ZerO

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Player Information
Name:
김명운
Romanized Name:
Kim Myung Woon
Birth:
February 18, 1990 (1990-02-18) (age 26)
Country:
Race:
Alternate IDs:
MenSol[ZerO]
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History
2007 – 2008
2008-09-24 - 2013-10-01

Kim "ZerO" Myung Woon is a former StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He played Zerg for Woongjin Stars. After Proleague switched to Starcraft II, he would continue to play however with the lack of results and Woongjin Stars disbanding[1], he eventually retired[2] and started streaming on Afreeca[3]. He currently plays in amateur leagues.

Biography

KESPA era

ZerO has been a regular on Woongjin Stars' lineup since the Shinhan08 Proleague Season. He had reached the Club Day MSL Ro32 but was eliminated there 0-2. ZerO spent the beginning of the 2008–2009 Shinhan Bank Proleague season being somewhat inconsistent, with his level of play rising or falling from match to match. He became widely known for having some of the best Mutalisk control of any player in Korea, and ZvZ became his best Match up when he played that match-up exclusively except for one game against Bisu, all the way to the semifinals of the 2009 Lost Saga MSL where he was eliminated by Luxury (who at the time was considered the 2nd best ZvZer in the world).

After being eliminated from the Lost Saga MSL ZerO caught on fire for a time, putting out a streak of wins in Proleague and qualifying for the 2009 Bacchus OSL with wins over IrOn and Kal. Despite performing worse in Proleague since then, ZerO managed to reach the Ro8 of the 2009 Avalon MSL (where he lost to Kwanro) and the Bacchus OSL 2009 where he lost to Jaedong.

ZerO's results in ZvZ started to falter, showing that he has lost a lot of his flair in the match-up. Currently it is believed that ZvP is his best match-up, where he showed amazing macro and creative strategies vs Protoss.

In the 2009–2010 Shinhan Bank Proleague season, ZerO strengthened his play and became a powerful, consistent Zerg with an entertaining and creative style. His new found strength was demonstrated well in Round 1 where he finished with the second most wins with 11 wins and 4 losses with ace stats of 2 wins and 3 losses. He was seeded into the 2009 Nate MSL and the 2009 EVER OSL thanks to his deep runs in the Avalon MSL and the Bacchus OSL. He finished his Round of 32 group in second place with victories over type-b and Hyuk. He defeated type-b using a very creative and unusual build where he made several Spore Colonies to defend against the muta attack and then teched to Queens and Hive. Using ensnare he turned aerial fights in his favour. Eventually his Queen, Devourer, Muta and Crackling force overcame type-b's Muta, Crackling and Defiler army. Despite ZerO's creative use of Queen's, he claims that this build was made by teammate Crazy-Hydra.[4] ZerO is set to play Flash in the round of 16 with Flash removing Fighting Spirit from their match. ZerO has expressed a desire to break Flash's TvZ streak after his own ZvP streak was ended by Pure but stated he was not too happy about having to play Flash.[5] Seeded into the OSL round of 36, ZerO defeated Firebathero 2-0 before moving onto to his round of 16 group made up of Hwasin, Pure and YellOw[ArnC]. He went 2-1 in his group, dropping a game to Pure but he must await the result of YellOw[ArnC] and Hwasin before he knows whether he will have to play a tiebreaker or whether he will qualify straight into the round of 8.

Yarnc defeated Hwasin in the final game and forced the tiebreaker. Pure defeated Yarnc in the first match before losing to Zero in the second. Zero then defeated Yarnc, causing Zero to qualify 2-0, Pure to qualify 1-1 and leaving Yarnc knocked out of the OSL.

ZerO was set to play Movie in the OSL and Flash in the MSL, both in split day games. In his OSL series, Movie won the opening game against ZerO giving him a 1-0 after a large battle swung in Movie's favour due to fortunate Reaver shots despite Zero's unit advantage. In the second game on Eye of the Storm, Movie's strong PvZ dismantled a faltering Zero and gave Movie the 2-0 victory.

He started his MSL series against Flash with another opening loss. ZerO set up a fake 2-Hatch Muta build but his Spire was not scanned by Flash, leaving his deceit to go unnoticed. Flash delayed ZerO's third expansion despite very strong micro from ZerO and with a strong grip on the game, over-ran ZerO with masses of Marines. In the second game on the Terran favoured Match Point, ZerO used early Mutalisks to harass Flash before double expanding, taking advantage of Flash's late turrets. Flash attempted to push out and take out an expansion but ZerO showed great micro to defend the push. After Lurkers killed turrets and the Muta attack continued, Zero took more bases and when Swarm was ready, destroyed Flash's army and forced a gg. ZerO attempted the same opening in the third game on Odd-Eye but Flash had turrets ready this time. Zero gathered early Guardians but Flash read him well and went for 3-Port Wraiths. With Medic-Marines and Wraiths, Flash over-ran Zero and knocked him out of the Round of 16.

Post KESPA era

After retiring from Starcraft II, ZerO played in various events such as SonicTV BJ Starleague (SSL) and LoveTV BJ Starleague. In the 9th SonicTV Starleague, ZerO advanced past the Round of 32 group stages but fell in the Round of 16 group stage to HiyA and Mong. Likewise, in the LoveTV Starleague Season 1, he lost in the Round of 16 group stage. In the LoveTV Starleague Season 2, ZerO managed to pass the group stages but met eventual champion Killer in the elimination stage where he lost 0-3. In 41 Starleague Season 2, he was knocked out in the Round of 16 group stage after ending up in a tough group with Mini, Shuttle and Mind.

ZerO also participated in the 2014 Gabangpop 1st Sonic Proleague. He played under the ex-Stars tag finishing with a 8-5 record and along with PianO, led his team to third place with wins over Pusan and Jaehoon. Aside from Korean competition, he was invited to the PLU2014 Starcraft Sino-Korean Carnival. He beat the Chinese player Jaystar 2-0 before losing to Bisu 0-3 in the finals.

Style

ZerO started his career as an inconsistent Zerg player with a flair for ZvZ mirrors. His good Muta-Micro and strong strategy gave him the edge against opponents. With the introduction of Holy World in the 2009 Bacchus OSL, ZerO first unveiled his creative side by using a Queen to infest the command centre against Kal. Using overlord drops, he contained Kal and eventually broke his front, winning the game. He used a similar strategy against Hwasin and soon this creative flair was a strong part of his play. He went on to use Spawn broodlings against Bisu and Pure to snipe high templar and even used Queen's in ZvZ to give himself the edge in aerial battles. His use of Queens has earned him the nickname "The Young Prince" or "The Zerg Prince" from Korean and Foreign fans.

Facts

  • In the Lost Saga MSL, ZerO only played a single game against a non-Zerg opponent, Bisu (who at the time was considered the strongest player in the tournament), which he won. His strong ZvZ carried him to the semifinals afterwards, beating YellOw[ArnC] and sAviOr in Ro16 and Ro8 respectively.
  • Zero is the only player to exploit the neutral Command Center on the map Holy World, turning it into an Infested Command Center and producing Infested Terrans. He did this in his games against Kal and Hwasin.
  • Zero's nickname is "Young Prince" due to his strong affinity for Queens.
  • Interviewed by Artosis in February 2010.

Accomplishments

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-04-09 A11st Terror NINUS Starleague 4 : 3 Zerg EffOrt $13,500 / ₩14,990,000
2015-02-28 A33rd HungryApp Starz League with Kongdoo 3 : 2 Zerg hero $3,600
2012-08-04 A33 - 4th OnGameNet StarLeague 2012 Tving OSL 2 : 3 Protoss JangBi
2011-06-11 A22nd MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2011 ABC Mart MSL 0 : 3 Terran Flash
2011-02-19 A33 - 4th MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2011 PDPop MSL 1 : 3 Zerg Great
2009-03-20 A33 - 4th MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2009 Lost Saga MSL 0 : 3 Zerg Luxury


In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2009-08-23 A22nd 2009 Blizzcon Invitational 1 : 2 Zerg EffOrt


In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-26 A11st Thrill Starleague 3 : 0 Terran Last $350
2015-12-20 A11st Spotimes Starleague Season 2 4 : 3 Terran Sea $2,700
2015-03-21 A33 - 4th HoSic BJ Starleague Season 2 1 : 3 Zerg hero
2015-03-15 A11st PianO Starleague 1 : 0 Protoss Pure $350
2015-03-01 A22nd 41 Starleague Season 3 2 : 4 Terran Sea $300
2014-08-17 A22nd PLU2014 Starcraft Sino-Korean Carnival 0 : 3 Protoss Bisu
2014-07-24 A22nd HungryApp ESports League Special Match #1 1 : 2 Terran HiyA $1,000
2014-02-25 A11st ZeuS Starleague Season 1 4 : 1 Zerg hero $939
  • Avalon MSL quarterfinal appearance
  • 2009 Bacchus OSL quarterfinal appearance
  • 2009 EVER OSL quarterfinal appearance
  • Korean Air Starleague(OSL) quarterfinal appearance
  • Korean Air Starleague Season 2(OSL) quarterfinal appearance

Gallery

Notable Games

ZvT

ZvP

ZvZ

References