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[e][h]Zerg Machine
Player Information
Bryce Bates
January 31, 1988
Santa Barbara, California (age 35)
Alternate IDs:
EG.Machine, PowerDrone
Approx. Total Winnings:
Years active:
2010 - 2013
2009-04-12 — 2014-02-05
Recent Matches
Machine Zerg United States
United States Zerg swarmonomics
2019-11-15 00:00:04UTC  
Machine Zerg United States
United States Zerg Tacopanda
2019-11-15 00:00:02UTC  
Machine Zerg United States
United States Zerg Sasori
2019-11-15 00:00:01UTC  
Machine Zerg United States
United States Zerg Suppy
2013-08-17 00:02:21UTC  
Machine Zerg United States
United States Zerg SLeet
2013-08-17 00:02:19UTC  

Bryce "Machine" Bates (born January 31, 1988) is a retired American Zerg player.


Machine has been playing StarCraft competitively since 2004. His biggest Brood War result was made in 2008 where he placed top 4 in WCG USA. He is also known for having lived in the 'nerd house' along with Psyonic_Reaver and Nyoken, his Evil Geniuses teammates at the time. Recently, Machine has been living in the Evil Geniuses team house in Arizona with the other Evil Geniuses players.[1] Machine has a strong presence in the community due to the various StarCraft II shows and events he participates in, despite relatively poor results in tournaments.

In Beta[edit]

Evil Geniuses was very active in the early stages of beta, with many of the players frequently being invited to events. Machine was among them and competed in a number of early events. He won the third MLG SC2 KotBH over LzGaMeR and played as part of team Evil Geniuses in a number of team battle and clan war events. His biggest success in the beta was winning $300 for placing second in Hello, Goodbye Tournament, losing in the finals to IdrA. Machine was also invited to the TeamLiquid SC2 Invitational 2. He lost in the round of 16 against Louder 1-2.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

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At MLG Raleigh 2010, Machine was seeded against his Evil Geniuses teammate, iNcontroL, whom he lost 0-2 to. He would then drop to the losers' bracket and be defeated by CatZ. At MLG Washington D.C. 2010, Machine faced Ret in the round of 64 where he was defeated 0-2. After defeating his first losers' bracket opponent he again faced iNcontroL in early tournament rounds and went 0-2 against him. At MLG Dallas 2010, Machine had a strong run defeating CatZ, iNcontroL, SeleCT, and SLush, all 2-0, before being knocked to the losers' bracket by TT1 0-2 and being eliminated by Tyler 1-2. He would place 6th overall.


At MLG Dallas 2011 Machine was placed in pool D, where he defeated Tyler 2-0 but lost to the rest of his group, Agh 1-2, Drewbie 1-2, and NaNiwa 0-2. Despite these losses he would finish 3rd in his group. In the championship bracket, Machine would be defeated by mOoNan, 0-2.

Machine played in IGN ProLeague Season 1 but had poor results, losing 0-2 to SeleCT first round and Minigun 0-2 in the loser's bracket.

Machine went 2-7 in his North American Star League Season 1 division which did not qualify him for the main bracket, nor season 2. At MLG Columbus 2011, Machine would again be placed in pool D where he would go 2-3 (6-7) and rank 3rd. He defeated iNcontroL 2-0 and MajOr 2-1, but lost against HayprO and TLO 1-2, and LosirA 0-2. Machine would later fall to ThorZaIN in the championship bracket.

At DreamHack Summer 2011 Machine went 1-4 in his group; he won against Sushi 2-0, but lost to SjoW 1-2 and lost 0-2 to HasuObs, July, and ThorZaIN. Shortly after, Machine participated in HomeStory Cup #3, but did not get out of his group, losing to White-Ra, GoOdy, and DarKFoRcE, all 1-2.

Machine at MLG Anaheim 2011

MLG Anaheim 2011 would prove to be disappointing for Machine, where he ended last in his group. He was only able to take a game off off KiWiKaKi before losing to mOoNan, SeleCT, Mvp, and GanZi. He would be put up against wbc in the championship bracket where he would be eliminated 1-2, and end up place 25th at the event. At MLG Raleigh 2011, Machine ended 5th in his group only defeating HayprO 2-0. He subsequently lost to SjoW, Bomber, IdrA and Noblesse. Machine would go up against iNcontroL in the championship bracket and win 2-1, but be defeated next round by Rain 0-2. He would place 18th overall at the event.

At IPL 3, Machine worked through the open bracket, defeating Mihai 2-1 before losing to viOLet 0-2 and lowering to the losers' bracket. There Machine would defeat HasHe 2-1 to secure a seed in the championship bracket. Machine faced SeleCT in the round of 32 and lost 0-2, eliminating him from the tournament.

At MLG Orlando 2011 he placed second to last in his group again beating only SLush 2-0. He lost to HongUn, Ret, TheStC, and Rain, all 0-2. In the championship bracket, he took out Tyler 2-1 before falling to HerO 1-2 in the next and finishing 19th. At the MLG Championship for 2011 in Providence Machine defeated Destiny 2-0 and DarkCell 2-1 in the open winners' bracket before subsequently losing to NesTea 0-2 and dde 0-2.

Machine also participated in the first episode of ChanmanV's Pro Corner and has frequently participated in the program since then, appearing eleven other times.


In March, Machine participated in a NASL Sunday Showdown showmatch against White-Ra whom he lost 1-4 to. In the same month, Machine went to the MLG Pro Circuit 2012 Winter: Championship as an open bracket competitor. He was eliminated in the 6th round of the losers' open bracket by TLO 0-2. At IGN ProLeague Season 4, Machine lost in the 4th round of the open bracket to Ryung. At the MLG Pro Circuit 2012 Spring: Championship Machine was knocked out of the tournament in Round 2 by Gerbil. At the GIGABYTE ESPORTS LAN Invitational Machine was unable to get out of the group stage with a 1-4 record, only defeating Mystik.


  • The tendency to be knocked out by his teammate, iNcontroL, early on in tournaments caused him to be named the unluckiest player ever.[2] This occurred a couple times in the early Major League Gaming tournaments.
  • Featured in "Machine vs. Food", a series in which Machine attempts various eating challenges. He has attempted Chompie's Ultimate Slider Food Challenge,[3] eating a habanero chili pepper,[4] the cinnamon challenge,[5] and the 'Chipotle Challenge'.[6]
  • Can bench press 255 lbs (116 kg).[7]
  • Commonly joked to look or be similar to IdrA. Which is because at HomeStory Cup III, Machine eventually acted like IdrA when Michal 'Carmac' Blicharz as 'Uszat' interviewed him. Similarities are drawn from the basis that IdrA and Machine are both on the team Evil Geniuses and American Zerg players.[8] This joke is also displayed in one of the Kingston HyperX commercials Machine is featured in.[9] Machine has also explained this comparison.[10]


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Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]


Matchup Statistics

 vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
as Zerg62 - 7744.6 %70 - 9841.7 %62 - 7744.6 %15 - 288.2 %209 - 25445.1 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics