SpeCial

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Player Information
Name:
Juan Carlos Tena Lopez
Birth:
May 20, 1993 (1993-05-20) (age 25)
Country:
Race:
Alternate IDs:
MajOr, WinDy, Terran, Princess, Britney, Kitty, Memory, CuteAngel, NoNge, SpeCIal, shofu, Light, ilovealtaria, Mrjamvad, basedlordctc
Total Earnings:
$245,241.85
WCS Korea rank:
WCS Circuit rank:
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

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Juan Carlos "SpeCial" Tena Lopez, also known as MajOr, is a Mexican Terran player who is currently teamless.

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 2 seasons in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
  • 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 often goes to practice in South Korea.

Achievements[edit]

In A1Premier tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-06-033 - 4th2018 WCS Austin2018-06-031 : 3 MaNa$6,500
2018-02-073 - 4thIEM Season XII - PyeongChang0 : 3 sOs$12,500
2018-01-283 - 4th2018 WCS Leipzig1 : 3 Serral$6,500
2017-11-043 - 4th2017 WCS Global Finals0 : 3 soO$42,000
2017-07-153 - 4th2017 WCS Valencia2017-07-150 : 3 Snute$6,500
2017-04-303 - 4th2017 WCS Austin2 : 3 Neeb$6,500
In A2Major tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-06-241stCopa América 2018 Season 24 : 1 Kelazhur$4,000
2018-05-061stCopa América 2018 Season 14 : 0 Kelazhur$4,000
2018-02-042ndWESG 2017 - North & South America Qualifier2 : 4 Neeb$7,500
2018-01-141st2018 WCS Leipzig - Latin America Qualifier4 : 0 Kelazhur$4,000
2017-11-191stKung Fu Super League 20174 : 0 TooDming$3,750
2017-08-133rdCopa América 2017 Season 42017-08-131 : 3 Kelazhur$1,200
2017-07-021stCopa América 2017 Season 32017-07-024 : 0 Cham$4,000
2017-05-282ndCopa América 2017 Season 23 : 4 Kelazhur$2,000
2017-03-261stCopa América 2017 Season 14 : 3 Cham$4,000
2016-10-232ndWESG 2016 - North & South America Qualifier3 : 4 Scarlett$6,029
2016-10-143 - 4thCopa América 2016 Grand Finals1 : 3 Cham$1,000
2016-07-091stCopa América 2016 Season 34 : 0 Kelazhur$4,000
2016-02-172ndCopa América 2016 Season 11 : 4 Kelazhur$2,400
2015-10-311stCopa América 2015 Grand Finals2015-10-314 : 1 Kelazhur$3,500
2014-11-161stCopa América 2014 Grand Finals3 : 1 HuK$5,000
2014-06-193rdRed Bull Battle Grounds: North America0 : 2 Polt$1,600
2014-03-233rdVasacast Invitational 20142 : 1 StarDust$600
2014-02-163rdMLG GameOn Ender's Game on Blu-ray Tournament2 : 3 State$500
2014-01-262ndMLG GameOn Invitational 20140 : 4 Scarlett$1,000
2013-12-071stLiga Éxodo 20134 : 1 ByRada$8,000
2013-11-171stCopa América 2013 Grand Finals2013-11-172 : 0 JimRising$2,500
2012-10-263 - 4th2012 MLG vs Proleague Invitational1 : 4 Oz$0
2012-08-244th2012 Battle.net North American Championship0 : 2 IdrA$1,800
2011-08-111stLatin American Battle.net Invitational 20112 : 0 KiLLeR$10,000
In A3Minor and A5Monthly tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2017-12-231stThe "I Got DQ'd From PyeongChang" Invitational4 : 0 Scarlett$1,303.2
2017-04-052ndGauntlet Event #112017-04-050 : 4 PtitDrogo$0
2017-03-312ndGauntlet Event #102017-03-310 : 4 ByuN$0
2017-02-071stGauntlet Event #32017-02-074 : 1 TIME$75
2016-05-202ndLeifeng Cup 1460 : 2 Kelazhur$400
2016-01-151stSEA Masters Cup 633 : 1 HuK$75
2015-12-262nd$100 "¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Why not?" Cup1 : 3 Nerchio$25
2015-07-151stCopa América 2015 Season 24 : 2 Kelazhur$300
2015-05-071stCopa América 2015 Season 14 : 1 Kelazhur$300
2014-12-191stTriple L Season 14 : 0 Cham$300
2014-08-101stCopa América 2014 Season 24 : 1 desRow$500
2014-06-291stCopa América 2014 Season 14 : 1 CatZ$500
2013-11-031stCopa América 2013 Season 44 : 0 Darkness$500
2013-09-291stCopa América 2013 Season 34 : 0 Cham$500
2013-08-251stCopa América 2013 Season 24 : 1 KiLLeR$500
2012-08-041st2012 World Championship Series: Mexico Nationals2 : 0 Maker$6,000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A1Premier tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-04-223 - 4thStarCraft II: NationWars V2 : 4$1,927.75
2014-07-26 2ndNationWars II by O'Gaming TV2 : 4$2,572.33
1970-01-012nd2017 GSL vs. The World: Teams Competition1 : 7$0
In A3Minor tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2016-05-282ndNA vs EU All-Stars Showdown$0
In Premier Team Leagues
DateEventResult
Complete Results in any Tournament

Matches & VODs[edit]

WoL Matches[edit]

HotS Matches[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]