Today were find ourselves just 24 hours before the start of the HWBOT World Championship 2016 Finals. We also arrive at the final episode in our ‘Meet the Finalists’ series. The seventh name on the contestant name sheet is Lucky_n00b from Indonesia, an overclocker who booked his seat in the final as the winner of the World Championship Wild Card contest just a few weeks ago.
I first met Alva Jonathan, or Lucky_n00b as he is known in OC circles, during Computex 2015 where I managed to do an interview as part of our Overclocker in Focus series. The first thing that struck me was just how much raw enthusiasm and passion Alva has for Overclocking. When discussing the past, the present or the future of Overclocking, he maintains an infectiously positive attitude that is wholly refreshing.
Arguably Alva was thrust into in the Overclockking spotlight back in 2008 when he earned his nickname as a ‘Lucky_n00b’ by surprising everyone and winning the competition. Since then he has remained a top competitor that should never be underestimated. Alva has been a HWBOT member since 2008 and is the current No.2 ranked Overclocker in Indonesia, out ranked by compatriot and friend Hazzan.
The World Championship Wild Card contest was one of the first contests on OC-ESPORTS were contestants were asked to purchase a ticket to take part, helping to offset the cost of a flight to Berlin. The contest kicked off on September 15th but interestingly, the scoreboard remained hidden until October 10th, one week before its conclusion. As soon as the scoreboard was revealed, it was apparent that World No.1 Dancop sitting at the top of the table would be the man to beat. And so it proved to be.
Unbeknownst to all however, Alva was plotting a coup. Given time off from his duties at JagatReview for a few days, he attacked the three benchmark stages with passion and determination, honing his skills with dual-core Skylake chips and RX 460 cards. With literally just hours to go he had a lead on Dancop of just 0.3 points.
Lucky_n00b has already arrived in Berlin and will be approaching the HWBOT World Championship hopeful of a real chance of winning it. It’s fitting too that Indonesia could well be the best represented country at the finals (unless a German wins the ROG Camp, a likely scenario). The country not only has a long tradition of competitive overclocking, it also has some of the world’s most talented live overclockers.