Lee "PuMa" Ho Joon is a Terran player from South Korea, who played for Evil Geniuses. In Brood War, he played for eSTRO and Hite Sparkyz. According to Whiplash, SC2 caster for Proleague, PuMa is now retired.
Starting out on eSTRO, PuMa was traded to Hite Sparkyz for the beginning of 2010 after struggling to make it into eSTRO's A-team Terran line. He made his Sparkyz debut on the 10th of February 2010 in the Winner's League and in only his second lineup appearance, he performed an All-Kill against Air Force ACE.
Wings of Liberty
Since joining Team SCV Life, PuMa has been unable to breakthrough in the GSL qualifiers, having yet to appear in any regular season. He made his SC2 televised debut in GSTL March. PuMa has since been a significant player in the team leagues for TSL.
On July 20, 2011 it was announced PuMa had left TSL and was planning to join Team Evil Geniuses. As of July 21, PuMa was not yet signed by EG. On the 26th, Evil Geniuses Executive Director, Alex Garfield, announced on the TL Forums that PuMa had been officially signed by EG. On October 21, 2011, Evil Geniuses announced that both HuK and PuMa will live on a permanent basis at the SlayerS house in Korea as the result of a training partnership.
PuMa attempted to qualify for Code A in the 2012 GSL Season 1 Code A preliminaries. He would lose in the finals to Sniper.
Global StarCraft II Team League
2011 GSTL March
On March 21, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL March, Team SCV Life sent out PuMa as their third player against fOu. The score was in favor for TSL at 3-2 at that point. PuMa's victory furthered TSL's lead at 4-2 and gave TSL the victory.
2011 GSTL May
On May 16, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL May, Team SCV Life sent out PuMa as their starting player against fOu. PuMa took out Lucky and put TSL in the lead by a score of 1-0. fOu sent out GuMiho next and PuMa wasn't able to defeat him. PuMa's loss allowed fOu to tie up the score at 1-1.
2011 GSTL Season 1
On June 30, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL Season 1 Group A, Team SCV Life sent out PuMa as their second player against Prime. The score was tied at 1-1 for both teams at that point. PuMa was able win three games in a row and defeated BBoongBBoong, MarineKing, and Polt and gave TSL the victory against Prime by a score of 4-1.
2012 GSTL Season 2
On May 28, 2012, for the 2012 GSTL Season 2 Round 1, SlayerS-EG sent out PuMa as their third player against NSH. The score was in favor for NSH at 2-1 at that point. He wasn't able to take out NSH's jjakji and allowed NSH to further their lead at 3-1.
ESV TV Korean Weekly
On June 22, 2011, PuMa participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 2. After taking down KingKong, Tiger, CoCa, and Sage, PuMa advanced in to the finals to face Puzzle. In the finals, PuMa defeated Puzzle by a score of 4-1 and grabbed first place.
On June 29, 2011, PuMa participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 3. After taking down Seed, Clide, YongHwa, and Sage, PuMa went on to face ByuN. He was not able to advance any further after he lost to ByuN by a score of 2-3 and fell in to the 3rd/4th place match. He was able to defeat Min by a score of 2-0, and was able to take third place.
PuMa began to compete in some online tournaments, placing first in the NASL Season 1 Open. This would qualify him as the final seed for the NASL Season 1 playoffs. At the NASL Finals live event he went through the likes of Ret, Squirtle and July before meeting and defeating MC in the finals to secure first place.
PuMa also participated in MLG Raleigh for his MLG debut. He dominated his way through the open bracket and managed to go 5-0 in his group before losing to CoCa in the Championship round and then again to NaDa to finish in 5th place overall.
PuMa returned to NASL for Season 2, where he finished at the top of his division with a record of 6-1. This record qualified him for the Finals. In the finals, Puma ran through Zerg Sheth, teammate IdrA, and Terran ThorZaIN to reach the finals, where he met HerO. PuMa defeated HerO 4-2, and managed to maintain his status as NASL champion.
Intel Extreme Masters
IEM Season VI Global Challenge Cologne
It was announced on August 10 that PuMa was invited and would be participating in IEM Global Challenge Cologne. In this tournament, he was surprisingly defeated 2-0 by MaNa in group stage, but still managed to get a spot in the main bracket. He knocked Nerchio and Socke out of the bracket in a dominating fashion, defeating them both 3-0. PuMa eventually faced MC in the final, in a remake of the NASL Season 1 finals. This time, PuMa totally overwhelmed his opponent, and defeated him 3-0.
IEM Season VI World Championship
From March 6 to March 10, 2012, PuMa participated in the IEM Season VI World Championship. The tournament started off with group stages. PuMa was placed in to Group C with Killer, Zenio, SeleCT, DIMAGA, and MaNa. PuMa advanced out of his group with a score of 5-0 and headed in to the playoffs bracket. In the playoffs bracket, PuMa started off the first round with a BYE and then went on to defeat JYP and MMA in order to advance in to the finals. In the finals, PuMa faced MC. He lost to MC by a score of 2-3 and ended up in second place.
IPL Season 4
On February 11, 2012, PuMa participated in the IPL 4 Online Qualifiers 1. PuMa started off from the round of 64 and defeated Guillycuddy, Symbol, Noblesse, Alicia, Oz and then advanced in to the finals to face aLive. He lost to aLive in the finals after losing by a score of 0-2 and ended up in second place. He was still able to qualify for the IGN ProLeague Season 4.
Heart of the Swarm
- Hyped by Artosis as one of the best Terrans to come out of Korea in both Brood War and StarCraft II.
- Won the first season of the North American Star League, although he did not play in the regular season, instead qualifying through the Open Tournament.
- Artosis stated that PuMa was one of the most requested practice partners in Korea while he played Brood War.
- During his stay in eSTRO, PuMa and IdrA were teammates. They became teammates again in StarCraft II when PuMa was acquired by Evil Geniuses.
- Is known for his particularly effective 1/1/1 builds against Protoss players.
- Was NASL champion back-to-back for the first two seasons of the tournament.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2012-03-10||2nd||IEM Season VI - World Championship||2 : 3||MC||$15,000|
|2012-02-25||3rd||ASUS ROG Winter 2012||3 : 0||Lucky||$3,000|
|2011-12-04||1st||North American Star League Season 2||4 : 2||HerO||$40,000|
|2011-11-26||2nd||DreamHack Winter 2011||3 : 4||HerO||$13,300|
|2011-10-05||3rd||IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Guangzhou||3 : 1||HasuObs||$1,750|
|2011-08-21||1st||IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne||3 : 0||MC||$6,500|
|2011-07-10||1st||North American Star League Season 1||4 : 3||MC||$50,000|
|Complete results in Minor, Monthly and Weekly Tournaments|
- 2013-02-05 | SPL Season 1 Round 3 Team 8 vs EG-TL Winner by Daily eSports
- 2012-06-28 | PuMa from EG interviewed at MLG Anaheim by Dana "Jade" Pirlke at MLG Spring Championship 2012
- 2012-03-05 | "PuMa 'Grilled'" - in-depth interview about career, from BW to SC2 by Thorin of Team Acer
- 2011-09-10 | MLG experiences by Rachel of Cyber Sports Network at MLG Raleigh 2011
- 2011-07-10 | PuMa before the Finals matches by Moletrap at NASL Season 1
|North American Starleague|
| North American Star League Season 1
10 July 2011 – 30 August 2011
| North American Star League Season 2|
| North American Star League Season 1
| North American Star League Season 2
30 August 2011 – 15 July 2012
| North American Star League Season 3|
|Intel Extreme Masters|
| Season V World Championship
| Season VI - Cologne
17 August 2011 – 4 October 2011
| Season VI - Guangzhou|