How Reynor became one of the world's premier StarCraft players
StarCraft has taken a turn to European success over a long history of South Korean dominance. Riccardo ‘Reynor’ Romiti is one of the players who have emerged from the region. Let’s dive into what made Reynor one of the best players not only in Europe but also around the world.
Becoming an elite player in any esports title is hard. At only 19 years of age, Reynor has become a top name in the SC scene. Most people know that Koreans are the dominant players in the scene but it has changed recently with the rise of Europeans such as Reynor, Gabriel ‘HeRoMaRinE’ Segat, and Joona ‘Serral’ Sotala.
Reynor is one of the best Zerg players in the world. He also has the accolades to back his case up with the likes of IEM Katowice, the 2019 WCS Summer, DreamHack Masters Fall, and many other events. He was already a talented SC player before he was even a teenager. Since then, he began his rise to the top of the SC scene.
Reynor worked hard to get this distinction
In the past decade, Reynor has been hard at work for his dedication to his craft. He is a stellar natural talent but he credits his hard work for his improvement over the years. Reynor has turned himself into a promising young player and became one of the best in the world in a space of a decade.
‘On my up days, I feel like I can beat everyone, that’s usually when it clicks, just when I feel like I’m playing good in my mind’, he said. ‘I become unstoppable. Over the years I just improved gradually, I don’t think there was a single moment where I got very good from one day to the other’.
He worked hard to get where he is now and he is still improving. At just 19 years of age, it’s difficult to say that he has reached his ceiling already. He can still become better which should serve as motivation for the opponents in the future.
Reynor is committed to SC
It should be noted that throughout the years, Reynor has made a point that he wants to remain consistent with training. He has played this game ever since he was in his formative years and now that he’s nearing adulthood, he continues to prove that he’s committed to SC.
He knows when to take breaks because he now knows his breaking point. Even if he’s just a teenager, you can see that he works hard enough that he appears like a veteran. His approach towards the game is special because he always shows his focus but he still has fun with the game even if he has played it for more than a decade now.
Reynor talked about this and how he adjusts. He said, ‘Even though I'm not always on top of my game throughout the year, but I like to think that I’m always on top of my game when it matters the most. So the tip I’d give is to stay somewhat consistent and if you want to take a break I’d stick to a one-month maximum’.
The top Zerg players struggle with matchups that are unfavourable but Reynor is the type of player who steps up when he’s doubted. The entire SC II community will hope that he remains at this level for a long time.
Words: Cholo Martin