17-year-old Scot, Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron, is making a real name for himself in the Clash Royale space after picking up another win.
He won the Red Bull Mobile Esports Open (M.E.O) by ESL, beating Austrian player YYYY 4-3 in an electrifying best of seven at the Warsteiner Music Hall in Dortmund, following two days of fierce competition.
Fresh off the back of winning the inaugural EE Mobile Series and becoming a Fnatic player just the other week, ThunderStruck raced into a 3-0 lead in the final. YYYY fought back brilliantly to level 3-3, but ThunderStruck went on to hold his nerve for a thrilling overtime title win.
ThunderStruck earned his place in this final after winning the Red Bull M.E.O UK Qualifier, which took place at the Red Bull Gaming Sphere in London last December.
“Thank you all for this great experience and I am so proud that I could represent my country here in such a successful way.”
Liam ‘ThunderStruck’ McCarron
This qualifier invited the nation’s strongest amateur Clash Royale players to compete for a spot in the world final and saw ThunderStruck dominate the competition, cruising through to the finals without dropping a single game before defeating Dead00 3-2.
Red Bull M.E.O by ESL is a new global mobile gaming esports tournament. The first season saw 36 countries host regional qualifiers, with the best Clash Royale and Brawls Stars mobile players going on to compete in the global finals in Germany from February 1st to 3rd.
There were some problems at the tournament, however, outlined by ThunderStruck in these tweets.
After the best weekend ever I’ve finally came home to the best family ever.
These past 2 weeks have been insane and I will cherish every second on them.
This doesn’t mean the grind stops or even slows down. I haven’t even nearly finished achieving my goals yet.
More of this ? pic.twitter.com/DVhETkWwYr
— ThunderStruck (@ThunderRoyale) February 5, 2019
Turns out it’s not only Clash Royale skills that ThunderStruck has:
— ESL Clash Royale (@ESLClashRoyale) February 3, 2019
“I am in shock right now. Thank you all for this great experience and I am so proud that I could represent my country here in such a successful way. It was a stunning event, which I will not forget that fast,” ThunderStruck said.
You can watch the grand final between ThunderStruck and YYYY here:
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Association up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and as an esports consultant helping brands and businesses better understand the industry.