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Coverage: IEM5
dan (2/3) - "I want to play like cypher" (41 comments)
Posted by mickzerofive @ 04:14 CDT, 14 April 2011 - iMsg
This video ArchaicMSI's Australia Daniel "dandaking" De Sousa speaks a little more in-depth about his group stage games. Put up against arguably considered the top 3 at the time United States of America rapha, Russia Cooller and Belarus Cypher, dan discusses his thoughts before, during and after his matches against these opponents. Dan also shares his experiences off-screen with the players and what the players were like to socialize with. Part 3 coming soon


Tournament: Demos, Photos
Related Interviews: Part 1
Edited by xou at 06:35 CDT, 14 April 2011 - 17656 Hits
dan (p1/3) - "thanks for the practice!" (12 comments)
Posted by mickzerofive @ 06:49 CDT, 6 April 2011 - iMsg
A month since the IEM5 World Finals and ArchaicMSI's Australia Daniel "dandaking" De Sousa is already set to go on his next International adventure. Thanks to his team ArchaicMSI, Dan will be featuring once again in the American QuakeCon tournament also rumored to make the trip with another companion from the Australian scene. In this first video Dan tells us about his experience in a foreign country, the IEM tournament setup and venue, practicing in Europe and how he went from losing his ZOTAC match to United States of America Paul "CZM" Nelson to defeating him in the IEM event. Parts 2 and 3 coming soon.


Tournament: Demos, Photos
Related Interviews: Pre-Tournament (1,2), During (GamesWorld.ru, FrageXecutors, Fragster.de)
Edited by xou at 11:01 CDT, 6 April 2011 - 8928 Hits
GALLONS: An IEM5 Frag Retrospective (25 comments, locked)
Posted by sharpe @ 07:04 CDT, 5 April 2011 - iMsg
GALLONS: An IEM Frag Movie edited by France sharpe for Railway

This is a movie I put together using mostly world finals demos, and features every player that played in that event. Only european grand finals are featured due to ESL not uploading european finals demos.

Length: 4 minutes
40 FPS
x264 encoding

Hope you guys enjoy.

Update: See proper post.
Locked by xou at 14:48 CDT, 7 April 2011 - 7005 Hits
Intel Extreme Masters - Flashback (19 comments)
Posted by Hawr1x @ 20:08 CDT, 26 March 2011 - iMsg
It is quite a long time since Intel Extreme Masters hit Germany Hanover at its World Finals and you have seen for sure a lot of interviews and movies from this great event. Also Czech expedition was at CeBIT and here are some of our movies we took with some of our stars.

I would like to start with Germany unHuman, really great German guy that did a lot of stuff for Quake community and we took a bright look to history of Quake and also think about its future. Check this out.

Our Interview session continued with other famous German players and local stars. For the first time we asked Germany K1llsen about his game and also checked Germany calipt, awarded as Intruder of the Year. Naja, Natürlich

With second multi-chat we hit Polish Powa, Poland neo of Frag eXecutors and Poland Av3k, who - unfortunately - wasn't able to find his aggressive game style in Hanover. Polski Rozmowa

We can't of course miss Master of Lightening, and my big favorite, France mr.strenx, to watch some demos and also ask about his secret stren-eX alter ego. Trrrrrrrrrrr

Second place was achieved by Beast from East, Russia Cooller. We tried to solve some high difference and aimed our questions to his opponents and future plans. I'am TALKING iT!

Winner of Global Finals and second time Champion of Quake Live, was United States of America rapha. We can't forget to ask some question to this great person of gaming and best Quake Live player of the World as well. Buffed, Beautiful and Bitchin'

I would like to thanks this way to all players for such a great event and I wish all participating players good luck and fun at Italy Stermy's LAN starting on 31st March.

Related: Gallery
Edited by xou at 04:46 CDT, 27 March 2011 - 10894 Hits
IEM5 Finals - Day5 - The end (532 comments)
Posted by xou @ 08:00 CST, 5 March 2011 - iMsg
The Finals of the IEM5 World Championship Finals will be played this Saturday morning. Below you can find the schedule and streaming informations.

For more details and links, please check the IEM5 World Championship Finals Coverage post. Results and VODs will be added to the coverage as soon as known.

Update: The Final is now over, demos & VODs are on their way. Thanks everyone for following the tournament!


IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Related: day1, day2, day 3&4
Edited by xou at 03:26 CST, 6 March 2011 - 234398 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 - 50240 Hits
DanDaKing: "I was going really crazy" (9 comments)
Posted by swine @ 13:50 CST, 4 March 2011 - iMsg
Five matches, two wins – sadly three losses. Fragster sat down at CeBIT for an interview with Daniel "dandaking" De Sousa and mickzerofive from 4seasonsGaming. They are not only talking about the group stage B and the really great chances for the australian eSport scene, but also their upcoming plans.

fragster: I'm here with dandaking from Australia. Daniel, yesterday you said something like "I need a minute – heart beating" in your ingame-chat – why, what was going on?

Daniel 'dandaking' de Sousa: Because I was up, i think, 7:1 at the start on t7 versus Spart1e and then he starts a comingback and it was 7:6 and I was like getting really nervous, because I was fright that he's gonna get the kill. And then I got a kill after that and I won 8:6 and I was going really crazy, because I can't believe it – I was in shock, I guess.

Links: Interview (German version), Fragster IEM Coverage, Quake @ Fragster
Edited by swine at 13:54 CST, 4 March 2011 - 7708 Hits
IEM5 Finals - Day4 (911 comments)
Posted by xou @ 09:10 CST, 4 March 2011 - iMsg
The playoff of the IEM5 World Championship Finals will be played from Thursday afternoon to Saturday morning. Below you can find the schedule and streaming informations.

For more details and links, please check the IEM5 World Championship Finals Coverage post. Results and VODs will be added to the coverage as soon as known.

Update: Day4 is over (all demos are up)! Check the VODs (Level Up & ESL TV) if you missed the action!


IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Related: day1, day2
Edited by xou at 02:02 CST, 5 March 2011 - 256069 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 - 12148 Hits
rapha feels confident ahead of sem-final (1 comment)
Posted by adnnn @ 11:55 CST, 3 March 2011 - iMsg
SK Gaming's Shane "rapha" Hendrixson is more than happy with his win over Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty and is looking forward to tomorrow's semi-finals which he feels confident he will win. Unfortunately, the Swede from Fnatic is not feeling the same and confided in Australia's dandaking reveals to ESFI World.

Tomorrow the tournament will head closer towards the sharp-end as the semi-finalists will be whittled down to two. Can Rapha win the Intel Extreme Masters twice in a row?

Interviews: SK-rapha, A-MSI dandaking
Edited by xou at 04:51 CST, 4 March 2011 - 4771 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 - 18188 Hits
[xou] IEM5 World Championships - VODs (6 comments)
Posted by hoechst @ 11:40 CST, 2 March 2011 - iMsg
in before xou.
links to other games plx.

Edited by hoechst at 11:40 CST, 2 March 2011 - 6854 Hits
IEM5 Finals - Day2 (565 comments)
Posted by xou @ 10:37 CST, 2 March 2011 - iMsg
Scheduled: 02:15 CST, 2 March 2011 to 10:00 CST, 2 March 2011
Schedule: Passed

The second day of the IEM5 World Championship Finals is starting Wednesday morning at 02:15 CST. Below you can find the schedule and streaming informations.

For more details and links, please check the IEM5 World Championship Finals Coverage post. Results and VODs will be added to the coverage as soon as known.

Update: Day 2 is over! You can already grab demos from match pages (and spec demos from Trance), and VODs from ESL TV. The VODs from Level Up TV should follow in the evening!


IRC: mIRC #lvl^
Related: day1
Edited by xou at 02:38 CST, 3 March 2011 - 203713 Hits
dan "nice to have the chance to play" (45 comments)
Posted by mickzerofive @ 21:32 CST, 1 March 2011 - iMsg
Gamesworld.ru present a quick video interview featuring Daniel "dandaking De Sousa after completing all his matches in day 1 at the Intel Extreme Masters S5 World Championships. Dan is asked if he is pleased with his result, what it felt like to play some of the best players in the world and how he is enjoying the event so far.

Tournament: Demos, Photos + Videos (comming soon)
Links: Pre-Tournament Interviews (1,2), 4sg, ArchaicMSI, GamesWorld
Edited by mickzerofive at 21:32 CST, 1 March 2011 - 17900 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 - 15065 Hits
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