MATCHES: WEEK 1 - WEEK 2 - WEEK 3 - WEEK 4 - WEEK 5 - WEEK 6 - WEEK 7 - WEEK 8 - WEEK 9 - WEEK 10


EE Kirrill "cnz" Golubjov
BY Alexei "cYpheR" YanushevskyUS Moses "psygib" SalasUS Tim "DaHanG" Forgarty 

   Maciej "Av3k" Krzykowski PL -vs- SE Johan "toxjq" Quick
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     16:00 CET
09:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1561 9 10 40% 38% 21% 3472   GALENA   BLOOD COVENANT SLASH   3278 20% 44% 43% 10 9 1493
1463 8 9 44% 37% 23% 3693   VISOR AWOKEN   DOOM   4150 26% 38% 45% 8 9 1653
1604 11 10 46% 39% 17% 3138   RANGER   RUINS of SARNATH   ANARKI   3307 30% 37% 44% 9 8 1498

Av3k and toxjq played each other at QuakeCon 2019, where Av3k managed to win 2:0 in close game, toxjq get his revenge on Stage 1, Week 7 where he won 3:0.

We are starting our game at Blood Covenant, where PL Av3k picked GALENA which is among his strongest champions with 8:3 win rate. Map itself seems good for Av3k as he won 11 times while losing just 3 games.

SE Toxjq choose SLASH as his champion. Knowing that SLASH is quite strong in thes arena as she won 15 out of 29 matches it might be surprising, that against GALENA, she suffer 3 loses. Toxjq dominated 10 times in this arena and lost 6 games here.

Awoken is traditional map that is played among our players, after one win and one lost as DOOM under control of  Av3k, SE toxjq took advantage of first pick and stole it from Polish player. PL Av3k went for "next best pick" and will face his opponent as VISOR. This Champions matchup was played 16 times already with 50:50 outcomes.

Decider map of this match is Ruins of Sarnath. Av3k picked RANGER and toxjq is slowly returning to light champions. This matchup was played on Ruins just once and ANARKI under control of US rapha won that game. If we don`t care about Arena played, ANARKI dominated RANGER 7 out of 8 times.

Av3k lost 4 games out of 7 while toxjq is holding equal score with 5 wins and 5 loses at Sarnath.

Justin "Effortless" Yergau US -vs- CA Cameron "GNiK" Touchette
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     17:00 CET
10:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas

1561 9 8 44% 41% 30% 3975   DOOM   AWOKEN EISEN   4107 20% 33% 33% 7 10 1595
1498 9 8 45% 40% 34% 4074   SORLAG   VALE of PNATH   RANGER   3136 23% 34% 40% 7 9 1163
1635 8 9 43% 40% 31% 3247   VISOR   MOLTEN FALLS   STROGG   3155 28% 37% 43% 11 10 1625

CA GNiK and US Effortless have no opportunity to face each other in Quake Pro League. While Effortless is on high wave after 3:0 against CA cha1n last week, GNiK is kind of suffering thru his first matches in Stage 2. GNiK desperetly needs more point to his name, as he is on last position and gap on US whaz starts to be concerning.

We are going to kick off at Awoken, where EISEN and DOOM will fight for the ninth time. EISEN won 5 of those matches. GNiK of TSEB will be under control of Turret Boy, and Effortless will try to face his demise with DOOM from HELL.

Second map will be Vale of Pnath, where RANGER and SORLAG try to fit. RANGER won majority of battles in this arena against SORLAG, but she seems fit to this arena full of acid.

Decider will bring up STROGG and VISOR to Molten Falls. This match will be third time those two champions meet here and we are wondering if Piercing Sight will help Effortless to avoid aggressive style of GNiK and open some opportunities to score his own frags.

 

Fillipe "nosfa" Barbosa BR -vs- CA Greg "cha1n" Bouevitch
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     18:00 CET
11:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1644 9 9 51% 40% 34% 4450   RANGER   VALE of PNATH EISEN   3872 31% 36% 43% 8 8 1403
1620 11 7 43% 41% 30% 3227   GALENA MOLTEN FALLS   ATHENA   3378 33% 32% 53% 11 9 1640
1425 8 8 43% 40% 25% 3015   BJ   RUINS of SARNATH   STROGG   2926 27% 37% 42% 9 8 1595

Nosfa and cha1n are playing third game against each other, first took place at QuakeCon and nosfa won 2:1. Most recent battle was on Stage 1, Week 3 and nosfa was stronger again with same result 2:1.

Our player will start at Awoken where CA cha1n have good performance as EISEN. BR nosfa have no official record of playing Ranger in this arena, but overall 9:7 score with 87:37 frags speaks for itself. 

We had chance to see CA cha1n practising ATHENA at Molten Falls and his performance seems solid, nosfa will try to answer with GALENA and her pesky totems, that might be devastating for light champions.

BJ and STROGG will face each other on Ruins of Sarnath and BR nosfa himself managed to beat Effortless in this arena under this constellation. But we have in good memory that nerve wracking game between those two players on Stage 1.

  Anton "coollerz" Singov RU -vs- UA Dmytro "Xron" Shakharuk
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     19:00 CET
12:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1632 10 11 45% 35% 20% 3286   GALENA   BLOOD COVENANT NYX   3047 22% 37% 38% 7 7 1430
1703 11 11 41% 37% 30% 3827   BJ AWOKEN   STROGG   4160 25% 39% 47% 8 9 1523
1938 10 11 50% 40% 35% 3370   SORLAG   MOLTEN FALLS   SLASH   3393 33% 39% 52% 9 10 1545

UA Xron and RU coollerz played two games against each other. At QuakeCon, Anton won 2:1 and on Stage 1, Week 10 he performed clean sweap 3:0 and left Xron in pieces. Both players seems to be on fire, as Xrons last game against k1llsen was the one to watch and coollerz showed some showmatch stuff against toxjq.

Our game will start on Blood Covenant with GALENA and SLASH as Champions. This matchup was played just once - at QuakeCon where Spart1e run over br1ck with first named champion. Usually we see other champions selected for this arena, but GALENA have quite a record, with 7 victories out of 10 matches. NYX was selected 39 times to support players performance and lead 26 of those matches to happy ending.  

 

Michael "dooi" Dewey US -vs- US Gaven "whaz" Sorenson
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     20:00 CET
13:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
0 0 0 0% 0% 0% 0   RANGER   AWOKEN DOOM   3375 29% 35% 33% 8 9 1570
1350 9 10 51% 32% 32% 2615   SCALE MOLTEN FALLS   SORLAG   2977 32% 31% 38% 10 10 1649
1416 10 9 51% 29% 30% 2581   GALENA   BLOOD COVENANT   ANARKI   2641 26% 30% 33% 8 10 1524

Dooi joined Quake Pro League from Challengers, but thanks to his great performance in previous weeks, he is now on 16th position of global leader board. He would definitely love to climb up higher, but whaz have great motivation to score some poins, as he is now struggeling on bottom of the field. Both players never meet in official game, but we expect close battle.

Dooi and whaz are starting on Awoken, where RANGER and DOOM is familiar couple with 22 matches played. DOOM have advantage considering 13 matches was won by this champion, but RANGER of US dooi seems solid pick, as he won both matches played as this Champion. DOOM of US whaz is discutable choise for this player as he fought 6 battles with him and lose 5 of them.

We do see more and more SCALEBEARERS on Molten Falls with US dooi, tradition started by br1ck on QuakeCon now continue and US whaz answered with SORLAG. In very same matchup coollerz managed to stop Xron and we are eager to see what this map will bring to the table.

GALENA and ANARKI will end the match on Blood Covenant we know well, that US dooi`s special tactics are well known and with huge noise ANARKI can produce, his position might be even more prominent. Do you think US whaz can surprise?

Marcel "k1llsen" Paul DE -vs- RU Alexander "baSe" Rybin
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     21:00 CET
14:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1507 9 10 47% 43% 31% 2991   NYX   RUINS of SARNATH VISOR   2739 29% 37% 52% 12 11 1853
1548 11 11 47% 44% 33% 2973   EISEN BLOOD RUN   RANGER   2471 21% 40% 45% 11 11 1703
1714 10 12 50% 44% 33% 4373   BJ   AWOKEN   ATHENA   3796 30% 42% 45% 10 10 1630

World ranking 2 and 8 will face each other in k1llsen vs baSe match. Players that have meet twice and both matches ended up 2:1 in favour of German player.

Ruins of Sarnath was one of those arenas, where RU baSe collected his points and with classic combo NYX vs VISOR we have lots of expectations for this game.

EISEN and RANGER will be second pair of champions and they will meet on Blood Run, map that will be played for first time between both on official tournament.

Last Awoken ended as a mayhem but DE k1llsen switched DOOM for BJ this time. BaSe will use ATHENA and joined group of few tht are willing to take her for a flyby in this map.

 

Adrián "RAISY" Birgány HU -vs- IT Marco "vengeurR" Ragusa
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     22:00 CET
15:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1611 10 11 49% 40% 36% 3759   NYX   AWOKEN DOOM   3884 26% 35% 43% 9 8 1525
1939 11 10 -- 41% 39% 4714   BJ CORRUPTED KEEP   RANGER   3589 35% 29% -- 8 7 1463
1439 9 11 47% 40% 39% 3756   CLUTCH   VALE of PNATH   EISEN   3556 32% 39% 47% 7 8 1369

Top notch team kill battle of Myztro Bois will be seventh game of Sunday Game Day. RAISY and vengeurR are well established within community and they are fourth and fifth respectively on leader bord with just 5 points of difference. Bois played each other just once at QuakeCon and RAISY won that game 2:0 but we can expect crazy game, as Marco had alot of time practising and he swiped all his enemies so far 3:0 in Quake Pro League, Stage 2.

Awoken will present NYX and DOOM, in previous games DOOM won 2 of 3 games, but main question under this constellation is whether Italian player will have chance to incorporate some Berzerk to deny time shards, or will build his game plan knowing that #InvisibleBiatch will be using shadows every 15 or 20 seconds.

Map two will be Corrupted Keep, played for first time on Week 4 with BJ and RANGER. BJ worked great for RAISY in Lucca, but was also part of his demise on Finals. HU RAISY made this arena his home winning dozen of 15 games here and support by Champion selection need to be take into account as well, as BJ won 19 of 30 games he played on Corrupted Keep. We dont want to take IT vengeurR our of equation as he won 8 out of 12 games In the Keep, but RANGER is not offering Helping Hands as this Champion lost 11 of 16 games there.

Decider will be played at Vale of Pnath and RAISY managed to get CLUTCH for 16th time. He won all but one games with this champion previously! RAISY have his ClutchOnly account with almost 30 hours in game.

His opponent will be EISEN and we are more than eager to re-watch Lore extension live performed by Myztro bois.

Shane "rapha" Hendrixson US -vs- US Kyle "dramiS" Simard
Weapons
Champions
Arenas
TOTAL DAMAGE     23:00 CET
16:00 CST
    TOTAL DAMAGE Weapons
Champions
Arenas
1563 8 9 37% 37% 29% 3177   SLASH   RUINS of SARNATH SORLAG   3155 29% 39% 44% 9 10 1377
1808 11 10 -- 40% 28% 4175   ANARKI CORRUPTED KEEP   RANGER   3499 25% 37% -- 8 8 1568
1843 12 9 40% 40% 24% 2356   NYX   AWOKEN   ATHENA   3221 29% 39% 34% 7 7 1377

Rapha and dramiS will conclude Sunday matches and I am hyped to see US dramiSes performance this week, as his last game against US DaHanG was absolutely crazy.

Rapha is so far on clean swap owning both US dooi and US cha1n 3:0 and even tho he arrived light weight to this match, we know that he figured out most of the champions in the pool.

Both players meet at QuakeCon and we saw close game on Ruins of Sarnath, that is starting map for this Stage 2 duel and more convincing Corrupted Keep, that we will see as well, leading to 2:0 victory for Rapha

Both players vent for speed and agility, but every one choose in different department. Light weight SLASH under control of rapha will face heavy SORLAG. Rapha is picking SLASH for 6th time with 3 victories under his belt and dramiS is no stranger to SORLAG as well, as he played seven official games with her. 

Corrupted Keep with ANARKI and RANGER will be for sure match to watch and I dont dare to speak about grand finale on Awoken with NYX and ATHENA.

MATCHES: WEEK 1 - WEEK 2 - WEEK 3 - WEEK 4 - WEEK 5 - WEEK 6 - WEEK 7 - WEEK 8 - WEEK 9 - WEEK 10

 

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  Church of Quake w/ Lilie & SyncError 
 
 

Hi Michael, can you please introduce yourself and tell us how did you get yourself to Quake?

   

My dad played Quake 2 and Quake 3 extensively. I was introduced to Quake 2 at age 4.

I did not enjoy Quake as much as other games at the time. I mostly attribute this to social aspects ie. wanting to play games that my friends were playing.

By the time I was 11 or 12 I knew my interest in Quake was growing from a competitive perspective. From age 11 to 14, I spent a significant amount of time dueling. Mainly one map, DM6, on Quake Live.

When I got to high school I began to take baseball seriously. I trained and earned an opportunity to play in college. I was good enough to get there but not good enough to stay. I quit after my second season as I had lost the enjoyment I used to get from the game. I also performed poorly.

At that time, I began playing various FPS games again including CSGO, UT4, Battlefield, and Quake Live. Generally, I was in the top 1% of every game I played despite having what I considered to be relatively poor mechanical skills.

In April of 2017 Quake Champions Beta was released and I began to play. By May or June, they had announced Quakecon 2017 and I decided I wanted to try competing and I qualified for the tournament. That was my introduction to competitive Quake.

 
 

I heard you are a huge fan of baseball, what team is your favourite and are there any analogy you can throw in between Quake and baseball?

   

I am a big baseball fan. The San Francisco Giants are my favorite team and I would consider the Houston Astros a close second. I tend to identify with certain players and thus become fans of their team. I am not a loyal team fan if I am being completely honest.

I think the greatest personal parallel between athletics and esports was the learning how to deal with the anxiety, fear, and embarrassment associated with failure. Failing sucks, especially when it is public.

I carried some of what I learned from baseball to Quake and was able to expedite the process of learning how to deal with failure.

I haven’t always dealt with it in an optimal way, but I do the best I can and try to deal with it a little better each time.

 
 

You made it to Quake Pro League and first weeks showed you have skills needed to thrive there. Did you set any goals for yourself, or if we continue on psychological note, does setting goals somehow bind you?

   

The goal is to win every match 3-0. There are goals that branch from that and improvement goals that I set each week. Focal points that I know are key to help me win my matchup. But the ultimate goal is to win the match at hand.

 
 

From what I understand, you played a lot with rapha back in a days.

What was tough for you to learn about Quake and is there any advice you would give to newcomers?

   

I think most who are close to, or who have practiced with, rapha would say he is as good of a teacher as he is a player. Which is pretty incredible because often times the best players are the worst teachers.

There are a lot of tough things to learn in Quake. I could identify individual pieces of my game that have been difficult challenges to overcome, but I think the ability to stay in the present moment is the most difficult skill to master in any game or sport. Being present allows you to make adjustments, react to changes, and solve problems. This type of mental discipline requires training outside of the game, and is very difficult to master.

In terms of advice, obviously there are certain mechanical hurdles you have to overcome in order to be competitive at a high level. However, most players I see get stuck in the mechanical mindset. They are robots mechanically but mentally weak. Not strong enough to handle pressures associated with actual competition. Actual competition is fierce. Anxiety is high. If I had to take a shot-in-the-dark guess, I’d say around 50% of players have physical responses to their performance anxiety. Nausea (or worse actually vomiting), sleep loss, shakiness, etc.

Failure is a very real consequence, and defeats more players than any one esports champion ever will. Many players focus entirely too much on the physical elements of their game and spend no time on their mental and psychological game.

I differentiate the two because, in my opinion, they are very different. Your mental game is your approach to the game and your psychological game is your state of mind.

Develop those elements of your game and you will be shocked how often you outperform your mechanics.

 
 

Was it somehow symbolic for you to play your first game in Stage 2 against rapha then?

   

Not particularly. We have played in the past in various online tournaments and on LAN once. I don’t really put emphasis on one match versus the next. This helps me be objective when analyzing my performance.

 
 

Iam actually glad, that you are mentioning mechanical skills and mental stability – what tools can player with lower mechanical skills use to overcome 80% Rail?

   

This has a two-part answer based one the scenario. Is your opponent hitting 80% because you are in bad positions or because he is hitting everything regardless of your position?

If you are in bad positions and they are hitting a lot, you need to deny shots. This may mean you have to change the way you play the map. That is a major difference between playing for fun and playing to.

If they are hitting everything, you need to understand that is part of being mechanically inferior.

Sometimes mechanics just win, and there isn’t much you can do about it aside from continuing to improve your mechanics over time and making the best decisions that you can.

 
 

You are known for your patient, sometimes one would say the passive style of gameplay. What made you go this direction? I believe it must be nerve wracking from time to time.

   

I am a patient player. I would say I am not passive or aggressive. There are a number of factors that play into how I approach the game. A lot of times the champion matchup doesn’t warrant aggression, so I play passive. If I have a matchup that favors aggressive play, then I will play aggressively.

 
 

What approach do you have while picking champions? Do you have some favourites for each arena. We see more and more Scalebearers in the picks, is Scale new meta?

   

I can’t really comment on my champ picking approach.

I think the meta is pretty diverse at the moment. Scale is an interesting pick because he and Keel are probably the most balanced tanks. There are two or three maps where Scale is pretty dominant and the rest, he is alright at best. I think that is reasonable for a tank.

In my opinion, the goal should be to have vanilla mediums be viable on most every map, and all other fringe picks limited to 2-4 viable maps. What I have seen in my time playing QC is that people generally start complaining when fringe picks become viable on 5 or 6 maps.

 
 

Thank you very much for all the time you put into this interview and making it one of best Half-Time Chats so far with deep insight into mind of TOP20 player of Quake Champions in the World. Huge respect, bro! <3

Good Luck with rest of Stage 2 and see you in PL Katowice!

HALL OF FAME: Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 - Week 6 - Week 7 - Week 8 - Week 9 - Week 10
RAMPAGE
Match
33 FRAGS
RU Anton "coollerz" Singov  MAXIMUM TOTAL FRAGS PER MATCH
 
DAMAGE DEALER  
Match
12 828 DMG
IT Marco "vengeurR" Ragusa MAXIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE PER MATCH
 
SCAVANGER  
Match
86 ( 43 , 43 )
 Alexander "baSe" Rybin MOST MAJOR PICKUPS IN MATCH
 
FIELD MEDIC  
Match
6 070 HP HEALED
RU Anton "coollerz" Singov  MOST HEALTH COLLECTED PER MATCH
 
#EFFECTIVE  
Match
349,12 DMG / FRAG
RU Anton "coollerz" Singov  AVERAGE LEAST DAMAGE NEEDED TO FRAG
 
PACIFIST  
Match
6 813 DMG
 Alexander "baSe" Rybin MINIMUM TOTAL DAMAGE DEALT PER MATCH
 
BULETPROOF MONK  
Match
961,77 DMG
CA Greg "cha1n" Bouevitch SUFFER MOST DAMAGE BEFORE SCORING OWN FRAG
 
ROCKET LAUNCHER GOD  
Match
37,83%
RU Anton "coollerz" Singov  HIGHEST OVERALL RL PRECISION
 
LIGHTNING GUN GOD  
Match
41,27%
UA Dmytro "Xron" Shakharuk  HIGHEST OVERALL LG PRECISION
 
RAILGUN GOD  
Match
58,67%
 Alexander "baSe" Rybin HIGHEST OVERALL RAIL PRECISION
 
MINCED MEAT  
Match
5 474 DMG
IT Marco "vengeurR" Ragusa MOST RL DAMAGE PER MATCH
 
ELECTRICIAN  
Match
4 413 DMG
DE Marcel "k1llsen" Paul MOST LG DAMAGE PER MATCH
 
MEIN LEBEN Match 4 063DMG
UA Dmytro "Xron" Shakharuk  MOST RAIL DAMAGE PER MATCH