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[e][h]Terran iloveoov
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Choi Yun Sung
November 5, 1983 (age 40)
Alternate IDs:
Cheater Terran, Monster Terran(怪兽)
Approx. Total Winnings:
2003 KTF EVER Cup Proleague 2003 TriGem MSL LG IBM MBC Team League 2004 HanaFOS CENGAME MSL 2004 SPRIS MSL 2004 EVER OSL CKCG 2005 2005 Shinhan OSL WCG Korea 2006 WCG 2006 2008-09 Shinhan Bank Proleague
2003-??-?? — 2003-12-??
2003-12-?? — 2004-04-??
2004-04-?? — 2011-08-02


Choi "iloveoov" Yun Sung is a retired StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Terran for SK Telecom T1. He was the head coach for SK Telecom T1 in StarCraft II.
He was inducted into the Korean esports Hall of Fame in 2012.


Iloveoov arrived onto the progaming scene after being recruited along with other promising talents RainBOw and Sigamari onto BoxeR's new team in 2003. They would be joined by players such as kOs and Kingdom (and later Mumyung and Terato). Legend has it that iloveoov caught BoxeR’s attention by defeating him online with all three races on Lost Temple. As an amateur iloveoov played all the races and had an account over 2000 on Game-i with each race. He was especially noticed for his Zerg play, but his bad manner had prevented previous teams from recruiting him. After gaining his pro license and seeing the need to focus on a single race, however, iloveoov ended up picking Terran as he believed that it was the only race with which he could consistently beat NaDa, who was at that time tearing up the leagues.

Unstoppable: The Streak[edit]

Iloveoov rocked the Brood War progaming world as soon as he joined Boxer’s pro team. He entered the 2003 TriGem MSL where YellOw had thought that by dispatching NaDa 2-0 in the winner’s finals he would finally be able to take home a Starleague victory. Instead, iloveoov clawed his way through the loser’s bracket after a first round loss to NaDa himself to overwhelm him 3-1 in the loser’s bracket finals and then the perennial punching bag YellOw 3-0 in the Grand Finals. He followed this initial splash with two more MSL championships much in the same way as Nada before him had conquered 3 KPGA Tour in a row, powering over Nada 3-2 in the finals for 2004 HanaFOS CENGAME MSL (having only dropped one other game the entire tournament) and Kingdom 3-2 in the finals for 2004 SPRIS MSL.

At this point in iloveoov’s career one should look to how game-breaking his play style was in order to reach win percentages unachievable even by Nada. Early in his career iloveoov had a ridiculous 25-0 TvZ streak. It’s important to remember that iloveoov is named bonjwa not just by a magical run through a single tournament but by dominating his opponents thoroughly for a significant period of time and sweeping Starleague caliber players 2-0, 3-1, and 3-0 in sets. Iloveoov’s play could be characterized as devastating macro backed up by some of the best defense in the history of StarCraft. With a distinctively “low” APM of around 250, iloveoov used his superior game sense to outmacro each and every opponent if undisturbed. Earning nicknames of “Cheater Terran” for having impossibly large armies and “Bus Driver” for taking his opponents "on a trip", perhaps the scariest part of iloveoov at the time was that he also seemed uncheeseable. Adversaries who feared iloveoov’s unstoppable macro also failed in early gambits to pierce his ironclad armor.

While cruising through SPRIS MSL in mid 2004, iloveoov landed himself into both the Gillette OSL and the short-lived iTV Ranking League. This was somewhat accidental because the preliminaries for the OSL had proven very difficult to work through and he had instead focused his practice on MSL maps where he found great success. In the Gilette OSL, iloveoov found himself the target of the previous OSL Champion Nal_rA who picked him in his group as the deadliest player he could find. Nal_rA had torn through the previous OSL with high level strategy and perfectly timed builds. For the first game of the Starleague iloveoov faced rA down on Requiem, a virtual TvP nightmare, and showed off his excellent defense anyhow as he first deflected early zealot+cannon cheese followed by dark templar drops and then artfully uses dropships to strike at rA’s main for the GG. Meanwhile iloveoov was performing unspectacularly in the regular iTV tournament (ranking 9th before the final round) only to display his why he was the scariest player in the world at the time and win 9 straight matches (against the players ranked 2 through 8) to advance to the finals against new sensation JulyZerg. JulyZerg would live up to his hype by pounding iloveoov in early July 2004 in the iTV finals to stop him at his first finals and then again a week later in the OSL semifinals which JulyZerg would win, giving it renown as the "Game That Broke the Streak".

Cementing His Legacy[edit]

Denied his Royal Road trip and reeling from double losses to JulyZerg with people questioning whether iloveoov’s reign had ended, iloveoov came back with a vengeance in the EVER 2004 OSL. EVER 2004 was one of the more memorable OSLs as the final 8 included six previous OSL champions, YellOw, and iloveoov. On his route to the finals against his mentor BoxeR, iloveoov took down the fiercest opponents at the time including GoRush, NaDa, and Reach (to whom he lost a macro war for the first time only to come back and stop 3 cheeses). A nail-biter of a series, iloveoov was 2-2 with BoxeR ahead in the final game only to get away with an un-scouted expo and rise to victory, made bittersweet by beating his mentor. At 2004 You Are the Golf King MSL iloveoov would drop his nemesis JulyZerg 2-0 only to lose both in the Winner’s and Loser’s bracket to another opponent who seemingly countered him, XellOs.

iloveoov celebrating his 2nd OSL win.

As sAviOr’s reign started in the MSL, iloveoov meandered around the following OSLs, succumbing to the OSL winner’s curse in IOPS (losing again to JulyZerg), being taken out in EVER 2005 OSL by XellOs, and falling to the eventual So1 OSL Champion Anytime 1-3. Winter of 2005 arrived and iloveoov could taste blood, placing 3 relative no-namers in his OSL group and then demolishing Boxer 2-1, Casy 3-2, and even JulyZerg 3-0 (who was on his quest for the Golden Mouse) in the finals of the ShinHan2005 OSL to join the elite group of players with multiple OSLs. Throughout 2005 and 2006 iloveoov displayed his versatility as a core part of the SK Telecom T1 2005 Proleague team that won three finals and dominated the regular seasons. In 2008, he retired to a player coach position in SKT1 due to an injury to his wrist and lack of motivation which had plagued him throughout 2007.[1]

Strategic Influence[edit]

Iloveoov is easily the most influential player in StarCraft strategy and through his strategies has significantly affected the balance between races, setting the standard many times for modern Terran play in 2003, 2006 and 2008-9 as a coach. Oov has invented a number of new builds for his pupil, Fantasy. The Fantasy Build revolutionized the Terran vs Zerg match-up and brought forth Mech TvZ and half a year of Terran domination over Zerg. The iloveoov build is a TvP build crafted by iloveoov to combat Protoss builds that counter the Double Armory build. The iloveoov Fake Mech was conceived in response to the Zerg adaptation against the Fantasy build and allows a Terran to choose from a traditional Bionic TvZ or a Mech TvZ.


The table shows iloveoov's overall record as of January 3, 2008:

Overall Statistics
Matchup Games Win Loss Ratio
vs. Terran 184 112 72 60.9%
vs. Zerg 178 124 54 69.7%
vs. Protoss 160 102 58 63.7%
Total 522 338 184 64.8%



  • Iloveoov was nicknamed "Bus Driver" in Korea. The Korean word for rape is "gang gan", but because the use of such a word is frowned upon in a professional setting, 'gang gan' was transformed into the word 'gwan gwang' which means 'tour' or 'to go on a trip'. The one who takes someone on a 'tour' is the 'bus driver'. This idea came right out after the match between iloveoov and Goodfriend on nostalgia, where iloveoov took Goodfriend 'on a trip' with pure wraiths while goodfriend was defending with goliath and turrets. [1]
  • One interesting myth associated with iloveoov was the “iloveoov curse”: after oov smashes an opponent they spiral into a slump from the brutality. Players possibly affected include YellOw, NaDa, Nal_rA, BoxeR, and Reach.
  • At 191 cm (6'3") iloveoov is the tallest progamer ever, contributing to one of his nicknames, Gorilla Terran.


Year Team Wins Losses %Win vs. Terran vs. Zerg vs. Protoss Best Finish
2003 Orion, 4U 34 8 81.0% 15-6 13-0 6-2 Trigem MSL
2004 SKT 85 47 64.4% 32-25 27-13 26-9 CENGame MSL, SPRIS MSL, & EVER 2004 OSL
2005 SKT 45 28 61.6% 10-5 18-6 17-17 Shinhan Bank 2005 OSL
2006 SKT 32 27 54.2% 14-11 12-7 6-9 Ro8, Pringles S1 MSL
2007 SKT 27 28 49.1% 10-13 7-9 10-6 Ro8, GOMTV S2 MSL
2008 SKT 1 3 25.0% 0-1 1-2 0-0 ---
2009 SKT 4 2 66.7% 1-1 1-0 2-1 ---


2006-10-221stPremierWCG 2006WCG 2006
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
2 : 1$25,000
2006-09-292ndPremierIEF 2006IEF 2006
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
1 : 2$5,000
2006-08-061stMajorWCG Korea 2006WCG Korea 2006
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
2 : 1$5,234.81
2006-03-041stPremier2005 Shinhan OSL2005 Shinhan OSL
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
3 : 0$16,100
2005-08-221stPremierCKCG 2005CKCG 2005
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
1 : 2$11,975
2004-11-201stPremier2004 EVER OSL2004 EVER OSL
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
3 : 2$16,100
2004-08-291stPremier2004 SPRIS MSL2004 SPRIS MSL
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
3 : 2$24,150
2004-04-181stPremier2004 HanaFOS CENGAME MSL2004 HanaFOS CENGAME MSL
SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1
3 : 2$21,500
2004-02-281stPremierLG IBM MBC Team LeagueLG IBM MBC Team League
4 Union4 Union
4 : 2
KTF MagicNsKTF MagicNs
2003-11-301stPremier2003 TriGem MSL2003 TriGem MSL
3 : 0$16,100
Extended list of results

Place Year Event/League
2nd 2004 iTV Ranking 7th League
1st 2003 iTV Newcomers' League
WCG Champion
WCG 2005
Preceded By:
South Korea Protoss fOru
WCG 2006
22nd October 2006 - 3th October 2007
South Korea Terran Iloveoov
WCG 2007
Succeeded By:
South Korea Protoss Stork
OSL Champion
Gillette OSL
Preceded By:
South Korea Zerg July
20th November 2004-5th March 2005
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran NaDa
Preceded By:
South Korea Protoss AnyTime
Shinhan2005 OSL
4th March 2006-23rd June 2006
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Shinhan2006-1 OSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran Casy
MSL Champion
Stout MSL
Preceded By:
South Korea Protoss Nal_rA
TriGem MSL
6th November 2003-Continued
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran iloveoov
TriGem MSL
Preceded By:
South Korea Terran iloveoov
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Preceded By:
South Korea Terran iloveoov
Continued-6th February 2005
South Korea Terran iloveoov
You are the Golf King MSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Zerg Gorush

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