|Romanized Name:||Kim Joon Ho|
|Birth:||August 18, 1992|
|Nicknames:||The Smiling Assassin|
|WCS Rank (Points):||#1 (975 points)|
2011-11-04 - Present
- 1 Wings of Liberty
- 2 Heart of the Swarm
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Championships
- 6 WoL Matches
- 7 Interviews
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
Wings of Liberty
herO played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2. Although he was less successful in the BroodWar portion of the hybrid league, herO was one of the most consistent players for CJ Entus in the Wings of Liberty portion. Due to his adept Wings of Liberty play he was selected most of the time to play in the Ace Match. He played a critical role in bringing his team to a championship victory including wins over Rain and soO in the ace matches of both of the semifinal games as well as a win over Stork in the finals.
When the 2012 WCS Korea Championship was announced, herO was one of the KeSPA invites and thus didn't have to participate in the qualifiers. In the first round of the Winners Bracket he lost 2-1 to Puzzle and dropped down to the Losers Bracket. There he was able to go on a long run beating YugiOh, TAiLS, EffOrt, and Puzzle before losing to RorO. He got a final rank of 7-8th place which was enough to quaify him for the Asia Finals.
On October 13, 2012 herO entered the WCS Asia Finals. He went on an extensive run in the Winners Bracket beating Ian, Squirtle, and Sen before losing to Rain. In the losers bracket he defeated RorO and then lost the 3rd/4th place match to PartinG. His 4th place finish qualified him for the World Championship.
At the 2012 WCS World Finals herO was placed in Group F for the Round of 32. There, despite his initial win over MajOr, he lost to TitaN and then Curious to fall out of the tournament in the Round of 32.
One of the last Wings of Liberty events that herO participated in was the 2012 MLG vs Proleague Invitational. Although he had a winning record, his record (25-23) was the lowest among the KeSPA players. As a result he didn't qualify for the Playoffs.
Heart of the Swarm
The first Heart of the Swarm tournament that herO participated in was the 2013 MLG Winter Championship. On February 5, 2013 he played in the Showdowns against RorO. With a 3-2 win he was able to qualify for the Main Event in Dallas. There he lost 3-0 in the first round to MC. In the Exhibition Matches that took place later on, he was able to take second place. After a walkover win against Feast and beating SaSe and ThorZaIN he lost 3-0 in the finals to MarineKing.
When the 2012-2013 Proleague switched to Heart of the Swarm, herO was once again a pillar of the CJ Entus lineup, often playing as their ace. Although he had one of the highest win rates in the league his team did not qualify for the Playoffs.
WCS Korea Season 1
WCS Korea Season 2
On June 26, 2013, herO participated in the WCS Korea Season 2 Qualifiers. He was placed in Group B of the evening session. There after a BYE in the first round, he defeated NtO`KEH, Cacia, and BeSt to qualify for the Challenger League. There he defeated Hurricane 2-1 in the Round of 48, and he faced Reality in the Round of 32 where he lost 0-2.
WCS Korea Season 3
herO played in the WCS Season 3 Up & Down matches Group B where he went 3-1 only losing a map to Life. herO would then be in Premier League where he won against GuMiho but lost against INnoVation twice knocking him out of the group and out of Premier League. herO then played in Challenger League where he defeated Creator 2-0 but lost 1-2 to Hurricane.
One of herO's few foreign tournament events was IEM Season VIII - Singapore. herO qualified through the qualifiers, he was placed in Group C of the main tournament. He managed to defeat both Bomber and Dream advancing him into the Round of 8. He faced the legend Terran Mvp, herO defeated him 3-0 putting him into the Round of 4. In the Round of 4 herO also defeated DongRaeGu 3-0 which would advance him into the finals, a chance for herO to win his first Starcraft 2 championship. In the finals herO would face San who also had an impressive tournament run, the first two games into the finals herO was down 0-2 but managed to win four games in a row winning 4-2, crowning him the IEM Singapore Champion.
WCS Korea Season 1
herO participated in the 2014 GSL Season 1 Qualifier. He was able to defeat Tree, RagnaroK, and Solar without dropping a map and advanced to Code A. In Code A herO would face Zest, Innovation, and Stork in his group. Despite losing his first match 2-1 to Stork, herO was able to come back and defeat Innovation and Stork in the rematch both by 2-1 scores. This allowed herO to advance to Code S. In Code S herO would face Rain, Solar, and DongRaeGu in the Round of 32. He was able to advance from his group in first place with a 2-1 victory over DongRaeGu and a 2-0 victory over Rain. herO advanced from his Round of 16 group in second place by defeating Bbyong and Trap. He was scheduled to play Rain in the Round of 8 on March 19, 2014. Unfortunately he was defeated 3-2 by Rain and was eliminated from the tournament.
WCS Korea Season 2
herO reached the round of 8 in Code S in the previous season, so he was placed into code S in 2014 GSL Season 2. He managed to get into the Ro16 in first place, defeating both INnoVation and Leenock 2-1, but failed to make it out of his Ro16 group, falling out 0-4. His group ended up being the group of death as it included both finalists of that season, soO and Classic, as well as the Code S regular PartinG.
WCS Korea Season 3
herO was put into Group I in Code A, along with Reality, sOs, and Super. After a somewhat surprisingly one-sided 0-2 loss to Super, herO went into the Losers' match against Reality. Despite the fact he managed to defeat INnoVation 2-1 in the previous season, herO lost 1-2 against Reality in somewhat disappointing games, knocking him out of Code A.
WCS Global Finals
herO qualified for the 2014 WCS Global Finals as the 12th seed with with 3475 WCS points. His first match was against the the 5th seed, MC, who he defeated 3-2. He then faced Classic, the 13th seed, in the quarterfinals, where he was defeated 3-2, thus ending his tournament run.
herO was able to qualify for IEM Season VIII Sao Paulo. herO would play his Round of 16 group on January 31, 2014. He lost to Polt 2-1 but was able to advance from his group in second place by defeating Kelazhur twice by 2-0 scores. herO would go on to 3-0 MajOr in the Round of 8, 3-0 TLO in the semifinals, and defeat MC 4-1 in the finals to win IEM Sao Paulo and become the first player to win two IEM championships, with his coming back to back.
herO qualified for the IEM Season VIII World Championship in Katowice, Poland, based on his IEM tournament wins over the season. He would edge out HyuN 3-2 in a close series in the Round of 16, defeat San 3-1 in the quarterfinals, and narrowly defeat Polt 3-2 in the semifinals to advance to play sOs in the grand finals for $100,000. Unfortunately, herO was defeated 4-1 by sOs and had to settle for second place.
Due to his previous IEM victories, herO was invited to IEM Toronto to replace Maru. In the double-elimination Open Bracket, he defeated desRow, StarDust, and Revival 2-0. However, in the Winners and Losers bracket, he lost 2-1 to Snute, who showcased a patient playstyle relying on Swarm Hosts, Vipers and static defense. Stopped before the group stage, herO consequently did not earn any WCS point in this tournament.
herO made it into the 2014 Hot6ix Cup through the online qualifiers. He was placed into Group A, where he defeated INnoVation to make it into the Winner's Match. In the Winner's Match he went up against MarineKing and was defeated 2-0. In his rematch against INnoVation, he was defeated 2-0, and knocked out of the tournament.
herO qualified for IEM Season IX San Jose, defeating HyuN, Life, and SoO in the online qualifier. He made it out of the Round of 16 Group Stage by defeating Super and Bomber, both 2-0. He went on to defeat Snute 3-2, and Jaedong 3-1 on his way to the final, where he played Rain. Rain grabbed a quick 3-1 lead, but herO came back to win three sets in a row and claim his third IEM championship.
- herO defeated BarrackS in his first official StarCraft II match.
- herO played Zerg in Brood War.
- Was given the nickname "The Smiling Assassin" by Paul "Redeye" Chaloner during IEM Season VIII Singapore.
- He is the first player to win two IEM championships, winning back-to-back IEM Season VIII - Singapore and IEM Season VIII - Sao Paulo.
- Was featured in Madals' APM compilation at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.
- He has played a Protoss in every premier finals he has been to.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2014-12-07||1st||IEM Season IX - San Jose||4 : 3||Rain||$10,000|
|2014-09-27||3 - 4th||2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm||1 : 2||Solar||$3,000|
|2014-09-14||2nd||KeSPA Cup||1 : 4||Zest||$9,790|
|2014-03-16||2nd||IEM Season VIII - World Championship||1 : 4||sOs||-|
|2014-02-01||1st||IEM Season VIII - Sao Paulo||4 : 1||MC||$10,000|
|2013-12-01||1st||IEM Season VIII - Singapore||4 : 2||San||$10,000|
|2012-10-14||4th||2012 World Championship Series: Asia Finals||1 : 2||PartinG||$1,800|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2014-10-21||2nd||2014 WECG Korea National Finals||2 : 3||Stats||$2,800|
|2014-06-08||1st||SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational||4 : 2||Flash||$4,500|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|Intel Extreme Masters|
| Season VIII - New York
| Season VIII - Singapore
1 December 2013 – 1 February 2014
| Season VIII - Sao Paulo|
| Season VIII - Singapore
| Season VIII - Sao Paulo
1 February 2014 – 17 February 2014
| Season VIII - Cologne|
| Season IX - Toronto
| Season IX - San Jose
7 December 2014 – Present
| Season IX - Taipei|
- vs Jaedong on Antiga Shipyard (2011-2012 Proleague Season 2, Round 2 - Week 3 CJ Entus vs Team 8) - Great holds and incredible ending.
- 2014-09-27 | Interview with herO by John "JoRoSaR" Sargent at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm (trans. by Solar)
- 2014-05-06 | 2014 GSL Season 2 Code S Ro32 Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-03-06 | 2014 GSL Season 1 Code S Ro16 Groups A, B, C, D Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-02-06 | 2014 GSL Season 1 Code S Ro32 Groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-01-23 | 2014 GSL Season 1 Code A Groups G, H, I, J, K, L Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-01-21 | SPL CJ vs MVP Winner by This Is Game at 2014 Proleague (trans. )
- 2014-01-09 | 2014 GSL Season 1 Code A Qualifiers Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2013-12-01 | A new champion is coming: herO by Carmac of ESL at IEM Season VIII - Singapore (trans. )
- 2013-03-05 | SPL Season 1 Round 3 CJ Entus vs 8th Team Winner by Daily eSports
- 2013-02-03 | SPL Season 1 Round 3 CJ Entus vs SK Telecom T1 Winner by Daily eSports
- 2013-01-31 | SPL Star Interview - herO in Team CJ Entus by EsportsTV (trans. )
- 2012-12-21 | SPL Season 1 Round 1 CJ Entus vs EG-TL Winner by Daily eSports
- 2012-11-09 | "From Home To Hero" by PlayersCutTV at 2012 Battle.net World Championships (trans. )
- 2012-10-14 | Interview with WCS Asia Finalists by This Is Game at WCS Korea 2012
- 2012-08-23 | WCS Korea Losers' Round 4 Winners by This Is Game at WCS Korea 2012
- 2012-08-22 | WCS Korea Losers' Round 3 Winners by This Is Game at WCS Korea 2012
- 2012-08-16 | WCS Korea Losers' Round 2 Day 2 Winners by This Is Game at WCS Korea 2012
- 2012-08-14 | WCS Korea Losers' Round 1 Day 1 Winners by This Is Game at WCS Korea 2012