Follow Grubby on his Pro-Gaming Adventures: Winners of "Favourite Grubby Replays" Facebook contest
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winners of "Favourite Grubby Replays" Facebook contest

We spent a few hours going through the entries. There are more than a 100 entries, and it was really hard to decide the winners. It was even harder to decide who is #1 and who is #2. We like most of the entries, because they were written with such passion, it touches our hearts. This is what REALLY makes it worth it to be a progamer - having so many fan's support and appreciation for your work.

Without further ado:

First Prize goes to: Adam Zhang
(gets Grubby's autographed 4Kings T-shirt, a Christmas card and Grubby bookmark)

Second Prize goes to: ROnan Larkin
(gets Grubby's autographed SEC 2005 T-shirt, a Christmas card and Grubby bookmark)

3rd - 20th Prize (in no particular order) goes to:
(will receive a Christmas card with Grubby bookmark)
Jeroen Van de Pol
Sergei Vilbik
Jim Zenox Salte
Christoph Geisler
Lukas Smolka
Tory Boudreaux
Xi Yan
Nick Dorazio
Orion Yan
Albert Gonzalez (Di Xu)
Wang Oceanus
Matt Schlenker (Inclnerator)
Jannes Tjarks
Wang KeLong
Minh Duc Vu
Tony Zhang
Ben Macdonald
Xi Zhang

Almost forgot, honorable mention to Sam McCafferty whom we were until the last moment considering for Top 2 position as well, but we couldn't squeeze in more than 2. Thanks for sharing your story with us. We will be sending you a Christmas card accompanied by 4 different designs of Grubby bookmarks.

Congratulations to all the winners. Please send a private message with your full name and full mailing address to "Cassandra Ng" on Facebook (can be searched by email:
NOTE: You need to message me with the account that you submitted your entry with. And please do it soon now/soon so you will receive the items before Christmas!

Thanks to all for participating so far. This has been a very enjoyable contest. We read every entry with joy! We wish we can give everyone a prize. We are paying for all the postage costs ourselves so this is the best we can do for now. If you don't get any gaming souvenirs this contest, don't worry, because we plan to do many more of these activities in the near future. Grubby has put aside lots of other gaming T-shirts/souvenirs from his home to be given away.
The next contest will be announced on "Grubby page" on Facebook.

Before we sign off, here's the entries of #1 and #2:

# 1 Adam Zhang:
King of Orc, allow me call you like this. You never know that in faraway China, in a self-studying room of my college, I wept for your WCG2008 Champion before my laptop, as if there were nobody else in that room. When Moon tapped out "gg", when I saw you brandishing your double arms, when you turned around and showed "WCG2008" on the back of your orange T-shirt before my eyes through webcast, I couldn't stop tears welling up in my eyes, only because that you are the King of Orc, and you regained your Crown of WCG which lost for years.

As one of your faithful fans, you led me into the world of Warcraft3, you are the pillar of strength for me when I suffered successive loses and you always give me new ideas of the game to keep me happy and keep me on edge. The reason I choose the replay to be my favorite one had little to do with the strategy or micro-controlling, instead, this replay arouses all my passions inside my body, toward my king, toward my Warcraft. At last, GL grubby, sincerely.

Replay File:

#2 ROnan Larkin:
It’ s like trying to pick a grain of sand on a beach. An endless number of them. Some shinier than others, some unnoticed and yet as brilliant. But people like stories. I like stories. That’s why, taking the risk of the unoriginality and cliché prize, I went for the glittering.
Avoiding, bootlicking - and had Moon held the same contest, he would have got the same answer -the WCG 2008 Grand Final was one of the best Warcraft III moments ; and I’ll tell you why.
The very core of the question raises the philosophical “what’s a good replay ?” . A last minute saving invisible spell, a wisp surround do provide excitement, they’re real turn-on to any fan. Creativity, risk-taking, magic moves. But in the end, what will we remember ? I’ll remember the story beyond the encounter that day. In sports and elsewhere, that’s what build legends.
This final was made of that rare wood. I’ve always found it hard to talk about e-sports History with the noble connotation of the word, but no second thoughts, it was. The two most recognized TFT players, the WCG finals. What else could one ask for ? Once fierce rivals, then teammates, on opposite sides once again. Those two kids fighting on Korean TV back in 2004 have won everything since, but had vanished. Two young men still at the very best level took their place. Sure, you could deny the rivalry bit, but the shared joy, the beam of light on your face after the WEG 2006 win betrays you. Grubby – Moon has always been something special. Like Connors and McEnroe, when both met, you supported one or the other; but take a side for God’s Sake. Moreover, at the time, some felt you both weren’t enjoying that total domination that used to be yours back in the old days. It was a matter of pride for each of you to take that one home (plus Moon missing a WCG title).
Out of the great games, I picked number 2 on Secret Valley. Game 1 was about raiding the elf base, Game 3 was of course fireworks for you, and the worst but so touching black hole feeling for Moon. He collapsed a bit under pressure on TM.
But Game 2 was the core of the encounter. Right before, Moon has a psychological advantage. Right after, It’s the other way around. That game turned the match. I would lie saying It’s the most brilliant piece of Warcraft I’ve ever seen entertainment wise. An early archer-kill advantage, a few nice surrounds, and Moon seeming to always recover until the end, even with only his tri-hero left. A nice game ; But it meant so much more to all the community.
To all the scepticals, to the “Warcraft III is dying” believers you both gave the best reply; to fans, a waking dream. It was like, the ideal ambassadors of the game had arranged a final match. After it, Warcraft III could have just died.