Jo "Golden" Myeong Hwan is a professional Zerg player from South Korea who is retired due to military service.
Wings of Liberty
Golden qualified for 2010 Sony Ericsson Starcraft II Open Season 3 by beating NangChun in the qualifiers. He managed to beat TheWinD in the Round of 64 but was knocked out by Squirtle in the Round of 32.
On July 19, 2012, Golden announced that the coming MLG Summer Arena would be his last event with LighT eSports.
In the GSL Code A Tiebreaker Matches, Golden was put into group C. He managed to beat players Monster, TaeJa and PhoeNix but lost to Moon, August and BBi, ending with a score of 3-3 which let him qualify for Code A in the GSL January.
He would be ousted 2-0 by eventual Code A runner up ByuN, knocking him completely out of the tournament.
Golden would play in the IPL 4 Open Bracket, he beat his first 2 opponent 2-0, and 2-1 respectively, he would go on to lose 0-2 vs Leenock dropping him into the losers bracket. His first opponent was TLO who he beat 2-1, he would go on to defeat Scarlett and then lose to Swedish Protoss Player SaSe ending his tournament run. Golden played in HomeStory Cup V, he managed to make the playoffs, his first opponent in the Round of 8 was sLivko, Golden won in a close series with a 3-2 score. His next opponent was YongHwa whom golden lost to 1-3. A third place match took place where he played against MC he ended up losing 0-3, his final placing that tournament was 4th.
Golden would make a return to IPL with IPL 5, in his first round he played against Genius who he lost to, he would then win against his first losers bracket opponent to lose to fellow zerg player BBoongBBoong.
Golden won the NASL S4 Open Tournament against SortOf with a score of 3-2, this allowed him to participate in the Round of 16 Main Tournament bracket, his first opponent was Arthur who was a former SlayerS Protoss player, Golden managed to barely win with a score of 3-2 advancing him into the offline portion of the tournament. His opponent was Polt. Golden managed to win 1 game but that was all, Polt would win 3-1 advancing him over Golden.
Heart of the Swarm
Golden participated in the Red Bull Training Grounds. He was in Group B, he won all 3 of his matches vs DeMusliM, puCK, and SeleCT. He went on to face Canadian player Kane who he defeated 3-1 which put him into the finals against his team-mate Sound, Golden managed to win 4-2 crowning him the champion.
Golden was invited to Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City as he was the champion of the Red Bull Training Grounds. Golden announced right before the event that this would be his last tournament and he would retire after it. Golden Played in Group A where he faced against his soon to be ex-teammate Bomber and Scarlett. Golden would lose both series 0-2 knocking him out of his last tournament.
On December 17, 2013, Golden announced he would stream under sponsorship from Ownaj and Clarity Gaming until his military service in December 9, 2014. He would not return to progaming or join Clarity Gaming's roster. However on January 30, 2014, he announced that he had reversed his decision and would come out of retirement since his draft notice calls for him to enlist in December instead of March as he originally thought. He also announced intentions to enter WCS in Season 2, perhaps in America, and also to enter foreign tournaments.
On New Year's Day 2014, he also announced that he was organizing a 4-person tournament to support HyuN after the collapse of Quantic Gaming, which left HyuN owed $23,000 in back pay. The event will feature jjakji, StarDust, MC and Symbol as well as Golden and HyuN as casters.
Hosting Tournaments, Showmatches
- Wrote a letter to the SlayerS team after it was announced that he was leaving.
- Organized an APM League with a special rule - players must average 200 APM for a match and win to advance.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2014-10-05||3 - 4th||2014 WCS Season 3 Europe||0 : 3||YoDa||$7,500|
|2014-07-06||3 - 4th||2014 WCS Season 2 Europe||2 : 3||San||$7,500|
|2012-07-08||4th||HomeStory Cup V||0 : 3||MC||$2,000|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2014-08-16||2nd||ESET Masters 2013||2 : 3||StarDust||$5,000|
|2014-08-13||3 - 4th||ESL Pro Series Germany: Summer 2014||2 : 3||ShoWTimE||€550|
|2013-06-23||1st||Red Bull Training Grounds||4 : 2||Sound||$3,200|
|2012-06-17||4th||GIGABYTE ESPORTS LAN Invitational||2 : 3||viOLet||$500|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2014-06-17||1st||Go4SC2 May 2014||2 : 0||Snute||€300|
|2014-04-16||1st||Go4SC2 March 2014||2 : 1||StarDust||€300|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- 2014-10-14 | Behind the Scenes with Golden: The Golden Farewell by Nightris of Team Acer
- 2014-05-21 | AiGolden Interview at TaKeTV ULTRA Invitational by Honor of bonjwa.de at TaKeTV ULTRA Invitational
- 2013-11-27 | Golden retirement interview: "It's better to try and regret than not try at all." by Waxangel of Teamliquid.net at Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City
- 2013-04-11 | 2013 WCS Korea Season 1 Challenger League Qualifiers Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2013-11-27 | Golden, We Hardly Knew Ye by CosmicSpiral of TeamLiquid.Net
- Golden's Twitter Twitter.com, 16 January 2012.
- Stalife and Golden to LighT
- Golden joins Quantic Gaming
- Golden Joins StarTale
- Hello TL i'm Golden ^_^
- Golden's stream partnership
- Golden comes out of retirement TeamLiquid.net
- Support HyuN Tournament TeamLiquid.net
- AiGolden (October 6, 2014). "Golden retires to do military service". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- Translation of letter to SlayerS team
- APM League - Hosted by Golden TeamLiquid.net