It’s that time of year again. After several months of cutting, painting, carving, drilling, tube bending, and whatever else you can think of, the Case Mod World Series 2017 has finally come to end. Many spent hundreds of hours putting both craft and creation to the test in pursuit of a title in the world’s largest modding competition.
All of this culminated with 121 spectacular final submissions from more than 40 countries around the world. You guys weighed in with over 10,000 votes. Our judges spent a week going over each mod in great detail, with winning scores coming down to the decimal point. Here are the results.
1st: VEGA by S.PiC, Russia 818 Points
The project’s name was inspired by a program aimed at the study of Venus. The MasterCase 5 has undergone a complete structural transformation into a spaceship. All the hand-crafted pieces assemble to form a three compartment shape with the MasterCase in the center acting as the hull and thrusters on the sides.
2nd: RAGE by Martin Muñoz, Colombia 792 Points
Inspired by your worst post-apocalyptic nightmares. Using classic components like the Elite 130 case and V6GT air cooler, this mod presents a bleak look at a future overrun by machines and corrupted by time. In a barren wasteland of degrading hardware only those fueled by RAGE can hope to survive.
3rd: The Old Book by MegaSkot, Serbia 744 Points
Today, books may no longer be the main source of information but man’s general thirst for knowledge has only grown with time. This project shows the link between wisdom of the past and present as a PC created to look like an ancient manuscript. Even real leather was used for the mod’s casing.
1st: The Wheel Of Star by Modder Crow, Thailand 775 Points
The sun and moon continue to turn, ticking away the moments like a giant clock. This mod reminds us that we only have so much time so we should spend it being happy. Happiness can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s the joy of playing games on a PC. Sometimes it’s just taking the time to look up at the stars.
2nd: Codename J.A.C.K. by Krittanon, Thailand 772 Points
Every great space exploration story starts with a beacon. A ship wandering the blackness of space following a signal guiding it to the unknown. But what will these beacons look like? Inspired by science fiction, this mod takes a guess at how man will find new planets one day.
3rd: Cyber Kitsune by Jaqueline “Jack” Abrao, Brazil 766 Points
As children, games come to life with our imaginations. As adults we have the power to make those dreams a reality. This project was inspired by Magic the Gathering and the modder’s sincere desire to bring her childhood fantasies to life. Cyber Kitsune is more than just a PC. It’s childhood dreams made real.
MKTRX AMMO 315 by Ovidiu Gitlan, Romania 701 Points
This project is a tribute to the classic Ammo 533 case, one of the most impressive cases to be seen at any LAN party. It emulates the enclosure and mechanical feel of the original, but diverges in engineering and presentation. The build was done entirely from scratch with aluminum and plastic.
People’s Choice Award
Elemental Infusion by Kanishka “Ash” Akalanka, Sri Lanka 728 Votes
A relic lost in time chiseled from a magical tree of the Nightsilver Woods to honor the most powerful forces of nature: Earth, Wind, and Fire. The concept was to infuse older methods of art into new technology. An actual log was carved by hand to act as the canvas for this DOTA 2 inspired mod.
The winners are walking away with US$45,000 in cash and prizes for their achievements, with goodies supplied by Intel, ASUS, Nvidia, HyperX, Dremel, Bitspower, Seagate, and of course Cooler Master. Prizes include an array of high-end parts such as Cooler Master’s highly acclaimed MasterCase Maker 5, Intel’s i7 7700K CPU, ASUS ROG’s Maximus IX Formula motherboard, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, HyperX’s Predator DDR4 RAM, and precision rotary tools from Dremel.