Penguin

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Penguin
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Background Information
NameZane Hearon
Country of BirthUnited States United States
BirthdayNovember 18, 1997 (age 21)
Residency
NA
 North America
Competitive
TeamLux Gaminglogo std.pngLux Gaming
RolePlayer
Social Media & Links
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Team History
Nov 2015 - Mar 2016
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Noble eSportslogo std.pngNoble eSports
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
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Elevatelogo std.pngElevate
Apr 2016 - Jul 2016
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Renegadeslogo std.pngRenegades
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
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Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9
Aug 2016 - Dec 2017
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Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid
Dec 2017 - May 2018
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Team Reciprocitylogo std.pngTeam Reciprocity
Jun 2018 - Nov 2018
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Renegadeslogo std.pngRenegades
Jan 2019 - May 2019
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May 2019 - Present
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Lux Gaminglogo std.pngLux Gaming
Zane "Penguin" Hearon is a Player for Lux Gaming. He is well known for his time with a variety of teams, including Team Liquid, Cloud9, and Renegades.

Biography

Penguin started playing Halo in 2007 with the release of Halo 3.

Halo 5: Guardians

After a top 24 placing at HCS Indianapolis 2015 in Halo 2: Anniversary, Penguin broke into the big leagues in late 2015 with the release of Halo 5: Guardians. He initially joined the Noble eSports roster alongside ContrA, Rayne and FilthyG with the intent of competing in the Halo World Championship 2016 NA qualifier series. After a series of team changes, the Noble roster ended up consisting of Penguin, Rayne, Calm and Swift Kill. Noble qualified for the NA Regional Finals as the 7th seed. At NA Regionals, Noble finished top 8, qualifying for Halo World Championship 2016. Between Regionals and Worlds, the Noble roster got into a dispute with the organization, resulting in the players leaving to join Team eLevate. At Worlds, eLevate won their group, sweeping Denial eSports in the process. They then defeated Epsilon eSports in the quarterfinals and lost to Team Allegiance in the semifinals, taking a top 4 finish. Penguin was able to make multiple flashy individual plays and was praised for them during the event. Afterwards, it was revealed Penguin had the highest K/D ratio out of any player at HWC.

After Worlds, Penguin joined Renegades alongside Ninja, Victory X and Commonly. This roster qualified for the Summer Pro League with a 2nd place finish in their group at the Summer Qualifier. At the conclusion of the season, Renegades sat at 4th place in the standings, good enough to qualify for the Season Finals. On July 25th, Penguin and the rest of the Renegades roster departed to join Cloud9. At the Season Finals, C9 finished 4th, taking home $15,000.

During the off-season, the 4th place roster dropped Ninja and Victory X, replacing them with Spartan and Penguin's former teammate Rayne. The new roster was then acquired by Spartan's previous org - Team Liquid. After a 3-3 start to the Fall Pro League season, Liquid attended HCS Orange County 2016, where they finished 3rd. Liquid ended up finishing the season with a 7-7 record, good enough for 3rd place. Weeks later, Team Liquid attended HCS Las Vegas 2016, where they nearly took 1st, defeating Team EnVyUs in the Winners Finals before EnVy came back to take two consecutive series and steal the event from Liquid. At the Season Finals, Liquid were only able to win against Str8 Rippin and placed 3rd out of the four teams in attendance.

Liquid made changes in the offseason, replacing Spartan and Commonly with Eco and StelluR. The new roster's first event was UGC St. Louis 2017, where they proved they were a team competing for 1st place as they nearly defeated OpTic Gaming in the Winners Finals before taking out #1 seeded Team EnVyUs in the Losers Finals and again losing a very close series to OpTic in the Grand Finals. At ME Las Vegas 2017, Liquid qualified for Halo World Championship 2017 after sweeping Pnda Gaming, and solidified themselves as the #2 team in North America with two dominant victories over Team EnVyUs. They lost to OpTic Gaming 4-1 in the Finals and went home in 2nd place. At Worlds, Liquid were placed in a pool with Luminosity Gaming and London Conspiracy, both of whom they 3-0d to earn a top seed in the bracket. In Winners Round 1, they again defeated Team EnVyUs, this time 4-3. This was followed by a 4-0 sweep over Str8 Rippin and a 4-1 WB Finals loss to OpTic Gaming. In the LB Finals, they were unable to overcome a hot Team EnVyUs, who defeated them 4-2 to end their night with a 3rd place finish.

While Liquid made no roster changes between Worlds and HCS Daytona, Penguin rebranded, changing his game-id to "SubZero". In Daytona, Liquid faced Splyce a whopping four times over the course of the weekend - twice in pool play, of which each team won one, once in Winners Bracket Round 2, which Liquid won, and following a 5-game loss to OpTic Gaming, once more in the Losers Semifinals which was won by Liquid in a seven-game affair. They then moved on to face Team EnVyUs, looking to reclaim their spot in the top 2 after losing it at Worlds. EnVy had other plans however, sweeping Liquid in the best-of-7 and sending them home in 3rd. After a weak start to the Summer Pro League season, Team Liquid made a roster change, sending Rayne to Str8 Rippin in exchange for a returning AcE. The change helped Liquid move up in the standings, with the team ultimately ending the season in third place. At the DreamHack Atlanta Finals, Liquid started off strongly with sweeps over Wise Gaming and Luminosity Gaming, but they were taken out in the third round by Splyce in five games. After eliminating eRa Eternity, Liquid were defeated by Team EnVyUs in five games, leaving Atlanta with a fourth place finish.

During the offseason, Liquid dropped Ace, replacing him with a returning Spartan. The new roster finished the Fall Season with a 5-2 record, taking losses to only OpTic Gaming and Team EnVyUs. At the DreamHack Denver Finals, Liquid started off with back to back 3-0 sweeps over Radiant Esports and Evil Geniuses. In the third round, Liquid were defeated 3-1 by OpTic Gaming. Liquid took out Europe's finest - Team Infused - in four games to secure a top four placing. In the Elimination Semifinals, Liquid dominated Team EnVyUs in a 4-0 sweep to secure top three. In the Elimination Finals, Liquid handled Summer Champions Splyce in similar fashion, moving on to the Grand Finals after another 4-0 sweep. Waiting in the finals was OpTic Gaming, who took Liquid out with a final score of 4-1.

Going into Worlds season, SubZero changed his handle back to Penguin and, along with Spartan, left Team Liquid to join Team Reciprocity alongside Mikwen and Snip3down of Team EnVyUs. Reciprocity consistently placed in the top four throughout the first half of the season, resulting in the team holding the fourth seed going into MLG Orlando. Reciprocity finished fourth in Orlando, bowing out to Splyce and OpTic Gaming. Reciprocity improved on their Orlando performance at MLG Columbus, easily winning their pool to qualify for Worlds and sweeping Oxygen Supremacy and Renegades in the opening rounds of the bracket to clinch top three for the first time as a team. This was followed by a 4-1 loss to Tox. In the losers finals, Reciprocity lost a 4-2 series to eventual event winners Splyce and took a third place finish. At Worlds, Reciprocity won their pool convincingly and started bracket play off with a 4-0 victory over Str8 Rippin. The following round put them against TOX Gaming once again. Though able to take two games this time, they nonetheless fell 4-2. They responded strongly with a 4-0 win over Renegades. In the losers semifinals, Reciprocity had a heartbreaking loss in a game seven loss that featured Spartan's controller disconnecting at a crucial moment. Reciprocity went home in fourth place.

Trivia

  • Claims to be "at least 7 times better" than frequent teammate Rayne.
  • Penguin is considered to be one of the most adept Assault Rifle users in Halo 5.

Achievements

Recent Tournament Results (View All)
GameDatePlacePrizeEventTeam
Halo 3 logo.png2019-03-240040004$ 1,500GFGlogo small.png Gamers For Giving 2019Elevatelogo std.pngELV
Halo 3 logo.png2019-01-130070087 - 8$ 600UGClogo small.png UGC Halo Classic 2019Elevatelogo std.pngELV
Halo 5 logo.png2018-11-180030003$ 40,000HCSlogo small.png Halo Championship Series Finals 2018Renegadeslogo std.pngRNG
Halo 5 logo.png2018-09-160040004$ 10,000HCSlogo small.png HCS London 2018Renegadeslogo std.pngRNG
Halo 5 logo.png2018-07-150030003$ 35,000MLGlogo small.png MLG New Orleans 2018Renegadeslogo std.pngRNG

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