KangHo

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Player Information
Name: 황강호
Romanized Name: Hwang Kang Ho
Birth: April 11, 1992 (1992-04-11) (age 22)
Country: South Korea South Korea
Race: Zerg
Team: MVP
Alternate IDs: tHuNdEr[fOu], Start, tHuNdeR, IMLosirA, IM.LosirA, Emblem, LosirA
WCS Rank (Points): – (0)
Links
Achievements
2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Global StarCraft II League March
History
2010-10-01 - 2013-12-13

2014-07-31 - Present


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Hwang "KangHo" Kang Ho, formerly known as "LosirA", is a Zerg player from South Korea, who is currently in the team MVP.

Biography[edit]

KangHo was born and raised in Pusan, South Korea. When he was in middle school, he was introduced to the StarCraft: Brood War, eventually becoming a progamer on Hwaseung Oz. During his Brood War career, KangHo was a B-team Terran. After not making any significant results he switched to StarCraft II.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Global StarCraft II League[edit]

The Open Seasons[edit]

KangHo was seen in the first GSL Open Season. He would face off against German player TLO where he would be defeated in the first round 0-2. KangHo was unable to qualify for the remaining 2 open seasons, thus not qualifying for Code A.

2011 March[edit]

KangHo would finally qualify for the Code A GSL March season. He made his way through to the finals where he faced off against SuperNova, narrowly defeating him 4-3. KangHo easily defeated BanBans to take his Code S position for the next season.

2011 May[edit]

KangHo's debut in Code S would be in GSL May. He made a strong run by finishing second in the group stages and defeating Alicia in the proceeding round. In the Round of 8, KangHo would be surprisingly swept 0-3 by sC, but still go straight into Code S for the next season.

2011 July[edit]

The following season in July, KangHo would show off a notable improvement in his match up against Terran, defeating players such as MarineKing, TOP and ByuN. KangHo would end up reaching the finals where he would be swept by his teammate, NesTea.

2011 August[edit]

Although placing second in GSL July, in GSL August, KangHo would make a quick exit out of Code S, losing 0-2 to Ensnare and Genius and going to the Up & Down Matches. There, KangHo tied with Check and jjakji with a score of 3-1. After one round of playoffs, they were still tied, but in the second round KangHo ended up retaining his Code S spot.

2011 October[edit]

KangHo would make it into the round of 16 in GSL October after placing second in the group stages only to lose to his team mate Happy.

2011 November[edit]

In GSL November KangHo would not stay in Code S for much time, being selected to be in Group B and ending up with a 1-2 record, due to Format Changes KangHo would drop to Code A Round of 32 and face Alicia, whom he beat him in a close series 2-1, advancing to the Round of 24. In the round of 24 KangHo would meet Brown, somewhat surprisingly he would lose 0-2 and got knocked into the Up and Down Matches, where KangHo placed third in his group with an overall score of 2-2, resulting in him falling out of Code S.

Arena of Legends - The King of Kongs[edit]

Due to placing second at GSL July 2011, KangHo was invited to participate in the Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs. He was placed in Group A, where he finished first overall after beating GSL August 2011 runner-up TOP and GSL January 2011 and GSL World Championship 2011 runner-up MarineKing 0-2. That made him qualify for playoffs where he faced GSL March 2011 runner-up July. He beat him 3-1, advancing to the finals against GSL Blizzard Cup 2011 runner-up DongRaeGu. In the finals, KangHo would end up only taking one game off of DongRaeGu, therefore losing 1-4 and taking second place.

2012 Season 1[edit]

Starting this season in Code A, KangHo lost in the Round of 48 to TheStC, losing his Code A status in 2012 GSL Season 1.

2012 Season 3[edit]

After failing to qualify for Code A in 2012 GSL Season 2, KangHo again qualified for Code A for the 2012 GSL Season 3 beating Dream, Illusion, and ReNewal. KangHo would however lose in the first round by a score of 1-2 to Hack.

2012 Season 5[edit]

Once more it would take two seasons before KangHo would requalify for Code A. This time he participated in the preliminaries for Season 5 of 2012 and won his group 2-0 over s2. In Code A KangHo won over Maru with a 2-1 in the round of 48, but fell to Jaedong 0-2 in the subsequent round, placing him in the Up & Downs of the next season.

2013 Season 1[edit]

KangHo would go on to win his Up & Downs group 4-1, narrowly surpassing the 4-1 of DongRaeGu due to a head-to-head victory, and thus find himself back in Code S for the first time since 2011. In the Code S of Season 1 of 2013 round of 32 Group E KangHo defeated Ryung twice, losing to PartinG in the winner's match, and moved on to the round of 16. Here to lost 2-1 to GuMiho in a nailbiting series considered by many to be the best series of 2013, and maybe one of the best of all time.[1] After this epic display of ZvT, both KangHo and GuMiho would lose their next matches in the group, falling in 4th and 3rd place respectively. In Code A, KangHo beat soO 2-1 in the round of 24, and went straight back to Code S.

Global StarCraft II Team League[edit]

Despite not being visible in GSL competition at the time, KangHo would be played heavily for IM during the Zotac Team Invitational. KangHo would also see play in the first GSTL where he was used against ZeNEX and StarTale. In the second GSTL March season, KangHo was the starter against ZeNEX where he would perform an all-kill of the team.

Outside Korea[edit]

MLG Pro Circuit[edit]

KangHo's participation in foreign tournaments has revolved purely around MLG (Excluding teamleagues) since he was announced in May, 2011 to be one of the first four South Korean invites chosen to participate in the GSL-MLG Exchange Program. Through the exchange program, he participated in MLG Columbus 2011 where he went undefeated in his group 5-0 (10-2 in maps) and as a result got seeded into the round of 8. Here he defeated NaNiwa 2-0, but afterwards lost to MMA with a 1-2 score, falling down to fight MC for a spot in the Grand Finals where MMA was already waiting. KangHo managed to defeat MC with a 2-1, but swiftly lost 2 maps once more to MMA for a final extended series score of 1-4, taking a second place.

This would turn out to be KangHo's best result at MLG. He would go on to participate in MLG Providence 2011, going through Open Bracket 3. On his way to the Bracket Finals, he defeated sC. He was defeated by his teammate Mvp 0-2 in the finals, sending him in the Championship Losers' Bracket. He then beat KeeN 2-1 but was eliminated by PuMa 0-2, to finish in a 21st place.

In 2012 he participated in 3 of the Arena tournaments, qualifying through the Korean qualifiers, starting with the 2012 Winter Arena where he lost straight away to MarineKing 2-1, and then to Grubby 2-0. After this he played in Spring Arena 2, beating moOk but then losing to Inori in the winner's bracket and Dream in the loser's bracket. After those early exits, he would make it deeper in the Summer Arena where he beat ReaL, SaSe, and aLive before falling to TaeJa. In the loser's bracket he lost to his teammate First and would end in 5/6th place.

This Summer Arena finish seeded him directly into Group Play of the 2012 MLG Summer Championship. Here he would make another quick exit, losing to Hawk and then defeating Caliber and IdrA in the loser's bracket before once again meeting First and once more losing 2-0.

Esports Weekly Match[edit]

On April 13th, 2012, KangHo participated in the EWM Season 2 Week 3. KangHo received a BYE in the first round and then went on to take down hOsys, Sia, Min, and asd to advance in to the finals against CoCa. He wasn't able to advance any further and had to settle for second place after losing to CoCa by a score of 1-2.

On April 20th, 2012, KangHo participated in the EWM Season 2 Week 4. KangHo received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down Shine, Tiger, Tassadar, and Whale to advance in to the finals against KingKong. KangHo defeated KingKong by a score of 2-0 and advanced in to the EWM Season 2 Finals where he would have a shot to obtain a Code A seed if he won against the other weekly winners.

On July 27th, 2012, KangHo participated in the EWM Season 3 Week 8. KangHo received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down Cyrano, Terius, and inori to advance in to the finals against TOP. KangHo defeated TOP by a score of 2-0 and advanced in to the EWM Season 3 Finals where he would have a shot to obtain a Code A seed if he won against the other weekly winners.

OnGameNet Star II League[edit]

2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries[edit]

On July 2nd, 2012, KangHo participated in the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries. KangHo received a BYE in round one and then took down 장진성, Choya, Shine, and faced YugiOh in the finals. He was not able to advance any further and had to take 2nd place after he lost to YugiOh by a score of 0:2.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

Known throughout Wings of Liberty as "LosirA", KangHo took the opportunity granted by the newly released Heart of the Swarm to change his ID to his Korean name.

World Championship Series[edit]

2013 WCS Korea Season 1[edit]

Due to making it out of Code A the previous season, KangHo would start out in Code S, or the "Premier League", in the 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL. Placed in Group D, KangHo defeated TRUE twice, with a loss to TaeJa in the Winner's match, to move on to the Round of 16. Picked by soO in the group nominations, KangHo was placed in Group D again which would match him against the final player who hadn't been picked during the selections. This turned out to be GuMiho, resulting in a rematch of last season's Round of 16 match between the two. Losing the first match against GuMiho 2-0, KangHo went on to make a narrow comeback by defeating soO 2-1 in the Loser's match, and defeating GuMiho 2-1 in the Final match of the group. In the Quarterfinals KangHo played a close series against sOs, losing 3-2, but was given a second chance to reach the 2013 WCS Season 1 Finals through the Placement matches. Here he would have to play Bomber. Swiftly defeating the Terran with a 3-0 score, KangHo successfully qualified for the Season 1 Finals.

Rivalries[edit]

Min[edit]

Min and KangHo both share the same name "Hwang". After Min's mother watched KangHo all-kill ZeNEX, she told Min to "never get behind him".

Trivia[edit]

  • Infamous for dancing with his Zerglings against Bomber and giving thumbs down to the whole StarTale team during the 2011 GSTL February.
  • He is well known as a mechanical Zerg with strong macro capabilities. IdrA, a macro-oriented Zerg progamer, referred to KangHo as "An exaggerated version of myself to some extent." on State of the Game Episode 30.
  • He was the second player to be featured in GomTV's "GSL Players: Behind the Booth" special mini-documentary, which showed off his piano skills as well as his experiences as a pro-gamer. [2]
  • Once stated during a GSL Group Selection that he spends a lot of money on his hair.

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2011-30-07 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A22nd 2011 GSL July: Code S 0 : 4 Zerg NesTea $18,500
2011-05-06 MLG A22nd MLG Columbus 2011 1 : 4 Terran MMA $3,000
2011-03-11 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A11st 2011 GSL March: Code A 4 : 3 Terran SuperNova $1,300
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-05-16 A33rd Fragbite Masters 2014 Spring 0 : 2 Zerg VortiX $3,800
2012-01-05 A22nd Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs 1 : 4 Zerg DongRaeGu $190
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament

Championships[edit]

GOMTV Global StarCraft II League GSL Code A
2011 GSL January Code A
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran TOP
2011 GSL March Code A
21 February 2011 – 18 April 2011
South Korea Zerg KangHo
2011 GSL May Code A
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran Bomber

WoL Matches[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. [1] "Best Games of 2012" TeamLiquid Article
  2. http://www.gomtv.net/2011gslsponsors3/gomcam/65175
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