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[e][h] Solar
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Kang Min Soo
May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09) (age 22)
Alternate IDs:
BBatta, BBatta_Lt, Sola, annmma
Total Earnings:
WCS Korea rank:
2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm2014 MSI Beat IT2015 DreamHack Open: StockholmDreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2
2012-04-12 - 2013-09-07
2013-09-07 - 2016-10-18
2016-12-01 - Present

Kang "Solar" Min Soo is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He plays Zerg for Splyce.


Solar was ranked 13th on the KeSPA Rookie League Ranking before the first Rookie Draft of 2012,[1] where he was picked up by Samsung KHAN along with Beach and BigTiger.[2]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Solar was registered for Round 2 of the 2012-2013 Proleague.[3] He played his first game in Proleague on January 14, 2013 where he led off against team EG-Liquid, where he won against Stephano, though he lost to HerO in his second match.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

In the Fall of 2013, Solar began competing in ZOTAC Cup: NA tournaments, along with some of his Samsung Galaxy teammates, such as Trend and eMotion. By the time the NA cups were discontinued, he had won 5 weekly tournaments and 2 monthly tournaments, defeating Tefel and Arthur in both monthly tournament victories.

Solar first qualified for the GSL Code S in the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 1, where he fell in the first group stage twice against Rain.

Solar's first non-Korean tournament appearance was at ASUS ROG Winter 2014 on January 31, 2014. After defeating Naama and BabyKnight in the first group stage, he lost to Jaedong and Life in the second group stage to fall out of the tournament.

In the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2, Solar reached the quarterfinals after defeating SuperNova, ByuL, Rain, and ParalyzE in the group stages. He lost 0-3 to eventual finalist soO.

At IEM Season IX - Shenzhen on July 16, 2014, Solar was seeded into the group stage after qualifying through the Asian Final Qualfiier. He defeated HerO, lost to Jaedong, then defeated HerO again to reach the bracket stage. After winning 3-0 against both INnoVation and Jim, he Solar narrowly lost 3-4 against TaeJa in the finals.

Solar wins his first premier championship at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.

In the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 3, Solar reached the quarterfinals again, losing to Flash and Rain while defeating Avenge, Dark, and sOs twice to do so. He lost 1-3 to Cure.

Solar's next non-Korean premier tournament appearance was at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm on September 26, 2014. He was seeded into the second group stage, where he defeated Hotspur and Lilbow to advance. In the third group stage, he lost his first match to Snute, but subsequently defeated SpaceMarine and Snute to reach the bracket stage. After defeating Bunny, Jaedong, and herO 2-1 each, he defeated soO 3-0 in the finals to win his first premier tournament championship.

After winning his second premier tournament at MSI Beat IT 2014, Solar gave a poor performance in the first round of the 2015 Proleague. He went winless in 6 games, including 3 losses in ace matches, resulting in the worst individual performance in the round.

In September 2015, Solar was back at DreamHack Stockholm as the reigning champion. After easily getting out of Group Stage 2 in first place (2-0 in games, 4-0 in matches), Solar made his way through the playoff bracket, by winning 2-1 against Miniraser and his teammate Hurricane, then 3-2 against Snute in the first three rounds. In the semifinals, Solar faced sOs, already qualified for the WCS Global Finals, but still looking to earn points for a better seed. Solar won the match 3-2, coming back from a score of 1-2. HyuN, tied for 16th place at WCS Global Finals, was waiting for him in the final match. Solar won the ZvZ match 3-1, denying HyuN a sure spot in the Global Finals. By winning, Solar finished 19th place in the 2015 WCS ranking, but more importantly kept his title of DreamHack Stockholm champion.

Legacy of the Void[edit]


Since the beginnings of the Beta of Legacy of the Void, Solar showed top-level performances in online tournaments, winning 6 Leifeng Cups (tied only with ByuN) and 3 Lycan League Weekly events, and culminating in his win in the SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II dropping only 2 games in his victorious run.

In the first Premier Tournament of the Legacy of the Void era, the DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship, Solar came as one of the favourites to claim the final victory. After stomping the Group Stage with a perfect 5-0 matches count, not dropping a single map (10-0), Solar was set against PartinG in the Winners' Bracket: after a quick series he advanced with a 3-1 score. Continuing in the Winners' Bracket he then proceeded to quickly 3-0 FireCake to claim his spot in the Grand Finals. Here he faced PartinG again, with him coming from the Losers' Bracket: after an intense and nail-biting 7 games finals, with him being down 1-3, Solar managed to come back and win the tournament 4-3 claiming the $20,000 prize.


Global StarCraft II League[edit]

Solar participated in the first season of 2016's GSL. After qualifying for Code A, he defeated Impact 3-2 to advance to Code S. Solar was seeded into Group F with SpeeD, Classic and Creator. He defeated SpeeD in the first match, and headed on the winners' match to meet Classic. Solar took down the Protoss 2-1 and proceeded to the Ro16. During the group selections he was placed into Group B with Zest, Cure and soO. In the first match Solar faced off against soO, but was defeated 0-2. In the losers' match he played Cure, but the Terran also defeated Solar 0-2, ending the Zerg player's GSL run.

For the second season Solar was seeded directly into Code A without having to go through qualifiers. He played against Hush and took down the Protoss 3-2 to advance to Code S proper. He was placed in Group A with GuMiho, Zest and MC. Solar was however unable to advance from his group, losing against GuMiho and Zest. With only two seasons in 2016, Solar was unable to advance past the Ro16 in GSLs over the course of the year.

StarCraft II Starleague[edit]

Compared to his GSL performance, Solar's SSL runs were much better. In the main event of the first season, he took down Zerg players Soulkey, ByuL and RagnaroK in row until finally succumbing to Dark in the winners' finals. Solar dropped to the losers' bracket with still a chance to bounce back and meet Dark in the finals, but he was unable to overcome Stats, losing 3-4 to the Protoss. Having been just one game away from the grand finals, Solar's performance was a marked improvement over his GSL runs.

With a deep run in the first season, Solar was able to bypass the Challenge division of SSL in the second season and proceed directly to the main event. He topped his group, taking down Super and ByuN. In the playoffs he met two Protoss players in a row, Dear and Patience, and was met in the finals once more by Dark. The other Zerg player had managed to reach two back-to-back starleague finals, but Solar up to the challenge. After a back and forth series, the finals went on all the way to game 7. Solar had noted Dark's lack of scouting during the series, and Frost was the perfect map for a fast all-in. Dark was taken unaware, and Solar secured himself the seventh game, along with the first starleague title of his career.

The two would go on to meet in the WCS Korea Cross Finals, and this time Dark was the victor, taking the finals 3-2.

Other Tournaments[edit]

Solar played in the Ting Open season 2 over the summer. He reached the finals, but was defeated by ByuN 4-5.

With his SSL victory, Solar secured himself a spot for the WCS Global Playoffs at BlizzCon 2016. He was placed in Group D, but he lost both of his matches against the Polish Zerg duo, Elazer and Nerchio, and was unable to advance to the global finals.

Towards the end of the year, Solar played in IEM Gyeonggi, but was unable to advance from his group. He played against Maru and iAsonu, losing both matches.



Date Tier Tournament Team Award Prize
2017-05-03 A1Premier Global StarCraft II League NesTea Award $0


In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-11-12 HomeStory Cup A22nd HomeStory Cup XVI 1 : 4  Zest $4,000
2017-06-10 StarCraft II StarLeague A22nd 2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: Premier 1 : 4  INnoVation $8,945
2017-04-09 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A33 - 4th 2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 2 : 3  aLive $2,250
2016-09-25 World Championship Series A22nd 2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals 2 : 3  Dark $4,290
2016-09-11 StarCraft II StarLeague A11st 2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 4 : 3  Dark $35,850
2016-03-31 StarCraft II StarLeague A33rd 2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 3 : 4  Stats $7,614
2015-11-28 DreamHack A11st DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship 4 : 3  PartinG $20,000
2015-09-25 DreamHack A11st 2015 DreamHack Open: Stockholm 3 : 1  HyuN $10,000
2015-08-31 2014 MSI Beat IT A22nd 2015 MSI Masters Gaming Arena 0 : 3  sOs $4,000
2014-11-02 2014 MSI Beat IT A11st MSI Beat IT 2014 4 : 3  PartinG $10,000
2014-09-27 DreamHack A11st 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm 3 : 0  soO $10,000
2014-07-20 Intel Extreme Masters A22nd IEM Season IX - Shenzhen 3 : 4  TaeJa $4,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2016-08-07 A22nd Ting Open Season 2 4 : 5  ByuN $1,000
2016-05-12 A44th Kung Fu Cup 2016 Season 1 0 : 3  Stats $1,368
2015-11-15 A11st SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II 4 : 1  TY $10,000
2015-05-03 A11st Gfinity Spring Masters II 4 : 1  Hydra $5,000
2014-11-23 A44th 32 Boys 1 Cup 1 : 2  Losira $300
2014-10-03 A11st Connecting Professional E-sports #1 4 : 3  Dear $2,500
2014-08-10 A22nd 2014 Red Bull Battle Grounds: Global 0 : 2  DongRaeGu $1,500
2014-05-16 A44th Fragbite Masters 2014 Spring 1 : 2  VortiX $1,500
2013-12-22 A22nd Numericable M-House Cup 3 2 : 4  Jaedong $2,055
In Minor Tournaments
Date Place Event Team Result Winnings
2017-10-01 A11st TaKe's Penthouse Party 3 4 : 1  Serral $1,600
2016-12-10 A11st Taco Cup 3 : 0  uThermal $300
2016-09-28 A11st Leifeng Cup 155 2 : 0  KeeN $1,400
2016-06-04 A22nd Leifeng Cup 147 1 : 2  ByuN $400
2016-05-06 A11st Leifeng Cup 145 2 : 0
2 : 1
 Impact $1,800
2016-04-14 A22nd Douyu Cup Monthly Final 1 0 : 2  Reality $300
2016-01-10 A11st SC2SEA OSC Championship 3 3 : 1  ByuN $1000
2015-09-30 A11st The 8 4 : 1  Snute $500
2015-08-04 A11st GamerBet Grand Finals 3 : 0  Spear $200
2014-12-17 A11st The Fight Before Christmas 4 : 3  YoDa $2,000
2014-10-21 A22nd Leifeng Cup Monthly #1 1 : 2  Maru $100
2014-08-27 A44th Summer Series #1 1 : 2  Symbol $200
2014-04-01 A11st ACe-Series #1 Finals 2 : 0  Bails €80
2014-03-03 A11st NOT GO4SC2 3 : 2  Bly $75
2014-02-28 A22nd ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final January 2014 2 : 3  Arthur $274
2014-01-04 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #133 3 : 2  Arthur $100
2013-12-07 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #131 3 : 1  Revival $100
2013-11-30 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #130 3 : 0  Romson $100
2013-11-20 A11st ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final October 2013 3 : 0  eMotion €500
2013-10-09 A11st ZOTAC Cup Monthly Final September 2013 3 : 1  Trend €500
2013-10-05 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #122 3 : 0  Trend $100
2013-09-14 A11st ZOTAC NA Cup #119 3 : 2  Delphi $100
In Premier Team Leagues
Date Event Result
Complete Results in any Tournament


DreamHack DreamHack Champion
DreamHack Open: Moscow
Preceded By:
South Korea  MMA
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
27 September 2014 - 29 November 2014
South Korea  Solar
DreamHack Open: Winter
Succeeded By:
South Korea  ForGG
DreamHack Open: Valencia
Preceded By:
South Korea  Curious
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
25 September 2015 - 28 November 2015
South Korea  Solar
DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship
Succeeded By:
South Korea  Solar
DreamHack Open: Stockholm
Preceded By:
South Korea  Solar
DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship
28 November 2015 - 24 January 2015
South Korea  Solar
2016 DreamHack Open: Leipzig
Succeeded By:
France  PtitDrogo
2014 MSI Beat IT MSI Premier Champion

Preceded By:
MSI Beat It 2014
12 November 2014 – 31 August 2015
South Korea  Solar
MSI Masters Gaming Arena 2015
Succeeded By:
South Korea  sOs
StarCraft II StarLeague StarCraft II StarLeague Champion
2016 SSL Season 1
Preceded By:
South Korea  Dark
2016 SSL Season 2
11 September 2016 - 10 June 2017
South Korea  Solar
2017 SSL Season 1
Succeeded By:
South Korea  INnoVation




Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]



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  3. Waxangel, Monk., Hawaiianpig, Geiko (2013-01-04). "(SPL) Round 2 Week 1 - All-Kill Country". Retrieved 2013-01-04.