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YouTuber hilariously reveals how he reached rank 8 in StarCraft 2

Published: 16/Jul/2019 20:41 Updated: 16/Jul/2019 23:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Casually Explained has a massive following on YouTube with over two million subscribers thanks to his comedic “explained” series done using Microsoft Paint. But did you know he used to be one of the best StarCraft players in North America?

In his latest video titled, “Casually Explained: Casual Explainer, but Serious Gamer”, the YouTuber reveals he used to be really big into strategy games and why StarCraft 2 appealed to him.

“The big appeal to me, for a game like StarCraft 2 was that it was 1vs1,” he said. “So unlike a lot of popular games, you always knew that if you beat the opponent it was because of your own superior skill. And if you lost the only person to blame was the developers for designing the game incorrectly.” 

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The video goes on with Casually Explained revealing that he used to study VODS of top players and watched analysis videos. He was that into it

For fans of StarCraft, there’s quite a few inside jokes or references that are sure to put a smile on your face. When explaining the three StarCraft races, Terran, Protoss and Zerg, casually said that he played Protoss because his previous hobby used to be rubix cubing.

As he played the game more, he improved immensely and eventually reached the grand master tier which was made up of the top 200 of each server.

Then one day, NA’s top player HuK was streaming, Casually decided to queue up in an attempt to play him. But instead of being matched with Huk, he was placed against Bomber – one of the top Koreans in the world.

However, Bomber would leave the game. Not once, but twice because he wanted to match against HuK.

Upon Casually’s third queue, he was matched against HuK and miraculously won, which resulted in him peaking at rank 8 on NA servers.

Thinking one more win would put him at number one, he queued once again and was matched against Bomber. Only this time, Bomber wouldn’t leave and crushed him. 

“I left the game and said to myself, ‘damn. Not only did you beat HuK, you just beat Bomber 2-1. I guess you’re the best, dude.’ And then I quit the game.”

Now, years later, Casually is once again playing StarCraft and is doing a GM in 30 days series on Twitch. He is currently on day 74.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.