Solar

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Player Information
Name:
강민수
Romanized Name:
Kang Min Soo
Birth:
May 9, 1996 (1996-05-09) (age 22)
Country:
Race:
Alternate IDs:
BBatta, BBatta_Lt, Sola, annmma
Total Earnings:
$277,728.13
WCS Korea rank:
Links
Achievements
2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm2014 MSI Beat IT2015 DreamHack Open: StockholmDreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2
History
2012-04-12 - 2013-09-07
2013-09-07 - 2016-10-18
2016-12-01 - 2018-08-01
2018-08-31 - Present

Kang "Solar" Min Soo is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea. He plays Zerg and he is currently playing for Infinity 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]

Award[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

In A1Premier tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-09-303 - 4th2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 22 : 3 sOs$2,221
2017-11-122ndHomeStory Cup XVI1 : 4 Zest$4,000
2017-06-102nd2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1: Premier1 : 4 INnoVation$8,945
2017-04-093 - 4th2017 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 12 : 3 aLive$2,250
2016-09-252nd2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals2 : 3 Dark$4,290
2016-09-111st2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2/Main Event4 : 3 Dark$35,850
2016-03-313rd2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1/Main Event3 : 4 Stats$7,614
2015-11-281stDreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship4 : 3 PartinG$20,000
2015-09-251st2015 DreamHack Open: Stockholm3 : 1 HyuN$10,000
2015-08-312ndMSI Masters Gaming Arena 20150 : 3 sOs$4,000
2014-11-021stMSI Beat IT 20144 : 3 PartinG$10,000
2014-09-271st2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm3 : 0 soO$10,000
2014-07-202ndIEM Season IX - Shenzhen3 : 4 TaeJa$4,000
In A2Major tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-09-261stNetease Esports X Tournaments4 : 1 iAsonu$5,852
2018-07-014thHomeStory Cup XVII2 : 3 INnoVation$750
2017-09-224thWardiTV Team Liquid Map Contest Tournament0 : 3 GuMiho$300
2016-08-072ndTing Open Season 24 : 5 ByuN$1,000
2016-05-124th2016 Kung Fu Cup Season 10 : 3 TY$1,368
2015-11-151stSanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II4 : 1 TY$10,000
2015-05-031stGfinity Spring Masters II4 : 1 Hydra$5,000
2014-11-234th32 Boys 1 Cup1 : 2 Losira$300
2014-10-031stConnecting Professional E-sports #14 : 3 Dear$2,500
2014-08-102ndRed Bull Battle Grounds: Global0 : 2 DongRaeGu$1,500
2014-05-164thFragbite Masters1 : 2 VortiX$1,500
2013-12-222ndNumericable M-House Cup 32 : 4 Jaedong$2,050.92
In A3Minor and A5Monthly tournaments
DatePlaceEventTeamResultWinnings
2018-10-071stTaKe's Penthouse Party 44 : 3 Elazer$1,600
2018-09-261stWardiTV Invitational 43 : 1 Stats$300
2018-09-192nd2018 ONPOONG StarCraft 2 MASTERS Season 33 : 5 Dark$446
2018-09-151stAfreeca World 214 : 1 SortOf$125
2018-09-141stOSC All Stars #613 : 2 Creator$125
2018-09-081stMontreal Waiting Room #12 : 0 Zest$75
2018-09-031stAfreeca World 204 : 0 Scarlett$250
2018-08-261stETLAND StarCraft 2 League2018-08-263 : 1 Dark$2,674
2018-08-191stAfreeca World 192018-08-194 : 0 FanTaSy$125
2018-08-031stOSC All Stars 602018-08-033 : 2 Reynor$125
2018-07-231stAfreeca World 174 : 0 SuperNova$125
2018-05-311stSpider League #52 : 0 Guru$75
2018-05-291stAfreeca World 164 : 2 KeeN$125
2018-04-152ndMemes & Dreams Invitational3 : 4 TY$400
2018-03-181stMasters Cup 1093 : 1 GuMiho$400
2018-02-161stThe House vs Korea4 : 1 Elazer$325
2018-02-111stTaco Cup III3 : 1 uThermal$500
2018-02-091stFriday Friday3 : 0 souL$60
2017-10-291stSEA Masters Cup 1043 : 0 Scarlett$75
2017-10-201stGauntlet Monthly Premier Finals4 : 3 Bly$100
2017-10-011stTaKe's Penthouse Party 34 : 1 Serral$1,600
2017-09-082ndGauntlet Premier #21 : 3 ByuN$25
2017-09-072nd2017 ONPOONG StarCraft 2 MASTERS Season 13 : 4 Zest$440
2017-09-021stTaco Cup II3 : 1 uThermal$450
2017-07-191stBaseTradeTV Star League Season 6 Finals3 : 0 Cure$225
2017-05-251stGauntlet Event #144 : 3 Scarlett$100
2017-02-152ndGauntlet Event #52 : 4 ByuN$0
2017-02-081stGauntlet Event #44 : 1 Kelazhur$75
2016-12-101stTaco Cup3 : 0 uThermal$300
2016-12-101stSHOUTcraft Kings December 20160 : 1 TY$1,250
2016-12-041stSEA Masters Cup 842 : 1 aLive$75
2016-11-041stSHOUTcraft Kings November 20161 : 0 Stephano$3,000
2016-10-151stSHOUTcraft Kings October 20160 : 1 INnoVation$500
2016-10-081stSEA Masters Cup 803 : 0 JimRising$75
2016-09-281stLeifeng Cup 1552 : 0 KeeN$1,400
2016-06-042ndLeifeng Cup 1471 : 2 ByuN$400
2016-05-061stLeifeng Cup 1454 : 1 Impact$1,800
2016-01-101stOSC Championship Season 33 : 1 ByuN$718
2015-12-121stWW33 : 0 MC$1,000
2015-11-221stSEA Masters Cup 603 : 0 PiLiPiLi$75
2015-11-191stGameOn Invitational 20154 : 1 Patience$500
2015-11-151stTournament of Champions #54 : 2 Reality$300
2015-11-091stGo4SC2 October 20152 : 0 Starbuck$330
2015-10-311stRavenZ-Cup II3 : 0 NoRegreT$125
2015-10-101stGauntlet LotV Open #24 : 2 Neeb$150
2015-09-301stThe 84 : 1 Snute$500
2015-09-191stSEA Masters Cup 583 : 2 Apocalypse$75
2015-08-041stGamerBet Open Grand Finals3 : 0 Spear$200
2014-12-232ndConn.Si Christmas League2 : 4 Rain$1,000
2014-12-212ndOSC Championship Season 21 : 2 GuMiho$407
2014-12-171stThe Fight Before Christmas4 : 3 YoDa$2,000
2014-10-141stGo4SC2 September 20142 : 1 jjakji$379.32
2014-08-311stCWeS Summer Cup3 : 0 Levi$125
2014-04-031stACe-Series#12 : 0 Bails$109.73
2014-03-201stSC2Improve Winter League 20133 : 0 Armani$275.57
2013-11-201stZOTAC Monthly Final October 20133 : 0 eMotion$671.98
2013-10-091stZOTAC Monthly Final September 20133 : 1 Trend$676.01
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

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]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Ryo (2012-04-12). "2012 Rookie Draft (First Half)". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  2. kjwcj (2012-04-06). "KeSPA Rookie League Rankings". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
  3. Waxangel, Monk., Hawaiianpig, Geiko (2013-01-04). "(SPL) Round 2 Week 1 - All-Kill Country". teamliquid.net. Retrieved 2013-01-04.