Dmitry "Happy" Kostin is a former professional Terran player from Russia who is now retired.
Happy was the best Warcraft III player to come out of Russia, playing the Undead race, and was a member of several prestigious teams during his Warcraft III career, including Meet Your Makers, Mousesports, and Evil Geniuses. His most notable achievements include reaching the third place of BlizzCon 2007 and World Cyber Games 2008, and reaching the fourth place of World Cyber Games 2009 and of Electronic Sports World Cup 2010.
Wings of Liberty
Happy left Evil Geniuses and really switched to StarCraft II at the beginning of 2011, playing as Terran. He then competed in weekly tournaments in order to get used to every kind of playstyles, and eventually won an online cup for the first time in March 2011 by overwhelming Fargo in final of Go4SC2 Cup #93. It was only the beginning of a winning streak in weekly online events, while Happy was improving and making a name for his strong micromanagement.
His first participation in a premier event occurred in June 2011, at DreamHack Summer 2011, where he was unable to reach the playoffs. In September 2011, Happy won the World Cyber Games 2011 Russia Qualifiers, therefore securing a spot in World Cyber Games 2011 in Busan.
Happy participated in DreamHack Winter 2011, where he advanced from the first group stage after beating Beastyqt and Ciara, losing only to NaNiwa. The next day in the second group stage, Happy beat SjoW, lost to White-Ra, putting him at 1-1 in his group. It was all down to his match against ToD to decide which one of them would proceed to the playoffs. The first game turned out to be a 74 in-game minutes nuke-fest on Tal'Darim Altar, also featuring a 5-Starport Battlecruiser tech-switch, which Happy ultimately lost. ToD took the second game as well, proceeding to the playoffs the following day and knocking Happy out of the tournament.
World Championship Series
From July 21 to July 22, 2012, Happy participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Russia and went far in the winners' bracket as he took out Strange, Turuk, Roll, and then TitaN to make it straight into the finals. He lost in the finals to TitaN by a score of 1-2, 0-2, and had to settle for 2nd place.
At the World Championship Series 2012 Europe Finals from September 15 to September 16, 2013, Happy lost in the first round of the Winner's Bracket to LucifroN, but still made a deep run in the Loser's Bracket. En route to the Round of 8, he defeated sLivko, TitaN, and Socke before falling to LoWeLy. He narrowly missed out on a seed to the 2012 Battle.net World Championship by losing in the 7th place match to Nerchio.
Heart of the Swarm
Happy qualified for WCS Europe 2013 Season 1 Premier League on the first day of the Premier League Qualifiers. He made an impressive run in Premier League, defeating HasuObs, Bly, VortiX and BabyKnight to reach the Round of 8. He was defeated there by DIMAGA and lost to TLO in the 5th place bracket, which left him without a seed to the WCS Season Final.
In WCS Europe 2013 Season 2 Premier League, he lost to TitaN but defeated ToD and SortOf to reach the Round of 16. Although he won a series against Tefel, he lost to MMA 0-4 in maps and fell to Challenger League. He defeated the French Terran Dayshi to requalify for Premier League.
He won against the German player Lambo with a score of 3-0 to make his comeback to WCS Europe 2014 Season 2 Premier League. Happy had one of the most severe groups in Ro32. He won against TLO 2-1, lost to current WCS Europe champion MC 1-2 and lost in decider to Golden 1-2.
On August, 01, Happy defeated Adonminus to start his WCS Europe 2014 Season 3 Premier League journey. In Ro32 he was able to make it through his group with MC, leaving Grubby and Serral behind . In Ro16 he defeated Harstem and Miniraser to make it to Ro8. WCS 2014 Season 3 was the worst season for European players, only Happy and Bunny were able to make it to Ro8, the rest being Koreans. Happy lost to Golden with a score of 1-3 finishing on 5-8th place and getting $5000 USD prize money.
Happy participated in 5 European qualifier before he could make it to 2015 WCS Season 1 Challenger. He lost to Verdi in qual-1, to Starbuck in final match of qual-2, to NaNiwa in final match of qual-3, to MaNa in final match in qual-4 and finally made it in qual-5 over Theo, Strelok, Adonminus and Boombox in finals.
In order to participate in Premier League Happy had to play a best-of-5 series against Majestic wining 3-2. Happy made his 7th in a row appearance in WCS Premier League showing himself as a very stable player.
- Happy played Undead in Warcraft III.
- Happy was the subject of Day9 Daily #299: How to get a 90% win rate with Terran as well as Day9 Daily #301: Happy vs Socke TvP
- He also known as "Imperator" in the CIS. It is a Russian word meaning Emperor.
- He got the nickname "Nuclear Terran" from MC at HomeStoryCup V when he massed ghosts and used nuclear strikes strategically during a match with HasuObs.
|In Major Tournaments|
|2016-04-09||4th||2016 WCS Spring Regional Challengers: Europe||2 : 3||ShoWTimE||$800|
|2016-02-14||1st||2016 WCS Winter Regional Challengers: Europe||3 : 0||MarineLorD||$1,400|
|2015-04-12||2nd||Fragbite Masters Season 4||0 : 4||Bunny||$3,000|
|2014-12-06||4th||Fragbite Masters Season 3||1 : 3||Bunny||$2,030|
|2014-04-19||2nd||Copenhagen Games Spring 2014||0 : 4||HyuN||$2,075|
|2012-04-07||4th||Copenhagen Games Spring 2012||2 : 4||Seiplo||€500|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2014-08-29||2nd||ZOTAC Season 2 Final 2014||0 : 3||jjakji||€700|
|2014-04-05||3rd||Techlabs Cup Moscow 2014||2 : 3||LiveZerg||$300|
|2013-07-07||1st||EnerJ Cup Series June 2013||3 : 0||StarDust||$250|
|2013-05-19||1st||EnerJ Cup Series May 2013||3 : 0||Bly||$250|
|2013-04-21||1st||EnerJ Cup Series April 2013||3 : 2||Strelok||$250|
|2012-07-22||2nd||2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series: Russia Nationals||1 : 4||TitaN||$3,000 + Paid Trip|
|2012-03-31||2nd||ICSA.TV Opening Cup||1 : 4||TitaN||$1,200|
|2011-09-04||1st||World Cyber Games 2011: Russian Qualifiers||2 : 1||Aristeo||$1,200|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- 2011-11-25 | Why he switched to StarCraft II, his current shape and why Korea would be too early for him now by fragster.de at DreamHack Winter 2011