Solar

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[e][h]Zerg Solar
Player Information
Name:
강민수
Romanized Name:
Kang Min Soo
Birth:
May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09) (age 20)
Country:
Race:
Alternate IDs:
BBatta, BBatta_Lt, Sola, annmma
WCS Korea rank:
Links
Achievements
2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm2014 MSI Beat IT2015 DreamHack Open: StockholmDreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship
History
2012-04-12 - 2013-09-07
2013-09-07 - Present

Kang "Solar" Min Soo is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He plays Zerg for Samsung Galaxy.

Biography

Solar was ranked 13th on the KeSPA Rookie League Ranking before the first Rookie Draft of 2012,[1] where he was picked up by Samsung KHAN along with Beach and BigTiger.[2]

Wings of Liberty

Solar was registered for Round 2 of the 2012-2013 Proleague.[3] He played his first game in Proleague on January 14, 2013 where he led off against team EG-Liquid, where he won against Stephano, though he lost to HerO in his second match.

Heart of the Swarm

In the Fall of 2013, Solar began competing in ZOTAC Cup: NA tournaments, along with some of his Samsung Galaxy teammates, such as Trend and eMotion. By the time the NA cups were discontinued, he had won 5 weekly tournaments and 2 monthly tournaments, defeating Tefel and Arthur in both monthly tournament victories.

Solar first qualified for the GSL Code S in the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1, where he fell in the first group stage twice against Rain.

Solar's first non-Korean tournament appearance was at ASUS ROG Winter 2014 on January 31, 2014. After defeating Naama and BabyKnight in the first group stage, he lost to Jaedong and Life in the second group stage to fall out of the tournament.

In the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2, Solar reached the quarterfinals after defeating SuperNova, Byul, Rain, and ParalyzE in the group stages. He lost 0-3 to eventual finalist soO.

At IEM Season IX - Shenzhen on July 16, 2014, Solar was seeded into the group stage after qualifying through the Asian Final Qualfiier. He defeated HerO, lost to Jaedong, then defeated HerO again to reach the bracket stage. After winning 3-0 against both INnoVation and Jim, he Solar narrowly lost 3-4 against TaeJa in the finals.

Solar wins his first premier championship at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.

In the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3, Solar reached the quarterfinals again, losing to Flash and Rain while defeating Avenge, Dark, and sOs twice to do so. He lost 1-3 to Cure.

Solar's next non-Korean premier tournament appearance was at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm on September 26, 2014. He was seeded into the second group stage, where he defeated Hotspur and Lilbow to advance. In the third group stage, he lost his first match to Snute, but subsequently defeated SpaceMarine and Snute to reach the bracket stage. After defeating Bunny, Jaedong, and herO 2-1 each, he defeated soO 3-0 in the finals to win his first premier tournament championship.

After winning his second premier tournament at MSI Beat IT 2014, Solar gave a poor performance in the first round of the 2015 Proleague. He went winless in 6 games, including 3 losses in ace matches, resulting in the worst individual performance in the round.

In September 2015, Solar was back at DreamHack Stockholm as the reigning champion. After easily getting out of Group Stage 2 in first place (2-0 in games, 4-0 in matches), Solar made his way through the playoff bracket, by winning 2-1 against Miniraser and his teammate Hurricane, then 3-2 against Snute in the first three rounds. In the semifinals, Solar faced sOs, already qualified for the WCS Global Finals, but still looking to earn points for a better seed. Solar won the match 3-2, coming back from a score of 1-2. HyuN, tied for 16th place at WCS Global Finals, was waiting for him in the final match. Solar won the ZvZ match 3-1, denying HyuN a sure spot in the Global Finals. By winning, Solar finished 19th place in the 2015 WCS ranking, but more importantly kept his title of DreamHack Stockholm champion.

Legacy of the Void

Since the beginnings of the Beta of Legacy of the Void, Solar showed top-level performances in online tournaments, winning 6 Leifeng Cups (tied only with ByuN) and 3 Lycan League Weekly events, and culminating in his win in the SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II dropping only 2 games in his victorious run.

In the first Premier Tournament of the Legacy of the Void era, the DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship, Solar came as one of the favourites to claim the final victory. After stomping the Group Stage with a perfect 5-0 matches count, not dropping a single map (10-0), Solar was set against PartinG in the Winners' Bracket: after a quick series he advanced with a 3-1 score. Continuing in the Winners' Bracket he then proceeded to quickly 3-0 FireCake to claim his spot in the Grand Finals. Here he faced PartinG again, with him coming from the Losers' Bracket: after an intense and nail-biting 7 games finals, with him being down 1-3, Solar managed to come back and win the tournament 4-3 claiming the $20,000 prize.

Trivia

Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-03-31 StarCraft II StarLeague A33rd 2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 4 Protoss Stats $7,614
2015-11-28 DreamHack A11st DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship Samsung Galaxy 4 : 3 Protoss PartinG $20,000
2015-09-25 DreamHack A11st 2015 DreamHack Open: Stockholm Samsung Galaxy 3 : 1 Zerg HyuN $10,000
2015-08-31 2014 MSI Beat IT A22nd 2015 MSI Masters Gaming Arena Samsung Galaxy 0 : 3 Protoss sOs $4,000
2014-11-02 2014 MSI Beat IT A11st MSI Beat IT 2014 Samsung Galaxy 4 : 3 Protoss PartinG $10,000
2014-09-27 DreamHack A11st 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 Zerg soO $10,000
2014-07-20 Intel Extreme Masters A22nd IEM Season IX - Shenzhen Samsung Galaxy 3 : 4 Terran TaeJa $4,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-05-12 A44th Kung Fu Cup 2016 Season 1 Samsung Galaxy 0 : 3 Protoss Stats $1,368
2015-11-15 A11st SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II Samsung Galaxy 4 : 1 Terran TY $10,000
2015-05-03 A11st Gfinity Spring Masters II Samsung Galaxy 4 : 1 Zerg Hydra $5,000
2014-11-23 A44th 32 Boys 1 Cup Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Zerg Losira $300
2014-10-03 A11st Connecting Professional E-sports #1 Samsung Galaxy 4 : 3 Protoss Dear $2,500
2014-08-10 A22nd 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Global Samsung Galaxy 0 : 2 Zerg DongRaeGu $1,500
2014-05-16 A44th Fragbite Masters 2014 Spring Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Zerg VortiX $1,500
2013-12-22 A22nd Numericable M-House Cup 3 Samsung Galaxy 2 : 4 Zerg Jaedong $2,055
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-07-04 A44th Leifeng Cup 149 Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Protoss sOs $200
2016-06-04 A22nd Leifeng Cup 147 Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Terran ByuN $400
2016-05-06 A11st Leifeng Cup 145 Samsung Galaxy 2 : 0
2 : 1
Zerg Impact $1,800
2016-04-22 A33 - 4th Leifeng Cup 144 Samsung Galaxy 0 : 3 Terran Reality $200
2016-04-14 A22nd Douyu Cup Monthly Final 1 Samsung Galaxy 0 : 2 Terran Reality $300
2016-01-10 A11st SC2SEA OSC Championship 3 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 1 Terran ByuN $1000
2015-09-30 A11st The 8 Samsung Galaxy 4 : 1 Zerg Snute $500
2015-08-04 A11st GamerBet Grand Finals Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 Terran Spear $200
2014-12-17 A11st The Fight Before Christmas Samsung Galaxy 4 : 3 Terran YoDa $2,000
2014-10-21 A22nd Leifeng Cup Monthly #1 Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Terran Maru $100
2014-08-27 A44th Summer Series #1 Samsung Galaxy 1 : 2 Zerg Symbol $200
2014-04-01 A11st ACe-Series #1 Finals Samsung Galaxy 2 : 0 Protoss Bails €80
2014-03-03 A11st NOT GO4SC2 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 2 Zerg Bly $75
2014-02-28 A22nd ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final January 2014 Samsung Galaxy 2 : 3 Protoss Arthur $274
2014-01-04 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #133 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 2 Protoss Arthur $100
2013-12-07 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #131 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 1 Zerg Revival $100
2013-11-30 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #130 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 Protoss Romson $100
2013-11-20 A11st ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final October 2013 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 Protoss eMotion €500
2013-10-09 A11st ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final September 2013 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 1 Protoss Trend €500
2013-10-05 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #122 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 0 Protoss Trend $100
2013-09-14 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #119 Samsung Galaxy 3 : 2 Zerg Delphi $100
Complete Results in any Tournament

Championships

DreamHack DreamHack Champion
DreamHack Open: Moscow
Preceded By:
South Korea Terran MMA
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
27 September 2014 - 29 November 2014
South Korea Zerg Solar
DreamHack Open: Winter
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran ForGG
DreamHack Open: Valencia
Preceded By:
South Korea Zerg Curious
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
25 September 2015 - 28 November 2015
South Korea Zerg Solar
DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship
Succeeded By:
South Korea Zerg Solar
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
Preceded By:
South Korea Zerg Solar
DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship
28 November 2015 - 24 January 2015
South Korea Zerg Solar
2016 DreamHack Open: Leipzig
Succeeded By:
France Protoss PtitDrogo
2014 MSI Beat IT MSI Premier Champion

Preceded By:
None
MSI Beat It 2014
12 November 2014 – 31 August 2015
South Korea Zerg Solar
MSI Masters Gaming Arena 2015
Succeeded By:
South Korea Protoss sOs

Interviews

2014

2013

References

  1. Ryo (2012-04-12). "2012 Rookie Draft (First Half)". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. kjwcj (2012-04-06). "KeSPA Rookie League Rankings". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. Waxangel, Monk., Hawaiianpig, Geiko (2013-01-04). "(SPL) Round 2 Week 1 - All-Kill Country". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.