Semi-slow news days FTL. That’s alright – big things are on the horizon with MLG Orlando less than a month away. Speaking of…
Earlier this week, Major League Gaming announced that via their partnership with Korea’s GSL, they were able to extend invites to SlayerS Boxer and MLG Raleigh champion, Bomber. They have both graciously accepted this invitation – exciting news for Starcraft fans. Boxer has been a force to be reckoned with in Starcraft for over ten years now and he’s always fun to watch compete – his style is still very unique to this day. It will be interesting to see if these two amazing Korean players will be forced to square off – one thing is for sure, though. We’re all in for a treat come October 14th.
Maybe I’ll even be able to get an interview with the Emperor (Boxer) himself! One never can tell…
Yesterday, long time team member of Fnatic.CS and former team captain Harley “dsn” Orwall announced his retirement from both the team and competitive gaming in general. Orwall joined fnatic.CS back in 2005 after being a part of illustrious squads such as Begrip and EYE.
Shortly after joining the team, Orwall was named captain and began building a new team from scratch – his team included Patrik “f0rest” Lindberg, Patrik “cArn” Sättermon, Oscar “Archi” Torgerssen and Kristoffer “Tentpole” Nordlund, the Gothenburg native formed a lineup that went on to dominate the scene for years.
Throughout Harley’s time as a captain, consistency and friendship became key factors for FnaticMSI’s success. Following a great first year, which included a 3rd place at the Intel Summer Cup and a 1st place at CPL Winter 2006, the team replaced Nordlund with Oskar “ins” Holm in 2007 and went on to achieve titles at GameGune, e-Stars Seoul and other events.
Despite the team’s success under Harley’s leadership, Holm and Torgerssen both decided to step down from professional gaming in 2009. It was the beginning of a new era for FnaticMSI when the team decided to bring in two young and hungry talents – Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund and Rasmus “Gux” Ståhl. Under the experienced wings of Harley and his teammates, the five Swedes went on to win every major tournament they attended and broke the record for prize money won during one year.
After more than two years together, the team decided to go different directions and Harley was once again needed to form a new lineup. Together with his longtime teammates Patrik and Rasmus, Harley gave the two upcoming youngsters Richard “Xizt” Landström and Faruk “pita” Pita a chance to prove themselves in a big team and managed to lead the team to a title in their first event, the Intel Extreme Masters European Finals this year.
Orwall released the following statement about leaving the team after his six year tenure there:
After playing Counter-Strike since the release and competitively since 2003, I’ve decided to quit. It has been a great time indeed; all the traveling I’ve done with the team, all the victories we’ve had together and all the people I’ve met through playing.
The reasons I’m leaving the game behind are many, but first and foremost I feel that I’m too indifferent towards the game. The motivation I had to win no matter what when I was younger isn’t really there anymore, and when I do things I want to do them wholeheartedly. Also, I’ve always promised myself that I would quit the day I didn’t enjoy playing anymore and that day is now.
The results might have something to do with it, it would be stupid to deny it. It’s a lot more fun to stand with a trophy at a top of a podium than to unplug your gear after being knocked out early. In the beginning of the year before the IEM European Championship I had that drive to put in hours because I wanted to win so bad, mostly just to beat f0rest and prove the world wrong. And after we had won it was almost like I had climbed Mount Everest or something, I didn’t really think about any other tournaments, all that mattered was that tournament and that we won.
It’s just a game, but it’s been my life for a very long time and even though it will feel weird to watch the tournaments from home, I am happy about the fact that it will free up a lot of time.
I’ve been lucky to have so many great teammates throughout the year – just watching the metamorphosis of f0rest from talent to one of the greatest players of all time was pretty cool – and I want to thank them all for the fun times we had together. I will especially miss Patrik (cArn) a lot for his bad humor (equal to mine) and due to the fact that we’ve played together for almost our whole professional careers.
I also want to thank all the players in the other teams on the CS tour for the fun times we’ve had, all our fans (you’ve all been great!) and Fnatic with sponsors for giving me the opportunity to play CS for over five years. To me, black and orange are the best colors you can wear in e-sport. Even though this in a sense is the end of an era, it’s also the start of a new era for the team.
I want to challenge myself, to feel those butterflies I once felt when playing big games, like when we played 16-14 on de_train versus Team 3D in the semifinal at ESWC 2006 and Tentpole was left in a 1vs2 situation the last round and managed to clutch it and everybody screamed really loud in Ventrilo so he almost didn’t find the planted bomb that was beeping faster and faster, just like my heartbeat beating faster and faster.
Thank you everyone for making the last eight years such a pleasant experience!
Lots of luck on all your future endevours Dsn!
Starcraft 2: One Year Down
Today, we’re taking a look at a montage of Starcraft 2 moments from the last year that have made the scene what it is today – an outstanding eSport. This serves as a wonderful recap and is really fun to watch. Thanks and credit go out to LaxxSC for putting this amazing video together.
That’s it for today’s Dail-E! Keep it locked here, as always, for all the best in the wide world of eSports!
Dustin Steiner is Gamezone’s eSports Correspondent! Follow him on Twitter @SteinerDustin