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Solar

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[e][h] Solar
Player Information
Name:
강민수
Romanized Name:
Kang Min-soo
Nationality:
Born:
May 9, 1996 (age 26)
Race:
Alternate IDs:
BBatta, BBatta_Lt, Sola, annmma
Nicknames:
The Shirt Eater
Approx. Total Winnings:
$479,100
Approx. Winnings 2022:
$43,185
EPT KR rank:
Military Service:
Pending
Years active:
2011 - Present
Years active (caster):
2020 - 2021
Links
Achievements
DH StockholmDH StockholmMSIMSIDH StockholmDH StockholmDH LotVDH LotVSSLSSL
History
2012-04-12 — 2013-09-07
2013-09-07 — 2016-10-18
2016-12-01 — 2018-08-01
2018-08-31 — 2018-12-31
2019-01-18 — 2020-06-01
2020-06-30 — 2020-07-31
2020-07-31 — Present
Upcoming Matches
KaiZi KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming
vs.
(Bo7)
瘦死骆驼 (SSLT)瘦死骆驼 (SSLT) SSLT
2022-07-08 12:00:00UTC  
KaiZi KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming
vs.
(Bo7)
Dragon Phoenix GamingDragon Phoenix Gaming DPG
2022-07-17 13:30:00UTC  
Recent Matches
Solar  South Korea
2:1
(Bo3)
France  DnS
2022-07-01 19:25:00UTC  
Solar  South Korea
0:2
(Bo3)
Italy  Reynor
2022-07-01 18:00:00UTC  
Solar  South Korea
2:0
(Bo3)
Taiwan  Nice
2022-07-01 17:00:00UTC  
Solar  South Korea
2:0
(Bo3)
Poland  MaNa
2022-07-01 15:10:00UTC  
Solar  South Korea
2:1
(Bo3)
Poland  Aristori
2022-07-01 13:30:00UTC  


Kang "Solar" Min-soo (born May 9, 1996) is a Korean Zerg player who is currently playing for KaiZi Gaming.

Biography[edit]

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]

2015[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.

2016[edit]

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.

Trivia[edit]


Achievements[edit]

In A1Premier Tournaments
DatePlaceTournamentTeamScoreVsPrize
2022-01-16CA3 - 4thDH SC2 Masters 2021: Last Chance 2022KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming1 : 3$3,200
2021-12-02CA3 - 4th2021 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 3KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming1 : 3$2,000
2021-07-11AwardWorld Team League 2021 Summer: Best ZergKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming– : –$0
2021-07-11CA3rdWorld Team League 2021 SummerKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming2 : 5Team NVTeam NV$2,057.96
2021-06-24BA2ndNeXT 2021 S1 – SC2 MastersKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming3 : 4$4,633.92
2020-10-11AA1stGold Series Team Championship 2020 FallKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming5 : 4Alpha XAlpha X$4,979.06
2020-10-11AwardGold Series Team Championship 2020 Fall: Best ZergKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming– : –$0
2020-08-16CA3 - 4thWar Chest Team LeagueNo Brain no PainNo Brain no Pain1 : 3Benny's$3,450
2020-03-28CA3 - 4th2020 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming0 : 3$2,500
2019-10-12DA4thChina Team Championship 2019 Season 2Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming2 : 4Jin Air Green WingsJin Air Green Wings$1,055.52
2019-08-03BA2ndAssembly Summer 2019Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming2 : 4$5,000
2019-06-11AA1stChina Team Championship 2019 Season 1Triumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming4 : 3Team LaoPaoerTeam LaoPaoer$3,355.50
2018-09-30CA3 - 4th2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2Infinity GamingInfinity Gaming2 : 3$2,221
2017-11-12BA2ndHomeStory Cup XVISplyceSplyce1 : 4$4,000
2017-06-10BA2nd2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: PremierSplyceSplyce1 : 4$8,945
2017-05-03AwardGlobal StarCraft II League: NesTea AwardSplyceSplyce– : –$0
2017-04-09CA3 - 4th2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1SplyceSplyce2 : 3$2,250
2016-09-25AA1st2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals Archon Show Match3 : 0$2,145
2016-09-25BA2nd2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross FinalsSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy2 : 3$4,290
2016-09-11AA1st2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2: Main EventSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 3$35,850
2016-03-31CA3rd2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: Main EventSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy3 : 4$7,614
2015-11-28AA1stDreamHack ROCCAT LotV ChampionshipSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 3$20,000
2015-09-25AA1st2015 DreamHack Open: StockholmSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy3 : 1$10,000
2015-08-31BA2ndMSI Masters Gaming Arena 2015Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy0 : 3$4,000
2014-11-02AA1stMSI Beat IT 2014Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 3$10,000
2014-09-27AA1st2014 DreamHack Open: StockholmSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy3 : 0$10,000
2014-07-20BA2ndIEM Season IX - ShenzhenSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy3 : 4$4,000
In A2Major Tournaments
DatePlaceTournamentTeamScoreVsPrize
2022-04-24AA1stCasters Civil WarStasis WardisStasis Wardis3 : 2GOAT & The GangGOAT & The Gang$1,300
2022-02-08AA1stWardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest #8KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming3 : 2$1,200
2021-01-24BA2ndCheeseadelphia Winter Championship 2021KaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming1 : 4$1,700
2020-10-09BA2ndGold Series Team Championship 2020 Fall AllstarsKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming2 : 4$1,493.72
2020-09-04BA2ndNeXT 2020 SummerKaiZi GamingKaiZi Gaming0 : 3$2,922.91
2020-06-13BA2ndStayAtHome Story Cup #22 : 3$700
2019-11-08AA1stNeXT 2019 AutumnTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming4 : 1NewbeeNewbee$2,858.07
2019-10-10AA1stChina Team Championship 2019 Season 2 AllstarsTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming4 : 1$2,808
2019-01-19BA2ndNeXT 2018 WinterTriumphant Song GamingTriumphant Song Gaming2 : 3$2,926
2019-01-13AA1stOSC Championship Season 64 : 2$1,000
2018-10-07AA1stTaKe's Penthouse Party 4Infinity GamingInfinity Gaming4 : 3$1,600
2018-09-26AA1stNeXT 2018 SummerInfinity GamingInfinity Gaming4 : 1$5,852
2017-10-01AA1stTaKe's Penthouse Party 3SplyceSplyce4 : 1$1,600
2017-07-21AA1st2017 VSL Season 2 - Team LeagueTeam INnoVationTeam INnoVation4 : 1Team LeenockTeam Leenock$438.75
2016-11-20BA2ndVSL Team LeagueNo Toss3 : 4Y-dong$508.34
2016-08-07BA2ndTing Open Season 2Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 5$1,000
2015-11-15AA1stSanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational IISamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 1$10,000
2015-05-03AA1stGfinity Spring Masters IISamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 1$5,000
2014-10-03AA1stConnecting Professional E-sports #1Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy4 : 3$2,500
2014-08-10BA2ndRed Bull Battle Grounds: GlobalSamsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy0 : 2$1,500
2013-12-22BA2ndNumericable M-House Cup 3Samsung GalaxySamsung Galaxy2 : 4$2,050.92
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
DateEventResult
Complete list of results in any tournament

Championships[edit]

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:
None
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

Interviews[edit]

Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Matchup Statistics

 vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%
as Protoss0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 20 %0 - 0-0 - 20 %
as Zerg2381 - 119066.7 %2083 - 122762.9 %1720 - 86366.6 %27 - -2108 %6211 - 327865.5 %
as Random2 - 0100 %0 - 0-0 - 0-43 - 4151.2 %45 - 4152.3 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics

TierTotal
A1Premier57618
A2Major98522
A3Minor200108130438
Total214123141478

References[edit]

  1. Ryo (2012-04-12). "2012 Rookie Draft (First Half)". tl.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. kjwcj (2012-04-06). "KeSPA Rookie League Rankings". tl.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. Waxangel, Monk., Hawaiianpig, Geiko (2013-01-04). "(SPL) Round 2 Week 1 - All-Kill Country". tl.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  4. TheOneAboveU (2020-09-20). "Weekly MVP Award: KZ.Solar". TL.net. Retrieved 2020-09-20.
  5. https://clips.twitch.tv/HumbleGentleYakinikuBigBrother