|Romanized Name:||Lee Jung Hoon|
|Birth:||July 11, 1993|
|Alternate IDs:||MarineKingPrime, BoxerRPrime, BoxeR, EllenPage, Clare[Shield], Rex.IU, ZephyrPrime, 보라 (Bora)|
|WCS Rank (Points):||– (0)|
2009 – 2010
2010 – 2013-10-11
2014-02-13 – Present
Lee "MarineKing" Jung Hoon is a Terran player from South Korea who is currently playing for Prime. On February 13th, 2014, it was officially announced that MarineKing would be returning to SC2 after switching to play League of Legends back in October of 2013. He is usually referred to as MKP in a colloquial manner as it is an acronym of his full handle MarineKingPrime. MarineKing is considered to be one of the most famous professionals of the StarCraft II scene. In his debut at GSL Open Season 2, he quickly rose to fame because of his spectacular micro-management of his marines. Since then, superb micro-management has been his trademark style of play.
Jung Hoon has also placed second in several big tournaments, and he has thus been given a reputation similar to that of the professional StarCraft: Brood War professional YellOw. Despite this reputation, he has won several major and minor tournaments, the most notable of which is the MLG Winter Championship.
In early 2012, MarineKing won two MLGs in a row, and is his biggest achievement in his professional career to date. It was at this time he also became known for very macro-oriented and greedy play, as often utilized variations of fast 3 Orbital Command builds.
- 1 Wings of Liberty
- 2 Heart of the Swarm
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Achievements
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Championships
- 7 Interviews
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Wings of Liberty
Rise of "BoxeR" (October 2010 – January 2011)
Lee Jung Hoon first gained attention in the community for having the ID BoxeR (a tribute to his idol "The Emperor" BoxeR) and for being one of the players at the very top on the Korean ladder. To differentiate the two players, fans and casters from the foreign scene started referring to Lee Jung Hoon as FoxeR (a portmanteau for fake BoxeR).
In MarineKing's first big offline tournament, the 2010 Sony Ericsson Starcraft II Open Season 2 (GSL 2), he demonstrated his superb micromanagement and heavily Marine-based play, defeating Banelings with only marines by stimming and splitting groups of Marines in multiple directions. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the top Terrans in the world by defeating FruitDealer, also known as Cool, in the round of 32. FruitDealer was the 2010 TG Sambo Intel Starcraft II Open Season 1 champion, so MarineKing's 2-0 victory came as a surprise to much of the community. MarineKing then went on to the round of 16 to face FruitDealer's team mate at the time SangHo, also known as BabyByeBye, where he secured another 2-0 victory. He next faced Kyrix, a player known for his aggressive Baneling style, in the round of 8. MarineKing showcased his excellent Marine micro throughout this series, winning 3-2 and cementing his popularity through his exciting style of play. In the round of 4, MarineKing defeated GSL 1 runner up HopeTorture, now known as RainBOw, winning 4-1. In the final, he was defeated by NesTea 4-3, making him the only player in that tournament to win a game against NesTea. His usage of the 2Rax strategy throughout the tournament popularized the now notorious build.
In the GOM TV All-Stars Invitational Tournament that was held during the break between the second and third seasons of the GSL, MarineKing again came in 2nd, this time losing to his fierce rival Kyrix in the finals. After the tournament, MarineKing qualified for the Season 3 of the GSL. He dispatched Zerg players Monster and Leenock in the early rounds, but fell in the round of 8 to MC, a former team mate on his Brood War team, MBCGame. After season 3 concluded GOMTV featured "Gisado's Challenge", a king of the hill show match between the three races. As part of the Terran team, MarineKing scored an all-kill against Protoss. He defeated the 5 member lineup that had players such as TricKsteR (also known as Tester), HongUn, and Genius.
On December 7th, 2010, Blizzard released a top 200 list of the Korean server. The number one player on their ranking was 베스킨라빈스, the Korean translation for Baskin Robbins. This account was allegedly MarineKing's smurf account which had a win ratio of 73.7% with less than 350 games played.
In 2011 GSL January, MarineKing beat Jinro and RainBOw in the round of 16 to progress to the quarterfinals. There, he swept NaDa in an interesting series where the first game almost became a stalemate. After defeating Jinro again in the semifinals, he lost 4-0 to Mvp in the finals, finishing second overall. While playing in 2011 GSL January, MarineKing also participated in the Gainward SC2 Tournament, held on January 9, 2011. He finished third after losing to the eventual winner Mvp 1-3. In the second season of the ZOTAC Team Invitational, also held in January, MarineKing performed well. Winning three games against SlayerS and reverse all-killing oGs.
First Round Finishes (February — December 2011)
MarineKing's next major tournament was GSL March 2011, where he was surprisingly eliminated in the round of 32 group stage. Although he defeated his rival Kyrix, he dropped sets to both InCa and sC, thus risking elimination from Code S in the Up & Down matches. He managed to retain his position in Code S by defeating Leenock 2-0.
MarineKing then participated in the 2011 GSL World Championship as part of the South Korean squad. He proceeded through the early rounds smoothly and overcame a 0-2 deficit to MC in the round of 4 to advance to the finals. There, he once again faced off against Mvp, where he took another second place trophy with a 2-4 finish.
Next, during GSL May 2011, MarineKing once again fell to the Up & Down matches after losing to NaDa and Alicia but winning against Zenio. In the Up & Down matches he secured his position in Code S by defeating MMA. MarineKing then played in the GSL Super Tournament, where he narrowly lost to MMA in the semifinals 2-3. His trials continued in 2011 GSL July, where he fell yet again to the Up & Down matches by losing 0-2 in the round of 32 to LosirA and Alicia. In the Up & Down matches, he won against FruitDealer but lost against Ryung, Happy, and Dream. This 1-3 record knocked him down to Code A.
Thus, in GSL August 2011, MarineKing participated in Code A. He beat Hack, YugiOh, jjakji and Leenock to secure a spot in the finals against GanZi. Once again, MarineKing placed second, losing 4-3 to GanZi. However, his second place finish also secured him a spot in the August Up & Down matches. MarineKing tied for second in his group with JYP and TricKsteR with a score of 2-2, but then managed to beat them both in the tiebreaker playoff, making it back into Code S.
It initially looked like MarineKing's first major tournament outside of Korea would be IEM Global Challenge Cologne, as announced on August 10, 2011. However, it was then clarified on August 12 that MarineKing would not be participating; he was replaced by MC.
In GSL October 2011, MarineKing narrowly managed to hang onto his Code S spot, placing third in his round of 32 group with a score of 1-2. He beat Puzzle but lost to Ryung and Bomber. During this time, MarineKing also participated in the Arena of Legends tournament as one of the Terran invitees. He defeated both TricKsteR and LosirA in the group stages to secure a spot in the semifinals. Then, he defeated MMA to advance to the finals, where he faced off against DongRaeGu. He managed to win the tournament through heavy aggression, defeating DongRaeGu 4-1. This was the first GOM event that MarineKing won.
Through monetary aid from the Reddit community, MarineKing's first major tournament ended up being MLG Orlando, held from October 14 to 16. MarineKing managed to make it through the Open Bracket, winning all his matches to make it into Pool Play. There, he lost to the eventual last place player in his group, Drewbie, but won the rest of his matches, therefore placing first in his group. He ended up losing in the upper bracket of the Championship Bracket against HuK 0-2, and then lost again to MC afterwards 1-2, ending with a 5th place finish.
Shortly after MLG Orlando concluded, MarineKing traveled to France to participate in the Electronic Sports World Cup 2011 tournament, as part of a new partnership between ESWC and the GSL. MarineKing ended up taking third place, losing 0-2 to Stephano in the semifinals but beating Grubby 3-1 in the third place match.
In GSL November, MarineKing placed third yet again in his round of 32 group, defeating the previous season's Code A Champion Curious but losing to Mvp and aLive. Because of GSL format changes, MarineKing fell to the round of 32 of Code A due to his performance.
After his performance in Code S, MarineKing participated in the IPL 4 Pacific Qualifiers. To start off the tournament, MarineKing was placed in Group B. After advancing through his group with a score of 3-0, MarineKing advanced in to the playoffs. In the playoffs, MarineKing was able to defeat SaSe, Whale, and Sen in order to advance in to the finals. In the finals, MarineKing faced Moon. After MarineKing defeated Moon by a score of 2-0, MarineKing qualified for the IGN ProLeague Season 4.
MarineKing went to MLG Providence 2011, where he attempted to fight his way through the open bracket. He made an early exit in the Upper Bracket against MVP's sC, but fought through the Loser's Bracket against HasHe, LuckyFool, CatZ, DarkCell and finally sC again (taking a 4-3 revenge win) to place into the Championship Bracket. There he defeated viOLet, State, Rain, and SjoW before losing to Mvp, taking a respectable 13th place finish.
On December 1st, 2011, MarineKing participated in the KSL Daily Week 1 Day 4. MarineKing started off from the quarterfinals. MarineKing took down Lucky and Avenge in order to advance to the finals. In the finals, MarineKing defeated Sage by a score of 2-1 and grabbed first place.
On December 5th, 2011, MarineKing participated in the KSL Daily Week 2 Day 1. MarineKing started off from the quarterfinals. MarineKing took down Life and Monster in order to advance to the finals. In the finals, MarineKing defeated Choya by a score of 2-1 and grabbed first place.
MarineKing also represented South Korea in the World Cyber Games 2011 Grand Finals. He placed second in the Korean qualifiers, losing to Mvp in the finals but still qualifying for the Grand Finals in Busan. There, he placed second in his round of 56 group, losing to DarKFoRcE and beating the five other players in his group. This performance was sufficient to send him to the round of 16, where he beat mOOnGLaDe 2-1. He then lost in the round of 8 to Kas 0-2.
Korean Mediocrity, Overseas Success (January 2012 – February 2013)
In early 2012, MarineKing participated in HomeStory Cup IV. In the first group stage, he placed first in his group with a score of 2-1, losing only to Delphi. In the following group round, he dominated his group and placed first with a score of 3-0, beating MC, Stephano and Socke without dropping a single game. However, in the playoff bracket, he fell in the first round to fellow South Korean viOLet with a score of 2-3.
Due to placing second at both GSL January 2011 and the GSL World Championship 2011, MarineKing was invited to participate in the Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs tournament. He was placed in Group A, where he finished second overall after beating GSL August 2011 runner-up TOP 2-0 and GSL November 2011 runner-up Leenock 2-1 but losing to GSL July 2011 runner-up LosirA 0-2. This second place finish was sufficient to qualify for the playoffs, where he had to face GSL Blizzard Cup 2011 runner-up DongRaeGu. He lost 1-3, ending his tournament run in the semifinals.
From January 7th to January 15th, MarineKing participated in the 2012 KSL Grand Opening. MarineKing started the tournament off from the Round of 32. MarineKing defeated Life, finale, LosirA, and Monster, in order to advance in to the finals. In the finals, MarineKing faced True. After defeating True by a score of 4-2, MarineKing grabbed first place.
MarineKing returned to Code S in the 2012 GSL Season 1. In the round of 32, he emerged first in his group after beating both Happy and aLive 2-0. In the round of 16, he started out with a 2-0 win against Genius, but then lost both games against DongRaeGu. In the final match of the group against Genius, he narrowly lost 2-1 to fall down to Code A for the remainder of the season. Falling from Code S Ro.16 he was placed into the 3rd round of Code A. Here he defeated Killer 2-1, securing a Code S seat for Season 2 and forcing Killer into Season 2's Up and Down matches.
MarineKing earned a spot in MLG Winter Arena 2012 through the South Korean qualifier. He advanced into the finals without dropping a single set, defeating LosirA, NaNiwa, viOLet, PartinG and HuK. In the finals he beat DongRaeGu 4-2 to win the event.
MarineKing's win at the Winter Arena secured him a seed in the MLG Winter Championship, where he would go 5-0 and place first in his group. This earned him an 8th round seed in the championship bracket where he would go on to defeat PartinG and DongRaeGu placing first and winning the 2012 Winter Championship and the $25,000 first place prize. Throughout the tournament, he won 17 games and lost only 4, including 2 to then current GSL champion DongRaeGu.
Having been a favourite, following his MLG success and his rival DongRaeGu's early exit, upon entering the 2012 GSL Season 2 MarineKing advanced to the round of 16 with a score of 2-0, defeating July and Zenio.
Before performing in the round of 16, MarineKing would participate in the MLG Spring Arena 1 in which he was seeded due to his results at MLG Winter Championship. Here he would place first in the 8man pool play, securing him a direct spot into the semifinals, where he would face Heart whom he would defeat 3-1 to face DongRaeGu in the Grand finals, however this time around he lost 4-3 to DongRaeGu.
Back in the GSL MarineKing defeated TaeJa with a score of 2-0 before falling to PartinG 2-1 putting him to the groups play off game against TaeJa, on this occasion TaeJa triumphed sending MarineKing to Code A in the tournament many assumed would be his crowning GSL appearance.
As the MLG Spring Arena 2 came around he skipped the arena, but because he placed in the top 4 of the first arena of the spring season, he was already seeded into pool play at the MLG Spring Championship. He would go on to dominate his pool play, going 10-2, losing only 1 map to Dream and Grubby respectively. Placing first in his group he was seeded into the semifnals of the winner's bracket, where he faced Stephano whom he beat 2-1, to advance onto the winner's finals to face DongRaeGu, however once again he would fall, this time 0-2, to face Alicia in the loser's finals, where he would once again lose 0-2, ending his tournament run at a 3rd place finish.
On June 23rd, MarineKing participated in the IPL 5 Korean Regional Qualifiers. MarineKing defeated Puzzle, Curious, Symbol, and HyuN in order to advance in to the finals. In the finals, MarineKing faced San. After defeating San by a score of 2-0, MarineKing qualified for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.
MarineKing would also participate in the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries. MarineKing received a BYE in round one and then took down 심준보, Dream, Alicia, and faced Bomber in the finals. After taking down Bomber by a score of 2:1, MarineKing advanced in to the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Dual Tournament.
MarineKing skipped the MLG Summer Arena, therefore not receiving any seeds and had to play from the open bracket at the MLG Summer Championship, where he made it to the finals of his bracket, but lost in an upset 0-2 to American Terran player TriMaster, and therefor he dropped to the lower bracket, where he defeated DeMusliM, giX, EifeR and Killer 2-0, before being stopped by Revival in a close 1-2 loss.
MarineKing participated in the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Dual Tournament. Here he took down YugiOh in game one, and then advanced in to the winners bracket to face NesTea. After taking down NesTea, MarineKing advanced in to the 2012 SC2 OSL Season 1 with a total score of 2-0.
In GSL 2012 Season 4, the season which many people said was the hardest season of GSL yet, MarineKing made it through the Ro32 by defeating Jaedong and MC 2-1, and losing a close series to Curious 2-1. In the Ro16, MarineKing got matched up in a group with Mvp, JYP, and Curious, this time however he would start out by 2-0'ing Curious, followed by losing to Mvp 2-0, and ended up defeating JYP 2-0 to advance onto the Ro8, where he lost to Life 1-3.
In the Ro16 of the OSL, MarineKing's first opponent was the KeSPA player Rain, whom he lost to, however the second player he faced was the defending champion JangBi, whom he defeated, but it all came down to a final match between MarineKing and DongRaeGu to decide who would advance onto the Ro8, however it was DongRaeGu who won the match, eliminating MarineKing in the Ro16.
In the 2012 GSL Season 5, MarineKing defeated sOs and Sniper in the Round of 32 to advance first in his group. He subsequently defeated Hack and HyuN 2-1 each to reach the Round of 8, where he lost 3-1 to Ryung.
MarineKing was invited to participate in the Iron Squid - Chapter II from November 28, 2012, to January 26, 2013. In his round-robin group, he was lost 0-2 to Scarlett, but defeated TaeJa and Brown to advance second in the group. He proceeded to defeat HerO 3-1 and MC 3-0 to reach the live finals in Paris, France. After easily defeating his Protoss opponents, he lost 1-3 to Life in the semifinals and 0-3 to NesTea in the third place match, which left him with a 1-8 score against Zerg players in the tournament.
In the 2013 GSL Season 1, MarineKing topped his Round of 32 group after defeating RorO and KeeN. He dropped out last in his Round of 16 group after losing to Soulkey and Symbol 1-2 each. In Code A, he lost to YoDa to fall to the Up and Down matches in the following season.
Heart of the Swarm
Decline and Retirement (March – October 2013)
In the 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL, MarineKing had a perfect 3-0 score in his Up and Down group, defeating Stephano, Lure, and Trust. He was unable to advance past the Round of 32 in Premier League, however, losing to sOs and Curious to fall to the first round of Challenger League. He defeated Protoss players San and Jangbi, but lost in the final round to Life.
After a double-tiebreaker in the 2013 WCS Korea Season 2 Up and Down Matches, MarineKing narrowly fell to Challenger League behind Hurricane and First. He again reached the last round, defeating mamuri and Shine, but losing to Bbyong. In his final GSL match, MarineKing lost 0-2 to ZerO in the 2013 WCS Korea Season 3 Challenger League Round of 48.
Return (February 2014 - Present)
On February 13, 2014, MarineKing officially announced that he would return to StarCraft II from League of Legends to compete with Prime in Round 2 of the 2014 Proleague. He immediately made his StarCraft II Proleague debut (he had competed in Proleague in Brood War for MBCGame Hero as Clare) in Week 1 against MVP and made his presence felt, defeating Dream on Outboxer in the opening set to help Prime defeat MVP and equal its win total from all of Round 1. After the match, coach Gerrard remarked that MarineKing remains Prime's ace.
Though he was unable to advance from GSL Code B for Season 2, he showed signs of a return to his former self in Proleague, going 4-4 over the course of season 2 after also beating TRUE, soO and RorO. With the departure of Jila, he also assumed the Prime captaincy ahead of Round 3.
- He was the youngest GSL finalist until Leenock and jjakji reached the finals of GSL November.
- He was knocked out by the eventual winner for six major tournaments nearly in a row (excluding GSL March 2011): GSL 2, GOM TV All-Stars 2010, GSL 3, Gainward 2011, 2011 GSL January, and 2011 GSL World Championship.
- He made an appearance in the reality show "Hyungjoon Becomes A Progamer" back when he was still with MBCGame. He learned one of Kara's dance moves in Episode 7 alongside Hyungjoon and MC (then known as Flounder) and played against Hyungjoon in episode 9.
- His nickname "MarineKong" comes from his use of the Kong Dance as a ceremony at GSL All-Stars and MLG.
- After his first Premier Tournament win at the 2012 MLG Winter Arena, he celebrated upon returning to Korea for his Code S group by handing out soybeans and soy milk to the GOMTV studio audience - including Tasteless and Artosis.
- He was active on TeamLiquid during his Starcraft 1 career as the MBC Protoss programer Clare, posting various progamer replays in iCCup Who is Who threads Season 12 Season 11 MarineKing's TL Profile
- He ladders under the account 해병왕프라임, which has been ranked #1 on the overall ladder.
- He was the first player to be featured in GomTV's "GSL Players: Behind the Booth" special mini-documentary, taking place during the 2011 GSL World Championship 
- He was the first player to win two MLG titles in a row and the second player after HuK to win two MLG titles overall.
- Was featured in a front page CNN news article detailing his parent's initial reception to him becoming a pro gamer, and some experiences during the 2011 World Cyber Games.
- He was the only player to advance to the Ro16 in all 5 of the 2012 GSL Code S Seasons.
- MarineKing, alongside Mvp, NesTea, MC and Leenock, is one of the players who played in the first GSL Wings of Liberty Code S and the last GSL Wings of Liberty Code S.
- MarineKing was in Code S for 12 out of the 13 GSL Wings of Liberty seasons, missing only GSL August of 2011 where he eventually finished second in Code A. This feat is matched only by Mvp and NesTea.
- MarineKing was the last player that was in the GSL in January of 2011, the first Code S season, to fall out of the GSL.
- Has a modeling career as one of two spotlighted male models for the Prime Zzang (Online Shop) alongside coach Gerrard.
- Lee Jung Hoon initially used the ID "BoxeR" in reverence of his idol. When Lim Yo-Hwan, the original BoxeR, returned to play, Lee Jung Hoon announced his intent to change his ID.
- However, in a 10/2010 interview, Lim Yo-Hwan said this about the ID:
Q: The player who has the BoxeR ID has said he has permission to switch ID.
A: Objectively, he's a better player than me right now. Based on skills, he should continue to use the ID, haha.
- Lee Jung Hoon was popularly known in the foreigner audience as "FoxeR," or "Fake BoxeR" during this time period.
- Many people expected him to change his nickname to OptimusPrime after the conclusion of GSL 2. However, he stated: OptimusPrime is only given to the greatest Prime member. I didn't win, so I should look for a next opportunity. I'm going to keep using the ID BoxeR for now.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2013-01-26||4th||Iron Squid – Chapter II||0 : 3||NesTea||$2,500|
|2012-06-10||3rd||2012 MLG Spring Championship||0 : 2||Alicia||$9,000|
|2012-03-25||1st||2012 MLG Winter Championship||5 : 2||DongRaeGu||$25,000|
|2012-02-26||1st||2012 MLG Winter Arena||4 : 2||DongRaeGu||$10,000|
|2011-10-23||3rd||Electronic Sports World Cup 2011||3 : 1||Grubby||$8,000|
|2011-06-13||3 - 4th||2011 GSL Super Tournament||2 : 3||MMA||$9,300|
|2011-04-09||2nd||2011 GSL World Championship||2 : 4||Mvp||$13,000|
|2011-01-29||2nd||2011 Global StarCraft II League January: Code S||0 : 4||Mvp||$17,500|
|2010-11-13||2nd||2010 Global StarCraft II League Open Season 2||3 : 4||NesTea||$26,250|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-08-03||2nd||CPL Championship 2013||2 : 0 0 : 2||Jim||$2,000|
|2012-12-16||1st||Numericable M-House Cup||3 : 2||DIMAGA||€3,000|
|2012-04-22||2nd||2012 MLG Spring Arena 1||3 : 4||DongRaeGu||$3,000|
|2012-02-12||2nd||FXOpen Invitational Series 5||0 : 4||DongRaeGu||$1,250|
|2012-01-05||3 - 4th||Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs||1 : 3||DongRaeGu||$170|
|2011-10-02||1st||Arena of Legends 1||4 : 1||DongRaeGu||$1,800|
|2011-08-09||1st||CPL Invitational 2011||3 : 0||SaSe||$5,000|
|2011-07-01||1st||FXOpen Invitational Series 4||4 : 1||TheStC||$2,000|
|2011-01-09||3rd||Gainward SC2 Tournament||3 : 0||ByuN||$1,700|
|2010-11-21||2nd||GOM TV All-Stars Invitational 2010||0 : 2||Kyrix||$3,500|
|In Premier Team Leagues|