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[e][h] MaximusBlack
Commentator Information
Jeffrey Johnston
January 22, 1987 (1987-01-22) (age 33)
Alternate IDs:
GoSuBlack, QuanticBlack, xSixMaximus, HellOnEarth, MaximusBlack
2012-01-09 — 2012-08-09
2012-08-10 — 2012-12-04
2012-12-20 — 2013-02-01
2013-02-01 — 2013-05-06

Jeffrey "MaximusBlack" Johnston is a popular YouTube commentator. He is a Protoss player and is currently retired.


MaximusBlack's popularity grew from his involvement with the LifesAGlitchTV[1] YouTube channel, which he uses to create gaming content with his friend and co-caster NovaWar. While he produces content other than just StarCraft II on that channel, it was their 'When Cheese Fails'[2] series documenting amusing failures of various cheese builds that first began MaximusBlack's huge rise in popularity within the StarCraft community.

While he began his work with NovaWar on LAGTV primarily on a part-time basis, he transitioned into a full-time YouTuber with the introduction of his personal YouTube channel, MaximusBlack.[3] His personal channel expanded into other genres of gaming, ranging from Starcraft to several other well-known and distinguished game titles.

Apart from his work as a YouTuber, he regularly streams on Twitch TV account, LAGTVMaximusBlack [4] where he interacts with the community and plays various game titles almost on a daily basis.

On January 11, 2012 it was announced he would be representing CheckSix Gaming.[5][6] On June 16, 2012 MaximusBlack won King of the Web, giving all of the $7,500 prize to charity.[7]

During late May and throughout June of 2013, MaximusBlack also played League of Legends on his stream frequently, ranking up from Bronze to Silver league, and as of June 30, 2013, he is on a "Quest To Gold". Much of these League of Legends "quests" have also been uploaded to his YouTube channel.

On December 27, 2013 he started leveling a new Blood Elf warlock character in World of Warcraft, having never played any MMORPG for any significant length of time before this. He started streaming his WoW gameplay every day for up to 10-12 hours a day, which brought him increasing popularity, making him the 3rd most popular WoW streamer on as of January 6, 2014.[Citation needed]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

His StarCraft II progression has been watched by thousands of fans through his series 'Quest to Diamond/Masters/Grand Master'[8] and his live streams which document ladder games as he improves.

MaximusBlack attended MLG Anaheim in June 2012, losing his first match against CheckSix teammate ThisIsJimmy.[9] In losers he won his first match in a major tournament by defeating bmonarch 2-0 before falling to Gretorp in losers round 2

He also attended MLG Raleigh on August 24, 2012, where he won his first match the tournament, beating The_Alltomata 2-1 in a PvP before falling 2-0 to Hendralisk. In losers bracket he won his first match against Legacytyro before dropping out in losers round 2 to listal.[10]

On August 9, 2012, MaximusBlack announced that he would be leaving CheckSix Gaming.[11] The following day it was announced that he would be joining Quantic Gaming.[12]

He was left teamless following Quantic Gaming's dissolution.

On December 20, 2012 MaximusBlack announced he would be joining It's Gosu eSports.[13]

On February 1, 2013, MaximusBlack was reacquired by Quantic Gaming after the team reformed by merging with It's Gosu and 4Not.[14]

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

On May 6 of that same year he left Quantic Gaming, citing personal sponsorship opportunities,[15] and would be officially sponsored by Ozone Gaming Gear the next day.[16]

On June 28, 2013, MaximusBlack was featured on the front stage against NonY for the first time at MLG Anaheim, losing 2-0 in a Best of 3. The next day, he lost 2-0 in another Best of 3 to mYiPengWin, and was then eliminated from the tournament.

On October 20, 2013, MaximusBlack made it to the finals in the FragForCancer charity event and went against PeNguiN in a close match up, losing 4-3 in a best of 7.

On December 12, 2013, MaximusBlack made Grandmaster in Heart of the Swarm.[17]


  • Received coaching from desRow,[18] TubbyTheFat[19] and puCK.
  • Has released two free music albums online.[20][21]
  • Known for the word bouse and entertaining his audience with his chainmail suit.






Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 2 - 340 %5 - 645.5 %2 - 820 %4 - 0100 %13 - 1743.3 %