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Ken

[e][h]Marth Ken
Player Information
Name:
Ken Hoang
Birth:
October 10, 1985 (1985-10-10) (age 34)
Country:
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$41,049
Alternate IDs:
SephirothKen
Nicknames:
The King of Smash
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Marth
Secondaries:
Fox
Captain Falcon
Links
Achievements
Melee
MLG Washington D.C. 2005 MELEE-FC3 2005 MLG National Championships MLG Dallas 2006 MLG Anaheim 2006 MLG Chicago 2006 EVO World 2007
History
2014-03-18 — Present

Ken "SephirothKen" Hoang is a Vietnamese American professional Melee player who credits the game for financing him through college.

Ken is the 2004-2005 national champion of Major League Gaming, the 2007 international champion of EVO World Finals,[1][2] and was the highest ranked Super Smash Bros. Melee player in the United States. He was also the world champion for several years, having defeated reputable players from around the globe, including top Japanese players in the summer of 2005 and 2006.[3]

Ken possesses the highest major tournament win-to-loss ratio of any Super Smash Brothers Melee player from 2003 to 2007.[4] His three years of dominance earned him the nickname "The King of Smash".[5] His main is Marth, and his secondary is Fox. He received minor television coverage in MTV's True Life: I'm a Professional Gamer and minor coverage in the fall of 2006 on the USA Network's broadcast of Halo 2 on the MLG Pro Circuit.[6] In Fall of 2008, Ken was a contestant on Season 17 of CBS's reality television series Survivor, taking place in Gabon, Africa.

He was ranked 87th on SSBM Rank 2016.

Biography[edit]

Ken started playing Super Smash Bros. when it was released for the Nintendo 64, but never competed in a major tournament for the game. When Melee was released, Ken initially did not enjoy it, but the game grew on him after a period of a few months. By the time he attended his first tournament, he had already built up a reputation in his town as the best Smash player. This tournament differed from most later Melee tournaments in that matches were free-for-all matches between four players rather than a 1 vs 1 match. The other players teamed up against Ken to eliminate him.[7]

In 2003, Ken competed in his first major tournament, part of the Tournament Go (TG) series, one of the first major Melee tournament series. In this, the fourth installment of the tournament series, Ken won the singles (1 vs 1) tournament and lost in the doubles (2 vs 2) tournament to the winners of the first two TG tournaments.[7][8]

Seven months later, in August 2003, Ken attended and won TG5. This was the first tournament where he partnered with Joel "Isai" Alvarado for doubles. Their victory in the doubles tournament started a two-and-a-half year winning streak. They won every doubles tournament they entered until MLG Chicago in July 2006, where they were defeated by Azen and Chillin in the finals and received second place. However, they reclaimed their title later that year in August at MLG Orlando where they defeated Azen and Chillin 6-3 in the finals.[9]

For the next two years, Ken continued to win nearly every competition he entered. The worst loss he garnered in the prime of his competitive career was in August 2004 at TG6 where he placed 9th out of approximately 128 competitors.

During his retirement, he was regarded as one of the top players long after his departure from the tournament scene.[1] In September 2006, Ken was nominated in "The Dangerous Five" as one of "The World's Most Dangerous Gamers" by Electronic Gaming Monthly, in which he was called "The Duper" for his fast, smart, and aggressive play.[10]

Ken returned to the game in 2012 after a five year hiatus and placed 33rd in Kings of Cali. He proceeded to attend several additional tournaments, including EVO 2013, where he placed 49th out of 696 participants, the largest Smash tournament in history at that time based on entrants.

On March 18, 2014, Team Liquid announced that Ken and KoreanDJ would be joining Liquid's new Super Smash Bros team.[11]

At 2014 MLG Anaheim, his first major tournament appearance since joining Team Liquid, Ken placed 21-24th after losing 1-2 to Lucky one round before reaching the championship bracket. At EVO 2014, he advanced in first from his group to advance to the Quarterfinals Brackets. He ended up placing 33-48th after being defeated by PPMD and Fiction.

Ken continued to compete and place fairly consistently throughout 2015, however his breakout performance was EVO 2015, where he notably defeated Westballz 2-0 to qualify for the Top 32 bracket in winners and ended up placing 13th, losing to Plup and Ice.

Results[edit]

Melee[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2018
2018-01-21S3165 - 96thGENESIS 51 : 2United States2saint
2017
2017-07-16S1549 - 64thEVO 2017LGermanyIce
2017-04-30R725 - 32ndDreamHack Austin 20171 : 3United StatesChillindude
2017-04-16I39 - 12thZotcade 20170 : 2United StatesJace
2017-01-22S3197 - 128thGENESIS 41 : 2United StatesCIZ
2016
2016-11-12E15 - 6thUCI Quarterly 1Marth0 : 3United StatesFalcoSquid
2016-07-17S1549 - 64thEVO 2016Marth0 : 2United StatesSheikDarkatma
2016-05-08Q717 - 24thDreamHack Austin 20160 : 2United StatesThe Moon
2016-04-17G17 - 8thSuper Smash Sundays 43MarthFox0 : 3United StatesSheikShroomed
2016-01-24G17 - 8thSuper Smash Sundays 40Marth1 : 3United StatesFoxMikeHaze
2016-01-17S1533 - 48thGENESIS 31 : 3MexicoEddy Mexico
2016-01-10Q717 - 24thSuper Smash Sundays 391 : 2United StatesCaptain Faceroll
2015
2015-09-19Q717 - 24thHTC ThrowdownMarth0 : 2United StatesSheikShroomed
2015-09-06S1533 - 48thParagon Los Angeles 20151 : 2United StatesHungrybox
2015-07-19M313 - 16thEVO 2015Marth0 : 2GermanyFoxIce
2015-07-11E15 - 6thMayhem July 20150 : 3United StatesMacD
2015-06-28S1533 - 48thCEO 2015Marth0 : 2United StatesCaptain FalconGravy
2015-05-10R725 - 32ndPress Start0 : 3United StatesHax
2015-04-19Q717 - 24thSandstorm0 : 2United StatesMedz
2015-04-12R725 - 32ndI'm Not Yelling!Marth1 : 2United StatesSheiksherigami
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2018
2018-01-21M313 - 16thGENESIS 5KenUnited States
SantiUnited States
1 : 2United StatesNintendude
CanadaKage
2017
2017-04-30I39 - 12thDreamHack Austin 2017KenUnited States
El FuegoUnited States
1 : 2Nicaraguan0ne
United StatesMikeHaze
2017-04-16A11stZotcade 2017KenUnited States
El FuegoUnited States
3 : 1United StatesMikeHaze
United StatesWestballz
$84
2017-01-22G17 - 8thGENESIS 4KenUnited States
SantiagoUnited States
2 : 3United StatesShroomed
United StatesAlan
$95
2016
2016-07-17Q717 - 24thEVO 2016 Side EventKenUnited States
s0ftUnited States
LUnited StatesReno
United StatesLucky
2016-01-24E15 - 6thSuper Smash Sundays 40KenUnited States
HugSUnited States
0 : 2United StatesCaptain Faceroll
United StatesPsychoMidget
2016-01-17Q717 - 24thGENESIS 3KenUnited States
SantiagoUnited States
LUnited StatesPrince Abu
United StatesKalamazhu
2016-01-10G17 - 8thSuper Smash Sundays 39KenUnited States
SantiagoUnited States
0 : 2United StatesMikeHaze
United StatesHugS
2015
2015-09-19E15 - 6thHTC ThrowdownKenUnited States
AxeUnited States
0 : 2United StatesMango
United StatesLucky
2015-06-28G17 - 8thCEO 2015KenMarthUnited States
ChuDatIce ClimbersUnited States
0 : 3United StatesFoxZhu
United StatesFoxCactuar
2015-05-10G17 - 8thPress StartKenUnited States
KiraUnited States
0 : 2United StatesReno
United StatesCactuar
2015-04-19I39 - 12thSandstormKenUnited States
OkamiBWUnited States
0 : 2United StatesHungrybox
United StatesSilly Kyle
2015-04-12E15 - 6thI'm Not Yelling!KenUnited States
SantiagoUnited States
LUnited StatesShroomed
SwedenArmada
2015-02-01R725 - 32ndApex 2015KenUnited States
KoreanDJUnited States
LUnited StatesAxe
Tagless
2014
2014-07-06D14thKings of Cali 4KenMarthUnited States
DEHFFalcoUnited States
0 : 3United StatesFoxMango
United StatesCaptain FalconScar
$19
2014-06-29G17 - 8thCEO 2014KenUnited States
KoreanDJUnited States
0 : 2ChileZeRo
United StatesESAM
2014-06-01I39 - 12thSKTAR 3KenUnited States
KoreanDJUnited States
LUnited StatesReno
United StatesDarc
2014-05-25I39 - 12thPat's House 2KenUnited States
HugSUnited States
1 : 2United StatesAxe
United StatesOkamiBW
2012
2012-11-10C13rdKings of CaliKenMarthUnited States
Dr. PeePeeFalcoUnited States
2 : 3United StatesMarthPewPewU
United StatesFoxSFAT
$32
2006
2006-11-19A11st2006 MLG National ChampionshipsKenMarthFoxCaptain FalconUnited States
IsaiCaptain FalconUnited States
6 : 2United StatesIce ClimbersFoxChuDat
United StatesFalcoIce ClimbersFoxManaCloud
$10,000
All Results

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in SSBMRank 2016:

Rank 86 - Kira

Project M[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2014
2014-06-29R725 - 32ndCEO 2014LUnited StatesMaster Raven
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
No VODs on record


64[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2017
2017-01-22S3165 - 96thGENESIS 4DQUnited StatesDankPank
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
No VODs on record


Rankings[edit]

Melee[edit]

SSBMRank[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
SSBMRank 201687
SSBMRank 201552
SSBMRank 201458
SSBMRank 2013100

RetroSSBMRank[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
20072
20061
20051
20041
2001-20031

Interviews[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2011[edit]

2008[edit]

2007[edit]

2006[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Was a Grandmaster level Protoss player[12] and visited TL.net for StarCraft before joining Team Liquid.
  • Was one of the top finishers on Survivor: Gabon.

Gallery[edit]


References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Magee, Kyle (2007-09-05). "MLG Interview with Ken".
  2. Campbell, Sean (2006-05-29). "Are they worth fighting for?". Got Frag. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  3. Alphazealot (2007-11-22). "Smash Pro Profiles from 2006". Major League Gaming. Archived from the original on 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  4. CAMILLE DODERO (2006-11-21). "The next action sport". The Phoenix. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  5. Sean Campbell (2006-05-29). "Are They Worth Fighting For?". GotFrag DPAD. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  6. Pro video gaming comes to cable TV
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The King of Smash: MLG Interviews Ken". Major League Gaming. 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  8. KishPrime (May 2005). "MELEE-FC: Where it all began". MELEE-FC. Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  9. "MLG Chicago Smash Wrap-Up". Major League Gaming. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  10. "The World's Most Dangerous Gamers". October 2006. pp. 52–53
  11. "Liquid Smash Brothers Melee". Team Liquid. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  12. ESH_Adam (2014-04-30). "Liquid'Ken Interview- The Return of the King". Retrieved 2015-04-19.