Samayan "BlinG" Kay is a retired Protoss player from the United Kingdom, previously playing for Team Dignitas.
BlinG was formerly a Halo competitive player before switching to StarCraft II after the release of Wings of Liberty.
Wings of Liberty
BlinG started off winning a few tournaments in the UK scene and making it far in i41 and in various weekly events including a second place in CraftCup#39, losing to Nerchio in the final. He qualified for the finals of the 'Team Dignitas Gamer Search' and won the live finals event in London on March 27, 2011. This tournament fuelled his entrance into the progaming scene as it not only granted him £750, but because of his performance in the tournament he won a spot on the team, which he accepted.
In the following weeks he played in the 'Gadget Show Live' event where he came 6th; beating HasuObs before being knocked out. He then made it to the final of the Multiplay i42 LAN where he defeated many top UK players, but defeating SeleCT. He won the winners bracket final but lost the overall final: 4-3 to his new teammate SeleCT, who came up from the lower bracket.
BlinG also participated in the IGN ProLeague Season 4 UK Qualifier, beating notable players such as ThorZaIN, StarEagle, and DarKFoRcE, finally falling to South Korean Terran player Ryung leaving him with a 5/6th place finish.
At Multiplay i43, BlinG managed to storm through the initial group stages and entered the playoff bracket. Here he lost to StarEagle and then Fargo in the winners and losers brackets respectively. At this tournament a qualifier was run for the WCG grand finals. The 32 player tournament was won by BlinG.
At the WCG finals, BlinG was placed in group G with players such as KiWiKaKi, LoWeLy, ClouD, Strelok, and ToD. He was able to convincingly top his group 6-0, advancing him to the round of 16, where he was matched against teammate KiLLeR whom he defeated 2-1. His tournament run ended in the quarterfinals where he was beaten 2-1 by Mvp.
After this breakout performance, BlinG was invited to the HomeStory Cup IV, and placed third in his group after beating DarkHydra and losing 0-2 and 1-2 to DarKFoRcE and JYP respectively and was knocked out of the tournament.
Shortly after the HSC4 tournament, BlinG faced off against DeMusliM in the War of the Roses show match. This showmatch had the largest prizepool to date in SC2. BlinG charged off into a 3-0 lead, with DeMusliM seemingly struggling to adapt to BlinG's Zealot and Psi-Storm heavy style. BlinG used Warp Prisms effectively to shield his High Templar from the Ghost's EMP and get closer to the Terran's army in order to deal devastating blows to the bio army. DeMusliM made a comeback in the series and in the end it was closely fought, with BlinG eventually taking the series 5-4 and taking the unofficial title of 'Best player in the UK'.
On the 5th of May 2012 BlinG announced in an interview with definitive esports that he would be moving to Exeter. He was excited about this move as it would allow him to have an upgraded internet to what he had previously. He would be able to practise more and stream his games, which he said would give him more confidence when playing international tournaments as the lack of practise affected his mental state and his ability to perform well in tournaments.
BlinG participated in the 2012 Spring Arena but was knocked out in the first round of the winners and losers bracket. Dignitas Newman on The GD Show said that: "[BlinG] lost stuff that belonged to the team" and that they were not sure if they would send BlinG to tournaments beyond (the already booked) 2012 MLG Anaheim for the foreseeable future.
Bling played at the 2012 Dreamhack Open in Valencia, Spain. He went 3-0 in his group, placing him first over the other notable player, which was Socke. In the second group stage he was placed with ForGG, Moon and Harstem. He got 3rd place in his group, going 1-2, but stated he was still happy with how he performed.
In December 2012 BlinG attended the ESET UK Masters 2012 tournament at the Insomnia47 Gaming Festival in the United Kingdom. In the groupstage he beat FluNIgs, lost to Ourk and beat Jamesykins to take second and progress to the playoffs. He faced Protoss teammate DreAm and took a 2-0 victory and advanced to meet another teammate in the form of Zerg JonnyREcco whom he bested in a close 3-2 match. In the final he met German Terran KrasS whom he swiftly beat 3-0 to take first place and £2,500.
Heart of the Swarm
BlinG made history in Heart of the Swarm by becoming the first British player to advance to the Round of 16 in WCS Europe. In the 2014 WCS Europe Season 1 Premier League, he upset both StarDust and Happy to take first place in the Round of 32's Group E.
- BlinG is from Cornwall, England and currently lives in Exeter.
- He made a trampoline video a few years ago.
- His mouse wouldn't work on stage during the ESET UK Masters 2012 final, so he borrowed a replacement from the crowd, who didn't want to sell it to BlinG after he had won.
- His deciding set against Happy in the WCS Europe Round of 32 Winners' Match was interrupted when his mother accidentally unplugged his PC's power. His mother also temporarily joined the subsequent winner's interview with Apollo and Kaelaris.
|In Major tournaments|
|2014-04-19||4th||Insomnia51 Multiplay StarCraft 2 Tournament||1 : 2||Ourk||$335.92|
|2012-12-02||1st||ESET UK Masters||3 : 0||KrasS||$4,032|
|2011-04-17||4th||Gadget Show Live Invitational||0 : 2||Socke||$830|
|In Minor and Monthly tournaments|
|2013-12-19||2nd||Plantronics UK Autumn Open Cups||0 : 3||JonnyREcco||$81.83|
|2013-08-25||2nd||ESET UK Masters||2 : 3||Harstem||$1,167.88|
|2013-07-14||1st||UK Pro League||4 : 1||RobbyG||$211.43|
|2012-08-27||2nd||Insomnia46 Multiplay StarCraft 2 Tournament||1 : 4||JonnyREcco||$947.55|
|2012-05-06||1st||Insomnia45 Multiplay StarCraft 2 Tournament||4 : 0||Fargo||$2,056.13|
|2011-10-30||1st||EGL4 London||4 : 3||Orly||$1,612.1|
|2011-10-27||1st||Sapphire Online Cup||2 : 0||Bischu||$160.86|
|2011-08-27||2nd||Starcraft II European Anniversary Party||0 : 3||Nerchio||$217.45|
|2011-07-24||1st||Twitch eSports Championship Cup 1||3 : 0||PuReBall||$463|
|2011-04-24||2nd||Insomnia42||1 : 4||SeleCT||$619.7|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|In Major tournaments|
|2011-06-17||3rd||Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series V||$222.22|
|In Minor tournaments|
|2015-07-13||2nd||SC2Improve Team League Season 4||$119.26|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- 2014-07-31 | WCS EU - BlinG: "I can achieve what I know I'm capable of" by Teamliquid.net at 2014 WCS Season 3 Europe
- 2014-02-27 | Round of 32 Group E 1st Place Interview by Apollo and Kaelaris of ESL at 2014 WCS Europe Season 1 Premier League
- 2012-12-05 | Dignitas BlinG winner of ESET UK Masters Interview by James Banks of Definitive eSports at ESET UK Masters
- 2012-12-02 | BlinG: "I didn't think I would beat JonnyREcco" by James Banks of Definitive eSports at ESET UK Masters
- 2012-06-13 | Interview at MLG Spring Championship by Yosef Bilal Bruer of ESFIworld.com at 2012 MLG Spring Championship
- 2012-05-04 | BlinG: "Speaking with Stephano (about Korea)" by James Banks of Definitive eSports at Multiplay UK i45
- 2012-05-02 | BlinG: "I won't be satisfied with anything less than first place" by James O'Leary of Team Dignitas
- 2012-03-24 | Interview at MLG Columbus by HotBid of Teamliquid.Net at 2012 MLG Winter Championship
- 2011-12-13 | Interview after his WCG 2011 appearance by Slasher
- 2011-04-24 | Interview prior to his i43 finals appearance by Leon of UKStarCraft.net at Multiplay UK i42
First Person View Match VODS
- ESFI World talks with BlinG about how he got to where he is, 29 December 2011.
- dignitasNewman (2011-03-06). "The Team Dignitas Gamer Search". TeamLiquid.net.
- "TotalBiscuit to sponsor BlinG" Team-Dignitas.net, 24 February 2012. Thread on TeamLiquid.net.
- at 2:07:30 Dignitas.Newman speaks about BlinG's actions at 2012 MLG Spring Arena 2
- Day9 announces Trial of the Xel Naga. TeamLiquid.net, 22 August 2012.