HoGiL

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[e][h]Zerg HoGiL
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Player Information
Name:
김상욱
Romanized Name:
Kim Sang Wook
Birth:
April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02) (age 26)
Country:
Race:
Clan:
NsP
Alternate IDs:
NsP_ZerG
Nicknames:
Pause Zerg
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History
2006 - 2009-04
2009-04 - 2010-10-12
2010-10-12 - 2011-02-18

Kim "HoGiL" Sang Wook is a retired StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Zerg for Hite Entus. After retirement, HoGiL joined the army and finished his mandatory service. He has since come back to the Brood War scene and is playing in current tournaments such as the 41 Starleague Season 2.

Biography[edit]

HoGiL started in the 07-08 Proleague season, playing seven games and winning only two. Performing poorly in individual leagues as well, he was relegated to the minor league. During the beginning of the 08-09 season, his play showed improvement, and by Winner's League he was a staple on the Hite lineup, playing 9 games (4-5). His strong performance in Round 4 (6-4), coupled with Yellow[arnc]'s poor results led HoGiL to become the most-used Zerg on the Hite Sparkyz Proleague team during this period. In the 09-10 Proleague HoGiL has been played infrequently in favour of YellOw[ArnC] and Type-b and finished with a 1-3 record. However, he qualified for both the NATE 2009 MSL and the EVER 2009 OSL where he was knocked out in the Round of 32 and the Round of 36, respectively.

By round 2 of the proleague season, HoGiL became a more stable appearance on the Hite Lineup, playing 8 games with a 5-3 record. This leaves him with a 6-6 record going into Winner's league.


On February 18th, 2011, it was announced that HoGiL was to retire due losing interest in the game.[1]

Post-KeSPA Era[edit]

In 2014, HoGiL returned to play in the amateur scene in the 41 Starleague Season 2 tournament. Despite being inactive in the Brood War scene since his retirement, HoGiL made an impressive run defeating Pusan and Shinee in the Round of 32, and subsequently defeated HiyA and Sky in the Round of 16. In the quarterfinals, he faced Killer, Jaedong's protege and a strong ZvZ player, losing 2-3, to be eliminated from of the tournament.

Currently, HoGiL plays on the Fish Server while streaming on Afreeca.

Play Style[edit]

ZvP was HoGiL's strong point using a strong economic based defensive style that complimented his solid late game and macro. Trademarks of HoGiL's play was the 4 hatch before gas build and a heavy emphasis on gas based defenses creating lurkers and then transitioning into defilers for dark swarm. The defiler and lurker combination created a strong defense to force a late game while amounting a large economy behind the fast tech. Patience was key to HoGiL's style, slowly suffocating Protoss by taking several bases until the momentum of his economy allowed him to mass a large enough army, only engaging when the victory was assured.

HoGiL's ZvT style had unorthodox variations compared to most Zerg players, deviating from popular trends and has gone through different phases. While considered to be a weaker ZvT player, HoGiL's late game management proved to be rivaled by few, but his largest pitfall in the matchup was defending against early game aggression and the mid game.

HoGiL briefly employed a deceptive strategy, using a fake 2 hatch muta on certain maps to prompt the Terran to make turrets. HoGiL would make only one mutalisk and followed up with a 3rd and 4th base where there are obstructions to a ground army like on the map Fortress. The roundabout strategy, attempting to circumvent a traditional midgame saw little success. Often times HoGiL underestimated Terran not creating enough defenses or neglecting to protect his 3rd and 4th bases while he tried to rush to hive tech.

In addition, HoGiL used an older style where he massed lair units instead of going for hive tech off of 3 bases. The style rendered Terran timings designed to punish Zerg who go for the typical 3 base hive tech style to be ineffective. While most Zerg players at the time favored using mutalisks aggressively, HoGiL employed a more patient style, using his his mutalisks in midgame tactics. He used powerful mutalisk and zergling backstabbing tactics. He used mutalisks to kill siege tanks during the inevitable mid game push while using lurkers to zone out the marines from getting close enough to kill off the mutalisks. The tactic would force Terran to siege their tanks instead of keeping them unsieged, stalling the Terran until Hogil had enough reinforcements to engage the push while cutting off the Terran's own reinforcements.

Towards the end of his career, HoGiL used 3 hatch lurker against Terran, circumventing his weak midgame and micro intense mutalisk play in ZvT.

Trivia[edit]

  • HoGiL is featured in two of Day9's BW Dailies and is one of Day9's favorite players.[2][3]
  • Despite a sub-par 31 percent winrate in ZvZ, in HoGiL's last professional ZvZ game he defeated Jaedong who is known for his high ZvZ winrate in the 2008 Bacchus OSL, knocking Jaedong out of the tournament.

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