The 5th player to be covered in “The Legend Chronicles” is the second French participant in the tournament, Gamer Origins’s Keev! Other than being known as a legend among the SOULCALIBUR community and the reigning best Nightmare player in SOULCALIBUR VI and arguably all-time, this player gave us some little information about his experiences within the community. Look below for this information.
Keev's Q and A
- What is your full (real) name?
- Kevin Akre
- Your age?
- How did you get your gamertag “Keev”?
- “Keev” is a shortened version of Kevin and Rayne is a little nod to Max Payne, a game I loved. It’s also convenient for me to log on various websites, as “Keev” rarely available on its own.
- What was/were the previous SOULCALIBUR title/s you played competitively and some short description of your achievements in those past games?
- I loved every episode (titles), from the first to the sixth! However, SOULCALIBUR III was the one I got most invested in. In this episode, I discovered the whole international tournament aspect of the game and that’s when I got to meet most of the community! It’s the one where I met quite a few sparring partners and rivals! It’s also the episode on which I won my first European tournament (Canned FFJC)! An unforgettable memory.
- In SOULCALIBUR VI, which tournament was the most memorable for you?
- EVO Japan without hesitation! Be it the level of the competitors, the match’s intensity, how the Top 8 was staged or the fact the French community was there, it was incredible!
- Which moment/battle (win or lose) was the most memorable for you?
- I remember the little touches coming from the French players when we trained for the second day of EVO Japan. I spent the night playing against Kamisam’s Ivy to prepare the match against Jashin and also the pretty intense Maxi fights against Saitoh to prepare me for the matches against Tamonegi. It got me on my feet and really got me prepared.
- What gave you inspiration to play the game on the tournament/competitive scene?
- The will to outdo myself and always fight people stronger than me. The rush of fighting on stage gives out. I remember watching Kayane’s fight against DTN being commented by Asenka at the Japan Expo, it was epic!
- Who is/are the character/s you consider your real main/s in tournaments and why?
- Nightmare! I love his design, his playstyle as a brute with huge damage potential and the ability to zone and control the ring… Even though he’s gotten it dirty on the tier list at times.
- If you could describe your playstyle, how would you describe it?
- I alternate between aggressive play and zoning all the while trying to put in a graceful touch whenever I can.
- Who is/are the player/s you feel most threatened by in the World Invitationals?
- Everyone is dangerous in their own way! Yuttoto is the EVO Champion and unequivocally the best player around right now, Linkorz and Bluegod with his Azwel are terrifying too. However, I’d rather avoid going up against Skyll, as we train together a lot and he knows me a bit too well!
- Some insights/quotes you would like to share before the World Invitationals?
- This event will no doubt give us some memorable matches, with matchups never seen before! A fitting end for Season 1 and a nice opening for Season 2!
The Cold Darkness
Rarely shows emotion during matches, Keev is a legend whose career and past achievements in previous titles can only be rivaled by LoloMx in the World Invitationals. This graceful destroyer had been dominating every opponent in his path with a cold blooded expression even today in SOULCALIBUR VI. Keev immediately made his presence known in the community early in the game’s life by dominating the BRUSSELS events (Winter Fights and Major Edition) and EVO Japan, his best achievement so far. Even with new players stepping up in the upper echelon of the French SOULCALIBUR community, his dominance is still known by winning VersusFighting and the Pre-EVO tournament held in Luxor. With his mastery of Nightmare’s moves and flawless zoning/spacing game, Keev will definitely show why he is one of SOULCALIBUR’s finest players of all-time. Will he make France proud again by winning the World Invitationals? Or will he be forced to surrender and admit defeat against a stronger presence? Experience it when you watch the World Invitationals coming this November 2 at Las Vegas. Be there!
Keev's List of Tournament Perfomance:
YUZU Winter Challenge 2018 – 13th place out of 61 entrants
Battle for Humanity 2018 – 13th place out of 64 entrants
BRUSSELS CHALLENGE Winter Fights 2019 – 1st place out of 55 entrants
EVO Japan 2019 – 1st place out of 288 entrants
BRUSSELS CHALLENGE Major Edition 2019 – 1st place out of 42 entrants
The MIXUP 2019 – 7th place out of 104 entrants
DreamHack Tours 2019 – 2nd place out of 32 entrants
Kayane Session: Road to EVO 2019 – 2nd place out of 108 entrants
VSFighting 2019 – 1st place out of 65 entrants
Pre-EVO Tournament – 1st place out of 59 entrants
EVO 2019 – 49th out of 746 entrants
Kayane Session (September edition) – 2nd place out of 97 entrants
Ultimate Fighting Arena 2019 – 4th place out of 67 entrants
Southeast Asia Major 2019 – 9th place out of 59 entrants
L’Evo Japan est terminé! Tournoi mémorable sur tous les plans! Je tiens à remercier tous les acteurs qui m’ont permis d’atteindre ce niveau de jeu (rivaux, sparring partner, ceux m’ayant soutenu, Francais comme étrangers). Un joueur reste le reflet de sa communauté. See you soon pic.twitter.com/PvUXcbNOEL
— Keev Rayne (@GO_Keev) February 20, 2019
Première place au tournoi pré-Evo à l’E-Sport Arena. Maintenant va falloir traverser les douze maisons du sanctuaire aka l’Evo bracket ! Bonne chance à tous les participants et 💪à tous les FR 🇫🇷 ! Let’s Go @GamersOrigin
PS : Thks Ramon for pics 😁 pic.twitter.com/LNGsJ1aPpC
— Keev Rayne (@GO_Keev) August 2, 2019