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|Birth:|| March 7, 1986|
Krefeld, West Germany
|Alternate IDs:||TaKeSen, BecomeAPro|
Dennis "TaKe" Gehlen is a German StarCraft II caster who works for ESL TV. He was a high-level Human WarCraft III player but preferred to manage teams and find new talent. He plays Terran in StarCraft II.
Dennis is, relating to his own statements, interested in the growing of eSports and therefore gives a lot of passion into it. He works as a Studio-Caster as well as the host for every ESL event in Germany, but has started to do his own streams from his home with a webcam showing his living room. He has a girlfriend who does not come from eSports but fully accepts his hobby and job. Also he stated that she is interested in learning the game in order to understand what he is saying in his streams. Dennis often jokes about his short height and has reached his level of fame with his StarCraft II casts. He also is seen as the "Father" of XlorD who was a top WC3-Player and managed to take third place in HomeStory Cup VI where he went first in his group and managed to beat MMA and Stephano, he also competes in the ESL Pro Series Germany.
Dennis played quite actively in the StarCraft II beta where he played a lot of ladder and was placed in the Platinum League. Although he was a top-player in WarCraft III he did not try to go this way again in StarCraft II. He sometimes plays ladder in the Master League though and is randomly joking about his +1000 points high bonus pool. In January 2011 he started the YouTube series "Become a Pro" to document his goal to reach GrandMasters League.
Take's entertaining casting style has allowed him to become very successful in Germany. His stream TakeTV, has its own channel on ESL TV. Take's Couch is famous around Germany and the world. His biggest advantage over other casters is that nearly every show features its own co-caster. He often gets people like DeMusliM sleeping in his flat and casting some games with him which often gives a big insight in some tactical aspects. Also he is doing events like the HomeStory Cup where he invites pros to his flat where they play and have some fun.
Besides that, TaKe can be much more relaxed on TakeTV than in the studio due to the known environment which lets him talk about other things than gaming better. In the beginning of the whole TakeTV thing he only wanted to test his webcam but the show gained so much fame and acceptance that he wanted to go on with it. Then he decided to start uploading videos onto his YouTube account where he quickly gained loads of subscribers. Dennis casts every Go4Sc2 Cup and sometimes streams some high quality action of other Cups or Tournaments.
 HomeStory Cup
The HomeStory Cup started as a small invitational tournament that TaKe held in his flat in Krefeld, Germany. He invited the top players from Europe to come and compete for a small prize pool. The format of the tournament differed was a normal double-elimination bracket but it was the production that gave this tournament a unique feel. It has been likened to a reality TV Show in that the interactions of the tournament players are shown all throughout the tournament. Cameras were set up in the relaxing area, the players themselves casting (one of its most famous features) and interviewing the chef who is preparing the food are features of this which differ from the norm. The initial HomeStory Cup was merely a trial and most of these features were not implemented until the later HomeStory Cups.
The second HomeStory Cup is when the tournament started gaining more international attention for having a bigger prize pool and more participants. In HomeStory Cup IV, South Koreans participated for the first time and the players had specifically come from Korea to participate. Stream numbers for the event broke into the 60,000 concurrent, around the same as most premier tournaments at the time.
 Curiosities and worth knowing
- In one show, William came to bring TaKe a Pizza after he jokingly told the stream he is hungry. Then he cast with him and "Willi" was liked much by the community which led to the decision that he could help TaKe on a regular basis. He is for example helping him with his YouTube account and the videos on it.
- He made so many shows with Kevin "RotterdaM" van der Kooi that Kevin was asked to move to Germany in order to work for ESL TV. Also RotterdaM wanted a stripper in the show which led them to open donations and the community gave him over 400€ to get the stripper dancing live in the show.
- When playing the song "Waka Waka" by Shakira in the time of the World Cup 2010 a user in their IRC Channel #esl.tv started to spam "WAKAWAKA" which caused a mass spamming by nearly every user and a huge lag of the whole channel, TaKe's PC and the stream. The channel client counter instantly dropped down because almost every IRC Client crashed.
- Wants to help the eSports community to gain Popularity so he does his shows for his own costs.
- Was a high level WC3 Player and a manager for teams such as SK-Gaming.
- Works for Turtle Entertainment, ESL's parent company, as a host and caster.
- His couch gained huge fame.
- Does not get money for his work at home.
- He is currently trying to reach Grandmaster League in order to obtain a free trip to Las Vegas
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 Notable events casted and organized
- Acer StarCraft Challenge
- Acer TeamStory Cup
- EIZO Cup
- ESL Pro Series Germany
- Stim to the Win Tournament
- TaKeTV Reloaded Invitational
- HomeStory Cup
- HomeStory Cup II
- HomeStory Cup III
- HomeStory Cup IV
- HomeStory Cup V
- HomeStory Cup VI
- NVIDIA SC2 HotS Cup
- Windows 8 Launch Day Cup
- 2011-06-26 | Post HomeStory Cup III interview: "Die Wohnung kostete 50,000 Euro" by fragster.de Translated Version on TeamLiquid.net