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Silky (American player)

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Player Information
Nick McNeese
September 1996 (age 24)
Total Earnings:
Approx. Earnings 2021:
Years Active:
2014 - 2020
2013-08-?? — 2014-05-07
2014-05-07 — 2014-11-23
2015-01-02 — 2017-02-28
2017-02-28 — 2021-03-13

See Silky for the teamless player with the same ID (also a Zerg).

Nick "Silky" McNeese is a retired American Zerg player.


Nick is a Top Grandmaster player from Southern California. He is Grandmaster on the Korean Server, as well as consistently in the top 10 in North America, while being in high school. He entered UC Berkeley in Fall 2015 and continues to play Starcraft 2.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Silky picked up StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty after retiring from competitive Halo play in mid 2011. For his first RTS game, Silky rose up the ladder and achieved Masters League within 8 months of playing the game. He won 2 Local SoCal LANs that year as well as participating in MLG Anaheim 2011 where he faced Siphonn (a later to be teammate) and lost 0-2.

A year later, he participated in MLG Anaheim 2012 where he lost to State 0-2 in the winners bracket and then losing to Goswser 1-2 in the losers bracket.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

In June 2013, Silky participated in MLG Anaheim 2013, where he was eliminated in Losers Round 2.

In August of 2013, Silky was welcomed onto Clarity Gaming's Academy.

On September 25, 2013, Clarity Gaming announced the reform and merge of their academy and professional roster. Silky was a part of this change.[1]

In December 13, 2013, Silky won the Zowie NA Open Cup #2.

On December 15, 2013, Silky participated in the IEM San Paulo American Qualifier and was one round from moving on to the second stage. He beat players such as Days 2-0, Astrea 2-0, and JonSnow 2-1 before losing to desRow 0-2.

On January 19, 2014, Silky wins the UCSD Winter GameFest 2014 over teammate PaperBoat.

In May 2014, Silky joined Solaris Gaming and participated in many clan wars winning many games against top players.[who?]

Silky competed in MLG Anaheim 2014. After initially losing to Intense 1-2, he went on to beat Serenity 2-0 and ThisIsJimmy 2-0 and then eventually fell to AiuR 1-2.

Legacy of the Void[edit]

In May 2018, Silky, intuitioN and Padre won the Tespa Collegiate series 2018 after a loss in the first round of the Collegiate StarLeague playoffs. The team dropped 3 matches out of 15 during the season, defeated Texas 3-1 in the Quarterfinals, and University of Waterloo in the Finals 3:1.


  • Grandmaster on Korean and American Servers.
  • Known for his macro and hatred of the immortal all-in and two-gate.


In A2Major tournaments
2018-11-112ndWESG 2018 - USA Qualifier0 : 3 Neeb$5,000
2018-07-293 - 4thCheeseadelphia 70 : 3 TRUE$700
2018-06-243 - 4th2018 WCS Valencia - North America Qualifier0 : 3 puCK$800
In A3Minor tournaments
2020-06-212ndThe Miserable Cup1 : 4 Nina$250
2020-04-151st2020 NA Apprentice Season 24 : 2 Vindicta$93
2020-02-152nd2020 NA Apprentice Season 12 : 4 Future$52.35
2020-01-281stJanuary Series, North America #43 : 1 Future$50
2020-01-271stJanuary Series, North America #33 : 2 puCK$50
2019-12-271st2020 NA Apprentice Season 1 Preseason3 : 0 DisK$50
2019-08-311stNorCal StarCraft Open2 : 0 IntuitioN$305
2017-06-161stFilthy NA Cup Weekly #293 : 0 Neuro$75
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A2Major tournaments
2018-03-112ndOSC Team Championship 20177 : 14$15
Complete Results in any Tournament


Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 163 - 12556.6 %201 - 12062.6 %177 - 14455.1 %2 - 0100 %543 - 38958.3 %

Earnings Statistics


  1. Admiral Adama (2013-09-24). "Clarity Gaming Restructures". Retrieved 2014-11-19.