Case Mod World Series 2019: The Judges
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the annual case modding contest, Cooler Master has put together the biggest cash prize pool in case modding history. With the grand prize at $10,000 usd, it is more important than ever to find the most professional, neutral and well-respected opinions within the modding and PC gaming community. Read through as each judge highlights what it is they will be looking for in this year’s mods.
The Modding Community
My name is Peter Brands, 39 years young and online also known as L3p. I’ve been a casemodder and liquid cooling enthusiast for over 10 years. Gamer since 1995. Competed in several contests, also judged several global contests. After all these years of modding and judging I’m looking for the perfect combination of all the criteria. But most of all, something new and refreshing.
I’m Alex Banks, I’ve been Casemodding Professionally for the last 4 years and am the Modding Content Lead at bit-tech. Modding and making in general are what I live for, when I’m not stuffing my cheeks with food, you can bet I’m in the workshop tinkering. I’m looking for the balance of innovation and execution in a mod. Whether it be something brand new, or an evolution of an established process, I want to see it done well and to the best of the modder’s ability.
I started PC Modding myself in 2003 when I joined moddingtech.de. In 2007 I joined the DCMM team where we did annual contest on various conventions. In 2011 I joined the we-mod-it.com community. My last DCMM contest was in 2017, but I stayed in touch with the community through various facebook groups and forums. I have a background in engineering, model building, electronics and making. I’ll be looking for good Craftmanship, interesting concepts and ideas.
Former Moderator and Co-Admin of a renowned German Case modding Community and 9 times Jury for the DCMM case mod contest at Gamescom. I’m looking for good craftmanship and how clean/well everything is made. How much creativity is in the design and how everything fits in together and matches with the theme and concept of the mod.
I first got into case modding almost 20 years ago initially I was looking for ways to make my PC more powerful and then started doing liquid cooled systems and moved onto more modifications. Back then we would post on moddingtech.de which was the biggest case modding community at the time. In parallel, I was invited to join the DCMM as a jury member. I first joined in 2004, and have attended the DCMM as a jury member every year since then. This was and is still the perfect way for me to stay closely connected to the modding community.
Over the years, very often I got the question Is there still anything new happening?. And every time I have to say, yes, the community is still developing and every year new spectacular creations are done. I look forward to take a close look at the creations from all over the world in this contest, and to be involved in judging the best ones.
The PC Master Race Team
Pedro is the founder of the PC Master Race (PCMR) community. He has been a PC gamer and technology enthusiast for over 25 years and a PC evangelist since 2011. At PCMR he wants to change the world, by being a positive force for PC gamers and technology enthusiasts everywhere the internet reaches. He is also a special advisor to folding@home, a project by Stanford University that uses the computing power of PCs to help study the process of protein folding so as to aid research on various diseases. Modding is one of his passions as he feels it is one of the ultimate expressions of freedom: being able to create a piece of art, in your image, that is also a PC. The ultimate machine.
Stevezilla is a long-time PC builder and enthusiast. He started building custom PCs in the late '90s and has not stopped since. In his professional life, he has been lucky enough to have worked for some of the biggest PC game companies around. He has been a member of the team moderating PC Master Race (PCMR) since 2017. I'm looking for functionality and aesthetics. A great mix of cooling power and pleasing form is always going to score highly for me.
Ryan has been building PCs for about 20 years and modding them for at least10. He likes all things PC and modification. While not busy working and parenting, he helps moderate the PC Master Race (PCMR) community. He will always try to carve out some extra time to work on his PC building obsession and is thankful that he gets to help inspire the next generation of PC enthusiasts. I'm a big fan of cohesion in mods. Do all the smaller details make sense for the bigger picture? That's what I'm a big fan of. I can be partial to both subtle and over the top modifications, to me, it's all about the overall execution.