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Players Portal

The long illustrious history of StarCraft, both past and present, has largely been built on the shoulders of its players. This Players Portal serve to provide a catalog of all the players who have a presence on Liquipedia and a glimpse of their careers. A number of these players have emerged as figures of admiration and emulation, competing with passion and flair as they achieved success while entertaining the viewing audience, and are thus presented in more detail below.

Although StarCraft's most developed player base resides in South Korea, both non-Korean or "foreign" players are represented at Liquipedia. While many such foreign players are presented in this Players section, their presence is often overshadowed by the large number of South Korean competitors. Fundamentally, this reflects the dominance of the competitive international landscape by South Korean players, including their eleven consecutive titles at the most prominent international tournament, the World Cyber Games, which were won in commanding fashion. Correspondingly, interest in the game was eagerly encouraged by Korean entities, with wide-spread coverage and availability of StarCraft-related information, including at least two Korean television stations dedicated to StarCraft and e-Sports. Nonetheless, the number of talented South Korean players does not diminish the non-Korean presence, as many strong participants from across Europe, Asia, and the Americas competed in a variety of lucrative local and international tournaments. With many players speaking English, language was less of a barrier, enabling many of these competitors to interact with and foster various vibrant online communities. As such, although the number of Korean players cataloged in these pages are large, the international landscape was alive and well, and readers are invited to explore more about these non-Korean competitors here.

For our readers, if a noteworthy participant is absent or insufficiently documented, do consider authoring or contributing to making the site more comprehensive. For help and hints about how to complete player biographies, please see the biography resources guide.

Highlighted Players

Select players from StarCraft history, in order of historical peak Elo ratings:

Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Among strongest players in history. Highest Elo rating and longest reign atop KeSPA ranking ever recorded. Re-defined various match-ups, particularly modern TvP.

Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
One of best players in history. Second highest Elo rating and longest rule as top Zerg on KeSPA ranking. Perfected modern ZvP game while dominating ZvZ match-up.

Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Top active player and among best in history, particularly innovative and dominant in PvZ match-up. Longest reign as top Protoss on KeSPA ranking, third highest peak Elo.

iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
Dominant force during his peak years. Influential macro-based, multitasking-intensive strategies, notably TvP. Among highest Elo ratings. Coaching prowess extended legacy.

NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
Long consistent career, seven-plus years in the KeSPA top 30. Tied for most Starleague titles. Game-play characterized by machine-like precision. One of highest Elo ratings recorded.

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SAviOr

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SAviOr

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SAviOr

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SAviOr

SAviOr
SAviOr
Master strategist, revolutionized both ZvT and ZvP when Zerg innovation was stagnant to dominate his peak years. Among highest Elo. Scandal vacated titles, tarnished career.

BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
Brought Korea to forefront of international competitive StarCraft. First to achieve celebrity status. Longest reign atop KeSPA ranking. Heralded for micro-based creativity.

One of few "foreigners" to play professionally in South Korea. Top 5 performances at multiple Starleagues and four appearances at WCG, with victory at 2003 WCG Euro.

Grrrr...
First dominant force in earliest days of disjointedness, ascended to become one of few "foreigners" in South Korea after success locally. Only non-Korean to win a Starleague.

Among strongest non-Korean players. Recognized for ZvP play. Represented Germany four times on international stage at WCG, as well as victory at 2005 WCG Euro.

For a list of Starleague Champions, click [Expand]→

Starleague Champions

From 1999 to 2012, the most renowned and prestigious individual tournaments were the South Korean OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) and the MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL). The below captures the title winners from each respective Starleague. The full list of top finishers can be found at their respective pages, or compiled in matrix form here.

OSL Winners

Terran NaDa · Zerg July · Zerg Jaedong · Terran Flash
Protoss GARIMTO · Terran Boxer · Terran iloveoov · Protoss JangBi
Zerg Freemura · Protoss Grrrr... · Protoss Kingdom · Protoss Reach · Terran XellOs · Terran Sync · Protoss Nal_rA · Protoss Anytime · Terran Casy · Zerg sAviOr · Zerg GGPlay · Protoss Stork · Zerg EffOrt · Terran FanTaSy

MSL Winners

Terran NaDa - Terran iloveoov - Zerg sAviOr - Protoss Bisu - Terran Flash
Zerg Jaedong
Terran Boxer - Protoss Nal_rA - Zerg GoRush - Zerg ChoJJa - Terran Mind - Terran fOrGG - Zerg Luxury - Zerg Calm - Zerg Hydra


Notable Players

These notable players represent both past and present, featuring the top 20 highest historical peak Elo ratings, winners of multiple Starleague titles, WCG champions, and the strongest active players. Two peak Elo ratings are presented to distinguish the KeSPA-governed era from the post-KeSPA state today.

Player Name Age Team History Elo Peak
(KeSPA)
Date Reached
(KeSPA)
Elo Peak
(post-KeSPA)
Date Reached
(post-KeSPA)
Achievements Actively
Streaming
South Korea Protoss BeSt BeSt Doh Jae Wook 25 SK Telecom T1 2280 2009-01-04 TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Protoss Bisu Bisu Kim Taek Yong 25 Pirates of Space, MBCGame HERO, SK Telecom T1 2375 2009-03-15 2266 2014-03-26 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/rlaxordyd Afreeca Stream
South Korea Terran BoxeR BoxeR Lim Yo Hwan 34 Ideal Space, SK Telecom T1, Air Force ACE 2302 2001-09-08 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg Calm Calm Kim Yoon Hwan 25 STX SouL 2287 2009-10-16 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg ChoJJa ChoJJa Jo Yong Ho 29 KTF MagicNs 2284 2003-11-20 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg EffOrt EffOrt Kim Jung Woo 23 CJ Entus 2310 2009-07-26 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Terran fOrGG fOrGG Park Ji Soo 24 Lecaf OZ, KT Rolster 2264 2008-08-08 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Protoss fOru fOru Lee Jae Hoon 33 CJ Entus, Air Force ACE 2172 2005-09-24 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Terran Fantasy Fantasy Jung Myung Hoon 23 SK Telecom T1 2363 2012-07-23 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Terran Flash Flash Lee Young Ho 22 Pantech EX, KT Rolster 2443 2010-05-13 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International  z
South Korea Protoss GARIMTO GARIMTO Kim Dong Soo 33 Hanbit Stars, KTF MagicNs 2248 2001-03-20 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg GoRush GoRush Park Tae Min 29 Greatest Ones, SK Telecom T1, Air Force ACE 2312 2005-02-18 Player page TLPD Korea  z
Canada Protoss Grrrr... Grrrr... Guillaume Patry 32 AMD Dream Team 2132 2002-05-16 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International  z
South Korea Zerg hero hero Jo Il Jang 24 STX SouL, Team 8 2141 2009-12-08 2256 2014-02-15 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/acoustic12 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Terran HiyA HiyA Ku Sung Hoon 25 Hwaseung OZ 2213 2009-03-08 2233 2013-10-04 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/aisiteru99 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Zerg Hydra Hydra Shin Dong Won 23 Hite SPARKYZ, CJ Entus 2288 2011-02-12 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Terran iloveoov iloveoov Choi Yun Sung 31 SK Telecom T1 2353 2004-07-01 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg Jaedong Jaedong Lee Jae Dong 24 Hwaseung OZ, Team 8, Evil Geniuses 2378 2010-08-28 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International  z
South Korea Protoss JangBi JangBi Heo Yeong Moo 25 Samsung KHAN 2306 2009-02-25 2090 2014-01-02 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/mycou Afreeca Stream
South Korea Zerg July July Park Sung Joon 27 MBCGame HERO, SK Telecom T1, STX SouL 2272 2005-01-23 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg Killer Killer Park Joon Oh 22 Hwaseung OZ, Team 8 2196 2011-08-12 2374 2013-10-27 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/h78ert Afreeca Stream
South Korea Zerg Larva Larva Lim Hong Gyu 20 eSTRO, SK Telecom T1 0 0 2138 2013-11-08 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/dpfgc3 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Zerg Luxury Luxury Park Chan Soo 26 KOR, KT Rolster 2259 2008-06-27 2083 2012-03-04 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA z
South Korea Terran Midas Midas Jun Sang Wook 27 Greatest Ones, SK Telecom T1, WeMade FOX 2288 2006-08-06 TLPD Korea  http://www.afreeca.com/sangwk Afreeca Stream
South Korea Terran Mind Mind Park Sung Gyoon 23 Pantech EX, WeMade FOX, KT Rolster 2200 2011-05-08 2207 2014-08-30 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/peros777 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Protoss Movie Movie Jin Young Hwa 24 CJ Entus, Team 8 2230 2011-06-26 2249 2013-04-26 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/jyh8610 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Terran NaDa NaDa Lee Yoon Yeol 29 Ideal Space, KTF MagicNs, WeMade FOX 2327 2003-02-27 0 0 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/nada11200 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Protoss Nal_rA Nal_rA Kang Min 32 KTF MagicNs 2264 2003-08-16 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg Ogogo Ogogo Lee Yong Bum 30 SG Family, KOR, Samsung KHAN 2108 2003-11-23 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International  z
South Korea Protoss Reach Reach Park Jung Suk 30 Hanbit Stars, KT Rolster, Air Force ACE 2250 2005-07-21 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg sAviOr sAviOr Ma Jae Yoon 26 CJ Entus 2322 2007-02-15 2223 2012-03-04 Player page TLPD Korea TLPD International TLPD SOSPA z
South Korea Terran sSak sSak Choi Ho Seon 25 SK Telecom T1 2100 2010-12-19 2260 2014-08-06 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/ghtjs3833 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Terran Sea Sea Yum Bo Sung 24 MBCGame HERO, Team 8 2268 2010-04-12 2370 2013-10-20 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/yuambo Afreeca Stream
South Korea Protoss Shuttle Shuttle Kim Yoon Joong 24 STX SouL 2201 2008-06-22 2245 2013-11-01 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/iloveyouni7 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Protoss Snow Snow Jang Yoon Chul 21 CJ Entus 2184 2011-01-30 TLPD Korea  http://www.afreeca.com/tmsh401 Afreeca Stream
South Korea Protoss Stork Stork Song Byung Goo 26 Samsung KHAN 2321 2011-01-24 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Terran XellOs XellOs Seo Ji Hoon 29 CJ Entus, Air Force ACE 2274 2004-06-24 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg YellOw YellOw Hong Jin-Ho 32 Gamei, Ideal Space, KTF MagicNs, Air Force ACE 2281 2003-04-26 Player page TLPD Korea  z
South Korea Zerg ZerO ZerO Kim Myung Woon 24 Hanbit Stars, Woongjin Stars 2267 2011-07-17 2219 2014-05-11 TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA http://www.afreeca.com/kimmyungwun Afreeca Stream

Each player's ID, name, race, nationality, age, and team are sourced from the individual's Liquipedia player page. The Elo rating is a dynamic measure of a player's performance or ability against other players, where the peak Elo value denotes the maximum value reached over the player's career while the date reached marks when the player was most dominant. Earlier competitors in StarCraft history played largely in the KeSPA-governed era, thus are generally associated with a KeSPA-era peak Elo rating, while more recent players generally have a post-KeSPA Elo value. Some players have values for both as their playing careers span both time periods. The achievements column uses the medals icon to mark the presence (but not quantity) of significant tournament titles on the player's Liquipedia page. Each player's achievement history can further be explored at the individual player's various TeamLiquid Progaming Database (TLPD) profiles. The currently streaming column indicates the player's Afreeca (online streaming) link.

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