Won Joong Wook (원종욱)
Afreeca Freecs (in Korean, 아프리카 프릭스) is a top Korean StarCraft II team. It was previously known as StarTale, and temporarily as SBENU. As StarTale, it was originally founded by former acting coach of Pantech Curitel and former coach of WeMade Fox Won Joong Wook, together with July and RainbOw. The team originally comprised mostly former Brood War players, most notably the Golden Mouse holder July. They also have a Counter Strike: Global Offensive team and formerly had League of Legends and DotA 2 teams. In April 2015, StarTale announced that it would change its name to SBENU following a new title sponsorship. In January 2016, SBENU stopped sponsoring the team, and the GSL broadcaster Afreeca picked up the team, which was renamed Afreeca Freecs.
On November 21, 2016, it was announced that the team was disbanding its StarCraft II division.
The team was reformed at the start of 2020.
- 1 Timeline
- 2 Player Roster
- 3 Organization
- 4 Team Achievements
- 5 Championships
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Highlight Videos
- 8 Trivia
- 9 External Links
- 10 Statistics
- 11 References
As Afreeca Freecs 
As SBENU 
- April 28 - StarTale announces that it will change its name to SBENU following a new title sponsorship.
- April 28 - Bomber rejoins SBENU.
- May 4 - jjakji joins SBENU.
- May 5 - SBENU partners with Acer to have MMA play in Proleague.
- May 8, SSoja rejoins SBENU. 
- July, Daisy retires.
- August 25, MyuNgSiK leaves SBENU. 
- September 12, Pet leaves SBENU. 
- October 15, DongRaeGu leaves SBENU. 
- November 24, Leenock and KeeN join SBENU. 
- December 1, SBENU trades jjakji for Super of team KT Rolster.
- December 1, Legend announces their new roster: MMA, Hack, Ssemi, StuN and SSoja are revealed to be no longer part of team SBENU. 
- December 3, Billowy joins.
As StarTale 
- January 8 - Avenge retires.
- January 8 - TricKsteR returns to the StarTale roster after his military service ends.
- January 8 - Legend, who had previously lived at the StarTale team house, officially joins as a player after spending years as a GSL observer.
- February 12 - StarTale and Incredible Miracle form a Team Partnership for Round 2 of the 2014 Proleague, with the partnership under the IM banner and including StarTale players living at the IM team house, paving the way for StarTale's Proleague debut. (StarTale's name could not be officially used yet since the team was not yet a KeSPA member.) 
- March 5 - AcE is no longer coach.[Citation needed]
- September 16 - StuN joins the team and Legend becomes the new head coach. 
- September 18 - Aphrodite leaves, eventually joining MVP.
- October 13-14 - In announcing what is speculated and then confirmed to be a 2015 Proleague Round 1 roster, it is revealed that Booster, MisS, SuHoSin, TricKsteR and Zero are no longer part of the roster, while free agent aLive (previously of MVP) joins. Also, StarTale announces a Proleague partnership with Yoe Flash Wolves, who had previously partnered with Prime. The partnership creates an opportunity for former player PartinG to return as a partner, but he is barred for the 2015 season due to Proleague regulations stipulating that SK Telecom T1 must buy out his old contract.
- November 8 - Life wins the 2014 WCS Global Finals as the 14th seed, StarTale's lone representative in the field and the only Zerg left from the quarterfinals onward.
- November 11 - StarTale reveals that former captain Bomber, who had been successful during personal sponsorship by Red Bull since stepping down from the team, is returning as a partner for the 2015 Proleague. He is later announced as a player-coach.
- November 28 - Panic leaves to join MVP.
- January 3, PartinG announces that he has left the team and eventually joins SK Telecom T1.
- January 7, Golden joins the team.
- January 13, it is announced on StarTale's Facebook page that Squirtle has left the team.
- February 25, Kart Rider champion Moon Ho-jun joins the team as both a Protoss StarCraft II and Kart Rider player.
- March 26, SoN, Tiger and Harrier are not registered for GSTL.
- June 5, TREME leaves to join Quantic Gaming.
- June 26, Upon qualifying for WCS Korea OSL Season 2, Balloon is recruited.
- July 7, Sparta and Brain leave Startale, Hoon joins Startale.
- July 31, SalvatioN joins team StarTale after NSH disbands.
- August 27, It is announced that Sound has retired.
- September 1, AcE is no longer listed on StarTale's playing roster, having become a coach/caster for the team.
- November 3, SalvatioN, Balloon and Hoon retire.
- November 24, Golden retires at Red Bull Battle Grounds New York City.
- December 31, Bomber decides to part ways with StarTale and leaves on amicable terms. He cites the desire to explore more foreign tournaments (including a switch to WCS America) and possibly being the playing coach of his own team at the end of his StarCraft career.
- January 13, StarTale partners with Quantic Gaming to participate in the 2012 GSTL Season 1 as StarTaleQ.
- February 13, Chinese former Warcraft III player and commentator MisS joins the team.
- March 5, FruitDealer moves to StarTale's League of Legends squad as a coach.
- June 6, it is announced that RainBOw will fulfill his military service on June 26.
- July 13, it is announced that team ZeNEX will be merged into StarTale.
- February 10, StarTale is the runner-up for the 2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Feb, losing 4-5 in the finals to Incredible Miracle.
- July 11, TricKsteR and FruitDealer join StarTale.
- August 8, StarTale changes their logo.
- November 13, Aphrodite joins StarTale.
- December 16, It was announced that TricKsteR and SUPERSTAR would be entering the military.
Best Yearly Result:
|Armani||Park Jin-hyuk||2020-01-01||-||-||-||9 - 12th||9 - 16th||25 - 48th||25 - 32nd||-||17 - 24th||3 - 4th|
|DongRaeGu||Park So-ho||2019-12-31||1st||1st||2nd||5 - 8th||25 - 48th||17 - 24th||-||-||25 - 32nd||3 - 4th|
|soO||Eo Yoon-su||2020-01-01||-||9 - 12th||2nd||2nd||1st||9 - 12th||2nd||3 - 4th||1st||1st|
|Stats||Kim Dae-yeob||2020-01-01||-||-||9 - 12th||5 - 8th||3 - 4th||1st||1st||1st||1st||2nd|
|TY||Jun Tae-yang||2020-06-06||-||13 - 16th||25 - 32nd||5 - 8th||3 - 4th||2nd||1st||2nd||2nd||1st|
Best Yearly Result:
|ID||Name||Join Date||Inactive Date||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019|
|aLive||Han Lee-seok||2019-12-31||2020-??-??||17 - 32nd||5 - 8th||1st||3 - 4th||25 - 32nd||17 - 28th||5 - 8th||2nd||9 - 12th||25 - 32nd|
Roster at the time of 2016 Disbandment
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|aLive||Han Lee Seok||2014-10-14||2016-11-21||mYinsanity|
|Billowy||Kim Do Kyung||2015-12-03||2016-11-21||Retirement|
|Bomber||Choi Ji Sung||2010-??-??||2016-11-21||Team RevolutioN|
|Curious||Lee Won Pyo||2011-??-??||2016-11-21||Retirement|
|DRGLing||Lee Won Ju||2015-??-??||2016-11-21||Team GP|
|KeeN||Hwang Kyu Seok||2015-11-24||2016-11-21||Team LeiFeng|
|Patience||Jo Ji Hyun||2016-03-30||2016-11-21||Dead Pixels|
|SGW||Shin Gun Woo||201?-??-??||2016-11-21|
|Super||Seo Sung Min||2015-12-01||2016-11-21||KaiZi Gaming|
|Symbol||Kang Dong Hyun||2016-04-28||2016-11-21||Retirement|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|AcE||Jung Woo Seo||2011-01-10||2014-03-??||Retirement|
|Aphrodite||Kim Ga Young||2011-11-13||2014-09-18||MVP|
|Avenge||Kim Nam Joong||2012-07-13||2014-01-08||Jin Air Green Wings|
|Balloon||Jung Woo Joon||2013-07-01||2013-11-03||mYinsanity|
|Booster||Moon Ho Joon||2013-02-25||2014-10-14|
|Brain||Kim Dong Gyu||2012-07-13||2013-07-01|
|Daisy||Lee Jong Hyuk||2015-02-23||2015-07-??||Retirement|
|DongRaeGu||Park Soo Ho||2015-04-27||2015-10-15||Afreeca S2|
|FruitDealer||Kim Won Gi||2011-07-11||2012-03-05||Retirement|
|Golden||Jo Myeong Hwan||2013-01-06||2013-11-24||Alien Invasion|
|Hack||Kim Young Il||2011-10-07||2015-12-01||Retirement|
|Harrier||Ju Han Jin||2012-07-23||2013-03-26|
|Hoon||Ha Ji Hoon||2013-07-01||2013-11-03||Retirement|
|jjakji||Jung Ji Hoon||2015-05-04||2015-12-01||KT Rolster|
|July||Park Sung Joon||2010-09-15||2012-??-??|
|justfake||Lee Kwan Woo||Retirement|
|KingKong||Yoo Chung Hee||2012-10-02||Carnage eSports|
|Leenock||Lee Dong Nyoung||2015-11-24||2016-01-27||KT Rolster|
|Life||Lee Seung Hyun||2012-08-??||2015-02-11||KT Rolster|
|Life||Lee Seung Hyun||2016-01-28||2016-01-29||Banned|
|MMA||Mun Seong Won||2015-05-05||2015-12-01||Team Acer|
|Monster||Tak Hyun Seung||2010-??-??||2011-??-??||MVP|
|MyuNgSiK||Kim Myung Sik||2015-04-19||2015-08-25||TCM-Gaming|
|Panic||Han Jae Woon||2013-01-13||2014-11-28||MVP|
|PartinG||Won Lee Sak||2013-01-03||SK Telecom T1|
|Pet||Park Nam Kyu||2012-07-13||2015-09-12||MVP|
|RainBOw||Kim Sung Je||2010-09-??||2012-06-26|
|SalvatioN||Kim Ki Yong||2013-07-31||2013-11-03||Prime|
|Silver||Shim So Myung||Retirement|
|SoN||Lee Sang Kun||2013-03-26||Retirement|
|Sound||Bae Sang Hwan||2013-08-27||Retirement|
|Sparta||Hwang Eui Jin||2012-07-13||2013-07-07||Retirement|
|Squirtle||Park Hyun Woo||2010-09-01||2013-01-13||Incredible Miracle|
|Ssemi||Moon Sae Mi||2015-??-??||2015-12-01|
|Ssoja||Park Woong Jin||2015-12-01|
|StuN||Seung Hyun Kim||2014-08-20||2014-12-02||KT Rolster|
|SuHoSin||Kim Soo Ho||2012-07-13||2014-10-14|
|SUPERSTAR||Shin Jung Min||2010-??-??||2011-12-16||Military service|
|TanDongHo||Tan Dong Ho||ZeNEX|
|Tiger||Kim Hyun Joon||2013-03-26||Retirement|
|TREME||Park Joon Sung||2012-07-13||2013-06-05||Quantic Gaming|
|TricKsteR||Seo Ki Soo||2011-06-24||2014-10-14|
|Troumen||Na Doh Hyun||Retirement|
|Virus||Park Joon Young||Retirement|
|Zero||Lim Choon Ho||2012-07-19||2014-10-14|
The headcoach of Afreeca Freecs, Won, played a key role in the founding of WeMade FOX and began his e-Sports career in March 2003 with Toona SG, the predecessor of WeMade Fox. He remained with the team through its multiple sponsor changes, as SG Family, Pantech and Curitel Curriors, Pantech EX, and finally as WeMade FOX. He was also the first president of the e-Sports Federation, from March 30, 2012 to October 19, 2012.
|2013-11-23||3rd||Premier||2013 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 2||2 : 8||$5,652|
|2013-07-20||5th||Premier||2013 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 1||4 : 5||$2,776|
|2013-03-28||3 - 4th||Major||2013 IGN Pro Team League||1 : 5||$2,000|
|2012-12-08||3 - 4th||Premier||2012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 3||4 : 5||$3,696|
|2012-11-21||1st||Major||2012 IGN Pro Team League||5 : 1||$9,000|
|2012-08-11||4th||Major||IPL Team Arena Challenge 3||4 : 5||$2,000|
|2012-06-03||2nd||Premier||Korean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1||0 : 6||$2,000|
|2012-06-03||1st||Premier||Korean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1: Group Stage||6-1||Grp S.||$1,200|
|2011-02-10||2nd||Premier||2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Feb||4 : 5||$4,460|
|2011-01-31||1st||Major||Zotac Team Invitational Season 2||4 : 1||$6,242|
|Complete list of results in any tournament|
|IGN Pro Team League Champions|
|IPL TAC 3
|2012 IPTL Season 1
21 November 2012 – Present
|2013 IPTL Season 1|
StarTale's logo from August 2011 to November 2011.
- 2011-12-17 | Inside the StarTale Practice House by Up Close Gamers
- 2011-02-16 | Team House Tour by Artosis
- 2011-01-11 | StarTale Pro Gaming House by vTGaming
- Ranked 3rd on the Liquipedia list of Premier Tournaments Medalists/team/Accomplishments in Premier Tournaments based on individual players' results, with 14 golds, behind Team Liquid and Incredible Miracle: 7 of those were won by Life.
- 2013-01-01 | StarCraft 2 Team of the Year: StarTale E-Sports Club by ESFI
- '"[News] Another new Korean proteam with old faces" TL.net. September 15th 2010.
- 'StarTale: Inside Look Part 1' YouTube.com. January 12th 2013.
- "Startale is new name 'sbenu'".
- Plexa (2016-01-23). https://tl.net/forum/starcraft-2/502703-afreeca-picks-up-sbenu-sc2-team/title=Afreeca picks up SBENU SC2 team/publisher=TL.net. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- kenzi (2016-11-21). "Afreeca SC2 Team Disbands". TL.net. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
- Afreeca Freecs are back!
- Afreeca Freecs are back!
- soO starting military service 2020-10-22
- Life to Afreeca Freecs, Leenock to KT in trade
- "Patience joins Afreeca Freecs". TL.net. 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
- "Symbol joins Afreeca Freecs". TL.net. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
- Thouhastmail (2016-01-20). https://tl.net/forum/starcraft-2/502527-sbenu-ceases-sponsoring-sc2-team/title=SBENU Ceases Sponsoring SC2 team/publisher=TL.net. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- "Sonic sued for fraud (Update Jan 11)". TL.net. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2016-01-27.
- "Bomber joins SBENU".
- "jjakji joins SBENU".
- "MMA will play for SBENU in PL".
- SPL Round 3 Rosters Announced
- PengWin (2015-11-07). "Daisy retired in July 2015". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- "MyuNgSiK and SBENU part ways"
- Pet has left SBENU
- leaves SBENU
- "Keen and Leenock Join SBENU".
- trades jjakji for Super
- announces the new SBENU roster
- joins SBENU
- Life joins KT Rolster
- lichter (February 23, 2015). "Daisy joins StarTale". TL.net. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
- bypLy (April 19, 2015). "MyuNgSiK Joins StarTale from Prime". TL.net. Retrieved April 19 , 2015.
- stuchiu (April 27, 2015). "DRG Joins StarTale". TL.net. Retrieved April 27 , 2015.
- Startale to part ways with Dota2 team, SC2 coaching staff, and Avenge retires
- Trickster(tester) returns
- Planned new eSF team "Epik" fails to launch
- Incredible Miracle and StarTale to team up in Proleague Season 2 TL.net
- StuN joins StarTale and Legend is the new head coach TL.net
- Aphrodite no longer apart of StarTale
- "aLive joins StarTale.author=Aeromi". TL.net. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
- StarTale/YoeFW Alliance Announcement TL.net
- Bomber to participate in Proleague with StarTale TL.net
- @MVPChoya (November 28, 2014). "Panic joins MVP". Twitter.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
- PartinG Leaves ST
- Golden Joins StarTale
- TeamStarTale (2013-01-14). facebook.com. https://www.facebook.com/TeamStarTale/posts/520127274685004.
- GTR (2013-02-25). "'Kart Emperor' Moon Ho-jun joins StarTale". TL.net.
- DiMano (2013-03-26). "eSF Teams: Transfers and Name Changes". TL.net.
- Panduhkayy (2013-06-05). "Introducing Protoss Player - Treme". quanticgaming.com. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- Khaldor (2013-06-28). tl.net. https://tl.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=419147. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- kimbilly (2013-07-07). pgrer.net. http://www.pgrer.net/pb/pb.php?id=gamenews&no=5513. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
- NS HoSeo disbands - members to Korean and foreign teams
- aslejoh (August 27, 2013). "StarTale Sound - retired.". TL.net. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- Waxangel (2013-09-01). "GSTL/eSF September Rosters Announced". tl.net. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
- eSF November Rosters
- Bomber to leave Startale at end of 2013
- Thread on TL.net
- "StarTale signs first foreign female member MisS". Thisisgame.com. February 13th 2012. Translated version / TL.net Forum thread
- "과일장수’ 김원기, 이제는 LOL 감독!" ThisIsGame.com. March 5th 2012. Translation / Thread on TL.net
- RainBOw goes to the army
- ZeNEX merging into StarTale
- "김원기-서기수, StarTale 합류" PlayXP. July 11th 2011. Thread on TL.net
- "스타테일, 팀 엠블럼 변경" ThisIsGame. August 8th 2011. Thread on TL.net
- "조위기어, 글로벌 여성 스타크래프트2 대회 개최" ThisIsGame. November 11th 2011. Thread on TL.net
- "e-Sports Federation formed by SC2 teams". ThisIsGame.com. March 30, 2012. Translation / TL.net thread
- "eSF President resigns amid SlayerS controversy". ESFIWorld.com. October 19th 2012.
- Startale Changes their logo