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Ahn Seok Yeol
October 12, 1984 (age 38)
Approx. Total Winnings:
2003-??-?? — 2004-07-??
2004-08-?? — 2005-03-??
2005-03-?? — 2006-04-??
2006-04-?? — 2007-02-??
Ahn "Siva" Seok Yeol is a retired StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Zerg for Pantech EX.
Seok Yeol was recruited by Samsung KHAN in 2003 was renown for his strong ZvP and good manner. He plodded along in KHAN playing teamleagues and was relatively unknown until the early 2004 when he played Lim Yo Hwan (Boxer) on Enter the Dragon 2004. This epic fight is now immortalized due to Yo Hwan's incredible control. And is still worth the watch today. In May 2004 in KHAN vs KTF Seok Yeol played another epic game against Byun Gil Sup (Sync) on Nostalgia. The match earned Seok Yeol a lot of respect amongst fans.
Later on in the year he went on to join Hexatron (same time as Leg, Elky, Assem and Rek were there) to fill the zerg hole the team had. While achieving nothing noteworthy during this time he was reported to be a really good guy. In 2005, Seok Yeol moved to Pantech & Curitel Curriors where he formed a close friendship with Park Yeong-Hoon (Stay[Hyo]). Together with Shim So Myung (silver) they formed the backbone of P&C's zergs.
In 2007 Seok Yeol announced his retirement and in his particularly saddening interview said:
-Who was inconvenienced most [by your departure]?
Pantech teammate Park Yeong-Hoon(Stay[Hyo]). We are same age, so I played with him, and worried with him. During my farewell party, we said goodbye feeling so sad. And we talked "after this, who would play with me?".
He also expressed no interest in joining ACE while doing his service in the military and said that he would begin a new life independent from e-sports.
While seemingly insignificant, Seok Yeol's story shows us the life of an ordinary progamer. Not one with amazing flare. Not one with incredible skill. Having never made the major leagues, his career in essence was a failure. But what emerged from his story is something one cannot win in tournaments; friendship and respect. It is always sad when friends like Seok Yeol and Yeong-Hoon must depart, and undoubtedly Yeong-Hoon will soon follow a similar path, but one would hope to think something has come out his friendships and time spent with KHAN, Hexatron and Pantech. What has Seok Yeol's story shown us? If nothing else, it is a reality check for those wishing to go pro and the difficult path one must walk to succeed, and the price of failure.
|2004-10-30||10th||Premier||2004 SKY Proleague Round 2||2 : 3||$0|
|2004-07-17||9th - 10th||Premier||2004 SKY Proleague Round 1||3-7||Grp S.||$0|
|2004-02-28||7th - 8th||Premier||LG IBM MBC Team League||0 : 4||$142.14|
|Extended list of results|