|Romanized Name:||Jang Min Chul|
|Birth:||June 17, 1991|
|Alternate IDs:||SK.MC, oGsMC, oGsSK.MC, La[ScM], La[gm], IrOn[KaL], AAHero_gm, JangMinChul, MinChul|
|Nicknames:||Boss Toss, Protoss President|
|WCS Rank (Points):||#10 (4275 points)|
2010-08-?? - 2012-01-13
2012-01-13 - Present
To read about MC's StarCraft: Brood War career, see IrOn.
Jang "MC" Min Chul is a Protoss player from South Korea, who is currently playing for SK Gaming.
Jang Min Chul is one of the best performing Protoss players in the world, with two GSL titles and one second place finish to his name. He has also traveled to Europe several times, winning 2011 DreamHack Stockholm Invitational, Copenhagen Games Spring 2011, HomeStory Cup IV and IEM Season VI - World Championship while taking silver in IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne.
Nicknamed the boss-toss, MC has strong mechanics and is famed for his Stalker control and impressive use of the Blink ability. He uses his mechanics to surgically pull his opponents apart with an aggressive style that involves constant pressure and harassment, though he also wields a fearsome late-game macro style against those players that can survive his initial pressure.
For much of Wings of Liberty, MC has been known for his killer instincts and piercing all-ins, coupled with very fine-tuned unit control. MC's 2 base play in this period is very powerful. As he transitioned into HotS, he lead the metagame for a short period with innovative oracle play. Though he appear to have lost some of his killer all-in abilities in HotS, he has shown stronger late game play, being able to snowball early-game advantages into victory more often.
After a stint on MBC's B-team, MC (a.k.a. IrOn) moved on to StarCraft II becoming at the time, the first active South Korean Brood War progamer on a proteam to publicly announce the switch.
 Wings of Liberty
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 Initial Rise in Korea (Sept 2010 – March 2011)
MC started his career for the now defunct team Old Generations. He managed to qualify for all three GOMTV Global StarCraft II League open seasons. During season 1, he was knocked out by Polt in the round of 64. The next season, he won his first match in GSL, beating Overthezero, but lost in the round of 32 against the eventual winner of the tournament, NesTea. In between, oGs won in the Brainbox Team Invitational that was held during the GSL off-season. In the finals they beat the former WeRRa team, with MC scoring a 3-kill. During GSL Open Season 3, MC beat consecutively July, MarineKing, Jinro and finally Rain in order to become the first Protoss to win a GSL, as well as the last player of the pre-season 2010 to win the tournament. In the off-season before the GSL 2011 tournaments, MC took part in the YGosu Invitational as one of 16 invitees that featured predominantly GSL players. MC would reach the finals where he would come back from a 1-3 deficit against the Terran player Bomber to win 4-3. During the same time, MC also participated as one of four GSL invitees in a European tournament, the Kaspersky New Year's StarCraft II Invitational. He would yet again reach the finals where he faced off against house mate TOP who upset MC 0-4.
During the first GSL of 2011, GSL January 2011 Code S, MC would advance to the Round of 16 by beating NaDa and San. He would meet up once again with Jinro after having swept him in the previous GSL, but this time would fall 0-2 to the foreign Terran. Still, reaching ro16 was enough to qualify for the next Code S season.
At 2011 GSL March Code S, MC would reprise his dominance where he would go undefeated in his group stage and follow this with a sweep of ByuN and HongUn in subsequent rounds. MC would take his first loss in the semifinals but ultimately win the match-up against San, taking the series 3-1. He dominated July 4-1 in the finals to become the first repeat champion. During the World Championship Team League he was upset by White-Ra. Later he would climb up to the semifinals in the main tournament, but would be stopped by MarineKing who was able to reverse a 2-0 lead by MC.
 Success in Foreign Events (April 2011 – July 2011)
During the month of April 2011, MC would begin to participate in some foreign events. He was amongst the thirteen invites from the Asian servers to play in the TeamLiquid StarLeague 3 online tournament. He would reach the round of 8 before falling to ThorZaIN in what is often described as one of the greatest StarCraft II series of all time.
His first LAN tournament in Europe was Dreamhack Stockholm Invitational as part of a small group of invitees. He placed first after beating Morrow, IdrA and coming back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat White-Ra in the finals, in order to take the entire prize pool of $15,000 as well as a spot in the DreamHack Summer 2011 event.
MC would then play again in GSL during 2011 GSL May, but would suffer an early exit from the group stages after being unable to defeat Polt twice. MC would easily retain Code S in the up/down matches by defeating Ryung 2-0.
After dropping out early in GSL, MC, this time with teammate and coach TheWinD, traveled to Europe for a second time to attend the Spring Copenhagen Games. Once again he took first place in an international tournament, sweeping runner-up Kas 4-0 and dropping only a single game to MorroW. Later in April, he was invited to play as a South Korean invite in the StarsWar Killer 6 tournament. In this tournament he would take out Loner in the first round and go on to eliminate Jinro and AcE to reach the offline portion of the tournament, played in China. There, he met xiaOt in the semifinals taking him out 3-1 to reach the final. He defeated LoveCD 4-1 in the final to win the tournament.
 Around The World (June 2011 – December 2011)
In June, MC participated to his first North American event, as he was invited to 2011 MLG Columbus as a last-minute replacement for Bomber in Pool C, who had to withdraw due to visa issues. Although he would fall in his first match to IdrA 0-2, he made a commanding run through the rest of his pool-play games, not dropping another series. MC would later re-face IdrA in the fourth-place match, this time sweeping him to reach a final score of 4-2 in MC's favor. MC would lose to LosirA in the following round to leave with a third place finish.
On July 12, 2011, it was announced that MC would be representing SK Gaming in foreign events, with an SK Gaming patch added to his oGs uniform for South Korean events.
MC would then flew to Europe to participate in DreamHack Summer 2011 and Homestory Cup III. This trip was not as successful as previous journeys as he lost to Bomber 2-1 in the DreamHack quarterfinals, and was knocked out of the HomeStory Cup Upper Bracket again at quarterfinals by NaNiwa and then lost again in the Lower Bracket Finals to HuK and finished third overall.
In the month of July, he would play again in Korea on GSL July, where he defeated HuK 2-0 and advanced onto the Round of 8. There he lost 1-3 to HongUn. In August, MC would return to North America, having performed well in the NASL Season One, with a score of 6-3 in group play despite a forfeit to Brat OK due to a delayed flight back to Korea. Placing third of his group, he had to play a playoff bracket to qualify for the offline final. He would easily beat Cruncher and KiWiKaKi to do so. At the finals in Ontario, California, MC crushed both BoxeR and SeleCT 2-0, and defeated Sen 3-2 after a close series to reach the Grand Final against the Open Tournament winner PuMa. The games were incredibly close, with PuMa taking a 3-1 lead early on, but MC managed to push the series to a seventh game before losing 3-4. The same month, he participated to his first IEM event, 2011 IEM Cologne. He would easily reach the final, beating Kas, Beastyqt, KiLLeR, Select and MaNa, losing a single map to KiLLeR, and face once again PuMa. He was swept 3 to nothing by the Korean Terran, finishing second.
Back in Korea again, he played in the GSL August. During group selections, he confidently picked Mvp and stated that he wanted to defeat the IM champions. His plans backfired when he was defeated in the group stages 0–2. He participated in the upcoming Up and Down Matches, where he surprisingly went 1-3, therefore placing him in Code A. September was an unsuccessful month for MC, only participating to GSL October code A and lost to Monster 1-2 in the Round of 32, becoming the first Champion to be demoted to Code B. In October, he was invited to play in IPL 3, but was immediately defeated by Inori in the ro32. A week later, MC participated in MLG Orlando. He finished 3rd in Pool D and was placed in Losers Round 5. On Championship Sunday he managed to take down Rain, Ret, PuMa, MarineKing, IdrA and TheStC before losing to HuK in the grand finals, finishing 2nd overall and obtaining his GSL Code S status once again via the GSL-MLG Exchange Program. Early in Novemer, MC took part in ESWC 2011 due to a new partnership between ESWC and the GSL. After getting through his group 10-0 and defeating HayprO 2-0 in the Ro16, he was eliminated by MaNa losing 0-2. He ended 5th-8th overall.
Bypassing the need to win through the Code A qualifiers and Up-and-Down Matches. He was back in GSL Code S again. He was able to advance onto the Round of 16 with the score of 2-1 but in the Round of 16, he was not successful, losing twice to sC and only winning the losers' match. He would drop down to Code A for the rest of the season. There he would face off Bomber, winning 2-0 securing Code S status again. Even after participating in only two MLG tournaments, MC had enough points to be seeded in MLG Providence 2011 Championship Bracket, in November. His first opponent would be Mvp coming from the open bracket. MC defeated him 2-1 and performed a Murloc ceremony. He then beat IdrA 2-0 and advanced to the Winners' Bracket semifinals where he faced DongRaeGu. He lost 0-2 and was sent to the Loser's Bracket. He had to rematch Mvp but eventually was eliminated by him, losing 2-4 for a 6th place finish. In December, MC would play in the Blizzard Cup by virtue of his third place slot in the GSL Player Rankings. He would place third in his group with a score of 2-2, making it into pool play due to his head to head win against Stephano. There, he would 3-1 Leenock before getting knocked out by DongRaeGu in the Semifinals with a score of 2-3.
 Return to Victory (January 2012 – June 2012)
At the beginning of 2012, MC returned to Europe under the SK Gaming banner, to play in HomeStory Cup IV where he would place first in his group with a score of 3-0 in the first group stage to move on to the next, where he end up second in is group losing only to MarineKing. In the playoffs bracket, he would face Nerchio first whom MC quickly took out 3-0. Next, he would face fellow South Korean Protoss JYP and end up winning 3-2 to secure a slot in the finals versus another South Korean, Sound. MC would 4-0 Sound to secure first place at the event, and his first tournament win in 10 months.
He played a week later in the Round of 32 of GSL 2012 Season 1's Code S. MC lost to former teammate SuperNova but defeated ForGG and Leenock to enter the Round of 16. In a group with GanZi, PartinG, and jjakji, he managed to come out on top, beating GanZi and PartinG both 2-0 to move onto the Round of 8. He had to play against Genius and lost in a 0-3 clean sweep, but remained his Code S spot for getting into the Round of 8.
In Februari, due to his sixth place at MLG Providence, he was invited to play in the 2012 MLG Winter Arena. In the winner’s bracket, he beat merz and TheSTC, but lost to PartinG, and to GanZi in the lower bracket, ending up in a 9 to 12 position, enough to qualify for the group play of 2012 MLG Winter Championship MC participated to IronSquid – Chapter 1. The matches were played online, and MC swept his group with a 4-0 record, and had to face Alive in the round of 8. He lost in close serie 2 to 3, thus missing the offline part of the event, in France. MC qualified for IEM Season VI - World Championship in March 2012 due to winning HomeStory Cup IV and placing second at IEM Global Challenge Cologne. He finished first of his Protoss heavy group with 3-2. He then beat viOLet 3-0 and Feast 3-1 and had to face PuMa in the finals. For the first time in a final, MC was able to defeat PuMa, beating him 3-2 and taking home $35,000.
Later in March, MC played in GSL 2012 Season 2 Code S. In the round of 32 MC lost to Virus in a close series 1-2, but was able to defeat InCa and NesTea in convincing fashion to enter the Round of 16. His group was really tough, considering that he eventually had to play two of the top PvP'ers Oz and Squirtle and even newcomer Maru couldn't be underestimated. He lost to Maru and Oz 1-2 in close games finishing 4th in his group and going down to Code A Round of 24. In Code A, he played and lost against GanZi and end up to the Up and Down matches. There he would easily advance going 4-1 in his group and placing first, gaining his spot in Code S again.
Still in March, he played at 2012 MLG Winter Championship, finishing third of his group with a 2-3 record. In the championship bracket, he won against Polt but was defeated by the foreigner Protoss NaNiwa, finishing 9th.
He stayed in North America until April, in order to play at IPL 4, where he was invited in the groupstage. He lost to Polt, Squirtle, Creator, only winning to PuMa, finishing fourth of the group, and was eliminated.
In June, he flew once again in North America, to play in the 2012 MLG Spring Arena 2. He showed once again a great PvT, winning against MMA and GanZi in the upper bracket, and against Polt in the lower bracket. But his once stellar PvZ betrayed him, losing to foreigner’s hope Stephano in the winner’s bracket semifinals and to Symbol in the fourth place match. A week later, MC finally won his first American tournament in the Red Bull Battlegrounds Invitational. After placing 2nd in his group, MC defeated SaSe, took his revenge on Stephano, and beat Bomber in the finals 4-2 to claim victory. MC returned in Korea to play in the 2012 GSL Season 3, he started in Group E with SuperNova, GanZi and Sniper, falling once to GanZi but defeating him and Sniper, to advance in second place in his group. In the Ro16 MC was in Group B, playing against Symbol, Squirtle and MarineKing, this time MC would advance first in his group defeating both MarineKing and Squirtle, to continue his GSL run. Advancing to the Ro8 and granting him a Code S spot for next season MC would play vs TaeJa, having a very close series MC would advance 3-2 and make his fourth Semifinals in GSL history. There, he played against DongRaeGu in one of the most anticipated Semifinals in the GSL's history. However, MC would take this highly anticipated match in a one-sided 3-0, earning him a shot at attaining his third GSL championship. Unfortunately for him, he was swept by Seed in the finals, in a one-sided pvp series.
 The Sen Syndrome (June 2012 – October 2012)
In June, he played in 2012 MLG Spring Championship, having earning a spot with his fourth placed at the MLG Spring Arena 2.
He ended up third of his group, with a 3-2 record, but was immediately eliminated of the championship bracket by Monster, finishing in a 13 to 16th position.
In July, he returned to Europe to defend his HomeStory Cup title during HSC V. He won both of his ro32 and ro16 groups with a 3-0 record, defeated Dutch zerg Ret in the round of 8, but lost to the polish one Nerchio in the semifinals, showing once against some difficulties against European Zergs. He still proved his great PvZ by defeating Golden in the bronze match.
Later the same month, MC also participated to NASL 3 Playoffs, having secured a spot by finishing second of his group, behind Puzzle. He won convincingly against his old Nemesis PuMa, but was defeated by his new one and eventual winner, Stephano. In the third place match, he swept Ret and claimed another third place.
In August, he went to Finland for the first time, to play his first Assembly. He passed both group stages easily, then defeated MaNa and Moon in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively, but lost to Taeja in the finals. He stayed in Europe to play at IEM Season VII – Cologne, he made it out of his group at the second place and beat Kas in the round of 12, but was destroyed once again by Nerchio 3-0 in the round of 8.
In September, he came back in Korea to play the 2012 GSL Season 2 code S. In his group he defeated the Tyrant Jaedong in his first GSL match, but then lost to Curious and MarineKing, falling in Code A. He lost his ro32 match against Alive and couldn’t make it through the Up And Down, and thus stayed in code A for the following season. In October, he qualified 2012 OnGameNet Starleague Season 1, the first StarCraft II OSL. In his group, he lost to the Brood War legend Flash, but won against San and BeSt, advancing to the quarterfinals. He defeated the Kespa protoss Flying but lost to DongRaeGu in the semifinal. In the third place match, he came back from a 0-3 disadvantage to beat Last 4 to 3, and take a third – third place in four months.
 Hard Times before the Swarm (November 2012 – March 2013)
The end of 2012 was disappointing for MC, as he failed to show great results and top finishing places.
During 2012 GSL Season 5 he defeated Sin in his first code A match, but then lost the Kespa rising Zerg RorO in the round of 32. This time he was able to get out of his Up and Down group, beating both Brood War star players Flash and Jaedong in the process.
In November, he entered the open bracket of 2012 MLG Fall Championship. He lost to mOOnGLaDe in the Open winner’s bracket, but was able to reach the Championship bracket through the open losers bracket. He won against Major but lost to TheStC, ending up in a 25 to 32th position, his worst placement in MLG so far.
He played a week later in his second IEM event of season VII, the IEM Global Challenge - Singapore. He destroyed his group with a 5-0 record, losing a single map against PiG, but then was surprisingly defeated by the Warcraft III legend Grubby in the round of 8. His last event of November wouldn’t be more successful. At IPL 5, he beat Daisuki and Shine before losing to Symbol in the winner’s bracket, and lost to Sniper, the future GSL winner, in the loser’s bracket, finishing with a 25 to 32th placement. December wasn’t really any better, since he lost in the round of 16 of the HSC VI, after loss against Grubby and Kas in his group. He managed to get through his IronSquid - Chapter 2 group, and won his round of 16 match against viOlet, but once again missed the finals in Paris with a defeat against MarineKing in the quarterfinals. In the last GSL of the Wings Of Libery era, the 2013 GSL Season 1, he finally showed strong skills again, getting out of his ro32 group with a flawless 4-0 record, and finishing second of his group in the round of 16, reaching the round of 8 for the sixth time. In the quarterfinals he lost in a close series against the eventual winner RorO.
 Heart of the Swarm
The first HotS tournament for MC was also the first premier HotS tournament ever, the IEM Season VII - World Championship, for which he had qualified thanks to his results in IEM Cologne, Singapore, and HomeStory Cup V and VI. For the first time in his IEM history, he would be unable to get out of his group, after losses against First, YongHwa and Ret.
A week later, he played in 2013 MLG Winter Championship, which he had previously qualified for by beating aLive in the Showdowns. There he managed to beat the Kespa Protoss herO, destroyed Bomber and Mvp before losing to the Zerg prodigy and eventual winner Life in the semifinals. He was also defeated by INnoVation in the bronze match, and ended up fourth, claiming $6,000.
On April 9th, MC participated in his Code S group for 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL. He and DongRaeGu, both favorites and previous GSL champions, were knocked out by Flying and Yoda, with MC only winning 1 game out of 5, putting him in the Challenger League.
MC then decided to try his luck elsewhere and participated in 2013 WCS Season 2 Europe. Compared to his Season 1 results, MC had a much more impressive run. He looked slightly shaky in group stage, as he advanced out of both Ro32 and Ro16 second place in his group. In the Playoffs, MC cleanly swept over Welmu 3-0, then went on to defeat MMA 3-1. In the finals he narrowly lost to Duckdeok 3-4 and claimed $12,000.
Despite his impressive run in Season 2 Europe, in the Season 2 Finals, MC was taken out in Ro16 as he lost to both Jaedong 2-1 and Rain 2-0, winning 2-1 only against Welmu. He had another chance to end his major championship drought in the Season 3 Europe Premier League as he reached the finals, but instead, MMA ended his own drought with a 4-2 win after taking the first three games. He did, however, earn a ticket to BlizzCon for the 2013 WCS Global Finals.
|In Major Tournaments|
|2012-05-27||1st||Red Bull Battlegrounds: Austin||4 : 2||Bomber||$15,000|
|2011-06-12||1st||StarsWar Killer 6||4 : 1||LoveCD||$6,000|
|2011-04-12||1st||2011 DreamHack Stockholm Invitational||3 : 2||White-Ra||$15,000|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|Global StarCraft II League Champion|
| GSL Open Season 2
| GSL Open Season 3
18 December 2010 – 29 January 2011
| GSL January 2011|
| GSL January 2011
| GSL March 2011
19 March 2011 – 9 April 2011
| GSL May 2011|
| HomeStory Cup III
| HomeStory Cup IV
8 January 2012 – 8 July 2012
| HomeStory Cup V|
|Intel Extreme Masters|
| Season VI - Sao Paulo
| Season VI - World Championship
10 March 2012 – 19 August 2012
| Season VII - Cologne|
- 2013-11-25 | MC and PartinG work things out diplomatically. by Waxangel of Teamliquid.net at Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City
- 2013-10-26 | WCS S3 Finals - Ro16 Winner Interviews by monk & Waxangel of Teamliquid.net
- 2012-02-25 | GSTL 2013 Pre-Season NSH vs IM Winner by This Is Game
- 2013-02-15 | 2013 GSL Season 1 Code S Ro16 Group C Winners by This Is Game
- 2013-01-24 | GSL 2013 Season 1 Code S Ro32 Group B Winners by This Is Game
- 2013-01-07 | GSL 2013 Season 1 Up/Downs Group A Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-11-26 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Ro48 Day 1 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-10-20 | OSL 3rd/4th place match winner interview by This Is Game
- 2012-10-03 | OSL Ro8 D3 Winner by This Is Game
- 2012-10-02 | MC after defeating Flying in OSL: "I will win this tournament" by ESFI World
- 2012-09-05 | OSL Ro16 D3 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-08-30 | OSL Ro16 D2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-08-29 | MC: "A Progamer Dreaming of Being a Prosecutor by Sang Jin Park of Inven.co.kr
- 2012-07-23 | OSL Dual Tournament Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-02-09 | GSL 2012 Season 1 Code S Ro16 Group Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-01-11 | GSL 2012 Season 1 Code S Ro32 Group B Winners by This Is Game
 External Links
- ↑ http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=146890
- ↑ YGosu Event Page
- ↑ MC vs ThorZaIN TSL3 Ro8
- ↑ SK represented by MC and NaDa in foreign tourneys
- ↑ http://nasl.tv/Players/Profile/mc NASL - MC Player Profile
- ↑ http://nasl.tv/News/Article/2011-04-19-group-four-entertains-despite-lamented-walkover
- ↑ http://nasl.tv/News/Article/20110712puma-wins-nasl
- ↑ MK, NADA and MC coming to ESWC 2011
- ↑ "MC leaves oGs and joins SK full-time" SK-Gaming.com, 13 January 2012. Thread on TeamLiquid.net
- ↑ MC Murloc suit
- ↑ Dreamhack 2011 : TotalBiscuit and ogsMC first ever english co-cast
- ↑ Prizemoney Ranking on sc2earnings.com
- ↑ oGsMC before and after the match with Fnatic.Sen
- ↑ oGsMC Saying He Will Make Idra Cry
- ↑ oGsMC before and after the match with dignitas.SeleCT
- ↑ MC sounds angry
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ApHGs9RUksw#t=1672s
- ↑ MC buys mom car
- ↑ MC: Dreaming of being a Progamer