Players Portal

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The long illustrious history of StarCraft, both past and present, has largely been built on the shoulders of its players. This Players Portal serve to provide a catalog of all the players who have a presence on Liquipedia and a glimpse of their careers. A number of these players have emerged as figures of admiration and emulation, competing with passion and flair as they achieved success while entertaining the viewing audience, and are thus presented in more detail below.

Although StarCraft's most developed player base resides in South Korea, both non-Korean or "foreign" players are represented at Liquipedia. While many such foreign players are presented in this Players section, their presence is often overshadowed by the large number of South Korean competitors. Fundamentally, this reflects the dominance of the competitive international landscape by South Korean players, including their eleven consecutive titles at the most prominent international tournament, the World Cyber Games, which were won in commanding fashion. Correspondingly, interest in the game was eagerly encouraged by Korean entities, with wide-spread coverage and availability of StarCraft-related information, including at least two Korean television stations dedicated to StarCraft and e-Sports. Nonetheless, the number of talented South Korean players does not diminish the non-Korean presence, as many strong participants from across Europe, Asia, and the Americas competed in a variety of lucrative local and international tournaments. With many players speaking English, language was less of a barrier, enabling many of these competitors to interact with and foster various vibrant online communities. As such, although the number of Korean players cataloged in these pages are large, the international landscape was alive and well, and readers are invited to explore more about these non-Korean competitors here.

For our readers, if a noteworthy participant is absent or insufficiently documented, do consider authoring or contributing to making the site more comprehensive. For help and hints about how to complete player biographies, please see the biography resources guide.

Highlighted Players[edit]

Select players from StarCraft history, in order of historical peak Elo ratings:

Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Flash
Among the strongest players in history. Highest Elo rating and longest reign atop KeSPA ranking ever recorded. Re-defined various match-ups, particularly modern TvP.

Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
Jaedong
One of best players in history. Second highest Elo rating and longest rule as top Zerg on KeSPA ranking. Perfected modern ZvP game while dominating ZvZ match-up.

Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Bisu
Top active player and among best in history, particularly innovative and dominant in PvZ match-up. Longest reign as top Protoss on KeSPA ranking, third highest peak Elo.

iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
iloveoov
Dominant force during his peak years. Influential macro-based, multitasking-intensive strategies, notably TvP. Among highest Elo ratings. Coaching prowess extended legacy.

NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
NaDa
Long consistent career, seven-plus years in the KeSPA top 30. Tied for most Starleague titles. Game-play characterized by machine-like precision. One of highest Elo ratings recorded.

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SAviOr

SAviOr
SAviOr
Master strategist, revolutionized both ZvT and ZvP when Zerg innovation was stagnant to dominate his peak years. Among highest Elo. Scandal vacated titles, tarnished career.

BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
BoxeR
Brought Korea to forefront of international competitive StarCraft. First to achieve celebrity status. Longest reign atop KeSPA ranking. Heralded for micro-based creativity.

One of few "foreigners" to play professionally in South Korea. Top 5 performances at multiple Starleagues and four appearances at WCG, with victory at 2003 WCG Euro.

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First dominant force in earliest days of disjointedness, ascended to become one of few "foreigners" in South Korea after success locally. Only non-Korean to win a Starleague.

Among strongest non-Korean players. Recognized for ZvP play. Represented Germany four times on international stage at WCG, as well as victory at 2005 WCG Euro.