The news of Byron "Reckful" Bernstein's death on July 2 shocked the entire gaming community. Today we want to tell you why all our community loved Byron and what he achieved in just 31 years of his life.
He started his journey from a little-known game Asheron's Call in 1999 when he was only 10 years old. At that time he was known as Anti Parazi and soon he became one of the best players on the server.
With the release of World of Warcraft in 2004, the majority of MMORPG fans switched to the new game, but Reckful remained faithful to Asheron's Call. After some time, his friend from the above-mentioned game gifted him a WoW account, and only then Reckful tried Warcraft.
Reckful was one of the best World of Warcraft players and ranked 1st for 6 consecutive seasons. Byron became the first in the history of the game, who collected 3,000 rating points. After that, he was spotted by players from Complexity Gaming Red, and thus he started his esports career. One of his major achievements is first place at the MLG Washington DC 2010 tournament.
Then he left esports and began his streaming career on the new Twitch platform back then. He quickly received his fame because of his success in MMORPG and immediately gained subscribers.
He was also one of the first to play Hearthstone and even got a 3rd-4th place among streamers at Innkeeper's Invitational in 2013. One of the highlights of his career was the fail on Blizzcon 2013 Hearthstone Invitational, which created 11+4 meme.
During the match with Kripparrian Reckful had a combo with lethal damage of 15, because his rival had only 14 health, but Reckful didn’t notice these cards and it cost him the game. The fans recalled this situation for the next couple of years.
Byron was always good at strategy games. He quickly became one of the best streamers in the genre of auto-battlers. His success in the first set of Teamfight Tactics made him one of the best players on the server.
We certainly couldn't miss the statistical part of his career. Over the past year, he has streamed 738 hours, it’s 122 broadcasts in total. His Hours Watched reached the mark of 6,1 million.
For the last year, 97K viewers subscribed to his channel, and the peak of the year was reached on June 19, 2019 - 33964 simultaneous viewers.
But his career was not limited only to esports and streaming. He also had his channel on YouTube with 265K subscribers. In addition to the game-related content, he had his "Tea Time with Byron" podcast and he even discussed with a psychiatrist the problems of his bipolar disorder and the prolonged depression that caused his death.
For 2 years Byron has been working on his own Everland game, but the game has not seen its official release yet.
To date, he had 923,000 followers on his Twitch channel.
Byron "Reckful" Bernstein became an integral part of our community and many players literally grew up along with his broadcasts. Now fans are holding the memorials inside World of Warcraft, gathering together in the temple in the center of Stormwind.