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Player Information
Eivind Leknes
May 6, 1984 (1984-05-06) (age 37)
Alternate IDs:
Drone, Eriador, RANDOMINATOR, eri-the-feared
Liquid`Drone, Eriador
2001-05-?? — Present
????-??-?? — 2005-10-??
2009-06-?? — 2010-07-??

Eivind "Eriador" Leknes is a Norwegian Random player and former member of the Templars of Twilight.


Eriador played StarCraft and Brood War competitively since 1998. In the first years after the release, the Norwegian won several offline events, but was relatively unknown, mostly due to the fact that Scandinavia fielded stronger and internationally more known players like Slayer. In May 2001 Leknes joined Team Liquid, after training with Liquid's founder Nazgul on[1]

In 2003 and 2004 the Norwegian made himself a name in various clan leagues, events and show matches like the Face To Face series, even though he missed to win a bigger or prestigious tournament. Until July 2004 he was mostly known to be "only" a highly talented and strong player in pro Gaming's roster. In July 2004 however, Eriador was able to qualify for the World Cyber Games, after beating Slayer and Stinger in the WCG Nordic preliminaries and having won 13 out of 14 games in this tournament[2]. In San Francisco, Eriador advanced from the group stage after beating his team mates Hellghost and Methos, but lost to the Canadian random player Testie in the Round of 32. In December 2004 Eriador was leading Team Europe in Blizzard's Mystery-Map Invitational, in which he defeated the pro Gamer Legionnaire 2-1.

After pro Gaming disbanded in October 2005, Eriador's activity decreased. He still entered various tournaments like the GGL Americup, but wasn't able to perform as strong as he did in 2004. The Norwegian never left the scene and continued to randomly participate in bigger events like the Teamliquid Starleagues. In June 2009 the Norwegian joined the Templars of Twilight and announced he was changing from playing completely random to picking races[3]. After ToT's disbanding in 2010 he disappeared from the scene again.

In June 2012 Eriador returned for the Torenhire Starleague I, which he won quite easily with a 4-1 over the retired player Chill. He continued to play casually and was able to qualify for the Teamliquid Legacy Starleague in 2013.


Eriador is one of the most influential Brood War players in the foreign scene. His strength lies in the variety of strategies he uses and his understanding of each race. In 2003 honoured the Norwegian with the fourth place in the Pimpest Plays for his use of the Pylon Prison trick. Eriador was the first player to come up with that trick, that punishes bad building placement against Protoss[4]. As a result, the race picker is known to be a serious opponent for any high class player, since he adapts his style in the course of a best of series.


2021-07-09BA2ndA6Show M.1v1theleo_ua Showmatch 8theleo_ua Showmatch 8Eriador3 : 6Norway  Madinho$30
2020-06-13AA1stA2Minor1v1Happy RvR Tournament 2Happy RvR Tournament 2Eriador3 : 0Russia  casper$80
2020-02-09CA3 - 4thA4Weekly1v1BW Jeez Weekly 56BW Jeez Weekly 56Eriador0 : 1Russia  Dewalt 
2020-01-25BA2ndA2Minor1v1Hazelys Nut Cup 1Hazelys Nut Cup 1Eriador1 : 2Peru  Dandy$20
2019-09-15QE17 - 22ndA1Major1v1Bombastic StarLeague 7Bombastic StarLeague 7Eriador1-2Grp S. 
2018-11-11EA5 - 6thA1Major1v1Brood War 20th Anniversary LANBrood War 20th Anniversary LANEriador0 : 1Norway  lancerx$240
2018-02-10CA3rdA5Qualifier1v1BSL4 Ladder Tournament #2BSL4 Ladder Tournament #2Eriador1 : 2Russia  Dewalt$5
2017-11-10BA2ndA4Weekly1v1Clan SK Weekly #17Clan SK Weekly #17Eriador0 : 3Russia  Dewalt$20
2017-11-05BA2ndA4Weekly1v1Clash for Char #9Clash for Char #9Eriador0 : 3Russia  Dewalt$33
2017-09-23DA4thA4Weekly1v1Clash for Char #5Clash for Char #5Eriador0 : 2Poland  trutaCz$14
Complete list of results in any tournament
In Tier 2 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2012-06-13 A11st Torenhire Starleague I 4 : 1  Chill N/A
2004-07-31 A11st WCG Nordic 2005 2 : 0  Stinger 5,000 SEK
Complete results in every tournament

Notable Games[edit]

Lost Temple Norway  Eriador Eriador invents the Pylon Prison, which earned him a 4th place in the 2003 edition of the Pimpest Plays.
South Korea  sexygirl
Date: 2003-11-06
Patch: 1.09 Replay VOD
Colosseum Norway  Eriador very intense game with a close ending, played during TSL 2 ladder
South Korea  Skillet-Master
Date: 2009-08-17
Patch: 1.16.1 Replay
Jade Sweden  Naugrim intense game from TLS Qualifier 3, Round of 64
Norway  Eriador
Date: 2013-01-18
Patch: 1.16.1 Replay VOD