Rickard "SortOf" Bergman is a Zerg player from Sweden, currently playing for Meliora Esports.
He joined inFerno eSports in March 2011, and on the 7th of May 2012, he left to join Team Infused. On the 29th of June 2012, he was transferred to Western Wolves, together with a sizable portion of the Infused roster.
SortOf participated in the main tournament of DreamHack Winter 2011. His group was arguably one of the hardest ones in the first group stage, consisting of SaSe, merz and Adelscott. SortOf lost to all three of them, and was knocked out of the tournament.
In April 2012, he attended DreamHack EIZO Open: Stockholm, where he made an impression after defeating players such as LaLuSh, Satiini, and even the eventual third-place finisher, Ret. He was knocked out in the third group stage (Ro32) after losing against ThorZaIN, SjoW and Roll.
In June 2012, he attended the E-Sport SM 2011-2012, where he made the finals. In the group stage he managed to take down Cytoplasm, ViPro and ThorZaIN. In the semifinals he took down SjoW and narrowly lost in the finals 2-3 against ThorZaIN, he took second place and 20,000 SEK.
In June 2012, SortOf won the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit/Summer/Qualifier/Invite/Europe for MLG taking down Haypro, Nerchio, roof and ReaL along the way to secure him a spot in New York City on the 20th-22 July.
World Championship Series 2012
On July 28, 2012, SortOf participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Sweden. SortOf defeated viPro in the first round, but fell to the losers bracket because of NaNiwa. SortOf went on to tear through the losers bracket though by overcoming Cytoplasm, Bischu, SaSe, got his revenge against NaNiwa with a score of 2-0, took down Seiplo, and went on to face ThorZaIN in the finals. SortOf had to settle for 2nd place after he lost to ThorZaIN by a score of 2-1, 1-2. His second-place finish would earn him a slot in the Europe Finals.
At the Europe Finals he opened up with a 2-1 win against Nerchio in the winners bracket, but then lost to VortiX and fell down to the losers bracket. In the losers bracket he was able to defeat JonnyREcco and MaNa before losing to LoWeLy.
During that time he was also active in several other tournaments. On July 20 he played in the 2012 MLG Summer Arena in New York. In his first game he took down South Korean Protoss First 2-0. He then proceeded to lose to GanZi 0-2, and then after a nail biting game lost to Daisy 1-2, finishing 19th overall.
He also qualified for ASUS ROG Summer 2012 in the First Qualifier taking down Satiini, NaRa and Lalush to secure his spot in Helsinki, Finland. At the Main Tournament he fared quite well in the group stages. In the first stage he was able to beat elfi and then HerO to advance in first place out of Group A. In the second group stage he had a little more trouble, losing in his initial match to TitaN, but he was able to Kas and then get his revenge on TitaN to advance to the final bracket. There he would lose 3-0 to Moon in the first round.
Having qualified in may, SortOf played in NärCon 2012 in July. He advanced second out of group A with wins over RunA and Daydream. In the final bracket he managed to beat NaNiwa, Bischu, and then Naugrim to win the tournament and qualify himself for the IeSF 2012 World Championship.
One of the biggest tournaments he participated in during this time was IEM Cologne VII. In July 2012, he qualified through the European Qualifiers going through all 3 stages taking down notable names such as LucifroN, Ret, Grubby and Elfi in the process. At the Main Tournament he did quite well in the group stages. He advanced in third place out of the closely matched Group A with wins over inori, DeMusliM, and Nerchio. However he lost in the first round of the playoffs to sLivko.
SortOf also played in numerous smaller online tournaments.
Post WCS - End of Wings
After WCS Europe, SortOf entered DreamHack Valencia. He was able to advance out of the first group stage despite losing to Feast as he was able to beat MilLoRd and Gesport. However he would come in last place in Group B in the second group stage, losing to viOLet, LucifroN, and BratOK.
On October 13, 2012 he entered the IeSF 2012 World Championship. In the Main Tournament he was able to advance out of the Group Stage with wins over monchi and Scream. However, in the final bracket, he lost 2- to Verdi and was eliminated in the first round.
Shortly afterward he entered DreamHack Bucharest. In the first group stage he advanced in first place out of Group J taking 2-0 wins over StarNaN, Ancestor, and Toshko. In the second group stage he was placed in Group E with Sage, Seiplo, and Ziktomini. Once again he was able to beat all three and advance in first place. In the final backet he would face StarNan, but despite his earlier victories would lose 2-1.
Having on the Swedish National Qualifier, SortOf entered Electronic Sports World Cup 2012 On November 2, 2012. For the Group Stage he was placed in Group F with Stephano, Petraeus, and freizy. Despite a 2-0 loss to Stephano, he was able to advance in second place with wins over Petraeus and freizy. In the final bracket he was able to defeat Squirtle in the first round, but lost afterward to NeOAnGeL.
On November 9, 2012 SortOf entered the NASL S4 Open Tournament. Having failed to qualify earlier in the year, reaching the finals would allow him to participate in the Main Tournament. In the Open Tournament he was able to beat JookTo, HANDLEit, Symbol, Apocalypse, and RagnaroK to reach the finals and qualify. In the Main Tournament he started off strong beating MC and HyuN, but then lost to viOLet in the semifinals. He then lost the 3rd/4th place match to Polt to take 4th place overall.
The last major Wings of Liberty Tournament for SortOf was the Ritmix RSL IV, which he entered in February 2013. In the Group Stage he was able to beat Siw, and despite a loss to Ryung he would advance with the better map score. However, in the first round of the final bracket, he lost 3-0 to fraer.
Heart of the Swarm
Move to Korea
On March 5, 2013, 1 week before the official launch of Heart of the Swarm, Western Wolves announced that SortOf would be moving to Korea for a long term stay at the New Star Hoseo house. His intention after having been relatively inactive for some time was to train intensively in that environment.
His first major Heart of the Swarm tournament was DreamHack Stockholm in April 2013. He was seeded straight into Group Stage 2, where he was placed in Group I with MC, White-Ra, and HoBbe. He managed to come first in that group despite losing to MC, since he had the highest map score. In Group Stage 3 he was placed in Group D with Puzzle, Center, and Strelok, and he managed to advance in second place with wins over Center and Strelok. In the Final Bracket he was able to beat Kas in the first round, but lost afterward to NaNiwa in the quarterfinals.
With the announcement of the 2013 World Championship Series SortOf was announced as an invite for the Europe Season 1 Premier League. In the Round of 32 he was placed in Group H with MMA, MaNa, and Feast. He would lose to Feast and then MMA and fall down to the Challenger League. There he would lose to MC in the first round of the bracket stage, and would be placed in Group C for the Group Stage. With his tournament life on the line he played quite well, beating sLivko and Strelok to qualify for the Season 2 Premier League
On Jun 15, 2013 he entered the 2013 DreamHack Summer Open. He advanced in first place out of Group 15 in the First Group Stage with wins over TargA, MaddeLisk, and ICookTacos. In Group Stage 2 he advanced in second place, as despite losing to MaNa he was able to overcome DieStar and DeViL. In Group Stage 3 he was placed in Group 4 with SjoW, viPro, and Squirtle, and would come in last place in the group without winning a single map.
In Europe Season 2 Premier League, SortOf would be placed in a group with Happy, TitaN and ToD. He would start with a 2-0 victory over ToD. He then lost a close match to TitaN in the winner's match 1-2 and was placed in the decider match against Happy. He would lose 0-2 and was once again knocked down to challenger league.
In challenger league he was placed in bracket 5 against San in which he despite a good second game lost 1-2 and was therefore placed in group B of the up/down groups against Noname, Stephano and Nerchio. He started with playing Nerchio and lost with a score of 1-2 to the Polish Zerg. He was then placed in the loser's match in which he was awarded a default win because of Stephano retiring from competitive play. In the decider match he was put up against Noname and lost 0-2 and therefore finished third in his group and was put in the next season of challenger league.
In Europe Season 3 Challenger League he was placed against Grubby in his first bracket game and lost 1-2. He was therefore placed in a group with JonnyREcco, ForGG and Daisy, but SortOf decided to forfeit his games to play in the Dreamhack Winter 2013 Qualifier instead.
- Was a part of the Swedish national team in the ESL Country Championship 2012, where he played 1v1 and also 2v2's with Seiplo.
- Earned the nickname "The Direwolf" after his run at World Championship Series 2012 Sweden.
- Reached A- rank on iCCup in StarCraft: Brood War.
- In March 2016, Harstem added the piece of trivia "Always plays with a Day keycap because he believes it gives him an edge over his opponents" to this article. In November 2017, during HomeStory Cup XVI, Harstem mentioned it on the casting couch, and SortOf, sitting next to him, said it was false.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-07-16||3 - 4th||2016 DreamHack Open: Valencia||1 : 3||Nerchio||$5,000|
|2012-12-03||4th||North American Star League Season 4||0 : 4||Polt||$5,000|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2017-07-23||3 - 4th||Nordic Championship 2017: Summer||0 : 3||Namshar||$572|
|2016-07-09||2nd||2016 WCS Summer Regional Challengers: Europe||3 : 0||Welmu||$1,200|
|2015-06-13||2nd||E-Sport SM 2015||2 : 3||Zanster||$3,619|
|2014-06-15||3 - 4th||E-Sport SM 2013-2014: Finals||1 : 2||Zanster||$2,130|
|2013-06-16||3 - 4th||E-Sport SM 2012-2013: Finals||0 : 2||NaNiwa||$2,330|
|2012-06-19||2nd||E-Sport SM 2011-2012: Finals||2 : 3||ThorZaIN||$2,950|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2016-12-16||3 - 4th||WardiTV Christmas Invitational||0 : 3||Snute||$25|
|2015-03-01||3 - 4th||TL Map Contest 5 Open||0 : 2||PartinG||$50|
|In Premier Team Leagues|