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For more information, see Match Fixing Scandal
[e][h]Terran Hwasin
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Jin Yung Soo
April 5, 1988 (age 35)
Alternate IDs:
Red Sniper
Approx. Total Winnings:
2007 IEST2007 IEST
2004-??-?? — 2010-06-09

Jin "Hwasin" Yung Soo is a former StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Terran for STX SouL.


Hwasin has long been the star player of STX, but only recently in the 2008-2009 season he started to lose that image. Known for his good looks and excellent TvZ, Hwasin had become a prominent and leading Terran player in the 2006 to 2007 season. In the beginning of his career Hwasin became most known for having a very good vs Zerg match-up (earning his nickname "the red sniper" since red is typically the color associated with Zerg), but in 2007 he started to pick up his other two match-ups and won the Korean WCG tournament that year. Hwasin also makes a habit of never reaching the finals of a tournament but losing to the eventual champion of it, as has happened in the GOMTV S2 MSL (to Bisu), the ClubDay 2008 MSL (to Bisu again), and the Lost Saga MSL (to Luxury). Recently in the SPL 08-09 season Hwasin has entered a bit of a slump and has severely underperformed in Proleague, specifically vs Terran opponents. He has gone from being on his team's lineup every week to appearing only once or not at all each week. Despite his performance in Proleague, he is still very successful in individual leagues, and reached the Ro16 of the Avalon MSL and the Bacchus OSL 2009 before being eliminated.

Hwasin started the 09-10 Proleague season as consistently as usual, finishing the round with 2 wins and 3 losses, one of which was an ace loss to Stork. Hwasin qualified for both the 2009 Nate MSL and the 2009 EVER OSL. After losing his opening two games in the OSL, Hwasin cannot qualify from his group, but he could affect whether or YellOw[ArnC] reaches a tiebreaker or not. On the final day of the round of 16, Hwasin's sloppy play on Fighting Spirit allowed YellOw[ArnC] to win, leaving a three way tie at the top of the group and knocking out Hwasin, 3-0. Despite this, Hwasin continued his strong MSL streak by qualifying for the round of 32, passing his group second, by beating Shine twice. This marks the ninth consecutive MSL Ro16 appearance for Hwasin. He is due to play Guemchi who thumbed down Odd-Eye for their match in the round of 16.

The series was played in the standard Split Day format. In the first game on Ultimatum, Guemchi attempted to DT drop Hwasin but lost his shuttle to Hwasin's turret ring. After this loss, Guemchi never recovered and lost to a simple push from Hwasin. In the second game of Fighting Spirit Hwasin's bunker rush took out Guemchi's early nexus which left the game relatively even. After a pause from the Kespa referee delayed the match, the game resumed and shortly after, Guemchi's attack was defended by Hwasin and he was forced to gg allowing Hwasin to pass to the Round of 8 where he will face team-mate Kal. At the time of the match, they had never played a televised game against each other. Kal was victorious in the first game of the series and both players admitted afterwards that neither player was practising for the series and that they were focusing on proleague.[1] Hwasin won a long macro game in set two on Match Point, but Kal won the following two games to knock Hwasin out in the Quarterfinals.

Following his good MSL, Hwasin became a more common sight on the STX roster and finish 4-1 in Round two of the proleague, playing a key role in STX's 9-2 result in round two. This gives Hwasin a 6-4 record going into Winner's league.


After qualifying for both the Korean Air Starleague and the MSL 2010 Season 1 (yet to be sponsored) some people doubted the capacity of Hwasin to make it out of his Ro32 groups. Hwasin’s condition during Winners League, where he barely made appearance, questioned his play and thus doubts arose wether he would make a Round of 16 appearance.

On the Starleague Hwasin was paired with Stork, Movie and Baby, where much to fans’ dismay his TvZ would not shine. Stork and Movie’s PvT seemed like a threat to Hwasin, as both players boast an impressive condition in this match-up. However on Day 1, Hwasin took Movie down, standing 1–0 in his group along up-and-coming Baby who, after beating Stork on the first day, is yet to test Hwasin’s TvT.

On the MSL Hwasin faced JangBi, FireFist and ZerO. Hwasin easily won in his games with ZerO and FireFist, displaying his precise timing pushes and impressive multitasking, all while remaining with a calm gesture on his face. Thus, Hwasin advances 2–0 to the Round of 16.

Later in 2010, it was discovered that Hwasin was involved with the Match Fixing Scandal, and was permanently banned from progaming by KeSPA.


The SSB Starleague was announced in August 18, 2015 by Hwasin with the list participants and prize money, ₩2,000,000 KRW (~$1,800). Tournament was supposed to run from September 1, until September 24.[2]

The tournament was canceled on August 23, 2015 after intense fan displeasure and Kongdoo requesting their players' withdrawal.[3]


  • Hwasin is known for his incredibly precise timing rushes. Hence the name "타이밍의 진영수" by the commentators and the fans.
  • Hwasin is most known for being one of the most fearsome TvZ players in the world, as well as having some of the best Marine and Medic micro.
  • Ever since 2006, Hwasin has never failed to qualify for the MSL Ro16. With the NATE MSL, he has qualified for 9 consecutive seasons.
  • Hwasin has a history of being eliminated from the MSL by champions of the current or previous MSL: by sAviOr in GOMTV MSL Season 1; by Bisu in GOMTV MSLs Seasons 2 and 3; by Jaedong in Arena MSL; by Bisu in ClubDay Online MSL; by Luxury in LostSaga MSL.
  • Hwasin invented the Hwasin Fake Double build.


2010-08-013rdPremier2009–2010 Shinhan Bank Proleague2009–2010 Shinhan Bank Proleague
0 : 2
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
2010-04-149th - 12thPremierKorean Air Starleague 2010Korean Air Starleague 2010
1-2Grp S.$1,610
2010-01-235th - 8thPremierNATE MSLNATE MSL
1 : 3$1,610
2009-03-135th - 8thPremier2008-2009 Batoo OSL2008-2009 Batoo OSL
1 : 2$2,415
2008-06-265th - 8thPremier2008 Arena MSL2008 Arena MSL
1 : 3$1,610
2007-10-211stPremier2007 IEST2007 IEST
3 : 2$21,445.51
2007-08-191stMajorWCG Korea 2007WCG Korea 2007
2 : 1$5,310.26
2007-07-215th - 8thPremier2007 Daum OSL2007 Daum OSL
1 : 2$2,415
2007-07-145th - 8thPremier2007 GOMTV MSL Season 22007 GOMTV MSL Season 2
2 : 3$2,183.02
2004-10-302ndPremier2004 SKY Proleague Round 22004 SKY Proleague Round 2
1 : 4
Pantech & Curitel CurriorsPantech & Curitel Curriors
Extended list of results

Other Achievements[edit]

  • STX Master 2007 MVP

Notable Games[edit]



  • vs. Jaedong Arena MSL Ro8 — Hwasin’s ELO peak vs. Zerg against Jaedong, who was widely considered the best ZvTer at the time.


Further reading[edit]