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Lamer

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[e][h]Terran Lamer
Player Information
Name:
Ivan Velikov
Nationality:
Born:
January 25, 1988 (age 36)
Race:
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History
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Ivan "Lamer" Velikov is a retired Bulgarian Terran.

Overview[edit]

Lamer belongs to the second generation of Brood War players. He was started to be seen among the top players in 2005, after several replay packs of him were published. Especially his 40-5 win streak in the TLT ladder phase gained added to his publicity[1]. In the same year the Terran qualified for the World Cyber Games as Bulgaria's number one seed for the first time in his career. Even though Velikov was placed in a group with more experienced players like Breakdown and Midian he advanced as first spot. In the Round of 16 he took down another veteran, LoWeLy, before facing the professional Legionnaire. In a close series the Bulgarian was knocked out with 1-2. Although not advancing further, Lamer could be counted as second best Terran in the international scene, topped only by the Russian Androide.

Around early January 2006 Vedikov left his new team, Play IT, for unstated reasons. The management of the clan claimed Lamer was bad mannered and refused to sign contracts; however, other community members argued that Play IT's management itself wasn't any professional either[2]. A short time after the dispute Lamer joined the Spanish team Los Reyes Del Mambo, a clan with an arguably higher profile than his former team. Lamer started to appear more frequently in major clan leagues and team events, but didn't really participate in international individual tournaments, except for the WCG Bulgaria, in which he finished as runner up. In Monza the Terran was placed in a rather hard group featuring the two professionals Legionnaire and iloveoov. This time Lamer had his revenge and advanced as second to the Knock Out Stage. However, his opponent Testie outclassed him and defeated him with a clear 2-0.

For the third time in a row, Lamer qualified for the WCG Main Event. In Seattle he had yet another tough group featuring the Chinese Phoenix66, GoOdy, incontrol and notforu - all seasoned veterans. He had no problems defeating the Zerg players, but lost against the strong Chinese and the German Protoss. After this WCG edition, Lamer started to slowly fade and was seen less and less performing good in the big venues. He qualified in 2008 a last time for the WCG Main Event, but finished third of his group in Cologne again.


Style[edit]

Lamer was known for his high mechanical skill. His speciality was the micro intensive match up against Zerg, a match up in which he could take on any foreigner in all stages of the game. However, his great weakness was his play against Protoss, and due to the lack of better training partners in the international scene, the mirror match up to a lesser extent. This particular problem showed during all of his WCG participations, as he usually lost to experienced Protoss players.

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2006-10-229th - 16thPremierWCG 2006WCG 20060 : 2-
2006-09-172ndMinorWCG Bulgaria 20062 : 0-
2005-10-195th - 8thPremierWCG 2005WCG 20051 : 2-
Extended list of results

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