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[e][h] herO
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Kim Joon-ho
August 18, 1992 (age 29)
Alternate IDs:
her000, rlawnsgh, Invisible, bumblebee
The Smiling Assassin, The IEM King
Approx. Total Winnings:
Approx. Winnings 2022:
EPT KR rank:
Military Service:
Fulfilled 2021-05-17
Years active:
2012 - 2019
2021 - Present
2011-11-04 — 2016-10-18
2017-01-14 — 2019-01-03
2019-01-18 — 2019-12-10
2021-06-24 — Present
Recent Matches
herO  South Korea1:3South Korea  ByuN
May 24, 2022 - 2:00 UTC
herO  South Korea2:0South Korea  Zest
May 24, 2022 - 1:20 UTC
herO  South Korea2:0South Korea  Dream
May 23, 2022 - 8:30 UTC
herO  South Korea1:2South Korea  Zoun
May 23, 2022 - 8:30 UTC
herO  South Korea2:0South Korea  Dream
May 23, 2022 - 8:30 UTC

See HerO for the former Team Liquid player with the same ID (also a Protoss).

Kim "herO" Joon-ho (born August 18, 1992) is a Korean Protoss player who is currently playing for Dragon Phoenix Gaming.

He has recently completed his military duty.[1]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

herO played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2. Although he was less successful in the BroodWar portion of the hybrid league, herO was one of the most consistent players for CJ Entus in the Wings of Liberty portion. Due to his adept Wings of Liberty play he was selected most of the time to play in the Ace Match. He played a critical role in bringing his team to a championship victory including wins over Rain and soO in the ace matches of both of the semifinal games as well as a win over Stork in the finals.

When the 2012 WCS Korea Championship was announced, herO was one of the KeSPA invites and thus didn't have to participate in the qualifiers. In the first round of the Winners Bracket he lost 2-1 to Puzzle and dropped down to the Losers Bracket. There he was able to go on a long run beating YugiOh, TAiLS, EffOrt, and Puzzle before losing to RorO. He got a final rank of 7-8th place which was enough to quaify him for the Asia Finals.

On October 13, 2012 herO entered the WCS Asia Finals. He went on an extensive run in the Winners Bracket beating Ian, Squirtle, and Sen before losing to Rain. In the losers bracket he defeated RorO and then lost the 3rd/4th place match to PartinG. His 4th place finish qualified him for the World Championship.

At the 2012 WCS World Finals herO was placed in Group F for the Round of 32. There, despite his initial win over MajOr, he lost to TitaN and then Curious to fall out of the tournament in the Round of 32.

One of the last Wings of Liberty events that herO participated in was the 2012 MLG vs Proleague Invitational. Although he had a winning record, his record (25-23) was the lowest among the KeSPA players. As a result he didn't qualify for the Playoffs.

He continued to play a key role on CJ Entus during the 2012-2013 Proleague through its switch from Wings of Liberty to Heart of the Swarm.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]


The first Heart of the Swarm tournament that herO participated in was the 2013 MLG Winter Championship. On February 5, 2013 he played in the Showdowns against RorO. With a 3-2 win he was able to qualify for the Main Event in Dallas. There he lost 3-0 in the first round to MC. In the Exhibition Matches that took place later on, he was able to take second place. After a walkover win against Feast and beating SaSe and ThorZaIN he lost 3-0 in the finals to MarineKing.

When the 2012-2013 Proleague switched to Heart of the Swarm, herO was once again a pillar of the CJ Entus lineup, often playing as their ace. Although he had one of the highest win rates in the league his team did not qualify for the Playoffs.

WCS Korea Season 1[edit]

herO participated in the 2013 WCS Korea Season 1 GSL Qualifier. He advanced to the third round in his bracket but was defeated by ALBM 2-0 and did not qualify for WCS Korea Season 1.

WCS Korea Season 2[edit]

On June 26, 2013, herO participated in the WCS Korea Season 2 Qualifiers. He was placed in Group B of the evening session. There after a BYE in the first round, he defeated NtO`KEH, Cacia, and BeSt to qualify for the Challenger League. There he defeated Hurricane 2-1 in the Round of 48, and he faced Reality in the Round of 32 where he lost 0-2.

WCS Korea Season 3[edit]

herO played in the WCS Season 3 Up & Down matches Group B where he went 3-1 only losing a map to Life. herO would then be in Premier League where he won against GuMiho but lost against INnoVation twice knocking him out of the group and out of Premier League. herO then played in Challenger League where he defeated Creator 2-0 but lost 1-2 to Hurricane.

Other Tournaments[edit]

One of herO's few foreign tournament events was IEM Season VIII - Singapore. herO qualified through the qualifiers, he was placed in Group C of the main tournament. He managed to defeat both Bomber and Dream advancing him into the Round of 8. He faced the legend Terran Mvp, herO defeated him 3-0 putting him into the Round of 4. In the Round of 4 herO also defeated DongRaeGu 3-0 which would advance him into the finals, a chance for herO to win his first Starcraft 2 championship. In the finals herO would face San who also had an impressive tournament run, the first two games into the finals herO was down 0-2 but managed to win four games in a row winning 4-2, crowning him the IEM Singapore Champion.


WCS Korea Season 1[edit]

herO participated in the 2014 GSL Season 1 Qualifier. He was able to defeat Tree, RagnaroK, and Solar without dropping a map and advanced to Code A. In Code A herO would face Zest, INnoVation, and Stork in his group. Despite losing his first match 2-1 to Stork, herO was able to come back and defeat INnoVation and Stork in the rematch both by 2-1 scores. This allowed herO to advance to Code S. In Code S herO would face Rain, Solar, and DongRaeGu in the Round of 32. He was able to advance from his group in first place with a 2-1 victory over DongRaeGu and a 2-0 victory over Rain. herO advanced from his Round of 16 group in second place by defeating Bbyong and Trap. He was scheduled to play Rain in the Round of 8 on March 19, 2014. Unfortunately he was defeated 3-2 by Rain and was eliminated from the tournament.

WCS Korea Season 2[edit]

herO reached the round of 8 in Code S in the previous season, so he was placed into code S in 2014 GSL Season 2. He managed to get into the Ro16 in first place, defeating both INnoVation and Leenock 2-1, but failed to make it out of his Ro16 group, falling out 0-4. His group ended up being the group of death as it included both finalists of that season, soO and Classic, as well as the Code S regular PartinG.

WCS Korea Season 3[edit]

herO was put into Group I in Code A, along with Reality, sOs, and Super. After a somewhat surprisingly one-sided 0-2 loss to Super, herO went into the Losers' match against Reality. Despite the fact he managed to defeat INnoVation 2-1 in the previous season, herO lost 1-2 against Reality in somewhat disappointing games, knocking him out of Code A.

WCS Global Finals[edit]

herO qualified for the 2014 WCS Global Finals as the 12th seed with with 3475 WCS points. His first match was against the 5th seed, MC, who he defeated 3-2. He then faced Classic, the 13th seed, in the quarterfinals, where he was defeated 3-2, thus ending his tournament run.

Other Tournaments[edit]

herO was able to qualify for IEM Season VIII Sao Paulo. herO would play his Round of 16 group on January 31, 2014. He lost to Polt 2-1 but was able to advance from his group in second place by defeating Kelazhur twice by 2-0 scores. herO would go on to 3-0 MajOr in the Round of 8, 3-0 TLO in the semifinals, and defeat MC 4-1 in the finals to win IEM Sao Paulo and become the first player to win two IEM championships, with his coming back to back.

herO qualified for the IEM Season VIII World Championship in Katowice, Poland, based on his IEM tournament wins over the season. He would edge out HyuN 3-2 in a close series in the Round of 16, defeat San 3-1 in the quarterfinals, and narrowly defeat Polt 3-2 in the semifinals to advance to play sOs in the grand finals for $100,000. Unfortunately, herO was defeated 4-1 by sOs and had to settle for second place.

Due to his previous IEM victories, herO was invited to IEM Toronto to replace Maru. In the double-elimination Open Bracket, he defeated desRow, StarDust, and Revival 2-0. However, in the Winners and Losers bracket, he lost 2-1 to Snute, who showcased a patient playstyle relying on Swarm Hosts, Vipers and static defense. Stopped before the group stage, herO consequently did not earn any WCS point in this tournament.

herO made it into the 2014 Hot6ix Cup through the online qualifiers. He was placed into Group A, where he defeated INnoVation to make it into the Winner's Match. In the Winner's Match he went up against MarineKing and was defeated 2-0. In his rematch against INnoVation, he was defeated 2-0, and knocked out of the tournament.

herO qualified for IEM Season IX San Jose, defeating HyuN, Life, and SoO in the online qualifier. He made it out of the Round of 16 Group Stage by defeating Super and Bomber, both 2-0. He went on to defeat Snute 3-2, and Jaedong 3-1 on his way to the final, where he played Rain. Rain grabbed a quick 3-1 lead, but herO came back to win three sets in a row and claim his third IEM championship.


GSL Season 1[edit]

herO had a successful season beating Curious, TaeJa, MC and Maru to make the quarterfinals. In the Ro8, herO beat Rogue in a narrow 3-2 victory which resulted in him qualifying for the GSL semi-finals for the first time. However, herO's road ended there as he was narrowly beaten by eventual champion Life 4-3 in a very close series.

SSL Season 1[edit]

herO had a relatively unsuccessful season as he crashed out in the main event Ro16. He qualified into the main event by comfortably beating a lackluster teammate, Bbyong, 3-1. In the Ro16, herO had a good start taking out Life 2-0 in macro games, before taking the first map against Stats. Unfortunately for herO, he lost the series against Stats before being knocked out by Life's all-ins in the decider, thus ending his run.

GSL Season 2[edit]

herO, despite showing a dominant performance in the Ro32, going 4-0 taking out Patience and Flash on the way, was not able to replicate his form from the previous season. Despite starting brightly by beating Dream 2-0, he faltered against Curious and his teammate ByuL, losing four maps in a row and crashing out of the tournament.

SSL Season 2[edit]

herO started his season by crushing Symbol 3-0 in the Challenge stage to qualify for the main event. He was more successful than the previous season, as he beat PartinG twice to advance despite losing another close series to Stats 2-1. herO made the SSL semi-finals for the first time by beating a favoured Maru 3-2 in the quarterfinals in a tight back and forth series. However, herO's run sharply ended in the semi-finals as he systematically taken apart by Dream who, he had just beaten in the GSL S2 a few days prior. herO was easily beaten 4-0 by Dream who advanced to make his second SSL finals in a row.

GSL Season 3[edit]

herO's performance in season of GSL was similar to how he did in previous season as he crashed out in the Ro16. Despite another strong performance in the Ro32, where he easily brushed aside Hack and Losira to advance 4-0, he lost once again in the Ro16. herO lost to Maru in the opening series before beating sOs in a narrow series. In the decider, herO met Classic and was unable to advance, despite winning the first map.

SSL Season 3[edit]

herO pulled off a great run in SSL Season 3, and finally was able to achieve his dream of winning a tier 1 individual league in Korea. His Ro16 group was described as many as the 'Group of Death' as it contained Life, INnoVation and sOs. herO overcame the tough group by beating both Life and INnoVation 2-1 to advance in first place. In the quarterfinals, he faced MyuNgSiK where he began by taking an easy 2-0 lead, before losing the next two maps and narrowly winning the 5th to advance to semi-finals. In the semi-finals, he met Rain, who was coming off a hot streak having recently won a GSL by beating herO's teammate ByuL. In another tight series, herO managed to take out Rain 4-3 despite PvP being his worst matchup, to make his first Korean league finals. In the finals, he met his teammate ByuL, who was making his second Korean league finals in a row. In contrast to the previous rounds, the final was largely one-sided as herO powered past his teammate to win his first tier 1 Korean league title and cement himself as one of the best players in HotS.


  • Played Zerg in Brood War.
  • Defeated BarrackS in his first official StarCraft II match.
  • Was given the nickname "The Smiling Assassin" by Paul "Redeye" Chaloner during IEM Season VIII Singapore.
  • He is the first player to win three IEM championships, winning IEM Season VIII - Singapore, IEM Season VIII - Sao Paulo and IEM Season IX - San Jose, earning him the nickname "The IEM King."
  • Was featured in Madals' APM compilation at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.
  • Received a special award for achieving the most wins in two consecutive seasons of Proleague (2014, 2015).[2] herO then went on to reach top of the ranking in third consecutive season as well.[3]
  • Is a member of the so-called "invisible line" ("투명라인") - players who for some reason are always overlooked. The "invisible line" includes the likes of GoodFriend, Light and aLive. Because of those players being ignored so often, Korean fans jokingly started to wonder if they ever existed and gave them nicknames by typing their names with English keyboard setting (for herO it is "rlawnsgh"). As an extension of that nickname, Korean fans call herO the Invisible and often post screenshots joking that the production team is filming an empty booth etc. (like in this image from 2015 KeSPA Cup).[4]
  • Has a dog, toy poodle, called Star. He mentioned in an interview that he named it like that because of StarCraft being a big part of his life.[5]


In A1Premier Tournaments
2022-01-23AA1stWorld Team League 2021 WinterDragon Phoenix GamingDragon Phoenix Gaming4 : 1Team NVTeam NV$4,639.68
2019-10-12DA4thChina Team Championship 2019 Season 2Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming2 : 4Jin Air Green WingsJin Air Green Wings$1,055.50
2019-10-06CA3 - 4th2019 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming1 : 3$2,091
2019-06-11AA1stChina Team Championship 2019 Season 1Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming4 : 3Team LaoPaoerTeam LaoPaoer$3,355.50
2019-03-03CA3 - 4thIEM Season XIII - KatowiceTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming1 : 3$25,600
2018-04-08CA3 - 4th2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3$2,349
2017-10-01BA2nd2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 4$4,490
2017-08-06AA1st2017 GSL vs. The World: Teams CompetitionKorean All StarsKorean All Stars7 : 1World All StarsWorld All Stars$443.74
2017-07-30BA2ndIEM Season XII - ShanghaiROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 4$4,000
2017-04-09AA1st2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 2$10,780
2015-10-10Award2015 SK Telecom Proleague: Most WinsCJ EntusCJ Entus– : –$2,375
2015-09-20AA1st2015 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 3 Main EventCJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 2$36,099
2015-07-19CA3 - 4thIEM Season X - ShenzhenCJ EntusCJ Entus2 : 3$2,000
2015-06-04CA3 - 4th2015 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 Main EventCJ EntusCJ Entus0 : 4$4,061
2015-05-05AA1stGiGA internet 2015 KeSPA Cup Season 1CJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 3$9,110
2015-03-18CA3 - 4th2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code SCJ EntusCJ Entus3 : 4$3,610
2014-12-07AA1stIEM Season IX - San JoseCJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 3$10,000
2014-09-27CA3 - 4th2014 DreamHack Open: StockholmCJ EntusCJ Entus1 : 2$3,000
2014-09-14BA2nd2014 KeSPA CupCJ EntusCJ Entus1 : 4$9,790
2014-08-09Award2014 SK Telecom Proleague: Most WinsCJ EntusCJ Entus– : –$2,372.50
2014-02-01AA1stIEM Season VIII - Sao PauloCJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 1$10,000
2013-12-01AA1stIEM Season VIII - SingaporeCJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 2$10,000
2012-10-14DA4th2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series: Asia FinalsCJ EntusCJ Entus1 : 2$1,800
2012-09-22AA1st2011-12 SK Planet Proleague Season 2CJ EntusCJ Entus2 : 0Samsung KHANSamsung KHAN$7,942.89
In A2Major Tournaments
2022-04-24CA3 - 4thCasters Civil WarTeam Special TacticsTeam Special Tactics1 : 3Stasis WardisStasis Wardis$650
2019-11-08AA1stNeXT 2019 AutumnTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming4 : 1NewbeeNewbee$2,858
2019-05-31CA3rdNeXT 2019 SpringTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming0 : 3Ocean GamingOcean Gaming$362.73
2019-02-17CA3 - 4thWardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest #4Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming2 : 4$300
2018-09-26CA3 - 4thNeXT 2018 SummerROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3$1,310
2018-05-19CA3rdBTSL S1: VancouverROOT GamingROOT GamingW : FF$805
2018-05-01BA2nd2018 Hangzhou StarCraft CarnivalROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3$12,622
2017-10-13AA1stMaster's Coliseum 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 0$4,000
2017-06-03AA1st2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 - ChallengeROOT GamingROOT Gaming4–1Grp S.$1,935
2017-04-28BA2nd2017 VSL Season 1 - Team LeagueTeam herOTeam herO3 : 4Team ZestTeam Zest$332.50
2017-04-20BA2nd2017 VSL Season 1 - Individual LeagueROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3$2,650
2016-02-02CA3 - 4thIEM Season X - TaipeiCJ EntusCJ Entus2 : 3$2,000
2014-10-21BA2ndWECG 2014: South Korea QualifierCJ EntusCJ Entus2 : 3$2,844.01
2014-06-08AA1stSanDisk SHOUTcraft InvitationalCJ EntusCJ Entus4 : 2$4,500
2014-05-20BA2nd2014 Proleague: Round 3CJ EntusCJ Entus2 : 4SK Telecom T1SK Telecom T1$443.24
In A3Minor Tournaments
2017-12-27AA1stBaseTradeTV Star League 2017 SpecialROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 2$1,000
2016-10-15AA1stSHOUTcraft Kings October 2016CJ EntusCJ Entus0 : 1$500
2015-12-18AA1st2016 Global StarCraft II League Pre-Season Week 1CJ EntusCJ Entus3 : 0$842
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
Complete list of results in any tournament


GOMTV Global StarCraft II League Global StarCraft II League Champion

Preceded By:
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1
09 April 2017 – 01 October 2017
South Korea  herO
2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2
Succeeded By:
South Korea  Rogue
Intel Extreme Masters Intel Extreme Masters
Season VIII - New York
Preceded By:
South Korea  Life
Season VIII - Singapore
1 December 2013 – 1 February 2014
South Korea  herO
Season VIII - Sao Paulo
Succeeded By:
South Korea  herO
Season VIII - Singapore
Preceded By:
South Korea  herO
Season VIII - Sao Paulo
1 February 2014 – 17 February 2014
South Korea  herO
Season VIII - Cologne
Succeeded By:
South Korea  HerO
Season IX - Toronto
Preceded By:
South Korea  Flash
Season IX - San Jose
7 December 2014 – 1 February 2015
South Korea  herO
Season IX - Taipei
Succeeded By:
South Korea  Life
StarCraft II StarLeague StarCraft II StarLeague Champion
2015 SSL Season 2
Preceded By:
South Korea  Classic
2015 SSL Season 3
20 September 2015 - 9 April 2016
South Korea  herO
2016 SSL Season 1
Succeeded By:
South Korea  Dark
2014 KeSPA Cup
Preceded By:
South Korea  Zest
2015 KeSPA Cup Season 1
5 May 2015 - 12 July 2015
South Korea  herO
2015 KeSPA Cup
Season 2

Succeeded By:
South Korea  soO

Matches & VODs[edit]

Wings of Liberty

First Person View Match VODS[edit]




Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 650 - 40261.8 %850 - 52961.6 %724 - 44861.8 %15 - -1107.1 %2239 - 137861.9 %
as 0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-4 - 266.7 %4 - 266.7 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics