The Fish Server, or 피쉬서버, also simply referred to as Fish, is a private Korean server for Starcraft: Brood War. It has become known to the international scene due to the current shortage of competitive ladders. It has about 10,000 - 15,000 users online during its peak hours (~6:00 PM - 12:00 PM KST), comprising of mostly Korean players. Because the server and website is in Korean and have no translations available, the language barrier has usually driven many players to play on the ICCup instead.
Although there are players of all skill levels on Fish, the playerbase is generally considered much more skillful than even the best melee players on any other server due to the large number of ex-pro-gamers and strong amateurs. The higher skill level and language barrier are the primary reasons as to why beginners are urged to play on ICCup instead. .
The Fish Server operates a 1v1 Ladder and 2v2 Ladder that updates in real-time. The Ladders reset on a regular basis, i.e. generally every three months, such that all accumulated Ladder points are expunged. The Ladder ranks range from F- to S, with the ranking determined by the points earned by the player. The Fish ladder provides an objective gauge of player skill or achievement, alongside other ranking systems such as Elo ratings and KeSPA rankings.
Current system (effective April 8, 2017)
Previous system (July 17, 2015)
|top 5% of players rank B|
|top 10% of players rank B|
Previous system (April 1, 2015)
|>3700 and top 5% of all users|
|>3700 and top 10% of all users|
Previous system (January 3, 2015)
|>3700 and top 1% of all users|
|>3700 and top 5% of all users|
Generally, the number of points gained by the victor and lost by the defeated are of equal in magnitude (in opposite directions) and totals 50 net. That is, if 25 points are gained, or expressed as +25, by the winner, the losing player loses 25 points, or -25. More points are won in beating opponents who are higher ranked. Each disparity in rank results in five more points being exchanged than a match between equally ranked players. For example, a match between A-ranked players results in the same amount of points exchanged (+25/-25) as one between E-ranked players. If the A-ranked player competes against a B-ranked player, however, the former would exchange either +20 (in winning) or -30 (in losing) points -- in this example, the one rank difference between the two competitors results in a 5 more points exchanged (1 ranking difference x 5 points/ranking difference) than a game between equivalent ranks. Consequently, if the B-ranked player were to beat the A-ranked player, the former exchanges +30 (in winning) or -20 (in losing) points. Similarly, a two rank difference results in a +15 (in winning)/-35 (in losing) points swing for the higher ranked player, while the lower ranked player experiences a +35/-15 point swing.
Furthermore, effective January 1, 2015, players can earn win streak bonuses while getting penalized for losing streaks. For example, during a three consecutive win streak against an opponent of the same rank, the winner earns +25, +27, and +28 points, respectively, and so on. The win streak bonus is capped at +35 points (a winning streak of 6+). Correspondingly, losing three consecutive games would result in -25, -26, -27 points, and so on. the losing streak penalty is capped at -37 (losing streak of 8+).
To qualify as a ladder game, both players must have 30 or more melee wins and must have been logged-in for at least 48 hours total to the server (the remaining time can be checked by the server command /lc). A loss in a ladder game will subtract a win from one's melee win total, so players who dip below 30 wins may have to play further melee games to re-qualify for the ladder. The amount of meele wins gained or lost is affected by winning/losing streaks. New or reset ladder accounts start at 1000 points while the bottom floor is 150; players dropping below 150 points will have to reset their point totals to 1000.
Fish 1v1 Ladder players generally congregate in the "[ :: LADDER :: ]" channel. In years past, players would post their points status and readiness to play in the channel chat window as they to sought out potential opponents of a comparable skill level. With this practice, however, the channel chat window would quickly become flooded with with a wall of text, making it very difficult to decipher in finding a potential opponent. Nowadays, the Ladder channel chat is moderated, such that players must privately message, or whisper, their rankings to other comparably ranked players in locating a potential opponent. It is common to see players advertising their points status and availability to potential opponents with copied-and-pasted messages such as "CCCCCCCCC gogo!".
The de facto etiquette is for Ladder players to seek out potential opponents who are within one level of his/her rank, and rarely more than two. For example, a C-level player will seek out B, C, D-level players; in the absence of such players, however, the C-level player may also try to contact an A or E-level player. It is not possible to play a ladder game with opponents who are not within two levels of his/her rank. The Ladder channel is usually composed of mostly lower ranked F and E level players, with a lower number of intermediate D and C ranked players, and a handful of B and higher ranked players. As such, the Ladder ranking is usually inversely proportional to the number of potential opponents.
The highest ranks of the ladder are generally populated by ex-pro-gamers, many of whom stream on Afreeca when playing. Players who are common fixtures on the Ladder top 20 include Bisu, Larva, Mong, HiyA, Killer, hero, Shinee, Shuttle, Sea, Free, Piano, Jaehoon, ZerO, and sSak. Many top players have multiple accounts; since it is challenging to find opponents with comparably high rankings, the player will frequently restart his ascent up the Ladder with a new F-rank account as there are generally many more lower ranked players in the Ladder channel. A list of the known Fish Server account usernames are below.
When ex-pro-gamers play one another, they will commonly play a Best of 3 or Best of 5 series in melee mode, where no Ladder points are exchanged. Rather, these series are commonly wagered matches that are fan-sponsored.
Fish Server Commands
- /whois [user]: Looks up some basic information on a user, including their current location.
- /w [user] (or /msg /whisper): Sends a private message to a user online regardless of the channel they are in.
- /dnd all: "Do Not Disturb" - prevents ALL whispers from displaying to your screen. Its use is similar to the /away command. To turn the DND mode off, just type /dnd without a reason. This will prevent people from sending whispers to you while in a game as well. You are still able to see all normal public channel messages.
- /ignore [user]: Ignores any future messages from that user effectively muting that user to you.
- /stats [user]: Displays the player's Win/Loss/Disconnect record first for melee stats, then ladder 1v1, then 2v2 stats
- /finger [user]: Displays more extensive information on a user, including their most recent IP address (the last two parts).
- /f (or /friends): For adding, removing, or listing friends. (see here for more information)
List of Known Fish Server Usernames (Ex-pro, semi-pro, high level Korean amateurs)
|Air||[NeOx]mbc, best_10stork, intro)red, luxury.Air, intro)rex, Qus.Ace, We.Made|
|Ample||mannedhome, ErOs_KNR, surveyanalyst, Love.LTE, ErOs_Ample, Black[KaL], Ever)T(Turtle, [Lexus]Sana, Arbiterage|
|Bale||95, NsP_Pure, NsP_Bale|
|beast||[NeOx]abuse, beast[kaL], etro_hyemi, glow`jinu, Jat.Girl, abercrombie, union`ufreeca, Dream.t)Line(?), jatgirl|
|BeSt||Best[WHITE], [p.sd]TEMPLE, ckdtka, NAMICHIL, SKTELECOMT1BEST, luve, 황족첼애우, ppty12, Moo.Dorin2, AtaeK|
|Bisu||na1st, hehe1004, onlystar, taekdol, zehojo, fa1con, na1st[Shield], Bisu[Shield], Bisu2, [NeOx]yong2|
|blssOm||ever)P(say, ever)P(Horang2, airforce, baskin.lish, s.player, Horang2|
|By.Spire||By.Spire, [NeOx]SsaL, BJ|
|By.Sun/By.Rain||Pangya, Sarin_Rain, ziku, Moo.Arena|
|Byuckdichi/Byuckdichi[yG]||muljomdao, mooljomdao1, muljomdao1, mooljomdao|
|Calm||Calm[KaL], eeeee, PoKKAA|
|Cola||._pOse, boragood, powerberry, ggobuk.otl, ErO.pOse, TeemO.pOse, Ever)Z(Max|
|EffOrt||maecro, Mae[Shield], mae, MaeSaeGgi, bangjangjotgga, 297, smilebird, hea1979, ysa5846, [NeOx]99, RawLiet, maemoddi, SonHakKyu|
|Firebathero||dibo, gogigogihot, LiamNeeson|
|Flash||TimeNa, eros_quality, FlaSh, [NeOx]205, [NeOx]FlaSh|
|Fomos HONGMAN||Neagle, C.toss, alphago.pOse, Youso2u, tosssin, footdoje, handsomeda|
|force[Name]||eocjstk, crown[scm], ran2, forceup, zulja, [NeOx]Force|
|GuemChi||Minus)Gold, IamMang, ChinaMang, noxa, Cbul_(l), OME[BonJwa], [NeOx]MokPo, Sexy_No.1, 10[Sad], Moo.Mang|
|hero||By.herO, herO[GOM], [NeOx]GOM, [NeOx]SPRING, [NeOx]1102|
|HoGiL||NsP_Zerg, Painter, NsP_Alt[F4], ZerG[ScM]|
|HiyA||Terran, [NeOx]Carp, Cbul_olo, SubwayQuick, Union`nansa, Zizu, Moolgogi[Sado], Ki[SaDO], Dorin2[WHITE]|
|Horang2||Ever)P(Horang2, SaSin)Horang2, waiting, Moo.Rang2|
|Hyuk||LoveChuLsk, Sarin_June, cinzi|
|IcaruS||LoveCaffe, SeolHaRang, BaeSujy, HongSeol, Hyeona-, dreamhigh, NsP_Asuna, suzy, eros_asuna, Pixy, Terran[ScM], Tank, Hestia[Shield], Boy, KwonBoA, dariusmilhaud, zkzkllk, leearam, Moo.DaePo, volvo500, He.S.Kale, Obwin|
|IriS||Sarin_S2, Sarin_saram, 30yearsold, mae-3-, 31yearsold, Sarin_Berserker|
|Jaedong||424, jiko, n.Die_Jaedong, jd|
|Jaehoon||[NeOx]Bermuda, butangass, jat.bermuda, mcfly, 4tim`keke`, stone, Ever)P(Bermuda, Ever)P(Sharp, jaehoon777, CasePPP, aoa|
|JangBi||Dream.t)Jangbi, yMoO, Dream.t)yMoO|
|July||commentary (shared), fantajuly|
|Kal||GooJila[KaL], SadEyes, toot),kpmgkorea|
|Kwanro||Dream.t)Gangyu, Freebong, Shinnie, butcherzerg, Luv[ScM]|
|Killer||Killer[White], Choboda, [P.sD]Z.ling, Bestkaian, maekiller, given, zerg, StartTAC|
|Larva||[NeOx]HOng9, [Neox]CoLa, IntrO)Hong9, electricity, akzk123, Lange, serana1, Larva, Fantastic.pOse, qwedddd, sarin_552|
|Last||ashley18, Ever)T(aShley, hild, lind, mokaland, Tossgaesagi, Zerggaesagi, Melverc, GoSu, Bani, jeonsul, Ever)T(Last, alphago, momoka, BJ-hyunjae, Moo.Last,|
|Lazy||NsP_lazy, koreaSBG, TossUser1|
|Leta||Shield, Leta[Shield], hurumiya, Leta|
|Light||mulgoginaksi, StarMaster, Eros_Light, ErOs_DEC, fora, Native_Lt, Moo.howOo|
|MaeJang/NtO`MaeJang||ChaeLyn, ChaeLyn[Name], NtO`MaeJang, N.s)Z(MaeZang|
|Minam||Dream.t)cool, LindsayLohan, baechigi[name], witnessme|
|Mind||Mind[White], Project, koreakorea123, mind23232, guessfree, Moo.Dok4|
|Mini||NahyunJung, EverPMini, Qus.redgom, ckdbstj, [NeOx]FieSta, Parkeunbe, Ever)P(Waggu, Hasune, Tears[S.O], Ever)P(IU, pF.Mini, wGm.Mini|
|MIsO||Dy[shield], aimar21, dkrekhd, Lifechange, Miso[Shield], rjsQkd, mi.oo, hdy, Where, Moo.zzaL, ICstar, GFB|
|Modesty||zinx1, Lets, Ever)P(NO|
|Mong||Mong, Choigoon, Gowoon, Monster[WHITE], [P.sD])Goliath, HONEYNCHIP, zeroboy, [NeOx](`oo`), usemapgoodgood, Fishbanmong, Chicken, Moo.(`oo`)|
|Movie||Jin[movie], Xavier[SAINT], Movie[KaL], SUPERNATURAL|
|Nal_rA||5dronegg, nalra5dronegg, 4dronegg|
|Noble||NsP_Zest, vips.staff, vips.chef|
|Olympus||Olympus, NsP_QumSin, Gvoot, Ever)P(QumSin|
|PianO||Myth.siva, myth.agni, seerainbow, urban, david, jicmanup, TT3TT, soulfucker, kka, Cen.ta, medusa8919, 123[[, noin[sad], organ[sad], vvv.o__O, organ[[[[[, 204[[[[[, blossom_heeya, rockyzero|
|Pure||7000won, 7000won[WHITE], 4000won|
|Pusan||labak, Mi.PilLabak2, Pusan[S.G], JatNaldo, (2016)KespA31[S.G]|
|Rush||gusrl0888, Rush[Shield], Moksaeggi, OUR|
|s2||hosun, Do.Z, Afurica|
|sAviOr||[NeOx]1123, akwo, ceres[myth]|
|Scan||Bright[KaL], Minus)tmzos, Scan[KaL], [road], gasic.man, vktnlf|
|Sea||noinsung, moulton, [NeOx]XIAda, apm90[WHITE], yuambo[shield], Sea[Shield], Tg.prince, [Neox]Ada95|
|Sexy||[NeOx]Hero, GongJu, HerO.LTE, bud, [neox]time, hite[mvp], pokgun, -_color, history, HerO[S.G], Sejung|
|Sharp||NsP_Sharp, girlsdayzzang4, Karazzang4, NsP_note, Beyonce, JJamTiger, IWC, wGm.Sharp|
|Shine||jwy05, Shine[kaL], wGm.Shine|
|Shinee||Ever)P(Luffy, StarCraft, Frog, shed, costly, TossOneTop, ErOs_Onetop, nOmOshOw, Trying, bikey78, ErOs_dinosaur, Sarin_ggoma, kh8774, ivOryAce, Moo.onekill, [arirang], 39yearsold|
|Shuttle||EyeWater[WHITE], Ever)P(ShowTime, marsbeen, DdongNemse, Ever)p(waggu, Ever)P(JJ, laka(beak)6704, sanjida, season, TN_EyeWater`, sinsagom, 1234[[[[[, Demi, WaterEye[WHITE], Robben, [NeOx]Eyewater|
|Sky||Ever)P(Sure, Pass[KaL], [NeOx]byul82, [neox]hachi, VanPersie, OMG_SKY, Mi.nam, red.alert, 15705967, aoA, MissU.BHJ, SARIN_SKY, _G.G_, 90geun, ShoNS, dduddo|
|sKyHigh||Yeomsi, zobs, wGm.zobs|
|Smile||nto`head, nto`R1, DaPenDa|
|Snow||By.Snow, kiss_lt, ever)p(, gg_play, rainy[hyo], wkddbscjf, wGm.Snow, zzoogizzoogi, luvstar|
|Soulkey||Lock, soulkey[shield], Moo.Byuk, Neo.G_Soulkey|
|sSak||`Byebye`, [NeOx]sSak, seul, jusuk., mo.nster, Mo.sSak, Garura|
|Star||tasiki, miSa, kanda, Aisukokoa, Skuld|
|Stork||i(-.-)i, SBG, [NeOx]BG, Stork|
|Tyson||GinkGO, Hyung2da.pOse, Review, ToHolic, Pray`Tara_P, Han.pOse, Public, So..`Peace, mighty, King.2, Mi.nD, Zebra, Focus, Ssak, Jinzzagosu, Sinhae, MelonBJ|
|yerim2||NtO`Yerim2, Uganda, RaTe, bahaeng, GamjaTang, agumon, ziko, Axiyo[Shield]|
|ZeLoT||ZeLoT[Kal], SeeingSounds, mongkok, ZeLoT`Bit, park-cham, eyewater[BLACK], Sarin_ZeLoT|
|ZerO||Myth.Ra, TheFirst, Kaka[WHITE], SuTaMandoo, [NeOx]92, Sarin_Zero, Moo.Queen|
|Zeus||[neox]zeus, QTGIRL, JAT.70TAEKYU, dorai, ever)P(zeus|
List of Foreigner Usernames on Fish
|Bonyth||bonyth, able.bonyth, p-bonyth[alive]|
Points and Mall
When an account reaches three days of age and plays at least one game, the account is introduced to the point system, called Point Center or 포인트센터 on the official FishBattle.net website, which can only be accessed by logging into the site using a Fish Server account that meets the mentioned qualifications. You accumulate points by logging in, playing games, and involving yourself in clans and forum activities on the website. Users can purchase products from the Point Mall or 포인트몰 such as flairs, customized chat channels, ladder stat resets and all-server chat known as 포인트ANN. These products are rented, meaning you pay per day. Products may also be refunded if they have not been used, as they are not activated by default. There is also a gambling program on the website you can bet your points on by completing tasks such as quizzes and progamer history, but it is only offered in Korean.
- Fish Server
- TL thread introducing Fish
- Fish Server Daily Statistics
- TL Fish thread 2
- Fish ladder
- Fish ladder ranks (2014)
- Fish ladder ranks (2015)
- Fish ladder revision on Jan 3, 2015
- Fish ladder ranks on TL
- Fish ladder revision April 1, 2015
- Fish ladder revision July 6, 2015
- Fish ladder revision, April 8, 2017)
- Battle.net commands
- Fish server specific commands