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August 1, 1984 |
|Occupation||Game designer at Riot Games|
|Notable work||Defense of the Ancients: Allstars
League of Legends
Steve Feak, also known by the nickname of Guinsoo, is an American game designer, and was the previous designer of the popular Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne custom map DotA: Allstars. Currently he is employed by Riot Games as a game designer for League of Legends, a video game inspired by his previous work.
Feak started as an amateur map designer for Warcraft III, using the built-in "World Editor" made by Blizzard and became the main maintainer of DotA: Allstars in the period between March 2004 and March 2005. DotA: Allstars was a custom map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne created by the mapmakers Meian and Ragn0r and based on the original Defense of the Ancients map made by Eul for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. After the abandonment of the map by the original authors, Feak started to update it himself and added his own mix of original content. These new additions, as new heroes, a powerful boss named Roshan, upgradable items and other improvements made Dota: Allstars the most popular version among all the DotA variants created in the wake of Eul's map. Feak said when he began developing Allstars he had no idea how popular the game would eventually become; the emerging success of the game type inspired him to design a new title around what he considered an emerging game genre.
Feak used a Battle.net chat channel as a place for DotA players to congregate, but DotA:Allstars had no official site for discussions and hosting. The leaders of the DotA: Allstars clan, TDA (Team DotA Allstars), proposed that a dedicated web site be created to replace the various online alternatives that were infrequently updated or improperly maintained. Therefore a new website was built by Steve "Pendragon" Mescon. Towards the end of his association with the map, Feak primarily worked on optimizing the map. He left development with version 5.84b, then Neichus and IceFrog stepped in to develop it. Some years later Steve Feak resurfaced as a Riot Games employee and one of the main game designer for League of Legends. He helped to create more than 20 champions (playable characters) for the videogame.
In DotA Steve received an honorary item name: Guinsoo's Scythe Of Vyse. In Dota 2 his name has been removed from the item, it now being called "Scythe of Vyse". In League of Legends, Steve Feak also received an honorary weapon name, Guinsoo's Rageblade which is still in League of Legends today.
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