[e][h]Terran ElkY
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Bertrand Grospellier
February 8, 1981 (1981-02-08) (age 38)
Alternate IDs:
Desperate Terran

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]


In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2004-10-10 A59 - 16th WCG 2004 1 : 2 Taiwan  SEn
2003-10-18 A55 - 8th WCG 2003 0 : 2 Germany  Fisheye
2002-11-03 A44th WCG 2002 L South Korea  YellOw $2,500
2002-10-04 A44th 2002 SKY OSL 0 : 2 South Korea  YellOw
2001-12-09 A22nd WCG 2001 0 : 2 South Korea  BoxeR $10,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2003-09-21 A11st WCG France 2003 1 : 0 France  Aspeak
2002-12-27 A33 - 4th 2002 GhemTV Gosu Invitational 1 : 2 South Korea  YellOw $?
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2003-09-27 A11st ECG 2003 Czech Republic  Destroyer $1000
Complete Results in any Tournament

Other Notable Tournaments


Notable Games[edit]