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[e][h]Terran XellOs
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Seo Ji Hoon
February 9, 1985 (1985-02-09) (age 35)
Alternate IDs:
The Perfect Terran, DDR Terran
Total Earnings:
Olympus OSLWCG 2004
????-??-?? — 2008-12-15
2008-12-15 — ????-??-??

Seo "XellOs" Ji Hoon is a retired StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Terran for CJ Entus.


When XellOs was 12 years old, his father died and thus he grew up together with his mother and sister. He decided to become a pro-gamer, a decision that wasn't welcomed by his mother. In an attempt to hinder XellOs' plans, his mother moved his computer out of his room and into their living room. XellOs found it difficult to practice when his mother was watching him and used to wait until she had fallen asleep to play.[1]

In 2003, XellOs vaulted onto the Korean pro-gaming scene, and claimed stardom from then on. During the Olympus OSL, XellOs achieved an astonishing win rate of 70%. He was undefeated on the map Bifrost and hence claimed his nickname, “Perfect Terran” (his winning streak was eventually ended by NaDa). XellOs successfully advanced from the round of sixteen with a perfect 3-0 defeating Mumyung, (Oops)Lee and the favourite gnome cowboy, Chojja. Losing only to the ZvT monster Junwi, XellOs advanced from his round of eight group. In the semifinals, XellOs achieved a major upset over the Emperor, Boxer with a convincing scoreline of 3-0. The Storm Zerg, Yellow would be his opponent in the finals and was also in pursuit of his first OSL title. The match went into the deciding fifth game where XellOs emerged the victor. XellOs received his OSL title while YellOw remained “Mr. Consistency” and “Mr. Second”.

One year later, XellOs was crowned the WCG 2004 champion. Although he was heavily favoured to defend his WCG title in 2005, he was defeated by Silent_Control in the elimination round, and his teammate fOru eventually took the title. XellOs's journey to the 2005 WCG Grand Finals was the subject of a documentary by the National Geographic Channel, the first time such in depth coverage had been offered to a pro-gamer on international television.[2]

XellOs played the MyCube OSL round of 8 match against Reach in Reach's hometown of Pusan. The live audience yelled jeering comments at XellOs. When XellOs lost, he was caught on camera mouthing the word "fuck" in frustration. Some admonished XellOs for unprofessionalism and immaturity while others defended him stating that it was a stressful situation and the 19-year old would not know when a close-up on camera would occur.

After having fallen into a slump, XellOs earned his moniker of the "DDR Terran" from an Ongamenet program that visited the training houses of the pro-gaming teams.

Xellos spent 2 years at the Air Force, competing for the ACE team. Upon release he returned to CJ Entus.[3] He retired from progaming in December 2011.[4]


  • National Geographic did a documentary on the WCG 2005, focusing on XellOs and conducting several interviews.
  • XellOs earned the moniker "Perfect Terran" for his exemplary play on the map Bifrost. He went 16-4 on the map's three incarnations (Bifrost, Neo Bifrost, and Bifrost 3) in his career.
  • According to FOMOS,[5] XellOs along with Goodfriend revolutionized the TvT match up. Prior to their games in the MSL loser's bracket, TvT consisted of mainly rigid battle lines drawn by tanks and turrets. XellOs, however, began to dominate the TvT match up by constantly mobilizing his army with only the minimum requisite defenses.


  • During the era before soundproof booths, XellOs faced the Terran Yooi in a match. XellOs successfully scouted Yooi's BBS strategy and won. After the match, some fans claimed that XellOs overheard a scream of "Barra-ck!" from the live audience. Upon inspection of the video of the game, the scream was confirmed. Whether XellOs heard the controversial scream is not known.
  • XellOs was also known as the "DDR Terran". When GO was visited, written on a whiteboard was the comment "If XellOs refrains from DDR, he wins OSL." While foreigners may interpret the acronym DDR as the famous game Dance Dance Revolution, Koreans also use DDR when referring to masturbation or "Ddal Ddal Re." When GoRush commented that the progamer he respects the most is XellOs due to his "night work," XellOs was sealed as the DDR Terran.[6]


XellOs after his OSL win.
XellOs at the 2004 WCG medal ceremony.
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2007-11-10 A33 - 4th 2007 GOMTV MSL Season 3 1 : 3 South Korea  Bisu $4,025
2007-07-14 A59 - 16th 2007 GOMTV MSL Season 2 0 : 2 South Korea  910 $1,275
2005-11-05 A55 - 8th 2005 So1 OSL p : 1 South Korea Template:RaceIconSmall/2 Anytime
2005-10-20 A59 - 16th WCG 2005 0 : 2 South Korea  Silent_Control
2005-06-24 A33rd 2005 EVER OSL 3 : 2 South Korea  GoRush $5,817
2005-01-27 A33rd 2004 You Are the Golf King MSL 0 : 3 South Korea  GoRush $3,220
2004-11-20 A55 - 8th 2004 EVER OSL 1 : 2 South Korea  Reach
2004-10-10 A11st WCG 2004 2 : 0 South Korea  Midas $25,000
2004-08-01 A55 - 8th 2004 Gillette OSL 1 : 2 South Korea  July
2004-01-04 A33 - 4th 2003 KT KTF Premier League 0 : 2 South Korea  NaDa $7,376
2003-07-13 A11st 2003 Olympus OSL 3 : 2 South Korea  YellOw $16,971
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2008-10-12 A44th 2008 Blizzcon Invitational 0 : 2 South Korea  NaDa
2007-08-04 A44th 2007 Blizzcon Invitational 0 : 2 South Korea  Nal_rA
2005-09-25 A11st WCG Korea 2005 2 : 1 South Korea  fOru
2004-08-15 A33rd WCG Korea 2004 2 : 0 South Korea  SaferZerg

Complete Results in any Tournament

Place Year Event/League
1st 2003 CJ G.O. Broadcasting All-Star Match
1st 2002 1st Tournament
WCG Champion
WCG 2003
Preceded By:
Korea (South)  Ogogo
WCG 2004
10th October 2004 - 19th October 2005
Korea (South)  XellOs
WCG 2005
Succeeded By:
Korea (South)  fOru
OSL Champion
Panasonic OSL
Preceded By:
Korea (South)  NaDa
Olympus OSL
13th July 2003-9th November 2003
Korea (South)  XellOs
MyCube OSL
Succeeded By:
Korea (South)  Kingdom

Notable Games[edit]


Fortress Korea (South)  XellOs 2010-2011 Shinhan Bank Proleague round 2 week 4 day 2 between SK Telecom T1 and Air Force ACE.
Korea (South)  FanTaSy
Date: 2010-12-19
Patch: 1.16.1 VOD


Nostalgia Korea (South)  XellOs From Tving Starleague Legend Match when OnGameNet hosted a series of games between old-time OSL winners.
Korea (South)  Nal_rA
Date: 2012-07-19
Patch: 1.16.1 VOD


Nostalgia Korea (South)  XellOs Olympus OSL grand finals where XellOs obtained his first OnGameNet Starleague title.
Korea (South)  YellOw
Date: 2003-07-13
Patch: 1.10 VOD


Further reading[edit]