Jesse "RuFF" Hall is an American Terran who is currently playing for Team Ascension.
Jesse "Ruff" Hall was born 13 September 1985 in Homestead, Florida. Jesse began playing StarCraft roughly around the release of StarcCraft I; receiving his first copy on Christmas from his parents. He played StarCraft mostly with his father and quickly became one of his favorites next to the Mech Warrior series. Later, he purchased his very first game with a long one hour bike ride to the store, which was StarCraft: Brood War. He has been on and off with Brood War and Guildwars before the StarCraft II release.
At an older age he attended Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Mathematics and Teaching. Math becomes fun to Jesse as he thinks of it as a strategic game or puzzle. He tutors students at the university and does coaching for StarCraft II using that knowledge.
Wings of Liberty
2010: RuFF did not play competitively, yet was seen playing recognized players on the ladder.
2011: Joined vVv Gaming and began his contract in November 2011 for 1 year. During that time he has performed well at Major LAN events such as Major League Gaming and was probably the most successful player on vVv Gaming for performance and making a reputation in StarCraft II. This enabled RuFF to get partnerships through twitch.tv and own3d.tv not through a team, but as an individual player who regularly hit 250+ viewers.
2012: Early in 2012, held #1 ranking Grand Master for 2 months before moving. During this time he has been on and off with StarCraft II due to RL issues, but has performed at Major League Gaming events during the year.
Heart of the Swarm
On June 15th, 2014, RuFF was immediately removed from IvDgaming due to his abusive comments regarding Chad Minigun Jones health. IvDgaming apologized to Chad and the community for comments made by Ruff during a ladder game that was streamed. The comments in question can be found here. On June 15th, 2014, RuFF also made an apology to Chad and the community for his behavior. Also on June 15th, 2014, Total Biscuit announced on twitter that RuFF has been permanently banned from all Clan Wars events. This announcement can be found here.
RuFF finds micro play to be more fun and more effective, at times, as opposed to macro play. His micro intensive gaming style comes from the South Korean progamer BoxeR, who he has admired since Brood War. He is now recognized for his intuitive and completely unorthodox builds on ladder and at LAN events.