“For me, in gaming, it’s been hard to find that comfortable camaraderie. It’s been a passion of mine to get girls out there.”
Well, you certainly have a following. Katherine “Kat” Gunn leaves tongues wagging everywhere she goes. However, she prefers to devote her time helping other women get their feet wet in gaming.
While that’s a passion of hers, it’s not what makes her the moolah. That comes from the tournaments she’s entered. Not only is she hot, and good at gaming, but Gunn once was the highest paid female gamer. She’s now number two, but that’s nothing to scoff at.
Mystik Early Beginnings
Mystik’s mystical beauty is thanks to her sun-kissed beginnings. The future star is a native of California. She grew up in a section of the Golden State known as Antelope Valley. A young Gunn spent her first years in Lancaster before taking up residence in Palmdale.
Gunn is the youngest of two girls to Patrick and Pamela Gunn. She has an older sister by the name of Samantha Gunn.
The Gunn Family has always shared a tight bond. One of the activities that drew the entire brood together was gathering around the television set and playing videos games.
Loving video games was instilled deeply into the young Cali native. When she had downtime away from family time, she was still gaming. Inevitably, Katherine fell in love with the game that captured the imagination of many early gamers, EverQuest. Oh yeah, she’s that sorta OG.
On top of being sucked into video games, her family also fostered a love for comics. In fact, the Gunns owned a comic book store. They also sold trading cards at the Canoga Park location. Suffice to say; this love for all things animated had a huge influence on Mystik’s penchant for cosplay.
While cosplay keeps viewers of Mystik entertained, and begging for more, the comic store also prepared her for a life in gaming. First becoming competitive playing card games, and then with her family over the video game console, her childhood prepared Kat Gunn for a life of eSports.
Mystik and Trading Cards
Mystik has a wide-range of memories that involve games. Her first favorite card game was Magic: The Gathering. Seeing as her family owned a trading card and comic book store, many people would come in and play at all hours.
They used to host parties and invite customers into their inner circle. This sense of community holds a spot in the heart of Mystik to this very day. That is why she encourages so many female gamers to prop each other up. That sort of mindset was instilled in her from the early days of the Gunn Family Comic store.
Following Magic: The Gathering, Katherine Gunn graduated to what others in her age range tended to. She became an aficionado for Pokemon.
Mystik Beta Tests XBox Live
Unlike many of the most popular gamers today, Mystik was around before the internet played home to the best video games. She was one of the foremothers, or an experimental guinea pig, for live gaming communities.
When Microsoft first announced it was going to release XBox Live, they did what all gaming companies do, they enlist the help of beta testers. That way, they can work out the kinks before a mass roll-out. Plus, the company receives feedback from experienced players who can undoubtedly influence other consumers. This form of testing was the precusor to current day influencing seen on social media, something that Mystik is also quite the pro at.
Without a doubt, Kat enjoyed her time testing XBox Live immensely. She immediately fell in love with MechAssault. Coming in a close second, she also had an affinity for Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Most notably, Katherine was a beast at Wild Chicken. The Beauty made it to the top of the Crimson Skies: Road to Revenge leader board playing that event.
Mystik Grows Gaming Career
With a strong confidence in her abilities, Katherine decided to take her gaming persona to the airwaves. Her first step toward this goal was to come up with a clan. This decision led her to form a girls only tandem known as the PMS Clan.
Unfortunately for the camaraderie that Mystik longs for, there was none of that to be found in the PMS Clan. Irreconcilable and creative differences drove a wedge between the group that was too far to repair. Shortly after they got together, the group disbanded. Luckily, the experience didn’t sour the budding star on her ultimate vision of gaming with her gender.
Nonetheless, Kat went solo to the 2006 World Cyber Games. She attended the finals in Las Vegas, Nevada and took it as an opportunity to show her face to others. The event was a success for Gunn as she successfully networked with many big names in the growing industry. Mystik rubbed elbows with World Cyber Games executives. The bigwigs extended an invite to the ever-competitive Dead or Alive market. It was off to the races for Mystik from there.
Mystik Enters Competitive Gaming
Following the successful appearance at the 2006 World Cyber Games, the star tried networking elsewhere. She popped up at the first-ever Championship Gaming Series Region 1 Combine. The Los Angeles event endeared her to even more influential names in the competitve sports world. As a result, Kat found herself drafted in the third round to the 2007 Championship Gaming Series.
The California native caught the eye of the Carolina Core. Although a skilled gamer, the playing field was strong. She landed herself as the 18th pick. Although a high draft number, it’s still an impressive feat.
Being drafted paid off for the Carolina Core. They actually placed second at the World Finals. Unfortunately, they fell to Chicago Chimera in the photo finish.
Happy with her performance, the Core extended an invite for Mystik to stay on for another season. She happily obliged. This time, they fell victim to the Birmingham Salvo. The loss took place in the World Finals during the semi-final round of events.
Mystik on Ultimate Gamer
With the gaming world blowing up, reality television opportunities starting to afford themselves. Primed for a life in front of the camera, Kat jumped at the opportunity. She auditioned in 2010 to be on the WCG Ultimate Gamer.
Her stats proved to be intimidating to other players. Immediately, Kat was targeted for having an excessively high gaming score. Unfortunately for those other contestants, Mystik was untouchable. She walked away with the grand prize at the end of the season.
The hottie walked away with a purse of $100,000. She was the last victor of the show. After it’s third season, the show wasn’t renewed. Not a bad earning for a short-lived experience.
Mystik and IGN Partnership
The second decade of the 2000s proved to be fruitful for Kat. Hot off her win, she made her way to the IGN Pro League Tournament to network. Based on the contacts she made, she was invited to participate in the “I’m a Fighter” World Championship. This event took place at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
She helped promote the Dead or Alive 5 game while there. Thanks to her hard work, the star earned credits at the end of the game. She would continue to do work for the Pro League until IGN shut down operations of the sector in 2013.
While she’s a great gamer, let’s be for real. We love Mystik even more for her hot cosplay. Luckily for the world, she has shared that enthusiasm with other females in the gaming community. This led to her create a group that would merge female gamers and cosplay. The team is known as Less Than 3 (or LT3).
At first, the team was sponsored by Mad Catz. Under this partnership, the team recruited Jessica Nigri and Linda Le. During this time, Mad Catz was able to secure the group spots in influential arenas such as:
- Anime Expo
- PAX Prime
- Sentai Filmworks
While she still partakes in cosplay, LT3 has less of a presence than they used to. Now, Mystik posts mainly on Twitch, and keeps us sweating over her social media feeds.
Kat’s pictures are something that will leave you speechless. She has a tendency to post a lot of shots in nothing but a T-shirt. Those legs leave a trail left for the imagination. Cosplay is definitely her jam. When she’s not channeling Mortal Kombat, you can see her in full Pokemon mode. As cute as these ensembles may be, we’d prefer more (or less) of the T-shirt only pics, please. Thanks!
Mystik likes to switch things up and we love that about her. We’re not just talking in the cosplay (and hopefully in the bedroom), we’re talking about video games too. Whether she’s playing WWE 2K or Call of Duty, she gives everything a chance. Mystik likes to show videos that include gaming with her family and her cosplay fetish. We just like to watch! Trust us; as long as she continues to post, we will always be there tuning in!