This month, we picked up a PUBG team, a speedrunner, and took a few victories home with us!
Here is the February Radiance Rewind!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Earlier this month, we officially picked up a PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds team. The team consists of Kevin “Miccoy” Linn, Andrew “Baddylul” Kitts, Benjamin “Nerf” Wheeler, Joshua “Aghila” Parganel, and team manager, Ryan “Logic” Hayes.
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.
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.
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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JustSaiyan returns with Hearthstone: Battlegrounds! Think you have what it takes to beat him? Join the stream!
Queue up with one half of our Hearthstone duo, Muzzy, in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds!
Radiance had a relatively quiet month as we entered the new decade. Nonetheless, the organization still had key moments and so here is our January Radiance Rewind!
Hoa “Anakin” Luu returned for EVO Japan 2020 last weekend, hoping to take the title. Even though Anakin made it out of the first pool and advanced to the second day, he was eliminated in round 2.
He’ll be looking to bounce back once the TEKKEN World Tour returns!
Even though Capcom Cup tournaments will not resume for a couple months, Commander Jesse has participated in multiple local tournaments such as “Wednesday Night Fights” and the “Worlds Collide SFV Tournament.”
Earlier this week, he placed 1st in the first “Wednesday Night Fights” tournament of 2020.
David Lei “JustSaiyan” Shan and Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam are currently in Arlington, Texas! For this weekend, they’re competing in the first Masters Tour tournament against over 200 competitors.
The tournament will be hosted on the Hearthstone YouTube channel.
We are still finalizing some details and are hoping to have a more concrete announcement in February! Keep an eye on our News page!
We returned with “Let’s Play with Radiance” earlier this month with Commander Jesse starting it off. That week, he and Anakin got back into the groove of things and played against viewers in their respective games.
In the following week, we had Emily “Emiru” Schunk, Wes “RTO” Guarnera, and their communities compete against each other. Unfortunately, there was only time to play two matches. This left both streamers and their community with one win apiece but we’ll be back in February with more matches between them! Whose side will you be on?
While Muzzy played with the community in Hearthstone: Battlegrounds, JustSaiyan started off the stream playing the new adventure: Galakrond’s Awakening.
To conclude January’s “Let’s Play with Radiance,” John “Wanted” Lin streamed for almost 6 hours, playing with his community in Overwatch Quick Play for the first two hours. He then shifted over to custom games, such as The Floor is Lava, before wrapping it up.
Our Events page will be updated soon with February’s “Let’s Play with Radiance” schedule!
Radiance Rivalry returned last night with Hai and LemonNation changing things up, playing TEKKEN 7 for this month. The tournament structure had the pair compete in a best-of-3 first to 10 series.
While Lemon took a couple games throughout the match, Hai’s experience with the game gave him the edge to get his revenge. When the dust settled, Hai won in a clean 2-0.
As a conclusion, the duo queued up for a quick game of ARURF with some community members to end the night.
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Look forward to next month’s edition of “Radiance Rewind!” We have some amazing announcements coming up soon… 🐔🍳
The new adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is here! Join JustSaiyan on his quest to defeat Galakrond! He’ll also be giving away bundles throughout the stream, courtesy of Blizzard!
Compete with and against one half of our Hearthstone duo, Muzzy, in Hearthstone and Hearthstone: Battlegrounds!
It’s time to wrap up 2019! A lot has happened this month and so, without further ado, here’s our first Radiance Rewind!
The TEKKEN World Tour concluded earlier this month on December 8th with their Finals, held in Bangkok, Thailand. Hoa “Anakin” Luu and over two hundred TEKKEN 7 players flew out to Thailand all with the same goal: to claim the title of the TEKKEN 7 Champion. Nineteen competitors, including Anakin, had already qualified through points they amassed over the season.
The remaining 256 players would have to compete through the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQ) in which only one person would be granted the twentieth spot in the TWT Finals. By the end, FATE Esports’s Bilal “Bilal” Ilyas emerged the victor and set his sights on the TWT Finals the next day.
And so, the stage was officially set with the twenty participants that were vying for the title. Anakin himself was coming off a hometown win where he took down Mu-jong “Kkokkoma” Kim at Dreamhack Atlanta and looked to carry this momentum into the TWT Finals.
At the start of the tournament, the twenty participants chose one of four groups to place themselves in. Due to his seeding, Anakin was one of the last participants to choose a group and decided on Group B. His opponents were Kkokkoma, Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan, Shoji “Double” Takakubo, and Abel “Abel Del Maestro” Segovia.
After roughly two hours of battling it out in Group B, Anakin and his trusty Jack-7 emerged from the group stages as the second seed. Per the structure of the TWT Finals, Anakin competed in the Losers Bracket.
In his first match, he went up against his good friend and rival, Hyunjin “JDCR” Kim, who plays Dragunov. Anakin won the first set in a close 3-2 bout but JDCR did not go down without a fight. He took the second set in 3 rounds, taking this first Losers Round to a third set. But Anakin held his ground and swept JDCR in the final set, winning 2-1 overall.
Advancing onto the Losers Quarter-Finals, he took on Daichi “Nobi” Nakayama, another Dragunov player. Nobi won 3-2 in the first set and did not let up the pressure. With Nobi up 2-0 in the second set and Anakin at roughly 25% HP left, things seemed dire for Anakin. But he successfully recovered and relentlessly pushed forward, winning the next six rounds that he needed to advance to the Losers Semi-Final.
In his next match, Anakin faced Soo-hoon “Ulsan” Lim who played Kazumi versus Anakin’s Jack-7. During the match, Ulsan put up a dominating performance and only dropped one round to Anakin.
Overall, Anakin placed 4th out of the twenty players, solidifying the fact that he is one of the strongest TEKKEN 7 players in the world.
I’ve been to the TWT finals a few times now and this was definitely the best one. It’s so much different being just a spectator vs being a competitor. On top of that, Anakin was our team player this year and it was so nerve-wracking watching him play. I’m so proud of his performance and am super excited moving into 2020 to see if we can claim the 1st place trophy!Hai Lam, CEO
Only a couple days after the conclusion of the TWT Finals, Anakin flew to Seoul, Korea to participate in the International Esports Federation (AKA IeSF) Tournament. This final competition began on December 12th and concluded on December 14th. For this event, Anakin competed as the sole representative of the United States.
Like the TWT Finals, Anakin’s group was Group B and he faced the representatives of Tunisia, Jamaica, and Namibia. During the group stage, Anakin showed why he’s one of the best TEKKEN 7 players in the world as he swept his group, not dropping a single set.
When the playoffs began, Anakin faced off against Chinese Taipei. He won 4-0 overall giving up only a couple rounds throughout the match.
Moving onto the Quarterfinals, Anakin ran into a familiar face, ROX Dragons’ Jae-Min “Knee” Bae representing the Republic of Korea. Early in the match, Anakin held a 2-1 lead but Knee bounced back and swept Anakin in the next 3 sets. The final score was 4-2.
With the conclusion of the IeSF Tournament, Anakin was officially done for the year and flew home to get some well-deserved rest! He’ll be back in 2020, ready to take on the TEKKEN world by storm once more!
Capcom Cup 2019 was a day away and thirty-one players were already decided, including last year’s champion, Tsunehiro “gachikun” Kanamori. But the conclusion of the Capcom Pro Tour needed to find their thirty-second player. This was done through the Capcom Cup Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) on December 13th.
243 players gathered at The Novo to try and qualify for a prize pool worth just over $375,000 USD. One of these players was our very own Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza.
Placed in Group B2, Commander Jesse competed against twenty-seven other hopefuls for a chance to move on. In this group, Commander Jesse faced close friends such as Frankie “Stupendous” Lee Jr. and even one of the Five Gods of fighting games, Tatsuya “Haitani” Haitani to emerge from the group in the Top 24 Winners side. Throughout the group stages, Commander Jesse played Dhalsim, his signature character.
Once all the groups concluded, Commander Jesse went up against Kensuke “Trashbox” Ishikawa and his Birdie. Commander Jesse defeated him 2-1 overall, advancing to the top 8.
I felt fairly confident going into the LCQ because I placed Top 3 at the prior Wednesday Night Fight and got good practice in. As the matches went on, I started to feel more and more at ease. My win over Haitani had to be the turning point for me. It gave me the belief that I can go all the way. The following wins over Xiao Hai and Trashbox really set it off and I knew there was a good chance of qualifying. The atmosphere honestly reminded me of my days back at Family Fun Arcade where everyone was huddled around the main cabinet watching the best players go at it. I loved it.Commander Jesse looks back on his road to top 8 at the LCQ
Entering the top 8, Commander Jesse received his first defeat against Naoki “Moke” Nakayama. Commander Jesse started with Kolin for the first time that day. Moke quickly gained a 2-0 lead with his Rashid, prompting Commander Jesse to swap back to his Dhalsim. Despite the swap, Moke finished the final set and sent him down to Losers Quarter-Final.
By this point, the crowd in the building had significantly dwindled. Only six players remained. Commander Jesse was the only American remaining.
His first opponent in the Losers Quarter-Final was Yuji “Yujix” Ishida, a Chun-Li main. Commander Jesse went back to Dhalsim for this matchup. Despite dropping one set, he moved on to Losers Semi-Final versus FAV Gaming’s Ryusei. He continued to show his mastery with Dhalsim as he defeated Ryusei’s Urien with a quick 3-0.
Over on the Winners Final, Moke eked out a 3-2 win against Mizuha, another Kolin player. Commander Jesse would face Mizuha for a chance at a rematch against Moke. His familiarity with Kolin gave him a slight advantage as he selected Dhalsim once again. With a 3-1 victory, Commander Jesse had one more hurdle: a rematch with Moke in the Grand Final.
In the end, Moke swept Commander Jesse 3-0 again and qualified for the Capcom Cup.
The funny thing with Moke is that we actually played against each other at the last WNF. Some of the Japanese players said that he wanted to practice against me specifically and we got to play. We both obviously had no idea that we’d end up in Grand Finals of the LCQ to qualify for Capcom Cup later that week. He did a good job shutting down my Dhalsim and his experience against some of the best Kolin players in the world made things very difficult but I tried my absolute best. In the end, he was just too strong and playing too well.
Going into 2020, I’m looking forward to the new patch and the content that we can push out!Commander Jesse’s thoughts on his matches against Moke and the future
Even though Commander Jesse was unable to qualify, his run was nothing but amazing and impressive.
Jesse went ham at the LCQ! He made it to the grand finals and almost made it through but got taken down by Moke. Jesse has grown a lot this year as a player and person; it’s awesome to be a part of his journey as he continues to grow his brand and become an even better player. 2020 will be a great year for us and I hope you’ll support him on his path!Hai Lam
They’ll be back next month for the Masters Tour in Arlington, Texas!
As we enter the new year, we will be announcing more information on our amateur team soon so stay tuned!
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