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Radiance Rewind: February

This month, we picked up a PUBG team, a speedrunner, and took a few victories home with us!

Here is the February Radiance Rewind!

Street Fighter V

With a few months before the Capcom Pro Tour officially begins, Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza attended DreamHack Anaheim (February 21-23) and entered in its Street Fighter V tournament

On Saturday, Jesse dominated his pool finishing as the top seed in the tournament.

On Sunday, his first opponent was Abigail main, Vicente “Blarrlad” Prieto. Due to his familiarity with Prieto’s Abigail, as the two attend local events frequently, Jesse picked Dhalsim and grabbed a quick 3-0 win. Advancing into the Winners Final, Jesse faced Daniel “HamBam” Liang. During this match, Jesse swapped over to Kolin, believing she would be the answer. And he was right. Jesse defeated HamBam in the Winners Final 3-1 and would await his final opponent. In the end, HamBam defeated Eric “Flaquito” Malagon in the Losers Final and set up a rematch against Jesse.

Grand Final

During the Grand Final, Jesse jumped to a 2-0 lead. HamBam, however, would not go down without a fight and tied the sets at 2 apiece, even threatening a potential bracket reset. In the end, Commander Jesse held his ground and became the DreamHack Anaheim Street Fighter V champion.

The last round between Commander Jesse and HamBam

Jesse’s win at Anaheim is just the start of many more to come this year. He’s been grinding and working extremely hard this past year and it shows in his play. I’m super excited to see how much higher he can climb this year!

– Hai on Commander Jesse’s victory

DreamHack Anaheim was an awesome experience. I’ve been a fan of DreamHack since DH Austin back in 2017. Being able to walk around the event and see all the different competitive games being played is so exciting. Now to be able to call myself a DreamHack Champion is an honor. I hope this will be a good start of things to come this year! Looking forward to the 2020 CPT!

– Commander Jesse on his win at DH Anaheim

Hearthstone

Masters Tour – Arlington

In early February, David “JustSaiyan” Shan and Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam traveled to Arlington, Texas for the first tournament of the Hearthstone Masters Tour.

Over 200 Hearthstone players attended this event. During the Masters Tour, the first 9 rounds are swiss rounds. On the first day, there were 5 rounds and any players that lose their 3rd match would be eliminated. On the second day, the last 4 Swiss rounds are held. Even if players don’t necessarily qualify for the top 8, they would be able to continue to compete for prizes.

Going into this tournament, both Muzzy and JustSaiyan had similar decks: Quest Druid, Highlander Dragon Hunter, Highlander Mage, and Galakrond Rogue. Per the rules of the Masters Tour, one of these four decks are banned based on the opponent’s choosing and each match would be a best of five.

While JustSaiyan lost in the first round to fearsyndrome, Muzzy was able to reverse sweep his way to a 3-2 victory against Lojom. The second round was rough for both players as JustSaiyan lost 1-3 against brimful and Muzzy lost against Dabs 2-3. 

At the end of round 3, JustSaiyan was eliminated after losing to Fenom 2-3. Muzzy also dropped his 3rd round 2-3 to NaySyl and was on the brink of elimination. Fortunately, Muzzy held his ground and defeated his next two opponents – jambre and Tredsred – 3-2.

Moving onto day 2, Muzzy started off with a 3-2 win against Th3RaT. Even though Muzzy lost the following round to Jay 2-3, he continued playing for prizes. Overall, Muzzy’s final record was 5-4 and JustSaiyan’s record was 0-3. 

After returning from Arlington, the two continued practicing and preparing for future tournaments.

Join JustSaiyan & Muzzy on their 3-day tournament in Arlington, Texas

DreamHack Anaheim

Last week, DreamHack Anaheim hosted a Hearthstone tournament through HouseRivalries and invited JustSaiyan and Muzzy to the event. Similar to the Masters Tour rules, this tournament consisted of 8 rounds of swiss before moving onto the top 8. 

Both players came out of the first round with a 1-0 lead each. Going into the second round, Muzzy defeated Hugheberto 3-2 but JustSaiyan dropped his match 2-3 to Flamekilla. Moving into the third round, Muzzy got revenge for JustSaiyan, defeating Flamekilla 3-0. JustSaiyan himself won 3-1 against EISA. By the end of the 4th round, Muzzy was undefeated and JustSaiyan was 3-1 overall.

Going into Day 2 at DreamHack Anaheim, the brackets pitted both players against each other for the very first round of the day. Muzzy eventually emerged as the victor with a 3-2 score against his teammate. Muzzy continued this momentum to an undefeated finish (8-0) and moved into the top 8 as the top seed. JustSaiyan, unfortunately, finished with a 4-4 record and did not advance into the top 8.

Muzzy faced against Itachi in his first top 8 match and lost 1-3. Despite these losses, both players are optimistic about future matches, believing that they were able to get a lot of practice in both events. Moving forward, they’ll be preparing for the next Masters Tour in Los Angeles!

PUBG

Earlier this month, we officially picked up a PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team. The team consists of Kevin “Miccoy” LinnAndrew “Baddylul” KittsBenjamin “Nerf” WheelerJoshua “Aghila” Parganel, and team manager, Ryan “Logic” Hayes.

Meet the PUBG roster!

PGS: Berlin Qualifiers

After joining Radiance, the team participated in the PGS (PUBG Global Series): Berlin Americas Qualifier. Through this, they would compete online against over 20 other teams and only the top 8 would advance to the live qualifiers in Los Angeles. In these qualifiers, points were dependent on both kills and placements at the end of each round.

During the round of 64, teams placed in the top 5 at the end of 12 games would move on to the next round. Radiance started off strong, winning 4 out of the 12 games. At the end of this first round, Radiance had 69 kills total and placed 2nd in their group overall.

The round of 32 began just days after the conclusion of the previous round. In this part of the tournament, teams needed to place in the top 4. Despite finishing 2nd in the first game, the team struggled to find their footing during the first day. However, they shifted gears and bounced back the following day. Placing 2nd in several games and winning the 10th game helped push the team to a 3rd place finish with 58 total kills.

Top 16

With 16 teams remaining, only the top 8 would be moving on to the live qualifiers in Los Angeles. On the first day, the team racked up 42 total points. On the second day, the squad did not place higher than 6th in the standings and pulled in 24 points. Fortunately, those 24 points were enough as they finished 8th place in the standings with 66 total points.

The team will be back next month (March 28-29) as they and the 7 other North American teams that qualified will compete against the top 5 Latin America teams and the top 3 Oceanic teams in Los Angeles. Out of these 16 teams, 6 would be moving onto the first PUBG Global Series event of the year.

Influencers

Earlier this week, we announced our official signing of Andy Laso, a speedrunner and content creator. He is well known within the speedrunning community for his gameplay on A Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You can find more details about Andy here!

On February 18-20, Emily “Emiru” Schunk participated in Twitch Rivals Streamer Showdown as the ADC for team JUNGLE DIFFERENTIAL. After the first two days of the event, she and her team advanced to the playoffs with a 5-2 record. In the first match, Emiru and her team lost 0-2 to eventual victors, Team Silver Mid. 

For the next week, Overwatch is hosting an in-game challenge called “Ashe’s Mardi Gras Challenge.” One way to earn some of its unique rewards is to watch Overwatch streams on Twitch. By watching up to 6 hours, viewers would earn in-game sprays to use. As our resident Overwatch streamer, John “Wanted” Lin will be streaming throughout the challenge so be sure to check him out!

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