Woo "Sage" Kyung Chul is a Protoss player from South Korea who is now retired.
Extremely intelligent Protoss who shows extensive knowledge of the game using many innovative builds and intelligent placement of units and excellent micro and macro. His style is very intel-based and tends to focus more on scouting and reacting accordingly .
He has shown a build that is extremely StarCraft I esque. In this build, Protoss takes complete control of the air through mass Phoenixes and with good micro continually harasses Zerg's drone line while having Charge Zealots warp in to harass and possibly destroy expansions. While this is happening he is teching up to High Templar for Psionic Storm and Robotics Facility for Observers to shut down Creep Tumors and Immortals to counter Roaches, and later to Colossi to counter the high Hydralisk count made to counter the Phoenixes. Note that exactly like in StarCraft I he only pumped Zealots with Charge and had no Stalkers until about 10 minutes in the game. He also built no Sentries the entire game.
Wings of Liberty
Sage made his debut in Code A in GSL October, defeating notable players such as SocceR and AcE in the preliminaries. He managed to go through YoDa, Check and Lucky before falling to Oz in the round of 4. He played in the Up and Down Matches where he placed third with a score of 2-2, therefore staying in Code A.
ESV TV Korean Weekly
On June 22, 2011, Sage participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 2. After taking down aLive, BanBans, and Jjun, Sage went on to face PuMa. He was not able to advance any further after he lost to PuMa by a score of 0-3 and fell in to the 3rd/4th place match. He was able to defeat San and took third place.
From July 19 to July 21, 2011, Sage participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Finals 1. To start off the tournament Sage was placed in Group B. After advancing through his group with a score of 2-0, Sage advanced in to the playoffs. In the playoffs, Sage took down NaYa and went on to face YongHwa. He wasn't able to advance any further and fell to the 3rd/4th place match after losing to YongHwa by a score of 0-3. Sage once again wasn't able to grab any more victories and had to settle for fourth place after losing to Curious by a score of 2-4.
On June 28, 2012, Sage participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 3 Weekly 7. After taking down TOP, Sparta, Tassadar, and Sia, Sage advanced in to the finals to face TaeJa. He wasn't able to grab first place after losing to TaeJa by a score of 1-3 and took second place.
Sage in Europe
On August 20, 2012, Sage arrived in Poland to train in the Ministry of Win with the aim of attending major European tournaments. He's been streaming his ladder since then and has participated in many online daily and weekly events with great success. Up to 1,500 people simultaneously watched his stream on his third day in Warsaw, Poland.
From August 30 to September 2, he played his first live event in Europe, the Battle at Ministry of Win. He finished 2nd, only losing 3-1 to Nerchio in the finals. On November 15, 2012, he became teamless as Alt-Tab.Gaming disbanded.
With Alt-Tab disbanding, Sage returned to Korea on November 17.
Sage on Root Gaming
Heart of the Swarm
On May 4, 2013 Sage participated in the WCS AM Challenger League Qualifiers. After losing his first match in the winners bracket to puCK he went on to defeat badcop, Center, trimaster, and HyuN to qualify. In the Main Tournament he lost 2-1 to Vibe in Bracket 5 of the Bracket Stage. He then beat Sen and Oz 2-0 in the group stage to qualify for the WCS AM Season 2 Premier League
MLG Spring Championship
From June 28 through June 30 of 2013 Sage participated in the 2013 MLG Spring Championship. Placed in bracket 2 of the Winners Bracket he beat Padre, binski, KawaiiRice, and SaSe without dropping a single map, advancing directly to the Final Bracket. After losing 2-1 to HerO in the winners bracket, he managed to defeat soO 2-1 in the losers bracket, but was then knocked out 2-0 by Sound. He achieved a final placement of 7-8th place.
On June 27, 2014, he announced on twitter that he retired from StarCraft II.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2011-10-03||3 - 4th||2011 Global StarCraft II League October: Code A||1 : 3||Oz||$740|
|2011-06-18||3 - 4th||LG Cinema 3D Special League||0 : 2||sC||$2,770|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-12-14||3 - 4th||Lake Charles Scion E-Sports Thanksgiving Open||1 : 2||Apocalypse||$500|
|2012-11-16||1st||Acer StarCraft Challenge||3 : 1||Snute||€2,000|
|In Premier Team Leagues|