Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung, also known as "Bogus", is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He is currently playing for SK Telecom T1.
- 1 Wings of Liberty
- 2 Heart of the Swarm
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Championships
- 6 Interviews
- 7 Articles
- 8 External Links
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Wings of Liberty
INnoVation played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
On July 19, 2012, INnoVation participated in the 2012 OSL KeSPA Preliminaries. INnoVation received a BYE in round one and then took down Sang, herO, and faced Crazy-Hydra in the finals. After taking down Crazy-Hydra by a score of 2:0, INnoVation advanced in to the 2012 OSL KeSPA Dual Tournament.
In the 2012 GSL Season 4, INnoVation qualified for Code A after going through the preliminaries. There, he beat the seven-time Code A finisher YuGiOh in the first round, with a score of 2-1, and then followed it up with a 2-0 win over Bomber. After beating Happy in the round of 24 with a score of 2-1, INnoVation made it into Code S for the next season. There, his round of 32 group consisted of Leenock, KeeN and Squirtle. INnoVation first lost to Leenock 2-0, then beat both Squirtle and KeeN 2-0, which placed him second and gave him a spot in the round of 16. In his Ro16 group, he was placed in an even harder group, with Polt, Sniper and PartinG. He placed first in his group this time, dropping only one map to Sniper. This secured him a spot in next season's Code S, and advanced him to the next round. In the round of 8, he was against fellow KeSPA player, Soulkey, who he beat with a very solid 3-0. In the semifinals, he played against HyuN, against whom he lost 1-3, and was knocked out of the tournament.
With his semi-finals finish in the previous GSL season, INnoVation headed into the last Wings of Liberty GSL in Code S. In his round of 32 group, INnoVation took out the foreign Zerg player Stephano, but lost to the GSL Champion DongRaeGu. After beating Stephano again, INnoVation advanced to the next round in second place. In his round of 16 group, he took out the GSL veteran TaeJa before facing DongRaeGu again. This time however, INnoVation defeated DongRaeGu 2-0 to secure first place in his group. Facing another Zerg in Symbol in the round of 8, INnoVation narrowly lost with a score of 2-3 to end his final Wings of Liberty GSL run.
Heart of the Swarm
INnoVation played in the first ever Heart of the Swarm MLG event shortly after the release of the expansion. He dominated his first three matches, taking out the Canadian player HuK, the multiple MLG champion Leenock and his fellow KeSPA player Rain all with a 3-0 score. He met the legendary Brood War Terran Flash in the semi-finals where Flash showcased his superior TvT to take the series 3-1. Dropping down into the third place match, INnoVation played another Protoss player in MC, another decorated StarCraft II player. He defeated the Protoss player 2-1 which secured him a third place finish in the first premier Heart of the Swarm tournament.
Back to Korea, INnoVation dominated the Korean scene, acting as the ace player of his team in Proleague and going 15-5 in his first 20 games. He also achieved success in the individual leagues, such as WCS Korea 2013 Season 1 Premier League. Despite losing his very first series in the Round of 32 to the reigning OSL champion Rain, INnoVation easily defeated HyuN 2-0 to face Rain again. This time he took the victory over the Protoss player, knocking him out and securing second place in the group. In the second group stage, he was placed in what was considered the group of death with PartinG, Life, and Flash. INnoVation took out Flash 2-1 and Life 2-0 to comfortably move on to the playoff bracket. There, he showcased impressive TvZ, taking down the defending GSL champion RorO 3-0 before facing the defending GSL runner-up Symbol. Symbol managed to take two games in the series using Roach-based all-ins, but his efforts were not enough, as ultimately INnoVation managed to take the win in the series to advance to the finals against Soulkey.
The finals were highly expected by both fans and casters as the supposedly best Terran player and best Zerg player faced off. Going into the finals, INnoVation had a dominating 21-3 record in Heart of the Swarm TvZ in both Proleague and WCS Korea, where the only macro game he lost had been against his finals opponent Soulkey. INnoVation opened up the series with a quick win after proxying two Barracks and dealing critical economic damage to the Zerg player. He then secured his lead and pulled far ahead in the following two games after deflecting Soulkey's Roach heavy compositions to lead the series 3-0. Soulkey fought back in the next two games however and through the use of Roach/Baneling all-ins and timings, he managed to take the momentum away from INnoVation and start making his comeback. In the sixth game, INnoVation opted to go for another proxy two-Barracks push, but this time his attack was scouted by Soulkey, who defended effectively and crushed INnoVation's push. After losing his army, Soulkey busted up the Terran player's ramp, and managed to take the series to the seventh and final game. Up until this point, there were only two other GSL finals where the series were tied up at 3-3 after the Terran player winning the first three games. In both situations, the Terran player managed to close out the series with a win. However, despite having history in his favor, INnoVation was overwhelmed by Soulkey's Muta-ling style, and after suffering critical economic damage could not keep up with the Zerg macro. INnoVation could not finish off the Woongjin Zerg, and thus lost the series and took second place in the first Heart of the Swarm GSL.
Finally a Champion
After his loss in the finals, INnoVation sought revenge at the 2013 WCS Season 1 Global Finals. He was able to advance in first place from his initial group stage, still showing great form in TvZ, defeating RorO and Revival, and secured himself a spot in the quarterfinals where he would face aLive. Showing that he was capable in more than just TvZ, INnoVation swept aLive 3-0. He then went on to defeat Mvp in a very close series 3-2 to advance to his second consecutive premier tournament finals, where he faced off against sOs, a player who had played two very close series against INnoVation's rival Soulkey in both the WCS 2013 Season 1 Korea semifinals and WCS 2013 Season 1 semifinals. INnoVation once again started the series at 3-0 without showing signs of weakness. The fourth game, however, was much more difficult, as sOs used an unusual Tempest/Templar composition to test INnoVation's ability to adapt. He was not shaken, and he closed the series 4-0 against sOs who looked visibly nervous, and finally found himself a champion on one of the biggest stages in StarCraft 2 history. His accomplishment earned him the #1 rank on TeamLiquid.net's Power Rank for July 2013.
2013 WCS Season 2 & Beyond
After his first major individual championship, INnoVation entered the 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL looking to further prove himself. He looked strong in the round of 32, advancing 2-0 after defeating Bbyong and Savage. He was placed in a four-Terran group in the Round of 16 along with Flash, Bbyong, and Bomber, where he eventually advanced, losing to Bomber 0-2 but defeating Flash and Bbyong 2-0. He ended up facing off against Soulkey for the first time in a WCS match since the WCS Korea 2013 Season 1 finals. INnoVation took out Soulkey convincingly 3-0, finally redeeming himself against his Woongjin rival. At this point he was expected to reach the finals once again, as he was set to face off against Maru, a player that was considered to be the underdog due to his lack of notable results despite his substantial GSL experience. However, INnoVation was taken off-guard by Maru's aggressive one-base builds, which revealed his nerves and lack of composure under stress. After losing to Cloaked Banshee play in game one, INnoVation overreacted in game two by building a Raven, which was ineffective against Maru's Marine/Hellion drop. The third game saw INnoVation fall to a double proxy Barrack build when he attempted to take an expansion before building his own Barracks. Down 0-3, he exhibited poor control in the final game, which led to his being swept 0-4 by his young opponent.
On August 23, 2013, INnoVation went to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany to play in the 2013 WCS Season 2 Finals, where he was placed in a Round of 16 group with TaeJa, duckdeok, and NaNiwa. After barely losing a very intense initial match against TaeJa, he was bested by NaNiwa in the losers' match 0-2, which knocked him out of the tournament in the group stage on the first day of the tournament. Despite not making the 2013 WCS Season 3 Finals, he earned a ticket to BlizzCon for the 2013 WCS Global Finals.
Moving to a Foreign Team
Shortly after joining Team Acer, INnoVation participated in the 2013 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 2 for Axiom-Acer - his GSTL debut. INnoVation played in the team's first match versus FXOpen e-Sports on September 3, 2013, as the starting player. His first opponent was Hurricane, whom he dispatched without difficulty. He then played against the Terran player sC, against whom INnoVation fell behind due to early aggression. However sC lost his early lead, and from there INnoVation proved too strong during the mid-game and took the victory. INnoVation defeated his next opponent, the former GSL champion Seed, which forced FXOpen to put out their final player. Leenock was chosen as the ace player, but INnoVation was able to close out the match, giving him his fourth All-Kill in Korean team leagues and his team their first win of the season. His form continued throughout the season as he won two clinching games in the finals against AZUBU, including a deciding ace match against SuperNoVa, to not only win Axiom-Acer its first GSTL title but also win the season MVP award for himself.
In 2014, INnoVation showed strong results. After previously dropping out of Code A in January 2014 from a group with 3 Protoss players, in the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 he advanced through the qualifier. He then finished first place in his Code A group, securing himself a place in Code S for the season. He showed good control at the 2014 DreamHack Open/Bucharest, especially in his series against Finnish player Welmu. In a nail-biting deciding game, INnoVation managed to secure the win with his precise bio micro, dodging Psi Storms and stutter stepping, after being at a 20-worker disadvantage. In the end, he fell in the round of 4 to eventual champion Life, once more showing his weakness to roach busts in TvZ.
In April, INnoVation started his team out with a win in the Acer TeamStory Cup Season 3 with an all-kill against Evil Geniuses. This would be the first of three 5-win all-kills (against Evil Geniuses, mYinsanity and Invictus Gaming). He also managed to win three games against Axiom, Millenium and yoe Flash Wolves, then finally won 4 games against Team Liquid to lead his team to first place in the group stage, and finished with an outstanding 28-4 record.
In May, INnoVation defeated Center, Impact, and HyuN in the Dragon Invitational Tournament #1, showing strong TvZ in the latter two series. He went on to face RagnaroK in the finals, winning 3-2 and earning the $1,200 first-place prize. The next month, he won against TaeJa, JYP, MMA, and Life to take first place in the Dragon Invitational Tournament #2 and defend his championship title.
GSL Trophy and Return to the KeSPA
After one year with Team Acer, he decided to leave the team on September 3, 2014. Even though his results in team leagues were great, he was not satisfied with his individual results and he wanted to return to the KeSPA environment and its training method. On September 25, 2014, it was announced that he had joined SK Telecom T1.
In July, INnoVation defeated Hurricane and Ruin with SCV pull strategies to requalify for Code S. In Code S, he lost his initial match to MyuNgSiK but showed a better performance in TvP by defeating Paralyze and then MyuNgSiK in the rematch, earning him his spot in the Ro16. In the Ro16 group selection, he ended up in the group of death with Maru, PartinG and Stats. Showing resilience, INnoVation topped his group and advanced to the Ro8 for the first time in over a year. In the Ro8, he faced his first non-Protoss opponent in DongRaeGu and defeated him in a one sided series going 3-0. Then, he faced the rising Terran Cure and after a close fought series featuring mech play, INnoVation ultimately triumphed 4-3. Facing his now teammate soO in his second GSL finals, many fans were expecting an amazing series. While the series was tense, with all-ins and cheese on both sides, the games ultimately did no live up to the hype. After going down to 2 Roach-Bane all-ins, INnoVation managed to pull out the win in a base race. He then employed two 2 Barracks rushes to take the lead. On match point for INnoVation both players opened up macro. After a relatively calm opening, soO started to throw attacks at his opponent. Nonetheless, INnoVation was able to hold off the attacks and managed to do economic damage with Widow Mine drops at the same time. Soon after securing his fourth base and getting 3-3 upgrades, the victory was his and INnoVation secured his first GSL title and his first Premier tournament victory of the year.
INnoVation started 2015 very well by qualifying for both Korean Starleagues. He was first defeated by Stats in the SSL Challenge in a reverse sweep, so he did not get to play in the main event. However in the GSL season 1, he managed to get into the round of 8 where he lost to an eventual champion Life in a very close series 3-2. Shortly after that, INnoVation travelled to play in the IEM World Championship in Katowice, and he managed to get his revenge against Life in another very close series in the Ro16, only to be eliminated by Zest in the Ro8. In Proleague, INnoVation went undefeated 6-0 during the first round.
With the start of Round 2 in Proleague, INnoVation lost his undefeated record against ByuL after making it to 7 straight wins since the beginning of the 2015 season. In the SSL Season 2 Challenge, INnoVation once again lost in a very close series 3-2, this time against his new nemesis ByuL. At that point, INnoVation was going through a slump, confirmed when he got eliminated from his Ro16 group in GSL Season 2 against Rain and Bbyong. His Round 2 record in Proleague was an underwhelming 2-3, and his team started fielding other players than him.
After a very disappointing loss against HerO at the start of Proleague Round 3, he started climbing back. He finished the Round with a 3-1 record and participate in his team victory in the Round 3 finals against Jin Air Green Wings, beating Rogue and sOs before being stopped by Maru.
In July, INnoVation qualified for the third season of the SSL by beating Snute 3-0, and got back into Code S by beating KeeN 3-1 without any significant problems. INnoVation advanced in first place of his Ro32 group in GSL, and in second place in his difficult group in the SSL. At the beginning of August, INnoVation qualified for IEM gamescom, and after beating ForGG, MMA and soO in the playoffs, he finally got his first championship of 2015. After returning to Korea, INnoVation played his Ro8 match against ByuL in the SSL season 3. After going to the last game on Terraform it seemed that INnoVation had the game won, but he forgot a crucial vehicle plating upgrade. That mistake eventually turned the tide of the game in ByuL's favour, allowing him to advance to the Ro4. In GSL Season 3, INnoVation advanced first from his Ro16 group, beating Flash and GuMiho. In the Round 4 of Proleague, INnoVation continued showing strong performances including an ace match win over GuMiho, although losing the final set in the Round 4 finals against KT Rolster to Zest. A few days later, he faced Zest again in their Ro8 match in the GSL and defeated him 3-1, showcasing a new Drilling claws mine drop tactic. After that, he played against Maru in the semifinals. After losing the first set, INnoVation rallied back with four straight wins, going through to the finals against ByuL. All three of the players he faced in the GSL playoffs had winning records against him, but INnoVation sealed the deal by defeating ByuL 4-2 to become a GSL champion for the second time in his career. During the HotS era, he was the only Terran to reach and win the GSL finals, managing to win in two out of his three appearances.
A week after his GSL championship, SK Telecom T1 played against Jin Air Green Wings in the Grand Finals of the 2015 Proleague season. INnoVation was scheduled to play against sOs in a highly anticipated match up. He managed to win this game, helping his team to the eleventh Proleague championship and becoming the MVP of the Grand Finals.
INnoVation then for the third year in a row entered the WCS Global Finals. His opponent in the first round was Zest, an opponent he has had difficulties with historically. Both in pre- and post-match interviews, he stated that his opponent was very strong, that he was nervous, and that he anticipated himself to lose the series. However, he handily defeated Zest with a 3-0 score. One week later, he would go up against Life, the reigning WCS World Champion at the time. Life had advanced in equally dominating fashion, eliminating the only foreign player at the Global Finals, Lilbow.
The matchup between Life and INnoVation was highly anticipated by fans around the world, as well as the experts, who had unanimously predicted INnoVation to take the series. INnoVation convincingly took the first set of the series on Moonlight Madness with a mech-based push, finding Life's defenses inadequate. However, in game 2 on Terraform, Life surprised INnoVation with an early Roach attack. Nearly 30 workers were lost to the attack, and INnoVation ultimately could not recover from the deficit, leaving the series at a tied 1-1 score. The next game was played on Iron Fortress, and it saw Life go for a Roach/Baneling attack. INnoVation had opened with a quick stim and very fast 5 barracks, however, and was able to hold the attack without bunkers, and took no real economic damage. INnoVation then went on the offensive, but Life repelled his attacks time and time again, eventually forcing the Terran who was still on 2 bases to surrender the game. INnoVation then surprised on Coda, fans, experts and commentators alike, as he went for a Thor drop. The drop was completely ineffectual, and INnoVation's follow-up 2-base all-in was repelled by a force of Roaches, Zerglings, Banelings and Infestors. INnoVation's run at the Global Finals ended early for the third year in a row.
- Lost his first official StarCraft II match to sOs.
- Is the first player to lead a GSL finals 3-0, but then lose 4-3.
- Reached the Ro4 in the GSL in his first Code S appearance, only to be stopped from advancing to the finals by HyuN, who was also in his first Code S appearance.
- INnoVation was the only player to qualify for both 2013 WCS Season 1 and 2013 WCS Season 2 finals. However he wasn't the only player to attend both as aLive attended season 2 as a replacement for Jim.
- INnoVation was rank 1 on TeamLiquid's Power Rank 3 months in a row.
- Starred in one of Khaldor's videos showcasing his APM.
- The only player to qualify for the 2013 WCS Global Finals, 2014 WCS Global Finals and 2015 WCS Global Finals while playing in the WCS Korea region or in Korean Starleagues.
- Has reached the finals of both the first and the last GSL Code S of Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and played against a Zerg player in both of them.
- With his wins in 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 and 2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 he is the only Terran player to win two GSLs in the Heart of the Swarm era as well as the only Terran player to reach the GSL finals, and the only player to make GSL finals in every year of the Heart of the Swarm era.
- Because of his win against sOs, he was declared the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Proleague Grand Finals.
- INnoVation was awarded the 2016 Proleague: Round 1 Most Valuable Player award for his 6-1 record, as well as the weekly MVP award for his win over Solar in Week 4.
- Having won Proleague (twice), GSTL, and Acer TeamStory Cup (twice), he can be considered the most accomplished team league competitor in StarCraft 2. He also holds the record for most all-kills in Premier StarCraft 2 Team Leagues, single-handedly defeating the entire opponent team no less than 10 times.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2015-10-04||1st||2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3||4 : 2||ByuL||$36,099|
|2015-08-31||3 - 4th||2015 MSI Masters Gaming Arena||0 : 2||sOs||$2,000|
|2015-08-09||1st||IEM Season X - gamescom||4 : 1||soO||$10,000|
|2014-10-04||1st||2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3||4 : 2||soO||$66,612|
|2014-04-27||3 - 4th||2014 DreamHack Open: Bucharest||1 : 2||Life||$3,000|
|2013-12-07||3 - 4th||2013 ASUS ROG: NorthCon||2 : 3||Jaedong||$3,000|
|2013-11-30||4th||2013 DreamHack Open: Winter||0 : 2||Patience||$6,098|
|2013-09-15||2nd||2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest||0 : 3||TaeJa||$5,390|
|2013-07-30||3 - 4th||2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL||0 : 4||Maru||$7,000|
|2013-06-09||1st||2013 WCS Season 1||4 : 0||sOs||$40,000|
|2013-06-01||2nd||2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL||3 : 4||Soulkey||$12,000|
|2013-03-17||3rd||2013 MLG Winter Championship||2 : 1||MC||$9,000|
|2012-12-01||3 - 4th||2012 GSL Season 5||1 : 3||HyuN||$4,263|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2014-08-10||1st||Destiny I||5 : 1||HuK||$1,600|
|2014-01-26||4th||Warer.com Invitational||2 : 3||TaeJa||$500|
|2013-12-05||3rd||Dailymotion Cup 2013||3 : 1||ForGG||$1,000|
|2013-08-18||3rd||2013 WCG Korea National Finals||2 : 0||Soulkey||WCG Slot|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2014-06-12||1st||Dragon Invitational Tournament #2||3 : 1||Life||$1,200|
|2014-05-26||1st||Dragon Invitational Tournament #1||3 : 2||RagnaroK||$1,200|
|2014-05-03||1st||No Dice Gaming Invitational #4||4 : 3||Revival||$1,500|
|In Premier Team Leagues|