Ken

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[e][h]Marth Ken
Player Information
Name:
Ken Hoang
Birth:
October 10, 1985 (1985-10-10) (age 31)
Country:
Team:
Alternate IDs:
Liquid`Ken, SephirothKen
Nicknames:
The King of Smash
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Marth Marth
Secondaries:
Fox Fox, Captain Falcon Captain Falcon
Links
History
2014-03-18 — Present

Ken "SephirothKen" Hoang is a Vietnamese American professional Melee player who credits the game for financing him through college.

Ken is the 2004-2005 national champion of Major League Gaming, the 2007 international champion of EVO World Finals,[1][2] and was the highest ranked Super Smash Bros. Melee player in the United States. He was also the world champion for several years, having defeated reputable players from around the globe, including top Japanese players in the summer of 2005 and 2006.[3]

Ken possesses the highest major tournament win-to-loss ratio of any Super Smash Brothers Melee player from 2003 to 2007.[4] His three years of dominance earned him the nickname "The King of Smash".[5] His main is Marth, and his secondary is Fox. He received minor television coverage in MTV's True Life: I'm a Professional Gamer and minor coverage in the fall of 2006 on the USA Network's broadcast of Halo 2 on the MLG Pro Circuit.[6] In Fall of 2008, Ken was a contestant on Season 17 of CBS's reality television series Survivor, taking place in Gabon, Africa.

He was ranked 87th on SSBM Rank 2016.

Biography[edit]

Ken started playing Super Smash Bros. when it was released for the Nintendo 64, but never competed in a major tournament for the game. When Melee was released, Ken initially did not enjoy it, but the game grew on him after a period of a few months. By the time he attended his first tournament, he had already built up a reputation in his town as the best Smash player. This tournament differed from most later Melee tournaments in that matches were free-for-all matches between four players rather than a 1 vs 1 match. The other players teamed up against Ken to eliminate him.[7]

In 2003, Ken competed in his first major tournament, part of the Tournament Go (TG) series, one of the first major Melee tournament series. In this, the fourth installment of the tournament series, Ken won the singles (1 vs 1) tournament and lost in the doubles (2 vs 2) tournament to the winners of the first two TG tournaments.[7][8]

Seven months later, in August 2003, Ken attended and won TG5. This was the first tournament where he partnered with Joel "Isai" Alvarado for doubles. Their victory in the doubles tournament started a two-and-a-half year winning streak. They won every doubles tournament they entered until MLG Chicago in July 2006, where they were defeated by Azen and Chillin in the finals and received second place. However, they reclaimed their title later that year in August at MLG Orlando where they defeated Azen and Chillin 6-3 in the finals.[9]

For the next two years, Ken continued to win nearly every competition he entered. The worst loss he garnered in the prime of his competitive career was in August 2004 at TG6 where he placed 9th out of approximately 128 competitors.

During his retirement, he was regarded as one of the top players long after his departure from the tournament scene.[1] In September 2006, Ken was nominated in "The Dangerous Five" as one of "The World's Most Dangerous Gamers" by Electronic Gaming Monthly, in which he was called "The Duper" for his fast, smart, and aggressive play.[10]

Ken returned to the game in 2012 after a five year hiatus and placed 33rd in Kings of Cali. He proceeded to attend several additional tournaments, including EVO 2013, where he placed 49th out of 696 participates, the largest Smash tournament in history at that time based on entrants.

On March 18, 2014, Team Liquid announced that Ken and KoreanDJ would be joining Liquid's new Super Smash Bros Team.[11]

At 2014 MLG Anaheim, his first major tournament appearance since joining Team Liquid, Ken placed 21-24th after losing 1-2 to Lucky one round before reaching the championship bracket. At EVO 2014, he advanced in first from his group to advance to the Quarterfinals Brackets. He ended up placing 33-48th after being defeated by PPMD and Fiction.

Ken continued to compete and place fairly consistently throughout 2015, however his breakout performance was EVO 2015, where he notably defeated Westballz 2-0 to qualify for the Top 32 bracket in winners and ended up placing 13th, losing to Plup and Ice.

Recent Major Results[edit]

Date Place Event Result Prize
2017
Jan 20-22 C197 - 128th GENESIS 4 1 : 2 USA CIZ
2016
Jul 15-17 C149 - 64th EVO 2016 0 : 2 USA Sheik Darkatma
May 6-8 B717 - 24th DreamHack Austin 2016 0 : 2 USA The Moon
Jan 15-17 C133 - 48th GENESIS 3 1 : 3 Mexico Eddy Mexico
2015
Sep 19 B717 - 24th HTC Throwdown 0 : 2 USA Sheik Shroomed
Sep 5-6 C133 - 48th Paragon Los Angeles 2015 1 : 2 USA Hungrybox
Jul 17-19 A513 - 16th EVO 2015 0 : 2 Germany Fox Ice
Jun 26-28 C133 - 48th CEO 2015 0 : 2 USA Captain Falcon Gravy
May 9-10 B725 - 32nd Press Start 0 : 3 USA Hax
Apr 18-19 B717 - 24th Sandstorm 0 : 2 USA Medz
Apr 11-12 B725 - 32nd I'm Not Yelling! L USA sherigami
Jan 31-Feb 1 C181 - 112th Apex 2015 L USA DoH
2014
Jul 11-13 C133 - 48th EVO 2014 L USA Fiction
Jul 5-6 A513 - 16th Kings of Cali 4 1 : 3 USA MikeHaze
Jun 20-22 B721 - 24th MLG Anaheim 2014 1 : 2 USA Fox Lucky
May 31-Jun 1 B725 - 32nd SKTAR 3 L USA Darc
May 24-25 B717 - 24th Pat's House 2 2 : 3 USA S2J
2013
Jul 11-13 C149 - 64th EVO 2013 L USA Larry Lurr
2012
Nov 10 C133 - 48th Kings of Cali 0 : 2 USA Marth Tai
2007
Sep 29-30 A57 - 8th Super Champ Combo 0 : 2 USA Ice Climbers ChuDat
All Results

SSBM Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
SSBM Rank 2016 87
SSBM Rank 2015 52
SSBM Rank 2014 58
SSBM Rank 2013 100

Interviews[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2011[edit]

2008[edit]

2007[edit]

2006[edit]

Melee Matches[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Was a Grandmaster level Protoss player[12] and visited TeamLiquid.net for StarCraft before joining Team Liquid.
  • Was one of the top finishers on Survivor: Gabon.

Gallery[edit]


References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Magee, Kyle (2007-09-05). "MLG Interview with Ken".
  2. Campbell, Sean (2006-05-29). "Are they worth fighting for?". Got Frag. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  3. Alphazealot (2007-11-22). "Smash Pro Profiles from 2006". Major League Gaming. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  4. CAMILLE DODERO (2006-11-21). "The next action sport". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  5. Sean Campbell (2006-05-29). "Are They Worth Fighting For?". GotFrag DPAD. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  6. Pro video gaming comes to cable TV
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The King of Smash: MLG Interviews Ken". Major League Gaming. 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  8. KishPrime (May 2005). "MELEE-FC: Where it all began". MELEE-FC. Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  9. "MLG Chicago Smash Wrap-Up". Major League Gaming. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  10. "The World's Most Dangerous Gamers". October 2006. pp. 52–53
  11. "Liquid Smash Brothers Melee". Team Liquid. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  12. ESH_Adam (2014-04-30). "Liquid'Ken Interview- The Return of the King". Retrieved 2015-04-19.