David "dayvie" Kim is one of the world's absolute top Random players. He is a Blizzard Employee, and thus is not allowed to play in tournaments, but routinely plays on the ladder at a high level to test out game balance.
David Kim was born in Korea, and lived there through the end of high school. He then moved to Vancouver, Canada to go to college, majoring in Computer Science. He originally was going to work with a Canadian game developer, as he shortly held a position with Canadian company Relic Entertainment, famous for the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War series. But when StarCraft II was announced in 2007 at the WWI, he decided to seek a position at Blizzard Entertainment, and succeeded in winter of 2007. David Kim has always enjoyed Blizzard games, and has even played World of Warcraft as an undead mage. During the development of StarCraft II, he was one of the 50 core developers of StarCraft II, specializing in game balance. He currently plays StarCraft II at a pro-level for Blizzard Entertainment as a Game Balance Designer.
Working mostly with StarCraft II Game Director Dustin Browder, Battle.net Project Director Greg Canessa, Senior Game Designer Josh Menke, and Associate Game Balance Designer Matt Cooper, David Kim and the team he works with employ an array of measures to ensure game balance, including listening to feedback from professional gamers, analyzing tournament results, playing on the ladder themselves, using spreadsheets, using combat simulators, and analyzing battle.net statistics.
David Kim was a competitive StarCraft 1 player, playing with CuteBoy(gm) as well as ZeuS. His favorite sport to watch on TV is StarCraft. He switched to Warcraft III when it came out, but StarCraft was still his favorite RTS game (and is to this day).
David Kim was generally regarded as the best player in the beta, even though he did not participate in any tournaments. He won all four of Blizzard's "battle reports," which were complete 1v1 matches released by Blizzard during the development of StarCraft II. Also, he was consistently ranked number 1 on the ladders during beta.
Wings of Liberty
In the time right after launch, David Kim was ranked first on the ladder, under the ID dayvie. He continued to hold a top-100 global rank until late December 2010, and since then his global rank has varied (top 500 as of June 2011).
Heart of the Swarm
David Kim played in the three released Heart of the Swarm Battle reports. He won two of them, as Protoss in the PvZ match-up and as Zerg in the ZvT match-up. However he lost as Protoss in the PvT match-up.
- He has not played in any tournaments, except in house (Blizzard only) ones, as he is a Blizzard employee. However, Dustin Browder at Blizzcon 2010 stated that David Kim has placed either first or second in every single one.[Citation needed]
Was in the global top-100 on the ladder from launch until about December 22, 2010.
Won all four "Battle Reports."
- Blizzard In-House Tournament Grand Finals Bo5 David "dayvie" Kim (R) vs Matt "GnoME" Cooper (R) Casted by Day9 - Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Game 5
- David Kim vs pROvOKED
- GoSu(T) vs Dayvie(R)
- Battle Report 1
- Battle Report 2
- Battle Report 3
- Battle Report 4
- 2v2 Exhibition game at Blizzcon 09: Game 1
- 2v2 Exhibition game at Blizzcon 09: Game 2
- David Kim v Nony
- PsyonicReaver v David Kim
- 2013-08-24 | David Kim on Balance at IEM Shanghai by Digmouse at IEM Season VIII - Shanghai
- David Kim interview with chosun.com and freechal.com
- Interview with PlayXP where he explains game balance design
- ↑ starcrafthero.com report
- ↑ Blizzard write-up
- ↑ David Kim interview with chosun.com and freechal.com
- ↑ Battle.net article on game balance
- ↑ Battle.net article on 1v1 statistics
- ↑ Information on David Kim from a coworker
- ↑ Ladder ranking history
- ↑ HotS Battle Report 1: PvZ
- ↑ HotS Battle Report 2: ZvT
- ↑ HotS Battle Report 3: PvT