StarCraft II player Snute to sign with TeamLiquid

Norwegian player Jens "Snute" Aasgaard expected to sign with Team Liquid for 2013.

Norwegian StarCraft II player Jens "Snute" Aasgaard is expected to sign with Team Liquid for 2013, executives of several teams have told GameSpot.

The 22-year-old Zerg player has elected not to re-sign with his current team--Norway-based organization GamersLeague--after being courted by several teams with his impressive year-end performances.

After a rather rough start for the first three-quarters of 2012, Snute came out swinging at the DreamHack Winter Championships, knocking out Evil Geniuses' Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri and getting to the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Song "Hero" Hyeon Deok. Snute continued his run at the fifth IGN ProLeague event in Las Vegas, tying with Canada's Chris "Huk" Loranger and China's Lei "XiGua" Wang as the highest-placing non-Korean player.

Snute's biggest triumph didn't come until the very last event of the year, where he earned his first major StarCraft II championship at the sixth edition of the HomeStoryCup in Krefeld, Germany. Snute's dominating run saw him never lose a match, beating players such as Jang "MC" Min Chul, Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, and Stephano once again along the way. He would end things with a clean sweep of Korean Zerg Kang "Symbol" Dong Hyun in the finals, capping off an 18-2 performance throughout the weekend.

Snute will be the first non-Korean player signed to TeamLiquid since July 2011, when American Zerg Shawn "Sheth" Simon joined the team. Most recently, TeamLiquid lost ex-Brood War star Yum "Sea" Bo Sung to retirement, citing a lack of passion for StarCraft II.

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benelori
benelori

People complaining about gaming news on a gaming site...lol

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

How exciting.  Watching someone else play a game, watching paint dry, or being put on hold are some really exciting ways to pass the time.  I'll have to remember to watch some competitive gaming the next time I have insomnia.

bonjwa
bonjwa

Gl to Snute, the best possible team for a player to get recruited to. Also to all these people not calling esports news.... This is what more and more game developers are striving  after, games which will reach 'esports' status. Not only is it big bussiness already, it is one of the largest growing industries in the world. Bashing on esports on gamespot.com of all things just shows how ignorant you are.

91210user
91210user

Yeah, go after them South Koreans!

Triton
Triton

I'm surprised this was not on ESPN Sports Center.

Darth_Vader1_4
Darth_Vader1_4

Great news for Snute and for Team Liquid if its true and it all pans out.

 

And to everyone bashing competitive gaming, if it attracts sponsors and brings in money, then it deserves to be taken serious, SC2 tournaments handed out over 2 million dollars in prize money last year, coupled with salaries that western teams pay that isn't something to scoff at.

 

If you don't like eSports that's fine but don't mindlessly bash on it, there are enough reasons already to take it serious, you could even make a claim that any hobby is a waste of time, why play football or watch it on TV when you know you'll never get to that level to win money? Its a waste of time, right?!

Erick
Erick

Gratz to TL on the pick up and gratz to Snute. Well deserved.

hamnut
hamnut

the ignorance in the comments is ridiculous

8Clutch
8Clutch

Hmmmm...... Congrats TL

Kane04
Kane04

And just like that games are starting to get way too serious, I'll be impressed if anyone reading this actually recognizes any of those names.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Wow, lot's of moving and shaking going on in the Starcraft II world. Glad Gamespot.com's on top of reporting the latest and greatest!

 

What's a Zerg!?!?! :P

alphardxyz
alphardxyz

@Rayzakk  Lol "watching someone else play a game" is the same thing as watching football, baseball or whatever. Retarded argument is retarded.

Also you're not the center of the universe, if you dislike a thing then everyone else has to dislike it too? 

neatee
neatee

 @Rayzakk Haha, no. When the best of the best play Starcraft, there's literally 600 things per minute happening all around the in-game map. And commentators are prone to yell in excitement when something crazy happens. All in all, esports is pretty awesome and unboring.

bonjwa
bonjwa

 @Triton That's funny, there have been talks about Starcraft 2 tournaments and news being live broadcasted on some of the main TV Networks.

NexCa
NexCa

 @Suikogaiden

 Haha... do you realise that those players earn more money than you'd ever earn with a normal job ? It's their job to play this game, got with the time dude

8Clutch
8Clutch

 @Suikogaiden I have a job, and it's telling stories about StarCraft 2 players. Get with the times.

darrens12
darrens12

You think this is new? The competitive gaming scene is new? That's quite funny it's been around for a long time and not just in Starcraft maybe you should learn something before speaking stupid shit.

neatee
neatee

 @Kane04 Starcraft has been this way for 13 years man. And yes, all the names are pretty big. Huge companies like Samsung and LG all have their own teams, you know.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@neatee @Rayzakk Wow you've won me over.  E-sports are awesome.  I really want to watch them now. 

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

 @Gelugon_baat So, people with creepy looking anime girls for avatars? Or people with a creepy fascination for anime girls in general?

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @neatee  @Suikogaiden Things being popular doesn't make them worthwhile pursuits.  If that were true Jersey Shore would be the next Shakespeare and Beiber would be the next Mozart.  Lets see if anyone remembers those in a few hundred years.  If anyone does it will be to our time periods great shame.

neatee
neatee

@Kane04 No, you should be gone. You aren't even arguing. You are just proclaiming your holy and very misinformed opinion loudly. Stay away from Starcraft news if you don't want to read them.

Kane04
Kane04


@neateeIs that the best counter argument you can come up with?

I'll throw you something before I'm outta here.

This is a GENERAL GAMING WEBSITE, normally you only see this kind of article on some SPECIALIZED GAMING WEBSITES.
I said "and just like that it's starting to get way too serious" because it's showing here, on a general one, and with a bunch of names like the general gaming community has an interest in it.

When it shows up on ESPN between football and basket I'll say "it's gotten way too serious".

That's my comment about it and no 2 winney noobs will try to pull rank or undermine my opinion without a reply.

Now begone

/

neatee
neatee

@Kane04 I made this account because you post stupid ignorant shit, yes, but it's my only account. If "oh you're trying to say mean things to me :( :(" is everything you have to say, I guess case is closed.

Kane04
Kane04

@neatee @darrens12 

Making an alt account to damage control already?

neatee
Member since: Jan 7, 2013

darrens12
Member since: Jan 7, 2013

If you lack the skill set to understand my original post keep it to yourself.

Maybe next time you won't drop by a new place and start insulting people (7 years member) out of the blue with stuff like:

"maybe you should learn something before speaking stupid shit"

Or you'll get it right back at you.

neatee
neatee

 @nemes1s3000  @Gelugon_baat 

What is wrong with you? Starcraft is a sport. There exists several cable network companies devoted to doing nothing but televising and organizing tournaments. And it has nothing to do with anime.