Neeb

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Player Information
Name:
Alex Sunderhaft
Birth:
February 17, 1998 (1998-02-17) (age 19)
Country:
Race:
Sponsor:
Alternate IDs:
Neeblet
Total Earnings:
$226,991.94
WCS Circuit rank:
Links
Achievements
2016 KeSPA Cup2017 WCS Austin2017 WCS Jönköping
History
??? – 2013-03-27
2013-03-27 – 2013-08-16
2013-12-27 - 2014-11-04
2016-04-23 - Present

Alex "Neeb" Sunderhaft is an American Protoss (previously Terran) player who is currently sponsored by Ting.

Biography[edit]

Neeb is a Protoss player from New York, USA. Before playing competitive StarCraft 2, he played Runescape and League of Legends.[1]

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

2013[edit]

During the Acer TeamStory Cup US Qualifiers semifinals, he nearly all-killed FXOpen North America, defeating hendralisk and his future teammates Future, Drunkenboi and desRow. Unable to play the last game due to a conflict, his team, Starcraft2strategy, forfeited.

On March 27, 2013, it was announced that Neeb had joined FXO.NA[2]

Neeb qualified for the 2013 WCS Season 1 America: Challenger League on May 4, 2013 with victories over Fitzyhere and teammate Moosegills. There he was able to beat HuK in the first round, but fell afterward to puCK and was knocked down to the group stages. He was placed in Group G along with Maker, hellokitty, and TaeJa. Although he couldn't beat TaeJa in the winners round, he was able to beat Maker and then hellokitty to come second in the group and qualify for the Season 2 Premier League.

During this time Neeb also participated in SHOUTcraft America. He was placed in Group B along with drunkenboi, Goswser, and hendralisk. After losing his initial match to drunkenboi, he was able to beat hendralisk 2-1, but then lost to Goswser and was knocked out of the tournament.

Neeb qualified for the WCS AM Season 2 Premier League Round of 32. He participated in Group C,along with Minigun, Alicia, and Apocalypse, but fell down to 2013 WCS Season 2 America: Challenger League in last place with a map score of 1-4. He reached the third round of the bracket stage, defeating puCK along the way, before falling to DeMusliM.

On August 16, 2013, it was announced that FXOpen e-Sports had officially closed its North American branch, rendering Neeb teamless.[3]

Despite becoming teamless, Neeb was able to qualify for WCS America 2013 Season 3 Premier League by defeating his former teammate drunkenboi twice in the group stage of Challenger League.

In Premier League, Neeb was matched against a group consisting of HerO, Heart, and Jim. Neeb was defeated 2-0 by Jim and 2-1 by Heart and fell to Challenger league.

In WCS America Season 3 Challenger League Neeb was defeated 2-1 by Snute. However, he was able to win his Challenger League group by defeating State and Goswser both by 2-0 scores.

On December 27, 2013, it was announced that Neeb had joined Fnatic as an Academy player.[4]

2014[edit]

Neeb had to play a Bo5 in WCS America 2014 Challenger League in order to advance to Premier League. He was able to defeat EnDerr by a score of 3-1 and advanced to WCS America 2014 Season 1 Premier League.

In Premier, Neeb played his Ro32 group against Polt, Illusion, and Minigun. Despite being the underdog of the group, Neeb was able to defeat Minigun 2-0, narrowly lose to Polt in the winners match 1-2, and defeat Illusion 2-0 to advance from his group in second place. This qualified him for the Ro16.

On November 4, 2014, it was announced that Neeb and Fnatic parted ways.[5]

Legacy of the Void[edit]

Neeb met Blizzard's changes to StarCraft II through the LotV expansion with mostly positive criticism. At the 2016 WCS Winter Circuit event, before his Round of 32 match, he stated:

"The game plays a lot faster... The action happens quicker, the games start up faster, and the games are decided faster - and I like that."[6]

According to RankedFTW, since the release of Legacy of the Void, Neeb has consistently reached the top 5 of the Grandmaster Ladder for the North American Server,[7] and top 10 of the Grandmaster Ladder for the European Server.[8] It has also been reported that Neeb reached the #1 spot on the Korean Ladder in September, 2016 - less than two months after moving into the OnFire house in Korea. [9]

Currently, Neeb is ranked #1 in the WCS Circuit Standings with 5900 points. Additionally, Neeb is ranked 8th in the world in the Aligulac rankings. Over the course of 1102 recorded matches, Neeb has a 67.70% win ratio (~69% vs. Protoss, ~68% vs. Terran, ~67% vs. Zerg).[10]

2015[edit]

Neeb switched from Terran to Protoss around April 2015.

2016[edit]

Beginning in early 2016, Neeb started to break through as one of the best American StarCraft II players, having several strong tournament performances against high-level competition. In January, at the DreamHack Open tournament in Leipzig, Neeb defeated Dayshi 3-1, before falling 3-2 to PtitDrogo in the Round of 16. Neeb had a similar showing in March at the WCS Winter Circuit Championship in Katowice, advancing to the Round of 16 before losing to Hydra 3-2.

On April 23, Ting announced their sponsorship of Neeb .[11]

At the DreamHack Open tournament in Austin, Neeb defeated Snute in a convincing 3-1 fashion to advance to the grand finals where he eventually lost to Hydra 4-2. The next weekend, he had a good showing at the WCS Spring Circuit Championship in Tours, finally beating Hydra 3-1 in the Round of 16, before losing a close series 3-2 to Nerchio in the Round of 8.

In July, Neeb continued his dominating reign over Hydra, defeating him 3-0 in the Round of 16 at DreamHack Open: Valencia. However, he was knocked out in the Quarterfinals, being upset by the eventual runner-up, MarineLorD, in a 3-0 fashion. Neeb did not appear to be on his game, losing multiple Warp Prisms in all three games due to poor awareness out on the map. In Shanghai, China at the IEM Season XI tournament, Neeb had a 9-0 run, most notably beating ShoWTimE in the semi-finals in order to advance to the grand-finals. He subsequently lost to the Dutch Terran, uThermal in a 4-2 fashion.

Neeb graduated from high school on June 24 and is now a full time professional Starcraft 2 player.[12] Around July 19, he moved into a house in Korea with fellow pro-gamers, Scarlett and NoRegreT. [13]

With a solid showing at the 2016 WCS Summer Circuit Championship in August, Neeb avenged his loss to uThermal in Shanghai with a 3-1 victory in the Montreal tournament's second round. He went on to 3-0 Scarlett in the quarterfinals, but in keeping with his bad habit of losing to Terran's in the later rounds of tournaments, lost to Polt 3-1 in the semifinals, ultimately settling for 900 WCS points and a $10,000 prize.

At the WCS Copa Intercontinental in Mexico City, Neeb secured a third place finish, sweeping uThermal in the consolation match after being swept by Snute in the semifinals. While having easily the most consistent year of any player in the WCS Circuit, Neeb had thus far failed to secure a championship at any of the year's nine Premier tournaments. This fact, in part led to Neeb being ranked 12th out of 16 by Team Liquid in the KeSPA Cup power rankings going into the tournament...[14]

KeSPA Cup & WCS Global Finals[edit]

Neeb participated in the 2016 KeSPA Cup as one of the North American representatives. He was placed into Group A with ByuN, Zest and Rogue, which was considered to be the 'Group of Death'. However, Neeb took out both Rogue and Zest 2-0 to win the group and move on to the round of 8. In an upset, Zest defeated ByuN twice, allowing Neeb to avoid the strong Terran player. In the quarterfinals, Neeb was matched against Pet, who many considered to be the weakest player in the tournament. Neeb won the first two games convincingly by deflecting Pet's early aggression. However, the next 2 games saw Pet doing very early Speedling and Baneling attacks to success, tying the series at 2-2. In the final game, Pet attempted a Baneling bust and Speedling flood on Dasan Station, which Neeb very narrowly defended to gain a lead. He then continued to defend Pet's Roach/Ravager attacks with some very well-timed Force Fields and eventually made a final attack and with a much bigger army and overpowered Pet to take the series 3-2 and move on to the semifinals. With this victory, he became the first non-Korean to reach a semifinals of a "Korean" StarCraft event since Jinro reached the top 4 of 2011 GSL January's Code S.

In the semi-finals, Neeb faced Stats and defeated him 3-1 in a very convincing series to advance to the finals. The range of tech choices by both players throughout this series was quite diverse, including a late game Tempest/Mothership matchup in a half-hour thriller on King Sejong Station. After this win, by reaching the finals, he became the first foreigner to make the final of a "Korean" StarCraft II event and the first to do so in any StarCraft event period since Grrrr... had won the 2000 Hanaro OSL.

In the finals, Neeb defeated Trap 4-0 in a sweeping victory, claiming his first premier championship and the first-ever foreigner triumph in a Korean StarCraft II premier tournament. His dominant performance, in large part due to his expert usage of Blink Stalkers and Disruptors, earned him the respect of many Korean fans, players, and commentators, including those from outside StarCraft.

Following his victory, he returned to the United States for the 2016 WCS Global Playoffs and Finals, where he had been drawn into Group B alongside Zest, Patience and TRUE. Already the first American to make the WCS Global Top 16 and qualify for the end-of-season tournament culminating at BlizzCon, he lost to Zest but defeated Patience twice in order to advance in second place and become the first American to advance to the quarterfinals.

Matches[edit]

PvZ[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • He and Has are the only players who won all three of the WCS Regional Challengers of the 2016 StarCraft II World Championship Series.
  • He and Elazer are the only players to earn WCS points from all three WCS Championships and all three DreamHack tournaments during the 2016 season.
  • Since the introduction of the Challenger/Premier WCS format, with his first places in both the 2017 WCS Austin NA Challenger and the 2017 WCS Austin Main Event, Neeb is the only player to have won a WCS Circuit premier tournament after topping the related Chllenger.
  • Canata, one of the Korean casters, took a selfie with Neeb during his interview after winning his group in the 2016 KeSPA Cup.
  • Became the first non-Korean player to reach the finals of a Premier Korean StarCraft tournament since 2000.
  • Neeb became the first 'foreigner' to win a Premier StarCraft 2 tournament held on Korean soil.
  • Neeb became the first and only 'foreigner' to obtain the Triple Crown.

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-06-19 World Championship Series A11st 2017 WCS Jönköping Tinglogo std.png 4 : 3 Zicon small.png Serral $25,000
2017-04-30 World Championship Series A11st 2017 WCS Austin Tinglogo std.png 4 : 2 Zicon small.png Nerchio $25,000
2017-01-15 World Electronic Sports Games A33rd World Electronic Sports Games 2016 Tinglogo std.png 3 : 1 Picon small.png ShoWTimE $50,000
2016-10-03 KeSPA A11st 2016 KeSPA Cup Tinglogo std.png 4 : 0 Picon small.png Trap $18,100
2016-09-11 World Championship Series A33rd WCS Copa Intercontinental Tinglogo std.png 3 : 0 Ticon small.png uThermal $6,000
2016-08-14 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2016 WCS Circuit: Summer Circuit Championship Tinglogo std.png 1 : 3 Ticon small.png Polt $10,000
2016-07-31 Intel Extreme Masters A22nd IEM Season XI - Shanghai Tinglogo std.png 2 : 4 Ticon small.png uThermal $8,000
2016-05-08 DreamHack A22nd 2016 DreamHack Open: Austin Tinglogo std.png 2 : 4 Zicon small.png Hydra $8,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-05-27 A22nd 2017 WCS Jönköping - North America Qualifier Tinglogo std.png 1 : 3 Zicon small.png Scarlett $1,200
2017-04-02 A11st 2017 WCS Austin - North America Qualifier Tinglogo std.png 3 : 0 Picon small.png PiLiPiLi $1,600
2017-03-26 A22nd Ting Open Season 3 Tinglogo std.png 2 : 5 Ticon small.png GuMiho $1,500
2016-10-23 A33rd WESG 2016 - North & South America Qualifier Tinglogo std.png 3 : 2 Ticon small.png Kelazhur $3,014
2016-07-09 A11st 2016 WCS Summer Regional Challengers: North America Tinglogo std.png 3 : 2 Zicon small.png Hydra $1,600
2016-04-09 A11st 2016 WCS Spring Regional Challengers: North America 3 : 2 Ticon small.png Polt $1,600
2016-02-14 A11st 2016 WCS Winter Regional Challengers: North America 3 : 2 Zicon small.png Hydra $1,400
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-02-22 A11 - 2nd BaseTradeTV Map Test Tournament #2: Foreigner Tournament Tinglogo std.png 4 : 0 Picon small.png Harstem $300
2016-08-26 A33 - 4th Gauntlet Season 1 Global Finals Tinglogo std.png 1 : 3 Zicon small.png Bly $100
2016-05-31 A33rd BaseTradeTV Map Test Tournament Tinglogo std.png 3 : 2 Ticon small.png Beastyqt $600
2016-04-26 A11st Ting of the Hill Tinglogo std.png 3 : 0 Picon small.png Bails $750
2016-03-20 A22nd Kings of the North 2016 3 : 4 Ticon small.png MaSa 500 CAD
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament

Championships[edit]

World Championship Series StarCraft II World Championship Series
2016 WCS Circuit: Summer
Preceded By:
South Korea Zicon small.png TRUE
2017 WCS Austin
30 April 2017 - 19 June 2017
USA Picon small.png Neeb
2017 WCS Jönköping
Succeeded By:
USA Picon small.png Neeb
2017 WCS Austin
Preceded By:
USA Picon small.png Neeb
2017 WCS Jönköping
19 June 2017 - 15 July 2017
USA Picon small.png Neeb
2017 WCS Valencia
Succeeded By:
Poland Zicon small.png Elazer
KeSPA KeSPA Cup
2015 KeSPA Cup Season 2
Preceded By:
South Korea Zicon small.png soO
2016 KeSPA Cup
03 October 2016 - Present
USA Picon small.png Neeb

Succeeded By:
None/TBD

Interviews[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]