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[e][h] Nina
Player Information
Nina Qual
August 15, 1990 (age 31)
Alternate IDs:
puCK, IronMan, LeiYa, ROOTpuCK
Total Earnings:
Approx. Earnings 2021:
EPT NA rank:
Years active:
2012 - Present
????-??-?? — 2012-??-??
2012-06-02 — 2012-10-16
2012-11-25 — 2013-10-17
2013-10-31 — 2015-01-02
2015-01-02 — 2016-03-02
2016-06-09 — 2020-03-08
2020-03-08 — 2021-05-26
2021-05-26 — Present
Recent Matches
Nina  United States2:3South Korea  Classic
October 16, 2021 - 22:05 UTC
Nina  United States0:3United States  Neeb
October 16, 2021 - 20:00 UTC
Nina  United States3:0Canada  DisK
October 15, 2021 - 20:55 UTC
Nina  United States1:3Canada  Scarlett
October 13, 2021 - 20:00 UTC
Nina  United States0:2Mexico  SpeCial
October 13, 2021 - 0:00 UTC

Nina "Nina" Qual (born August 15, 1990) is an American Protoss player who is currently playing for PSISTORM Gaming.

She was formerly known as puCK.


On April 11, 2012, Nina and Fitzyhere competed against each other in a BO21 showmatch to find out which of them would become part of ROOT Gaming's roster. After a hard fought battle Nina emerged victorious with a 11-8 score and joined ROOT's roster. As it happens ROOT accepted both Fitzyhere and Nina to their roster. On October 16, 2012, ROOT Gaming announced that Nina would be leaving the team to focus on personal issues.[1] A month later, Nina re-joined the team.[2]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

At IGN ProLeague Season 5, Nina participated in the main event starting on November 29, 2012. After defeating the Polish Zerg Nerchio, she was defeated by Creator and sent to the Loser's Bracket. Nina defeated another notable foreigner and teammate in Drewbie before falling to another Korean BBoongBBoong.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

In WCS America 2013 Season 1, Nina was one of two players, alongside DeMusliM, to qualify for Premier League through the Challenger League qualifier and bracket stages. This included a 2-0 victory over Suppy, the best performing American in Season 1.

Nina played in the Acer TeamStory Cup Season 1 starting on March 27, 2013, as a member of ROOT Gaming. Nina was fairly successful in PvT and PvZ, going 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, but had an abysmal 0-6 record against Protoss for a subpar total score of 6-7.

In the Round of 32 of WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League, Nina seized a 2-1 win over MacSed before suffering consecutive 1-2 losses to Jaedong in the winner's match and MacSed in the final match. Against MacSed, Nina favored quick Blink research, which was read by her opponent and exploited with early aggression and quick Dark Templar tech. After falling to Challenger League, Nina defeated HyuN, who had just won 2013 DreamHack Open Valencia, but lost to Neeb 0-2, despite having defeated her the previous season. In the group stage, Nina advanced to Premier League for Season 3 by defeating mOOnGLaDe 2-1 and 2-0.

In the final season of the 2013 WCS America, Nina was placed in a group with teammate Minigun, CranK, and Scarlett. After falling to Scarlett 1-2, Nina defeated Minigun 2-1 to face CranK in the final match. In the third game of the match, Nina fell victim to an unusual Stargate into Dark Templar build to fall out of the tournament in the Round of 32. In Challenger League, Nina defeated JonSnow 2-1, received a walkover past Revival, and defeated HuK 2-1.

On October 17, 2013th, Nina announced her departure from ROOT Gaming.[3]

As of October 25, 2013, Nina is listed as a part of the Clan Team2Pro.[4]

On October 31, 2013, Nina joined IvDgaming alongside MaSsan.[5]

Based on her performance in the previous WCS season, Nina received a spot in the WCS America 2014 Season 1 Challenger League matches. On January 22, 2014, she defeated the Taiwanese player Ian 3-1 to qualify for Premier League. On March 12, 2014, played her Premier League group with SeleCT, MacSed, and Sen. She won against SeleCT 2-0 using Oracle openers effectively both games. She then lost 1-2 to MacSed after playing two drawn out games against the Chinese Protoss player. In her final match, Nina defeated Sen 2-0, including a game where she killed over 160 of her opponents Roaches. With a 2-1 match score in the group, Nina advanced to the live Round of 16 portion of WCS America which, due to the end of NASL's StarCraft II involvement, took place in Cologne, Germany.

Nina's WCS America 2014 Season 1 Premier League Round of 16 match took place on April 5, 2014. After losing the first game of her match against HyuN, she came back to win the match 2-1. She faced Oz in the winner's match and narrowly lost 1-2 to fall to the final match, where she again faced HyuN. Unable to win a second time, she lost 0-2 to drop out of the season.

In the second season of WCS America Premier League 2014, Nina played her Round of 32 group on May 26, 2014. She lost 1-2 to viOLet, then 0-2 to Oz and fell out of Premier League.

Nina qualified for the 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: North America on June 16 after winning the first qualifier and defeating viOLet in the finals of that qualifier. The tournament format was unusual in that each player in turn was allowed to challenge one of the remaining competitors and remained in the tournament until they had lost three matches. Nina began the tournament selecting viOLet as her opponent, but ended up losing the match 0-2. She was then challenged in each of the next five matches, where she defeated Scarlett, viOLet, and MajOr, and lost to HuK and Polt. She was therefore eliminated on the first day, and thus despite a 3-3 record, which was tied for second best at the event, received no prize money.

The following weekend on June 20, Nina competed at the 2014 MLG Anaheim tournament, where she was seeded into the pools after qualifying in the second online open qualifier. She had a 2-5 match score in the pool, including a victory over Incredible Miracle's Trap, and was subsequently eliminated in the Loser's Bracket 0-2 by KeeN.

Nina left IvDgaming on January 2, 2015.[6] She joined Flipsid3 Tactics on the same day.[7]


  • Is known for Phoenix play in PvT.[Citation needed]
  • Was known for using Colossus drops effectively in Wings of Liberty. Example
  • Chose her former ID (puCK) after the DotA hero puCK.[Citation needed]
  • In September 2020, she was banned for two weeks from the Shyrshadi Open series due to verbally harassing PartinG before a game.[8]


In A1Premier tournaments
2021-10-164thDH SC2 Masters 2021 Winter: North AmericaPSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming0 : 3 Neeb$2,900
2021-06-054thDH SC2 Masters 2021 Summer: North AmericaPSISTORM GamingPSISTORM Gaming0 : 3 Scarlett$2,600
2020-09-124thDH SC2 Masters 2020 Fall: North AmericaTeam eXoNTeam eXoN0 : 3 Scarlett$3,500
2016-03-263 - 4thGold Series International 2016ZZZZZ1 : 3 Harstem$5,000
2014-09-064thWorld E-sport Championships 2014IvDgamingIvDgaming0 : 2 HerO$3,240
In A2Major tournaments
2019-11-094thWESG 2019 - USA QualifierROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Astrea$1,000
2018-12-092ndCheeseadelphia 8ROOT GamingROOT Gaming2 : 4 Future$1,700
2018-11-113 - 4thWESG 2018 - USA QualifierROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Neeb$2,000
2018-07-293 - 4thCheeseadelphia 7ROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Cham$700
2018-06-242nd2018 WCS Valencia - North America QualifierROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 4 TRUE$1,200
2018-05-133 - 4th2018 WCS Austin - North America QualifierROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Neeb$800
2017-04-013rd2017 WCS Austin - North AmericaROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3 PiLiPiLi$800
2016-07-094th2016 WCS Summer Regional Challengers: North AmericaROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3 MaSa$800
2016-04-092nd2016 WCS Spring Regional Challengers: North AmericaZZZZZ3 : 2 Polt$1,200
2015-01-251 - 32nd2015 WCS Season 1 Challenger LeagueFlipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics$0
2014-07-231 - 16th2014 WCS Season 3 America Challenger LeagueIvDgamingIvDgaming$0
2014-01-291 - 24th2014 WCS Season 1 America Challenger LeagueIvDgamingIvDgaming$0
2013-10-171 - 8th2013 WCS Season 3 America: Challenger LeagueZZZZZ2 : 1 HuK$300
2013-08-183rdLANHAMMER 2013ROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Minigun$600
In A3Minor tournaments
2021-03-071stThe SomeDrunkCanadian Showmatch Series #2Team eXoNTeam eXoN5 : 5 MeomaikA$50
2021-02-101steXoN Cup Open #25Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 1 Vanya$60
2021-02-082ndESL Open Cup #57 AmericasTeam eXoNTeam eXoN0 : 3 Zest$100
2021-02-021stGrandmaster Battle Royale #18Team eXoNTeam eXoN$100
2021-01-301staXoN MVP Cup January 2021Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 1 Gerald$100
2021-01-252ndESL Open Cup #55 AmericasTeam eXoNTeam eXoN0 : 3 PartinG$100
2021-01-201steXoN Cup Open #22Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 0 sigh$60
2021-01-182ndESL Open Cup #54 AmericasTeam eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 3 Astrea$100
2021-01-072ndESL Open Cup #51 AmericasTeam eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 3 PartinG$100
2020-12-201staXoN eXMas CupTeam eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 2 MaSa$400
2020-12-052nd2020 NA Apprentice ChampionshipTeam eXoNTeam eXoN0 : 4 Future$80
2020-11-232ndThe Buckstar InvitationalTeam eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 4 RagnaroK$250
2020-11-062ndLegion Invitational: UranusTeam eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 3 SpeCial$104.63
2020-10-221stShyrshadi Open #35Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 2 Hellraiser$86.25
2020-10-211steXoN Cup Open #15Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 1 Hellraiser$153
2020-09-221stSneak Peek! #2Team eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 2 Namshar$50
2020-09-092ndeXoN Cup Open #9Team eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 3 Vanya$58.94
2020-07-032ndMaple Series #1Team eXoNTeam eXoN1 : 3 Gerald$100
2020-06-211stThe Miserable CupTeam eXoNTeam eXoN4 : 1 Silky$500
2020-04-232ndPre-Raid (shadows legends) Kick offTeam eXoNTeam eXoN0 : 2 Namshar$50
2020-04-112ndBeastyqt vs Team eXon Team Kill #1Team eXoNTeam eXoN1-1Grp S.$50
2020-03-071stGrandmaster Battle Royale #17Team eXonTeam eXon$100
2020-01-181stRis3n Open Bracket TournamentROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 2 starkiller$200
2019-11-232ndThe DAM Show Match of EnduranceROOT GamingROOT Gaming12 : 35 Future$405
2019-10-261stGet Rifkin to BlizzCon Show MatchesROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 0 Raze$60
2019-10-142ndThe DAM Show MatchROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 7 Neeb$220.80
2019-08-061stMomentum Cup Season 3 NA Cup 5ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 1 Denver$60
2019-08-021stMomentum Cup Season 3 NA Cup 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 2 Vindicta$60
2019-04-221stRokk Cup #2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 0 Vanya$125
2019-04-071stGrandmaster Battle Royale #4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$100
2019-04-011stGrandmaster Battle Royale #3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$100
2019-02-231stQT Cup 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 0 Bonkers$50
2019-02-221stFriday Night Fight: North AmericaROOT GamingROOT Gaming2-0Grp S.$100
2018-12-152ndKOTN: SuupaROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3 MaSa$100
2018-11-251stAfreeca World 26ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 2 qxc$125
2018-09-161stBTSL S2: North AmericaROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 1 Kane$400
2018-07-081stMidwest Cup 16ROOT GamingROOT Gaming2 : 0 GAMETIME$75
2018-05-191stOne Base Play 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 3 PandaBearMe$250
2017-10-012ndNA Ladder Heroes September 2017ROOT GamingROOT Gaming0 : 3 JonSnow$75
2017-08-122ndNA Ladder Heroes July 2017ROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 Namshar$75
2016-10-231stNA Ladder Heroes September 2016ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 0 Strange$200
2016-09-042ndNA Ladder Heroes August 2016ROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 3 TRUE$75
2016-05-302ndNA Ladder Heroes April 2016ZZZZZ0 : 3 Polt$161
2016-05-221stMasters Cup 71ZZZZZ3 : 1 PiLiPiLi$75
2016-01-162ndNA Ladder Heroes December 2015Flipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics1 : 3 Neeb$97
2015-11-052ndPSISTORM Last HotS HurrahFlipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics0 : 3 TRUE$100
2015-11-011stYoumacon 2015Flipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics4 : 0 Winter$400
2015-10-011stASL Season 5 Prime LOTV BetaFlipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics4 : 2 NightEnD$500
2014-10-182ndASL Season 2 Prime LeagueIvDgamingIvDgaming1 : 4 MaSa$400
2013-07-212ndSEANAROOT GamingROOT Gaming1 : 4 Polt$275.90
In A4Basic tournaments
2020-12-191stNA Ladder Heroes December 2020 Week 3Team eXoNTeam eXoN$50
2020-09-261stNA Ladder Heroes September 2020 Week 4Team eXoNTeam eXoN$50
2020-09-121stNA Ladder Heroes September 2020 Week 2Team eXoNTeam eXoN$50
2020-09-051stNA Ladder Heroes September 2020 Week 1Team eXoNTeam eXoN$50
2020-08-261steXoN Cup Open #7Team eXoNTeam eXoN3 : 1 Vindicta$114.39
2020-08-221stNA Ladder Heroes August 2020 Week 4Team eXoNTeam eXoN$50
2019-11-251stGM Show Matches by Drikett Show Match 90ROOT GamingROOT Gaming5 : 3 ArT$70
2019-07-241stPath of Star Episode 10ROOT GamingROOT Gaming5 : 4 Lemon$75
2019-06-071stGM Show Matches by Drikett Show Match 10ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 2 PracticeX$60
2019-03-101stNA Ladder Heroes March 2019 Week 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2019-02-241stNA Ladder Heroes February 2019 Week 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2018-10-271stNA Ladder Heroes October 2018 Week 4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2018-10-131stNA Ladder Heroes October 2018 Week 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-12-021stNA Ladder Heroes December 2017 Week 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-11-251stNA Ladder Heroes November 2017 Week 4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-11-181stNA Ladder Heroes November 2017 Week 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-11-181stPsiX Pro Series Match 8ROOT GamingROOT Gaming5 : 4 TOP$50
2017-11-111stNA Ladder Heroes November 2017 Week 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-11-041stNA Ladder Heroes November 2017 Week 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-10-281stPsiX Pro Series Match 6ROOT GamingROOT Gaming5 : 1 JonSnow$50
2017-10-281stNA Ladder Heroes October 2017 Week 4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-10-211stNA Ladder Heroes October 2017 Week 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-09-231stNA Ladder Heroes September 2017 Week 4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2017-09-161stPsiX Pro Series Match 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming5 : 4 Optimus$50
2016-10-161stNA Ladder Heroes October 2016 Week 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2016-10-091stNA Ladder Heroes October 2016 Week 2ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2016-10-021stNA Ladder Heroes October 2016 Week 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2016-09-181stNA Ladder Heroes September 2016 Week 3ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$50
2015-10-171stTeam Gravity's Fight Night 2015: October, Week 2 Match 1Flipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics1 : 0 RuFF$59.40
2015-02-221stDingIt Showmatches Match 13Flipsid3 TacticsFlipsid3 Tactics4 : 1 Jaedong$150
2014-05-151stMONEY $PEAK$ 9 (NA Edition) Match 3IvDgamingIvDgaming4 : 3 JimRising$75
2013-07-271stZOTAC Cup: NA Cup Cup 112ROOT GamingROOT Gaming3 : 0 Monty$100
2013-02-081stPlayhem Showmatches Match 14ROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 3 qxc$100
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A3Minor tournaments
2020-11-251stSC2 Royal #6: Team Edition Seeding StageeXoneXon3-0Grp S.$50
2018-01-141stAfreeca World Team LeagueROOT GamingROOT Gaming4 : 0Sloth E-Sports ClubSloth E-Sports Club$133.33
2014-04-131st2014 Deimos Esports Team LeagueIvDgamingIvDgaming5 : 1ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$113.93
Complete Results in any Tournament

Matches & VODs[edit]

LotV Matches[edit]

HotS Matches[edit]

WoL Matches[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]






Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 857 - 56560.3 %691 - 60453.4 %900 - 67657.1 %27 - 0100 %2475 - 184557.3 %
as 0 - 30 %2 - 433.3 %0 - 0-0 - 0-2 - 722.2 %
as 0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-7 - 463.6 %7 - 463.6 %

Earnings Statistics

Medal Statistics