Maru

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Player Information
Name: 조성주
Romanized Name: Cho Sung Choo
Birth: July 28, 1997 (1997-07-28) (age 16)
Country: South Korea South Korea
Race: Terran
Team: Jin Air Green Wings
Alternate IDs: MaruPrime
Nicknames: Marine Prince
WCS Rank (Points): #25 (675 points)
Links
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Achievements
2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL
History
2010-10-13 - 2013-12-13

2013-12-13 - Present

Cho "Maru" Sung Choo is a Terran player from South Korea, who is currently playing for Jin Air Green Wings[1]. He is well known for being the youngest[2] GSL player of all time, winning his first televised game at the age of 13.[3]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Maru made his professional debut in the very first GSL, the 2010 TG Sambo Intel Starcraft II Open Season 1. There, he defeated fan favorite Cella 2-1 [4] to advance to the Ro32, where he lost 0-2 to San[5]. The series against San would be Maru's last games in the GSL for almost a year; he did not qualify for Code A until GSL August, where he fell 0-2 to Fruitdealer in the Round of 32. Maru's attempts to qualify for GSL October and GSL November also failed, though the single game he took off of Curious during the October preliminaries was Curious's only loss that season.

2012 proved a much better year for Maru. He started out the year strong, qualifying for Code A in the 2012 GSL Season 1 preliminaries and defeating Noblesse and Yeah in the process. His first match in the Ro48 was a 2-0 win against favored[6] opponent MorroW. Then, in the Ro32, he managed to beat Happy 2-1 before dropping to NaDa 2-0 in the Ro24. The loss sent him to the Up and Down matches, where he showed that he had the skill of a Code S player by defeating sC, Terius, Alicia, and JYP to earn a Code S spot[7].

Maru entered his first Code S tournament, 2012 GSL Season 2, in a group with GuMiho, Curious, and HerO. Despite low expectations,[8][9] he defeated GuMiho and HerO to earn first in the group[10] and move on to the Ro16. There, he defeated MC 2-1, but then lost to Squirtle 0-2 and Oz 1-2 to finish third in his group. He now faces Creator in the Ro24 of Code A.[11]

In addition to his GSL success, Maru has also done remarkably well in the 2012 KSL team league Season 1, where he currently has a 12-3[12] record, including a 6-kill all-kill of team StarTale.

Outside Korea[edit]

Maru has played in one offline foreign tournament so far: the IPL 4 on April 6th, 2012. IGN awarded him a spot in the Open Bracket because his team, Prime, was playing in the GSTL finals, which were also hosted at IPL 4. Maru's performance was not especially strong, however; he only defeated CatZ and Illusion before falling 0-2 to TaeJa and 1-2 to Virus.

Maru competed in the online Asia Starcraft League from August 7th, 2012, to February 7th, 2013. He easily reached the bracket stage, going 4-1 in each of the group stages. In the winner's bracket, he defeated notable Chinese players F91 and MacSed 2-0 each in the second and third rounds of the bracket stage and defeated the Taiwanese player Sen 3-1 in the fourth round. He faced fellow Korean BboongBboong twice, in the semi-finals and the grand finals, defeating him 3-2 both times to win the tournament.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

Maru was able to qualify for WCS Korea 2013 Season 2 Premier League, hosted by OGN, through the Up and Down matches. He defeated sOs twice in the round of 32, and Trap and SuperNova 2-1 each in the round of 16 to reach the bracket stage of the tournament. After handily defeating perennial Code S/Premier League player Symbol, he was matched against the Season 1 Finals champion INnoVation. According to the Teamliquid Power Rank and Aligulac rating website, INnoVation was the best player in the world at the time, and was the heavy favorite in the matchup.[13][14] However, by using highly varying, cheesy, and aggressive builds, Maru was able to take the first three games without difficulty, and took advantage of a shaken up INnoVation to close the series 4-0 in a fairly standard game. This brought him to the first finals of his career against Rain where after dropping the initial two games, Maru took the third game with a proxy 11/11 which gave him the momentum to end up winning the championship 4-2.

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Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-12-06 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A33 - 4th 2013 Hot6ix Cup 1 : 3 Zicon small.png Soulkey $3,764
2013-11-09 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2013 WCS Global Finals 1 : 3 Zicon small.png Jaedong $17,500
2013-10-27 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2013 WCS Season 3 1 : 3 Picon small.png Dear $10,000
2013-10-09 World Championship Series A33 - 4th 2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL 1 : 3 Picon small.png Dear $7,000
2013-08-10 World Championship Series A11st 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL 4 : 2 Picon small.png Rain $20,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-09-27 A33 - 4th StarsWar League Season 3 2 : 3 Picon small.png HerO $1,000
2013-02-07 A11st Asia Starcraft League 3 : 2 Zicon small.png BboongBboong $1,666
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament

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