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sOAZ
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Background Information
Name: Paul Boyer
Team: Fnatic
Alternate IDs: NerfGun1 (NA), Fnatic s0AZ, aAa sOAZ, M sOAZ
Country: France France
Birthday: January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09) (age 20)
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger I (EUW)
Role: Top
Livestream: Twitch.tv
Facebook: Facebook Fanpage
Twitter:
Reddit: sOAZ's Reddit Account
Favorite champions:
 
 
 
 
Team History
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
against All authority
Jun 2011 - Oct 2011
Millenium
Oct 2011 - Nov 2011
Absolute Legends
Nov 2011 - Nov 2011
Nice Work Dude
Nov 2011 - May 2012
against All authority
Jun 2012 - Present
Fnatic
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Paul "sOAZ" Boyer is the top laner for Fnatic.

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Biography

sOAZ is a seasoned gamer. He made his baby steps into gaming by playing Counter-Strike 1.6. He then transitioned to playing DotA as a pass-time activity. However, his skill would escalate to such heights that it would lead him to the professional circuit of DotA (in French team ‘iA’).[1] The same theme was in effect upon venturing into League of Legends. Originally a Mid Laner, he transitioned into the top lane as Against All Authority and Fnatic both acknowledged his skill in that role, and promptly allowed him to make a name for himself.[2]

Season 1

sOAZ was picked up by known eSports team Against All Authority as part of their early League line up back in late 2010. The team became known as a strong European contender in the new MOBA's growing competitive scene. They were participants in one of Europe's biggest first tournaments, the IEM Season V - LoL Invitational where they placed 2nd with wins over SK Gaming and losing in the finals to myRevenge. Him and the team went on to the largest global league event at the time, the Riot Season 1 Championship. They were able to make it out of groups after a relegation match to advance, winning over Team gamed!de. In the semifinals, sOAZ fought against the American powerhouse team of Team SoloMid, and were able to best the US players to go on to the winner finals bracket. Facing off against the former familiar lineup of MyRevenge, now Fnatic, aAa were unable take 1st, losing 2-0. They then went up again versus Team SoloMid to determine 2nd place and repeated winning over the American team, winning silver in the tournament.

Pre Season 2

After the championship, sOAZ with his teammates left aAa to join new team Millenium. He played in few major tournaments, such as IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne where they played 4th before he left the team to play a brief stint as jungler for Absolute Legends in October 2011 for a one-month trial. He then went back to top playing for a reformed lineup of aAa.

Season 2

sOAZ and team played in multiple events, such as the major IEM Season VI - World Championship where they were able to take 4th. aAa continued to place high in following tournaments however in May 2012, the line up decided to disband and leave. Luckily, with sOAZ being a respected and notable top lane, was picked up in June for long time European stronghold, Fnatic. In Season 2, him and his new team showed strong performances in tournaments, always placing top 3 in ones such as SK Trophy March and IGN ProLeague Elites. In August 2012, the Season 2 Regional Finals was held in Cologne where the top 3 placing teams would be flown to Los Angeles for the Season 2 World Championship for a chance to play $1,000,000 grand prize. Fnatic were unable to to achieve top 3 placing, getting 4th in the tournament, losing to Moscow Five and CLG Europe.

Pre-Season 3

After the tough loss at regionals, sOAZ and team were able to bounce back strong in preparation for Season 3, winning major tournament DreamHack Winter 2012, and placing 2nd against the world's best at IPL Season 5 Las Vegas in Las Vegas. At IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Cologne, the team went undefeated in their groups and bested the Korean lineup consisting of players that took 2nd at the Season 2 Championship, CJ Entus. However, they were unable to beat other Korean team, SK Telecom T1, in the finals, placing 2nd in the tournament. The team went on to next play in IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice, making it out of group stage but losing in the semi-finals to Azubu Frost.

In January 2013, his team had a chance to participate in Riot's new competitive league for upcoming Season 3 for NA and EU, the Riot Season 3 League Championship Series, but had to play for a spot at the Season 3 Europe Offline Qualifier. Fighting out of the group stage and into the quarterfinals, sOAZ and crew were able to best MeetYourMakers in a 2-0 set to win a spot in the league and the chance to be part of an extremely important successful project in League of Legends.

Season 3

With the North American and European community extremely excited for the amped up events of LCS, Season 3 began with Riot's new league of a 10 week series with the continent's best teams playing against another. Fnatic became the most consistently powerful team throughout the series, with sOAZ playing a pivotal role of being an overwhelming top; the team ended the 10 weeks on top with a intimidating record of 22-6. sOAZ and his comrades had automatically reclaimed their spot in the league for the summer split when going into the Season 3 EU Spring Playoffs. Being a favorite in the playoffs, the team showed their consistent strong playstyle, winning 2-1 vs Evil Geniuses, placing themselves in the finals against other favorite, Gambit Gaming. In a close set of games, Fnatic were able to best the Russians, winning 3-2 and the $50,000 1st prize.

sOAZ qualified to the Season 3 World Championship with his team Fnatic, finishing 1st in the Summer Playoffs.

LCS All Stars

In March 2013, sOAZ participated in 1 v 1 best of five top lane match up against Wickd to claim the top lane spot for the Europe LCS All Star team, which became an amazing spectacle, achieving a record number of over 130,000 concurrent viewers on a personal stream vs TwitchTV. [3] sOAZ won the matchup 3-2, playing the game winning match by cheesing Wickd with
Nunu
. He was then publicly voted to represent the Europe LCS as their top lane, coming together with other voted players to play in All-Star Shanghai 2013. The tournament was the biggest talked about event of the year in the scene, being held in China in May. The EU LCS first faced off against heavy favorites Korean OGN Champions, and although good early gameplay occurred from the Europeans, the Korean team overtook them in a 2-0 set. Their next opponent was their sibling league, the North America LCS. Both teams played an explosive two games of up and down fighting however, NA LCS ended up being the victor, knocking the EU LCS out of the tournament. sOAZ did win the |All Star Skills Competition for Top lane, beating world class names PDD and Shy. He took back home to Fnatic his experiences playing against the worlds best. [4]

Trivia

  • Was introduced to the League of Legends competitive scene by YellOwStaR
  • Is known for his aggresive playstyle and having a very large champion pool
  • Is quick to adopt newly-released champions, notably playing
    Jayce
    and
    Kha'Zix
    before others saw their potentials.
  • Known for his
    Blitzcrank
  • Spurred on by hyrqBot's tweet[5] , sOAZ made and won a wager against Wickd to decide which of them would participate in the Season 3 LCS All-Star Game in a Best-of-5 showdown.[6] .
  • Only European to win in the 1v1 Skills Competition at All-Star Shanghai 2013 by defeating PDD and Shy.
  • Is considered as one of the best
    Elise
    players in the World.
  • He has competed in BOTH All-Star events.

Champion Statistics

    Champion Pick Statistics for 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs
    Champion Picks Wins Losses Win % Kills Deaths Assists KDA

    Lulu
    3 2 1 66.7 5 9 23 3.11

    Swain
    2 1 1 50 3 6 15 3.00

    Shen
    1 0 1 0 1 4 9 2.50

    Nidalee
    1 1 0 100 3 5 7 2.00

    Alistar
    1 0 1 0 1 5 2 0.60

    Maokai
    1 0 1 0 1 6 3 0.67
For more Champion Statistics Click Here

Achievements

2014
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Date Event Result
2014-08-17 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs Silver.png Fnatic
1 : 3
Alliance
2014-04-17 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic
3 : 1
SK Gaming
2014-03-16 IEM Season VIII - World Championship Silver.png Fnatic
0 : 3
KT Rolster Bullets

Interviews

2011

2012

2013

2014

Gallery

References

  1. profile page Millenium.org
  2. profile page Millenium.org
  3. Pro Hits Largest Ever Personal Stream with gamespot.com
  4. Fnatic soaz AMA with reddit.com
  5. hyrqBot's tweet twitter.com
  6. twitch coverage of the Best-of-5 match www.twitch.tv