INnoVation

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INnoVation at the 2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest
Player Information
Name: 이신형
Romanized Name: Lee Shin Hyung
Birth: July 25, 1993 (1993-07-25) (age 21)
Country: South Korea South Korea
Race: Terran
Team: SK Telecom T1
Alternate IDs: Bogus, SaSin)KaL, SinHyung, zOazOa
Nicknames: The Machine
WCS Rank (Points): #15 (3225 points)
Links
Achievements
2013 WCS Season 12014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3
History
2008-08-13 - 2013-08-31

2013-09-01 - 2014-09-03

2014-09-25 - Present


Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung, also known as "Bogus", is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He is currently playing for SK Telecom T1.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

INnoVation played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.

OSL[edit]

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.

GSL[edit]

In the 2012 GSL Season 4, INnoVation qualified for Code A after going through the preliminaries. There, he beat the king of Code A, 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 played Leenock, losing 2-0, then he beat both Squirtle and KeeN 2-0, which placed him 2nd and gave him a spot in the round of 16. In his Ro16 group, he was placed with an even harder group, that had Polt, Sniper and PartinG. He placed top in his group this time, going 2-0 on matches, and dropping only one map to Sniper. This secured him a spot in next seasons 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, in which he lost 1-3 and was knocked out of the tournament.

With his semi-finals finish in the last GSL season of 2012, INnoVation headed into the last Wings of Liberty GSL in Code S. In his round of 32 group, INnoVation took out the foreign Zerg 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[edit]

Close Finishes[edit]

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 by 3-0 scores. 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 official premier Heart of the Swarm tournament.

On returning to Korea, INnoVation dominated the Korean scene, acting as the ace player on his team in Proleague and going 15-5 in his first 20 games. He also achieved success in the individual leagues as his round of 8 finish in the last Wings of Liberty GSL allowed him to participate in the 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 would take 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 secure first place in his group and move onto 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 was hyped up 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 would then secure his lead and pull 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 a Terran player was up three games in the series before his opponent clawed his way back into the game to take it to the final map. 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 Mutaling style, and after suffering critical economic damage could not keep up with the Zerg macro. INnoVation had been up three games in the series but he 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[edit]

After losing the WCS Season 1 Korea finals 3-4 against Soulkey despite leading 3-0, 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 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 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.[1]

2013 WCS Season 2 & Beyond[edit]

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 2-1, losing to Bomber 0-2 but defeating Flash and Bbyong 2-0. He would end up facing off against Soulkey for the first time in a WCS match since 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 TvT against TaeJa in the initial match, 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 would earn a ticket to BlizzCon for the 2013 WCS Global Finals.

GSTL 2013 Season 2[edit]

After joining Team Acer, INnoVation would also shortly after participate 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.

INnoVation in 2014[edit]

In 2014 INnoVation has shown strong play. After previously dropping out of Code A in January 2014 from a group with 3 Protoss players at a time when TvP was widely regarded as imbalanced, in the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 he advanced through the qualifier before achieving first place in his Code A group, securing himself a place in Code S for the season. Changes to game balance, a new map pool discouraging blink stalker play, and INnoVation's apparent return to form bode well for his success this season. He showed excellent 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 would fall 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 all-kills (Against Evil Geniuses, mYinsanity and Invictus Gaming) as well as achieving 3 wins against Axiom,Millenium and yoe Flash Wolves, then finally winning 4 games against Team Liquid to lead his team to first place in the group stage, while scoring himself 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.

After one year with Team Acer, he decided to leave the team on September 3rd, 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.[2] On September 25 it was announced that he had joined SK Telecom T1.[3]

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 excellent TvP and 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 didn't 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 the man known as the Machine. Nonetheless, INnoVation was able to hold off the attacks and managed to do eco damage with Widow Mine drops at the same time. Soon after securing his 4th and getting 3-3 the victory was his and INnoVation secured his first GSL title and his first Premier tournament victory since last year.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.[4][1][5]
  • Starred in one of Khaldor's videos showcasing his APM.[6]
  • The only player to qualify for the 2013 WCS Global Finals and the 2014 WCS Global Finals while playing in the WCS Korea region both seasons.

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-10-04 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A11st 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 4 : 2 Zerg soO $66,612
2014-04-27 DreamHack A33 - 4th 2014 DreamHack Open: Bucharest 1 : 2 Zerg Life $3,000
2013-12-07 ASUS ROG Tournaments A33 - 4th 2013 ASUS ROG: NorthCon 2 : 3 Zerg Jaedong $3,000
2013-11-30 DreamHack A44th 2013 DreamHack Open: Winter 0 : 2 Protoss Patience $6,098
2013-09-15 DreamHack A22nd 2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest 0 : 3 Terran TaeJa $5,390
2013-07-30 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL 0 : 4 Terran Maru $7,000
2013-06-09 World Championship Series A11st 2013 WCS Season 1 4 : 0 Protoss sOs $40,000
2013-06-01 World Championship Series A22nd 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL 3 : 4 Zerg Soulkey $12,000
2013-03-17 MLG A33rd 2013 MLG Winter Championship 2 : 1 Protoss MC $9,000
2012-12-01 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A33 - 4th 2012 GSL Season 5 1 : 3 Zerg HyuN $4,263
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-08-10 A11st Destiny I 5 : 1 Protoss HuK $1,600
2014-01-26 A44th Warer.com Invitational 2 : 3 Terran TaeJa $500
2013-12-05 A33rd Dailymotion Cup 2013 3 : 1 Terran ForGG $1,000
2013-08-18 A33rd 2013 WCG Korea National Finals 2 : 0 Zerg Soulkey WCG Slot
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-06-12 A11st Dragon Invitational Tournament #2 3 : 1 Zerg Life $1,200
2014-05-26 A11st Dragon Invitational Tournament #1 3 : 2 Zerg RagnaroK $1,200
2014-05-03 A11st No Dice Gaming Invitational #4 4 : 3 Zerg Revival $1,500
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament

Championships[edit]

World Championship Series StarCraft II World Championship Series Champion

Preceeded By:
None
2013 WCS Season 1
9 June 2013 – 25 August 2013
South Korea Terran INnoVation
2013 WCS Season 2
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran Bomber
GOMTV Global StarCraft II League Global StarCraft II League Champion
2014 GSL Season 2
Preceeded By:
South Korea Protoss Classic
2014 GSL Season 3
4 October 2014 - Present
South Korea Terran INnoVation

Succeeded By:
TBD

Interviews[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

Articles[edit]

External Links[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 TeamLiquid ESPORTS (July 4, 2013). "SC2 Power Rank - July 2013". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  2. William Judd (September 3, 2014). "INnoVation has left Team Acer". Aceresport.com. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  3. INnoVation, Dream to SKT. BrAvO and Soulkey leave TeamLiquid.net
  4. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (June 5, 2013). "SC2 Power Rank - June 2013". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  5. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (August 8, 2013). "SC2 Power Rank - August 2013". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBxnmiFkDiQ
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