The Dreamhack Winter 2013 Quake Live Championship in Sweden was contested this past weekend with hot favourite Alexey “Cypher” Yanushevsky winning in a close final against American Shane “rapha” Hendrixson. The two South African attendees, Stephen “Ph4ntom” Cloete of No Damn Clan and Dimitri “Detrony” Hadjipaschali of Bravado Gaming competed strongly, but, unfortunately were not able to make it out of their groups and into the playoffs. More details and links to replays after the jump.
The South Africans arrived a couple of days before the event started and completed most of their preparation in a small Swedish internet cafe where they practised on public European servers. Their games were noticed by popular European shoutcasters who streamed some of their practice games and were particularly impressed by Ph4ntom’s control and use of rockets. They were noticeably intrigued by the South Africans’ aggressive, all-in style of play as shown by their reactions in the video below:
Once the tournament began, both players looked nervous in their initial matches with Detrony losing in his first on-stage match against mid-seeded Polish player Tomasz “gienon” Slusarczyk. However, he bounced back immediately with a remarkable win over high-seeded Szymon “STING” Ozga putting in a particularly dominant display on fast-paced map Aerowalk. As I predicted, Detrony easily beat Australian Beau Anthony “Aeol” Champ as well as the other low-seeded player in his group, but did not manage to win any of his remaining matches and narrowly missed out on qualifying from his group.
Ph4ntom had similar struggles against the stronger players in his group and while he won at least one map against each of the opponents he faced (including American finalist rapha), he too did not manage to qualify for the playoffs. He contested a number of matches (which he later described as “coin-flip games” as, with a bit more luck, they could easily have gone his way) and many of the maps he lost were decided by one or two frags. His match against Swedish player Sebastian “Spart1e” Siira was my personal highlight of the tournament, as each map was hotly contested. Ph4ntom, however, after taking a 2-1 lead in maps, was simply not able to close out the victory.
You can find full details and coverage of the tournament here as well as particular replays below: