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[e][h] Socke
Player Information
Giacomo Thüs
February 2, 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 33)
Sonsbeck, Germany
Alternate IDs:
Socke, Sockeh, ALTERNATE aTTaX
Total Earnings:
× 1
2010-05-01 — 2014-01-15
2014-01-22 — 2015-06-10

Giacomo "Socke" (['zɔ.kə]) Thüs is a Protoss player from Germany, professionally playing Heroes of the Storm from 2014 to 2016.[1]


Socke was one of the players representing Germany's StarCraft: Brood War team in WCG 2002 in Korea.

StarCraft II Player Career[edit]


Despite only winning one event during the beta, Socke gained prominence due to his consistent high placings in the Go4SC2 cups. His count of 1 first, 4 second and 2 third-place performances starting from the very first cup made players start to take notice. He also made it to the final game in ZOTAC Cup #15 before losing to Swedish Terran MorroW.

On top of his impressive online performance, Socke also traveled to the USA to play at the MLG Raleigh tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina. He got knocked down into the lower bracket rather early by Drewbie in the third round, but then stormed through the second bracket to make the lower bracket finals where he faced off against KiWiKaKi. He ended up losing the match 0-2, but placed 3rd in the event and traveled home with his $1000 prize.


Socke's most notable victory in 2010 was his gold medal at ESL Pro Series Germany. After coming in third place in the regular season, Socke went through the live event bracket, eventually defeating ClouD in the grand final in a quick 2-0 fashion. Socke then successfully qualified for the IEM Season V - European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine. He narrowly made is out of his group thanks to his head-to-head advantage over his at 2-3 tied opponent SarenS. The next day he was knocked out 0-3 in his first match by Tarson, eventually finishing 5th in the tournament, just shy of qualifying for the World Championships.

DeMusliM who placed 3rd at IEM Kiev couldn't make it to the World Championships in Hanover due to an injury, and being the next in line, Socke received his spot. The tournament seemed to be already over for him after starting with 0-3 in his group. Miraculously the group finished with a 3-way tie between him, SjoW and Squirtle. It needed an incredible amount of 4 tiebreaker series to determine the winner, who turned out to be the South Korean Protoss Squirtle.

Socke also participated in SteelSeries StarCraft II Challenge during Assembly Winter 2011, knocking out both HuK and Tyler, but losing against MorroW in the semifinal and finishing in fourth place after losing to Adelscott despite a 2-0 lead in the third place play-off.

Due to his decent showings in 2010, Socke qualified for the pool play at MLG Dallas 2011. After placing 3rd in his pool, he went through HayprO, SjoW and mOoNan in the championship bracket, ultimately being stopped by his MLG nemesis KiWiKaKi who therefore knocked him out of all 3 MLGs Socke attended so far.

Socke continued his ESL Pro Series success in 2011 by taking down HasuObs 3-1 in the EPS' Season 18 Finals.

At the end of July, Socke attended his second MLG this year, which took place in Anaheim. After going 2-9 in maps in pool play he eventually finished 15th and afterwards summarized the tournament as the most disappointing yet in his StarCraft II career.[2] Things turned out a lot better at Gamescom 2011 in Cologne, where Socke qualified for WCG 2011 in Busan by finishing 2nd in the German WCG qualifier. He also reached a 4th-place finish at the IEM Global Challenge, taking down a $1,250 prize.

Socke was initially supposed to participate in MLG Orlando but could not make it, therefore being replaced by the next highest seed.[3] He however participated in the IGN ProLeague Season 3 one week earlier where he qualified via the open bracket. The next day his main tournament life was short-lived losing to Ryung 0-2 in the first round of the bracket.

While international events may not always go as well as planned, he remained dominant in the domestic scene with his third consecutive EPS victory on December 4, this time taking down GoOdy in the finals.

Socke winning WCS Germany


In early 2012 Socke qualified for pool play of the 2012 MLG Winter Championship by defeating Merz and DdoRo but losing to HuK and GanZi in the Winter Arena. Although he got last in his group with a 1-4 score he made an impressing run through the lower Championship bracket by defeating PuMa, DeMusliM, CrazymoviNG and TheStC before falling again in an extended series 4:1 to HuK which led to an 11th-place finish.

He qualified again for the second MLG Spring Arena 2. By defeating IdrA and ThorZaIN but falling to Symbol and DongRaeGu he managed to secure a spot in the upcoming MLG Spring Championship pool play.

Although he couldn't keep his dominance in the German EPS, where he lost to ClouD in the quarterfinals of the Spring Season 2012, he displayed once again that he is still one of the strongest German players by defeating players like DarKFoRcE and HasuObs in the German WCS Qualifier and taking first place of the whole event, therefore qualifying for both the European Finals and Global Finals.

At the European Finals, he finished 9-12th place after losing to LucifroN and Happy. Having qualified directly for the finals due his victory in the German Nationals, Socke got placed in a group with PartinG, Illusion and Fenix. Here he suffered two 2:0 losses, to PartinG and Fenix respectively, knocking him out of the tournament.


Socke's new year started with a successful run at the IEM Season VII - Katowice tournament in mid January where he replaced Stephano, who was unable to attend due to his Proleague commitment.[4] He convincingly topped his group, that included players like YoDa and Nerchio, with a clean 5-0 record. Socke advanced to the quarterfinals, where he edged out a 3-2 win over Kas in a very hard-fought series. His run then concluded with a clear loss to First in the semifinals, winning him $1,700. This performance also secured him a spot in the IEM Season VII - World Championship, which makes him the only player who qualified for all three IEM World Championships so far. He was invited to the 2013 WCS Season 1 Europe Premier League.


On the 15th of January 2014, Socke and Team ALTERNATE parted ways after 3 years and 7 months.[5] A week later, on the 22nd of January, it was announced that he joined the team XMG.[6]


  • He was known for his aggressive Reaver play in Brood War.[Citation needed]
  • "Socke" is German for "sock" (singular).
  • "Socke"'s handle, pronounced ['zɔ.kə] [zocker], in German is infamously and self-admittedly mis-pronounced by many casters, ranging from [sɔːk] to ['sɔ.ki:] to ['sɔ.keɪ].
  • He was a regular host of the German podcast Szenecast.


In A1Premier tournaments
2013-01-203 - 4thIEM Season VII - Katowice0 : 3 First$1,700
2011-08-214thIEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne2 : 3 MaNa$1,250
2011-02-124thAssembly Tournament: Steelseries Challenge2 : 3 Adelscott$270.51
2010-08-283rd2010 MLG Pro Circuit Raleigh0 : 2 KiWiKaKi$1,000
In A2Major tournaments
2014-12-123 - 4thESL Pro Series Germany - Winter Season 20140 : 3 ShoWTimE$685
2014-05-043rdTaKeTV ULTRA Invitational2 : 1 TLO$750
2013-12-152ndESL Pro Series Germany - Winter Season 20132 : 3 HeRoMaRinE$2,060.47
2013-05-102ndESL Pro Series Germany - Spring Season 20131 : 3 HasuObs$1,428.86
2012-12-073rdESL Pro Series Germany - Winter Season 20123 : 1 HasuObs$1,034.19
2012-09-013rdESL Pro Series Germany - Summer Season 20123 : 2 GoOdy$1,257.62
2011-12-041stESL Pro Series Germany - Winter Season 20113 : 1 GoOdy$4,692.84
2011-07-162ndTorneo ESL Starcraft 23 : 4 HasuObs$2,824.70
2011-06-122ndBlack Dragon League1 : 3 NaNiwa$2,000
2011-06-051stESL Pro Series Germany - Summer Season 20113 : 1 HasuObs$4,396.08
2011-04-172ndGadget Show Live Invitational0 : 2 NaNiwa$2,060
2011-03-291 - 4thESL Pro Series Germany - Summer Season 2011 - Group Stage5-1Grp S.$704.24
2011-01-164thHomeStory Cup II2 : 3 MaNa$0
2010-12-051stESL Pro Series Germany - Season 172 : 0 ClouD$4,010.40
2010-11-233rdESL Pro Series Germany - Season 17 Regular Season9-5Grp S.$602.42
In A3Minor and A5Monthly tournaments
2013-11-242ndNVIDIA Germany Cup #41 : 3 HasuObs$203.31
2013-11-232ndThe BCON Clash #20 : 2 HasuObs$135.57
2013-02-011stTuDoCup3 : 2 Delphi$477.70
2012-07-151stGermany Cup #23 : 2 DBS$306.44
2012-06-031st2012 World Championship Series: Germany Nationals4 : 1 HasuObs$6,000
2011-09-111stSHOUTcraft Invitational 3: Catchy Title4 : 2 dde$2,670
2011-07-241stSHOUTcraft Invitational 2: Electric Banelinggoo4 : 3 dde$1,000
2011-03-291stDreamHack SAPPHIRE AMD Coin Toss Tournament3 : 1 Bischu$1,577.56 Invitational #23 : 0 Attero$600
2011-02-261stChampions Trophy Europe February2 : 0 KroLu$250
2010-10-081stAlien Invasion Invitational Cup3 : 2 DeMusliM$412
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements







Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]



Matchup Statistics

 vs vs vs vs Total
as 430 - 40051.8 %338 - 34149.8 %379 - 30855.2 %8 - 0100 %1155 - 104952.4 %
as 0 - 20 %0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 20 %
as 0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-2 - 166.7 %2 - 166.7 %

Earnings Statistics

Medal Statistics

Show Match0202


  2. Germany MLG Anaheim: Sockes Statement
  3. MLG Friday Night Votes and Pool Changes
  4. "Socke to replace Stephano at IEM Katowice". 2013-01-14.
  5. mikkmagro (January 15, 2014). "Socke leaves Team Alternate". Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  6. Sisaan (January 22, 2014). "XMG SC2 2014 - Our new players". Retrieved January 22, 2014.