X-BeRt^

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:52 CST, 10 February 2011 - 6836 Hits
Gaming at the movies #6 (50 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 05:20 CST, 2 December 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #6 sets out an appetizing spread of eight movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. Dessert is a classic selection from the past as usual.

Box office for week #6:
karrigan - Welcome to FINNland (CS) by Denmark z0rgan
DaHanG 2010 (QL) by United States of America justin
HyvlarN - Let It Rock (CS) by Norway rglaf
CyberFight sense (Q3) by Russia HMage
dikfilmen - deltaiotakappa the movie (CS) by Sweden BFG
finnhits vol. 1 (Q2) by Finland Dimmo
n0swal the movie (CS) by Canada muffz
frags done extreme II (QW) by Austria sLASh, Austria Delirium and don surmo

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:57 CST, 10 February 2011 - 12894 Hits
Fresh Pots: rapha vs. Spart1e (12 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:42 CST, 29 November 2010 - iMsg
Another Monday and another Fresh Pot of piping hot QuakeLive analysis. This edition sees United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson takes you through his Battleforged game against Sweden Sebastian "Spart1e" Siira from IEM V Gamescom.

Hear rapha's thoughts at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 04:03 CST, 30 November 2010 - 3676 Hits
rapha: "[Cypher]'s game has stepped up" (13 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 14:41 CST, 25 November 2010 - iMsg
SK Gaming's United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson spoke in an interview about his matches over the Summer against Russia Cooller, Belarus Cypher's return to the top and the challenge of competing for a DreamHack title.


The interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 16:25 CST, 25 November 2010 - 8412 Hits
Gaming at the movies #5 (No comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:59 CST, 24 November 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #5 serves up 6 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. Things wind up with a classic pick from the past included.

Box office for week #5:
tihOp & Kaamos (CS) by Finland Kaamos
Fragged by 3ulu4 (Q3) by Russia morgot
#DOKTORS THE MOVIE (CS) by Norway nomikk
FYRR73 TOPIC (CS) by Sweden Rogga
The Champions (Q3) by Russia [7]Raven
Death Raiserz 4 (CS) by Japan XrayN and JamesB

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:51 CST, 10 February 2011 - 1133 Hits
k1llsen: I think I deserved that win (72 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:48 CST, 23 November 2010 - iMsg
IEM V Gamescom champion Germany Marcel "k1llsen" Paul has been interviewed in the lead up to the DreamHack Winter and MSi Beat IT tournaments which will take place later this week.

Responding to whether his Gamescom victory was lucky or not:
Was it lucky? I mean where was the luck factor there? I think I deserved that win and worked hard for it and in the end my work just paid out finally, after I was very unlucky at ESWC 2010 and DH Summer. BUT overall I would say yes of course it was, since you can't really push yourself to have a good day it's there or not.

The full interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 01:04 CST, 24 November 2010 - 12847 Hits
Fresh pots: rapha vs. k1llsen ztn (125 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:52 CST, 22 November 2010 - iMsg
It's Monday so "Fresh Pots" returns with another fresh serving of QuakeLive analysis as SK Gaming's United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson breaks down the decisive map, ztn, of the IEM V Gamescom final against Germany Marcel 'k1llsen' Paul.

The video can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 14:26 CST, 22 November 2010 - 20688 Hits
Gaming at the movies #4 (34 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:16 CST, 17 November 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies returns as #4 delivers 8 more movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. Once you reach the end you'll leave with a piece of classic gaming cinema as always.

Box office for week #4:
kicked & removed (Q3 CPM) by Finland AHXNXA
FalleN - Undisclosed Desires (CS) by Brazil oly
ParadokS Tribute (QW) by Denmark Zalon
cogu (CS) by Brazil IntellecT
glm DeFrag Life (Q3 DeFrag) by Russia glm
WCG 2010 presented by SteelSeries (CS) by Pakistan SK
Zyppe - A Walk To Remember (CS) by Sweden maxxie
pure old school - scandinavia (Q2) by Sweden optimizer

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:52 CST, 10 February 2011 - 7946 Hits
Fresh pots: rapha vs. Cooller dm13 (124 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 09:29 CST, 15 November 2010 - iMsg
In the first of a new weekly video feature at SK Gaming, "Fresh Pots", United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson breaks down his exciting dm13 game against Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov from the semi-final of IEM V Gamescom. Remember: zis is rapha!

The video can be viewed at SK Gaming
Edited by xou at 12:16 CST, 15 November 2010 - 19538 Hits
The Cauldron #3: The Tyrant's last reign (4 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 03:40 CST, 15 November 2010 - iMsg
The latest edition of the weekly esports column 'The Cauldron' re-examines 'The Tyrant' zerg Jaedong's victory over the 'Ultimate Weapon' terran Flash, the man destined to become the 5th bonjwa, in the NATE MSL which came against incredible odds and was not given its due by all of the community at the time due to technical problems in the swing game of the series.


The full column can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 03:47 CST, 15 November 2010 - 1543 Hits
Gaming at the movies #3 (16 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:15 CST, 10 November 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies #3 brings 8 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. As always a classic piece of movie magic is included.

Box office for week #3:
manJu (Q3) by Czech Republic Silu
oskar! High Voltage (CS) by Czech Republic oskar!
pondfiller 3 (CS) by United States of America pondfiller
Manne - Heartbeats (CS) by Norway rglaf
SpawN'n'HeatoN (CS) by Brazil FEVER
miniwalle - kortfilmenisighej (CS) by Sweden miniwalle
Smooth Frags (Q3) by Norway CLX
The Badge v3.0 (Q3) by strandtyp and ironcock

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:54 CST, 10 February 2011 - 5030 Hits
Gaming at the movies #2 (11 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:46 CDT, 3 November 2010 - iMsg
Gaming at the movies returns with 8 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. Includes a classic movie selection from the past.

Box office for week #2:
keiz the movie III (CS) by Sweden equality
The Slavonian (CS) by SOM
defraging is not a crime (Q3 Defrag) by Switzerland breacH
Jaedong vs Flash Montage (SC:BW) by nimbus
fnatic f0rest - GC Shanghai MVP (CS) by Romania VILLAGE
This is Quake 3 by sk!a (Q3) by Ireland sk!a
The Badge v2.0 (Q3) by strandtyp and ironcock

Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:52 CST, 10 February 2011 - 5386 Hits
Who can make the elite four a five? (152 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 22:50 CDT, 29 October 2010 - iMsg
Quake Live's elite group of four players is well established as United States of America rapha, Belarus Cypher, Poland av3k and Russia Cooller, with no fifth name as yet capable of consistently making that quartest into a quintent.

SK Gaming have published an article which explores the group of players who are battling for that degree of recognition. Germany k1llsen, Italy Stermy, France strenx, Sweden Spart1e and United States of America DaHanG are considered to gauge who is most likely to make the next step up.

Addressing k1llsen's chances:
A new-found desire, sick aim and all the fan backing in the world is enough to give k1llsen a case for stepping into the upper echelon of Quake Live. But he's marred by inconsistency, something that he needs to vastly improve on heading into DreamHack Winter this November and future IEM Global Challenges.

The full article can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 02:10 CDT, 30 October 2010 - 27821 Hits
Gaming at the movies #1 (23 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:22 CDT, 27 October 2010 - iMsg
The first edition of a new weekly gaming movie review feature called Gaming at the movies kicks off today with 6 movies for you to read reviews of, download and stream. Includes a classic movie selection from the past.

Box office for week #1:
minet - bulletproof (CS) by Denmark z0rgan
The Gate Keepers (Q3) by Serbia ZeroQL
3 Years of k1ck-fox (CS) by Portugal slvdR
Xizt (CS) by Russia SPECTRE
it's pekka (Q3 CPM) by Finland ahxnxa
davishax 6 (CS) by United States of America cDAVIS
Gaming at the movies can be read and viewed at SK Gaming every Wednesday.
Edited by xou at 17:53 CST, 10 February 2011 - 8829 Hits
k1llsen: so focused I forgot about frags (99 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:50 CDT, 1 September 2010 - iMsg
IEM V Gamescom champion Germany Marcel "k1llsen" Paul has been interviewed by SK Gaming about his triumph in Cologne. He discusses the finals series against United States of America rapha, what impact playing on home soil had and explains why he doesn't have a favourite map in the current pool.

Asked what impact Belarus Cypher's absence had on Gamescom the German answers:
I really missed Cypher there because it could have been a whole different story. And also I would have preferred to play Cypher in the final, or at least Cooller than rapha, since Cypher & Cooller reached another level at the Qcon final and I would really like to face that in a final.

The interview can be read in full at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 13:01 CDT, 2 September 2010 - 18048 Hits
The call of the LeeSsang Rok! (3 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 12:24 CDT, 27 August 2010 - iMsg
With Korea (Republic of)terran Flash and Korea (Republic of)zerg Jaedong set to battle for the Bigfile MSL crown in the finals tomorrow morning (in European and American time zones) SK Gaming has published a full history of the rivalry, also known as the LeeSsang Rok.


There are also VOD links for every map the two have ever played in individual competition playoff series.

Soak in the history of the immovable object (Flash) vs. the irresistible force (Jaedong) as the 3 time champion (2 OSLs, 1 MSL) takes on the 5 time champion and golden mouse winner (3 OSLs, 2 MSLs) in a Bo5 for the third straight MSL season.

The article can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 12:48 CDT, 27 August 2010 - 2041 Hits
Tasteless: Jaedong does not get nervous (5 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 02:17 CDT, 24 August 2010 - iMsg
In a video interview with SK Gaming GOMtv's English language StarCraft commentator United States of America Nick 'Tasteless' Plott took time out from the e-Stars Seoul event to discuss some relevant topics about the elite players in the competitive South Korean scene.

Some of the topics discussed: Korea (Republic of)zerg Jaedong's nerves, Korea (Republic of)terran Flash defining Terran play, Korea (Republic of)protoss Bisu not being as big due to Korea (Republic of)protoss stork existing, stork's legacy in light of his silvers, why Korea (Republic of)terran NaDa can't return to the top and the match fixing scandal's impact on the social status of Korea (Republic of)zerg sAviOr even beyond gaming.

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 02:22 CDT, 24 August 2010 - 2270 Hits
neok: an Unmatched TDM career (61 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 06:39 CDT, 3 August 2010 - iMsg
Quake III TDM star Germany Tobias "neok" Grieser may be the Editor-in-Chief of ESL TV right now but he once ruled the TDM world with clan Germany Unmatched, winning back-to-back ClanBase EuroCups. He talked about his TDM career in a video interview with SK Gaming.

How did neok see Sweden iCE cLIMBERS during the period they were battling against Unmatched? What bizarre map choice helped contribute to his team's loss to ic at CPL London? Which Swedish player does he describe as the best TDM player ever?

What qualities account for Unmatched's success in TDM? Why does he call Germany zyz the best overall German TDM player rather than Germany Stelam or Germany Sl1nger? Why did Unmatched never acquire salaries or move to a bigger organization?

neok explains the reasons behind Unmatched splitting up as Stelam and Sl1nger went off to join SK.de and zyz and he wound up in mTw a few months later. Which TDM players of the ages would he select to go around him in a dream team?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 10:20 CDT, 4 August 2010 - 15559 Hits
proZaC in-depth: career of a TDM p1mp (76 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 19:55 CDT, 11 July 2010 - iMsg
Over at SK Gaming the self-proclaimed p1mp of TDM Sweden Cyrus "proZaC" Malekani talked at length about his entire career as a Quake 3 star. He won Lan Arena 7 with QPO, EuroCup V with p1mps and placed in the top 3 of the EuroCup four times in total.

Did he duel much with Sweden Blue and Sweden LakermaN in All*? How does the Swede compare United States of America czm to himself at TDM? How did p1mps come to crush iCE cLIMBERS 4:0 in a best of seven series in the EuroCup V final? What was it like to play along with Russia Mikes and Russia Cooller in TDM?

Talking about Sweden fox as a TDM player in ic:
Well they had a good dynamic, like fox can be the sneaky camper style player and toxic can be the rambo rampage go crazy guy. But I mean fox could also be crazy FFA style if he wanted to, but you know... he's fox, he's always gonna play solid no matter what :) He is truly a great player and I respect his skill and as a friend.

proZaC also breaks down his strategies for playing q3dm7, q3dm14 and ospdm5 both individually and as part of an elite team.

The interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 05:59 CDT, 12 July 2010 - 18597 Hits
rapha post-ESWC victory interview (98 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:55 CDT, 4 July 2010 - iMsg
Following his latest victory, adding the ESWC Grand Finals title to his list of accomplishments, United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson talked in a video interview to SK Gaming about his tournament play in Paris.

The American who is on an unbelievable streak of international victories talked about what that feeling is like, to be on that streak and to add another title to it. Looking to the future he also discussed his desire to win Quakecon and follow in the footsteps of ZeRo4 by winning multiple titles there.

rapha explained his thought processes in the finals against Poland av3k and how he came to lose his series against Italy Stermy in the second group stage.

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 08:53 CDT, 5 July 2010 - 34006 Hits
Cypher: "Most comfortable... is Cooller" (78 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 18:04 CDT, 29 June 2010 - iMsg
Over at SK Gaming the DreamHack Summer runnerup Belarus Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky talked in an interview about the upcoming ESWC event.

Asked how he matches up with the elite group of players composed of United States of America rapha, Poland av3k and Russia Cooller the IEM IV European champion explained:
Most comfortable for me is cooller, I've played him many times, and I have something inside which gives me opportunity to read him really well. Also I've won several times against av3k, and I also don't feel really uncomfortable playing him. At the moment only rapha gives me a hard time, I don't know much reasons, but maybe one of the reasons is that I stop believing in myself when I'm playing him, it gives him much advantage.

Cypher also gave his thoughts on why he thinks av3k can defeat rapha, which map he would remove from QuakeLive and what he likes about QuakeLive better than CPMA, the Q3 version which brought him his ESWC title in 2008.

The interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by xou at 00:24 CDT, 30 June 2010 - 17459 Hits
rapha: "I have to prove [I'm the best]" (71 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 00:35 CDT, 3 June 2010 - iMsg
IEM season IV World Champion United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson has been interviewed by SK Gaming. The man who has had the QuakeLive world in a vice for the last couple of years talked about the need to prove himself the best again.

Asked if he ever thought he'd be able to call himself the best Quake player in the world rapha explained:
My goal was to play up there with the best and beat them. It just grew stronger over time so at some point yes I believed that I would attain that title. It's nice and all but I try to remind myself that that's in the past and that I have to try and keep it, prove it all over again from one major event to the next. The top players are all striving for it, especially with ESWC coming up, there are definitely more than a few who are hungry to win it, which is why I think it will make the tournament all that much more exciting to me.

The interview can be read at SK Gaming.
Edited by Thorin at 21:24 CDT, 3 June 2010 - 12822 Hits
Carmac: "when it comes it comes" (26 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 16:08 CDT, 22 April 2010 - iMsg
In the last part of his 1on1 interview Poland Michal "Carmac" Blicharz talks about his support group, some of the tougher times in his life and his thoughts on a number of gaming's most famous event organisers.

Addressing whether or not there are plans for a "Carmac Jr" anytime soon he says "when it comes it comes". What scenario prompted Carmac to say "I messed up my entire life"? What expensive present did he give to his father for his birthday? What does Carmac think is the best Esports title?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming, along with parts one and two.
Edited by Nukm at 17:13 CDT, 22 April 2010 - 7642 Hits
Carmac: "make it about the champions" (37 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 10:26 CDT, 16 April 2010 - iMsg
In the second part of his 1on1 interview Poland Michal "Carmac" Blicharz answers questions about the goals he set about accomplishing upon joining ESL as the product manager of the Intel Extreme Masters.

Why does Carmac feel more emphasis was needed on the continental finals? What is significant about spacing out playoff games from those within the same round and the following one? Carmac reflects on his life as a soon to be 30 year old and the good things which have come from it and some perhaps missed opportunities. Carmac also talks briefly about season V of IEM and which games are likely to be featured.

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming, as well as the first part for those who haven't seen it yet.
Edited by xou at 10:33 CDT, 16 April 2010 - 9371 Hits
rapha: "scripted from hollywood" (76 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 23:08 CDT, 1 April 2010 - iMsg
SK Gaming has released the third and final part of their 1on1 interview with United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson. rapha talks about his journey from a 13 year old watching United States of America John "ZeRo4" Hill at QuakeCon to becoming a world champion. He sees his route as almost "scripted from Hollywood".

rapha is asked if his IEM IV World Championship final against Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov bore any kind of reversed resemblance to the plot of Rocky IV. Which Rocky movie does rapha instead reference?

Will rapha continue on in Esports beyond his playing career and if so in what capacity could he see himself? A brand name like Fatal1ty?

The interview can be viewed at SK Gaming, as well as parts one and two.
Edited by xou at 05:13 CDT, 2 April 2010 - 18280 Hits
rapha 1on1 2/3: "a crazy experience" (82 comments)
Posted by Thorin @ 17:13 CDT, 25 March 2010 - iMsg
SK Gaming has released the second part of their 1on1 interview with United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson. The IEM IV World Champion talks about the experience of playing in front of "all those people standing and sitting".

Find out how throwing up a fourth time allowed rapha to decide to attend the IEM IV American Finals. The man with five tournament wins under his belt also talks about that period of time, after losing at the American Finals and in the Silent Gamers Cup to domestic rival United States of America Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty, in which some were suggesting he was no longer the #1 Quake Live player.

rapha also references the infamous "five steps ahead" comment, referenced often on ESR, when it comes to which quality he defines in the world of Quake.

The interview can be watched at SK Gaming.

Part one for those looking to catch up.
Edited by Thorin at 10:26 CDT, 26 March 2010 - 16748 Hits
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