Known as the eSports historian, journalist Duncan 'Thorin' Shields discusses at length SK's champion in his latest "Thorin's Thoughts" video. How could one best characterize rapha's play style? How did the American manage to defeat and bring down Quake's gods? Which school of American Quake did rapha belong to? What makes him the most unique player in Quake history?
All of those questions are answered in the video which you can find by clicking on the picture below.
Shane 'Rapha' Hendrixon's achievements:
ESWC 2008 USA - 1st (Quake 3)
ESWC Paris 2008 - 13th (Quake 3)
QuakeCon 2008 - 4th (QuakeLive)
ESWC Grand Final - 3rd (Quake 3)
ESWC Athens - 1st (Quake 3)
QuakeCon 2009 - 1st (QuakeLive)
GamesCom 2009 - 1st (QuakeLive)
EM Dubai 2009 - 1st (QuakeLive)
EM American Championships - 2nd (QuakeLive)
IEM 4 World Championship - 1st (QuakeLive)
ESWC 2010 - 3rd (QuakeLive)
QuakeCon 2010 - 5th (QuakeLive)
GamesCom 2010 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
ASUS Summer 2010 - 3rd (QuakeLive)
IEM V American Championships - 1st (QuakeLive)
Beat IT - 1st (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Winter 2010 - 5th/8th (QuakeLive)
IEM V World Championships - 1st (QuakeLive)
Ultimate Gaming Championship 2011 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Summer 2011 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
QuakeCon 2011 - 1st (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Winter 2011 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Summer 2012 - 1st (QuakeLive)
QuakeCon 2012 - 3rd (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Winter 2012 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
QuakeCon 2013 - 1st (QuakeLive)
DreamHack Winter 2013 - 2nd (QuakeLive)
Duncan 'Thorin' Shields is a 14 year veteran of eSports journalism specializing in different games. You can follow his content via his YouTube page, Official Facebook page and Twitter profile. In addition, Thorin collaborates with analyst and OGN commentator Christopher 'MonteCristo' Mykles on their YouTube channel InsightOnEsports.
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
Follow me on twitter - @Adddler or LINK
iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
Throwback Thursday: rapha's double gold at Quakecon 2013
QuakeCon 2014: Rapha with a medal
Rapha takes silver at DreamHack
SK Rapha: I'm always looking to win
Rapha with double gold at QuakeCon 2013
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