After the conclusion of Grandmasters Season 1 and Masters Tour Jönköping, our Hearthstone duo took a well-deserved month break. They returned mid-July for the next stop in Masters Tour: the Asia-Pacific (APAC) tournament. Due to time zones, our players played on July 16-18th starting at 5 PM PT.
Just days before this stop, Hearthstone released a new patch. Slight changes were made to cards, increasing mana costs, adjusting minion health/attack, and more. This imposed a challenge to all the players as they would not have had the opportunity to playtest these changes. Nonetheless, over 300 players registered.
Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam’s 4 decks consisted of Tempo Warrior and Demon Hunter, Galakrond Stealth Rogue, and Highlander Hunter. David “JustSaiyan” Shan’s deck also had Highlander Hunter and Tempo Warrior. However, he brought Highlander Mage and Quest Warlock for his other two decks.
On the first day, both players finished with the same score: 4-1. Saiyan faced Swidz, SCACC, and matff in the first 3 rounds, winning 3-2, 3-2, and 3-0 respectively. Similarly, Muzzy faced yuhou, Wrynx, and Spikini, winning 3-1, 3-1, and 3-2 respectively. Their win streak ended in round 4 when they both lost 1-3 to their opponents. However, they bounced back in their last round. Saiyan defeated GamerRvg 3-1 and Muzzy swept ViperPro 3-0.
On the second day, Muzzy continued his streak as he took down clownJP and iGXc with 3-2 scores. He then faced iNS4NE on-stream. At the start of the broadcast, Muzzy was down 0-1 and iNS4NE took the second game in a Rogue matchup.
With his back against the wall, Muzzy began his comeback in a mirror Highlander Hunter matchup. The two poked at one another, trying to gain board control over the other. Even though iNS4NE seemingly shifted the board in his favor with the Dinotamer Brann/King Krush combination, Muzzy brought him down to 5 HP. After playing Stormhammer on his turn, iNS4NE immediately conceded, knowing that Muzzy had won.
In the fourth game, Muzzy played Tempo Demon Hunter. Right out of the gate, Muzzy had the upper hand as iNS4NE had a 30-mana cost hand altogether while Muzzy needed half that much mana for his hand. By turn two, Muzzy’s Bonechewer Brawler had a Divine Shield. iNS4NE stalled the game for another round to see if he could find a counter. He didn’t and conceded.
In game 5, Muzzy played Shadowstep to reapply the Stealth on his Spymistress to try and set her up for a lethal play in his next turn. iNS4NE played the Dinotamer/Krush combination, calling Muzzy’s bluff. Ironically, Muzzy top-decked and pulled his second Eviscerate. With the Eviscerate combination, Muzzy successfully reverse-swept iNS4NE 3-2.
Muzzy went into the 9th and final round of the Swiss rounds with a 7-1 record, poised to move onto the top 8. Unfortunately, RNGLeaoh swept Muzzy 3-0 and ended his chances of moving onward due to his overall record. He placed 20th overall and would be rewarded a smaller portion of the prize pool but his run was dominant nonetheless!
As for his teammate, Saiyan continued his streak as he took down G9Malygos 3-0, Tincho 3-1, and WEYuyi 3-2 off-stream. For his 9th round opponent, Saiyan faced a familiar opponent: fellow NA Grandmasters player, Eddie. After winning the first game with his Highlander Hunter deck, Saiyan brought Highlander Mage against Eddie’s Warrior deck. At the end of the second game, Saiyan had taken over the board.
In game 4, both players took gambles and were down to their final cards. Eddie took the win as he successfully maintained board control over Saiyan.
In game 5, Saiyan fulfilled the quest by the 13th overall turn even though Eddie and TDH brought him down to half HP. It soon came down to the last remaining cards in their hand, just like game 4. Rather than take the gamble and potentially discard an important card, Saiyan played Aranasi Broodmother to hopefully hold Eddie off. Undeterred, Eddie cleared the board and played Zephyrs, taking Kul Tiran Chaplain in what the casters believe was an accident. However, Saiyan was set for a “lethal” combination in the following turn. He played Malygos and his two Soulfires, bringing Eddie down to 1 HP. But since Eddie was out of cards, fatigue took out that last HP.
With this eventful victory, Saiyan ended the Swiss rounds with an 8-1 record and moved onto top 8.
Going into the top 8, Saiyan’s first opponent was Samsung Morning Stars’ Simone “Leta” Liguori. Leta was the only non-GM player among the 8 and Saiyan was the only North American Grandmaster representative.
Leta’s aggressive playstyle took a commanding 2-0 lead over Saiyan, but he fought back in Game 3 with his Highlander Hunter deck. He wrested board control from Leta, maintaining the momentum and forced him to concede. However, Leta pulled away the 3-1 victory in the fourth game after Zephyrs failed to produce the necessary cards that Saiyan needed.
The Hearthstone duo will be back in August for season 2 of Hearthstone Grandmasters!
After 100 Thieves Next defeated the League of Legends team 2-0 in the Upsurge Premier League (UPL) upper brackets, the team began their lower brackets run against Simplicity Esports.
Even though Simplicity Esports took the first game, the team won the following two with nearly the exact same lineup. The only difference was that Alvin “Engo” Ngo played Jayce in game 3 while he had played Gnar in game 2. With the commanding 10k gold lead in games 2 and 3, Radiance took the 2-1 victory and moved onto the Loser’s Semifinals against Maryville Unviersity.
In an interesting turn of events, this particular week of matches pitted Radiance against Maryville University 3 times. The UPL match was the first one.
Kills remained close, but Radiance gradually took over the gold lead off key picks from Johnson “Cao” Cao’s Blitzcrank. After securing Baron around the 30-minute mark, the team pushed down the mid lane. Rather than defend, Maryville made the call to grab the Mountain Drake. Next thing they knew, Radiance had already pushed to the Nexus turrets and finished the game.
Going into the second game, kills remained even but both teams traded objectives with Maryville eking out a gold lead by the mid-game. Maryville soon broke open the game off a Baron steal around 30 minutes. Radiance stalled the game for another 2 minutes until Maryville postured around the Infernal Dragon. Avi “Im Avi” Behar swooped in and stole away the Infernal Dragon, but MU nearly wiped the Radiance team and pushed to the end.
During champ select for game 3, Radiance brought out an interesting composition. From top to bot, the team locked in Wukong, Nocturne, Yasuo, Karthus, and Pantheon. Maryville took kill after kill in the early game and were up 17 kills to Radiance’s 4 by the 16-minute mark. And yet, the gold lead was only a 2k difference. This was because Radiance had taken down all of the outer turrets and secured the first two dragons of the game. Even though MU maintained their kill lead, the gold lead had shifted into Radiance’s favor. In the final teamfight by the bottom lane inhibitor, Radiance won a 2-for-3 and pushed to the end.
The stage was set for a rematch against 100 Thieves Next in the Loser’s Finals. Going into the match, the team was confident as 100T X had just made roster changes. However, the Thieves effortlessly adjusted to their new lineup and swept the team, knocking Radiance out as the 3rd place team in UPL. The UPL rewarded Radiance with 15% of the prize pool and 225 SG points.
For Loser’s Round 1 in the Focus Championship Series (FCS), our opponent was Long Beach Gurb Nation. Due to prior obligations, the match was rescheduled to a 3 PM PT start time instead. Nonetheless, the team took a bloody but relatively quick 3-0 victory against LBGN alongside emergency sub, Douglas “Pocket Rhino” Reynolds, and moved onto the next round against Wildcard Gaming.
Wildcard Gaming and Radiance split the first two games one apiece, but WCG was at match point after the third game. Undeterred, Radiance fought back and won the following game, tying up the series 2-2. In game 5, Avi took full control of the early game, having 4 out of the 8 kills for Radiance by 14 minutes. Even though WCG grabbed the first two dragons, Radiance punished this in both kills and turret takedowns. While WCG showed signs of life, skirmishes remained in Radiance’s favor. At 32 minutes, WCG made a Baron call but Radiance collapsed and wiped the team in a 5-for-2. The team moved on to the Loser’s Semifinals against Polar Ace.
Opposite from the 1-3 defeat just 2 weeks prior, Radiance got their revenge against Polar Ace, sweeping PA in a 3-0 affair. This victory put Radiance in the Loser’s Finals against Maryville University.
In this second match against Maryville University, the team brought out Karthus again in game 1. But this time, it went to jungler, Avi. It was another bloody game 1, but Radiance took the win. Learning from the previous game and the UPL match, MU banned Karthus in the following games. Radiance took game 2, moving to match point, despite losing two bans as a punishment. Unfortunately, the team was unsuccessful in closing out the series and MU reverse swept. Eliminated from the FCS, Radiance also bowed out as the 3rd place team, walking away with some of the prize pool and 75 SG points.
Going into the first weekend of July, Radiance had one more regular-season match in the Risen Champions League (RCL) against Mirage. This would determine seeding between the two teams as they went into playoffs. Mirage took a 2-0 victory and would be the 1st seed in their division.
Ironically, this set Radiance up for a potential rematch against WCG in the first round (Quarterfinals) for the RCL playoffs. However, having been eliminated from SGC contention, WCG forfeited the series and Radiance advanced onto the semifinals.
This was the aforementioned 3rd match against MU for this week. Going off the momentum from the reverse sweep earlier in the week, MU defeated Radiance in a 3-1 and pushed the team down to the 3rd place match against LBGN.
However, LBGN also forfeited the 3rd place match, giving Radiance the third 3rd place finish within the SGC tournaments. With this finish, the team received prize money and 75 SG points.
In the last half of the Legends Weekend League (LWL), the team faced 100 Thieves Next (0-2), LBGN (2-1), ANEW Esports (1-2), and Maryville University (0-2).
With a 4-4 record, Radiance finished 6th place in the LWL. The team received a portion of the prize pool and 350 SG points.
Now that all of the tournaments have concluded, what’s next? The team will now compete in the SGC playoffs in a double-elimination bracket, similar to all the previous tournaments they have already competed in. Radiance’s first opponent will be Mirage Esports on August 1st at 12 PM PT! It will be streamed on our Twitch channel!
In the final weekend of the PCS1 NA Grand Finals, the team finished 9th place overall with 79 kills total and two chicken dinners.
2 weeks after the conclusion of the PCS1 NA Grand Finals, the PUBG squad made a roster change. Andrew “Baddylul” Kitts left the team and Laurynas “Gaxy” Rudys would be taking his place within the team. You can learn more about him here!
Based off the PCS1 Grand Finals results, Radiance was placed in Group C again alongside teams such as Susquehanna Soniqs and Oath Gaming. The squad didn’t participate on the opening day as it was Group A vs Group B. However, they faced off Group B on the second day.
While the team was eliminated, placing 8th in game 1, they took down the Soniqs with them along with 3 additional kills. The team then won the second game with a total of 8 kills, 6 of which going to Lari-Pekka “LosHD” Hopiavuori.
In the following 3 games, the team didn’t place higher than 7th, but still grabbed points through kills.By the end of the day, the squad had 32 kills (the second most kills on that day) and placed 4th. Los alone had half of those 32 kills.
On day 3, the team quickly wiped out Group A’s Gang Gang Orangutan team but fell out at 15th place. In match 3, Gaxy took out 3 members of Illusion in the early stages of the game before Kevin “Miccoy” Linn eliminated the last member several minutes later. In the final match of the day, the team placed 3rd based on kills and placement points.
The team was 7th place out of the 24 teams competing and had 53 kills by the end of the first week. Week 2 continues for them later today (July 31st, 2020) at 4 PM PT when they and Group C go up against Group B!
A mid-season patch, a new God was added, and the Radiance SMITE team was coming into Phase 2 as the 2nd place team. Expectations were high, and yet, the majority of fans had voted in favor of eUnited to take the win.
eUnited came into this set with a slightly new roster: Guy “GuyJ” Scangarello was the new hunter and Evan “Snoopy” Jones became the new support. This match also marked Cthulhu’s first game in the SPL. But Radiance was undeterred, giving all 3 a brutal welcoming to the SPL.
Snoopy was picked off in the jungle before minions even spawned. Small skirmishes broke out and the gold lead constantly swung back and forth between the teams. EUN began eking out a small gold and kill lead, attempting a Primal Fury at 22 minutes. 4 members of Radiance rushed over to stall EUN and though EUN secured it, Jarod “CycloneSpin” Nguyen snuck away a Fire Giant for the team.
Utilizing the Fire Giant to its maximum potential, Kennet “Adapting” Ros picked off Snoopy, allowing Radiance to push all the way to the middle Phoenix. Rotating over to the left lane, eUnited put up a defense by the Phoenix and forced Radiance off. After securing the second Fire Giant of the game, Radiance postured around the left lane. At the same time that Ben “Benji” McKinzey initiated a team fight around the Phoenix, EUN attempted a counter-initiation. But the sustain from the Radiance team was too much as they took down 4 of the 5 EUN members and the Titan.
In the early stages of the game 2, Radiance maintained the lead. However, EUN began punishing the team’s over-aggression. Teamfights continued swinging back and forth with no clear winner and things seemed dire for Radiance when EUN stole away the Fire Giant around 36 minutes. But as the Fire Giant respawned at 41 minutes, both teams gathered in preparation. Radiance forced away two members of EUN and picked off their jungler. With that pick, Radiance secured the Fire Giant and pushed through the right lane. Though Radiance pushed in, EUN began respawning and nearly pulled off a great defense. In the end, Benji was the only member left alive from Radiance as the Chaos Titan was taken down.
Radiance continues phase 2 later today against Pittsburgh Knights! You can expect them on around 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET!
You can also keep track of Radiance’s matches through the SMITE Pro League Schedule page!
While the Capcom Pro Tour was halted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza participated in local tournaments. One of said local tournaments is known as Tank Top Fridays (TTF), a bi-weekly tournament hosted in San Diego. Jesse had won the first 3 TTFs, including the one earlier in July, when he took down Vicente “Blarrlad” Prieto.
Looking for his 4th first place finish in a row, he entered the TTF #4. This time, the tournament organizers put up a $50 bounty on Jesse for a fun incentive to take down the 3-peat winner. And someone did just that. Richard “Pnoy” Clink took down Jesse in the Grand Finals 3-0.
Just the day after, Jesse was invited to Connoisseur’s Clash, hosted by Michael “MrKagiwada” Kagiwada. 16 players competed in a single elimination format for the winner-take-all prize money. Each participant was allowed to play only one character and Jesse picked Kolin. In his first match, he was taken down and eliminated by Alexander “Mortsy” Morton in a tight 3-2 set.
Hoa “Anakin” Luu has partnered with Red Bull Gaming to put together a 6-week training course on TEKKEN 7 known as “Class In Session”! This series’ focus is to help new players as they get into TEKKEN and help improve. The episodes are released every week on Thursdays at 9 AM PT/12 PM ET. The first two episodes have been released on Red Bull Gaming’s YouTube channel and also compiled into a playlist!
Anakin also has follow-up streams on Fridays to answer questions and talk about the series so you can check that out on his channel!
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After falling 0-2 to 100 Thieves Next last Tuesday, the Radiance LoL team begins their run through the UPL Loser’s Bracket tonight! Their opponent will be Simplicity Esports in a best-of-3. The winner will move on to the Loser’s Semifinals, taking on the winner of Maryville Esports / Mirage Esports.
Tonight’s match will be held off-stream.
As we move into June, we are making an official change to our League of Legends roster.
Johnson “Cao” Cao will be the new support for our Scouting Grounds Circuit team. Originally known as Eclipse, Cao played as the ADC for Clutch Gaming Academy and Optic Gaming Academy in 2018. After role-swapping to support at the end of 2019, Team Liquid Acadmey picked him up for the Spring Split.
“I’m excited to play with Radiance to further develop my shot-calling and leadership skills!”– Cao on joining Radiance
You can also find him on Twitch here!
As Cao steps in for the roster, Trevor “King” Roy will be leaving our team. We thank him for his time and wish him luck in his future endeavors.
“While we’re sad to see King go, we’re excited about the future potential of this roster with Cao jumping in as a starter.”– Coach Dayos on the roster change
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As the world adjusted to the changes made in response to COVID-19, esports was no exception. Over time, our teams adapted to the online-only competition and continued competing in their respective tournaments.
Here is May’s Radiance Rewind!
During the first weekend of May, the Hearthstone Grandmasters finished their “Swiss into Group Stage” structure.
For Week 3, each Grandmaster would bring in ten unique decks and six of those decks would be banned. This presented a new challenge for our Hearthstone duo, David “JustSaiyan” Shan and Muzahidul “Muzzy” Islam, as they had to build ten decks and risk their stronger decks getting banned.
In this week, Muzzy faced Jerome “Monsanto” Faucher and Francisco “PNC” Leimontas. In order to place in Division A, he would need to make it to the following day. Unfortunately, he fell to both players and would be competing in Division B for the following weeks. On the other end, JustSaiyan faced and defeated PNC twice – once in the main bracket and second in the losers bracket – to advance to the Top 4.
Once in the top 4, Saiyan faced Facundo “Nalguidan” Pruzzo and lost 1-3. Despite this loss, Saiyan’s placement in weeks 1 and 3 meant he would be playing in Division A.
In the first week of the round robins (week 4 overall), Muzzy was on fire, defeating PNC and Team Liquid’s Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang. In the other division, Saiyan went 1-1, losing to Brian “bloodyface” Eason but defeating Eddie “Eddie” Lui.
For week 5, Muzzy and Saiyan had close matches but both went 0-2 to their opponents. At this point, Muzzy’s record was 2-2 while Saiyan dropped to 1-3.
As they moved into week 6, both players bounced back from their 0-2 weekend.
Muzzy won his first match in under 40 minutes with a clean 3-0 sweep against Fei “ETC” Liang. His deck consisted of Quest Warlock, Highlander Hunter, and Tempo Demon Hunter. The duo had the day off on Saturday but came back on Sunday to play their matches. Saiyan faced Monsanto and won 3-0. Muzzy faced Team Liquid’s Ryan “Purple” Murphy-Root, winning 3-0 with Muzzy’s Quest Warlock healing him for a total of 49 hp during one of their games.
Week 7 was the last week before playoffs. The duo’s goals were clear: get into playoffs and avoid potential relegation.
On Day 1, Muzzy played his one and only match of the week against Jason “PapaJason” Meller. He quickly gained control of the board in the first two games with his Quest Warlock and Spell Druid decks. Moving into game 3, PapaJason found himself with 3 HP within a couple turns but found a way to stay alive a bit longer by creating 27 armor for himself. Undeterred, Muzzy slowly chipped at the armor until PapaJason was down to a total of 5 HP. With his plays, Muzzy forced another concede – winning 3-0 – and improved to a 5-2 record to conclude his round-robins.
Following this win, Muzzy will be participating in a play-in round for a chance in the playoffs alongside the top 6 players from Division A.
On day 2 of week 7, Saiyan faced against Nalguidan – his first opponent of two for this week.
He got off to a strong start in the first two games with his Pain Warrior and Quest Warlock countering almost everything Nalguidan brought to the table. However, as the series went on, Nalguidan began to find the cards that he needed and reverse-swept Saiyan.
The next day, Saiyan faced Mihai “lnguagehackr” Dragalin with both men bringing very similar decks to the match. Saiyan got off to a 1-0 lead but soon found himself with his back against the wall 1-2 when he made risky plays that did not pay off well – including losing Ysera, Unleashed due to Fungal Fortunes. However, he was able to shake off this risky move and won the following two games, forcing a concede from lnguagehackr in game 5.
With this victory against lnguagehackr, Saiyan guarantees a spot in the Season 1 playoffs!
Just days after FACEIT announced more details for the Scouting Grounds Circuit (SGC), we introduced our League of Legends roster. We also bid farewell to Galen “Moon” Holgate as he was picked up by CLG to be their Academy coach.
The original roster consisted of Alvin “Engo” Ngo, Avi “Im Avi” Behar, Young “Young” Choi, Andrew “Andybendy” Forman, and Trevor “King” Roy. Also, at the end of May, the team has brought in former Team Liquid Academy support, Johnson “Cao” Cao. With a mix of former Academy, collegiate, and amateur players, our roster is ready to compete in the SGC.
Our first official tournament is the B.I.G League Season 3 where teams would play in 4 rounds in various groups. In our first game in Group A, we played against Charlotte Phoenix. We started off the match with a 1-0 lead, alongside a dominant performance from “Im Avi” on Graves. However, CLT was able to bounce back from game 1 and defeated us 2-1.
After this match, we competed in the Loser’s Match to conclude Stage 1. We went against and defeated the now defunct amateur team “Sad Squidward” 2-1.
With this win, we were seeded into the new Group C. Our first opponents were against Maryville University, one of the powerhouses of collegiate League of Legends. While we showed signs of life in the match, Maryville handed us a 2-0 loss.
In our final match in stage 2 – before playoffs – we faced Conviction Esports. Even though we fell 0-2 to this team, the structure of the BIG League allows all the teams to have a spot in the playoffs – whether it be in the Winner’s or Loser’s Bracket. With this loss, we will be playing a best-of-1 in the first round of the Loser’s Bracket on June 5th.
Our second tournament for the SGC is the Upsurge Premier League. The team was drawn into the Infernal Division, facing teams such as Frost Fire, Slaughter House, and 100 Thieves Next. During the first two weeks, we defeated FF and SH 2-0. Each team would face one another twice in a round robin. Once that is done, the top 2 teams from each group would advance to playoffs.
For our 3rd week, our match against 100 Thieves Next was the featured UPL match. Only one team would remain undefeated. When the dust settled, 100 Thieves emerged the victor with a 2-1 score.
This past weekend kicked off the Risen Champions League, a tournament run by Risen Esports. In our first match, we went against Super Nova’s sister team, Dark Matter, in a best-of-three match.
The first game was bloody, with a 2v2 in the topside of the map. Both teams traded kills with no clear lead until a teamfight around 16 minutes when our team caught out SNDM’s enemy jungler, Grant “Zile” Welling. SNDM countered, catching out Im Avi near raptors, killing him and our bot lane as they tried to disengage. After SNDM grabbed the baron, a small skirmish near the respawned dragon initially ends in SNDM’s favor in terms of health. This gave them the go-ahead to try and claim the Ocean Dragon for themselves. However, Engo respawns just as they begin the objective and he and Im Avi successfully steal away the dragon, granting the Radiance team Ocean Soul as well!
Thing stayed relatively calm until the 27 minute mark when we went over to secure the baron. Zile attempted to steal the objective from the team, but the focus from the team secured the baron and a 4 for 0. With a 9k gold lead, we pushed in to end the game.
Game 2 went in our favor in the early game. Engo and Im Avi won a 2v2 tower dive, granting us the momentum. By the 20 minute mark, we had 10 kills to their 1 with a 6k gold lead. Though SNDM attempted initiation after initiation, we successfully turned it around in our favor before eventually ending the game at 30 minutes with a 12k gold lead.
Last week, it was announced that we would be participating in Challenger’s Uprising and the Focus Championship Series as well. At the moment, there is not a schedule for the tournaments but we will provide more details and announcements when we are competing!
Their first competition together alongside Andrew “Baddylul” Kitts and Kevin “Miccoy” Linn would be the PCS (PUBG Continental Series) Charity Showdown. This showdown lasted from May 21st-May 24th. Teams played 5 rounds a day for a total of 20 rounds by the end of the weekend. With a $200,000 prize pool, all 16 teams were guaranteed a portion of the pot. Half of that prize money would be given to a charity of the 1st place team’s choosing.
By the end of the first two days, the team had 24 kills total with a couple top 8 finishes. But the chicken dinner remained elusive.
On the third day, the first two games unfolded as per usual. However, game 3 proved to be ours. With circle shifts in our favor, the team found themselves being one of the last 3 squads in the final circle. The squad successfully wiped Team Dodge before shifting their attention to and finishing M1me, the last member of Team Soniqs.
This chicken dinner secure propelled the team up to 10th in the standings. While the team couldn’t find their footing to get another 1st place, they came close multiple times – including a 2nd place finish in the first round of the last day.
At the end of the showdown, the PUBG squad placed 10th with 56 kills altogether.
Now, with the charity showdown completed, the team had the PUBG Continental Series (PCS) to look forward to. Based on their performance during the Charity Showdown, they were placed into Group C. Some of the other teams in this group are the Susquehanna Soniqs, Zenith Esports, and more.
For the next 3 weeks, all 3 groups would be competing against one another before moving onto the Grand Finals. More details can be found here!
In our debut match day, we and the rest of Group C competed against Group B. By the end of the first two games, the team had 10 kills. In the 3rd game, we aggressively pushed past all the teams and grabbed another 10 kills, placing 1st. Even though that was the only 1st place of the day for the squad, the team still wiped a couple other squads.
With their chicken dinner alongside the 28 kills they got along the way, our PUBG squad placed 4th on the leader-board between Group B and C.
We carried this momentum into the next day. During the first 4 rounds, we participated in skirmishes and racked up kills even though we didn’t get first place. The highest we placed was 3rd in game 2, thanks to LosHD’s sneaky maneuvers throughout Erangel. As the circle tightened in game 5, teams skirmished and picked one another off.
With 6 teams left in the lobby, Miccoy got the action started for the squad when he picked off Exodus’s Brent “Poonage” Mullany. Quickly wiping the remaining players, our squad faced one final player in the lobby: Tristan “Shrimzy” Nowicki of the Susquehanna Soniqs. Despite knocking LosHD and Baddylul, Shrimzy took significant damage and Miccoy closed in to finish the game.
As they move into the second week, the PUBG squad is currently 4th place overall out of the 24 teams competing. They’ll be back the following weekend for more PUBG action!
Going into week 5, Team Rival had just handed our SMITE team their first loss. This week was also the last week before the round-robins reset and all the teams would play one another again.
In our match against Renegades, the first game was slow and methodical as the team chipped away at RNG’s base. However, we secured the final Fire Giant buff that would helped us take down RNG’s Titan. In game 2, Renegades was able to shut our team down and snowball their lead. While we pushed back defensively as much as possible, RNG was able to close out the game in 35 minutes. For game 3, we held the lead through objective control for the beginning. As the game progressed to the mid-game, both teams would trade players for objective in a back-and-forth affair. However, a fateful fight around the Fire Giant led to RNG stealing away the objective. This shifted the game into RNG’s favor. While we tried to keep the game alive, RNG overwhelmed us and secured the 2-1 victory.
Going into our set against Sanguine, fans anticipated a close match and they were not disappointed. Game 1 started off slow as the teams danced around one another. While there were skirmishes around objectives, neither team consistently won. This slow burn of a game continued for 50 minutes before a fight in the left lane where CycloneSpin dropped in exchange for Netrioid. With both hunters down, the rest of Radiance was able to win the teamfight and the first game.
In game 2, Sanguine got off to an early lead and ran with it. Even with signs of life, the team was unable to stop Sanguine’s lead. This momentum forced a game 3.
In game 3, we turned the tables on Sanguine (and disengaged when fights were unfavorable), slowly gathering a 7k gold lead. During our final push into SNG’s base, Benji split from the team to push through another lane. With SNG forced to respond, Adapting found an initiation that wiped SNG and saw CycloneSpin grab a quadra kill in the process.
This match concluded the first half of the round-robins and the SMITE team had a record of 5 wins and 2 losses.
There was no edge-of-the-seat base race in our rematch against the Pittsburgh Knights. Instead, viewers were treated to a full 3-game set between the teams. The Knights grabbed a handful of key picks throughout the first game that prevented us from securing objectives. We came back with a vengeance in game 2, keeping down NeilMah’s Khepri and maintain the momentum to push the set to a game 3. Everything seemed to be going in our team’s favor until the Knights slowly found their way back into the game. In the end, the Knights found a clean 4-0 fight and rushed down our Titan.
For our first game against eUnited, we were unable to find our way back into the game as they found an early lead and never let it go. In game 2, we had some great defensive plays in the late game but were unable to convert those teamfight wins into more. Around the 45 minute mark, our SMITE team saw our Titan fall to the EUN squad.
Obey caught the team off-guard in game 1 as they jumped ahead in gold and experience. The majority of teamfights in this first game fell in the favor of Obey, allowing them to secure the victory. Refusing to be caught off guard for a second time, our team was more proactive in the following games. While Obey had won the first game in 33 minutes, Radiance’s aggressive and clinical plays in games 2 and 3 led to our overall 2-1 victory.
In one of the most edge-of-the-seat games of the season thus far, we found ourselves trading fight after fight with Spacestation Gaming. SSG hard-committed to prevent our team from backing as their minions began an onslaught on our Titan but we were able to turn the fight around its head and succeeded in defending the base. Both teams found themselves sending their junglers to backdoor the Titans but neither was a successful attempt. The game continued on a knife’s edge until SSG attempted a surprise initiation in the duo lane, but we reacted quickly and won a 4-1 teamfight. This opened the path to our game 1 victory.
If you were to describe game 1 as trading fights, you could describe game 2 as trading objectives as both sides stole objectives multiple times. During a teamfight around the Oni Fury pit, SSG stole the objective one last time and nearly wiped our team. SSG pushed and destroyed our Titan off this 4-for-0.
In game 3, SSG pressured CycloneSpin out of the game by 15 minutes and held a 6k gold lead. However, we were able to stall the game out long enough for Cyclone to farm up and get back in the game – even having items over his Hunter counterpart at a point in the game! Unfortunately, when the team went to contest a Fire Giant, SSG turned on our team and took down 4 of our players. With SSG pushing to finish, it felt like a repeat of game 2 as they take down our Titan.
Ghost Gaming, formerly Team Rival, was our first opponent during week 9. In the first game, Ghost secured an early lead and prevented us from finding an easy way back into the game. Ghost took objective after objective and snowballed to a 14k gold lead before ending the game sub-30 minutes. But we wouldn’t let them get an easy 2-0, fighting back in game 2.
The game stayed dead even until 14 minutes in when Ghost attempted an initiation on Max “Aror” Jackson. The team reacted quickly enough, wiping Ghost for an early deicide and claiming the Gold Fury objective. Just 3 minutes after this deicide, we found four kills in the right lane, granting us the opportunity for the first Fire Giant. When it respawned, we wiped out all of Ghost once more and rushed to destroy their Titan.
Game 3 also ended before 30 minutes, in favor of Ghost. With a dominant performance by Ghost’s jungler, Samuel “sam4soccer2” Waxman, on Thanatos, we found ourselves staring at a 4k gold deficit and were down 2-9 in kills. While we found some picks (and shutdowns on sam4soccer) here and there, Ghost refused to give up their lead and ended the game.
When this match began, no one knew what was in store for the SPL fans.
In the first game, Renegades held the lead for most of the match off the back of strong rotations onto our team. Jake “AwesomeJake408” Amaniera proved to be a thorn in our side with his Ymir pick, constantly putting up walls that prevented us from engaging or disengaging easily. Renegades took several tries to crack open the base, but we refused to give it over without a fight. However, the gold lead that RNG had over us proved to be too much and they ended the game around 32 minutes.
In game 2, both teams refused to give up an objective without a fight. Around 38 minutes, we caught out 3 members of RNG near the Enhanced Fire Giant. The team then reset and pushed in from the left lane. Seeing an opening, Aror, Kennet “Adapting” Ros, and Ben “Benji” McKinzey engaged on the RNG backline. By forcing the remaining RNG members out of the base, Jarod “CycloneSpin” Nguyen escorted the minions in to end the game.
Game 3 started off rough for our team, with RNG having a significant kill and gold lead. However, any time RNG would try to break open the base, we would be there to defend, taking down at least one member and forcing them to back off. RNG attempted to end the game multiple times, but we stood our ground and pushed them back.
As the game stretched out to the 1 hour mark, death timers were much longer and any significant teamfight would mean the end. A fight shortly broke out by the Fire Giant pit that went in our favor. This opened up a pathway to come back and win!
Radiance and ASTRO Gaming are providing prizes for a biweekly tournament hosted by Jesse “Commander Jesse” Espinoza’s local tournament: the 818 Local.
The top 2 fighters guarantee prizes and if you watch the stream, you have a chance to win a headset as well! More details can be seen down below:
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The day is upon us.
After the conclusion of our tryouts and finalizing the details, we are now ready to announce our League of Legends roster.
In the top lane is former FlyQuest Academy player Alvin “Engo” Ngo. His previous experiences range from open qualifiers to amateur and professional tournaments. Most notably, of course, is his starting position on FQA in 2018. With that roster, he placed 1st during the playoffs, defeating Echo Fox Academy 3-2.
“With me joining Radiance, I will prove that my efforts will not go to waste and maintain their history of success.”– Alvin “Engo” Ngo
You can also find him on Instagram!
Avi “Im Avi” Behar is officially playing under an org as he will be signing on as Radiance’s jungler. He first started playing League in season 3, having come straight from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In recent years, he has played on several amateur teams, such as “avixd” where he and his team placed 4th in the Scouting Grounds Circuit last year. You may also recognize him as UCI’s (University of California, Irvine) primary jungler for the collegiate scene over the past two years.
“Going into the Scouting Grounds Circuit, I want to show why I’m the best jungler in the scene.”– Avi “Im Avi” Behar’s goal in the SGC
Young “Young” Choi is our mid laner. He has played League of Legends since season 4 (2014), maintaining a Diamond+ rank and even hitting Challenger last season with his trusted Syndra. He has been a part of the amateur scene since 2018. Young was a former member of Polar Ace and Lowkey Esports in recent months, winning the UPL 2019 Fall Playoffs.
Andrew “Andybendy” Forman will be the ADC for Radiance. Coming from a background of Starcraft 2 and DOTA, Andybendy has played League of Legends since season 1. He has played for teams in collegiate, amateur and Academy scenes, such as Optic Academy (2018) and Columbia College. But his competitive experience is not limited to just North America. He was a member of Enclave Gaming, a UK-based team that qualified for EU Masters in 2018!
Rounding out the team is Trevor “King” Roy on support. King has only been a part of the amateur scene since January 2019, but you may recognize him as the support from Team Issue is Critical. With this roster, he and his teammates placed first in the UPL 2020 Spring – Mountain Division. In the playoffs, the team made it all the way to the UPL Spring Finals and placed second.
Along with this announcement, we are bidding farewell to our coach Galen “Moon” Holgate. He recently accepted a job as the CLG Academy Head Coach! Congratulations to him! At this time, we are finalizing a new coach and will have more news soon!
“It took us a while to find the right people to bring onto our amateur squad! We’re excited for them to compete in all the amateur events and see how far we can go.”– Hai, CEO & Founder of Radiance
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After everyone’s departure from our amateur team, we’ve been working behind the scenes to rebuild our team. Now, we’re ready for the first step.
And so, without further ado, we’re excited to announce Galen “Moon” Holgate as our League of Legends team coach! Moon is a former professional League of Legends player, having played for teams such as Team Liquid, FlyQuest, and Counter Logic Gaming. As a coach, both he and Radiance look to create a strong amateur program to help our players find a home on an academy or LCS team.
“I’m honored to be the head coach of Radiance. I’m looking forward to improving my skills as a coach & help develop NA talent for the scene.”– Galen “Moon” Holgate, League of Legends Team Coach
Interested in playing for our team? These are the preliminary requirements to sign up:
Please fill out the Google form linked here: Sign-up form
The deadline to submit a form will be March 13th at 11:59 PM PDT. Tryouts will begin on March 16th, 2020!
If you have any questions, you may reach out to us through our official Discord server!
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After last month’s “Let’s Play,” Emiru, RTO and their communities walked away with a 1-1 tie. Who do you think will take the W in this special 1v1 “Let’s Play” for this month?
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… 🐔🍳
For tonight’s Let’s Play, we will have Emiru’s and RTO’s communities go up against each other in custom 5v5s!
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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