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World Cyber Games 2007

The World Cyber Games 2007 Grand Finals were held from October 3rd-7th, 2007 at in Seattle, Washington, USA. This marked the second time the WCG would be held in the United States, with the WCG 2004 Grand Finals held in San Francisco three years earlier. WCG organizers hoped the Seattle event would match the 40,000 spectators that were drawn the year before at WCG 2006 in Monza, Italy, if not the 55,000 strong who attended WCG 2005 in Singapore.

Inside the Qwest Field Event Center, approximately 700 participants representing 74 countries competed across all team and individual events. The tournament cash purse totaled $480,000, with over $26,000 allocated for StarCraft: Brood War competitors. Spectators of the Grand Finals were able to watch selected games on two stage areas, as well as flat-screen televisions set up throughout the venue. For fans at home, online video broadcasts were available in a number of languages as announcers provided play-by-play and analysis of featured matches, including in English by GGL Wire and in Korean by OGN. Various gaming sites, such as Meet Your Makers, Gosu Gamers, and Game Riot and a number of fans were able to provide on-site reporting and accounts of their experience, given the relative ease of travel to this US-based location, enabling distant fans access to a wide range of coverage.

After a variety of National Qualifiers from March through September 2007, the Grand Finals welcomed 35 Brood War finalists from 26 countries. The most represented countries were South Korea, Germany, Russia, China, the United States, and Poland. Italy and Bulgaria were also well-represented with two participants each. A few countries would by represented by participants for the first time in a WCG, including Belarus and Trinidad and Tobago. Leading up to the WCG 2007 Grand Finals, a number of players had garnered attention for their play heading into the contest. Some participants made valiant efforts but fell short in WCG 2005-2006, while others were newcomers who quickly rose up the ranks in either international play. Notable Korean participants included  South Korea Zerg sAviOr,  South Korea Protoss Stork, and  South Korea Terran Hwasin, while non-Koreans included  Germany Zerg Mondragon,  China Protoss Pj,  Canada Protoss Testie and  Poland Zerg Draco.

The Group Stage did not result in any significant upsets, with the expected participants advancing in their respective groups. It is worth noting, however that two Korean participants, sAviOr and Stork, both favorites for the tournament, would lose a game apiece during the round-robin competition, but these defeats did not affect their advancement to the Elimination Stage. In the Elimination Stage, however, sAviOr was defeated, and thus eliminated, by Pj, the eventual silver medalist, in a best-of-three quarterfinals match. Notably, this was the first time a Korean player was eliminated by a non-Korean player in the history of the Grand Finals. Stork's victory in the championship match would preserve the streak of Korean participants winning the Grand Finals in every year Brood War was held as an official WCG game.

WCG 2004

The World Cyber Games 2004 Grand Finals were held from October 6-10, 2004 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, USA.[1] This marked the first time the WCG would be held outside of South Korea, where the past four previous sessions were held. Despite being only four years young, the WCG quickly reached the pinnacle of the e-Sports world, with some of the richest purses available. With much success in South Korea, where the WCG 2003 drew 150,000 spectators over seven days in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, the expectations for the first overseas WCG Grand Finals event were surely high.[2] WCG 2004 was the first of two WCG competitions hosted in the United States, with WCG 2007 being hosted in Seattle, Washington, USA three years later.


Defiler Tournaments

General Information[edit]

The first edition of the tournaments was hosted on the 12th December 2010 by yoda in cooperation with the Russian StarCraft Brood War portal In January 2010 the tournament series was advertised on ICCup's mainpage[1] and English as secondary language was offered by Consequently more international players joined the most recent tournaments. In between December 2010 and January 2013 more than 100 tournaments were hosted on's portal.[2]


The Defiler Tournaments had a major impact on the Brood War scene outside of Korea, post-StarCraft II. After the majority of notable foreigners left the community, only few tournaments and prestigious events were organized. The Russians filled the gap, being on of the first to host tournaments with prizepools. About 200 viewers follow the Russian cast of yoda for each edition on average. Since at least one tournament or event was hosted on per week, the series was able to establish a new who-is-who for the international scene. The competition was higher than in most other tournaments, because of the relatively high number of participants and an internal seeding system used to balance the brackets. Especially the players that were able to win more than one medal gained a lot of reputation among the viewers and the other participants. Occasionally stronger Korean players joined the tournaments. The best of the Koreans was arguably the ex progamer In_Dove.[3]

In the first two months the defiler tournaments were restricted to the Russian scene. Only in the sixth volume and onwards were international players allowed to participate. With Sziky and the Korean-American Scan joining, a trio dominated the scene until mid 2011. More than 40% of the prizes were paid to either Heme or the other two before-mentioned international players. The rest of the participants had a hard time to overcome the huge gap that divided the three from the rest of the international players. The trio eventually fell apart when the Russian Terran went inactive in the Summer of 2011.

With Pro7ect returning from his mandatory military service in Korea[4] and the American Michael entering more tournaments, the gap started to close. Additionally more notable players from outside of Russia improved and regularly finished higher in the series. After the MMM Tours in Summer 2012 the era of Scan and Sziky ended; both players focused on different tournaments or went inactive in the Russian tournament series. New players like Dewalt and eOnzErG took over the role of the tournament favourites. Additionally a number of veterans, like TechnicS, Arcneon and gargoyle returned from inactivity and started to compete for the prize money as well. Especially in December 2012 a new rivalry between TechnicS and eOnzErG started in the Defi Mini Tournaments. Both players faced each other more than ten times in the deciding stages of these tours.


ICCup Ladder Main Event[edit]

iCCup Ladder Main Event

The ICCup Ladder Main Event was announced in late August 2013 on and featured $ 750 in prizes[1].


Ladder Stage
  • 2 Month long open ladder qualifications hosted on TheAbyss
  • Top 288 players qualified
Qualifier Stage
  • Ranks #33 to #288 were placed into sixteen 16 Man Single Elimination Brackets
  • Ranks #33 to #48 were seeded in different Brackets
Shoot Outs
  • Best of Three match between the places #17 to #32 and the survivors of the Qualifier Stage
Ladder Main Event
  • 32 Man Double Elimination Bracket
  • Top 16 of the Ladder Stage directly qualified


Protoss Protoss (4) Terran Terran (2) Zerg Zerg (9) Random Random/Racepicker (1)
Canada Protoss dRaW United States Terran Scan Hungary Zerg Sziky Bulgaria Random NeMu
Russia Protoss Lancerx Peru Terran Dandy South Korea Zerg Cute
Canada Protoss DragOn South Korea Zerg anfod
Finland Protoss Arcneon Poland Zerg ZZZero
Bulgaria Zerg Cosy
Poland Zerg trutaCz
Poland Zerg GameZZZ
United States Zerg Michael
Spain Zerg eOnzErG


SSL 8[edit]

8th SonicTV Starleague

The 8th SonicTV BJ Starleague was announced on the 22nd of December 2012.[1]

The entire tournament will be casted by Kim Carry and Lee Seung Won, and there was an MSL style group selection held on the 23rd of February.

Tournament Information[edit]


Protoss Protoss (12) Terran Terran (10) Zerg Zerg (10)
South Korea Onicle South Korea Ample South Korea Spire
South Korea ErOs_Lucifer South Korea Iris South Korea beast
South Korea Hint South Korea HiyA South Korea Cola
South Korea Lazy South Korea donggle South Korea ZeLoT
South Korea Movie South Korea kkong South Korea hero
South Korea Sky South Korea Shinee South Korea Killer
South Korea Perry South Korea Mong South Korea Larva
South Korea Pusan South Korea Sea South Korea Mae.pOse
South Korea Shuttle South Korea Sexy South Korea uNiOn`Feat
South Korea -_- South Korea sSak South Korea ddugi
South Korea Tyson
South Korea `iOps]..SenSe


Former Featured Articles[edit]

7th SonicTV Starleague

The 7th SonicTV BJStarleague was a major amateur Brood War competition organized by Sonic, a popular Afreeca Broadcast Jockey (BJ). This tournament was the 7th edition of this long-running amateur league, and was the largest production of the league that has been undertaken to this point, featuring a large prize pool and a number of talented participants.

The finals for this tournament were held at a venue and broadcast live, with Kim Carry providing commentary.

Tournament Information[edit]


Protoss Protoss (9) Terran Terran (9) Zerg Zerg (14)
South Korea PerfectMan South Korea HiyA South Korea Killer
South Korea Pusan South Korea Mong South Korea force[name]
South Korea Minus)Eagle South Korea AsiaSin[ScM] South Korea StarCue
South Korea LYH South Korea Sexy South Korea Beast
South Korea Minus)Mighty South Korea IcaruS[ScM] South Korea MinHo
South Korea Hint South Korea Shinee South Korea Saber_Lt
South Korea He)Jy South Korea Ample South Korea Larva
South Korea Perry South Korea Koala South Korea Terror
South Korea Sky South Korea KangTaeWan South Korea ZergMaN
South Korea Cola
South Korea Soma[Kal]
South Korea Ondol
South Korea Minus)ZeLot
South Korea Mahell

Former Featured Articles

Torenhire Starleague I

The Torenhire Starleague I, also known as the ThSL I, was an invitational tournament organized by the Team Liquid user Torenhire. The tournament participants were made up of a number of forum veterans with variances in skill that ranged from beginner to former progamer in caliber.


Group Stage
  • 32 players broken up into 8 groups of 4 players each
  • Bo3 round-robin procedure
  • Top 2 ranked players at the conclusion of group stage proceed to elimination bracket
Elimination Bracket
  • 16-player single-elimination bracket
  • Bo3 series all the way to quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are Bo5
  • Winner of the finals plays a 3-game match against Sea


Protoss Protoss (12) Terran Terran (4) Zerg Zerg (8) Random Random/Racepicker (8)
Croatia Protoss 2Pacalypse United States Terran N.geNuity Germany Zerg 7mk English Speaking Random GTR
Hungary Protoss 538 United States Terran Metalx Austria Zerg BioboyAT United States Random Hot_Bid
Japan Protoss Cambium United States Terran Mizu Canada Zerg Chill United States Random intrigue
United States Protoss CaucasianAsian Ukraine Terran Sadistx United States Zerg Ideas Norway Random Liquid'Drone
United States Protoss HawaiianPig Canada Zerg Kau Netherlands Random Pholon
Australia Protoss Hyde United States Zerg Probe1 Belgium Random RaGe
United States Protoss Jonoman Chile Zerg skindzer United States Random redtooth
Norway Protoss Jonvvv Canada Zerg Trozz United States Random Rekrul
Sweden Protoss keit
United States Protoss Meapak_Ziphh
United States Protoss StorrZerg
United States Protoss tec27

MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL)

The MBCGame StarCraft League was formed in 2003 and replaced the KPGA Tour. The MSL was broadcast by MBCGame, which was a cable television network in Korea dedicated to video games. Alongside the Starleague (OSL), the MSL was considered to be one of the two major tournaments for professional StarCraft players. In terms of prestige, the MSL generally ranked behind the OSL, but they are considered the same skill-wise.

On February 1, 2012, the Korean cable gaming channel MBCGame ceased operations.

MSL Date (YY/MM/DD) Winner Runner-up Final Score Articles
Stout MSL 2003 (03/04/17 - 03/07/19) Protoss Nal_rA Terran NaDa 3-0 (1 bye) Bracket
TriGem MSL 2003 (03/09/04 - 03/11/30) Terran iloveoov Zerg YellOw 3-0 Bracket
HanaFOS CENGAME MSL 2004 (04/01/08 - 04/04/18) Terran iloveoov Terran NaDa 3-2 Bracket and Summary
SPRIS MSL 2004 (04/05/20 - 04/08/29) Terran iloveoov Protoss Kingdom 3-2 Bracket
You are the Golf King MSL 2004 - 2005 (04/09/30 - 05/02/06) Zerg Gorush Terran NaDa 4-2 R&S
UZOO MSL 2005 (05/04/21 - 05/08/06) Zerg sAviOr Protoss Reach 3-1 R&S
LG CYON MSL 2005 - 2006 (05/10/06 - 06/01/14) Zerg ChoJJa Zerg sAviOr 3-1 R&S
Pringles MSL Season 1 2006 (06/04/06 - 06/07/16) Zerg sAviOr Protoss Nal_rA 3-1 R&S
Pringles MSL Season 2 2006 (06/08/17 - 06/11/11) Zerg sAviOr Zerg Silver 3-1 R&S
GOMTV MSL Season 1 2006 - 2007 (06/11/30 - 07/03/03) Protoss Bisu Zerg sAviOr 3-0 R&S
GOMTV MSL Season 2 2007 (07/05/03 - 07/07/14) Protoss Bisu Protoss Stork 3-2 R&S
GOMTV MSL Season 3 2007 (07/09/13 - 07/11/17) Terran Mind Protoss Bisu 3-1 R&S
GOMTV MSL Season 4 2008 (08/01/03 - 08/03/08) Zerg Jaedong Protoss Kal 3-1 R&S
2008 Arena MSL 2008 (08/05/01 - 08/07/26) Terran fOrGG Zerg Jaedong 3-0 R&S
ClubDay Online MSL 2008 (08/09/18 - 08/11/16) Protoss Bisu Protoss JangBi 3-1 R&S
Lost Saga MSL 2009 (09/01/15 - 09/03/21) Zerg Luxury Protoss JangBi 3-1 R&S
Avalon MSL 2009 (09/06/11 - 09/08/30) Zerg Calm Zerg Kwanro 3-1 R&S
NATE MSL 2009 (09/11/26 - 10/01/23) Zerg Jaedong Terran Flash 3-1 R&S
Hana Daetoo Securities MSL 2010 (10/04/01 - 10/05/29) Terran Flash Zerg Jaedong 3-0 R&S
Bigfile MSL 2010 (10/07/01 - 10/08/28) Terran Flash Zerg Jaedong 3-2 R&S
PDPoP MSL 2010 (10/12/16 - 11/02/19) Zerg Hydra Zerg Great 3-1 R&S
ABC Mart MSL 2011 (11/04/14 - 11/06/11) Terran Flash Zerg ZerO 3-0 R&S


Heo Yeong Moo (aka JangBi) is a Korean professional StarCraft gamer that uses the Protoss race and is currently playing for the professional StarCraft team Samsung KHAN.

First appearing on Samsung KHAN's lineup in early 2007, JangBi quickly became the star player of the team, with more ace matches and finals appearances than anyone else on his team during the 2008-2009 season. Known for having arguably the best Protoss vs Terran in Korea, JangBi holds the Elo peak for the PvT match-up and is generally considered a favorite against any Terran he faces. JangBi has long been in the shadow of his team-mate Stork, who was seen as the star player of KHAN for a long time until the slump he suffered following his Incruit OSL victory. Some joke that JangBi still is in Stork's shadow; Stork was long known for always finishing 2nd in tournaments, and JangBi had earned 3 silver medals in the span of 1 season. In televised matches between the two, however, JangBi is undefeated with five victories. Following his second consecutive MSL silver medal in the 2009 Lost Saga MSL, JangBi appeared to lose his previous good form and fell into a slump.

In the finals of the latest OSL he faced the defending champion Fantasy, who had soundly defeated JangBi's team-mate Stork in the last OSL. The two players traded blows and after four sets the score was at 2-2. In the last set on Pathfinder, JangBi opened with a 12 Nexus. Fantasy countered by employing his trademark Dropship Play and taking advantage of the space behind JangBi's expansion to both harass the Probe-line and to ferry troops into the main. JangBi, who, similarly to the first set, opted for early Stargates, barely held on while patiently collecting Carriers. However, he lost a fair number of Probes and fell behind with as much as 30 supply.

Once Observers were out, JangBi counter-attacked in desperation, pushing back Fantasy's reinforcing Goliaths with his combination of ground army and Carriers. Pinned in his base, Fantasy could not prevent significant losses. This allowed JangBi to isolate and sweep the fortifications behind his natural. Eventually he claimed a third base and managed to destroy Fantasy's third two times. Fantasy's last effort was a fleet of cloaked Wraiths. Due to a large number of Observers, JangBi defeated them easily, ending the series and taking the championship.


EffOrt's first broadcasted match occurred in 2008 in the Ro128 of the GOM Classic Season 1 against ToSsGirL. He lost the first set, however, he came back to win the series two games to one. His run ended in the next round, where he lost 1–2 to fOrGG. Since then, he has proven to be more and more successful, and the next season became a regular on CJ Entus’ Proleague lineup, as well as reaching the Ro32 in the GOM Classic Season 2. EffOrt was dubbed the “neo-sAviOr” at that time due to his game-style’s strong resemblance to sAviOr, who is also on EffOrt’s team.

In the 2010 Korean Air Starleague, Effort defeated Flash, the heavy favorite, 3-2 after a 0-2 deficit. His OSL run included a 7 hour long tiebreaker in the group stage between go.go, Shine, and himself.

In September 2010, Effort announced his retirement, citing that he had achieved his goal as a progamer (to win a Starleague) and was seeking new challenges in life.

On March 21, 3:52 AM (KST), Hite Entus tweeted: "'Effort(Jungwoo Kim/Zerg)' is coming back! He will rejoin us from today and practice until he gets his pro-gamer license back on Aug 31st Plz cheer him up! Thank you!!!!!"


Drafted into Pirates of Space (now MBCGame HERO) during the 2005 KeSPA rookie draft due to a lack of Protoss players on the team at the time, Bisu predominantly played in Proleague matches and Starleague qualifying matches during his first year and a half as a professional. Notably, he defeated Nal_rA, ChoJJa and Goodfriend during the early part of his career. By the end of 2006 he managed to obtain a career average of approximately 60% and was considered a solid player at the time.

Bisu burst into stardom after his stunning 3-0 defeat of sAviOr during the 2007 GOMTV MSL finals. During this time, he earned the nickname of "Revolutionist," forever changing the Protoss vs Zerg (PvZ) matchup. This was the most significant turning point of his career and the following months solidified his status as one of the greatest players of all time. During this period he managed to collect another MSL title by defeating Stork 3-2 in the finals, as well several Starleague top 3 finishes. His MSL streak was ended up a disappointing 3-1 loss to Mind in the Season 3 GOMTV MSL finals. Nonetheless, Bisu was also credited with reviving Protoss after years of Zerg and Terran dominance.


Fantasy first appeared on the lineup of SKT T1 in May 2007. He initially displayed poor results, and failed to enter the MSL that season. He was part of the SKT T1 lineup later that year for the 1st season of the Minor League, in which he excelled, holding a record of 7 wins and 2 losses, the best of any player that season. He soon managed to qualify for the Arena MSL (where he lost in the group stage) and later in the Incruit OSL, in which he earned his fame.

Fantasy reached new heights in the '10-'11 season when he broke his silver curse and defeated Stork in the 2010 Bacchus OSL finals in a crushing 3-0 victory. The series was remarkable for Fantasy countering Stork's reaver and carrier tactics, which Stork had used to great success earlier in that OSL. By using a fast goliath range off 1 factory on Gladiator and wraiths on Aztec, Fantasy was able to stop Stork's shuttle and take the initiative with his own dropships, finishing the series with an elevator on Pathfinder.

KT Rolster

KT Rolster (formerly KTF MagicNS) is one of the oldest progaming teams and longtime rivals of SK Telecom T1. Known as KTF MagicNs from the start, they became KT MagicNs near the end of the 2008-2009 Proleague Season, changing their sponsor from subsidiary KTF to parent company KT. At the end of the season they changed to KT Fingerboom for a little while before settling on KT Rolster (short for Roller Coaster).

As of 8th August 2010, KT has become the new champion of 2009-2010 Shinhan Bank Proleague after defeating their longtime rival and defending champion SK Telecom T1 4-2 in the Proleague Grand Finals, with wins by Violet, Stats, Tempest and Flash over Canata, Bisu, s2 and Hyuk respectively.

Greg Fields

After one of his biggest accomplishments to date - winning the eSTRO SuperStars tournament, the Terran player IdrA was given the rare opportunity to be a part of the Korean progaming team eSTRO. Several months later, IdrA was given a progamer license and sent to CJ Entus in an effort to spread foreigners amongst the progaming teams.

During his time in Korea IdrA has racked up a notable amount of foreigner tournament wins, such as the ESWC Masters, ESL Major and the Valor tournament

Guillaume Patry

Grrrr... was the most successful player of the "First Generation in Korea" and was one of the most successful foreigners of all time. Mainly playing as Protoss, Grrrr... was also known for his ability to play all races at a very high level and compete with the best players at the time.

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Kim Jung Woo

EffOrt’s first streamed match occurred in 2008 in the Ro128 of the GOM Classic Season 1 against ToSsGirL. He lost the first set, however, he came back to win the series two games to one. His run ended in the next round, where he lost 1–2 to fOrGG. Since then, he has proven to be more and more successful…

Lim Yo-Hwan

Commonly referred to by his nickname Boxer, he is one of the most successful Pro-Gamers in the history of the game. As the most popular Starcraft player with a fan club of more than 600,000 members and a DVD compilation of his greatest games released in South Korea, he is widely regarded as the e-sport's iconic figure.

Mech as a Problem?

Once upon a time, Liquipedia held an event. It invited some great players, some hosts to interview them, and the first Liquipedia Q&A was born. Terran players IdrA, Artosis, and Ver were pitted against the Zerg Day[9] and Chill. The results was an exciting discussion about the limits and possibilites of mech play.

The God of Destruction

It has been four years since his first game as a progamer and of the five and a half hundred games he has played he has won nearly four hundred. He is part of all the most important modern rivalries. He is a World Champion and holder of five major titles. He has been No.1 for eleven straight months in an era of brutal competition. He is ‘The Tyrant’, he is ‘The God of Destruction’…


This article gives you an introduction to the recent OSL winner and MSL 2nd place finisher.

Drafted by Pantech and Curel in 2007 and traded off to KTF MagicNs shortly after being drafted, Flash came on to the scene as one of the youngest progamers to be televised. Advancing to the Daum OSL from his first attempt in the offline preliminaries, his career started off in a strong fashion, quickly amassing a winning record in Proleague play and succeeding in getting into both the MSL and OSL.

Muta Harass

This article walks you through all the small details of performing a successful Mutalisk harass:

Early-game Mutalisks are harassment units and should be used as such. They should never directly engage an army. Their strength lies in their mobility, picking off stray units, workers, and buildings. Because no unit is fast enough to keep up with Mutalisks, they provide indirect map control — if your opponent splits his army to attack you too early, Mutalisks can deal quite a headache by targeting undefended areas of your opponent’s base and retreating once the defending army arrives.