16-Year-Old Tetris Prodigy Joseph Saelee Defeats 7 Time World Champion Jonas Neubauer

Zac Cameron,

October 21, 2018 4:33 PM

The Classic Tetris World Championships has a new reigning champion, as the newcomer stuns the Tetris community by sweeping the finals.

The Classic Tetris World Championships have finished in Portland Oregon, and the results are sure to send shockwaves through the Tetris community. Seven-time world champion, Jonas Neubauer, once again managed to battle his way to the grand finals, only to be stunned by newcomer Joseph Saelee in a complete upset. Saelee, himself only a relatively new competitor, has swept the finals in just three games, defeating Neubauer and claiming the top spot for himself.

Neubauer found himself in a rough spot early on, falling behind 0-2 in the series as he struggled to keep pace with Saelee. The final showdown saw Neubauer build an impressive lead before hitting a wall, however that lead proved to be inadequate at keeping Saelee at bay, as the 16-year-old prodigy rapidly climbed from behind to overtake Neubauer and clinch the series. Neubauer had previously won seven of the past eight CTWC tournaments, losing only in 2014 to Harry Hong.

Saelee is a relatively new competitor to the Tetris scene, however his growth as a player has been extremely rapid. Only a few weeks before this tournament, Saelee managed to reach the masterful level 31, hitting 311 lines, a feat few can easily replicate. For now, the Tetris world has a new champion, and with his young age proving to be no hinderance, it’s likely that Saelee will be a face we will see at many tournaments to come.

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