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Grubby at MLG 2012 Summer Championship
Player Information
Manuel Schenkhuizen
May 11, 1986 (1986-05-11) (age 36)
Alternate IDs:
King of Orcs
Medias (Social & stream)
Cyber X Games - 2004 WarCraft III Champions League - Season IV World Cyber Games - 2004 WarCraft III Champions League - Season VII ESWC 2005 BlizzCon 2005 WarCraft III Champions League - Season VIII MBC Game WarCraft III World War I World Series of Video Games 2006 WarCraft III Champions League - Season X NGL-One - Season 3 (Regular Season) WarCraft III Champions League - Season XIII World Cyber Games - 2008 Intel Extreme Masters - Season III - Global Challenge: Seoul World e-Sports Games: e-Stars 2009 King of the Game World e-Sports Masters 2009 World e-Sports Games: e-Stars 2010 Continental Cup
2003-XX-XX – 2003-XX-XX
2003-08-10 – 2008-01-22
2008-02-23 – 2009-01-29
2009-02-18 – 2009-04-17
2009-04-17 – 2011-02-11
ESL Grubby's profile

Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen (Dutch: [ˈmaːnyˌʋɛl ˈsxɛŋkˌɦœy̯zə(n)]) (born May 11, 1986) is an ex-professional Dutch Orc player.


Grubby is a Dutch professional PC gamer. He has been competing in esports in the real-time strategy games Warcraft III and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne as well as Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. As an Orc player in Warcraft, Schenkhuizen has won more than 38 LAN tournaments, of which 6 are World Championships, which has led to him being known as the King of Orcs even after his transition to StarCraft II.[1] Grubby has been known for being part of one of the most successful WC3 teams in history, namely the British 4Kings. Later teams include the Danish MeetYourMakers and the North American Evil Geniuses. Grubby enjoys a large fan base throughout the world and especially in China, one of the hotbeds of Warcraft. He's sometimes characterized as being not one of the fastest players, but one that compensates with smart and effective play styles.

Grubby's first experience playing computer games was at around age three or four giving him an early start in gaming. Grubby's first experience with an RTS game was with Populous 2, released in 1991, where you play a god guiding your subjects. He continued to play many games such as StarCraft I, including Brood War, before moving to the Warcraft III competitive scene. His first competition was in 2003 at age 17, at a LAN party of around 1000 people. The Warcraft III competition consisted entirely of Dutch players except the Danish player playing for Grubby's future team, MYM, Bjarke. Grubby made it to the finals to meet MYM]Bjarke and compete for the €200 prize. Grubby ended up winning the competition and taking the prize before becoming a progamer at age 18.

His Warcraft career included a famous rivalry with Moon, and within that, two of his most famous victories. First was a 3-1 upset of Moon at the World E-Sports Games in Hangzhou in 2006 that was Moon's first defeat in 29 matches in the Night Elf vs. Orc matchup and led to Chinese fans rushing the stage to congratulate him.[2] Then came his second WCG championship in 2008 in Cologne, where he bested Moon in three games.[3] In August 2013, The Daily Dot listed him as one of the 10 greatest players in esports history alongside the likes of Boxer, Moon and Flash.[4]

Grubby met his wife, Cassandra Ng Schenkhuizen, at WCG 2005, where he played WC3 and finished third.[5] At BlizzCon 2009, he proposed to her on-stage after the award ceremony, and they subsequently married in May 2010. Cassandra currently works as Grubby's manager and supports him in his career.


  • His name comes from when he played Dungeons and Dragons with his older brothers. Originally "Grubtor Steelheart", he was given the nickname "Grubby" when playing with others over the internet, later he kept the nickname replacing his original. At the time he wasn't aware of the English meaning of the word and claims to be unsure as to whether he would have kept it had he known at the time.[6]
  • He played Protoss in StarCraft II.
  • He is a Heroes of the Storm caster.
  • Has ranked in the top 10 Warcraft III players in terms of winnings each year since 2004.[7]
  • Featured in the film "Beyond the Game", which covered his Warcraft rivalry with Sky.[8]
  • Originally from Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
  • Of Indonesian descent.
  • Favorite in-game color: Green.

Weekly Cups[edit]

Cup 1st 2nd Earnings
Zotac Cup Zotac Cup 18 5 $2,556
InGame InGame Warcraft Cup 8 0 $3,324
InGame Go4WC3 Cup 4 0 $714


Date Placement Tier Tournament Team Result Prize
2009-12-19 A11st A1Tier 1 WEM World e-Sports Masters 2009 Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses 2 : 1 South Korea  Moon $14,000
2009-08-23 A22nd A1Tier 1 BlizzCon BlizzCon 2009 Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses 1 : 2 South Korea  Lyn $10,000
2009-07-26 A11st A1Tier 1 WEM World e-Sports Games: e-Stars 2009 King of the Game Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses 3 : 0 South Korea  Lyn $5,623
2008-11-16 A11st A1Tier 1 ESL Intel Extreme Masters - Season III - Global Challenge: Seoul Meet Your MakersMeet Your Makers 2 : 1 South Korea  Lyn $5,000
2008-11-09 A11st A1Tier 1 World Cyber Games World Cyber Games - 2008 Meet Your MakersMeet Your Makers 2 : 1 South Korea  Moon $19,000
2006-12-10 A11st A1Tier 1 World Series of Video Games World Series of Video Games 2006 4Kings4Kings 2 : 0 South Korea  Sweet $20,000
2005-10-29 A11st A1Tier 1 BlizzCon BlizzCon 2005 4Kings4Kings 2 : 0 South Korea  Zacard $10,000
2005-07-10 A11st A1Tier 1 ESWC ESWC 2005 4Kings4Kings 2 : 0 Russia  Deadman $13,000
2004-10-10 A11st A1Tier 1 World Cyber Games World Cyber Games - 2004 4Kings4Kings 2 : 1 South Korea  Zacard $25,000
2004-01-12 A11st A1Tier 1 Cyber X Games Cyber X Games - 2004 4Kings4Kings 2 : 0 United States  Wizard $10,000
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