We have lost track of how many XLParties K1ck have attended since the first one in Coimbra back in 2007, but it's always a pleasure to participate in one more, the 25th so they say. Last year we have done a great job at the FIL edition, winning 7 tournaments with 7 teams but this year K1ck has been travelling a different path, making an intensive bet on less games but the ones with a high profile in the eSports community all around the world, so we will attend the event with only 3 teams: Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
The 2013 year is quickly coming to an end and our Counter-Strike Global Offensive team has been quite busy. Just last night we have finished our participation in two major online tournaments, not getting through to the lan finals (SLTV StarSeries) and to the playoffs (Fragbite Masters) by the skin of our teeth.
In the most famous CS:GO online league at the moment and after 15 matches, we have come short of the 4th place by 2 miserable points, having lost four days ago an important match vs iNation that took us away from the lan finals in Kiev. Regarding the Fragbite Masters and after a great victory vs VeryGames in the Group of Death from the 2nd group stage, we have lost a tight game vs Astana Dragons and couldn't hold off VeryGames' return as they move into the playoffs, leaving behind fnatic, the recent Dreamhack Winter winners, in the last position of the group.
It was in mid September that the K1ck eSports Club Counter-Strike Global Offensive team was invited to the Fragbite Masters, an online tournament due to start on November the 18th, featuring a total of 32 teams and a $21,600 prize money. The 16 invited teams have already been revealed as well as the teams that went through the qualifiers to get a place in this tournament that gathers the best CS:GO players in Europe.
After going through the first group stage with flying colors, k1ck will have a much harder task in the second group stage as we have been drawn into a group featuring the Dreamhack Winter 2013 winners, the MSI Beat It! 2013 winners and the TECHLABS Cup 2013 winning team.
Our most recent team has already won a tournament during this short period here at K1ck eSports Club, and today we will try to find out more about one of the k1ck.dota2 players, on the verge of attending his first LAN event under the K1ck colors: João "KryZtaL^" Rodrigues. He is our guest in another "7 Questions for" topic, so check out what he has to say about his gaming background, why he plays the game and his personal ambitions.
So the biggest contest that K1ck has have ever made, with the biggest prizes, is now almost over, but we still have to find some of the contest winners. Here we will be publishing a list of possible winners, the ones that had a valid answer to our questions, which will allow them to enter the draw that we will be making live in a special streaming to be announced soon. There is however one particular user that was the only one to get the right answer in one of our contests, so he already won the prize in dispute, as there is no need to make a draw.
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K1ck is celebrating its 15 years of existence and to somehow offer some kind of compensation to our dedicated fans that have been following us through all these years, we will be making a mega-contest that will hand over hundreds of euros in prizes from our sponsors Kingston, Ozone, Asus and Clickfiel, in a real treasure hunt across the social networks.
And in the first DotA 2 tournament that K1ck has ever played, things couldn't be better. Our k1ck.dota2 team has won the Fraglider Steelseries Cup, beating every opponent in the group stage and playoffs, not losing a single map in the entire competition. The 32 teams that attended the Cup let us think that the game will be quite popular in the country, same as in other countries, and in just a couple of weeks we will find that out in the XLParty FIL 2013 edition.
For one reason or another, mainly lack of required time from our players at a given moment, our Counter-Strike Global Offensive team has been having a somehow hard time in finding a stable duo to complete our core trio of players, fox, mUt and rmn. This time we will be back into an all Portuguese lineup as Aguila, who has achieved some great performances while defending the K1ck colors including a victory over NiP, is out of the team.
But we also have good news for our followers as Helder "coachi" Sancho, who has retired from competitive gaming a while ago, will be our Public Relations concerning our CS:GO section. Although he hung his mouse, he will still be connected with K1ck, the team he has played for almost all of the last 5 years, now in a different role.
Once again there will be a DotA 2 tournament at this year's XLParty FIL edition, but this time with a twist, as it will be an ASUS ROG event. This means that the prize for the first place will be provided by ASUS and we couldn't obviously miss it, now that our k1ck.dota2 is doing so fine at the Fraglider Steelseries Cup, already qualified for the winners final after beating Panthers in the semis.