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The rivarly between Fredrik FiSheYe Keitel and Christoph Mondragon Semke was fought in between 2004 and 2006. Back in this era the fight was happening more or less in between the lines. Since FiSheYe stopped to play Brood War competitvely in Winter 2003 and rather tried to start a career in WarCraft III he had a disadvantage. The young Zerg on the other hand had strong records in the BWCL and the Nation Wars for Germany (having win ratios around 90% in both), yet missed to win a big tournament. In most interviews Keitel was seen as the strongest German player, despite his departure for a few months, while Semke was seen as up and coming star, who just needed to enter a major tournament.


Both met the first time in an official tournament during the third Giga Grandslam. Keitel already returned from WarCraft III, but was also in his final high school year. Consequently his preparation for the prestigeous league wasn't as good as it could have been. During the group stage and in his quarter final match against Dashwriter he often played unusally sloppy, at least compared to his performance during the WCG 2003. Semke on the other hand was the clear favourite and dominated both his group and Breakdown in the Quarterfinals. The first best of three was relatively bad in terms of play, Mondragon defeated FiSheYe rather easily, supported by the already outdated map pool.

Next time the two contenders faced each other was during the WCG Germany 2004. This time both were in good shape and went through the tournament unchallenged. They first met in the winner bracket finales and a second time shortly afterwards in the overall final. Both didn't take these games seriously, as both already qualified for WCG 2004 the main event. The (de)motivation of Keitel and Semke showed: They picked random and played rather outdated strategies. The Protoss eventually lost all four matches.


After the WCG 2004 both players had to face each other again, however this time in more prestigeous events. Both Germans finished on the same places in the WCG of the previous years (Round of 16, Mondragon lost to Advokate, FiSheYe lost to Midas). Since the SEC 2005 was coming up, both had to fight a Best of Seven for an invite to the high prized main event at the CeBIT convention.

SEC Battle Reports[edit]

  • Game 1

The first game was played on Dahlia of Jungle, with the Protoss starting on the 12 o'clock position and the Zerg spawning on the 3 o'clock main base. Keitel opened with a one gate fast expansion strategy, while his opponent first expanded to his gas expansion in the bottom right corner and a pool first. FiSheYe constantly tried to hide probes and eventually built cannons behind his enemy's natural (in-base) expansion. Mondragon countered with Mutalisks and both traded their natural expansions. In the fifteen minutes afterwards FiSheYe constantly harassed the Zerg's expansion with Zealot Drops, runbys and Dark Templars. Mondragon denied the hidden expansions of his opponent as good as possible, yet couldn't prevent him from taking various bases over the map. Eventually FiSheYe tried to break out with a larger Zealot/Archon force, but lost his main base. This was the final blow, the Protoss could only deal minor blows and only stall the eventual lose. Ten minutes later the Zerg gained the upper hand with a force of Ultralisks and Zerglings.

  • Game 2

The second set was played on Gorky Park. Both players picked random, FiSheYe as Terran starting on bottom left and Mondragon as Protoss on bottom right. FiSheYe immediately took his expansion before going for Mech units and Dropships, while Mondragon opened with Corsairs and expanded only with a longer delay. At first Semke was able to drop his opponent's expansion with a few units, thus forcing him to stop mining there. In the later game FiSheYe smartly dropped his opponent's main base and thus stopped him from re-inforcing his army. After twenty minutes the map was under FiSheYe's control, while Mondragon couldn't really expand or stop the Terran from taking more and more expansions.

  • Game 3

The third set was played on Korhal of Ceres. FiSheYe spawned as Protoss on the top and Mondragon as Zerg on the bottom. Both opened with rather defensive openings: Keitel tried to build up a strong force and attack his opponent with a timed push. Mondragon was able to defend and was already on three bases. FiSheYe's expansions were stalled by lots of Zergling runbys and Mutalisk harass. Consequently FiSheYe's army grew larger, but he could barely hold on his expansions. Mondragon later went for Guardians and shut down FiSheYe's second expansions for almost ten minutes. Eventually FiSheYe tried to force Mondragon back by attacking with a large Archon/Zealot force. Mondragon blocked and now took the lead with a 2-1 again.

  • Game 4

The fourth set was played on Gorky Park again. Mondragon spawned as Terran on bottom left, FiSheYe as Zerg on top left. The game was quite one sided, FiSheYe simply massed Mutalisks and could successfully keep Mondragon on two bases for the entire game, before simply steam rolling him.

  • Game 5

Set 5 was played on Martian Cross, FiSheYe spawning as Protoss on top right and Mondragon on bottom left. FiSheYe went for a rather standard fast expansion, while Mondragon opened with a 9 pool speed build order. Mondragon's inital Zergling run-by failed, as the Protoss already had a cannon in his base. The Zerg continued to play rather agressive, trying to attack with lurkers. Initially the harass was successful, however FiSheYe could expand rather easily and eventually massed a too big army. Now FiSheYe was first time leading with a 3-2.

  • Game 6

Map six was again Dahlia of Jungle. This time FiSheYe picked random and spawned as Terran on the 12 o'clock, Mondragon was Zerg and on the 9 o'clock position. Keitel opened with a rather confusing build order, going for two star ports while massing bio units. His strategy failed, Mondragon countered with mass drops and lurker harass and could take the game easily after twenty minutes.

  • Game 7

Game seven was played on Martian Cross again, however this time FiSheYe spawned on bottom left and Mondragon on top left. This time the Protoss tried to cannon rush Mondragon but failed, while the Zerg placed his third Hatchery behind his opponent's natural expansion. Eventually the Sunken Rush paid off and FiSheYe's mining was completely denied. Mondragon won 4-3.

Giga Grandslam IV Battle Reports[edit]

Only four weeks after the SEC Qualifiers Keitel and Semke met again in the GIGA Grandslam IV finales.

  • Game 1

FiSheYe's map pick was the map Parallel Lines. He apparently hoped to abuse Protoss' air advantage over Zerg. Mondragon however tried to negate the air map's features by going random. Keitel chose random as well before the game started. Mondragon spawned at the 9 o'clock position as Terran, whereas FiSheYe got his main race and spawned at the bottom main base. Both went for fast expansion build orders and played rather defensive to avoid any risks. They exchanged various drops in the next ten minutes. Mondragon was able to deal more damage and eventually gained an economical advantage. Eventually FiSheYe couldn't help but surrender to Mondragon's impeccable multi tasking.

  • Game 2

The second set of the Best of Three started on Lost Temple, Mondragons pick. Mondragon spawned with his main race at the 6 o'clock main, FiSheYe with Protoss at the 3 o'clock. The Protoss tried to harass his opponent early on with a tech build. He was able to deny Mondragon's Zergling harass, while attacking the Zerg's main with four Zealots and a Goon. However, FiSheYe could only take his natural expansion, but was cotained by Semke with Lurkers early on. Mondragon smartly abused this contain to macro up and go for a Ultralisk/Zergling army. After twenty minutes FiSheYe was defeated.


After the last Giga Grandslam FiSheYe could regain his skill, altough it seemed as Mondragon was now the dominating player of Germany and Europe. However, the Zerg had to go inactive as he had to finish his high school. Consequently he passed his invite for the WCG Germany 2005, in which the Protoss finished second again, losing only against Breakdown. The rivalry however was over, the ECG Qualifiers and the Giga Granslam IV should be the last 'serious' clash of the two legends. FiSheYe met Mondragon a last time during the WCG Germany 2006, but already played without much motivation. He consequently lost 0-2 again and announced to retire from competitive Brood War.

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