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The year of domination: Recap and Q&A with Neeb

Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft has had an incredible year. The American professional StarCraft 2 (SC2) player has conquered three of the four World Championship Series (WCS) Circuit tournaments that were up for grabs throughout 2017. With Ting as his exclusive sponsor, the 19 year old American Protoss player spent the year flying all around the world, playing the world’s hardest esport at the highest level imaginable. Neeb was crowned champion of Premier tournaments in Austin, Texas, Jönköping, Sweden and Montreal, Canada, earning $150,000 in prize money along the way.

For even the most diehard of fans, it was hard to imagine the possibility that Neeb could have a better year than 2016. He won the KeSPA Cup tournament in South Korea, and in doing so, became the first non-Korean to win a premier StarCraft tournament in the country in sixteen years. The Korean StarCraft scene, as well as their esports community on whole, has proven itself to be unbeatable for the better part of two decades. Not only was Neeb’s accomplishment celebrated in the StarCraft 2 scene, but it was recognized as an amazing feat across the entire esports community.

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Ting Open Season 3 Finals: Live in Fremont on March 25-26


After bringing you two successful seasons of the Ting Open alongside BaseTradeTV, we’re excited to host the finals of Season 3 live in Fremont, California!

The four StarCraft 2 semi finalists will compete live at the Corsair headquarters on March 25 and 26. This tournament will be open to the public, so if you live in the area or would like to take a weekend trip to watch some of the best StarCraft 2 players in the world compete face to face, come join us! There will be audience challenges, prize drawings and more.

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Catching up with Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft

Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft has been hailed as a savior of American StarCraft 2. Exclusively sponsored by Ting, he’s been travelling the world as a professional gamer for several years now, making a name for himself as one of the best.

Last time we featured Neeb on the Ting blog, we praised his abilities as one of the top foreigners (non-Koreans) in the pro scene and the best American ever to play StarCraft 2. With consistent top results throughout all of 2016, we went as far as to say this would be the “Neeb era of StarCraft 2” and that the best was yet to come.

Was it ever.

Mere weeks after we wrote that article, Neeb would go on to become the first non-Korean in 16 years to win a premier StarCraft tournament in Korea (and the first ever in StarCraft 2).

This was no close final either: Neeb handily defeated Trap 4-0 in the grand finals of KeSPA Cup in Seoul, South Korea with stellar macro and clutch disruptor play. Representing Ting and North America, Neeb took home $18,000 and the KeSPA Cup trophy, making history in the process.

About a month later, Neeb would find even more success as the lone American representative at BlizzCon, placing top eight at the WCS Global Finals and picking up another $15,000. Earning over $93,000 in tournament winnings in one year is no easy feat, but it’s clear this is just the beginning for Neeb.

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Neeb facing Dark at BlizzCon 2016

Neeb becomes first non-Korean StarCraft 2 player to win a premier event in Korea

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Yesterday, Ting’s very own Alex “Neeb” Sunderhaft made history as the first non-Korean ever to win a premier StarCraft 2 tournament in South Korea.

Neeb took home first place in the 2016 KeSPA Cup, an international StarCraft 2 tournament that allowed two North Americans and two Europeans to qualify and compete live in South Korea against 12 of the best players Korea has to offer.

In his initial group stage, Neeb swept the competition, handily beating two of the top players in the world and placing first in his group. The only foreigner (non-Korean) to make it out of the group stage, Neeb overcame a tight quarterfinals series before facing off against fellow Protoss (one of three races in StarCraft) ‘Stats” in the semi finals and knocking him out 3-1.

Gaming for a living: Meet Neeb, Ting’s pro gamer

I recently had the chance to watch the World Championship StarCraft (WCS) Summer Championships live at DreamHack Montreal and meet Alex Sunderhaft, aka Neeb – the up and coming New York StarCraft 2 player who’s been repping Ting all across the globe.

While just 18 years old, Neeb has been around the scene for several years, placing top 12 in WCS Season 1 America 2014 just after turning 16. An exceptional talent when it comes to StarCraft, Neeb decided to switch to the Protoss race two years ago and saw his success rise even further – a rare move in StarCraft 2 but one that has definitely paid off.

Since picking up Neeb, he’s posted some amazing results at World Championship Series Premier events. In just five months, Neeb has placed second at both DreamHack Austin and IEM Shanghai, third at WCS Copa Intercontinental, top four at DreamHack Montreal and top eight at DreamHack Tours and DreamHack Valencia.