Kevin "qxc" Riley is a retired American Terran player who previously played for compLexity Gaming.
qxc played as Terran in Brood War and currently plays as Terran in StarCraft II. qxc is currently a part of the e-sports team compLexity Gaming and is known for his 1 Rax Marauder build. He is also known for popularizing the Reactor Hellion Expand (vs. Zerg) as well as having a very strong mech play vs. Zerg. qxc has also created the Ghost First (vs. Terran) build.
qxc has slightly unorthodox play. He's not afraid to experiment (Viking drop from Medivacs) and he is able to think on his feet more than others. He is known for constant aggression through harass; taxing his opponent's multitask abilities.
qxc was a relatively unknown player from StarCraft: Brood War. qxc has reached a high of B on iCCup and has participated in many Clan Wars and iCCup tournaments but has not participated (and placed) in any major Brood War tournament. qxc played for The American Dream Team on iCCup as TAD[zz] and participated in iCCup Clan League with said team when not playing SC2.
qxc has also played as the ACE for Harvey Mudd College in the Collegiate Star League [CSL] since the beginning (this got him into the StarCraft: Brood War scene). qxc has gotten into the final four of the CSL Individual Tournament (Season 3) losing to Jaeyun (David Kim) 2-3 and not making the finals. In the team tournament, qxc has an outstanding record of 7-0, winning every single game in West Division 4 (West Division of Death - UCSD, UCI, Berkeley, etc.) during Season 3. qxc is considered the strongest Terran player in the Collegiate Star League.
A relatively unknown player from Brood War, qxc has performed well in beta, winning GosuCoaching Weekly #4 along with Triple Strike Team Cup multiple times (first as Team Assembly and later as part of ROOT Gaming). At the end of patch 12, qxc is ranked 2nd in Platinum (according to www.StarCraftrankings.com) with a StarCraft II rating of 2263 points and a 105-32 (76.64%) record on the US servers. Note that the Diamond League was implemented in Patch 13.
As a reward for his beta success, qxc was invited to Day's King of the Beta tournament where he advanced first in Group A into the semifinals but lost to IdrA 0-3.
In Wings Of Liberty
Early Success (August 2010 - October 2010)
Originally part of ROOT Gaming, qxc enjoyed early success post release of StarCraft II, he consistently placed highly in online tournaments and LANs. He placed 9th at MLG Raleigh 2010 losing to the eventual champion HuK. qxc participated in the First Green Forest Tournament and managed to place 4th, losing to KawaiiRice. qxc qualified for the IEM Season V - World Championship by placing second in IEM Season V - American Championships, losing to Fenix 3-1.
American Tour (October 2010 - June 2011)
While attending Harvey Mudd, qxc continued to attend MLGS following up his 9th place finish at Raleigh with a 9th place finish in MLG D.C.. He followed DC up with a 13th place finish in 2010 MLG Pro Circuit/Dallas. Because of qxc's focus on studies his results started to decline. Since he qualified through the American Championships qxc went to IEM Season V - World Championship where he would go 0-5 in his group and finishing with a 7-12 finish. Later qxc played in 2011 MLG Pro Circuit/Dallas where he was placed into Pool B and went 1-3. He would then face off against then team mate Sheth and lose 0-2 for a 21st place finish in the first MLG of the year. Due to his first place finish in the TeamSpeak TL Open 13 he would be able to participate in the TSL3.qxc managed to defeat his first opponent 2010 Blizzcon champion Genius, 2-0. He would then lose a very close series to Adelscott 2-3. qxc then attended 2011 MLG Pro Circuit/Columbus where he fought through the winner's open bracket defeating Complextity Gaming's Ryze before being knocked the loser's bracket by ThorZaIN. In the loser's bracket he would defeat Trimaster and then former team mate CatZ. He would be seeded into the championship bracket where he beat Axslav 2-1 and lost to SeleCT 1-2. Ending his run with a 26th place finish. qxc then went to 2011 MLG Pro Circuit/Anaheim again he would place through the open bracket defeating notables HDStarcraft, HasHe,then team mate SLoG before being defeated by Rain 1-2 and would the be knocked down to the loser's bracket where he was defeated 1-2 by DeMusliM. After his Anahiem finish qxc announced that he wouldn't be participating in any more MLG's for the rest of the year to focus on studies.It was announced on December 1, 2011 that qxc had parted ways with FXO on amicable terms due to differences in vision and focus, and would be joining compLexity Gaming—reuniting with old teammates CatZ, Drewbie, and Minigun.
Korea (May 2011 - August 2011)
qxc has also stated his intentions to train in Korea, applying for the GomTV Code A Foreigner House in January 2011. In the summer of 2011, qxc participated in GSL July Code A qualifiers and got knocked out in third round by DongRaeGu. Nevertheless, a few weeks later, on July 22 in the 2011 GSTL Season 1 Venus League Week 5, qxc finally earned a notable achievement in Korea - in fact, one that has yet to be matched by a foreigner - when he pulled off an all-kill on Incredible Miracle, defeating horror, BBi, dreamertt - whom qxc mimed a Dragon Ball Kamehameha at in a ceremony after their set - and even Mvp. qxc tried to qualify for GSL August, but was once again unable to qualify. However, he remains the only foreigner (and North American and American within that) to pull off a GSTL all-kill to date (F.United pulled off a combined Swedish all-kill that same season against MVP thanks to ThorZaIN and NaNiwa.)
Post Graduation (May 2012 -)
qxc graduated from Harvey Mudd on May 14 and has stated in interviews that he will be going full-time. His first tournament appearance will be MLG Spring Championship where he will be fighting his way through the open bracket.
IPL Season 3
From August 20 to August 21, 2011, qxc participated in the IPL Season 3 Qualifier 1 qxc started off from the Round of 64. qxc defeated Cursed, Mkengyn, Artist, and AcE, in order to advance in to the semifinals to face Sleep. He wasn't able to defeat Sleep and fell down to the 3rd/4th place match. In the 3rd/4th place match, qxc found even more misfortune as he lost to Sheth by a score of 0-2 and ended up taking fourth place.
IPL Season 5
On July 14, 2012, qxc participated in the IPL 5 North American Satellite Qualifiers. qxc received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down Days and Chrono, and then went on to advance in to the finals to face Suppy. In the finals, qxc defeated Suppy by a score of 2-1 and was able to take first place. His first place finish qualified him for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.
Heart of the Swarm
Season 1 Qualifiers
On May 4, 2013 qxc participated in the WCS AM Challenger League Qualifiers. After initially beating Kiom he was knocked down to the losers bracket by MacSed. There he defeated brent in his first match, but he was then knocked out of the tournament by Ian.
From June 28 through June 30 of 2013 qxc participated in the 2013 MLG Spring Championship. Placed in bracket 7 of the Winners Bracket qxc started off with a good run, beating Shananigans, Grubby, and Tilea. He was knocked down to the 8th bracket in the Losers Bracket after losing 2-1 to Dear, where he beat theognis 2-0 to advance to the Final Bracket. Unfortunately, he lost his first match to TheStC 2-0 and was knocked out of the tournament in 13-16th place.
|In Premier tournaments|
|2010-10-10||2nd||IEM Season V - American Championships||1 : 3||Fenix||$2,000|
|In Major tournaments|
|2011-08-07||3rd||CPL Invitational 2011||2 : 1||LoveCD||$800|
|In Minor and Monthly tournaments|
|2018-11-25||2nd||Afreeca World 26||2 : 4||puCK||$75|
|2015-09-05||2nd||Gauntlet LotV Open #1||0 : 3||Beastyqt||$100|
|2014-03-15||2nd||DC LAN 14||0 : 4||Illusion||$130|
|2014-01-10||2nd||SteelSeries Arena Season 3||1 : 4||Bunny||$82.01|
|2013-12-14||2nd||Lake Charles Scion e-Sports Thanksgiving Open||1 : 3||Apocalypse||$1,000|
|2013-06-14||2nd||MouseShake SC2 Cup powered by Plantronics||0 : 4||Bly||$200|
|2012-06-03||1st||RaidCall CSL All Stars||4 : 1||KawaiiRice||$2,000|
|2012-05-09||1st||IPL Ye Olde Map Tournament||3 : 2||Illusion||$500|
|2012-05-04||1st||SpaceWhales Showdown #1||3 : 0||PixelCat||$100|
|2011-05-22||1st||Champions Trophy NA May||3 : 2||SeleCT||$250|
|2010-12-19||1st||Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series IV||3 : 1||stalife||$1,000|
|2010-12-11||1st||FXOpen Path of Ascension||3 : 1||Sen||$500|
|2010-12-04||1st||PanPacific Championship||3 : 1||mOOnGLaDe||$300|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|In Minor tournaments|
|2017-07-09||1st||The Vanguard Invitational||$1,250|
|2010-12-01||1st||SGL Season 2||4 : 3||$81.25|
|In Premier Team Leagues|
|2011-07-22||2011 GSTL Season 1||All Kill of Incredible Miracle|
|qxc||Tal'Darim Altar LE||Mvp|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- Is not only the only foreigner with a GSTL all-kill but also only the second foreigner with an all-kill in any major Korean StarCraft team league, with the first being Legionnaire in Brood War for Pirates of Space against WeMade FOX (then known as Toona S.G.) in the 2003 LifeZone KPGA Team League.
- Is the second foreigner to be named a GSTL match MVP by one day. The day before FXOpen faced IM, HuK had won MVP honors after stepping in as the ace for oGs-TL against Prime and beating Check and MarineKing to secure a comeback victory.
- qxc created a Build Order Tester that is popular among many SC2 players.
- qxc created So you think you can micro?, a set of Terran micro maps.
- qxc created EMP Challenge, a survival map where one exploits the decloaking of units due to EMP to try to get as many kills as possible before death.
- qxc created Stalker Blink Survival Map, a survival map where one controls a stalker with abilities such as blink, psi storm, and fungal growth and tries to get as many kills as possible before death.
- qxc is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, which is also Day9's alma mater.
- qxc participated in the MLG Columbus 2011 Relay Race with the second fastest time of 6.84 after Tyler.
- qxc tells the story of his sign "I'm qxc You've probably heard of me." on his stream.
- qxc's nickname "Bandana Terran" arises from his near-constant wearing of a bandana, including during his GSTL Incredible Miracle all-kill. For his final ceremony after beating Mvp to complete the all-kill, he took it off and tossed it into the crowd.
- During the all-kill, Korean netizens also nicknamed him "Toto Destroyer" due to the fact that FXOpen beating IM was literally beating big odds and also nicknamed him John Lennon due to his resemblance to the famous musician.
- qxc has a reputation of losing to Dark Templar builds in important matches with his loss against Tiger in his first broadcasted match in the GSTL and another loss against Choya in the July Code A qualifiers.
- Earned community praise as a Code A guest caster during 2011 GSL July alongside Wolf.
- All Day Dailies can be found on http://day9tv.blip.tv/
- All episodes of MrBitter's show can be found on http://blip.tv/learn-from-the-pros-with-mr-b/
- All episodes of State of the Game can be found on http://sotg-sc2.blogspot.com/
|State of the Game Episode 76||SOTG EP76 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 75||SOTG EP75 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 74||SOTG EP74 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 73||SOTG EP73 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 72||SOTG EP72 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 69||SOTG EP69 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 65||SOTG EP65 VOD P1|
|State of the Game Episode 62||SOTG EP62 VOD|
|State of the Game Episode 8||SOTG EP8 VOD|
|MrBitter's 12 Weeks with the Pros||TvP with qxc||TvP with QXC VOD|
|MrBitter's 12 Weeks with the Pros||TvZ with qxc||TvZ with QXC VOD|
|Day Daily #262||HuK vs qxc||Daily #262 VOD|
|Day Daily #225||DIMAGA vs qxc Analysis||Daily #225 VOD|
|Day Daily #216||Mass reaper vs Protoss?||Daily #216 VOD|
|Day Daily #204||Funday Monday: Team Monobattles 3v1 @ 35:45||Daily #204 VOD @ 35:45|
|Day Daily #202||Friendday Wednesday with qxc!||Daily #202 VOD|
|Day Daily #144||qxc vs KiWiKaKi (TvP)||Daily #144 VOD|
|Day Daily #138||(qxc ON AIR) The qxc Comeback||Daily #138 VOD|
- qxc released a 258 Game Replay Pack of himself on August 30, 2010.
- qxc released a 296 Game Replay Pack of himself on October 18, 2010.
- qxc released a 150+ Game Replay Pack of himself on November 9, 2010.
- qxc released a 296 Game Replay Pack of himself on March 8, 2011.
- qxc released a 266 Game Replay Pack of himself on May 6, 2011.
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #1 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #2 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #3 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #4 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #5 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #6 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- qxc (T) vs WarreN (Z) - Game #7 - m(EAT) Grinder #1
- 2014-09-09 | From the Casters Desk With Kevin "qxc" Riley by aMies of compLexity Gaming
- 2014-01-17 | Get to know your WCS AM Challengers by Waxangel of TL.net
- 2013-10-15 | coL.qxc at IEM New York by monk of TL.net at IEM Season VIII New York
- 2013-07-27 | Qxc Summer Invitational Interview by Axeltoss of MLG at 2013 MLG Summer Invite
- 2012-07-22 | Interview with coL.qxc by Cyber Sports Network at MLG Summer Arena 2012
- 2012-07-21 | TriMaster Interviews qxc - MLG Summer Arena 2012 by Complexity Gaming at MLG Summer Arena 2012
- 2012-07-20 | Interview with coL.qxc by HotBid of TL.net at MLG Summer Arena 2012
- 2012-04-07 | Interview with coL.qxc by Derek Staley of ESFI World at IPL 4
- 2012-04-06 | Interview with coL.qxc by HotBid of TL.net at IPL 4
- 2011-12-06 | Interview with coL.qxc by HotBid of TL.net at NASL Season 2 Finals
- 2011-06-03 | Interview with FXO.qxc by HotBid of TL.net at MLG Columbus 2011
- 2011-04-06 | On qxc's performance at MLG by AskJoshy at MLG Dallas 2011
- 2011-04-03 | Interview with qxc by Cyber Sports Network at MLG Dallas 2011
- 2010-07-04 | Video Interview with qxc (4 part series) by PolygonreVue
- TL Announcement in Foreigner Application
- FXO decides to participate in the upcoming GSTL!
- qxc in GSL July Code A Qualifiers
- Korean reactions to QXC's all-kill TL.net
- QXC and Wolf cast 2011 GSL July Code A YouTube (originally aired on GOMTV)
- 2014 WCS Season 2 America Premier League - QXC Casting Highlights YouTube (originally aired by ESL, shared by SC2HL.com)