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BIO: Our youngest in North America, cha1n annihilated all collegiate adversaries at Quakecon last year. As he’s made the leap to compete against the professionals, Cha1n has continued to level up and rise to the occasion at every turn. Cha1n is a rising star in the scene and is sure to make some noise.

 
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In official BIO, they called you youngest player and rising star of community.

How old are you and when did you start to play Quake? (I found some recorded matches from Quake Live)

   

Youngest in NA yes but IT vengeurito is younger than me somehow.

The first time I ever played Quake I was about 11 years old at a family friends house, I played the Quake III single player I remember it made me dizzy lol. I liked it so much they let me keep it.

About a year later I played my first ever online Quake, I played rail only 1v1 instagib in Quake III on dm17 (The Longest Yard) for a while, it was first to 10 kills. I played that for a while I then started playing team instagib freezetag with grapple, I even joined a clan called {GodS}.

I then finally got into all weapons in Quake Live when I was about 14-15 in 2011, I started playing duels, when I couldn’t find duels I would play Clan Arena.

Actually around this time when I was 14/15, US rapha noticed me and I remember he even tried to teach me in our own servers how to play duel. Unfortunately I was young and noob and I don’t think I listened very well :D.

The only tournaments I really remember playing in QuakeLive King of the Hills which maybe had US Jehar casting sometimes, I’m not sure I cant remember. I then finally started seriously competing for Quake in 2018 with Quake Champions.

 
 

How is Canadian community of Quake? I saw a lot of buddies playing in Challengers League, and it seems GNiK and yen0m are in chance to join Pros in Lucca and fight for expanding ranks of Maple Leafs in Pro League. Do you practise with them, or you scrim with other ProLeague players?

   

Yes the Canadian scene seems to be improving fast, CA GNiK looks like the lead contender for Challengers League in NA it looks like hes getting better.

CA yen0m is actually from my city and I’ve known him since my QuakeLive days, we even played on the same CTF team in QL.

CA Gellehsak is actually also from my city I hope he makes some sort of return, and I know CA griffin (an ex-pro) has also been showing up for the challenger league matches.

Personally, I hope CA yenom is able to step-up and adjust his skills into duel. I think out of all of these players he has the most potential he’s always been a very talented player.

NOTE: Quake Canada Discord

 
 

Iam glad, you are mentioning Gelleshak and Griffin - they are both known for theirs achievements in CMPA and Quake 4. Do you think that Quake Champions offer some "middle ground" where all players from Quake series can find something pleasing?

   

Yes I think it does! There are many different skills you can master and use to give yourself an advantage over other players. I know for example some ex-pros (such as gellehsak) have other obligations now and don’t have the time needed to compete at the top level. I really enjoy all the different champions and what each can bring into a match.

 
 

You are now camping that middle pack of AMERICAS #QPL with 14 points, do you feel confident for second half of Season 1 and who will be most challenging opponent for you?

NOTE: Quake Pro League - AMERICAS - Week 6 - Preview

   

Yeah between myself, BR nosfa, and US psygib our points are very close each week it’s exciting to compete. I am confident in my play, when I am on point I know I can beat any player in the world it is a matter of finding consistency.

US Rapha is obviously the most challenging opponent for me, from EU I would select HU RAISY as my hardest matchup. I would say these two are the hardest because they punish your mistakes the hardest, you have to play on point to win.

 
 

I would like to ask you about Sarnath game against BR nosfa. In my eyes, it was one of most amazing performances in Quake Pro League so far. #GameToRemember

You played most of map out of control against VISOR who is fucking cheating every 30 seconds or so. How demanding it was to be that patient? Did you shout as loud as I did when you seize that moment and won that map?

VOD: cha1n vs nosfa

   

I appreciate that, it was a nice turn around for me after the first map :D.

I am glad I am getting better at being able to mentally reset after poor performances or loses, it’s a very important skill to develop. I actually don’t mind playing against visor all that much in general. I am actually in the process of starting to use him more myself.

It wasn’t that demanding because I knew it was a strategy that would work, I knew it was what I needed to do to win. Although I do enjoy playing fast and aggro, it’s also very satisfying to win a slow mental battle against very strong players. It’s a good sign for me that I am learning to adjust on the fly to my opponents.

I didn’t get too excited actually, it’s important to sort of keep yourself in the middle, not too low but not too hyped.

 
 

You seems to be ATHENA fan … and you are not affraid to pick her into close quarters such as Vale of Pnath. Was this pick against US whaz, you see her as counter to Eisen or you love her ability to overcome verticality of that Arena? Do you think, we will see more Athena in future?

I personally love to pick her for Blood Covenant, as you can totally mess up your opponents by quickly changing angles.

NOTEChampions Pickups and PerformancesChampions Matchups

   

Yes I love playing Athena maybe because of my Quake III days playing with grapple.

Eisen is very strong on vale, one of his best maps.

I don’t think Athena is a direct counter but I think she has a unique playstyle especially on Vale.

I do expect to see a little more of her in the future, however she hasn’t had the best success so far so we will see. I think she has a lot of potential to surprise and outplay opponents and she is viable on a lot of maps. I would agree with you in saying her best maps are probably Blood Covenant or Molten Falls.

NOTE: Grappling hook was first introduced in Quake Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity, where it was added to CTF, but most famous variant was in Quake 2 CTF, where numerous captures were performed using this feature.

 
 

What do you think about rapha taking ATHENA to Awoken?

   

I have played her in practice games on Awoken. I think she is definitely viable there, she can cross mid very fast, and she can deny time shards. It really depends on the matchup - for example against Nyx I think it is a great 50/50 matchup, very heavily based on mechanics, so it makes for a fun to play and watch matchup.

 
 

Thank you for your time and affort put into this interview and I wish you best luck in your next games and steady improvements in your game!

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Results
Single Elimination, Bo3
stoked
GNIK
dooi
bootsss
Single Elimination, Bo3
cYpheR
Silencep
cnz
inz

Bo3+
+8pts nosfa
+8pts DaHanG

+4pts dramiS
+4pts cha1n

+2pts Br1ck
+2pts psygib

+0pts Effortless
+0pts whaz
Bo3+
+4pts Av3k
+4pts toxjq
+4pts K1llsen
+4pts vengeurR

+2pts GaRpY
+2pts Xron
+2pts baSe
+2pts Coollerz
Single Elimination, Bo3
GNIK
dooi
yenOm
chance
Single Elimination, Bo3
cYpheR
cnz
Silencep
PULZz
Bo3+
+8pts cha1n
+8pts rapha

+4pts sib
+4pts DaHanG

+2pts Effortless
+2pts Br1ck

+0pts dramiS
+0pts whaz
Bo3+
+8pts toxjq

+4pts Spart1e
+4pts baSe
+4pts K1llsen

+2pts GaRpY
+2pts Xron
+2pts RAISY
+0pts Av3k
Bo3+
+8pts psygib
+8pts whaz

+4pts nosfa
+4pts rapha

+2pts dramiS
+2pts DaHanG

+0pts sib
+0pts cha1n
Single Elimination, Bo3
GNIK
dooi
chance
stoked