INnoVation

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Player Information
Name:
이신형
Romanized Name:
Lee Shin Hyung
Birth:
July 25, 1993 (1993-07-25) (age 23)
Country:
Race:
Alternate IDs:
Bogus, SaSin)KaL, SinHyung, zOazOa
Nicknames:
The Machine
Total Earnings:
$322,643.64
WCS Korea rank:
Links
Achievements
2013 WCS Season 12014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3IEM Season X - gamescom2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3IEM Season XI - Gyeonggi2017_StarCraft_II_StarLeague_Season_1
History
2008-08-13 - 2013-08-31
2013-09-01 - 2014-09-03
2014-09-25 - 2016-10-18

Lee "INnoVation" Shin Hyung, also known as "Bogus", is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He is currently teamless.

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 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[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 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[edit]

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.[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, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2] On September 25, 2014, 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 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.

He finished his year with a round of 8 finish at BlizzCon where he was eliminated by TaeJa, and another Ro8 finish in the 2014 Hot6ix Cup, being defeated 3-1 by sOs.

2015[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Legacy of The Void[edit]

2016[edit]

In Proleague in 2016, INnoVation ended in 5th place in player standings and a 64% winrate, with good Rounds 1 and 3 (5-1 and 4-1 records respectively), but a unusually bad Round 2 (1-3 record). In the Playoffs, he posted two wins against Afreeca Freecs's Patience in round 1. In the Playoffs semifinals though, SK Telecom T1 was eliminated by KT Rolster. On October 18, 2016, it was announced that SKT1 would disband its StarCraft II roster.

In individual tournaments, INnoVation did not reach the final stage of any major tournament, and as a result did not make it to the 2016 WCS Global Playoffs. In an interview, he mentioned that he saw 2016 as a "year taken off".[5] INnoVation said that he played a lot of League of Legends (after his practicing sessions), and that it affected his focus on the game. Fortunately for him, being invited for a couple of showmatches at BlizzCon woke him up : "Watching players win championships and all, it made me wake up a bit."

At the end of 2016, INnoVation started practicing a lot and it payed off. He won three online tournaments, Leifeng Cups 157 and 158, against Impact and herO respectively, and Make Korea Great Again #1, where he beat Classic 3-2 in a really close final.

His return to form was confirmed by his very good display of skill at IEM Season XI - Gyeonggi. He emerged first of his group, beating both Stats and Losira 2-1. He faced Trust in the ro8, and smashed him 3-0, showing for the last game a quite innovative proxy Cyclone/Marine push. He then defeated Dark 3-2 in a close semifinal series. INnoVation displayed his new mech style, a lot of harass with Hellions and Cyclones followed by Siege Tanks, entirely skipping the Starport. After taking out Dark, INnoVation stomped Stats 4-0 in a one-sided final series.

2017[edit]

Following his return to form shown at the end of 2016, INnoVation started 2017 by winning seven online cups in only five weeks. In four GSLTV The Loser Strikes Back events, he defeated soO (9-2), herO (6-5), Classic (8-3), Leenock (11-0), Scarlett (10-1), Patience (6-5) and finally Dark (7-4). He also qualified with ease in the Ro32 of 2017 GSL Season 1, beating ByuL and Losira without losing a single map. He then got placed in the Ro16 "Group of Death": Dark chose Classic in group B, who picked soO, who then chose Ryung but TY switched INnoVation with Ryung from Group C to B, creating an ex-SKT group with four high caliber players. Despite that, INnoVation took a clean victory against soO (2-0) and convincingly beat Classic, despite dropping a map to an Adept all-in. In the Ro8, he was matched against Stats and despite taking a decisive 2-0 lead to start the night, INnoVation's doom drop was caught on Daybreak, which broke his momentum and marked the beginning of Stats's comeback. INnoVation lost on Echo to an Adept all-in and his 5-rax bio-heavy build was countered by Stats's defensive robo build on Whirlwind, marking the end of his run in GSL Season 1.

A few weeks later, INnoVation traveled to Poland for another shot at a Blizzcon seed through IEM Katowice. Playing in Group D of the Ro24, INnoVation got off to a strong start by handily defeating ShoWTimE 2-0. In his next series, a highly anticipated match against Dark, INnoVation lost two full medivacs on Abyssal Reef in Game 1, putting him on the back foot going into the midgame. Despite this handicap, INnoVation's skill with 4M kept him in the game against Dark's LBM, and after a hotly contested string of engagements that showcased both players' micro to the fullest, INnoVation managed to get his 3/3 first. Although Dark reached Hive in the meantime, INnoVation's constant pressure forced the Zerg player to continually spend everything he had on remaxing LBM, and without Ultras or 3/3 Dark was eventually forced to tap out. Game 2 on Newkirk Precinct saw Dark attempt to exploit INnoVation's fast 3rd with a Ravager timing. Despite losing 20 SCVs, INnoVation held with Hellions and a lone Banshee. Heavily down in workers, INnoVation countered with Auto Turret harass in the main while sending his single Banshee to Dark's 3rd, and was rewarded with 16 dead Drones. While Dark re-droned rapidly, he failed to prepare for the double drop that INnoVation followed up with, and lost another 11 Drones plus several Ravagers as a result. After both players settled back to macro, INnoVation moved out with a formidable Bio-Tank army against Dark's fourth, while Dark countered with a Ling/Bane runby against INnoVation's third. While INnoVation lost 11 SCVs, he destroyed Dark's fourth and continued pushing, forcing a battle near the replacement fourth Hatchery. Dark's burrowed fungals allowed him to snipe almost all of INnoVation's Medivacs but a concave of Siege Tanks and Marines gutted the bulk of Dark's army and delivered INnoVation a 2-0 victory. Unfortunately for INnoVation his triumph against Dark marked the zenith of his performance in his group. Despite defeating MaNa 2-0, INnoVation lost to early cheeses against both uThermal and GuMiho to end the day with a 3-2 record, barely advancing in third place. The next day saw INnoVation once again begin strongly with a dominant 3-0 performance against Ryung in the Ro12, but once again it was short-lived. In his Ro8 match, INnoVation lost the first two games to a startlingly lethal aLive, and despite a tenacious effort that tied up the series, INnoVation lost the deciding game against aLive to once again bow out in the quarterfinals.

TvT in general and aLive in particular would continue to haunt INnoVation in the next few months. His first match in the Super Tournament was against aLive (who would go on to finish in 2nd) and saw INnoVation swept 0-3 from the Ro16. GSL Season 2 was slightly more successful; INnoVation qualified and advanced over Losira and sOs in the Ro32, but was placed yet again within the Group of Death alongside aLive, Classic, and TY. Close games notwithstanding, INnoVation was defeated by both TY and aLive and left Group B in last place.

A lone spot of hope glimmered in the newly revamped JinAir SSL Season 1. Despite a rough trip through the two-stage qualifiers, INnoVation managed to secure one of the ten Premier spots for a potential shot at the trophy. First however, he had to complete a grueling nine-week Round Robin against the nine other Premier contenders. Like many times before, INnoVation started well, defeating Zest, Dark, and Maru without dropping a single map. But like many times before, his early success did not last. Weeks 4 and 5 saw INnoVation suffer two painful losses at the hands of Solar and Patience, and Week 6 put him in an unpleasantly familiar spot facing aLive. Unlike many times before, INnoVation refused to allow history to repeat itself and defeated aLive 2-1 before continuing his winning streak with victories over ByuL, sOs and Stats to end the Round Robin with a 7-2 record and first place. His reward for this was a direct seed to the SSL Season 1 Finals, where he waited for nearly a month while Stats, ByuL, and Solar fought for the opportunity to face him there. In the end, Solar narrowly triumphed over Stats and ByuL to earn his own spot in the finals. In June 2017, INnoVation entered the finals of a Starleague for the first time since October 2015.

INnoVation's first finals of 2017 did not start well for him on Frost, as Solar deflected his early pressure before committing to a Ling/Bane/Hydra attack that overwhelmed INnoVation's Bio-Tank defense in Game 1. Game 2 on Overgrowth went better, as INnoVation's Hellion/Banshee opening caught 14 Drones. Following up with a mech transition, INnoVation chose a double Thor drop and more Hellions as his next attack, which resulted in 42 Drones slain across all three of Solar's bases. Severely behind in both economy and army, Solar was unable to halt the mech timing that followed, and the series was tied up 1-1. On Abyssal Reef, INnoVation repeated his Hellion/Banshee opening, but Solar's creative gas steal and unorthodox base placement allowed him to defend more successfully. Skillful Banshee micro killed a few drones, but more significant was a 1/1 Combat Shield drop in the main combined with frontal Hellion pressure, which fragmented Solar's attention and killed both Queens and Mutalisks. Transitioning into Bio-Tank, INnoVation made a maxed-out push on Solar's third, but bogged down on the high ground. Solar attempted to counter with Mutalisks and picked off 10 SCVs, but rallied Marines drove him off while INnoVation slowly wore down Solar's defenses at home. A Muta/Ling counterattack ran into a large chunk of INnoVation's reinforcements which he had kept at home and without any other options, Solar committed to a desperate pincer attack on INnoVation's main army which dissolved under a flood of Marines. In Game 4 on Newkirk Precinct, Solar ramped up the greed with hatch first and gas before pool, inadvertently playing right into INnoVation's hands as he proxied two Barracks for an old-school Bunker Rush. The first Bunker completed just as Solar's natural did, and despite a Drone pull, INnoVation just barely managed to get his first Marine into the Bunker. Two more Bunkers followed, which killed the natural in short order, and in spite of a desperate Ling surround which killed two Bunkers, a completed fourth Bunker and Hellion reinforcements gave INnoVation his third victory in a row. On match point, INnoVation returned to Hellion/Banshee on Whirlwind, but with a new twist by first producing a Medivac. Solar's scouting Overlord spotted the Medivac but not the Banshee and INnoVation slaughtered 15 Drones as a result. The same double Thor drop followed but a well-placed Spore and several Hydras picked off a Thor-laden-Medivac for free, giving Solar some much-needed breathing room to tech up to Hive. A Hellion runby and then another picked off some Drones, but both players sat back and focused mostly on macro for the next several minutes. INnoVation maxed out first and pushed out while Solar was at 190 supply. Seizing the high ground near Solar's natural, INnoVation set up a formidable siege line with a dozen tanks covered by Vikings, Hellbats, and a Thor. Solar's three Vipers only managed a single Blinding Cloud before dying and his Roach/Hydra army could only pick off two tanks and some Hellbats in exchange for 30 supply. Pushing forward, INnoVation's tanks sieged the natural while his Hellbats torched Solar's infrastructure and his Vikings camped the Hive, easily sniping Solar's last Vipers as they hatched. Solar mustered enough Roaches and Hydras for one final attempt, but even without any support, INnoVation's eleven Siege Tanks shredded the Zerg army and forced the last gg.

A mere six days after winning SSL Season 1, INnoVation began his VSL Season 2 run. Though he had failed to make it through the Bo1 qualifiers for VSL Season 1, he successfully qualified in the Season 2 Bo3 format, and subsequently sailed through his Ro16 group without dropping a single map against Curious and jjakji. INnoVation continued his undefeated run in the Ro8, easily defeating Hurricane 3-0, but in the Ro4, he finally hit his first obstacle. Leenock managed to take Game 2 off of INnoVation in a lategame slugfest, but INnoVation bounced back to take the following two games and closed the series 4-1. In the finals for the second time in a month, he faced soO, the perennial finalist (but not champion). Four straight macro games and four straight victories later, INnoVation lifted his second trophy in 2017.

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.[6][1][7]
  • Starred in one of Khaldor's videos showcasing his APM.[8]
  • 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.
  • Having won Proleague (twice), GSTL, Acer TeamStory Cup (twice), NationWars, and VSL Team League, INnoVation can be considered the most accomplished team league player in StarCraft 2. He also holds the record for most all-kills in Premier StarCraft 2 Team Leagues, having single-handedly defeated the entire opponent team no less than 12 times.
  • From 2013 to 2017, INnoVation has won at least one Premier Tournament per year.
  • After his friend Classic, INnoVation is the second player to have won both the GSL and the SSL
  • INnoVation is the first player to have won the GSL, the SSL, and the VSL
  • INnoVation is one of the Four Horsemen of Terran, alongside Maru, TY, and ByuN.[9]

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-06-10 StarCraft II StarLeague A11st 2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: Premier ZZZZZLogo filler std.png 4 : 1 Zicon small.png Solar $14,090
2016-12-18 Intel Extreme Masters A11st IEM Season XI - Gyeonggi 4 : 0 Picon small.png Stats $15,000
2015-10-04 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A11st 2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 Sktelecomt1logo std.png 4 : 2 Zicon small.png ByuL $36,099
2015-08-31 2014 MSI Beat IT A33 - 4th 2015 MSI Masters Gaming Arena Sktelecomt1logo std.png 0 : 2 Picon small.png sOs $2,000
2015-08-09 Intel Extreme Masters A11st IEM Season X - gamescom Sktelecomt1logo std.png 4 : 1 Zicon small.png soO $10,000
2014-10-04 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A11st 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 Sktelecomt1logo std.png 4 : 2 Zicon small.png soO $66,612
2014-04-27 DreamHack A33 - 4th 2014 DreamHack Open: Bucharest Teamacerlogo std.png 1 : 2 Zicon small.png Life $3,000
2013-12-07 ASUS ROG Tournaments A33 - 4th 2013 ASUS ROG: NorthCon Teamacerlogo std.png 2 : 3 Zicon small.png Jaedong $3,000
2013-11-30 DreamHack A44th 2013 DreamHack Open: Winter Teamacerlogo std.png 0 : 2 Picon small.png Patience $6,098
2013-09-15 DreamHack A22nd 2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest Teamacerlogo std.png 0 : 3 Ticon small.png TaeJa $5,390
2013-07-30 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL STXlogo std.png 0 : 4 Ticon small.png Maru $7,000
2013-06-09 World Championship Series A11st 2013 WCS Season 1 STXlogo std.png 4 : 0 Picon small.png sOs $40,000
2013-06-01 World Championship Series A22nd 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL STXlogo std.png 3 : 4 Zicon small.png Soulkey $12,000
2013-03-17 MLG A33rd 2013 MLG Winter Championship STXlogo std.png 2 : 1 Picon small.png MC $9,000
2012-12-01 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A33 - 4th 2012 GSL Season 5 STXlogo std.png 1 : 3 Zicon small.png HyuN $4,263
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-07-07 A11st 2017 VSL Season 2 - Individual League ZZZZZLogo filler std.png 4 : 0 Zicon small.png soO $4,420
2014-08-10 A11st Destiny I Teamacerlogo std.png 5 : 1 Picon small.png HuK $1,600
2014-01-26 A44th Warer.com Invitational Teamacerlogo std.png 2 : 3 Ticon small.png TaeJa $500
2013-12-05 A33rd Dailymotion Cup 2013 Teamacerlogo std.png 3 : 1 Ticon small.png ForGG $1,000
2013-08-18 A33rd 2013 WCG Korea National Finals STXlogo std.png 2 : 0 Zicon small.png Soulkey WCG Slot
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-05-21 A11st BaseTradeTV Star League Season 4 Round 2 3 :0 Ticon small.png aLive $127
2017-05-09 A11st OlimoLeague Week #89 3 : 1 Ticon small.png GuMiho $100
2017-02-06 A11st WardiTV Weekly 5 3 : 1 Ticon small.png ByuN $75
2017-02-05 A11st RavenZ Cup VI 3 : 0 Picon small.png DnS $200
2017-01-12 A11st GSLTV The Loser Strikes Back #5 7 : 4 Zicon small.png Dark $305
2017-01-27 A11st GSLTV The Loser Strikes Back #4 6 : 5 Picon small.png Patience $696
2017-01-24 A11st OlimoLeague January 4 : 1 Ticon small.png aLive $350
2017-01-12 A11st GSLTV The Loser Strikes Back #2 11 : 0 Zicon small.png Leenock $1088
2017-01-05 A11st GSLTV The Loser Strikes Back #1 6 : 5 Picon small.png herO $653
2016-12-07 A11st Leifeng Cup 158 2 : 1 Picon small.png herO $1,400
2016-12-02 A11st Make Korea Great Again #1 3 : 2 Picon small.png Classic $281
2016-11-23 A11st Leifeng Cup 157 2 : 0 Zicon small.png Impact $1,400
2014-06-12 A11st Dragon Invitational Tournament #2 Teamacerlogo std.png 3 : 1 Zicon small.png Life $1,200
2014-05-26 A11st Dragon Invitational Tournament #1 Teamacerlogo std.png 3 : 2 Zicon small.png RagnaroK $1,200
2014-05-03 A11st No Dice Gaming Invitational #4 Teamacerlogo std.png 4 : 3 Zicon small.png 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

Preceded By:
None
2013 WCS Season 1
9 June 2013 – 25 August 2013
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
2013 WCS Season 2
Succeeded By:
South Korea Ticon small.png Bomber
GOMTV Global StarCraft II League Global StarCraft II League Champion
2014 GSL Season 2
Preceded By:
South Korea Picon small.png Classic
2014 GSL Season 3
4 October 2014 - 22 March 2015
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
2015 GSL Season 1
Succeeded By:
South Korea Zicon small.png Life
2015 GSL Season 2
Preceded By:
South Korea Picon small.png Rain
2015 GSL Season 3
4 October 2015 – 1 May 2016
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
2016 GSL Season 1
Succeeded By:
South Korea Picon small.png Zest
Intel Extreme Masters Intel Extreme Masters
Season X - Shenzhen
Preceded By:
South Korea Picon small.png Classic
Season X - gamescom
9 August 2015 - 2 February 2016
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
Season X - Taipei
Succeeded By:
South Korea Picon small.png sOs
Season XI - Shanghai
Preceded By:
Netherlands Ticon small.png uThermal
Season XI - Gyeonggi
18 December 2016 – 05 March 2017
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
Season XI - World Championship
Succeeded By:
South Korea Ticon small.png TY
TBD
Succeeded By:
TBD
StarCraft II StarLeague StarCraft II StarLeague Champion
2016 SSL Season 2
Preceded By:
South Korea Zicon small.png Solar
2017 SSL Season 1
10 June 2017 - Present
South Korea Ticon small.png INnoVation
2017 SSL Season 2
Succeeded By:
South Korea TBD

Notable Series[edit]

ZvT[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2017[edit]

2015[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. September 25, 2014.
  4. 2015-11-07 | INnoVation vs Life - (TvZ) - Quarter-Finals - Match 2 - WCS Global Finals 2015 - StarCraft by WCS StarCraft
  5. Waxangel (2016-12-17). "INnoVation interview @IEM: It's everything you expected". TeamLiquid.net.
  6. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (June 5, 2013). "SC2 Power Rank - June 2013". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  7. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (August 8, 2013). "SC2 Power Rank - August 2013". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  8. 2013-07-23 | Innovation First Person APM video - WCG Korea Qualifier 2013 by Khaldor
  9. Bearlights (2017-06-04). "WCS Jonkoping Bearlights: Out of the Meta". illiteracyhasdownsides.com.