Team Liquid’s Shane ‘rapha’ Hendrixson once again proved he’s one of, if not the greatest Quake players of all time after claiming his sixth QuakeCon Championship, and the 2019/2020 Pro League MVP award.
Rapha entered his first Quake tournament all the way back in 2002, finishing 65-128th at that year’s QuakeCon tournament, and since 2008 has been a feature at the top of the Quake scene, and been remarkably dominant in Quake Live with 21 first-place finishes since the game’s release in 2017.
After coming through a year filled with personal tragedy after the passing of his fiancé in June, rapha dominated his opposition to take home the 2020 World Championship, and unsurprisingly found himself named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Rapha is now a six-time Quake World Champion.
After receiving a bye in the first round of the North American portion of the bracket, rapha swept past Australian ZenAku and American dooi without dropping a single game, and then quickly took down Estonian player cnz with a comfortable 3-0 win in the semi-finals.
VengeurR proved to be the only player who could take a game away from the 31-year-old, but couldn’t stop the Team Liquid star from putting on another Quake clinic, before moving into the grand-finals to win four unanswered games against Adrián ‘RAISY’ Birgány to seal his place at the top of Quake esports once again.
An emotional rapha spoke to Marcus ‘DjWheat’ Graham at the conclusion of his victory, admitting that his win was “bittersweet,” but wanted to thank Bethesda for giving him the opportunity to play “the best FPS game ever,” and for giving him the chance to compete, and succeed, at the game’s highest level.
Despite his tragic loss in June, rapha showed no signs of considering retirement, thanking the Quake community, his family, and friends for all the support he has received over the past few months, and stated his intention to keep doing what he’s doing, and hopes to keep the success rolling, summing up his plan for the future with the phrase: “All gas, no brake.”
While Bethesda didn’t reveal how the $150,000 prize pool would be split among the competitors, you can expect that rapha will be taking home a healthy chunk of the cash, alongside the title of being the world’s greatest Quake player once again. You can view the tournament’s final placements below.
The Chipotle Challenger Series is back, this time returning to Fortnite Battle Royale, as players and a star-studded list of influencers go head-to-head on October 1.
Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale.
Now, the competition returns, moving from Warzone back to Fortnite, the original stomping grounds of the Chipotle Challenger Series.
How to watch the Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series
With qualifiers out of the way and the teams locked-in, only the Chipotle Challenger Series finale remains for viewers to watch. The finale takes place on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm BST on Chipotle’s Twitch channel.
We’ve embedded the stream here so you can keep up with all the action from your favorite Fortnite content creators, sports stars and celebrities, and find out who wins the tournament and makes the lion share of the $50,000 prize pool.
As well as the qualified teams, there is another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there will be four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams will score one point for each elimination they earn.
There will be four total qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:
Will allow up to 1000 trio teams
Will have private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Will have a Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window
Qualifying teams will have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it will be played in a private lobby, which will include:
The top four teams from each qualifying round
17 teams of invited talent
A 5-game series
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money will be presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners will also secure themselves free burritos for a year!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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