Today we bring you the fourth installment of our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series where we get a little bit more intimate with the guys flying out to Berlin this week for the climax of the HWBOT World Tour 2016, the HWBOT World Championship Final.
Jean-Marc LeBlanc is probably the closest we will get to an American representative at the World Championship 2016 Finals in just four day’s time. By that I mean he is technically from North America, hailing from Canada. In fact Marc, better known by his handle marc0053, is Canada’s No.1 Overclocker. He’s also a huge proponent of Overclocking as a hobby and keen member of the largest OC Team in the world, Overclock.net.
Marc booked his place in the Final by winning a fiercely contested World Series competition at LanETS in Montreal, Canada back in April of this year. Marc kicked off in winning fashion, taking the qualification stage by storm by winning all three stages. The nearest competitor on the qualification leaderboard, Rasparthe (Canada’s No.2 overclocker at the moment) would prove to be the man most likely to mount a challenge in the Finals on the next day.
Indeed Rasparthe managed to overcome the challenge of America’s MrBreeze in the semi-final to set up a Final 1v1 match between Canada’s top two ranked overclockers. The benchmark drawn at random was Cinebench 11.5, a fun benchmark that neither overclocker chose to veto. After a few minutes feeling out their newly drawn Core i7 6700K processors, both overclockers soon found themselves at the outer limits of performance and began tweaking their systems to every last drop. In the end marc0053 managed a score of 13.82, ahead of Rasparthe on 13.36 points.
Of all the contenders at the Caseking HQ in Berlin on Sunday, Marc will be one of the newest overclockers. Indeed he still regards himself as a newbie of sorts, despite being No.1 in Canada, No. 2 in the Overclock.net team, 7th in the Extreme League on HWBOT and 21st globally. Doubtlessly he still feels new to the scene compared to many seasoned veterans. Indeed he only signed up as a HWBOT member in 2013, and has come a long way in a very short space of time.
At the World Championship Finals Marc will perhaps be rated as one of the outsiders for the win, but armed with an ASUS motherboard and lots of opportunity to test and prepare, it would be foolish to write this guy off. If you fancy a punt on a Canuck, remember that you can select him for the ‘Predict and Win’ contest on our Facebook page. You can also catch up on his qualification experience here.