Maciej Krzykowski

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Maciej Krzykowski
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Krzykowski at ESWC in July 2007
Born (1991-04-01) April 1, 1991 (age 23)
Nationality Polish
Other names Av3k, Avekkk
Occupation Professional gamer
Years active 2006–present
Known for Quake Live, Quake IV, Quake III Arena, ShootMania

Maciej Krzykowski (born April 1, 1991),[1] who also goes by the pseudonym Av3k, is a professional electronic sports Quake and ShootMania player. He has Polish nationality and resides in Ostróda.[2] He actively competes in international Quake competitions[3] and was signed to Razer and Dutch electronic sports team Serious Gaming but is now a part of French organization Millenium.[4][5]

On July 8, 2007, he became the youngest Quake champion ever after winning the Electronic Sports World Cup in Paris without losing a single map.[6]

Biography[edit]

Quake IV (2006-2007)[edit]

Krzykowski is widely regarded as the strongest Quake IV player ever alongside former Swedish professional gamer Johan "Toxjq" Quick and was defeated by only four other players: Anton "Cooller" Singov, Alex "Ztrider" Ingarv, Magnus "fox" Olsson, and Toxjq. He faced Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel three times in competition and has gone undefeated. One of Krzykowski's victories is considered to be the sixth biggest moment in professional gaming[7] by GamePro.

He was considered a prodigy player due to his young age. In 2006, he was nominated for Player of the Year and Quake Revelation of the Year by competitive gaming media around the world.[8] In 2007, he was awarded the eSports Award's 'Breakthrough of the Year'.

Quake III (2008)[edit]

Following Quake IV, he focused on Quake III competitions in 2008, as it became the main competitive first-person shooter. He took third place at his first competition in the game, losing to Magnus "fox" Olsson and Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevsky at the ESWC Masters of Paris event.[9] Later that year, he won two major competitions (DreamHack and GameGune) and took third place at the ESWC Masters of Athens in Athens, Greece. He was unable to defend his Electronic Sports World Cup title as his visa to the United States was denied.[10]

Quake Live (2009-present)[edit]

Following the beta launch of Quake Live, it became the main competitive first-person shooter starting in 2009, a year in which no Electronic Sports World Cup took place.[11] This, combined with the previous cancellation of the World Series of Video Games, resulted in few remaining professional competitions. In 2010, the Electronic Sports World Cup renewed their lineup with Quake Live, as did Intel Extreme Masters. Krzykowski proved himself as one of the strongest players, taking second place at the European championship of the Intel Extreme Masters in 2010 and third place at the world championship. He additionally defended his DreamHack championship in 2009 and 2010.

During DreamHack Winter 2012, Krzykowski announced his retirement from Quake Live due to his inability to win any major tournaments in the last two years. He stated, "I just decided to not let people down anymore."[12] After his victory of the FaceIt Legends Cup, however, Krzykowski retracted his previous announcement and relabled his retirement as a hiatus. He cited his repeated losses to fellow progamer rapha demoralized him, and in response, he would take a break from Quake Live and improve his mental state.[13]

ShootMania (2012-present)[edit]

In June 2012, French organization Millenium signed three players to represent their ShootMania team, consisting of three current Quake progamers: Kevin "Strenx" Baeza, Alexey "Cypher" Yanushevsky, and Krzykowski himself.[5]

Notable accomplishments[edit]

Quake Live[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 4th Duel $1,536[14]
2012 FaceIt Legends Cup Online 1st Duel $658. Retracted retirement announcement, relabling it as a hiatus[15]
2012 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 3rd/4th Duel $1,508. Announced retirement from Quake Live[12][16]
2012 Zynaps' Cup Online 1st Duel $600[17]
2012 Adroits Wzzrd in Enschede, Netherlands 3rd Duel $800[18]
2012 The Arena: Quake Live Invitation #3 Online 1st Duel $500[19][20]
2011 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 3rd Duel $1,427[21]
2011 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 3rd Team Death Match $357. With the team tRainspotting[21]
2011 QuakeCon TDM Invitational Masters Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas 1st Team Death Match $4,000[22]
2011 Asus Summer Online 1st Duel $217[23]
2011 DreamHack Summer Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 5th/6th Duel [24][25]
2011 DreamHack Summer Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 3rd Team Death Match $195. With the team Serious Gaming[24][25]
2011 Intel Extreme Masters Season V World Championship Finals CeBIT in Hanover, Germany 5th/6th Duel $600[26]
2011 Intel Extreme Masters Season V European Championship Finals Kyiv Cybersports Arena in Kyiv, Ukraine 2nd Duel $2,000[27]
2010 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 5th-8th Duel $3,908[28]
2010 FnaticMSI PLAY BEAT IT Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 5th/6th Duel [29]
2010 Intel Extreme Masters Season V Global Challenge: Cologne Gamescom at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany 3rd Duel $850[30]
2010 Electronic Sports World Cup Disneyland Park in Paris, France 2nd Duel $4,000[31][32]
2010 DreamHack Summer Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 1st Duel $3,908[33]
2010 Intel Extreme Masters Season IV World Championship Finals CeBIT in Hanover, Germany 3rd Duel $1,600[34]
2010 Intel Extreme Masters Season IV European Championship Finals Cologne, Germany 2nd Duel $1,500[35]
2009 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 1st Duel $3,586[36]
2009 QuakeCon Masters Championship Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas 9th-12th Duel [37]

Quake IV[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 Multiplay i32 Cup Newbury, Berkshire 2nd Duel $3,500[38]
2007 World Series of Video Games Toronto Toronto, Canada 4th Duel $1,200[39]
2007 Electronic Sports World Cup Paris, France 1st Duel $10,000[40][41]
2007 World Series of Video Games Lanwar Louisville, Kentucky 1st Duel $5,250[42]
2007 Multiplay i30 & Belkin Tournament Newbury, Berkshire 1st Duel $4,000[43][44]
2006 Poznan Game Arena Poznan, Poland 1st Duel $1,500[45]
2006 World Cyber Games All Stars Monza, Italy 3rd 2v2 With the player Stermy[46]
2006 World Cyber Games All Stars Monza, Italy 6th Duel [46]
2006 DigitalLife New York, New York 2nd Duel $3,500[47]
2006 QuakeCon Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas 4th Duel $3,000[48]
2006 QuakeCon Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas 9th-12th 2v2 With the player forever[48]
2006 The Gathering Hamar Olympic Hall in Hamar, Norway 1st Duel $837[49]
2006 Samsung Netgamez Nieuwegein, Netherlands 1st Duel $360[50]

Quake III Arena[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2008 DreamHack Winter Elmia in Jonkoping, Sweden 1st Duel $1,800[51][52]
2008 Electronic Sports World Cup Masters of Athens Athens, Greece 3rd Duel $2,000[53][54]
2008 GameGune Bilbao, Spain 1st Duel $3,923[55]
2008 Electronic Sports World Cup Masters of Paris Paris, France 3rd Duel $1,000[56][57]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Quake 4 Player of the Year[58] Global Gaming League Nominated
2007 Breakthrough of the Year[59] eSports Award Won
2007 Best FPS Duel Player[60] eSports Award Nominated
2006 Quake Revelation of the Year[61] Global Gaming League Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ QuickCup 2008 - tournaments/league/seasons/duel1/duel1_players
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  50. ^ "Av3k Wins NETGAMEZ 2006 Tournament". Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
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  61. ^ Shetye, Siddharth. "GGL-Players of 2006 nominees". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 

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