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SpeCial

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Player Information
Name:
Juan Carlos Tena Lopez
Nationality:
Born:
May 20, 1993 (age 28)
Race:
Alternate IDs:
MajOr, WinDy, Terran, Princess, Britney, Kitty, Memory, CuteAngel, NoNge, SpeCIal, shofu, Light, ilovealtaria, Mrjamvad, basedlordctc, Nara, AnnaProsser
Approx. Total Winnings:
$443,839
Approx. Winnings 2022:
$6,167
EPT LA rank:
Years active:
2011 - Present
Links
History
2011-??-?? — 2011-??-??
2011-04-10 — 2011-09-04
2011-11-03 — 2012-02-27
2012-08-06 — 2012-11-25
2012-12-21 — 2013-01-02
2013-01-02 — 2013-06-17
2014-06-30 — 2015-01-27
2016-01-15 — 2016-01-28
2016-02-17 — 2017-01-16
2017-09-07 — 2018-01-19
2018-01-19 — 2018-05-12
2018-08-01 — 2018-12-12
2018-12-12 — 2019-02-19
2019-02-27 — 2019-11-12
2019-12-30 — 2020-04-07
2020-05-09 — 2020-05-28
2020-06-10 — 2021-05-26
2021-05-26 — Present
Upcoming Matches
SpeCial  Mexico
vs.
(Bo3)
Mexico  JimRising
May 18, 2022 - 20:00 UTC
Recent Matches
SpeCial  Mexico1:3Non-representing  SKillous
May 16, 2022 - 20:15 UTC
SpeCial  Mexico2:1Russia  Strange
May 16, 2022 - 19:35 UTC
SpeCial  Mexico2:1United States  Neeb
May 16, 2022 - 17:10 UTC
SpeCial  Mexico2:0Poland  MaNa
May 16, 2022 - 17:10 UTC
SpeCial  Mexico2:0Italy  BabyMarine
May 16, 2022 - 17:10 UTC

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Juan "SpeCial" Lopez (born May 20, 1993) is a Mexican Terran player who is currently playing for PSISTORM Gaming.

He was previously known as MajOr.

SpeCial is known for his aggressive style of play, even during the mid and late-game, used in tandem with strong mechanics and multi-tasking. He usually prefers to use as much Bio and infantry as he can, taking full advantage of the mobility, using multi-pronged drops, attacks and pokes to beat his opponents into submission while he macros and multi-tasks more effectively. His early-game aggression is usually centered around the 2 Rax.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

MajOr has played under a number of different IDs in the past including MajOr, Princess, Kitty, Terran, WinDy and SpeCial. As a Brood War player he was reputed to be incredibly gifted at the game considering his age. The well-known commentator Artosis stated that he was the next foreign player in line to move to Korea just before the release of StarCraft II. Being part of the GoSI clan, as, for example, the Woongjin Stars A-teamer Flying and playing in tryout matches against eSTRO-players confirm this impression. However, he was also known for frequently switching teams and said to suffer from a lack of respect and bad manners.

MajOr switched over to StarCraft II at fairly late point of time, well after Wings of Liberty was released. His potential was quickly realized and he was picked up by the team ROOT Gaming. However, due to disputes purportedly surrounding funding and maturity, he and ROOT Gaming parted ways after a period of roughly two months. On April 10, 2011 Artosis, newly appointed as the leader of Sixjax, recruited MajOr to play for Sixjax Gaming, where he continued to develop his knowledge of the game.[1]

In May 2011, MajOr played in the team Complexity showmatch (The "V") against popular Zerg player Spanishiwa, taking the series 4-1.[2]

In June, he participated in MLG Columbus 2011, fighting his way through the open bracket defeating Axslav 2-0 [3] and going into pool play, emerging with a final score of 2-3 after defeating such players as TLO and iNcontroL, but losing to LosirA, HayprO and Machine.[4] He then made it into the championship bracket, beating Tyler 2-1 but falling to Ret 0-2, which ended his run in the tournament, placing 16th.[5]

He was caught using another player's account to compete in Dox's SEA tournament, which was restricted only to those with SEA citizenship. MajOr used the account of an SEA diamond-level player named "sayfT", but this aroused the suspicions of mOOnGlaDe who was casting his tournament matches—noticing the Terran's unusually high-level play that was above and beyond the supposed diamond level of the account. "sayFT" continued to deny accusations of smurfing, but evidence was found on MajOr's own stream. This scandal has since created more problems for MajOr's reputation.[6]

Sixjax Gaming captain Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski provided a more sympathetic view to MajOr's behaviour, stating that 'he was a total kid', and that his age meant bouts of immaturity would be a given, comparing the Terran player to his own attitude in the past, and that he was continuing to help him along with his attitude. However. Artosis stated that he could not reveal Sixjax's official action against MajOr.[7]

MajOr made another showing at MLG Anaheim 2011, competing in the open bracket and defeating players such as Skew. He was stopped by wbc, who dropped him into the Loser's Bracket. He fought his way back up but was swept 2-0 by White-Ra.

He was one of the invitees to the 2011 Latin American Battle.net Invitational where he claimed first place, defeating Reason, CatZ and KiLLeR with a prize of $10,000 and a spot at BlizzCon.[8]

On September 2, 2011, MajOr was released from Sixjax. Team manager Evoli announced the release on September 4, citing MajOr's continued poor behavior and lack of professionalism despite repeated warnings.[9] In response to this, MajOr stated that Sixjax failed to comply with the promise to sponsor a stay in Korea, even after he himself had arranged one with team New Star HoSeo, which, along with not sending any team players to the 2011 MLG Raleigh, led him to quit the team.[10]

This led to another statement from the team, claiming that they had indeed made plans to send MajOr to Korea, but reconsidered after he lied to management about not wearing the official team jersey at 2011 MLG Anaheim, and having bad conduct with wbc after their match. Also, they claim that he swore against a teammate dde in a streamed online tournament in the course of several games.[11] On September 20 it was announced that he would be training with TSL[12] in their team house and his experiences would be documented by Artosis.[13]

MajOr played in Blizzcon 2011 where he lost to NaNiwa in the first round. He would then be taken out by JazBas in his first match of the lower bracket, 0-2.

On November 3, CheckSix Gaming announced that they signed MajOr, who also switch his handle to WinDy. Moreover, WinDy will participate in 2011 MLG Providence, and then will be staying for at least 4 months in Korea in order to focus on obtaining a Code A spot.[14]

On February 27, 2012, it was announced that MajOr had left CheckSix Gaming, after potentially receiving an offer from an as yet undisclosed team.[15]

MajOr participated in the IPL 5 North American Satellite Qualifiers. He received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down xOCHL and Navilo, and then went on to advance in to the finals to face Machine. In the finals, MajOr defeated Machine 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.

MajOr participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Mexico and was able to grab first place after overcoming Kukulkan, Cham, iTiLoVeYoU, Maker, JimRising, and Maker again in the finals with a score of 2-0.

On August 6, 2012, ROOT Gaming announced that MajOr had re-joined after winning WCS Mexico without dropping a map the entire tournament [16]

On August 14, 2012, MajOr was invited to participate in the IPL Fight Club. His first opponent was HyuN, although his debut was cut short as he was knocked out in his very first match up by a score of 1-5, and was not able to dethrone HyuN.

On November 26, 2012, it was announced by ROOT Gaming that MajOr had left the team, wishing to join a KeSPA team.[17] He rejoined the team about a month later, but with a clause in his contract stating that if the opportunity to join a KeSPA team did arise, he would be allowed to take it.[18]

Finally on January 2, 2013, MajOr would achieve his dream, as it was announced by ROOT that MajOr had exercised the option in his contract, joining KeSPA's 8th Team.[19] MajOr became the first non-Korean StarCraft II player to join a KeSPA team.

On January 20, 2013, Juan stated in an interview that he had changed his name to Special.[20]

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

On March 24, 2013, MajOr played in the Proleague Special against his regular teammate, Terminator and lost.

MajOr was one of the twenty-four players invited to WCS America 2013 Season 1 Premier League.[21] He lost in the Round of 32 against HerO and aLive and fell into Challenger League. After losing to viOLet in the bracket stage, he defeated KiLLeR and Bails to requalify for Premier League.

It was announced on June 17, 2013, that he would be leaving the 8th Team due to Kespa cutting some of their players.

On June 23, 2013, MajOr played in his first regular season Proleague game, where he played against Flash of KT Rolster. He lost to the proxy Marauder build from his opponent.

In WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League, MajOr again fell in the Round of 32, but was able to take a 2-0 victory over Ryung in the first match before losing to him in the final match. He lost to ByuL in the bracket stage of Challenger League and fell to the group stage.

Trivia[edit]

  • He has won at least one season of Copa América each year since its beginning in 2013, with a peak of 3 seasons in 2013 and 2018 and 2 seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
  • He has won all the seasons of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • He has won 6 consecutive seasons of Copa América, including the 2013 Grand Finals, carrying the title for more than 12 months, from mid 2013 to late 2014. His run was brought to an end by JonSnow.
  • He has won the Copa América Grand Finals 3 times in a row, from 2013 to 2015.
  • He is the only player who won all four of the WCS Regional Challengers of the 2018 StarCraft II World Championship Series.
  • Along with TIME, he is the only player who won all three of the EPT Regional Challengers of the ESL Pro Tour 2020/21.
  • He is the only player who won all three of the EPT Regional Challengers of the ESL Pro Tour 2021/22.
  • On May 9, 2021 he completed a 13-0 perfect streak in the OSC King of the Hill Weekly #67 tournament.
  • He often goes to practice in South Korea.

Achievements[edit]

In A1Premier Tournaments
DatePlaceTournamentTeamScoreVsPrize
2020-08-16BA2ndWar Chest Team LeagueWar PigsWar Pigs1 : 3Benny's$3,700
2019-09-08CA3 - 4th2019 WCS FallOcean GamingOcean Gaming1 : 3$6,000
2019-08-18AA1st2019 GSL vs. The World: Teams CompetitionTeam Dark5 : 3Team Serral$825.88
2019-06-16DA4thGold Professional Championship 2019 Season 1Ocean GamingOcean Gaming2 : 3$722
2019-05-19BA2nd2019 WCS SpringOcean GamingOcean Gaming0 : 4$10,000
2018-08-05BA2nd2018 GSL vs. The World: Teams CompetitionMaru2 : 5Team Serral$334.13
2018-06-03CA3 - 4th2018 WCS Austin1 : 3$6,500
2018-04-22CA3 - 4thStarCraft II: NationWars VMexicoMexico2 : 4NetherlandsNetherlands$2,570.33
2018-02-07CA3 - 4thIEM Season XII - PyeongChangExeed EsportsExeed Esports0 : 3$12,500
2018-01-28CA3 - 4th2018 WCS LeipzigExeed EsportsExeed Esports1 : 3$6,500
2017-11-04CA3 - 4th2017 WCS Global FinalsProphecy E-sportsProphecy E-sports0 : 3$42,000
2017-08-06BA2nd2017 GSL vs. The World: Teams CompetitionWorld All StarsWorld All Stars1 : 7Korean All StarsKorean All Stars$0
2017-07-15CA3 - 4th2017 WCS Valencia0 : 3$6,500
2017-04-30CA3 - 4th2017 WCS Austin2 : 3$6,500
2014-07-26BA2ndNationWars II by O'Gaming TVMexicoMexico2 : 4NorwayNorway$2,572.33
In A2Major Tournaments
DatePlaceTournamentTeamScoreVsPrize
2021-11-19BA2ndKing of Battles 2: Show Match #1PSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming2 : 3$70
2021-10-03AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2021 Winter: Latin AmericaPSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming4 : 0$4,500
2021-08-01AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2021 Fall: Latin AmericaPSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming4 : 0$4,500
2021-05-30AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2021 Summer: Latin AmericaPSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming4 : 0$4,500
2020-10-25AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2020 Winter: Latin AmericaTeam eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 1$5,000
2020-08-30AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2020 Fall: Latin AmericaTeam eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 3$5,000
2020-06-28AA1stDH SC2 Masters 2020 Summer: Latin AmericaTeam eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 0$5,000
2019-12-29AA1stCopa América 2019 Season 34 : 0$3,000
2019-08-11AA1stCopa América 2019 Season 2Ocean GamingOcean Gaming4 : 3$3,000
2019-06-23AA1stCopa América 2019 Season 1Ocean GamingOcean Gaming4 : 0$3,000
2019-05-31BA2ndNeXT 2019 SpringOcean GamingOcean Gaming2 : 4NewbeeNewbee$1,450.90
2019-04-28AA1st2019 Latin America Spring ChallengerOcean GamingOcean Gaming4 : 1$3,000
2018-08-26AA1stCopa América 2018 Season 3Predators EsportsPredators Esports4 : 1$4,000
2018-06-24AA1stCopa América 2018 Season 24 : 1$4,000
2018-05-06AA1stCopa América 2018 Season 1Exeed EsportsExeed Esports4 : 0$4,000
2018-02-04BA2ndWESG 2017 - North & South America QualifierExeed EsportsExeed Esports2 : 4$7,500
2018-01-14AA1st2018 WCS Leipzig - Latin America QualifierProphecy E-sportsProphecy E-sports4 : 0$4,000
2017-11-19AA1stKung Fu Super League 2017Prophecy E-sportsProphecy E-sports4 : 0$3,750
2017-07-02AA1stCopa América 2017 Season 34 : 0$4,000
2017-05-28BA2ndCopa América 2017 Season 23 : 4$2,000
2017-03-26AA1stCopa América 2017 Season 14 : 3$4,000
2016-10-23BA2ndWESG 2016 - North & South America QualifierInvasion eSportInvasion eSport3 : 4$6,029
2016-07-09AA1stCopa América 2016 Season 3Invasion eSportInvasion eSport4 : 0$4,000
2016-02-17BA2ndCopa América 2016 Season 1Invasion eSportInvasion eSport1 : 4$2,400
2015-10-31AA1stCopa América 2015 Grand Finals4 : 1$3,500
2014-11-16AA1stCopa América 2014 Grand FinalsROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 1$5,000
2014-01-26BA2ndMLG GameOn Invitational 20140 : 4$1,000
2013-12-07AA1stLiga Éxodo 20134 : 1$8,000
2013-11-17AA1stCopa América 2013 Grand Finals2 : 0$2,500
2011-08-11AA1stLatin American Battle.net Invitational 2011Sixjax GamingSixjax Gaming2 : 0$10,000
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
DateEventResult
Complete list of results in any tournament

Rivalries[edit]

Cham[edit]

The rivalry between Cham and MajOr is extremely one way dominant. They continuously match against each other in LAN finals and other Latin tournaments, with MajOr always coming out on top. Cham has lost to MajOr throughout the 2013 Copa America Season 3 0-6, Copa America 2013 Grand Finals 0-2, IEM Season VIII Sao Paulo 0-2, Base Wars Qualifiers #4 0-2, Copa America 2014 Season 1 0-3, and the Copa America 2014 Season 2 1-3. MajOr has been completely dominant in this Mexican rivalry, however Cham has been able to take a map off of him.

Matches & VODs[edit]

WoL Matches[edit]

HotS Matches[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%
as 0 - 0-2 - 0100 %1 - 233.3 %0 - 0-3 - 260 %
as 1417 - 85562.4 %984 - 59462.4 %1550 - 84064.9 %22 - 484.6 %3973 - 229363.4 %
as 3 - 350 %2 - 340 %0 - 20 %6 - 185.7 %11 - 955 %
as 0 - 10 %0 - 0-0 - 0-8 - 1338.1 %8 - 1436.4 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics

TierTotal
A1Premier0178
A2Major236635
A3Minor775091218
Total10057104261

References[edit]