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ROOT Gaming

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[e][h]ROOT Gaming
Team Information
Team Captain:
Paulo "CatZ" Vizcarra
Team Earnings:
$4,914 USD
Solo Achievements
2015 WCS Season 2: Premier League2016 DreamHack Open: Austin2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1
Player Breakdown
Number of Players:
2010-03-22 (original team)
2012-05-15 (reformed)
Recent Matches
ROOT 4:3 Fnatic
December 21, 2020 - 20:10 UTC

ROOT Gaming is a North American StarCraft II team that was created on the 22nd of March 2010, founded by four StarCraft II players: Drewbie, JiYan, CatZ, and qxc, quickly developing to become one of the best and most popular teams in North America. In early 2011, ROOT established a joint gaming house in Florida together with Fnatic, having CatZ, Drewbie from ROOT, and Fenix and TT1 from Fnatic living in the house.[1]

On June 11, 2011, compLexity Gaming announced that they had acquired ROOT Gaming and the majority of their roster: CatZ, Drewbie, Minigun and DdoRo,[2] whilst KiWiKaKi and SLush decided not to join compLexity and became part of the newly formed Team ReIGN.[3] Destiny initially signed with compLexity but then changed his mind about joining the team.[4]

On May 15, 2012, CatZ announced that following the expiry of his contract with compLexity Gaming, he and Drewbie would be reforming ROOT Gaming.[5]

Since its rebirth, ROOT has expanded considerably, doubling its roster and recruiting new players, reuniting with former players such as Minigun, SLush and KiWiKaKi. ROOT also added a Dota 2 team in May 2012,[6] as well as a Smite squad in February 2013,[7] although the latter was short-lived.

In July 2013, ROOT opened the highly anticipated and crowd-funded team house in Antioch, California with several players from the ROOT Gaming team, such as CatZ, Kane, Succeed, Minigun, Sage and others moving in to practice and produce content.[8]

ROOT Gaming made another significant expansion in September 2013, as they announced the SEED Academy, recruiting many young up and coming talents from around the world, giving them the opportunity to develop alongside the professional team and utilising ROOT's resources, such as the team house to further their career. Amongst the first members, the new SEED roster included Najzmajs, Arium, SolO, Prebs and Virium.[9]

ROOT Gaming became OSC-ROOT Gaming in July of 2016, adding the Oceanic Starcraft League as a title sponsor of the team. Along with the partnership came the announcement that the team would be adding DemiLove, PandaBearMe, Probe, and Sparrow to their roster while releasing Caliber and Revolution and moving Petraeus to inactive.[10]

ROOT Gaming and OSC end their partnership in July 2017. ROOT Gaming parts ways with DemiLove, PandaBearMe, Probe, iaguz, and Cham.[11]

ROOT Gaming acquires NoRegreT & the Project Unity Korean team house in November 30 2018. The team house becomes ROOT-Unity.[12]


  • March 8, Nina leaves the team.
  • May 15, CatZ announces the rebirth of ROOT Gaming with himself, Drewbie, KiWiKaKi, Destiny, Slush, and Fayth.[94]
  • May 16, ViBE joins ROOT Gaming.[95]
  • May 18, CatZ announces ROOT Gaming expanding to DotA 2 by announcing its first team squad.[96] additionally, he announced that RotterdaM joined ROOT Gaming, not as a caster, but as a player.[97]
  • June 2, puCK and Fitzyhere join ROOT Gaming.[98]
  • June 15, TT1 joins the team.[99]
  • June 24, Axeltoss joins the team as their official caster.[100]
  • July 12, MaSa joins the team.[101]
  • August 6, MajOr joins the team.[102]
  • August 10, ToD joins.[103]
  • August 28, ROOT parts ways with Destiny after receiving negative feedback about him.[104]
  • October 16, ROOT Gaming announces that puCK will be leaving the team to focus on personal issues. While the initial announcement hinted at eventually returning, puCK did not plan to rejoin ROOT.[105][106]
  • October 25, ROOT announces a sponsorship deal with Das Keyboard.[107]
  • November 25, ROOT announces that MajOr has left ROOT Gaming and that puCK has returned [108]
  • December 6, ToD leaves the team and returns to France.[109]
  • December 8, DdoRo rejoins the team following Quantic Gaming's disbandment.[110]
  • December 15, Another former Quantic Gaming player, theognis, joins Root.[111]
  • December 21, MajOr returns.[112]
  • March 22, ROOT Gaming is formed.[116]

Player Roster[edit]


Active Squad
IDNameJoin Date2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
PeruCatZ CaptainPaulo Vizcarra2012-05-1517 - 24th 2010_MLG_Pro_Circuit/Raleigh17 - 32nd IGN_ProLeague_Season_333 - 45th North_American_Star_League_Season_341 - 48th 2013_MLG_Spring_Championship9 - 16th 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: DetroitChallenger League 32 - 62nd 2015 WCS Season 217 - 32nd 2016_DreamHack_Open/Austin33 - 40th 2017_WCS_Austin--
South KoreaDandyPark Ju Sung2018-02-22----------
CanadaDisKAlexandre Corriveau2019-10-16-------65 - 80th 2017 WCS Montreal41 - 48th 2018_WCS_Montreal17 - 24th 2019 WCS Winter Americas
CanadaGosuPvPDavid Abalain-Suarez2018-12-01----------
CanadaMackintacMack Robinson2019-12-31-------49 - 64th 2017 WCS Montreal49 - 64th 2018 WCS Montreal-
South KoreaMCJang Min Chul2019-02-04 1st 2010 Sony Ericsson StarCraft II Open_Season 3 1st 2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Global StarCraft II League March1st HomeStory Cup/4 Intel Extreme Masters Red Bull Battlegrounds: Austin2nd 2013 WCS Season 2 Europe 2013 WCS Season 3 Europe1st 2014 WCS Season 1 Europe 13 - 16th 2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 17 - 24th 2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2-- 17 - 24th 2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 1
United StatesNeuroAustin Filsinger2016-09-29------49 - 64th 2016_DreamHack_Open/Austin49 - 64th 2017_WCS_Austin--
CanadaNoRegreTJake Umpleby2018-11-30----33 - 64th 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Detroit17 - 24th HomeStory Cup XII25 - 32nd HomeStory Cup XIII 25 - 32nd 2017 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 25 - 32nd 2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 1-
United StatesRazeJay Whipple2019-10-16------49 - 64th 2016_DreamHack_Open/Austin25 - 32nd 2017_WCS_Austin33 - 40th 2018 WCS MontrealChallenger League 9 - 12th 2019 WCS Fall: North America Qualifier
United StatesRobRobbie Plata2019-01-29-145 - 208th 2011 MLG Providence--109 - 140th 2014 MLG Anaheim-65 - 80th 2016_DreamHack_Open/Austin41 - 48th 2017 WCS Montreal41 - 48th 2018 WCS AustinChallenger League 13 - 16th 2019 WCS Spring: North America Qualifier2019 WCS Summer: North America Qualifier2019 WCS Fall: North America Qualifier
South KoreaSuperNovaKim Young Jin2018-01-13- 5 - 8th 2011 Global StarCraft II League OctoberWorld Cyber Games2nd Intel Extreme MastersPremier League 6th 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL9 - 16th 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Detroit9 - 12th Intel Extreme Masters----
United StatesViBEDan Scherlong2016-06-0925 - 32nd 2010 MLG Pro Circuit/Dallas13 - 16th IGN_ProLeague_Season_217 - 24th 2012_Battle.net_World_Championship17 - 32nd 2013_MLG_Winter_Championship9 - 16th 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Atlanta-Challenger League 9 - 12th 2016_WCS_Spring_Regional_Challengers/North_America41 - 48th 2017_WCS_Austin--


Inactive Players
IDNameJoin DateInactive Date2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
United StatesIllusionChris Lee2013-09-05-21 - 24th 2011_MLG_Pro_Circuit/Providence9 - 12th Red_Bull#Red_Bull_BattleGroundsPremier League 17 - 24th 2013_WCS_Season_1_America13 - 16th Intel Extreme Masters-----
New ZealandPetraeusMackenzie Smith2015-10-10--17 - 24th Electronic Sports World Cup 2012Challenger League 25 - 32nd 2013 WCS Season 3 America5 - 8th 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: DetroitPremier League 5 - 8th 2015 WCS Season 3Challenger League 1st 2016_WCS_Winter_Regional_Challengers/Oceania_SEA_Japan---
NorwaySolOTobias Glenne2013-09-09----33 - 48th 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm33 - 48th 2015 DreamHack Open: Stockholm49 - 64th 2016 DreamHack Open: Valencia41 - 48th 2017_WCS_Jönköping--

Notable Former[edit]

Full list of player transfers and former players here.

Former Players
IDNameJoin DateLeave DateNew Team
SpainAqueroNRubén Villanueva2018-10-132019-01-26 Wolf's Pack
United StatesAstreaMax Angel2013-10-192015-02-22 Team Ascension
United StatesCaliberPatrick Coury2013-03-132016-07-06
PeruCatZPaulo Vizcarra2010-03-222011-06-12 compLexity Gaming
MexicoChamPablo Cham2016-06-092017-07-05 OSC Elite
CanadaDdoRoMoon Jung Ho2011-??-??2011-06-12 compLexity Gaming
CanadaDdoRoMoon Jung Ho2012-12-08
IndiaDemiLoveVarun Immanuel2016-07-062017-07-05 OSC Elite
United StatesDestinySteven Bonnell II2011-03-022012-08-29
CanadaDrewbieAndrew Moysey2010-03-222011-06-12 compLexity Gaming
CanadaDrewbieAndrew Moysey2012-05-15
United KingdomFennerDaniel Fenner2014-05-212014-11-19
United StatesFitzyhereConnor Fitzpatric2012-06-022013-09-09
United StatesGoswserMichael Dobler2015-01-27
South KoreaherOKim Joon Ho2017-01-142019-01-02 Triumphant Song Gaming
South KoreaHydraShin Dong Won2014-09-242016-10-04 Military service
AustraliaiaguzEthan Zugai2014-01-312015-09-16 OSC Elite
AustraliaiaguzEthan Zugai2016-11-102017-07-05 Nuovo Gaming
CanadaJigSimon Lacasse-Labelle2017-05-062018-02-01 nocturnal Gamers
MexicoJimRisingJaime Arturo Duran Silencio2015-11-132017-01-02 Atheris eSports
CanadaKaneSam Morrissette2013-04-202013-09-23 mYinsanity
BrazilKelazhurDiego Schwimer2015-05-282018-06-04 Panda Global
CanadaKiWiKaKiJonathan Garneau2010-??-??2011-06-12 Team ReIGN
CanadaKiWiKaKiJonathan Garneau2012-05-152016-07-??
MexicoMajOrJuan Lopez2014-06-302015-01-27 Apocalypse eSports
CanadaMaSaMaru Kim2012-07-122015-10-10 Team eLevate
United StatesMinigunChad Jones2013-01-152016-02-23
United StatesNathaniasNathan Fabrikant2013-05-192013-10-16
United StatesNathaniasNathan Fabrikant2014-06-30
United StatesNinaNina Qual2016-06-092020-03-08
United StatesPandaBearMeIsaac Fox2016-07-062017-07-05 Meliora Esports
New ZealandPetraeusMack Smith2013-11-282015-01-21 mYinsanity
AustraliaProbeSean Kempen2016-07-062017-07-05 Legacy Esports
United StatespuCKNina Qual2012-06-022012-10-16 ROOT Gaming
United StatespuCKNina Qual2012-11-252013-10-17 IvDgaming
United StatesqxcKevin Riley2010-03-222011-03-25 FXOpen e-Sports
United KingdomRevolutionMatthew Duff2015-08-212016-07-06 Team RevolutioN
NetherlandsRotterdaMKevin van der Kooi2012-05-182017-01-?? Team QLASH
South KoreaSageWoo Kyung Chul2013-02-012014-06-27 Retirement
United StatesSasquatchGage DuBose2013-11-13
CanadaSemperAlexandru Dimitriu2016-06-092018-01-04 Rise Esports
United StatesShethShawn Simon2010-??-??2010-12-11 FXOpen e-Sports
CanadaSLushPaul-David Pagé2011-06-12 Team ReIGN
CanadaSLushPaul-David Pagé2012-05-15 Retirement
New ZealandSparrowAlistair St Pierre2016-07-052016-08-17 Retirement
CanadaSpyteCoryn Briere2014-02-282014-08-17 Retirement
United StatesStateRyan Visbeck2013-08-092014-02-09 Prime
SwedenSucceedDennis Schmuck2013-02-102013-10-13
South KoreaSuperNovaKim Young Jin2014-07-232015-08-31 Military service
DenmarkTheoTheodor Mikkelsen2016-06-062016-07-28 Redbloods
United StatesTheognisMichael McClelland2012-12-152013-08-01 Retirement
FranceToDYoan Merlo2012-08-122012-12-07 XMG
CanadaTT1Payam Toghyan2012-06-152013-09-09
United StatesViBEDan Scherlong2012-05-162014-07-15
South KoreaYuGiOhJung Seung Il2013-01-272013-09-23 Retirement


ID Name Position
Peru CatZPaulo Vizcarra Founder & CEO
Australia LawLawrence Ho Co-Owner & COO
United States KavikRob Collins Co-Owner
Canada NoRegreTJake Umpleby Co-Owner & Regional Manager
United States aweesomesauceAnthony Cain CTO
United States ZergGirlKatherine Shin Regional Manager's Assistant
United States TopherTopher Doll Editor in Chief

Team Achievements[edit]

2018-01-14AA1stA3MinorAfreeca World Team LeagueAfreeca World Team League4 : 0$1,200
2017-06-03AA1stA3MinorWardiTV Team League S7: Americas DivisionWardiTV Team League S7: Americas Division4 : 1$250
2017-05-10AA1stA3MinorDuSt League Season 4DuSt League Season 44 : 2$270
2015-06-21AA1stA5MonthlySHOUTcraft Clan Wars June 2015 #5SHOUTcraft Clan Wars June 2015 #54 : 0$500
2015-05-20AA1stA5MonthlySHOUTcraft Clan Wars May 2015 #4SHOUTcraft Clan Wars May 2015 #44 : 3$500
2014-04-13BA2ndA3Minor2014 Deimos Esports Team League2014 Deimos Esports Team League1 : 5$364
2013-03-28IC9 - 12thA2Major2013 IGN Pro Team League2013 IGN Pro Team League$250
2011-01-31BA2ndA3MinorMachinima Realm InvitationalMachinima Realm Invitational0 : 4$500
2010-12-31AA1stA3MinorSGL Season 1SGL Season 14 : 3$200
2010-12-01AA1stA3MinorSGL Season 2SGL Season 24 : 3$650
Complete list of results in any tournament




External Links[edit]


Earnings Statistics

Team Medal Statistics

Show Match0505

1v1 Medal Statistics

Show Match66562124

Note: This table shows the medals won by players
in 1v1 events while on the team.


  1. Turgid (16 March 2011). "TT1, Fenix, Catz, & Drewbie forming pro house".
  2. compLexity (11 June 2011). "compLexity acquires ROOT Gaming".
  3. TeamReign (15 June 2011). "KiWiKaKi, SLush, Phoenix, Spades to Reign".
  4. Punic (23 June 2011). "Destiny released from Complexity".
  5. ROOTCatZ (16 May 2012). "ROOT Gaming re-forms".
  6. ROOTCatZ (18 May 2012). "Welcome ROOT - DOTA 2 Squad".
  7. Kavik (7 February 2013). "ROOT Acquires juice.Gaming SMITE Team!".
  8. Kavik (8 July 2013). "ROOT House Opens!".
  9. Kavik (9 September 2013). "Announcing ROOT Academy: SEED! TT1 and Fitzy leave ROOT.".
  10. ROOT Gaming partners with OSC, plus roster changes
  11. OSC-ROOT Conclude Partnership
  12. [1]
  13. herO leaves ROOT
  14. AqueroN leaves
  15. Rob joins ROOT Gaming
  16. MC joins ROOT Gaming
  17. DisK and Raze join ROOT Gaming
  18. Mackintac joins ROOT Gaming
  19. Semper leaves ROOT
  20. ROOT Gaming (2018-01-13). "Supernova rejoins ROOT, herO and Kelazhur re-sign".
  21. CatZ (2018-02-22). "Dandy joins ROOT".
  22. Kelazhur leaves ROOT
  23. AqueroN joins ROOT
  24. NoRegreT joins ROOT
  25. GosuPvP joins ROOT
  26. JimRising leaves OSC ROOT
  27. (ex-CJ) herO joins ROOT!
  28. Jig joins OSC-ROOT
  29. OSC-ROOT Conclude Partnership
  30. Minigun leaves ROOT Gaming
  31. nathaniastv (2016-03-15). "Nathanias mentioning he is not in ROOT Gaming anymore".
  32. TheO joins ROOT Gaming
  33. puCK, Semper, ViBE join ROOT
  34. ROOT Gaming partners with OSC, plus roster changes
  35. JunO joins as coach
  36. [2]
  37. Cham joins ROOT Gaming
  38. Neuro and Wardi join OSC-ROOT
  39. iaguz rejoins OSC-ROOT
  40. Petraeus leaves ROOT Gaming
  41. Goswser joins ROOT Gaming, Major leaves
  42. AprilTerran (February 22, 2015). ""Astrea joins Team Ascension"". Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  43. ROOT Gaming (March 28, 2015). "Announcing ROOT Kelazhur!". Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  44. ROOT4ROOT (21 August 2015). "Revolution promoted from SEED to ROOT Gaming". Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  45. stuchiu (31 August 2015). "SuperNova Retires". Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  46. stuchiu (16 September 2015). "iaguz has left ROOT Gaming". Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  47. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (10 October 2015). "Petraeus Signs for ROOT Gaming - MaSa Departs". Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  48. @ROOT4ROOT (13 November 2015). "JimRising joins ROOT Gaming". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  49. Astrea Promoted to ROOT!
  50. Twitter Post @IvDGaming
  51. Iaguz joins Root
  52. CatZ (2014-01-31). "CatZ's AMA on /r/starcraft". Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  53. A Farewell to State
  54. Sunset (28 February 2014). "ROOTSpyte: Welcome to our family!".
  55. Root Gaming (6 March 2014). "Darkness joins SEED!".
  56. Root Gaming (21 March 2014). "Announcing SEED Baldwin and Kamker!".
  57. ROOT4SEED (12 April 2014). "Welcome to @SEEDRegor".
  58. ROOT Gaming (21 May 2014). "Welcome ROOTFenner!".
  59. .
  60. @ROOT_Sage (June 27, 2014). "Sage retires". Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  61. Rob Collins (June 30, 2014). "Fourth Time's The Charm". Retrieved June 30, 2014.
  62. ROOT (July 15, 2014). "Farewell to ViBE". Root-gaming. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  63. ROOT Gaming (July 23, 2014). "Presenting ROOT SuperNova!". Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  64. David "dyne" Lujan (August 14, 2014). "IvD welcome Bones and Zan". Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  65. sc2fan_ (2014-08-17). "MsSpyte quits Starcraft".
  66. Jason "InsidiA" Pun (August 18, 2014). "Solaris Gaming signs Virium!". Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  67. "Revolution joins SEED!". August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  68. ROOT Gaming (September 24, 2014). "Introducing ROOTHydra!".
  69. ROOT4SEED (2014-09-26). Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  70. Aeromi (November 19, 2014). "Fenner leaves ROOT". Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  71. MajOr Joins KeSPa Team 8!
  72. Chad "Minigun" Jones Rejoins ROOT Gaming
  73. Kavik (2013-01-27). "Announcing ROOTYugiOh".
  74. Sage joins ROOT
  75. Kavik. "Announcing ROOTSucceed!".
  76. Kezz (2013-03-13). "ROOTCaliber: The Ginger We Deserve". Root Gaming. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  77. Sunset (2013-04-20). "Announcing ROOTKane!". Root Gaming. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
  78. Kavik (2013-05-20). "Nathanias joins ROOT!". Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  79. Intro to ROOT House
  80. ROOT Gaming's TheOgnis (T) retires from StarCraft
  81. ["Tt eSports Partners with ROOT Gaming".]
  82. State joins ROOT Gaming
  83. Welcome ROOTIllusion!
  84. Announcing the ROOT Academy: SEED Gaming!
  85. YugiOh & Kane leave ROOT
  86. SEED Gaming's Twitter
  87. SEED Gaming Roster Update! Xyz And ROOT Part Ways :(
  88. Nathanias's Twitter
  89. [3][4][5] puCK's Twitter
  90. [6] [7] SEED Gaming's Twitter
  91. Welcome ROOTSasquatch!
  92. Announcing ROOTPetraeus!
  93. Holiday ROOT House Showdown - Brought to you by NEEDforSEAT!
  94. ROOT Gaming re-forms
  95. ViBE joins ROOT
  96. Catz announces DotA 2 Squad
  97. RotterdaM joins Root Gaming
  98. puCK and Fitzyhere join Root Gaming
  99. TT1 joins Root Gaming
  100. Axeltoss joins Root Gaming
  101. MaSa joins ROOT Gaming!
  102. MajOr joins ROOT Gaming
  104. "Farewell Destiny". August 28, 2012. thread
  105. Lawcraft (2012-10-16). "LeiYa (puCK) Departs From ROOT . . . For Now.".
  106. puCK's twitter
  107. Das Keyboard Announcement
  108. majOr leaves, LeiYa returns to ROOT
  109. Deezl (2012-12-06).
  110. Sunset (2012-12-08).
  111. Deezl (2012-12-15). "ROOT Gaming Signs TheOgnis". Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  112. [8]
  113. SunDevil (2011-03-02). "Destiny now ROOTDestiny! Interviews inside!".
  114. EG launch $10,000 Master's Cup Series League
  115. compLexity acquires ROOT Gaming
  116. Root Gaming Starcraft 2 Team is Formed
  117. ROOT Gaming re-forms
  118. [9]