Ahn "HongUn" Hong Wook is a retired Protoss player from South Korea, remembered for his success in the early seasons of the GSL with two 3-4th place finishes and known for being one of the few Protoss players to incorporate the Carrier. On June 26, 2012 HongUn announced his retirement from competitive StarCraft II
HongUn is a competitive StarCraft II player from South Korea. He was a player on team Prime, but he then left the team. The 15th January 2012, it was announced that he joined eSahara. When Absolute Legends absorbed the eSahara squad it was announced that HongUn would also be moving to Absolute Legends.
Wings of Liberty
HongUn has been able to qualify for all of the GOMTV Global Starcraft II League Open seasons, the only Protoss player on the Prime team to do so. In the first season he was able to qualify for S-Class making it to the quarterfinals before losing to oGsEnsnare. The following season, HongUn was defeated by Kyrix in the Round of 64 in what many considered an upset at the time. HongUn qualified for GSL Season 3. After he defeated FruitDealer in the Round of 8, he alongside oGsMC became the first Protoss players to reach the final 4 in any GSL. He would try a variety of different builds in the semifinals but ultimately lose 2-4 to Rain.
In 2011, for the first Code S tournament in January, HongUn would be sent to the Up and Down Matches after falling 1-2 in the group stages to Hyperdub. He managed to fend off Moon, 2-1, and retain his Code S status for the proceeding tournament. HongUn would make a fairly deep run into GSL March, taking out players such as TOP and Jinro before being swept by MC in the Round of 8. HongUn would continue to struggle with early exits in the proceeding GSLs but always managed to remain in Code S. He would see a surprising resurgence during the GSL July season where he eliminated MC 3-1 in a rematch at the Round of 8 with heavy 4gate usage. He would be swiftly eliminated 0-3 by NesTea in the semifinals.
In GSL October, HongUn placed last in his group with a score of 0-2, therefore needing to play in the Up and Down Matches. There, he would place last, beating only KeeN, therefore dropping down to Code A for the first time.
On May 27, 2012 Hongun participated in the GSL Season 3 qualifiers where he defeated Journey in the finals of his bracket and re qualified for the GSL. In the first round of 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 Code A he faced MMA and was defeated 2-0. Shortly after the match HongUn announced his retirement from professional StarCraft II
It was announced on Sept 16th that HongUn would be participating at MLG Orlando as part of the GSL-MLG Exchange Program. He would place third in his group losing to Ret and TheStC. In the Championship Bracket, HongUn would beat HerO and July before falling to IdrA 0-2.
- Was the first player in GSL history to make a Carrier in Season 3 where he took down JSL in the round of 32 with it.
- Was the first player in GSL history to use a Carrier centric build in his GSL October Up&Down match vs KeeN.
- Was the first Protoss to reach the Ro4 in a GSL (accomplished in GSL Open Season 3, one day before MC).
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2011-07-25||3 - 4th||2011 Pepsi GSL July: Code S||0 : 3||NesTea||$4,500|
|2010-12-18||3 - 4th||2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open Season 3||2 : 4||Rain||$8,900|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- 2011-02-24 | GSL February Code S Ro32 Winner Interviews by PlayXP
- "HongUn Retires". 26 June 2012.
- "HongUn joins eSahara". eSahara.net, 15 January 2012. Translated version / TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
- Absolute Legends absorbs eSahara, HongUn transferred to squad
- MLG Orlando Rosters and Pools