Neeb

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[e][h]Protoss Neeb
Player Information
Name:
Alex Sunderhaft
Birth:
February 17, 1998 (1998-02-17) (age 18)
Country:
Race:
Sponsor:
Alternate IDs:
Neeblet
WCS Circuit rank:
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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

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

2013

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

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

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 that:

"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]

Currently, Neeb is the highest ranked North American player in the WCS Circuit Standings, at rank #4 with 4400 points. Additionally, Neeb is ranked 13 in the world in the Aligulac rankings. Over the course of 897 recorded matches, Neeb has a 67.78% win ratio.[9]

2015

Neeb switched from Terran to Protoss around April 2015, and is especially known[by whom?] for his strong PvT play due to his intimate knowledge of the Terran race.

2016

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.[10]

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 mid-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.

Full Time Starcraft 2

Neeb graduated from high school on June 24 and is now a full time professional Starcraft 2 player.[11] Around July 19, he moved into a house in South Korea with fellow pro-gamers, Scarlett and NoRegreT. [12]

Trivia

Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-09-11 World Championship Series A33rd WCS Copa Intercontinental Ting 3 : 0 Terran uThermal $6,000
2016-08-14 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2016 WCS Circuit: Summer Circuit Championship Ting 1 : 3 Terran Polt $10,000
2016-07-31 Intel Extreme Masters A22nd IEM Season XI - Shanghai Ting 2 : 4 Terran uThermal $8,000
2016-05-08 DreamHack A22nd 2016 DreamHack Open: Austin Ting 2 : 4 Zerg Hydra $8,000
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-08-26 A33 - 4th Gauntlet Season 1 Global Finals Ting 1 : 3 Zerg Bly $100
2016-05-31 A33rd BaseTradeTV Map Test Tournament Ting 3 : 2 Terran Beastyqt $600
2016-04-26 A11st Ting of the Hill Ting 3 : 0 Protoss Bails $750
2016-03-20 A22nd Kings of the North 2016 3 : 4 Terran MaSa 500 CAD
Complete Results in any Tournament

Interviews

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