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Alex "BUK 20" Buck is an English player for Endpoint. He and his brother Will "BUK 57" Buck are well known in both the European and North American Halo scenes for their time with teams such as Power Gaming and Epsilon eSports.
The BUKs rose to prominence early in Halo's European competitive scene. At least as early as Insomnia 36, they were a part of Imperial eSports UK alongside Baadshah and Vard, where they took 3rd place. At Insomnia 37, the BUKs took 1st place alongside Baxter and MVP as team Crack Clan. The BUKs and Baxter decided to try their luck in America, joining Power Gaming alongside Reaction. They attended MLG Anaheim 2009, taking 19th place. Returning to Europe for Insomnia 38, the Power roster took 1st place. Returning to America for the MLG Orlando Championships 2009, Power took an improved 17th place finish. Power then picked up MVP in place of Baxter and returned for MLG Orlando 2010, where they took 21st place. Back in Europe, Power took 1st at the inaugural European Gaming League event - ECL 1 Liverpool. In their final Halo 3 event, MLG Raleigh 2010, Power took an impressive 10th place, famously upsetting Str8 Rippin in the process.
At the MLG Dallas 2010 Reach Exhibition, a new Power roster with Loco in Reaction's place took 5th place. At MLG Dallas 2011, Power took 19th. Returning to Europe for ECL 2 Blackpool, Power were ousted as champions by FnaticMSI, taking 2nd place. The BUKs then joined the LowLandLions organization alongside Pinoo and Shinato. At ECL 3 Loughborough and EGL 4 London, they took 3rd place. They returned to America for the MLG Providence Championships 2011, where they took 17th place. After forming team Devastation alongside Riotz and Fuzion, the BUKs again went to America for the MLG Winter Championships 2012, where they took a top 16 finish. Returning to Europe for EGL 5 Blackpool now under apeX eSports, Devastation took 2nd place. The same roster, now under Western Wolves, took 2nd again at EGL 7 Blackpool. At EGL 8 Manchester, the BUKs returned with a new wW roster featuring JC and Fragby, taking 4th place.
Western Wolves attended the American MLG Fall Championship 2012 Halo 4 exhibition event, taking a top 32 finish. They also participated in a show match against the other foreign team - Team Immunity, which they lost. Back in Europe, with Inspired2Kill in place of Fragby, wW took a 3rd place finish at EGL 9 Blackpool. BUK 57 retired shortly after this event. At Insomnia 49, BUK 20 filled in as a last minute sub for All4Down alongside Az, Gaskin and Jools. They took a 4th place finish. BUK 20 then joined the Team Infused organization alongside Vard, Reaction and Xavi. They took 3rd place at the Insomnia 52 Halo 3 event.
Halo 2: Anniversary
With Respectful in Xavi's place, Infused took 3rd again at Insomnia 53. At the Gfinity Halo 2: Anniversary LAN Championship, Infused took 4th place. In January 2015, BUK 20 joined Epsilon eSports alongside Jimbo, Snipedrone and Reaction. Hoping to qualify for the North American HCS Season 1 Finals by winning EGL Battle of Europe 2015, the top seeded team fell short of their goal, placing 3rd. Reaction was then replaced by BUK 57, coming out of retirement to reunite the twin duo, and the team attended Insomnia 54, where they placed 3rd. While the Halo 2: Anniversary circuit was still active in Europe, Epsilon were invited to the Gamescom Invitational 2015 Halo 5 showcase event, where they placed 1st. Returning to H2A for Insomnia 55, Epsilon closed the game out with a 1st place finish.
Halo 5: Guardians
The Bucks and Epsilon stuck together going into the Halo World Championship 2016 qualifier series. They took 1st place at the UK Finals, qualifying for the EMEA Regional Finals. A short time later, Epsilon appeared at the X Games Aspen 2016 exhibition event as one of two invited European teams. Though they were able to upset the American Renegades squad, they ultimately failed to emerge from their pool and finished top 8. At the EMEA Regionals, Epsilon were upset in the Semifinals by Team Infused, but still placed top 4, a strong enough placing to qualify for Worlds. At Worlds, Epsilon turned heads by once again upsetting an American team in Pool Play - this time Cloud9. They amplified this in their next match against the dominant Counter Logic Gaming squad, who were favored to and would go on to win the event. They managed to take a game off the juggernaut squad and remained competitive in their three lost maps, proving that they could hang with the best in the world. They emerged from their pool as the only non-American team to make the Championship Bracket, where they lost to Team eLevate in the Quarterfinals and went home with a top 8 finish.
Shortly after Worlds, Jimbo announced the dissolving of the Epsilon roster, leaving the Bucks to form The Dinosaurs alongside Ramirez and Riotz. They failed in their first attempt at qualifying for the Summer 2016 Pro League, leading to Ramirez and Riotz leaving and being replaced by Flamez and Qristola. The new squad qualified for the season. Despite a strong start, Dinosaurs went on a long losing streak which resulted in them missing the Finals and facing Relegation. Dinosaurs survived Relegation, placing 2nd in the tournament.
After the season concluded, Dinosaurs replaced Flamez with Jimbo. Unfortunately, Jimbo and Qristola both ended up leaving shortly before roster lock, leaving the Bucks to bring back Flamez and recruit VexZeus for the Fall Season. On September 10, Dinosaurs joined the Prophecy organization. Over the course of the season, Prophecy failed to win a single match, finishing 0-10 and facing Relegation. In the Relegation tournament, Prophecy were swept by BitterSweet and defeated 4-1 by VwS Gaming, making them the first team in any HCS Pro League to get relegated.
During the offseason, the BUKs parted ways with Vex and Flamez, recruiting Morguhhh and Zhuh from team Egoed to form Pace Making Pandas. At the Gfinity London Qualifier, the BUKs returned to elite-level contention, finishing 4th after notable victories over Supremacy and Epsilon eSports, though this still wasn't high enough to qualify for Halo World Championship 2017. The following week, with Doodle replacing Morguhhh, Pace Making Pandas competed in the LCQ, finishing fourth and failing to qualify for Worlds.
After sitting out the Summer season, BUK20 returned to action for the Fall 2017 EU Circuit, reforming Pace Making Pandas with Morguhhh, Zhuh and Syn (formerly known as SeptiQ). After establishing itself as a top contender, the team was signed by Endpoint. At Gfinity London, Endpoint finished fourth after losses to Supremacy and Vexed Gaming, just missing out on a DreamHack Denver spot. They tried again in the LCQ, but finished second.
- One of the most successful European players in North American tournaments.
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