Cypher (video game player)

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Cypher
Alexey Yanushevsky
Cypher at Techlabs 2012.jpg
StatusActive
BornMay 17, 1990
HometownMinsk
NationalityBelarusian
GamesQuake Champions, Quake Live, Quake IV, Quake III Arena, Apex Legends
Career prize money$149,655
Professional career
?-?fnatic
2008–2012Serious Gaming
2012Millenium
2013-2014Titan
2015iGamerz
2016ANOX
2017-2018Virtus.pro
2018-2019Nemiga Gaming
2019-PresentNatus Vincere

Alexey Yanushevsky (Алексе́й Анато́льевич Януше́вский) (born May 17, 1990),[1] who also goes by the pseudonym "Cypher", resides in Minsk, and is a Belarusian professional player of the first person shooter series Quake. He has been actively competing in international Quake competitions since February 24, 2006. Cypher was most notably the first one to win the QuakeCon 1v1 tournament four times (in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014). He has been a champion of many other tournaments, including Electronic Sports World Cup, Intel Extreme Masters, Dreamhack and Asus Cups.[2]

Career[edit]

Originally a Quake III Arena player, Yanushevsky gained prominence with successes in Eastern European competitions in Quake IV shortly after the game's release. At the age of 16 he successfully qualified for the Electronic Sports World Cup in his native Belarus and defeated twofold world champion Russian Anton "Cooller" Singov in Moscow competitions.[3] He subsequently entered the Electronic Sports World Cup and was considered a dark horse contestant at the world championship, Yanushevsky eventually reached the finals of the event, where he was defeated, taking second place at the event at an age at which he was too young to enter Cyberathlete Professional League or World Series of Video Games competitions.

Afterwards, Cypher was signed to professional video gaming team Fnatic.[when?] He made top five finishes at QuakeCon as well as the World Cyber Games. The following year he was one of the more successful players in international competition, taking 2nd and 3rd at two World Series of Video Games stops.

After the World Series of Video Games disbanded mid-season, Yanushevsky started focusing primarily on Quake III again, which eventually culminated in victory at the Electronic Sports World Cup Masters in July, 2008. He was then signed to the team Serious Gaming.[4] On August 3, 2008, Yanushevsky won the Quake Live 1v1 Championship at QuakeCon 2008[5] his second major title.[6] On August 27 he won the Electronic Sports World Cup 2008.

Cypher left Serious Gaming in December 2012.[7] During this time he tried out the game Shootmania in Team Millenium, placing 3rd at the Cyberathlete Summit in Paris.

In December 2013, Cypher beat Shane "Rapha" Hendrixson to win DreamHack Winter 2013.[8]

In July 2014 Cypher won his fourth QuakeCon, QuakeCon 2014, without losing a single map in the play-offs stage.[9]

During 2015, Cypher tried out Counter Strike: Global Offensive and achieved a good level, but as he was looking for a team, Overwatch came out in beta and he decided to play that instead. During 2016 he played Overwatch and also achieved a good level (his team ANOX was top 6 in Europe during the ESL Overwatch Atlantic Showdown, and top 16 in the world during the Overwatch Open), but again he had to switch games as he was starting to find his form, this time because of the announcement of Quake Champions, due to come out in 2017.[citation needed]

Notable achievements[edit]

2017[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Autumn Cup (Quake Live) – Kiev, Ukraine
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Dreamhack Winter Kasperksy Quakelive Championship (Quake Live) – Jonkoping, Sweden
  • Silver medal icon.svgDreamhack Winter 2010 FNATICMSI BEAT IT FINALS (Quake Live) – Jonkoping, Sweden[15]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Summer Cup (Quake Live) – Kiev, Ukraine
  • Gold medal icon.svgQuakeCon 2010 (Quake Live) – Dallas, Texas
  • 5th – Electronic Sports World Cup 2010 (Quake Live) – Paris, France
  • Silver medal icon.svg – DreamHack Summer Kaspersky QUAKE LIVE Championships (Quake Live) – Jonkoping, Sweden[16]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Spring Cup (Quake Live) – Moscow, Russia[17]
  • 4th – Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Finals (Quake Live) – Hannover, Germany
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Winter Cup (Quake Live) – Moscow, Russia[18]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Intel Extreme Masters European Championship Finals (Quake Live) – Cologne, Germany

2009[edit]

  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Autumn (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Summer (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia
  • Bronze medal icon.svg – ASUS Spring (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia
  • Bronze medal icon.svg – QuakeCon Masters Tournament (Quake Live) – Dallas, Texas
  • Silver medal icon.svg – Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge (Quake Live) – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 5th – Dreamhack Winter 2009 (Quake Live) – Jonkoping, Sweden

2008[edit]

  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Autumn (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia[19]
  • 4th – Electronic Sports World Cup Masters (Quake III) – Athens, Greece
  • Gold medal icon.svg2008 Electronic Sports World Cup (Quake III) – San Jose, California
  • Gold medal icon.svg – QuakeCon Intel QUAKE LIVE 1v1 Championship (Quake Live) – Dallas, Texas
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Electronic Sport World Cup Masters (Quake III) – Paris, France
  • 4th – ASUS Spring (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Winter (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia

2007[edit]

2006[edit]

  • 4th – World Cyber Games All-stars 2on2 (Quake IV) – Monza, Italy
  • 7th – World Cyber Games All-stars 1on1 (Quake IV) – Monza, Italy
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Summer (Quake IV) – Moscow, Russia
  • Silver medal icon.svg – ASUS Summer (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia
  • Gold medal icon.svg – KODE5 Russia (Quake IV) – Moscow, Russia
  • 5th – QuakeCon 2006 1on1 (Quake IV) – Dallas, Texas
  • Silver medal icon.svg – Electronic Sports World Cup (Quake IV) – Paris, France
  • Gold medal icon.svg – GigaGames (Quake IV) – Moscow, Russia
  • 5th – ASUS Winter (Quake IV) – Moscow, Russia
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Autumn (Quake III) – Moscow, Russia

Online[edit]

  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #86 ($52)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #83 ($52)[20]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #16 ($80)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #15 ($80)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #8 ($70)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Sunday Cup #5 ($70)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #19 (15,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #16 (15,352 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #13 (15,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #11 (15,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #10 ($420)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #9 ($526)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #8 ($465)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #3 (15,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Season #2 (15,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS Cool Maps Cup ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS One Map Cup – Dismemberment ($180)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS One Map Cup – House of Decay ($80)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS One Map Cup – Delirium ($135)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – 125 FPS One Map Cup – Fuse ($135)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Corsair Saturday Derby #4 (4,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Corsair Saturday Derby #3 (4,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Corsair Saturday Derby #2 (4,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Corsair Saturday Derby #1 (4,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Road2QuakeCon 2015 ($1,500)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Road2QuakeCon 2014 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Spring Season Championship Finale 2014 ($250)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #64 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #56 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #55 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Fall Season Championship Finale 2013 ($250)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #53 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #50 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #49 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #47 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #46 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #45 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #42 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #41 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Winter Season Championship Finale 2013 ($250)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #23 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – FACEIT Sunday Cup #11 ($100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – Q3God's Quake Live Cup #2 ($700)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ASUS Cup 2011 Final Battle of the Year (5,000 RUB)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #144 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #143 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #142 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #137 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #135 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #134 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #128 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #123 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #122 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #120 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #119 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #113 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #112 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #106 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #94 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #62 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #24 (€100)[21]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ZOTAC QuakeLive Cup #23 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #26 (€100)[22]
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #19 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #17 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #11 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #10 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – G Data QuakeLive Cup #8 (€100)
  • Gold medal icon.svg – ESL Major Series IV – Duel (€450)

Awards[edit]

  • 2010 – (Tek-9) Quake Live Player of the Year[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080803023249/http://www.eswc.com/masters/paris2008/?c=competition&s=profile&l1=participants&id_competition=2&l2=profile&id_participant=7. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Quake III: Immaculate Cypher wins ESWC Masters". SK Gaming. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151210213646/http://digitallife.ggl.com/index.php?controller=News&method=article&id=2942. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Rinoa (2009-04-28). "fnaticMSI lose to Ks.CN – Interview with VeLeNo & Replays". FNATIC.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  5. ^ "ESR – QuakeCon 2008". Esreality.com. 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  6. ^ Lingle, Samuel (July 28, 2014). "Pair of legends eliminated heading into Quakecon finals". Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Profi (25 April 2012). "Cypher left Serious Gaming". GreatFrag. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Breslau, Rob "Slasher" (December 3, 2013). "Cypher defeats Rapha to win Quake at DreamHack Winter: "I wanted to win, it didn't matter who I played". onGamers. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Lingle, Samuel (July 19, 2014). "Cypher wins record fourth Quakecon championship". The Daily Dot. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "ESR – DreamHack Summer 2011 Coverage". Esreality.com. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  11. ^ "ESR – ASUS Spring 2011 QL Masters". Esreality.com. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  12. ^ "ESR – UGC Quakelive is over!". Esreality.com. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110417025445/http://www.esl-world.net/masters/season5/hanover/. Archived from the original on April 17, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "ESR – IEM5 European Championship Finals – Day4". Esreality.com. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  15. ^ "ESR – rapha wins FnaticMSI BEAT IT Finals". Esreality.com. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  16. ^ "ESR – DreamHack Summer 2010 is over!". Esreality.com. 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  17. ^ "ProPlay / Новости / ASUS Spring 2010 – Quake Live". Proplay.ru. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  18. ^ "ESR – Asus Winter 2010". Esreality.com. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  19. ^ "Quake III: Cypher 4-0's Jibo to win ASUS Autumn". SK Gaming. 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  20. ^ "Cypher won the first ever Quake Champions tournament, News". Plus Forward. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  21. ^ "ESR – ZOTAC QL Hall of Fame 2009-2010". Esreality.com. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  22. ^ "ESR – G Data Quakelive Cup Hall of Fame". Esreality.com. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  23. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110128102405/http://www.tek-9.org/articles/the_2010_tek9_award_winners-676/quake_live_player_of_the_year-9.html. Archived from the original on January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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