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[e][h]Terran ElkY
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Bertrand Grospellier
February 8, 1981 (1981-02-08) (age 40)
Alternate IDs:
Desperate Terran
Total Earnings:
????-??-?? — 2004-02-??
2004-02-?? — ????-??-??

Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is a retired StarCraft progamer from France who played Terran for AMD Dream Team.


ElkY is an ex-StarCraft, now-Poker player who was one of the first Foreigners to go to Korea.


Bertrand Grospellier was a member of the AMD / Hexatron franchise, one of the few proteams to carry active foreign players in Brood War. He began his televised playing career in early 2002, and finished in mid 2004. He played terran for most of his career, and is considered the second most successful foreigner in Korea after Grrrr.

Elky's biggest achievement in Korea was reaching the semifinals of the SKY OSL in the summer of 2002. In the semifinals Elky battled the Emperor, Boxer, in a best-of-5. That series was marred by controversy as Boxer used the allied-mine trick, causing a regame. Elky fell in the semifinals to Boxer, and then lost a disappointing set to Yellow for the 3rd place spot. Nevertheless, no other player since Elky has even qualified for individual play, and his reputation as a legend is intact.

Outside Korea, Elky proudly represented his country at four WCG final tournaments. In the inaugural WCG in 2001, he made the finals after beating GoRush. There he had to face Boxer for the second time in the tournament but was unable to emerge victorious.

Elky retired from competitive StarCraft after failing to make it out of the Sping MST Qualifiers of 2005 and now plays professional poker for a living.


As a poker player the last few years, he qualified for several events in the 2006 and 2007 World Series of Poker. ElkY is a member of Team PokerStars. He was the first person ever to reach "Supernova" and "Supernova Elite" statuses on PokerStars - having earned 100,000 player points in just 2 weeks and 1,000,000 player points in 4 and a half months, respectively.

  • He set the Guinness World Record for most Single Table Sit & Goes played in one hour for a total of 62 at a $6.50 buy in with a profit of $23.60.
  • As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,900,000.

StarCraft II[edit]

After the release of StarCraft II, ElkY played a few matches on the ladder, as Zerg and as Terran. He even participated in a major tournament, the eOSL Winter 2010, but was eliminated in the first round. Since then, ElkY had made some appearances in French offline tournaments, but only as a spectator.


  • In a match against IntotheRainbow on MBCgame, Elky mistakenly attacked one of his own Command Centers with a Vulture; the Command Center was destroyed before Elky noticed his mistake.
  • In 2002, he picked up the newly released WarCraft 3 and garnered success by finishing second in the televised Ongamenet WarCraft Retail League.
  • Offered paid Brood War lessons in 2003. He charged 60$ for four hours of training games.[1]


2003-11-09IC9 - 12thA0Premier1v12003 MyCube OSL2003 MyCube OSLElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team1-2Grp S. 
2003-10-18EC5 - 8thA0Premier1v1WCG 2003WCG 2003ElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team0 : 2Germany  Fisheye 
2003-10-11EC5 - 8thA0PremierTeam2003 LifeZone KPGA Team League2003 LifeZone KPGA Team LeagueElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team3 : 4Suma GOSuma GO$435
2003-09-27AA1stA2Minor1v1ECG 2003ECG 2003ElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team2 : 0Czech Republic  Destroyer$1,000
2003-09-21AA1stA1Major1v1WCG France 2003WCG France 2003ElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team1 : 0France  Aspeak 
2003-02-14GA7 - 8thA0Premier1v12002-2003 Panasonic OSL2002-2003 Panasonic OSLElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team1-2Grp S. 
2002-11-01DA4thA0Premier1v1WCG 2002WCG 2002ElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team0 : 1South Korea  YellOw$2,500
2002-10-04DA4thA0Premier1v12002 SKY OSL2002 SKY OSLElkYAMD Dream TeamAMD Dream Team0 : 2South Korea  YellOw 
2001-12-09BA2ndA0Premier1v1WCG 2001WCG 2001ElkY0 : 2South Korea  BoxeR$10,000
2001-10-14CA3rdA1Major1v12001 Jeju International Game Festival2001 Jeju International Game FestivalElkY2 : 0South Korea  SiR@SoNi$1,546
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