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Quake: WSVG Toronto Recap

By: Joe Szymkowicz - Published August 28, 2007 at 12:49 AM EDT - Writer Archive
Let's recap some of the things that happened this weekend at the amazing tournament that was WSVG Toronto.

Before WSVG Toronto even started, everyone knew it would be an amazing event; it did not disappoint. This year's WSVG Toronto Quake 4 event went off without a hitch and highlighted the world's most talented Quake 4 duelers. Even in the first couple rounds of play, matches were close and exciting. Here are the final standings from the event:

WSVG Toronto 2007 Final Standings

1. Sweden Johan "toxjq" Quick - $5,250 + $1,000 travel
2. United States Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty - $3,000 + $1,000 travel
3. Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov - $2,100 + $1,000 travel
4. Poland Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski - $1,200 + $1,000 travel
5. Belarus Alexey "Cypher" Yanusheuski - $1,200
6. United States Rafik "LoSt-CaUzE" Bryant - $750
7. Canada Thomas "Griffin" Wall - $750
8. Sweden Magnus "fojji" Olsson - $750
9-12. United States Chance "chance" Lacina
9-12. United States Evan "Nomadic" Bradshaw
9-12. Canada Andrew "gellehsak" Ryder
9-12. United States James "ERMAC" Boyd

Best Performance: DaHanG
Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty played like a possessed lunatic on a mission. Towards the end of his Upper Bracket rampage, he downed Alexey "Cypher" Yanusheuski, the player he lost to in the
Consolation Finals of WSVG Dallas. In an interview, Fogarty admits "Right when I got control, I basically played a perfect game." After that, he went on to dominate a very strong Cooller, who was also having a great tournament, beating fojji, LoSt-CaUzE and av3k. As tension built before their first Grand Finals match, I'm not even sure toxjq or DaHanG could imagine what was about to take place.

Next thing you know, DaHanG has beat toxjq on Monsoon, and then on Ravage. In the first set of the Grand Finals of WSVG Toronto, DaHanG beat toxjq 2-0. After looking back through a few scores, the last time anyone beat toxjq 2-0 was the Winter CPL 2005 Finals, and it was Cooller. It's been more than two years since anyone has beat him in straight maps. Though in the end Fogarty lost in the third map in the closing minutes of map, the feat of taking toxjq to a second set is a quite impressive feat in itself.

Least Impressive Performance: PURRI
Coming off a fourth place finish at QuakeCon and the CEVO WSVG Toronto Online Qualifier, PURRI was really showing some promising skills against the American players. At QuakeCon, we saw him beat Chance "chance" Lacina in a really good match on Monsoon. I hope nothing but the best for the Swedish player who truly does have a lot of potential, and I hope to see him at the WSVG LA competition, but not without some much needed practice time.

Stock Rising: LoSt-CaUzE
It happened. After a couple months of so-so play, Rafik "LoSt-CaUzE" Bryant finally broke out of his slump; and boy did he do it in style?! His performance this tournament was absolutely amazing. He really stepped it up this time around and not only played like the old LoSt-CaUzE, but he played even better than before. His performances against chance and griffin were both stunning and I can't wait to see what Rafik has in store for us at the event.

Nail Biter Of The Tournament: toxjq vs. DaHanG - Grand Finals Set 2 - Torment
This map kept viewers, including myself, on the edge of our seats all the way to the final second. It was a power struggle the entire 15 minutes, with no clear victor at any one time. The fight to try and time all four items took it's toll on both competitors leaving each player, at some times, completely bare and vulnerable, sometimes helplessly costing them points. Both players played extremely tough but extremely smart. DaHanG's well-timed rushes and toxjc's sixth-sense for knowing opponent's next moves definitely took fans on a roller coaster ultimately ending in a toxjq victory after an intense battle for the Red Armor. The speed and uncanny weapon intelligence that toxjq posses really make him almost the perfect player and both players did very well.

The next WSVG Quake competition will be held in Los Angeles and is about 2 months away. With some small LANs in between now and then, players will have a nice, long break to relax and keep practicing their game.

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