Seo "XellOs" Ji Hoon is a retired StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Terran for CJ Entus.
When XellOs was 12 years old, his father died and thus he grew up together with his mother and sister. He decided to become a pro-gamer, a decision that wasn't welcomed by his mother. In an attempt to hinder XellOs' plans, his mother moved his computer out of his room and into their living room. XellOs found it difficult to practice when his mother was watching him and used to wait until she had fallen asleep to play.
In 2003, XellOs vaulted onto the Korean pro-gaming scene, and claimed stardom from then on. During the Olympus OSL, XellOs achieved an astonishing win rate of 70%. He was undefeated on the map Bifrost and hence claimed his nickname, “Perfect Terran” (his winning streak was eventually ended by NaDa). XellOs successfully advanced from the round of sixteen with a perfect 3-0 defeating Mumyung, (Oops)Lee and the favourite gnome cowboy, Chojja. Losing only to the ZvT monster Junwi, XellOs advanced from his round of eight group. In the semifinals, XellOs achieved a major upset over the Emperor, Boxer with a convincing scoreline of 3-0. The Storm Zerg, Yellow would be his opponent in the finals and was also in pursuit of his first OSL title. The match went into the deciding fifth game where XellOs emerged the victor. XellOs received his OSL title while YellOw remained “Mr. Consistency” and “Mr. Second”.
One year later, XellOs was crowned the WCG 2004 champion. Although he was heavily favoured to defend his WCG title in 2005, he was defeated by Silent_Control in the elimination round, and his teammate fOru eventually took the title. XellOs's journey to the 2005 WCG Grand Finals was the subject of a documentary by the National Geographic Channel, the first time such in depth coverage had been offered to a pro-gamer on international television.
XellOs played the MyCube OSL round of 8 match against Reach in Reach's hometown of Pusan. The live audience yelled jeering comments at XellOs. When XellOs lost, he was caught on camera mouthing the word "fuck" in frustration. Some admonished XellOs for unprofessionalism and immaturity while others defended him stating that it was a stressful situation and the 19-year old would not know when a close-up on camera would occur.
After having fallen into a slump, XellOs earned his moniker of the "DDR Terran" from an Ongamenet program that visited the training houses of the pro-gaming teams.
- National Geographic did a documentary on the WCG 2005, focusing on XellOs and conducting several interviews.
- XellOs earned the moniker "Perfect Terran" for his exemplary play on the map Bifrost. He went 16-4 on the map's three incarnations (Bifrost, Neo Bifrost, and Bifrost 3) in his career.
- According to FOMOS, XellOs along with Goodfriend revolutionized the TvT match up. Prior to their games in the MSL loser's bracket, TvT consisted of mainly rigid battle lines drawn by tanks and turrets. XellOs, however, began to dominate the TvT match up by constantly mobilizing his army with only the minimum requisite defenses.
- During the era before soundproof booths, XellOs faced the Terran Yooi in a match. XellOs successfully scouted Yooi's BBS strategy and won. After the match, some fans claimed that XellOs overheard a scream of "Barra-ck!" from the live audience. Upon inspection of the video of the game, the scream was confirmed. Whether XellOs heard the controversial scream is not known.
- XellOs was also known as the "DDR Terran". When GO was visited, written on a whiteboard was the comment "If XellOs refrains from DDR, he wins OSL." While foreigners may interpret the acronym DDR as the famous game Dance Dance Revolution, Koreans also use DDR when referring to masturbation or "Ddal Ddal Re." When GoRush commented that the progamer he respects the most is XellOs due to his "night work," XellOs was sealed as the DDR Terran.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2007-11-10||3 - 4th||2007 GOMTV MSL Season 3||1 : 3||Bisu||$4,025|
|2005-06-24||3rd||2005 EVER OSL||3 : 2||GoRush||$4,830|
|2005-01-27||3rd||2004 You Are the Golf King MSL||0 : 3||GoRush||$3,220|
|2004-10-10||1st||WCG 2004||2 : 0||Midas||$25,000|
|2004-01-04||3 - 4th||2003 KT KTF Premier League||0 : 2||NaDa||$7,400|
|2003-07-13||1st||2003 Olympus OSL||3 : 2||YellOw||$16,100|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2008-10-12||4th||2008 Blizzcon Invitational||0 : 2||NaDa|
|2007-08-04||4th||2007 Blizzcon Invitational||0 : 2||Nal_rA|
|2004-08-15||3rd||WCG Korea 2004||2 : 0||SaferZerg|
|1st||2005||WCG Progamer Seed Selection|
|3rd||2004||WCG Korea Team Selection|
|1st||2003||3rd OnGameNet Challenge League|
|1st||2003||CJ G.O. Broadcasting All-Star Match|
|1st||2002||2nd OnGameNet Challenge League|
|1st||2002||1st PgR21.com Tournament|
| WCG 2003
| WCG 2004
10th October 2004 - 19th October 2005
| WCG 2005|
| Panasonic OSL
| Olympus OSL
13th July 2003-9th November 2003
| MyCube OSL|
|WCG Korea Champion|
| WCG Korea 2004
| WCG Korea 2005
| WCGC Korea 2006|
- XellOs and GoRush to join Air Force ACE teamliquid.net (2008-12-15)