This New Hampshire native, JonSnow who has been considered one of North America’s top Zergs for quite a while now, especially after results such as a 2nd place finish in the Breaking Out Invitational, and obtaining the very sought after Challenger seed. Interestingly, Jarod was the only American player to qualify for WCS in both Season 2 and 3 of 2013. While narrowly missing the Challenger seed in the last set of qualifiers, JonSnow’s stature as Grandmaster on all three servers is a testament to his dedication to getting back into the WCS system, as well as dominating other tournaments. He has high hopes of the year ahead having most recently won Copa America Season 3 beating Hendralisk and HuK on the way to his crown.
Heart of the Swarm
- On July 14, 2013 JonSnow joined Team sMi.
- On August 8, 2013 JonSnow switched teams to Core Gaming.
2013 WCS America Season 3 Challenger League
JonSnow managed to qualify for the 2013 WCS Season 3 America: Challenger League with wins 2-0 against MotoK, 2-1 vs Kreos, 2-1 vs ElhayM, and finally defeating Slam 2-0 to qualify. In the group stages of Challenger League, JonSnow fell to TaeJa 0-2, bounced back with a win over SeleCT 2-1 and finally was eliminated 0-2 to Revival.
The Breakout Invitational
In The Breakout Invitational, the newly Challenger league Zerg managed to put on a good show for the Starcraft community in the debut season of Breaking Out. Core Gaming's JonSnow was able to win his group stage dropping only one map. Defeating Bones 2-0, and Hellokitty 2-1, he easily advanced himself to the playoff stage of the tournament. JonSnow had a tough matchup in the first round, playing fellow teammate Sonic, however was able to edge his way to victory and get the team kill 3-2. In the finals, he unfortunately fell to SaroVati 1-4. Placing 2nd in the first ever Breakout Invitational was not a bad showing for JonSnow, able to win himself some solid recognition as well as $430.66.
2014 Copa America Season 1
JonSnow's first major tournament participation after his great showing in the The Breakout Invitational and under his new team Solaris Gaming, was the Copa América 2014 Season 1. In the qualifiers, JonSnow was able to defeat devJunk 2-0, SixthElement 2-0, LsEbA 2-1, and Phog 2-0. He then played MajOr in the qualifier finals for seeding and lost 1-2. On in the main event, JonSnow first matched against wiNgiAN where he was able to take the victory 2-0. On in the winners match, he fell to MajOr again, 0-2. To advance through the group, he had to play the Terran player SenDoh where he was able to take it 2-0. In the playoffs, JonSnow played against ROOT Gaming's CatZ where he got eliminated 0-3. In his first ever major showing with his new team, JonSnow was able to finish a respectable 5-8th.
2014 Copa America Season 2
JonSnow participated in Copa América 2014 Season 2. He was able to easily qualify, going a combined 9-2 through the qualifiers, beating out players like MarineKing, SendauT, AlisoN, and Days. Only dropping one match in the qualifiers 1-2 to Suppy. He then went onto the group stages where he possibly had the hardest group. Sharing with other respected players such as MajOr, Days and desRow. He first matched against desRow, where he fell 1-2. In the losers match, he was able to defeat Days 2-0. Unfortunately in the advancing match, he played rival desRow once again and fell, 0-2, being eliminated from the season. He finished season 2 with a 9-12th placing.
2014 Copa America Season 3
JonSnow won his first large event in Copa América 2014 Season 3. In the qualifiers, JonSnow beat out Naps, Guns, and AlisoN with an undefeated record 6-0 to qualify for the group stages. JonSnow was able to make it out of his group in second. Beating out BLord 2-0, falling to HuK 0-2, then making it through with another victory over BLord 2-0. In the quarterfinals, JonSnow had to play a tough best of 5 series vs Cham, prevailing 3-2. Moving onto the semifinals, he was able to defeat hendralisk 3-1. In the finals, he got the opportunity to rematch against HuK who had already beat him in the group stages. JonSnow though this time in a best of 7 was able to conquer HuK 4-3, taking the final 2 maps to win his first ever large event, and the first person other than MajOr to win a Copa America since 2013 season 1. This victory was labeled as "Winter is Coming", as it marks JonSnow's first tournament win. The term Winter is Coming derives from the first episode of Game of Thrones in which the character JonSnow plays a large role.
The Breakout Invitational 3
JonSnow was fortunate enough to win the qualifiers for The Breakout Invitational 3 making himself the first ever return player in the Breaking Out series, earning himself the nickname of the redemption Zerg. He came out strong, winning his group stage dropping just one map. Defeating PandaBearMe 2-0, and Bails 2-1, JonSnow was able to advance yet again to the playoff stages. Inbetween the group stages and the playoff stages however, Breaking Out featured a series of showmatches where the break out players would play an already established professional player. JonSnow was the only breakout player who was able to win his showmatch, Beating hendralisk 2-0. Moving into the playoff stages, JonSnow had everything going for him with his solid group stage performance and cocky showmatch victory, but was quickly humbled by the up and coming Terran player Kelazhur in the first round losing 0-3. He was able to finish the Invitational in 3-4th place, winning $140.05.
32 Boys 1 Cup
JonSnow played in the qualifiers for BaseTradeTV's 32 Boys 1 Cup tournament. In the qualifiers, JonSnow played iRene where he won 2-0, then defeated blazefury 2-0, Creature 2-0, and finally his Solaris teammate Virium 2-0 to qualify. In the main event he was placed in a group stage with fellow foreign players Intense, HuK, and MajOr. He won his first match 2-1 vs Intense, in the winners match he played HuK where he lost 0-2. He then was eliminated from the tournament by MajOr 0-2.
2014 Copa America Grand Finals
Following his first major tournament win in Copa América 2014 Season 3 JonSnow qualified for the Copa América 2014: Grand Finals in Peru. On top of a free flight and stay to the foreign country and an excellent LAN experience, he was able to compete for a $5,000 prize pool with 7 other pro players in a double elimination bracket. In the first round, JonSnow matched rival, desRow. Typically struggling vs the Premier Protoss, he was able to defeat him 2-0. In the next round however, he matched vs HuK who was able to gain his season 3 revenge taking out JonSnow 2-0. So falling down to the losers bracket, JonSnow had some work. Having to play fellow Solaris Gaming teammate Cham. Fortunately for him, he was able to pick up the team kill 2-0 and move onto the next round against ROOT Gaming's CatZ. In two exciting matches, JonSnow was able to pick up yet another victory, 2-0. Now finding himself in the final 3, with a win moving him into the championship and a loss placing him 3rd overall. He matched again to Evil Geniuses HuK, but unfortunately fell 0-2. Placing 3rd in the 2014 Grand Finals, and earning himself $1500, on top of his free trip and experiences gained competing in a LAN environment.
|In Major Tournaments|
|2017-04-02||4th||2017 WCS Austin - North America Qualifier||2 : 3||PiLiPiLi||$800|
|2017-01-08||1st||Cheeseadelphia 4||4 : 1||Suppy||$2,000|
|2015-10-09||1st||World Series of Video Games 2015||3 : 1||MacSed||$10,000|
|2014-11-15||3rd||Copa América 2014 Grand Finals||0 : 2||HuK||$1,500|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2015-10-23||3 - 4th||Rival StarCraft II League Season 3||3 : 4||Strange||$75|
|2014-10-19||3 - 4th||The Breakout Invitational 3||0 : 3||Kelazhur||$140|
|2014-10-05||1st||Copa América 2014 Season 3||4 : 3||HuK||$500|
|2013-11-22||2nd||The Breakout Invitational||1 : 4||SaroVati||$430.66|
|In Premier Team Leagues|