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He was previously known as MajOr.
SpeCial is known for his aggressive style of play, even during the mid and late-game, used in tandem with strong mechanics and multi-tasking. He usually prefers to use as much Bio and infantry as he can, taking full advantage of the mobility, using multi-pronged drops, attacks and pokes to beat his opponents into submission while he macros and multi-tasks more effectively. His early-game aggression is usually centered around the 2 Rax.
Wings of Liberty
MajOr has played under a number of different IDs in the past including MajOr, Princess, Kitty, Terran, WinDy and SpeCial. As a Brood War player he was reputed to be incredibly gifted at the game considering his age. The well-known commentator Artosis stated that he was the next foreign player in line to move to Korea just before the release of StarCraft II. Being part of the GoSI clan, as, for example, the Woongjin Stars A-teamer Flying and playing in tryout matches against eSTRO-players confirm this impression. However, he was also known for frequently switching teams and said to suffer from a lack of respect and bad manners.
MajOr switched over to StarCraft II at fairly late point of time, well after Wings of Liberty was released. His potential was quickly realized and he was picked up by the team ROOT Gaming. However, due to disputes purportedly surrounding funding and maturity, he and ROOT Gaming parted ways after a period of roughly two months. On April 10, 2011 Artosis, newly appointed as the leader of Sixjax, recruited MajOr to play for Sixjax Gaming, where he continued to develop his knowledge of the game.
In June, he participated in MLG Columbus 2011, fighting his way through the open bracket defeating Axslav 2-0  and going into pool play, emerging with a final score of 2-3 after defeating such players as TLO and iNcontroL, but losing to LosirA, HayprO and Machine. He then made it into the championship bracket, beating Tyler 2-1 but falling to Ret 0-2, which ended his run in the tournament, placing 16th.
He was caught using another player's account to compete in Dox's SEA tournament, which was restricted only to those with SEA citizenship. MajOr used the account of an SEA diamond-level player named "sayfT", but this aroused the suspicions of mOOnGlaDe who was casting his tournament matches—noticing the Terran's unusually high-level play that was above and beyond the supposed diamond level of the account. "sayFT" continued to deny accusations of smurfing, but evidence was found on MajOr's own stream. This scandal has since created more problems for MajOr's reputation.
Sixjax Gaming captain Dan "Artosis" Stemkoski provided a more sympathetic view to MajOr's behaviour, stating that 'he was a total kid', and that his age meant bouts of immaturity would be a given, comparing the Terran player to his own attitude in the past, and that he was continuing to help him along with his attitude. However. Artosis stated that he could not reveal Sixjax's official action against MajOr.
MajOr made another showing at MLG Anaheim 2011, competing in the open bracket and defeating players such as Skew. He was stopped by wbc, who dropped him into the Loser's Bracket. He fought his way back up but was swept 2-0 by White-Ra.
On September 2, 2011, MajOr was released from Sixjax. Team manager Evoli announced the release on September 4, citing MajOr's continued poor behavior and lack of professionalism despite repeated warnings. In response to this, MajOr stated that Sixjax failed to comply with the promise to sponsor a stay in Korea, even after he himself had arranged one with team New Star HoSeo, which, along with not sending any team players to the 2011 MLG Raleigh, led him to quit the team.
This led to another statement from the team, claiming that they had indeed made plans to send MajOr to Korea, but reconsidered after he lied to management about not wearing the official team jersey at 2011 MLG Anaheim, and having bad conduct with wbc after their match. Also, they claim that he swore against a teammate dde in a streamed online tournament in the course of several games. On September 20 it was announced that he would be training with TSL in their team house and his experiences would be documented by Artosis.
On November 3, CheckSix Gaming announced that they signed MajOr, who also switch his handle to WinDy. Moreover, WinDy will participate in 2011 MLG Providence, and then will be staying for at least 4 months in Korea in order to focus on obtaining a Code A spot.
MajOr participated in the IPL 5 North American Satellite Qualifiers. He received a BYE in round one and then went on to take down xOCHL and Navilo, and then went on to advance in to the finals to face Machine. In the finals, MajOr defeated Machine by a score of 2-1 and was able to take first place. His first place finish qualified him for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.
MajOr participated in the World Championship Series 2012 Mexico and was able to grab first place after overcoming Kukulkan, Cham, iTiLoVeYoU, Maker, JimRising, and Maker again in the finals with a score of 2-0.
On August 14, 2012, MajOr was invited to participate in the IPL Fight Club. His first opponent was HyuN, although his debut was cut short as he was knocked out in his very first match up by a score of 1-5, and was not able to dethrone HyuN.
On November 26, 2012, it was announced by ROOT Gaming that MajOr had left the team, wishing to join a KeSPA team. He rejoined the team about a month later, but with a clause in his contract stating that if the opportunity to join a KeSPA team did arise, he would be allowed to take it.
Finally on January 2, 2013, MajOr would achieve his dream, as it was announced by ROOT that MajOr had exercised the option in his contract, joining KeSPA's 8th Team. MajOr became the first non-Korean StarCraft II player to join a KeSPA team.
On January 20, 2013, Juan stated in an interview that he had changed his name to Special.
Heart of the Swarm
MajOr was one of the twenty-four players invited to WCS America 2013 Season 1 Premier League. He lost in the Round of 32 against HerO and aLive and fell into Challenger League. After losing to viOLet in the bracket stage, he defeated KiLLeR and Bails to requalify for Premier League.
It was announced on June 17, 2013, that he would be leaving the 8th Team due to Kespa cutting some of their players.
In WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League, MajOr again fell in the Round of 32, but was able to take a 2-0 victory over Ryung in the first match before losing to him in the final match. He lost to ByuL in the bracket stage of Challenger League and fell to the group stage.
- He has won at least one season of Copa América each year since its beginning in 2013, with a peak of 3 seasons in 2013 and 2018 and 2 seasons in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
- He has won all the seasons of 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
- He has won 6 consecutive seasons of Copa América, including the 2013 Grand Finals, carrying the title for more than 12 months, from mid 2013 to late 2014. His run was brought to an end by JonSnow.
- He has won the Copa América Grand Finals 3 times in a row, from 2013 to 2015.
- He is the only player who won all four of the WCS Regional Challengers of the 2018 StarCraft II World Championship Series.
- Along with TIME, he is the only player who won all three of the EPT Regional Challengers of the ESL Pro Tour 2020/21.
- He is the only player who won all three of the EPT Regional Challengers of the ESL Pro Tour 2021/22.
- On May 9, 2021 he completed a 13-0 perfect streak in the OSC King of the Hill Weekly #67 tournament.
- He often goes to practice in South Korea.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2020-08-16||2nd||War Chest Team League||1 : 3||Benny's||$3,700|
|2019-09-08||3 - 4th||2019 WCS Fall||1 : 3||$6,000|
|2019-08-18||1st||2019 GSL vs. The World: Teams Competition||Team Dark||5 : 3||Team Serral||$825.88|
|2019-06-16||4th||Gold Professional Championship 2019 Season 1||2 : 3||$722|
|2019-05-19||2nd||2019 WCS Spring||0 : 4||$10,000|
|2018-08-05||2nd||2018 GSL vs. The World: Teams Competition||Maru||2 : 5||Team Serral||$334.13|
|2018-06-03||3 - 4th||2018 WCS Austin||1 : 3||$6,500|
|2018-04-22||3 - 4th||StarCraft II: NationWars V||2 : 4||$2,570.33|
|2018-02-07||3 - 4th||IEM Season XII - PyeongChang||0 : 3||$12,500|
|2018-01-28||3 - 4th||2018 WCS Leipzig||1 : 3||$6,500|
|2017-11-04||3 - 4th||2017 WCS Global Finals||0 : 3||$42,000|
|2017-08-06||2nd||2017 GSL vs. The World: Teams Competition||1 : 7||$0|
|2017-07-15||3 - 4th||2017 WCS Valencia||0 : 3||$6,500|
|2017-04-30||3 - 4th||2017 WCS Austin||2 : 3||$6,500|
|2014-07-26||2nd||NationWars II by O'Gaming TV||2 : 4||$2,572.33|
|In Premier/Major Team Leagues|
|2019-11-17||StarCraft II: NationWars 2019||All Kill of Brazil|
|SpeCial||World of Sleepers||Kelazhur|
|2019-10-05||StarCraft II: NationWars 2019||All Kill of Singapore|
|Cham||World of Sleepers||Lobo|
|2018-03-31||StarCraft II: NationWars V||All Kill of South Korea|
|MMA||Neon Violet Square||JimRising|
|2017-01-20||WardiTV Team League S7||All Kill of Team RevolutioN|
|2017-01-05||StarCraft II: NationWars IV||All Kill of Poland|
|Elazer||Vaani Research Station||Cham|
|Nerchio||Newkirk Precinct TE||MajOr|
|2016-06-01||SC2Improve Team League Season 6||All Kill of True eSport|
|MajOr||Ruins of Endion||Guru|
|2016-04-03||SC2Improve Team League Season 6||All Kill of AT Gaming-aAa|
|MajOr||Ruins of Endion||uThermal|
|2014-07-26||NationWars II||All Kill of France|
|MajOr||Merry Go Round||Dayshi|
|Complete list of results in any tournament|
The rivalry between Cham and MajOr is extremely one way dominant. They continuously match against each other in LAN finals and other Latin tournaments, with MajOr always coming out on top. Cham has lost to MajOr throughout the 2013 Copa America Season 3 0-6, Copa America 2013 Grand Finals 0-2, IEM Season VIII Sao Paulo 0-2, Base Wars Qualifiers #4 0-2, Copa America 2014 Season 1 0-3, and the Copa America 2014 Season 2 1-3. MajOr has been completely dominant in this Mexican rivalry, however Cham has been able to take a map off of him.
Matches & VODs
- The V Week 15 - Vile.Spanishiwa vs. sixjax.MajOr Game 1 - StarCraft 2 Showmatch
- The V Week 15 - Vile.Spanishiwa vs. sixjax.MajOr Game 2 - StarCraft 2 Showmatch
- The V Week 15 - Vile.Spanishiwa vs. sixjax.MajOr Game 3- StarCraft 2 Showmatch
- The V Week 15 - Vile.Spanishiwa vs. sixjax.MajOr Game 4 - StarCraft 2 Showmatch
- The V Week 15 - Vile.Spanishiwa vs. sixjax.MajOr Game 5 - StarCraft 2 Showmatch
- MLG 2011 Columbus Pro Circuit - iNcontroL vs. Major Pool Play
- MLG 2011 Columbus Pro Circuit - Axslav vs. MajOr OWR6
- MLG 2011 Columbus Pro Circuit - Tyler vs. MajOr CLR4
- 2013-12-16 | Major (T) vs rebOrn (Z)
First Person View Match VODS
1v1 Medal Statistics
- Sixjax Gaming picks up Juan ‘Terran’ Lopez
- MajOr beats Spanishiwa in Complexity Showmatch Series
- 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Columbus Winners Open Bracket
- 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Columbus Pool Play Results
- 2011 MLG Pro Circuit Columbus - Final Top 32 Rankings
- TeamLiquid - ROOTPrincess/SixjaxMajor caught smurfing in tourney
- 2011 Latin American Battle.net Invitational
- Juan 'Terran' Lopez Released From Sixjax Gaming
- Dispelling Some Rumors Surrounding Juan Lopez's Release
- MajOr practices with TSL
- Artosis announces New Path
- CheckSix Gaming welcomes Major to the team
- "MajOr released from CheckSix". ESFIWorld.com. February 27th 2012. Thread on TL.net
- MajOr joins ROOT Gaming
- MajOr leaves ROOT Gaming TL.net November 26th 2012
- MajOr rejoins ROOT
- MajOr Recruited by KeSPA's Team 8
- MajOr interview, changes name to Special.