Steven "Destiny" Bonnell is a retired Zerg player from the United States. He switched to playing League of Legends at one point but later returned to streaming StarCraft II.
Having played since the beta, Destiny is well known throughout the StarCraft II community due to the popularity of his stream. Controversy has followed him throughout his streaming career, and he has notably been released from both Quantic Gaming and ROOT Gaming following pressure from sponsors. Destiny has returned to streaming primarily StarCraft II since early October 2013.
Wings of Liberty
On June 12, 2011 ROOT Gaming was acquired by compLexity Gaming and Destiny joined compLexity. Ten days later compLexity Gaming released Destiny, citing refusal to honor his contract. In a forum post, Destiny clarified that he had qualms with the contract before signing it, but was worried the acquisition deal would fall through had he not signed it.
He was invited to compete in the group stages of the GeForce Pro/Am tournament. There, he defeated South Korean players Bomber 2-1 and AcE 2-0, but lost to SjoW, ThisIsJimmy, and ViBE. This meant that Destiny would not compete in the playoffs.
When patch 1.4 containing Infestor nerfs was announced, Destiny jokingly said he would switch to Protoss if the changes were to go live. When his main account got banned for a short period, he started laddering as Protoss on a new account. He eventually made it to rank 1 in his Masters league as Protoss, before returning to playing Zerg on his main account.
On October 9, 2011, Destiny announced he would be joining a team. Many speculations over what team would bring him in included teams such as Team Reign with his former teammates KiWiKaKi and Slush and Quantic Gaming as they started building up their StarCraft II team starting with acquisitions such as SaSe. On October 11, it was eventually announced that Destiny would join Quantic Gaming.
MLG Pro Circuit 2011
He competed again in MLG's open bracket at MLG Columbus 2011, where he was defeated by Darkcell in the first round, but made a decent run through the losers bracket before being eliminated 2-1 by Slurgi in round 6.
At MLG Orlando 2011, he was knocked down to the losers bracket from the second round of the upper bracket after losing to Artist 2-0. He was then eliminated in the fifth round losers bracket by Titan 2-0.
Homestory Cup IV
Destiny was invited to join a LAN tourney which was held in Germany by TaKe. Destiny was grouped with some of the top players which includes Ret, Grubby and GoOdy. Destiny put up a great fight in the first match-up against Grubby showcasing his polished skill after his training in Korea. He lost the match 1-2. Then he went against GoOdy and Ret but lost both matches 0-2.
In 19 January 2012, Destiny participated in Cyber Sports Network Rundown #7 which was streamed live. Showing impressive results from his training in Korea, he defeated KiLLeR 2-0 in the semifinal match-up. Despite showing impressive improvement, he was unable to beat viOLet causing him to take second with a score of 3-2.
Lone Star Clash
Destiny was invited to March 2012's Lone Star Clash where he would face DeMusliM in the first round. After losing the first game of the best of 3 on Metropolis, Destiny would face DeMusliM on ESV Cloud Kingdom. In the first few minutes of the match, shortly after DeMusliM lifted a barracks to reveal and kill a hidden overlord, DeMusliM's PC had issues and he was timed out of the game. As soon as the regame started, Destiny moved his overlord to the same spot and allowed it to again be killed by DeMusliM in a show of respect. Many observers credited Destiny for his manner and good sportsmanship. Destiny would go on to lose that game to DeMusliM getting knocked into the Loser's bracket. There he would defeat Dragon 2-1 but fall to Grubby 0-2 and get eliminated from the tournament.
A series of events transpired which led to Quantic and Destiny no longer being affiliated with one another. Destiny had used language on his personal stream that much of the community found unacceptable. He had been doing so for some time, but it was not until a similar controversy occurred involving orb that Quantic took action. Destiny's and orb's situations had many parallels, primarily that their respective teams seemed to have their hands forced by the community's negative reactions to the use of language that they deemed was inappropriate. Destiny stated that: "There were a few options on the table when we were discussing things, but all of the options left Quantic in a really rough position." He remained positive that this would not affect him negatively besides the lack of help and support that his team provided.
On May 15, Destiny returned to ROOT Gaming after CatZ announced its rebirth. He eventually parted way with the team on August 28, as ROOT Gaming had received a lot of negative feedback about him.
- Is able to support himself financially by streaming his games.
- Reached Grandmaster status on 6 June 2011 and again on 2 November 2013.
- Went to university for 3 years to major in music (woodwind performance) but eventually dropped out due to conflicts with work.
- Has a son named Nathan.
- In conjunction with Liquid`Sheth, he raised over $32,000 USD for Doctors Without Borders.
- Plays with former compLexity Gaming teammate, Minigun, in the PZ 2v2 team "Guns and Broaches".
- Announced on December 2, 2011 that he would be going to South Korea to train with StarTale for 3 weeks.
- Is one of the first video game streamers to make a living off his stream.
- NationVoice: Destiny Showmatch Series
- $150 Destiny vs qxc Showmatch
- Destiny on compLexity Gaming's "Mind of the Gamer #3"
- Day9 Daily #267 w/ ROOT Destiny v EGAxslav
- Destiny highlights
- 7 pool against goswser
- Destiny on When Cheese Fails
- 2012-07-03 | Real Talk with Destiny by itmeJP
- 2012-03-30 | xVixen gets personal with Steven 'Destiny' Bonnell! by xvixen
- 2012-03-23 | Interview at MLG Columbus 2012 by HotBid of TeamLiquid.net at MLG Columbus 2012
- 2011-11-20 | Interview at MLG Providence 2011 by HotBid of TeamLiquid.net at MLG Providence 2011
- 2011-08-06 | 'Informal' Interview at MLG Anaheim 2011 by BorNProNStarSC at MLG Anaheim 2011
- 2011-08-04 | Interview at MLG Anaheim 2011 by SeltzerPlease of Cyber Sports Network at MLG Anaheim 2011
- 2011-06-04 | Interview at MLG Columbus 2011 by EdwardStarcraft at MLG Columbus 2011
- 2011-04-03 | Interview at MLG Dallas 2011 by EdwardStarcraft at MLG Dallas 2011
- 2011-03-20 | Destiny's IAmA post on Reddit
- 2011-03-17 | Skype Interview by StarcraftSquad
- 2011-02-26 | Meet: Steven "Destiny" Bonnell II by ESFI World
- Destiny in a Nutshell
- Destiny released from compLexity Gaming
- Destiny joins Quantic Gaming
- Destiny's old website
- Destiny's current website
- Battle Net profile and Ranking page for his North American server account.
- Destiny Soundboard
- Destiny's Overlord Strategy
- Destiny's Baneling Analogy
- Destiny Trolling Minigun g1
- Destiny Trolling Minigun g2
- compLexity Gaming acquires ROOT Gaming
- Destiny released from compLexity Gaming
- Destiny's TeamLiquid.net post regarding his release from compLexity Gaming
- Destiny joins Quantic Gaming
- Quantic Gaming announces Destiny's trip to South Korea
- Destiny discusses why he isn't going to MLG Raleigh 2011 (starting at 56:00)
- Team Liquid thread of Destiny's Reddit announcement
- ROOT Gaming re-forms
- "Farewell Destiny". ROOT-Gaming.com, 28 August 2012. TeamLiquid.net thread
- Announcement of trip to Korea