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Squirtle

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[e][h]Protoss Squirtle
Player Information
Name:
박현우
Romanized Name:
Park Hyun-woo
Nationality:
Born:
July 6, 1992 (age 31)
Race:
Alternate IDs:
ST_BoogieBoy
Approx. Total Winnings:
$94,263
Military Service:
Fulfilled
Years Active:
2010 - 2014,
2017 - 2019
Links
Achievements
  
All-Kills:
 × 1
History
2010-09-01 — 2013-01-14StarTale
2013-02-25 — 2014-07-23IM
Retired:
2014-12-01
Recent Matches
Squirtle Protoss South Korea
0:1
(vs)
Finland Zerg Serral
August 13, 2017 - 15:30 CEST  
IM Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
3:4
(Bo7)
MVPMVP MVP
May 26, 2014 - 09:00 EDT  
IM Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
0:4
(Bo7)
Team LiquidTeam Liquid Liquid
March 27, 2014 - 19:00 EDT  
IM Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
4:0
(Bo7)
StarTaleStarTale ST
March 14, 2014 - 17:30 EDT  
Squirtle Protoss South Korea
1:4
(vs)
South Korea Terran TaeJa
March 5, 2014 - 11:00 UTC  


Park "Squirtle" Hyun-woo (born July 6, 1992) is a retired Korean Protoss player who last played for Incredible Miracle.

Squirtle entered military service starting from September 7, 2015.[1] He was dispatched from the military on June 6, 2017 and has started to stream.[2]

Biography[edit]

Squirtle is a former B-teamer on the team WeMade Fox where he played under the ID "Sea.hyun".[3] The coach of WeMade Fox would go on to create StarTale eSports Club, of which Squirtle was an original member along with many of his WeMade teammates.[4]

After leaving StarTale, along with his Protoss teammate PartinG,[5] Squirtle went through some time competing as a teamless player, and after much speculation, joined LG-IM.[6]

Squirtle was confirmed to be retired on December 1, 2014.[7] In June of 2017, he has finished his military service and begun streaming.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Squirtle arrived on the scene during the GSL Open Season 3, where he made a run through to the Round of 16 before being ousted 1-2 by the tournament's runner-up, Rain. Although not qualifying for the preceding seasons, his effort was enough to secure him Code A status for the first tournament of 2011. Squirtle, alongside teammate AcE, were 2 of the 4 South Korean invites announced for the IEM Season V - World Championship in March, 2011. This was Squirtle's first offline tournament outside of Korea. Unlike AcE, who dominated his group, Squirtle struggled in the group stage, eventually scraping out a 2-3 score. This ended up forcing a 3-way tie break with SjoW and Socke, who also finished 2-3. The 3 players were very evenly matched, and the series went into a total of four tiebreakers until the two Europeans finally fell to Squirtle. After taking out IdrA 3-2 in the quarterfinals, he was defeated by Moon and relegated to the consolation finals. He ultimately finished third, 3-2 over the Australian Zerg mOOnGLaDe.

Squirtle was invited to play in the first season of the NASL where he placed second in his group with a record of 7-2. He defeated Sheth in the first round, but was bested by PuMa in the quarterfinals.

ESV TV Korean Weekly[edit]

September 14, 2011, Squirtle participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 9. After taking down cOre, Shine, TREME, and Life, Squirtle went on to face TaeJa. He was not able to advance any further after he lost to TaeJa by a score of 2-3 and fell in to the 3rd/4th place match. Squirtle once again wasn't able to grab any more victories and had to settle for fourth place after losing to Creator by a score of 0-W.

From October 19 to October 25, 2011, Squirtle participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Finals 3. To start off the tournament Squirtle was placed in Group B. After advancing through his group with a score of 2-1, Squirtle advanced in to the playoffs. In the playoffs, Squirtle took down Life and BBoongBBoong in order to advance in to the finals to face Tassadar. After defeating Tassadar by a score of 4-1, Squirtle grabbed first place.

From July 16 to July 28, 2012, Squirtle participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 3 Grand Prix #2. To start off the tournament, Squirtle started off immediately in the championship bracket. Squirtle defeated Tree, jjakji, and CoCa in order to advance in to the finals to face TaeJa. He wasn't able to take down TaeJa and had to settle for second place after losing by score of 1-4.

GSTL[edit]

Squirtle was brought out as the ace player for StarTale in their match against Incredible Miracle in the February 2011 GSTL season. Down 3-4, he was brought out to play against GSL Code S January champion Mvp. He had an amazing game against Mvp on the map Terminus RE. The game was incredibly long and featured many unique strategies from both players. From unit compositions as varied as DTs to High Templar/Stalker/Zealot/Archon/Mothership to pure Stalker/(10+)Immortal, Mvp's tank lines eventually crumbled as he was starved out of his bases. Squirtle was eventually defeated by Season 2 champion, NesTea, bringing the overall score to 5-4 and giving the GSTL victory to Incredible Miracle.

In the proceeding GSTL seasons, although Squirtle has seen play often, he has not captured the same success he saw in the original season. Despite middling success, Squirtle and AcE are both heavily utilized as starters or snipers for StarTale.

Code A[edit]

In the 2011 GSL January Tournament, Squirtle was defeated 1-2 by sC, but not before reaching the Round of 16 to retain his status in the following season. After his inspiring GSTL performance against IM, Squirtle was disappointingly knocked out of Code A in the next season. Squirtle managed to secure another spot in Code A for the GSL May but was again eliminated in the first round. Squirtle would once again qualify for Code A for the GSL November as he was the top placing non Code S/A player in the ESV TV Korean Weekly/Finals 3. He managed to stay in Code A after beating Check in the Ro 48, but was unable to make it further after losing to SuperNova 2-0 in the next round.

In the 2012 GSL Season 1, Squirtle secured his Code A spot with a 2-1 win over Seal. He then defeated InCa 2-1 in the Ro 32, but fell to TaeJa 2-0 in the final round. He proceeded to go undefeated in his group in the Up & Down Matches with a final score of 4-0, defeating the likes of YugiOh, BBoongBBoong, KeeN and Avenge to finally secure his spot in Code S for the GSL Season 2.

In the 2012 GSL Season 3, Squirtle secured Code S status for the next season by beating GuMiho 2-0.

In the 2012 GSL Season 4, Squirtle secured Code S status for the next season by beating Hack 2-0, with both games having a two barracks proxy.

In the 2012 GSL Season 5, Squirtle secured his spot in Code A by beating Miya 2-0. In the second round, Squirtle lost 2-1 to YongHwa, falling down to the Up & Down Matches for the first GSL season in 2013.

Code S[edit]

2012 Season 2[edit]

After achieving first place in his Up&Down group, Squirtle was seeded into Group F alongside Leenock, MMA, and NaDa. He took first in the group only dropping a single game to MMA. In the Round of 16, he was placed into Group D with Maru, MC, and Oz. Squirtle defeated Oz and Maru 2-0 and advanced to the Round of 8. There he would have to face Team Liquid's TaeJa, who had previously defeated him in last GSL Code A Round of 24 0-2. He convincingly took the series 3-0 and qualified to the semifinals extending his win streak in the tournament to 11 games, having not lost since the opening game against MMA. He faced Team Liquid's HerO in the semifinals where Squirtle took him down 3-0 as well, advancing to the finals against four-time champion Mvp. There, Squirtle would fall behind 0-3 to the Terran player, only to stage one of the greatest comebacks in GSL history, including an epic game 5 on Metropolis featuring an Archon Toilet that wiped out Mvp's Battlecruiser fleet, to even up the score 3-3. In the final game however, Squirtle was unable to take down Mvp after deflecting a two barracks proxy and ended his run in second place.[8]

2012 Season 3[edit]

Squirtle, alongside ThorZaIN, KeeN and GuMiho were placed into Group C of Code S. Squirtle defeated ThorZaIN 2-0, but lost 1-2 to KeeN, falling twice to two barracks proxies. In the final match, Squirtle defeated ThorZaIN 2-0 once again to advance in second place to the Round of 16. In Group B, the "Group of Death", Squirtle was placed with Symbol, MarineKing and MC. Squirtle beat Symbol 2-0, but lost 1-2 to MC in the winner's match. The final match saw Symbol defeating Squirtle 2-0, knocking him down to Code A Round of 24.

2012 Season 4[edit]

Squirtle was placed into Group E alongside NaNiwa, Heart and Sniper. He defeated Sniper 2-1, and Heart 2-0 to advance to his third straight Round of 16. He chose Heart once again for his group, alongside HerO and Leenock. Squirtle beat Heart 2-0 once again, but despite an undefeated record against the other two players, lost 0-2 to Leenock and HerO, falling to the Round of 24 of Code A once more.

2012 Season 5[edit]

Squirtle was placed alongside Leenock, Bogus and KeeN in Group G. Despite having cheesed twice against Squirtle in the past, KeeN dominated Squirtle 2-0 with standard play. Squirtle then lost to another two barracks proxy and an allin to Bogus, meaning a 4th-place finish for Squirtle and failing to advance for the first time ever, dropping him to the first round of Code A. He later attributed his poor performance to a lack of practice.[9]

IGN ProLeague[edit]

IPL Season 4[edit]

Squirtle qualified for the 4th season of the IPL through the Open Bracket, defeating Demonlord, ToD, ByuN, SaSe and AcE in the third bracket. In the Group Stage, Squirtle went 3-1, defeating PuMa, MC and Creator, only losing to Polt to advance in second place. The Championship Bracket saw NesTea defeating Squirtle 2-1, knocking him down into the loser's bracket. There, he proceeded to defeat Bomber, MarineKing and MMA, all 2-0, before facing NesTea once again in the Loser's Finals. Squirtle got his revenge as he defeated NesTea 3-2, securing a spot in the Grand Finals against aLive. Having to win two Best of 5s, Squirtle took the first series 3-2, but ultimately lost 0-3 in the second series, taking second place.

IPL Fight Club[edit]

On July 9, 2012, Squirtle was invited to participate in the IPL Fight Club. His first opponent was CoCa. Squirtle defeated CoCa by a score of 5-3 and took his rightful seat at top of the throne.

On July 16, 2012, Squirtle faced his next opponent for the IPL Fight Club, VortiX. Squirtle defeated VortiX by a score of 5-3 and remained at the top of the throne.

On July 30, 2012, Squirtle faced his next opponent for the IPL Fight Club, Illusion. Squirtle defeated Illusion by a score of 5-0 and remained at the top of the throne.

On August 6, 2012, Squirtle faced his next opponent for the IPL Fight Club, HyuN. He lost to HyuN by a score of 3-5 and allowed HyuN to overthrow him.

Trivia[edit]

  • First player to score an all-kill in a Global Starcraft II Team League in February, 2011, doing so in the very first game played of the season.[10] He is generally recognized as an extremely strong player in team leagues.
  • Achieved a 14-game win streak in 2012 GSL Season 2 before losing to Mvp in the finals, falling just short of being the first royal-roader in the process.
  • His ID is named after the Pokémon Squirtle (Ggoboogie in Korean), the Water-type starter in Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow for the original Game Boy (and later Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen for the Game Boy Advance.)
    • After his successes, many of his fans called him Wartortle, symbolizing the evolution of his play (Wartortle is Squirtle's first evolution.)
    • He mentioned in an interview that he would consider changing his ID to Blastoise (Squirtle's final evolution) if he won a GSL championship.[11]
    • Artosis and Tasteless picked up on the Pokémon reference during the StarTale vs IM match in the February 2011 GSTL where Squirtle was matched against and eventually bested MVP. Among their Pokémon-related lines were these when Squirtle started to close out the game:[12]
      • Artosis - He is a Pokémon Master, Tasteless!
      • Tasteless - He is the highest-level Pokémon I have ever seen!
      • Artosis - Forget Mewtwo - it's all about Squirtle!
      • Tasteless - Sorry, Mewtwo!

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2014-02-202ndShowm. (Min.)SHOUTcraft Clan Wars February 2014 #1
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
1 : 4
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
-
2013-12-171stMajor2013 Dailymotion Cup2013 Dailymotion Cup
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
4 : 0$4,000
2013-07-201stPremier2013 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 12013 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 1
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
5 : 3
MVPMVP
$4,045.53
2013-06-091stMajor2013 Gigabyte Pro League #12013 Gigabyte Pro League #1
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
4 : 0$2,649.20
2013-06-023rdMajorNumericable M-House Cup2Numericable M-House Cup2
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
3 : 1$1,169.46
2012-12-083rd - 4thPremier2012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 32012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 3
StarTaleStarTale
4 : 5
FXOpen e-SportsFXOpen e-Sports
$616.14
2012-12-021stShowm. (Min.)2012 GSL World Championship
Korean All StarsKorean All Stars
2 : 1
World All StarsWorld All Stars
$1,847.71
2012-11-211stMajor2012 IGN Pro Team League2012 IGN Pro Team League
StarTaleStarTale
5 : 1
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
$1,500
2012-08-252ndPremier2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series: South Korea Nationals2012 StarCraft II World Championship Series: South Korea Nationals
StarTaleStarTale
1 : 4$3,980.29
2012-07-301stBasicIPL Fight Club Week 27IPL Fight Club Week 27
StarTaleStarTale
5 : 0$500
2012-07-282ndMinorGrand Prix 2
StarTaleStarTale
TBD
$800
2012-07-274thMajorIPL Team Arena Challenge 3IPL Team Arena Challenge 3
StarTaleStarTale
4 : 5
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
$200
2012-07-161stBasicIPL Fight Club Week 26IPL Fight Club Week 26
StarTaleStarTale
5 : 3$500
2012-07-151stMajorFXOpen Invitational Series #6FXOpen Invitational Series #6
StarTaleStarTale
4 : 0$2,500
2012-07-091stBasicIPL Fight Club Week 25IPL Fight Club Week 25
StarTaleStarTale
5 : 3$600
2012-06-032ndPremierKorean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1Korean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1
StarTaleStarTale
0 : 6
PrimePrime
$333.33
2012-05-274thPremierRed Bull Battlegrounds: AustinRed Bull Battlegrounds: Austin
StarTaleStarTale
1 : 3$2,500
2012-05-192ndPremier2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S
StarTaleStarTale
3 : 4$17,111.57
2012-04-082ndPremierIGN ProLeague Season 4IGN ProLeague Season 4
StarTaleStarTale
3 : 5$16,000
2012-04-072ndPremier2012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 12012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 1
StarTaleQStarTaleQ
2 : 5
PrimePrime
$1,472.74
2011-10-251stMinorESV TV/Nationvoice Korean Weekly Season 1 Finals 3
StarTaleStarTale
TBD
$450
2011-04-112ndMinorClash of the Houses: Startale
StarTaleStarTale
1-2Grp S.$25
2011-03-243rd - 4thPremierGlobal Starcraft II Team League MarchGlobal Starcraft II Team League March
StarTaleStarTale
2 : 4
SlayerSSlayerS
-
2011-03-053rdPremierIEM Season V - World ChampionshipIEM Season V - World Championship
StarTaleStarTale
3 : 2$4,000
2011-02-102ndPremier2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Feb2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Feb
StarTaleStarTale
4 : 5
Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle
$743.45
2011-01-311stMajorZotac Team Invitational Season 2Zotac Team Invitational Season 2
StarTaleStarTale
4 : 1
ZeNEXZeNEX
$520.22
Extended list of results
All-Kill Achievements
2011-02-11 All-Kill2011 GSTL February

Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Matchup Statistics

vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%RecordWin%
as Protoss145 - 8962 %153 - 13553.1 %222 - 15059.7 %7 - 0100 %527 - 37458.5 %
Σ145 - 8962 %153 - 13553.1 %222 - 15059.7 %7 - 0100 %527 - 37458.5 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics

TierTotal
Premier031015
Major301004
Minor120104
Basic300003
Total7521116

References[edit]