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[e][h]Protoss RainBOw
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Kim Sung Je
February 8, 1984 (age 38)
Alternate IDs:
IntoTheRainBOw, by.bee, Silent_4Leaf
Approx. Total Winnings:
Approx. Winnings 2022:
2001-01-?? — 2002-10-??
2002-10-?? — 2003-12-??
2003-12-?? — 2004-04-??
2004-04-?? — 2009-09-??

Kim "RainBOw" Sung Je is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Protoss for SK Telecom T1.

He played Terran in StarCraft II and was a coach for StarTale.


[1] "It seems that the reaver, when conjured up by Protoss users, only listens to Kim Sung Jae perfectly. He is its true owner." - OGN Commentator

There is no one in progaming who has influenced the scene more without winning a single major title in his career than Kim Sung Jae. Sung Jae is mostly known for his Reaver play which has become standard for effective use of the unit. Sung Jae started out in the progaming world as the protégé of veteran Im Sung Choon (IntoTheRain). In many ways, his time as an understudy had a large influence on the unique style of his own gameplay. Sung Choon's popular spell usage of the Protoss race is still reflected today in Sung Jae's very own spell usage, in particular the use of the High Templar psi storm.

Sung Jae was signed to Ideal Space, which boasted the incredible lineup of Lim Yo Hwan (BoxeR), Lee Yoon Yeol (NaDa), Hong Jin Ho (YellOw) and Kim Hyun Jin (kOs), among others. Sung Jae would participate in many leagues but find little success in his time in IS. Towards the end of the year, the condition in IS deteriorated rapidly, resulting in the departure of Yo Hwan. Sung Jae also tried to get out of the environment, but because of contractual difficulties, things remained very uncertain for his playing career. Yo Hwan's new team (Orion) managed to settle disputes with IS and Sung Jae was handpicked by Yo Hwan for the team, giving him the role of premiere Protoss.

Sung Jae's distinctive style was very much in the forefront during this time, most notably in his 2nd challenge league matches (2002 3rd OnGameNet Challenge league). But he could only manage a win against Kim Jeong Min (TheMarine) in ODT, falling one step short of qualification. Sung Jae also put on an impressive showing at WCG Korea 2003, only losing to eventual representative Kim Hwan Joong (Rage).

Sung Jae gained momentum and even qualified for the NHN Hangame OSL. His skill was undeniable, and this was clearly evident in his game against Cha Jae Wook (Cloud) where he mind controlled an SCV and proceeded to build tanks to defeat him. But the defining moment of his career was the 4th KBK Jeju (2003). With stats of 6-1 and victories over StarCraft greats such as Lim Yo Hwan (Boxer), Kim Jeong Min (TheMarine) and Lee Jae Hoon (fOru), he won the tournament. With his micro-oriented style, and brilliant use of Reavers, he became a fan favorite.

Once he defeated Seo Ji Hoon (XellOs) after his win in Jeju island, Sung Jae looked to become one of the great Protosses, like his predecessor Im Sung Choon (IntoTheRain). He went 2-1 in the group stages of NHN Hangame OSL including a notable victory over Lee Yoon Yeol (NaDa) and looked to be on fire. However, he was denied entry into the round of 8 in the tiebreak round - losing 0-2. Sung Jae followed up his starleague performance by qualifying for Gillette OSL. In the group stages, he once again beat Lee Yoon Yeol (Nada) but went 1-2 overall.

After this defeat, Sung Jae powered ahead and performed amazingly in the Tucson MBCGame Teamleague, even performing an all-kill of STX Soul. With KT-KTF looming around the corner, Sung Jae received an invite for his performances and crowd-entertaining control. Despite going 3-8, he showed some skillful games and solidified his position as master of the Reaver.

Sung Jae remained quiet for the first half of 2005, but in the second half he qualified for both Cyon MSL and Shinhan 2005 OSL. In both tournaments, he showed that his micro-oriented style could keep up with the wave of macro players that had flooded the scene. In a famous game against Lee Byung Min (Goodfriend) on R-Point in Cyon MSL he demonstrated 'victory by a thousand punches' using pure reaver and storm harassment to win. Sung Jae's run in Cyon MSL was stopped after defeating Byung Min (2-1) and Ji hoon (2-0) (XellOs) by Park Jung Suk (Reach) losing 1-2. In Shinhan 2005, he lost again in a tiebreak and missed out again on the round of 8.

In 2006, Sung Jae made the wildcard round of the Shinhan 1 OSL, where once again he lost and was denied entry into the round of 8. In 2006, he received the award for best display of talent and skill by KeSPA. Since then, he has had mixed results, but managed to win when it counts the most, like against Kim Taek Yong (Bisu) in the 2006 Proleague final.

Sung Jae's style over the years had remained constant and always impressive and in the words of Kim Dong Soo (GARIMTO): "Unlike most Protoss users that use the firm Protoss characteristics of strength and power, IntoTheRainbow skillfully dances around his opponents, taunting them with clever movements just outside their reach. Unlike most Protoss users that develop the traditional macro-oriented style, Rainbow is unusually highly developed in agitating the enemy with micro-intensive skills." - GARIMTO

For such a remarkable player with a career which has impacted the StarCraft scene so much, it is only fair to give the last word to Sung Jae himself on the subject of his playstyle: "It's not just the reaver. I have fun with all expensive high-tech units; I save money that way. When I use guerilla-attacks for a long time, my units just keep piling up. I guess I've become accustomed to controlling the game using high-tech units." - RainbOw

As of September 2009, RainBOw decided to retire from e-sports.[2]


In A0Premier Tournaments
2006-05-0317th - 24thA0Premier2006 Shinhan Bank OnGameNet Starleague Season 1SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T11–2Grp S.$1,088
2004-07-172ndA0Premier2004 SKY Proleague Round 1SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T13 : 4Hanbit StarsHanbit Stars
2004-02-281stA0PremierLG IBM MBC Team League4U4 : 2KTF MagicNsKTF MagicNs$2,558.50
2003-08-301stA0Premier2003 KTF EVER Cup ProleagueOrionOrion4 : 1Hanbit StarsHanbit Stars
In A1Major Tournaments
2022-02-1313th - 16thA1MajorLantern Cup: China & Korea Invitational0–2Grp S.$158.04
2020-08-139th - 12thA1MajorSanpao StarLeague CellGame Cup Season 21–2Grp S.$72.26
2020-06-085th - 8thA1MajorSanpao StarLeague CellGame Cup Season 12 : 4$141.01
2003-11-231stA1Major2003 Jeju International Game FestivalOrionOrion2 : 1$7,409.48
In A2Minor Tournaments
2022-03-052ndA2Minor (Sh.M.)StarClash 0305 FebruaryRed InvitationalTeam South KoreaTeam South Korea0 : 2Team ChinaTeam China$31.66
Complete list of results in any tournament
Place Year Event/League
1st 2005 SKY Proleague 2005 - 1st Place (SK Telecom T1)
2nd 2006 SKY Proleague 2005 - 2nd Place (SK Telecom T1)
1st 4th KCK Jeju International - 1st Place
1st 2006 Korea E-Sports Award for Best Display of Talent & Skill

Notable Games[edit]

Jim Raynor's Memory South Korea Protoss RainBOw MBC Survivor 2nd, Probe rush
South Korea Terran (Oops)Cloud
Date: 2003-10-06
Patch: VOD

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