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|Romanized Name:||Kim Hak Soo|
|Birth:||April 23, 1989|
|Alternate IDs:||Twilight, SeCret, HakSoo. FXOz, Endless, OzOz, Drug, Reborn|
|WCS Rank (Points):||#114 (125 points)|
|Hite SPARKYZ, fOu, FXOpen e-Sports, Fnatic|
To read about Oz's StarCraft: Brood War career, see SeCret.
Oz joined Hite SPARKYZ under the ID SeCret in early 2008 as a Brood War professional, and after participating in several leagues quit in October of 2010. He has taken games off of notable Brood War players during his career such as Bisu, free, Anytime and Violet.
Oz, as described by GSL casters Artosis and Wolf, was one of the first players to begin integrating early High Templar timings in his play and using Warp Prisms to protect them from EMPs and general harm. He is also known for his strong mechanics and all-around solid play as well as stellar unit control and micromanagement.
FXO's Unstable described Oz as a very preparation-based player.
 Wings of Liberty
After retiring from Brood War, he joined the fOu team for StarCraft II acting as a player and coach, holding two accounts in the top 25 South Korean Grandmaster ladder. While looking to expand his presence in SC2 to the global scene, Oz approached FXOpen e-Sports as a potential new team. Oz played for FXO until May of 2012, where he joined Fnatic due to his intent to participate in more foreign events, which conflicted with FXO's own vision. 
In the Team Ace Invitational, Oz was placed in Group D with CoCa, Sage, Bomber, and BBoong. He cleanly defeated CoCa, BBoong and the heavily favored Bomber respectively, topping his group 3-0 and avoiding Sage. In his next match he played against Mvp but fell to the GSL Champion 1-2, ending Oz's run in the Arena of Legends.
At WCG 2011, Oz won his Ro32 match against Sculp 2-0. He advanced to the Ro16 in Group C with MarineKing, sC and San but only went 1-2, falling to both MarineKing and sC but beating San. This ended his run in WCG Korea.
Oz also participated in the KSL in the second week on December 7th, 2011. There he crushed TOP and YangSongE 2-0 before being defeated in the finals by jjakji for second place and a $50USD prize. At the KSL 2012 Opening Ceremonies on December 27th, 2011 featuring FXO and IM in a Bo11 Oz defeated Seed to bring his team up to 1-3, but fell to Happy in the next game.
 Global StarCraft II Team League
In GSTL March, Oz (still playing under the ID Twilight) played for fOu in the quarterfinals match against TSL, defeating former GSL Champion FruitDealer but falling to aLive. fOu lost 2-4 against TSL. This was Oz's only appearance in the GSTL prior to joining FXO, as he was not present for GSTL May or GSTL February.
After transferring to FXOpen, Oz became a regular for the team in the GSTL Season 1. Oz was frequently sent out as FXO's first pick in the GSTL, described by Wolf as their Ace player alongside qxc and team captain Sheth.
FXOpen's first match on June 24th was against team StarTale, where Oz defeated Curious but fell to Squirtle, managing two wins after teammate Sheth's win against Tiger. In week two, FXO was all-killed by Hack in the match vs ZeNEX, with Oz losing the final game to the Terran player. Oz began FXO's next match against HoSeo, managing to defeat Zerg player Seal before falling to jjakji, who later swept FXO. Oz's final game in the first season was against his former team fOu, where he lost to GuMiho. FXO ended up losing the match, with qxc managing to beat GuMiho before falling to Choya.
Oz played for FXO against SlayerS in 2012 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 1 as their last player against MMA, but lost 3-5. In the losers' bracket against ZeNEX, Oz played after Lucky's 3-1 run, crushing Avenge and TREME to give his team a 5-1 win. In FXO's next match against MVP however, Oz was not able to demonstrate the same success, losing to finale for a total score of 2-5 in favor of MVP, dropping them down into the losers' round and pitting them once more against SlayerS. There, Oz managed to beat CoCa and Puzzle before falling to Ryung. FXO ultimately won 5-3 against SlayerS.
In the 2012 Global StarCraft II Team League Season 2, Oz made several minor appearances for Fnatic in Group B, losing to TSL's Symbol in the second match. With his team advancing due to an automatic win against oGs (due to the team's dissolution), he played their first match in Group A against Prime, but lost to Creator. In their next match against MVP Oz was eliminated quickly against finale. In Fnatic's most recent match, Oz was selected after his teammates ByuL, Rain and Moon fell to JYP (due to the SlayerS-EG partnership in the GSTL) in decisive games. Oz was able to counter yet another proxy Gateway cheese from his opponent and finally bring Fnatic up 1-3 against SlayerS-EG. He then played against YugiOh, who he managed to defeat after a lengthy and dangerous base trade. He then lost CoCa. Fnatic lost the match 4-5, which eliminated the team from Season 2.
In the third season, Oz was not a frequent pick for Fnatic, appearing in the first round against Incredible Miracle only to fall to YongHwa, who all-killed the team. Able to advance to the second round due to a victory over New Star HoSeo, Fnatic played against FXO in the first match of the second round, where Oz lost to Tear, who closed off a 5-2 victory for FXO. In their match against Prime, which resulted in a similar 5-2 defeat and subsequent elimination from the third season, Oz did not play.
 Global StarCraft II League
 Code A
Oz entered the October Code A preliminaries in 2011 and made it to the finals against BoxeR. He utilized heavily Zealot-focused armies to sweep the Emperor 2-0, gaining a spot in Code A. In the Code A Ro32 on September 20th, Oz managed to defeat ByuN 2-1 after a shaky first game. He advanced to the RO16 against SUPERSTAR, sweeping the Zerg player 2-0 to move to the Ro8, defeating the heavily-favored JYP 2-0. He then went to the semifinals against another heavily favored player, Sage and managed to win 3-1, closing out the last game with excellent Probe micro to hold off his opponent's proxy 2-gate rush. (His teammate GuMiho was the other FXO player who managed to reach the semifinals, but was beaten handily by Curious.) Oz advanced to the finals to play against Curious but was swept 0-4, losing his final game due to a failed proxy gateway rush. Despite the one-sided and sudden loss to the Zerg player, Oz's run through Code A was met with surprise by many, who expected easy victories by the more prolific and lauded Protoss players at the time, such as JYP and Sage.
He later participated in the Up & Down Matches in Group B, against KeeN, HongUn, JYP and YugiOh. He managed to lead his group with a score of 3-0, defeating KeeN, HongUn, and JYP. This guaranteed him a Code S spot regardless of the result of his final game, which he ended up losing to YugiOh.
In the following season, Oz attempted to reclaim his Code A spot in the Up&Down matches in Group E with Ryung, Life, and TheStC. Oz went 0-3 in the group and was ousted from the GSL. To date, Oz has not entered the preliminaries or re-qualified for the GSL.
 Code S
In GSL November, his first Code S Season, Oz played in Group F against CoCa, NaDa and TaeJa. He lost his first game to CoCa but defeated NaDa, knocking the oGs player into Code A for the first time in his career. He then defeated TaeJa in a spectacular match, winning 2-1 and advancing to the Ro16.
In the Ro16, Oz played in Group B with SangHo, Happy, and aLive. He defeated Happy in his first match and played aLive next, but fell to the TSL player after losing many Probes to Cloaked Banshees. His final game was a victory against Killer -- Oz finished second in his group with a 2-1 score behind aLive's 2-0, securing an Ro8 spot. In the RO8 he played against the heavily favoured MMA, and managed to defeat his opponent 3-2 to secure a spot in the Semifinals.
Oz played against jjakji in the Semifinals but lost 2-3 in a close series, ending his run in Code S for November and taking third place.
For the next Code S season, Oz was placed in Group D with Curious, Bomber and InCa. His first opponent in GSL January 2012 was Curious once again, but Oz claimed vengeance for his Code A finals loss with a 2-0 score. He then defeated InCa for his second match 2-1 and advanced to the next round topping his group, with the final game coming down to intense Zealot micro through InCa's 2-gate proxy.
In the Ro16 Oz first played against MMA, but lost 1-2. In the loser's match he played against SuperNova, who he managed to defeat 2-1 before falling again to MMA in the final match 1-2 once more, causing him to play against Avenge in the Code A Ro24. There he crushed his Protoss opponent in a decisive 2-0, reclaiming his Code S spot for next season.
In the next season of Code S, Oz was seeded into Group H with PartinG, ForGG and Polt. He went go 2-1, cleanly defeating both of his Terran opponents 2-0 but falling to PartinG. He then played in the Ro16 Group Stages in Group D, against MC, Maru and Squirtle. He defetaed MC 2-1 and Maru 2-1, but fell 0-2 to Squirtle, qualifying him for the playoffs. Oz fell 0-3 to PartinG in his Ro8 match, ending his Code S run.
In the following season of Code S Oz was seeded into Group G with Maru, DongRaeGu and viOLet. Oz placed last in his group, falling 0-2 to viOLet in his first match and Maru 1-2 in his second, dropping him to Code A.
 Outside Korea
Oz looks to compete in international events such as MLG and DreamHack, which was a prime reason for his switch from FXO to Fnatic in 2012.
He participated in the BenQ StarCraft II Clash along with GoOdy as replacements for NaNiwa and ToD. He defeated Jinro in the RO16 2-1, crushed aLive and Brat_OK 2-0 in the Quarter and Semifinals respectively, but lost to KeeN 2-3 in the finals to claim the 250€ prize.
Oz participated in IPL4 in the open bracket. There defeated Kukracha and Heavens 2-0, Scarlett 2-1. However, Oz then lost to GanZi 0-2, dropping him to the losers' bracket. There he was eliminated by Team Vile's Illusion 1-2.
Oz was the only Korean Protoss invited to the RSL 3. He was placed in Group B against Brat_OK and Bly and topped his group, going 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. In the playoffs Oz defeated monchi 3-1, advancing to crush Leenock and then LoWeLy 3-0. In the finals, he played against VortiX and took a close 4-3 victory, securing first place and a $3,000 prize.
 North American Star League
In the NASL Team League, Oz made several appearances. In week one he brought FXO up 1-0 against Reign, defeating SLush while in week four he dismantled Quantic's flo to give his team the 3-1 win. In the play-offs, Oz fell to HerO 2-0. FXO took third place after defeating Empire, though Oz did not participate in the match.
Oz was selected as a replacement for Puzzle in NASL 4, where he was placed into the second division against HyuN. Zenio, PuMa, NaNiwa, SeleCT, Galaxy, TLO and ClouD. Defeating Galaxy 2-0, ClouD, TLO 2-1, Zenio and NaNiwa 2-0 but losing to HyuN 0-2 and PuMa, Oz placed second in his group behind HyuN with a score of 6-2 (12-6 for maps), qualifying him for the Wildcards bracket. However, he lost to NaNiwa in his first match 1-3, eliminating him from the tournament.
 Intel Extreme Masters
Oz also participated in the open bracket of the IEM Season VII. In his first match he defeated DBS 2-0 but was taken out by TargA 0-2 in his next game, dropping him into the losers' bracket. There defeated Adelscott 2-1, but was defeated and eliminated by Grubby 0-2, mirroring the outcome of the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 2 where they had last met.
 Major League Gaming
At MLG Anaheim 2011, Oz went through the first 3 rounds of the Open Bracket defeating relatively unknown players. He faced ViBE in round 4, defeating the American Zerg player 2-0, and TriMaster in round 5 in a closer match resulting in a 2-1 victory for Oz. He lost 2-1 in round 6 to Rain, who proceeded to win his group 5-0 (10-3), while his Championship run was short lived, losing 2-1 to Protoss player wbc with a 29th place finish.
He did not attend MLG Raleigh 2011, and tweeted (tearfully) to a fan that he would also not be attending MLG Orlando 2011. Oz was announced to be competing at MLG Providence 2011. On the first day of Providence Oz fought through the open winner's bracket in round 4, defeating relatively unknown players 2-0. He then fell to teammate Leenock 0-2, dropping him into the losers' bracket in round 6. There he beat Binski 2-0 and GanZi 2-1. Oz lost to KeeN 0-2 in the game deciding who would advance to the championship bracket.
At the MLG Winter Arena 2012, Oz displayed excellent performance; in the Winner's Bracket he defeated fan-favorite IdrA 2-1, DeMusliM 2-1, teammate Leenock 2-0 but lost to HuK 0-2. In the Finals Bracket, however, Oz fell to DongRaeGu 1-2. Oz finished the tournament in fourth place with $2,000.
Oz, due to his stellar performance at the Winter Arena was seeded into the MLG 2012 Winter Championship at Columbus in Group D against PartinG, Grubby and TheStC. The final spots from the open bracket were filled by aLive and Rain. Oz's final score in his group was a shaky 3-2 after defeating Grubby, PartinG and Rain, but falling to TheStC and aLive. He was eliminated in the championship losers' bracket by Polt, losing 1-2.
Oz was invited to the 2012 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Arena 2 due to his high placement in the Korean Qualifier, defeating opponents like inori, aLive and finally Symbol 4-2 to take first place. Oz was unable to replicate his successes in the South Korean qualifier. He was upset in the first round by Grubby losing 0-2, dropping him to the losers' bracket only to be eliminated from the tournament altogether by Alicia 0-2, which came as a surprise to many due to Oz's results in the previous event.
He then advanced to play against the seemingly indomitable Stephano, who recently took a victory over Revival. In the poll that took place deciding who would win the match, 93% of viewers voted for Stephano, while only 7% voted for Oz. However, Oz managed to defeat the French player 2-1, showcasing excellent builds and decision-making. Oz then faced Alicia, but was defeated 2-1. This dropped him into the loser's bracket where he faced Stephano once again, but Oz was able to take the (extended) series 4-1, taking the final game with a powerful build that featured Dark Templar and Carriers. Oz's final game was a rematch against Alicia, starting at 1-2 due to the extended series rule, managing to gain a 3-2 lead in the early stages of the series. However, Alicia was able to close the last two games off, securing a narrow 4-3 victory against Oz, eliminating him and securing a third place finish for the Fnatic player. Despite his elimination, both of Oz's series against Stephano were widely praised for their ingenuity against the Zerg player, who had crushed Protoss opponents like MC and HerO in prior tournaments with ease.
In the 2012 MLG Fall Championship, Oz was seeded into pool play through the 2012 MLG vs Proleague Invitational. He participated in Group A with Leenock, hyvaa, Rain, ViBE, San, Polt and HerO. In his first match against hyvaa, Oz proved to be the first victory against the KeSPA players participating in the MLG after a string of non-KeSPA defeats, beating hyvaa 2-0. In the next round Oz defeated Polt 2-0, and then his former teammate Leenock 2-1. However, Leenock came back from a 1-2 deficit in the final extended series of Group A with a 4-2 score, sending him to the Championship Losers' Bracket in Round 6. Oz was eliminated in yet another PvP by HwangSin, ousting him from the tournament and placing 9th-12th with a $1500USD prize.
Accounts seem to vary, but the first televised instance of this rivalry would apparently be Oz's victory over Curious in the GSTL, which ended with the Protoss player building a Nexus in the main base of the Zerg player. This rivalry would remain rather dormant until the Code A finals months later in October, where Oz had defeated Sage and Curious had swept GuMiho. FXOpen's account on TeamLiquid stated that the finals would indeed be a grudge match. When asked by a forum-goer as to why/how the rivalry sprung up, FXOpen responded that it was 'internal' and not for 'public display'. The pre-game final interviews for both players contained typical friendly and competitive banter, though the finals themselves would end decisively in Curious' favor with a score of 4-0 over Oz.
Despite Oz's loss, he would top his group in the Up and Down matches and after attaining Code S, he stated in his winners interview that he sought revenge for his loss to Curious in the finals. Curious however would be ousted from Code S early into the tournament by aLive and MarineKing, while Oz managed to remain in Code S.
Oz and Curious would clash again in the 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 1, with Oz defeating Curious 2-0.
- Drafted into Hite SPARKYZ in Brood War.
- Acted as player coach for team fOu.
- Was one of the first South Korean players alongside Rain and PhoeNix to join an international team.
- After switching to FXO, he wanted to change his ID to FXOPoo, but was advised against it by the FXO team.
- Name was often mistaken to be "z" because of the O in FXO. With Oz's joining of Fnatic, this trend was finally put to rest.
- Once had to sleep on a bed outside in the balcony of the GOM house due to overcrowding at the time of FXO's GSTL run.
- Has wrestled SjoW.
- Coached desRow in English (with Khaldor) at the GOMTV house while he was streaming.
- According to Khaldor, Oz does not want to stream his first person play due to his self-alleged lack of skill and popularity. He also believes that he must win GSL before he begins streaming.. He began streaming on December 19th, 2012 to the excitement of many fans.
- Oz has been criticized for inconsistency in his results, managing to both display incredible performances in Code S and MLG Championships, but also under-performing massively in those same tournaments -- dropping from Code S to Code B and placing poorly in many MLG tournaments.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2012-07-22||3rd||2012 MLG Pro Circuit Summer Arena||3 : 4||Alicia||$2,900|
|2012-02-26||4th||2012 MLG Pro Circuit Winter Arena||1 : 2||DongRaeGu||$2,200|
|2011-11-28||3 - 4th||2011 November GSL: Code S||2 : 3||jjakji||$4,455|
|2011-10-10||2nd||2011 October GSL: Code A||0 : 4||Curious||$930|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2012-12-28||1st||Ritmix Russian StarCraft 2 League Season 3||4 : 3||VortiX||$3,000|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2012-03-19||2nd||RaidCall Invitational #2||1 : 2||Lucky|
|2011-12-16||2nd||BenQ StarCraft II Clash||2 : 3||Keen||$350|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
 WoL Matches
- fOu vs TSL, GSTL 2
- FXOpen vs. StarTale, GSTL S1 Venus Group Week 1
- FXO KotH, Oz vs. MarineKing
- Inside FXOpen, G1 vs. tgun
- Inside FXOpen, G2 vs. tgun
- Inside FXOpen, G3 vs. tgun
- Inside FXO with Oz Pt. 1
- Inside FXO with Oz Pt. 2
- FXOpen vs. ZeNEX, GSTL S1 Venus Group Week 2
- FXOpen vs. New Star HoSeo, GSTL S1 Venus Group Week 3
- FXOpen vs. fOu, GSTL S1 Venus Group Week 4
- Oz vs. BoxeR, October Code A Preliminaries: Finals - G1
- Oz vs. BoxeR, October Code A Preliminaries: Finals - G2
- Oz vs. ByuN, Code A October 2011 RO32
- Oz vs. SUPERSTAR, Code A October 2011 RO16
- Oz vs. JYP, Code A October 2011 RO8
- Oz vs. Sage, Code A October 2011 Semi-finals
- 2013-06-17 | SPL Season 1 Round 6 Woongjin Stars vs EG-TL Winner by Daily eSports
- 2013-04-28 | EG-TL Players OZ & aLive by esportstv (trans. )
- 2013-04-10 | ‘Expect good things from me’ – Oz interviewed by evilgeniuses
- 2012-09-11 | Auction OSL Ro16 Day 5 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-09-05 | Auction OSL Ro16 Day 4 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-07-02 | FnaticOz interview on his OSL qualification by Moletrap (trans. )
- 2012-06-08 | FnaticOz interview featuring Hwanni translating by Fnatic at MLG Spring Championship 2012 (trans. )
- 2012-02-29 | 2012 GSL Season 1 Code A Ro24 Day 1 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-02-26 | Pre-Game with Slasher by Slasher at MLG Winter Arena 2012 (trans. )
- 2012-02-25 | Interview with Oz by Slasher at MLG Winter Arena 2012 (trans. )
- 2012-02-23 | Interview with FXOz by DesRow (trans. )
- 2012-01-13 | 2012 GSL Season 1 Code S Ro32 Group D Winners by This Is Game
- 2011-11-25 | Interview with Oz by Cyber Sports Network at MLG Providence 2011 (trans. )
- 2011-11-24 | Interview - Code S November Ro8 Day 1 Winners by This Is Game
- 2011-10-20 | Interview with Up&Down October Group B Winners (Oz and YugiOh) by This Is Game
- 2011-08-03 | Interview with FXO SLoG, Choya and Oz by ESFI World at MLG Anaheim 2011 (trans. )
- ↑ Interview with Moletrap
- ↑ aLive and Oz join EG, Teamliquid.net, 2013-03-28.
- ↑ Unstable's message
- ↑ FXO announces Twilight
- ↑ "FnaticRC signs Oz" Fnatic.com May 7, 2012 Teamliquid.net Forum Thread
- ↑ Team Ace Invitational RO20 Group D
- ↑ WCG Korea 2011 Round of 16 Group C
- ↑ Korea 2011 Round of 16 Group C
- ↑ GSL 2012 S1 Code S Groups Announced
- ↑ 2011 MLG Anaheim Rankings
- ↑ Oz's tweet
- ↑ http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=362668
- ↑ FXOpen's account message 1
- ↑ FXOpen's account message 2
- ↑ The risk FXOpen took in acquiring fOu
- ↑ desRow is coached by Oz Game #1
- ↑ desRow is coached by Oz Game #2
- ↑ http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=389054#1
- ↑ TeamLiquid Power Rank - MLG Winter Edition
- ↑ TeamLiquid Power Rank - MLG Summer Edition