Players Portal

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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 the 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

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

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

MSL Winners

 NaDa -  iloveoov -  sAviOr -  Bisu -  Flash
 Jaedong
 Boxer -  Nal_rA -  GoRush -  ChoJJa -  Mind -  fOrGG -  Luxury -  Calm -  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 BeSt BeSt Doh Jae Wook 28 SK Telecom T1 2280 2009-01-04 2195 2017-08-15
South Korea Bisu Bisu Kim Taek Yong 28 Pirates of Space, MBCGame HERO, SK Telecom T1 2375 2009-03-15 2330 2016-01-14
South Korea BoxeR BoxeR Lim Yo Hwan 37 Ideal Space, SK Telecom T1, Air Force ACE 2302 2001-09-08
South Korea Calm Calm Kim Yoon Hwan 28 STX SouL 2287 2009-10-16
South Korea ChoJJa ChoJJa Jo Yong Ho 32 SouL, KTF MagicNs 2284 2003-11-20
South Korea EffOrt EffOrt Kim Jung Woo 26 CJ Entus 2310 2009-07-26 2280 2016-01-18
South Korea Fantasy Fantasy Jung Myung Hoon 26 SK Telecom T1 2363 2012-07-23
South Korea Flash Flash Lee Young Ho 25 Pantech EX, KT Rolster 2443 2010-05-13 2343 2017-09-24
South Korea GARIMTO GARIMTO Kim Dong Soo 36 Hanbit Stars, KTF MagicNs 2248 2001-03-20
South Korea GoRush GoRush Park Tae Min 32 Greatest Ones, SK Telecom T1, Air Force ACE 2312 2005-02-18
Canada Grrrr... Grrrr... Guillaume Patry 35 AMD Dream Team 2132 2002-05-16
South Korea HiyA HiyA Ku Sung Hoon 28 Hwaseung OZ 2213 2009-03-08 2260 2012-03-01
South Korea Hydra Hydra Shin Dong Won 26 Hite SPARKYZ, CJ Entus 2288 2011-02-12
South Korea Jaedong Jaedong Lee Jae Dong 27 Hwaseung OZ, Team 8, Evil Geniuses 2378 2010-08-28 2148 2017-01-17
South Korea JangBi JangBi Heo Yeong Moo 28 Samsung KHAN 2306 2009-02-25 2097 2015-01-25
South Korea July July Park Sung Joon 30 MBCGame HERO, SK Telecom T1, STX SouL 2272 2005-01-23 0 0
South Korea Killer Killer Park Joon Oh 25 Hwaseung OZ, Team 8 2196 2011-08-12 2380 2013-10-27
South Korea Larva Larva Lim Hong Gyu 23 eSTRO, SK Telecom T1 0 0 2195 2015-12-18
South Korea Luxury Luxury Park Chan Soo 29 KOR, KT Rolster 2259 2008-06-27 2109 2012-03-04
South Korea Midas Midas Jun Sang Wook 30 Greatest Ones, SK Telecom T1, WeMade FOX 2288 2006-08-06 2114 2014-02-21
South Korea Mind Mind Park Sung Gyoon 26 Pantech EX, WeMade FOX, KT Rolster 2200 2011-05-08 2264 2015-01-18
South Korea Movie Movie Jin Young Hwa 27 CJ Entus, Team 8 2230 2011-06-26 2227 2013-06-06
South Korea NaDa NaDa Lee Yoon Yeol 33 Ideal Space, KTF MagicNs, WeMade FOX 2327 2003-02-27 0 0
South Korea Nal_rA Nal_rA Kang Min 35 SUMA Greatest Ones, KTF MagicNs 2264 2003-08-16
South Korea Ogogo Ogogo Lee Yong Bum 33 SG Family, KOR, Samsung KHAN 2108 2003-11-23
South Korea Reach Reach Park Jung Suk 33 Hanbit Stars, KT Rolster, Air Force ACE 2250 2005-07-21
South Korea Sea Sea Yum Bo Sung 27 MBCGame HERO, Team 8 2268 2010-04-12 2377 2013-10-20
South Korea Shuttle Shuttle Kim Yoon Joong 27 STX SouL 2201 2008-06-22 2242 2013-11-01
South Korea Snow Snow Jang Yoon Chul 24 CJ Entus 2184 2011-01-30 2166 2015-02-25
South Korea Stork Stork Song Byung Goo 29 Samsung KHAN 2321 2011-01-24 0 0
South Korea XellOs XellOs Seo Ji Hoon 32 CJ Entus, Air Force ACE 2274 2004-06-24
South Korea YellOw YellOw Hong Jin-Ho 35 Gamei, Ideal Space, KTF MagicNs, Air Force ACE 2281 2003-04-26 0 0
South Korea ZerO ZerO Kim Myung Woon 27 Hanbit Stars, Woongjin Stars 2267 2011-07-17 2306 2016-01-18
South Korea fOrGG fOrGG Park Ji Soo 27 Lecaf OZ, KT Rolster 2264 2008-08-08
South Korea fOru fOru Lee Jae Hoon 36 CJ Entus, Air Force ACE 2172 2005-09-24
South Korea hero hero Jo Il Jang 27 STX SouL, Team 8 2141 2009-12-08 2303 2015-08-31
South Korea iloveoov iloveoov Choi Yun Sung 34 SK Telecom T1 2353 2004-07-01
South Korea sAviOr sAviOr Ma Jae Yoon 30 CJ Entus 2322 2007-02-15 2265 2012-03-01
South Korea sSak sSak Choi Ho Seon 28 SK Telecom T1 2100 2010-12-19 2262 2014-08-06

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.