Not only were the stakes high going into my second mini-boss battle, but I had a reputation to maintain. On day two, the final day of the Great Quakeholio Tournament 2018, another challenger was chosen to face me one-on-one. Doom had come and gone. Quake was the game of the hour, and I was nervous.
The tournament was only a few hours from completion, and by that time we had culled our roster of 128 players down to a few stragglers. Stragglers who knew their way around Quake DM maps. The venue was Quakecon, after all. We expected the final stages of the tournament to feature FPS players who worshipped at the alter of WASD and ate pineapples for breakfast... and who would understand that reference.
Here's how this went down. I was selcted as a mini-boss, an obstacle for a participant who had been eliminated from the competition, but who still had a chance at glory. If my challenger won, he would take home one of the gaming PCs that Shacknews CEO, editor-in-chief, and Quakeholio Tournament sponsor Asif Khan purchased from Cyberpower PC. If I won, I'd leave with a second NES Classic. Hey, two are better than one.