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solo

For the Serbian player, see soLo.
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Player Information
Name:
강근철
Romanized Name:
Kang Keun-chul
Birth:
January 15, 1988 (1988-01-15) (age 31)
Nationality:
Status:
Years Active (Player):
2005 – 2011
2016 - Present
Approx. Total Winnings:
$104,243
Links
History
Counter-Strike
20??-??-?? – 2009-01-12
2009-01-12 – 2011-01-06
2011-02-24 – 2011-04-05

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

2016-06-27 – 2019-03-06

Keun-chul "solo" Kang (born January 15, 1988), is a professional South Korean Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player and former Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike Online player that has played on well-known teams such as e-STRO and WeMade FOX. He recently was the in-game leader of MVP PK.

Biography[edit]

solo first made an impact when his home country hosted the third of their WEG events. These events had teams living for around a month in South Korea and played in a studio, which proved to be a drastic change of pace for the Western teams attending. In this moment of opportunity, project_kr was one of the teams to emerge as a force to be reckoned with, spearheaded by their star player, solo. Achieving a highly respectable 2nd place, ahead of Ninjas in Pyjamas and team9, project_kr had announced to the world that Korean CS was about more than Lunatic-Hai or MaveN's fluke victory over SK Gaming at the 2004 WCG.

Their performance proved itself to be more than a one time deal, as they played to a high level against a stacked field at the 2006 WEG Masters event in China. The 3rd place team, now renamed Hacker.PK, was highlighted by an amazing individual performance match after match from solo. Although fRoD and Jungle were at the peak of their powers, the Korean was still able to compete with their teams and keep his own in the game. The year was capped off with a good but not quite as spectacular 6th place finish at CPL Winter.

It's worth pointing out that solo and his team never had the same level of freedom regarding attending events that other major esports teams enjoy. Sometimes visas can't be obtained, which led to skipping some events. Still, when he and his team had managed to attend such events, they've made an impact an uncanny amount of times for a team who have yet to win 'the big one' as it were. 2007 saw the renamed e-STRO putting in some consistent performances but having difficulty cracking top 3 finishes. The highly controversial background to their 5th place at the WCG almost ruined their name for good. A 5th at IEM LA didn't exactly turn too many heads either. e-STRO's moment finally came when they played the tournament of their lives to take 2nd at the IEM event in Hannover, Germany. The team had delivered on all their potential and now could be considered a genuine threat to the bigger name teams.

2008 might have initially seemed like a return to inconsistency with a 5th at ESWC Masters Paris, but that was not the case. A silver medal in the ESWC grand final and a 3rd place at a WEM event was a highly impressive run for a team from such an underdeveloped country, CS-wise. [1]

solo's career was put on hold in early 2011, as he was forced to join the South Korean army to serve his military duty. [2]

Impact and legacy[edit]

It's impossible to overstate solo's impact on his team and big events. Look through the demos from any major in project_kr/e-STRO's placings, and you'll see him leading his team, match after match, with stunning individual play. In instances where the rest of his team are struggling, his alias becomes ironically apt, seeming un-phaseable against all but the best of teams. He is not only living proof that an amazing individual player can emerge from any gaming nation but also that one can compete with the very cream of the crop from the biggest gaming nations.

His legacy could be that of a cogu or a NEO, players who come from regions which historically have not produced big name teams or players, but who possess so much talent that they can change games by themselves at times. solo's skill set is complete to say the least, and his ability to move between all the weapons makes him a very dangerous individual threat, even when his team are on a downswing. Until 2005, Korean CS had nothing internationally, with the rise of solo proving to be worth the wait. [3]

Gear and Settings[edit]

Mouse Settings [4] (list of)
Advanced
MouseeDPIDPIPolling RateSensitivityZoomRaw Input
ZOWIE GEAR
EC2-B
7208001000 Hz0.90.80On
Last updated on 2018-03-07 (495 days ago).
Mouse Settings [4] (list of) (calculate)
Simple
MouseCurvatureCircumferenceMouse SetupSensitivityZoomRaw.
ZOWIE GEAR
EC2-B
950 MPI
0.624 deg/mm
22.7 in/rev
57.7 cm/rev
800 DPI
@ 1000 Hz
0.90.80On
Last updated on 2018-03-07 (495 days ago).
Hardware [4]
Mouse Mousepad
ZOWIE GEAR EC2-B ZOWIE GEAR G-SR
Monitor Refresh rate In-game resolution Scaling
ZOWIE by BenQ XL2540 240 Hz 1280×960 Stretched
Keyboard Headset
Corsair K65 Astro A40
Last updated on 2018-03-07 (495 days ago).

Career Achievements[edit]

Date Placement Tier Type Tournament Team Result Prize
2018-10-21 A11st A2A-Tier Offline eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2018 2 : 0 $40,000
2018-04-02 A11st A3B-Tier Offline CS:GO Asia Summit 2 : 0 $30,000
2015-12-09 A11st A2A-Tier Offline Counter Strike Online World Championship 2015 2 : 1 $25,000
2010-11-07 A11st A1S-Tier Offline WEM 2010 2 : 0 $22,000
2010-02-09 A11st A2A-Tier Offline IEM IV Asian Championship Finals 2 : 0 $11,000
2009-07-26 A11st A1S-Tier Offline WEG e-Stars 2009 - Continental Cup 16 - 10 $7,127.1
2008-12-08 A11st A2A-Tier Offline IEF 2008 2 : 1 $10,000
2008-08-27 A22nd A1S-Tier Online ESWC 2008 1 : 2 $25,000
2008-03-09 A22nd A1S-Tier Offline Intel Extreme Masters II 0 : 2 $30,000
2005-12-11 A22nd A1S-Tier Offline WEG 2005 S03 1 : 2 $30,000
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