Kim "Stats" Dae Yeob, also known as "Carno", is a Protoss StarCraft II progamer from South Korea, currently playing for Splyce.
Wings of Liberty
Stats played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
Wings of Liberty
2012: A New Beginning
Stats, along with his team, KT Rolster, made their StarCraft 2 debut in The 2011-2012 Hybrid Proleague. He was fielded in every match during Round 1, but only played one game of StarCraft 2, a loss to GooJila on Antiga Shipyard. Stats logged his first victory in Round 2, as he defeated GuemChi in Week Two. His only other action was a pair of losses to hyvaa and Turn. Stats fared better in Round 3. He started things off with a win over Mini before beating RorO in an ace match in Week Three, Bbyong and Jaedong the next week as well as GooJila in week five to finish the year with a 6-3 record in StarCraft 2.
Heart of the Swarm
2013: A Tepid Transition
Stats began 2013 where he ended 2012, in Proleague. 2012-2013 Proleague kicked on December 12, 2012, with Stats first seeing action in KT Rolster’s Round 1 match against EG-Liquid. Stats won against Jaedong on Ohana, but did not play against 8th Team or Woongjin Stars in Week Two. From there, he rattled off wins against Kop, herO, Bisu and Mini to end with a 5-0 record as KT Rolster finished the round 6-1, good for first place. Round 2 began on January 6, 2013. Round 2 was played in the All-Kill Format which resulted in Stats not playing in his team’s first two matches. He featured against Team 8, however, beating Cure and Argo before losing to TRUE in the ace match. He finished about the round with a win over against Bbyong and loss to Hydra in KT’s victory over CJ Entus in Week Three.
The teams returned to Proleague Format for Round 3. The round proved to be a disaster for KT Rolster as they finished 1-6. Stats, under the new ID, Carno, finished with a 3-4 record. He beat Rain, Stork and Stephano, but lost to Terminator, sOs, Hydra and Comet. Stats also participated in The Special. He was drafted by Coach Lee Jae Kyun of Woongjin Stars, but lost his only game he played to sOs. Stats didn’t have to wait long to return to action for his team. He was fielded second in Week One of Proleague Round 4 against SK Telecom T1. Stats lost to Rain, who eventually defeated Flash to start KT Rolster off with a loss.
Stats got his first taste of StarCraft 2 individual leagues on April 2nd. Placed into Group B of the 2013 WCS Korea Season 1 Qualifiers, he failed to advance, losing to Super 2-1 in the final match. Back in Proleague, Stats beat Stork, aLive and Jaedong in an ace match as KT Rolster played and Samsung KHAN and EG-Liquid in Week Two. He lost to Bbyong in Week Three, but ended the round with wins over Argo and sOs to finish Round 4 with a 5-2 record. KT Rolster went 6-1 in Round 5 as Proleague returned to the All-Kill Format. Over the course of the round, Stats beat Soulkey, PartinG, FanTaSy , but lost to free, TY and Rain. Stats continued his good form in Round 6, losing to Shine in Week One before beating Sacsri, Terminator, JYP, Bbyong and Light to finish 5-1.
Stats returned to individual league competition between Weeks Four and Five of Round 6. Between Weeks Five and Six, he travelled to Anaheim for the MLG Spring Championships after qualifying in the KeSPA Qualifiers. Stats ended up in 9-12th place after being eliminated by Jaedong. With the Round complete, Stats made his way back to Korea for OSL. Placed into Group G of the Qualifiers, Stats emerged from the bracket in first place to reach Challenger. Stats was placed in Bracket 4, but dropped his opening match to YongHwa, eliminating him from the event.
Stats’ final Proleague match took place on July 20th. He lost to Mini as KT lost the first of two matches to STX Soul. This result meant KT finished the year in third place, with Stats logging a 24-14 record, tying him for the fifth best win percentage among players with 16 or more games played. In his last individual league campaign, Stats emerge from the qualifier so reach the GSL Season 3 Challenger division, but lost to Bang, bringing his year to a close.
2014: The Slow Grind Continues
After a brief preseason that saw KT eliminated in the first match, 2014 Proleague began properly with Round 1. Stats’ first match came on December 30, 2013, with his victory over Hydra, helping KT to a 3-1 win over CJ Entus. Stats appeared twice in Week 2, losing to Maru and RorO. Week 3 of Proleague was held on January 12th, but before that, Stats participated in the qualifiers for 2014 GSL Season 1. He was placed into Group 1 of the morning session, advancing in second place. Stats’ Code A group was played on January 23rd, with four Proleague matches occurring in the interim for KT. Stats played in two of them, posting a pair of wins against Rain and KassiA to finish the round 3-2.
Group J of Code A consisted of Stats, SuperNova, Coca and TheBest. Stats won his opening match against TheBest, 2-0 before advancing by virtue of a 2-1 against SuperNova. Back in Proleague, Zest had lifted KT to a Round 1 victory, which meant the team was preparing for Round 2. Stats opened the campaign with a win over Rogue, before turning his attention to GSL. Group H featured Curious, RorO and ParalyzE alongside Stats. Stats started off with a 2-1 over RorO, but lost to Curious 2-0 and RorO in the rematch to drop out of Code S. His team league duties once more in the forefront, Stats closed out the round with wins over EffOrt and MarineKing to finish with a 3-2 record. KT finished the round in third place, which set up a playoff matchup against MVP, in which Stats was one of four players all-killed by Billowy.
Stats logged a win against Terminator in the opening week of Round 3, but was unable to carry the momentum into individual competition as he finished third in a GSL Season 2 Code A group containing RagnaroK, Rogue and Curious. He fell 2-1 to Rogue in the first match, fought back in the loser’s match against Curious, but lost out to Rogue for the second time in the winner’s match, bringing his season to an end. Undeterred by his failures in GSL, Stats put together a 3-1 record in Round 3. His ace match win against herO and CJ Entus was his first of the year. He lost to DongRaeGu, but closed things out on a positive note against MarineKing in Week 5. KT Rolster finished the round 5-2, good for second place, but lost in the Silver Challenger match against CJ Entus. Stats won game five on Outboxer to put his team ahead 3-2, but lost to Bbyong, who then beat Zest to bring the score to 4-3.
Stats started Round 4 off with a win against EffOrt. He lost to sOs and Hurricane in Week 2, helped KT beat MVP with a win over DongRaeGu, but lost again in Week 4, this time to Rain to finish with a 2-3 mark as KT Rolster missed the Round 4 Playoffs. Having broken through the qualifiers Stats played his Code A group on July 24th. Paired against Life in the day’s second match, Stats won 2-1 before beating Rogue 2-0, who later eliminated Bunny, to reach Code S. Stats was back in action three days later for KT Rolster as they took on the Jin Air Green Wings in the [[2014_Proleague/Playoffs|Playoffs] in a Best of 3 match. Stats took a map against Maru as KT jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Proleague format match, but Maru’s three wins in the all-kill format sent things to a rubber match. Stats came out third for his team and defeated TRUE, helping KT to a 4-1 victory. The finals against SK Telecom were played on August 9th. Stats was first up on Outboxer and found himself facing off against Soulkey, who he beat to put his team ahead. Flash beat PartinG, but Rain’s win over Zest made it 2-1. Action surprised Dark, soO beat Sleep, but it was TY’s proxy rax against Classic that made KT Rolster 2014 Proleague champions. In the end, Stats finished with a 15-10 record, good for fourth on his team and highlighted by his 9-3 mark against Zerg.
Code S began on on August 6th, but Stats, along with Souley, Terminator and Byong had to wait for the 13th for Group D to kick off. Stats won his opening match over Bbyong 2-1 and took care of business against Soulkey without dropping a match to advance. Stats found himself alongside INnoVation, PartinG and Maru in the Round of 16. Stats lost to INnoVation, but still managed to survive group C after taking down Maru and PartinG, 2-0. In the Round of 8 for the first time in StarCraft 2, Stats was matched against soO, who ended Stats’ run with a convincing 3-1 thrashing.
Stats’ final action of the year came in the 2014 Hot6ix Cup. Having navigated the qualifiers, Stats was placed in Group A with MarineKing, INnoVation and herO. Stats was first to be sent home, though, as he lost to MarineKing and INnoVation 2-0.
2015: A Proleague Monster is Born
2015 came early for Stats as he took part in qualifiers for the newly formed SSL Season 1 and GSL Season 1. He managed to advance in SSL, beating most notable, ByuL, but failed to qualify for GSL. Round 1 of 2015 Proleague kicked off the following week. KT Rolster opened the year against Jin Air on December 23, 2014, but Stats did not get a match until the following week against MVP, losing to MarineKing as KT was upset 3-2. Sandwiched between those matches was Stats’ SSL Challenge match against INnoVation, which he won 3-2 despite falling behind 0-2.
Stats won his next two Proleague appearances against soO and YoDa before playing his Round of 16 group for SSL. Group B consisted of Life, herO and Classic, but it was Stats who topped the group after beating Classic and herO 2-1. Stats played two more times in Round 1, picking uip wins over Bbyong and Life to go 4-1 for the round. KT finished sixth, though, at 3-4, which meant they had to wait until Round 2 to play once more. But, before Proleague resumed, Stats faced off against Rogue in the quarterfinals of SSL. Stats won 3-0, advancing to the Round of 4.. Stats played once in Round 2, winning against Sora before taking the stage against Maru in his first semifinal of StarCraft 2.
Stats took game one on Nimbus. He shed his phoenixes breaking Maru's phoenix contain, but had enough colossi and storm to go up 1-0. Maru evened the series on Overgrowth as he held Stats' blink timing before slowly dismembering Stats' colossus based army. Stats' gambled with a one base dark templar build on Catallena, but Maru built a bunker and a turret to go ahead 2-1. Stats held a supply lead for much of game four despite losing over thirty workers to cloaked banshees. He eventually broke Maru after a prolonged blink assault that reduced to the Jin Air Terran to 25 SCVs on one base. Maru took an early lead on Deadwing as his hellions and marines killed 21 probes. Maru took a faster third while Stats resigned himself to massing 3 colossi before taking his. Maru managed to cancel storm and Stats' researching upgrades before dealing the final blow. Stats safely reached three bases while producing colossi, but Maru peppered him with drops, killing the third, the main and even getting 16 probe kills with a single widow mine. Stats was left chasing his tale as Maru's army kept rallying over, eventually forcing a concession as Stats had to settle for a Round of 4 finish.
Back in Proleague, Stats pieced together a 6-1 record during Round 2. Having already beaten Sora, he took down YoDa, Cure, Solar, aLive and YongHwa, only losing to Classic in Week 3. This time KT posted a 4-3 record, good enough for fourth place a playoff berth. Their first opponent was SK Telecom. Dark opened things up with a win over Flash, but Stats stepped up big, rattling off victories over Dark, Sorry, INnoVation and Classic to win the match for his team. KT’s run was stopped in the very next match, though, with Stats’ loss in game six to Maru, giving Jin Air the match, 4-2.
With Proleague on hiatus, Stats took part in an all Protoss group in SSL Season 2. Stats, herO, PartinG and Dear made up Group D and, as he had in Season 1, Stats topped the group, shutting out Dear before taking care of herO, 2-1. Stats took part in the KeSPA Cup Season 1 less than a week later. His Round of 16 match against Dream was scheduled for May 3rd, but it was the final one Stats would play in the event as he fell 3-1.
Called into duty by KT Rolster, Stats lost his opening match of Proleague Round 3 to Maru and was not fielded in Week 2, but earned his team the win against SBENU by defeating Bomber. With 3 weeks of Proleague in the books, Stats and teammate, Zest, did battle in the SSL Round of 8. Stats won the opening game on King Sejong Station and never looked back, advancing by virtue of a 3-1 score. Stats won his next Proleague match against Dark, before taking part in his second SSL Semifinal in as many seasons.
The semifinals opened on Expedition Lost. Stats' dark templars were rebuffed, prompting both players to macro up to three bases, colossi and archons. They fought outside Classic's natural, with a warp in of zealots behind Classic's colossi giving Stats an early lead. Game two started with phoenix vs phoenix, but turned into a basetrade after dark templars killed 12 of Stats' workers. Both players lost their bases and most of their probes, but Stats had a bigger army and better defensive position which gave him the victory when they finally fought. Classic earned his first win of the series on King Sejong Station. His proxy stargate was found out, but an oracle got out which proved crucial later on as it acted as the only detection for Stats' dark templar. Classic cleaned up the effort while researching blink, bringing his greater numbers to bear as Classic's stalkers took care of Stats' forces. Game four took place on Cactus Valley in horizontal spawns. Classic proxied a stargate, while Stats opted for a dark shrine. Both took minor losses, but Classic established a faster natural expansion. Stats went blink and robo while Classic did damage with dark templars. Falling behind, Stats went for a desperation ninja expansion, but Classic dealt the killing blow with an immortal push while sending a dark templar to the still building nexus. Both players started with blink and a robotics facility on Merry Go Round, but STats applied pressure while taking a faster expansion, Classic followed suit as both went for the attack upgrade and colossus tech and a third base. Classic took map control enabling him to draw Stats out of position with a warp prism before crushing Stats' army. Overgrowth was the site of game six. Stats went for a quick nexus then stargate and robo facility, but Classic proxied a pylon and applied three gate pressure, canceling Stats' natural. Classic got one up of his own before setting up a contain with sentries. Classic's phoenix harassment allowed him to get a faster third as both players went into colossi. Classic opened up a nearly 20 supply lead as he pushed into Stats' third base. Stats held strong, but a zealot warp in in Stats' main unhinged the defense, sending Classic to the semifinals and eliminating Stats in the Round of 4 for the second straight season.
Eliminated once more on the penultimate stage, Stats bounced back in Proleague with a pair of wins against sKyHigh and Losira in a Week 7 ace match to go 4-1 once more. KT, meanwhile, improved their record once more, earning the second seed with a 5-2 mark. They would not go any further than the Silver Challenge Match, however, as Maru defeated Stats, Zest, Life and Flash to end their round prematurely.
Stats lost his Week One matchup against Trust in Proleague Round 4, but it proved to only be the beginning of his woes as he was knocked out of SSL Season 3 two days later. Group D was made up of ByuL, Zest, Maru and Stats. Stats lost the first match to ByuL, 3-2 and was unable to right the ship, losing to Maru 2-0 in the loser’s match. Stats did not play in Week 2 of Proleague and lost to jjakji when he returned against SBENU. He also lost to Dark, before getting back to his winning ways against TANGTANG. He split the last two weeks, slipping up against Cure, before playing his part in a 3-0 sweep against Samsung Galaxy with a win against Hurricane. Though KT Rolster went 4-3, once more qualifying themselves for the end of round playoffs, Stats finished the round 2-4, his worst mark of the year. KT won the first match, due in part to Stats’ wins over Curious and jjakji. TY followed that up with an all-kill of CJ Entus. Stats lost the opening match of the finals to Billowy, but TY won and then Zest notched the last three kills to make KT Rolster the round winners.
KT Rolster ended the Proleague regular season in third place. They began the Playoffs against Jin Air on September 21st. Schedule to play sixth, Stats did not feature in the first match as Jin Air won 4-1. Stats would only play once in the second match. Flash opened with wins over Trap, Rogue and Maru, but sOs reverse all-killed, defeating Flash, TY, Zest and finally Stats to bring an end to KT Rolster’s year. Stats ended the 2015 with a 22-12 record in Proleague, good for second most wins on his team behind Zest (who led the whole league) and sixth in the league. He posted a 7-2 record against Zerg, the third best win percentage among all players against the race.
Legacy of the Void
2016: Proleague Specialist No More
Stats first significant Legacy of the Void action came during the Qualifiers for 2016 GSL Season 1 on December 29, 2015. Stats, along with Dark and Symbol advanced from Group F, earning them spots in Code A. His Code A match took place on January 15, 2016. Stats and DeParture were the first pair to play, but it was the MVP Zerg who emerged on top, bringing a premature end to Stats’ tournament. By virtue of his high placement 2015 SSL Season 3 Stats earned a direct pass ot the Main Event of 2016 SSL Season 1. His opening match pitted him against Hurricane and took place on January 21, 2016. Stats dropped game two on Dusk Towers, but won the first and the third to advance.
Having advanced in SSL, Stats returned to his old stomping grounds, Proleague for the 2016 Season. KT Rolster’s first match came against Samsung Galaxy on February 1st, with Stats playing a part in the 3-2 win by defeating Reality. Back in SSL, Stats 3-1’d Patience before earning a pair of wins for his team against MyuNgSiK and Rogue. Undeterred by his lost to KeeN in the next week, Stats finished the round with a victory over Blaze before losing to herO, ultimately finishing the round at 4-2.Having reached the semifinals of SSL, Stats found himself matched up against Dark, who swept the series 3-0, sending Stats into the loser’s bracket where ByuN awaited. Stats got back on track as he defeated ByuN, winning game five on Ulrena. He rode that momentum into the next match against Patience, winning the Best of 7 in a swift four games. Solar was the last man standing between Stats and his first finals. Stats took the first two games, but Solar clawed back with three straight wins to bring himself to match point. Stats’ resolve won out in the end, though, as he picked up game six and finally seven with a successful defense against Solar’s ling/queen all in to make his way to the finals and a rematch against Dark. While Stats prepared for the first finals of his career, he and KT Rolster took part in the Round 1 Playoffs. STats played a key role in the first match against the Afreeca Freecs, picking up three of his teams four wins against aLive, Curious and Bomber. He defeated sOs in the first set of the Silver Challenger Match as well, but fell to Maru as KT Rolster lost 4-3 in a full seven game set.
Game one took place on Prion Terraces. Stats only lost six workers to Dark's initial baneling drops, but Dark followed up with a zergling flood with banelings and queens that killed 20 workers and the third base. Dark backed off, four bases to two. Stats pushed out, but lost his army to mass of zerglings and baneling drops to fall behind 1-0. Dark went three hatchery before pool on Dusk Towers while Stats started phoenix production. Stats held a supply lead as he worked up towards an immortal/archon heavy composition, but was completely wiped out by ling/bane when he finally reached Dark's base. Meanwhile, Dark's brood lords were morphing back at home. They gathered up with the rest of Dark's army and attacked, putting Stats in a 0-2 hole.
Dark went for a roach ravager all in on 32 workers, but Stats was able to hold with stalkers, an oracle and a mothership core. Stats gave Dark no time to build an economy as he swiftly pushed across Ulrena with an unstoppable army, to bring the score to 2-1 The players once more went to the late game on Orbital Shipyard. This time Stats countered Dark's brood lords with tempests and a mothership. Dark killed Stats' fourth in the face of his high tech army, putting him ahead six bases to three. Stats was unable to push out as Dark added in ultralisks and infestors. He once more killed Stats' fourth and remaxed on ultralisks and corrupters when he lost his army. Stats appeared to have won another fight, but Dark's reinforcements brought him to match point. Dark once more reached hive tech and his ultimate army on Central Protocol, but this time Stats hindered Dark's economies while building a tempest/void ray/high templar army that Dark simply could not match. Unable to remax, Dark made six corruptors, but left the game soon after losing one of his two mining bases.
Needing a win to stay alive, Stats opened with adepts and two stargates on Lerilak Crest. Dark went for baneling drops, only to be shut down by phoenixes before building a roach warren and a nydus. Stats' phoenixes shaved off Dark's queen count, but Dark was undeterred, planting a nydus behind Stats' main base mineral line while going for a ling bane run by in Stats' natural. Stat's held with phoenixes, but ran out of energy on his phoenixes. Dark streamed roaches and lings while simultaneously attacking Stats' third. Stats lost worker after worker, until he had no choice but to leave. Dark emerged champion by a 4-2 score, while Stats had to settle for second place in his first premier event finals.
With his finals loss in the rear view mirror, Round 2 of Proleague kicked off on April 4th. Stats went X-1 in the round with victories over Bunny, INnoVation, Blaze and Reality, only picking up a lost to Stats. KT Rolster went 4-2 to finish the round in second place. Their first opponent in the playoffs was rival SK Telecom, but it proved to be hardly a contest as Stats rattled off wins over Classic, Impact, Dark and soO to send KT to the round finals. There opponents, the Jin Air Green Wings. Stats logged early wins over Trap and Rogue, but fell to sOs who won three straight before Maru closed the match out on Dusk Towers with a win over Zest.
Stats took part in qualifiers for GSL Season 2 on May 11th. Placed in Group 4, he advanced, despite losing to Bomber, setting up a Code A showdown against Leenock, who Stats defeated 3-1 to make it into Code S for the first time since 2014 Season 3. Stats wrapped up May with the Cross Finals. Stats came out on top of the four man event, beating Zest 3-1 before getting revenge on Dark by the same score.
With the next season of Starleagues right around the corner, Stats won all four of his Proleague Round 3 matches in June. His victories over RagnaroK, herO in an ace match, Classic and Pet were critical as KT got off to a 3-0 start. It was a precursor for a busy July. Stats finished the round with wins over sOs and Patience while playing his Code S and SSL Group. First up was Code S. Stats was placed into Group B with MyuNgSiK, cure and HerO, but failed to advance despite opening the night with a 2-0 over Cure. He lost to MyuNgSiK and then Cure 2-0 to drop out of Code S for the year. SSL was more successful. Stats again found himself in Group B, this time alongside Dear, GuMiho and Bomber. Stats started off with a 2-1 over Bomber before taking down Dear in the winner’s match to advance to the Round of 8.
Due in part to Stats’ 6-0 record during Round 3, KT Rolster finished 4-2, good for fourth place and a direct seat into the round finals where they eventually met the Jin Air Green Wings. Stats came out first, but lost to Cure as Jin Air won by a 4-1 margin. August marked the return of SSL. Stats’ opponent in the quarterfinals was Classic.Despite taking the first game on New Gettysburg Stats was unable to finish the job. He fell 3-2, ending his individual competition for the year. Less than two weeks later, Stats, and KT Rolster faced off against SK Telecom for a spot in the Proleague Grand Finals. Stats lost to open the first Proleague Format match, but came back on for the ace, taking down INnoVation to give KT the 1-0 lead. The score in the second match favored SKT when Stats made his appearence, but two wins over Classic and MyuNgSiK set TY up for a game seven victory that sent KT to the finals. The finals did not go as they would have hoped, though. Characterized quite adequately by Zest’s failed cannon rush against Trap on News Gettysburg, the finals were an unmitigated disaster for KT, who lost 4-0 while Stats waited in the fifth spot for a match that never came. In the end, Stats posted a 27-9 record in Proleague. He had five more wins than Maru and the second best win percentage in the league (behind Maru). He posted an 8-1 record against Zerg and a 12-3 record against Protoss
But Stats’ year was not done.He took place in the KeSPA Cup from September 27th to October 3rd. His group was made up of two Koreans, Trap and Solar as well as the Frenchmen, MarineLorD. Stats won the first set over Solar 2-1 before booking his spot in the next round with a 2-0 over Trap. Stats faced Maru in the quarterfinals, coming out on top in a full five game set, but was knocked out of the tournament in the Round of 4 by Neeb, who dropped the first game to Stats, but stormed back to take the series 3-1. The weeks that followed saw major upheaval in the Korean Scene as KT Rolster, along with major teams like SK Telecom and CJ Entus disbanded, having received news that there would be no Proleague in 2017.
The final event of Stats’ 2016 campaign and the last under the KT Rolster banner was the 2016 WCS Global Finals. Stats, having accrued the fifth most points in the WCS Korea Standings, was placed into Group A with Dark, PtitDrogo and Snute. The group was played on October 27th, with Stats emerging in second place. He won the first set over Snute, 2-1 and recovered from a 2-1 loss to Dark by 2-0’ing PtitDrogo to advance in the event. Stats faced off against his soon to be ex-teammate, Zest in the quarterfinals. The players traded games over the first four sets, but Stats’ victory on Dasan Station proved to be the difference maker, setting up a semifinal against the GSL Season 2 champion, ByuN.
ByuN kicked off the series with a proxy factory and stargate on Frozen Temple. Stats eventually broke the contain, ByuN was able to erect three missile turrets, invalidating Stats' stargate units while severely delaying Stats' ability to saturate his second base. ByuN brought his cyclones and bio together, dealing a final blow that put him ahead in the series. Game to was another one sided affair as ByuN powered up to three bases on Frost before marched across the map with bio/mine/lib. Stats held at first, but he was hemorrhaging units and soon had nothing to contest ByuN's unceasing reinforcements. ByuN once more proxied on New Gettysburg. This time Stats shut down the cyclones and liberators with phoenix/adept. Stats established a faster third base while researching glaives and taking a supply lead. Stats' lead kept widening as he applied pressure. ByuN had enough and countered, but was unable to take a proper engagement. He attacked Stats' fourth base, but the effort backfired. He lost his whole army and left the game soon after. Needing another win to stave off elimination, Stats took the gold base instead of his natural on Apotheosis. Meanwhile, ByuN was proxying reactored marines, tanks and a medivac. ByuN took out stats gold base before rampaging into Stats' natural, depowering Stats' stargate and eliminating him from the event.
Stats’ year came to an exciting end as the previously teamless player was signed by Splyce on December 1, 2016.
2017: From Challenger to Champion
Stats’ 2017 got off to an early start with the first event of the 2017 WCS Season, IEM Gyeonggi. Stats received a direct invite and was played into Group A along with INnoVation, Losira and herO. Stats lost his opening match to INnoVation but took out herO and Losira 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals where Stats found himself paired against Maru. Stats won that match 3-1 before defeating ByuL 3-2 in the semifinals to make the first finals of his careers. It proved to be one worth forgetting, however, as INnoVation swept Stats 4-0, leaving Stats to collect silver in the first event of the year.
Qualifiers for 2017 GSL Season 1 took place on December 27, 2016. Stats emerged from Group 1 of the Afternoon Session without dropping a game, qualifying him for Code S. Stats found himself in Group G with a pair of Terrans, Ryung and ByuN as well as DRGling. Stats beat Ryung 2-1 before matching the feat against ByuN, sending him into the Round of 16. Stats wound up in Group A, along with TY, ByuL and aLive. Stats’ opening match came against ByuL and, while he won 2-1, he lost to TY by the same score. ByuL eliminated aLive, setting up a rematch against Stats which Stats came out on top of by a 2-0 score to advance. Having escaped a difficult group, Stats found himself paired against IEM Gyeonggi finals opponent, INnoVation in the quarterfinals. Stats fell behind 2-0, but managed to piece together a reverse all kill with three straight wins, eliminating INnoVation and sending Stats to the Round of 4.
With only three matches left to play, GSL took a break to allow Stats and others to attend The IEM World Championships in Katowice. Stats made his way through the offline qualifiers before coming in second place in Group B. Stats lost to Harstem and aLive, but beat Neeb, jjakji and TY, setting up a Round of 12 matchup between Stats and Nerchio. Stats won 3-0 before beating ByuN 3-1. Dark was Stats’ semifinal opponent, but he too was unable to halt Stats’ progress. On the other side of the bracket, TY had 3-2’d GuMiho and aLive, setting up a final between the recent WESG Champion and IEM Gyeonggi finalist.
The series opened on Newkirk Precinct. TY paired a marine/cyclone push with a mine drop early on, but Stats defended handily. Both players worked up to three bases, with TY on bio/mine and Stats with a colossus based composition. TY nearly killed Stats' third and main, but was shut down on both fronts. Down to less than 20 workers, TY left the game, giving Stats the 1-0 lead. Game two took place on Proxima Station. WIth both players one for bases, TY pushed out with bio, liberators and ghosts. He wiped out Stats' army and, although Stats was warping adepts into his main, TY was poised to take out Stats' fourth which prompted a concession.
Stats went for adept/phoenix on Abyssal Reef, with TY rushing up to ghosts on three bases in response. Stats added in blink stalkers and high templar, while TY peppered Stats' mineral lines with liberators. Each players amassed five bases, but they were struggling to do significant damage. TY caught Stats' army as it was moving across the map, though, stranding tempests, colossi and archons on their own, allowing TY to pick them off and take the game. Paladino Terminal saw a much shorter game in which Stats followed up a proxy stargate with enough adepts to earn him a quick win. Tied 2-2, the series turned to Bel'Shir Vestige. Stats went for a two base colossus opener, which TY punished by sieging Stats' natural with tanks while killing Stats' third and taking a third of his own. Stats held on for a time, but could not nothing to prevent himself from going down 3-2.
Needing a win to stay alive, Stats against went for fast colossi on Honorgrounds. TY's tank push was less successful this time as the players macroed up to four bases each. Stats called upon disrupters, dark templars, immortals and more, while TY relied on bio, vikings and liberators. Stats nearly lost his fourth, but broke the position before devastating TY's economy. Facing dark templars with no scans, TY ceded the game, sending things to things to Cactus Valley for game seven. With the players spawning vertically in the 2 and 5 O'Clock positions, Stats opened with a two base colossus build. TY remained true to form, going for a tank push aided by a raven and liberator as Stats tried to take his third. Pinned in his main, Stats tried to assemble a large enough army to challenge TY's tanks, but was never able to. Having lost the nexus at his natural and third, Stats pushed out, but was cut down, making TY the IEM Katowice champion, leaving Stats to collect second place.
Stats was given little time to ruminate on his second straight finals loss as his GSL campaign resumed with a semifinal against Ryung.
Game one took place on Abyssal Reef. Stats did early damage with adepts before switching into double colossi production. Both players traded heavy blows and expansions, but Stats held a lead despite Ryungs' ghosts and liberators. When it came time to finally fights, Stats blinked forward and blanketed Ryung's with storms to go up 1-0. Stats opened with phoenixes again on Echo, but brought the game to a quick end with an adept timing off three bases. Stats' pylon rush on Cactus Valley in game three set Ryung back and, despite Ryung's attempts at aggression, Stats opened a large supply lead. Ryung went for a drop in Stats' main that turned the game on its head, though, killing critical tech structures. Stats hung around, but was picked apart by bio, giving Ryung his first win of the series. Newkirk Precinct was the site of game four. Stats built a 70 supply lead with phoenix/adept. The addition of stalkers and colossi was the straw that broke the camel's back as a four base Stats caught Ryung's bio and liberators out on the map, bringing Stats within a game of the finals.
Stats proxied a stargate on Proxima Station which was scouted by Ryung's reaper. Stats went for a pylon rush, but Ryung held with cyclones before teching into bio. Ryung sieged Stats' third, only to lose 25 SCVs to adepts. Ryung was not back off though. With Stats' army segmenting by liberators, Ryung killed Stats' third and fourth leaving Stats with no option but to kill the rocks behind his third base. He managed to clean up Ryung's army, but didn't have enough to handle Ryung's reinforcements, making the score 3-2. Daybreak hosted game six. Despite killing 12 probes with mine, Ryung still found himself a supply deficit with both players on three bases. Stats moved out on Ryung's third with blink talkers, but backed off while adding colossi to his composition. Ryung went for liberator range and ghosts while Stats began tempest production. The two kept clashing mid map, but Ryung's doom drop forced Stats into action. A basetrade ensued, but Stats had a larger army and managed to stamp out Ryung's army. Stats' fourth victory brought the series to a close, punching his ticket to the Season 1 finals against soO.
soO opened the series with a 12 pool on Whirlwind. Zerglings got into Stats' main, but Stats held with zealots and probes. Stats lost four probes, but transitioned into archon drops which forced roaches and set up a lethal immortal push that caught soO as he was transitioning into mutalisk. Up 1-0, Stats went for a stargate on Proxima Station. Stats made good use of stasis wards while adding gateways and researching glaives. soO attempted to defend with zerglings and hydralisks, but had no banelings and was pulled apart by warp ins in his main and constant shades. Having lost nearly 40 workers, soO died to the follow up sentry/adept attack.
Stats again went for an oracle then void ray on Abyssal Reef. soO went for a zergling drop, killing give probes, but his mining was constantly being delayed by stasis wards. soO built up a primarily hydralisk army, but Stats was able to outmaneuver soO's army and attack his third. soO appeared to have defended, but a wave of adepts and a massive warp in put Stats ahead 3-0. Game four took place on Echo. Stats went for a double stargate opening, but failed to do any damage with his first four oracles. Stasis wards continued to waylay soO, who was building roaches and hydralisks off three bases. Stats defended with void rays and charge zealots and sentries, but soO had added queens to his army. The transfuses proved key as the fight dragged on between Stats' third and natural. soO's attack appeared to have stalled, but a fresh wave of reinforcements put soO fifty supply ahead, enabling him to finally take the fight and get his first win.
The series turned to Cactus Valley for game five. Stats went for a three gate adept attack with two warp prisms and, while he killed eleven drones with the first attack and eight with the second, soO had assembled enough roaches and ravagers to repel Stats' immortal push. soO cleaned up Stats' army before sieging Stats' natural, again wiping Stats out to bring the score to 3-2. Game six took place on Daybreak. soO weathered Stats' adept harass, moving into hydra/ling/bane while Stats went for double immortal production. soO went for lurkers while Stats began to accumulate archons and high templars while upgrading to a mothership. Stats denied soO's bases while adding carriers to his composition. soO struggled to hind headway against Stats' army despite bolstering his forces with ultralisks. Stats took a fight outside of soO's fourth base and, while he backed up, he had a thirty supply lead. soO went for a zergling drop, but Stats defended with minimal losses. soO continued to expand, but the players had split the map and Stats' was adding cannons at his bases.When the final fight came, Stats blanketed soO's corrupters with storm while interceptors, zealots and immortal wrecked havoc on soO's ground force. soO's sixth base died, as did his army. soO kept trying to pick a fight, but he was bleeding off units and was forced to concede, giving Stats the victory and his first GSL championship.
Now that Stats was a GSL champion, his focused turned to the recently revived 2017 SSL Season 1. Split into two divisions, the event featured a dual stage qualifier. Stats advanced out of Group 7 with victories over Rogue and GuMiho before coming in second place of Group B. He overcame a 2-1 loss to Dear with back to back wins over ByuN and Dear to qualify for SSL Premier. Premier was a 10 week round robin, with many of the best players in Korea taking part in a lengthy season with the top four players advancing to the playoffs. Stats posted wins over Zest, Maru, ByuL, aLive and Patience as he assembled a 5-4 record with a +2 map indicator, good enough for 4th place. This result placed Stats in a Best of 5 against third place finisher Solar. Stats fell behind 2-0, but managed to win the next two, only to stumble in game five on Frost to finish in fourth place.
With SSL in full swing, Stats was among the sixteen players who participated in the GSL Super Tournament 1. Stats faced off against GuMiho in the Round of 16, but was unable to gain any momentum, losing 3-1 in the very first match of the event. With the Super Tournament in the rear view mirror, Stats also took part in GSL Season 2. Stats was seeded directly into Code S. He selected Scarlett as his opening opponent and beat her before losing to Classic 2-0. He survived the group, though, as he beat KeeN 2-0 in the final match. Stats once more advanced in second place out of a group containing GuMiho Trap and ByuL after losing to Trap 2-0, sweeping ByuL and beating Trap in the rematch 2-1. In the playoffs for consecutive seasons, Stats tournament run came to an end at the hands of Classic who beat him 3-1.
The season of GSL Code S began on July 5th, with Stats making his debut ten days later. Stats was placed into Group D along with ByuN, Forte and Losira. The heavy favorite, Stats beat Forte 2-1 and ByuN 2-0 to advance in first place. Stats found himself in Group D in the Round of 16. His opponents were a pair of Protoss, Hurricane and Patience as well as his teammate, TY. Stats won his first match against Hurricane, only to lose to TY 2-0. He recovered, however, defeating Hurricane 2-1 for the second time that day to move on. He met Rogue in the quarterfinals. It took the full five games, but Stats managed to advance, setting up a semifinal against sOs.
The series opened on Abyssal Reef. Both players opened two gate expand, with Stats going stargate for phoenixes and sOs teching into a robotics facility and a two base timing with stalkers, adepts and immortals that killed Stats' natural. The attack continued, but Stats held to take a 1-0 lead. Odyssey was the site of game two. Stats teched into blink, but a lack of detection doomed him as sOs built dark templars to tie the series. Both players opened with two gate adept on Whirlwind, with sOs going for a proxy stargate. Stats built his own stargates, prompting both players to mass phoenixes, although sOs had two stargates to one. Stats tried to take third, but sOs won the phoenix vs phoenix fight at Stats’ base, giving Stats no choice but to concede.
Game four took place on Ascension to Aiur. Down 2-1, Stats applied early pressure with stalkers while getting blink and a slower nexus. Stats remained active as both players went for immortals and charge. Stats' nexus was already underway when sOs canceled his third base with posturing on the map. He had remade his third base though, as he took a large army advantage lead. A warp prism borne high templar feedbacked Stats' mothership core, leaving him ill equipped to defend sOs' charge zealots and archons. sOs kept warping in and, while Stats tried to defend, he eventually fell behind 3-1.
Game five was played on Newkirk Precinct. sOs proxied a gateway and robotics facility on one base which went undetected. The attack caught Stats, who was building a second base off guard. sOs plowed into Stats' natural and then main, knocking Stats out of the tournament by a 4-1 score.
While progressing through GSL, Stats was also taking part in SSL Premier Season 2. Stats had reached the playoffs of the first Season with a 5-4 record, but his second campaign was even more successful. He finished the round robin in first place after going 7-2. He lost to Dear and Maru, but posted wins over INnoVation, Classic and herO among others. This result seeded him directly into the finals where he awaited the winner of a pair of matches. Dark beat Dear in the first before also taking down Classic, setting up a rematch of the 2016 SSL Season 1 finals.
The finals got underway on Newkirk Precinct. Dark put the pedal to the metal from the very start, going for drop play aggression off 19 workers. Queens planted themselves in Stats' main along with a flood of zerglings, but Stats held with minimal losses. Reeling from the failed all-in, Dark had no way to prevent Stats from researching glaives, moving across the map and taking the game with the aid of an immortal.
Dark opened pool first on Abyssal Reef, with Stats favoring a stargate after expanding. Stats expanded while adding stargates and eventually began to pump carriers three by three, with Dark building up a hydralisk/infestor/viper composition. Stats added on high templars, but had a difficult time piercing Dark's forest of static defense. Only a single carrier died in the first skirmish, but the second battle was far bloodier. Fungal after fungal and a number of abducts chipped away at Stats' army and, while the mothership recalled to safety, they carriers weren’t as lucky. Dark chased the remaining carriers back to Stats' base, killing most of them. Suddenly at a supply deficit, Stats added on void rays, while Dark massed ultralisks and corruptors. Dark kept the pressure on from there, keeping Stats' army count low before cleaning up Stats' forces while taking out a pair of nexus to even the series.
Stats once more led with a stargate after gate/nexus/core on Ascension to Aiur, but this time he made a void ray before the first oracle, third base and twilight council. Dark took a quick third and went for overlord speed, but was unable to get any drop play going. Stats made the first move with a glaives attack that bought him a large worker lead. Dark tried to flood zerglings and banelings into Stats' third, but even with the aid of queens he was unable to crack the Splyce Protoss. At a massive disadvantage, Dark added a fourth and lair along with roaches, but was pulled apart as chargelots and archons attacked his main while also killing his third. With the lead having become an insurmountable one, Dark conceded.
Stats took a gold base in game four on Odyssey, prompting Dark to go for a zergling flood with banelings off three bases. After failing to make any headway at Stats' gold, Dark baited a final overcharge before bane busting into Stats' main. He killed fifteen probes, darting between both bases, but Stats held with the help of a recall. Dark didn't let up, though, going for the main again, killing four more workers and setting up an attack on Stats' undefended gold that brought the score to 2-2.
Game five saw the players spawn horizontally on Whirlwind, with Dark in the seven o'clock base and Stats opposite him in the five o'clock position. The first unit out of Stats’ stargate was an oracle, with him applying adept pressure from there. He got little done, but was able to weather the worst of Dark's follow up zergling attacks. Dark teched into swarm hosts, but had his fourth base canceled multiple times by archons. Stats gathered his forces and brought his chargelots and archons to bear in an attack outside Dark's natural that hit before banelings were completed. Some hatched, connecting to zealots, but Dark's swarm hosts were coming out piecemeal and were unable to stem the tide. The warpins continued, putting Stats one game from an SSL title.
Game six took place on Frost, with the players once more spawning horizontally, this time on the northern side of the map. Stats' adepts spotted Dark's two base lair build with a roach warren, prompting him to stop stargate production and move into immortals and chargelots. Dark cut roach production and decided to drone and add a third base which he lightly saturated while teching into hydralisks. Stats went for an archon drop, but it was scouted and repulsed by waiting hydralisks. Having pulled massively ahead in supply, Dark marched across the map with roach/hydra. He routed Stats' army and killed the third base while defending against warp prism harassment before crashing into Stats' natural, sending the series to game seven.
Back on a two player map, Stats opened with a gateway on the low ground before pylon blocking Dark's natural on Overgrowth. Having opened pool first, Dark took instead took his third first. Stats went gate/nexus/core before adding on a stargate. Dark bled off transferring drones to Stats' first two adepts, but had a queen and spore in position to defend the first oracle which had to settle for planting a stasis ward before retreating. Dark teched into +1 melee and a baneling nest, with Stats taking his third, going for charge and high templar behind it. Dark tried to establish his fourth, but Stats had marshalled a chargelot/archon army in the middle of the map. It fought to a standstill against Dark's hydralisks and queens, but managed to cancel Dark's fourth. Stats withdrew and took a fourth of his own while bolstering his army with storm. Having made two prisms, Stats canceled Dark's building bases with his main army, warped in zealots in Dark's main, dropped zealots in Dark's natural and attacked Dark's third. Dark attempted baneling drops on the high templar, but Stats' splits were too good and the game was already beyond the Zerg's grasp anyway. Having lost 25 workers and his entire army, Dark had no choice but to concede. The loss is Dark's third consecutive in a Premier event finals. The victory is Stats' second of the year, bolstering his record as the most prolific player of 2017 and extending his lead at the top of the Korean WCS ranking.
Stats also took part in a pair of weekenders during the summer months. He posted a disappointing result at IEM Shanghai, dropping out in the group stage after losses to Rogue and iAsonu. He fared slightly better in GSL vs the World, opening the tournament with a convincing 3-0 win over herO. From there he beat MajOr 3-2 before being eliminated by INnoVation in the Round of 4. Stats also took part in the final event of the year in the WCS Korean Season. Already qualified for Blizzcon, Stats fell to soO in the opening match of the GSL Super Tournament 2 by a 3-2 score.
- Once known as "Chintoss" for his distinctive chin. Korean fans called him "Wallytoss" for the same reason as it was widely claimed that he resembled Wally from "Where's Wally?". After corrective surgery, it is no longer as distinctive, however, the nicknames remained.
- In the Korean community, Stats is known for losing many probes to Spider/Widow Mines, which started with his match against Leta in Brood War (GIF / video highlight). The clip turned into a meme in Korea, complete with caster reactions, terrible Dragoon AI and Stats' devastated headshake. His name has become synonymous with Widow Mine explosions - the term "머-엽" ("Stats'd") is widely used to refer to Widow Mine connections (and more generally, explosions) that wipe out a large number of units at once.
- Defeated Jila on his first official StarCraft II match.
- Stats is undefeated on the map Ohana, boasting a perfect 7-0 record.
- During his game on Ulrena against Patience in the 2016 S2SL Season 1, Brendan Valdes jokingly compared Stats's micro to Google's DeepMind AI. In his later match against Solar, Valdes and Wolf then went on to say that Stats had "top 3 control".
- Stats is the first ever WCS Korea Cross Finals champion.
|In Major Tournaments|
|2016-05-23||1st||Kung Fu Cup 2016 Season 1||4 : 3||TY||$7,144|
|2015-10-26||2nd||Kung Fu Cup 2015 Season 2||3 : 4||Life||$3,122|
|2014-10-21||1st||2014 WECG Korea National Finals||3 : 2||herO||$5,600|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2017-02-18||1st||BaseTradeTV Map Test Tournament #2: Korean Training House||5 : 3||TIME||$300|
|2016-10-19||3rd||Leifeng Cup 156||0 : 2||aLive||$200|
|2014-12-01||2nd||Leifeng Cup Monthly #2|| 0 : 2
0 : 2
|In Premier Team Leagues|