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Player Information
Name: Yoan Merlo
Birth: March 20, 1985 (1985-03-20) (age 29)
Country: France France
Race: Protoss
Team: XMG
Alternate IDs: ROOToD, FnaticRCToD, 토드, MǂToD, YoanM, ToDoNtE,, Forgetaboutdre
WCS Rank (Points): #87 (475 points)
Links
History
2011-01-09 – 2011-05-01

2011-07-09 – 2011-09-08

2011-09-10 – 2012-07-15

2012-08-11 – 2012-12-06

2013-04-25 – Present


Yoan "ToD" Merlo is a Protoss player and caster from France who is currently playing for XMG. He was very active in Warcraft III.

Biography[edit]

ToD was one of the most successful Warcraft III players. He has lived and competed in China and in South Korea, and holds an impressive amount of achievements, including podiums in World Cyber Games, CPL, and BlizzCon.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

ToD played to StarCraft II for the first time during the beta, but really switched in November 2010. His playstyle relies on a strong micromanagement, inherited from his Warcraft III experience. He joined Millenium on January 9th 2011.[1] ToD quickly proved himself one of the best French players by taking the second place of Spirit Lan #8.

On May 1st 2011, ToD and Millenium decided to end their collaboration, explaining that they were disappointed by each other's work.[2]

ToD participated to eOSL Summer 2011, where he managed to came out of his group at the first place, and was eventually eliminated in semifinals by SarenS. He then won 3-0 against Origine in order to get the third place.

He also competed in HomeStory Cup III, which was the first major offline event he participated to in his StarCraft II career. Despite showing an impressive level in the group stage, with a victory against ThorZaIN, ToD was quickly eliminated in the playoffs, after encountering the future winner HuK, and SaSe.

In July, ToD successfully got the French spot for World Cyber Games 2011, after his victories against Adelscott and SarenS at the WCG Qualifiers France. After this successful bout of LAN events ToD rejoined Millenium.[3] At the end of the month, he narrowly defeated his teammate Adelscott in order to win ESL Pro Series France X.

Then, he participated to the open bracket of the 2011 MLG Anaheim. He began the tournament by an unexpected 2-0 victory over the South Korean top Protoss player Alicia, but was then knocked-out the upper bracket by CatZ. Nevertheless, ToD made his way through the lower bracket, beating Alicia again, as well as OpTiKzErO and Stalife. He was finally eliminated of the main bracket by another top Protoss South Korean player, Choya.

On September 8th, ToD left Millenium for the second time in four months.[4] The same day, he announced on his stream that he was planning to practice in Korea for several months.[5] On September 10th, it was announced that ToD had joined Fnatic.[6]

During the weeks before his departure for Korea, ToD had a successful succession of achievements. On September, he was invited to SCAN Invitational #1 where he knocked-out Strelok and TLO in order to reach the final against his former teammate Stephano, whom he couldn't defeat, therefore taking the second place of the tournament. Two weeks later, ToD participated in the Samsung European Championship 2011 in Poland. He managed again to reach the final against a Zerg player, this time being Nerchio, and was able to defeat him in a tied series. The next week, ToD was back in France in order to compete in the first event of French Master Series 2011 - 2012, the PxL-Lan #31. Seen as the favorite of the event by the commentators, thanks to the non-attendance of most of the best French players, he made a clean run to the finals, and swept an unexpected Kamikaze to claim the win of the tournament.

ToD spent the last months of 2011 in South Korea, where he attended to World Cyber Games 2011 in December. His run in this event was short-lived, with a 1-5 record in group stage which resulted in ToD ending up at the last place of his group. He wasn't more successful at attempting to qualify for the 2012 GSL Season 1 a month later as he was stopped in the preliminaries by Creator.

On January 14th, ToD announced with desRow that he will start his JToD program again (a laddering session while having guests on Skype ask him questions about his ongoing ladder games and question his decision making) every Sunday 7PM CET[7] Recently, he stopped doing this show with desRow and continue alone.

March 5th, ToD joined the Fnatic Gaming House.[8]

July 15th, ToD parted ways with Fnatic.[9] About 1 month later, on August 11th, ToD found a new team and joins ROOT Gaming.[10]

On December 6th, ToD left ROOT on good terms, returning to France after failing to acquire a work visa in the United States.[11]

IGN ProLeague[edit]

IPL Season 5[edit]

On July 21st, 2012, ToD participated in the IPL 5 European Satellite Qualifiers. ToD received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down UserStupid in order to advance in to the finals to face White-Ra. In the finals, ToD defeated White-Ra by a score of 1-0 and was able to take first place. His first place finish qualified him for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

On April 2013, ToD launched his official website Go ToD[12], with the desire to become more active in the StarCraft II community by uploading vods, shoutcasting videos, tutorials and news about his job of professional gamer.

In April 2013, ToD was elected best StarCraft II French player as Protoss by Millenium.org[13]

On April 26th, 2013, ToD joined XMG.[14]

He managed to qualify to the Challenger league of the WCS Europe season one during the fourth qualifier tournament. Then, he qualified to the Premier league season 2 by finishing first of the Bracket 6 beating Socke, sLivko and ThorZaIN, despite concurrently casting Season 1 Premier League.

In the WCS Europe 2013 Season 2 Premier League, ToD's first match the Round of 32 was against SortOf on July 17, 2013. After losing 0-2, he was able to take a game off Happy before being knocked out of the tournament 1-2. ToD was once again able to qualify for Premier League through the Challenger League bracket by defeating Kas, TargA, and Tefel.

At the 2013 DreamHack Open: Stockholm tournament, ToD topped his Group Stage 1 group 6-1, including a victory over his teammate monchi. He dropped out of the tournament in the second group stage, losing to NaNiwa and Center.

In the WCS Europe 2013 Season 2 Premier League, ToD played his Round of 32 group on September 3, 2013. He lost his first match to ForGG and faced TargA in the Loser's Match. Unlike in Challenger League, ToD lost 1-2, and consequently dropped to Challenger League.

ToD competed at the 2013 DreamHack Open: Bucharest tournament on September 14-15, 2013. He went 6-1 in the first group stage, notably defeating KrasS, Jagelius. He placed third in his second group stage group behind Ryung and 2013 DreamHack Open: Valencia champion HyuN to fall out of the tournament.

Caster career[edit]

After his return to Europe at the end of 2012, ToD started a shoutcaster career. He casted the Iron Squid 2 qualifiers, group stage and showmatchs in English [15]. Then, he casted some little tournaments and showmatchs. He casted the The GD Studio HotS King of the Hill Series in French. His first premiere tournament as a caster was the IEM Season VII - World Championship in English. Most recently, he casted WCS Europe Premier League Season 1,WCS Europe Premier League Season 2 Playoffs and 2013 WCS Season 2 Finals.

Trivia[edit]

  • One of the most successful players in Warcraft III outside of Korea and China.
  • Played with Grubby in 4Kings.
  • Played Human in Warcraft III.[16]
  • Played Terran in StarCraft : Brood War, due to his interest in BoxeR. [16]
  • Warcraft III player of the year 2007[17]
  • The first game he ever played was Command & Conquer, at the age of 12. [16]
  • Was reported by a Mainstream French newspaper to become the second professional StarCraft II player in France (the first being MoMaN). Nevertheless, it didn't happen because of his first departure of Millenium.[18]
  • ToD was criticised for his behavior during the finals of ESL Pro Series France X. He rudely kicked a featured streamer because he was upset after he lost a match during the group stage.
  • During his Warcraft III career, ToD was banned for one season of arguably the most prestigious team league, the WC3L. He was indeed caught aliasing as two sTar) players in clanwars versus 4K and mTw.[19][20] Some months later, ToD got caught again, this time aliasing for his friend m@gic.byrden.[21]
  • First foreigner to win a Bo7 against a Code S player (Alicia at 2011 MLG Anaheim Open Bracket).

Achievements[edit]

In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2013-08-03 A33rd CPL Championship 2013 1 : 2 Terran MarineKing $1,000
2011-10-09 A11st Samsung European Championship 2011 3 : 2 Zerg Nerchio $3,000
2011-07-23 A11st ESL Pro Series France X 3 : 2 Protoss Adelscott €2,500
2011-06-25 A33rd eOSL Summer 2011 3 : 0 Protoss Origine €400
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-03-21 A22nd Francophone Championship Season 4 1 : 4 Protoss Lilbow €500
2014-03-07 A11st Go4SC2 Cup #350 2 : 0 Zerg DaNa €100
2013-07-13 A11st Francophone Championship Season 3 4 : 3 Protoss Dayshi €1000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Interviews[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

2011[edit]

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