At the recent IEM Season 6 in Kiev Alexey "White-Ra" Krupnik was interviewed by the well known e-sports portal - goodgame.ru, in which he talked about his plans for the near future. It will be the content of this review. When asked about his plans, White-Ra told he was going to attend several events...
His first stop will be the 2012 Taipei Game Show, which will be held from 2nd to 6th February 2012 in the capital of Taiwan - Taipei. White-ra will be playing some shows matches, and will represent his main sponsor Thermaltake, to be more precise their gaming division Tt eSPORTS, as well as his sponsors Playhem and ASRock.
Alexey will stay in Taiwan after the official event finishes until February 12th, and will have a chance to play on the Korean ladder in order to improve his shape and learn a bit about the latest tactics of Korean players. White-Ra promised that if the technical capabilities make it possible, he will stream his games while playing on the Korean ladder!
His next stop is uncertain for now. It may be the ASSEMBLY Winter 2012 - a representative tournament, which will be held in Finland from 24th to 26th February 2012.
At the same time, there will be another tournament – the Winter Arena - in New York City (24th to 26th February), which will also be the qualification for the winter final of MLG – the MLG SC2 Winter Season, which will be held in Columbus, Ohio from March 23rd to 25th 2012. The prize fund at the Winter Arena will be $26,000. But first, White-Ra has to qualify for this tournament on the Korean server. This will be held from February 3rd to February 5th, 2012.
Where our «Beast from the East» will go will also depend on visa issues. If Alexey is able to get a visa to the U.S., he will once again visit the American continent. Otherwise he will go to the "neighbor" Finland, where he will fight with the best European players, among whom will also be representatives from Korea who are playing for European teams.
Next, White-Ra will visit the world famous computer exhibition, the CeBIT 2012 in Hannover, Germany from 6th to 10th March where he will be representing his sponsors - the company Thermaltake and their gaming division Tt eSPORTS in several show matches and will participate in training with players of team Thermaltake Appolos.
Alexey attends such events with pleasure and sais: "This major exhibition takes place once a year. My partner produces a lot of gaming equipment and I have to help advertise these products, even if they don’t demand it. It’s a sign of good partnership relations".
White-Ra also plans to visit Austin, Texas, where IGN will hold an exhibition about the gaming industry in the Palmer Events Center from 9th to 11th March 2012.
The winner of this show match will receive prize money of $4000, and the player placing second, will receive $1000.
Alex thanked all his supporters:
"Thanks to everyone who expressed his support this way. It is very nice, that among all the known names, I have been chosen. It is always nice to know that my surrounding field support me, I will struggle to improve continuously for you".
Alexey also received an invitation to participate in a major tournament which will also be held in Austin, Texas from 17th to 18th of March.
This revolutionary event aims to bring together the two huge e-sports demographics (both in person and online) in a way that has never been done before. The event will include two parallel brackets: the Southern Collegiate StarLeague regional playoff qualifier event and a 16-person pro-player invitational event with a $10,000 prize pool.
So this is a very busy schedule that Alexey has, and we hope that he has enough strength to carry out all his plans, to remain in a good shape and that we will have something to watch and someone to cheer for!