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Jeffrey Shih, known as Trump, is one of the most popular Terran streamers featured on Team Liquid. He often casts live tournaments on his stream and has, in the past, casted tournaments such as the Team Liquid Open and the Hard Wired Gaming LAN. However, his stream is most known for his analytical commentary. Trump is popular for being exceptionally friendly, always beginning his games with a trademark "gl hf :)", and for his piano music, an unusual choice for most streamers who prefer upbeat music. On occasion, Trump humorously despairs over the state of his Terran vs Protoss match-up leading to catch phrases such as "Protoss! Why are you so good!"
Trump's style has consistently evolved over time, but he has always preferred practicing only three builds at a time (one for each of TvZ, TvP, and TvT). Over time, Trump has become known for several build orders, namely, his Thor Rush against Protoss and his Planetary Fortress Crawl against Zerg. Both of these builds are referenced in his amusing transition overlays: "Thor is here-Trumping his way to Grandmasters" and "The Great Wall of Trump". More recently, Trump plays with his signature Mech Style vs Zerg and with his FE into 1/1/1 vs Terran. As of October 2011, Trump has been improved his bio play in the TvP match-up to attain a 42% win-rate for the month, up from 29% in September, his TvT and TvZ dropped to 54% and 49% respectively. Whilst he does still struggle versus Protoss, Trump is well on his way to becoming a master of all the match-ups.
Trump lives in the Bay Area in California. He frequently appears in Bay Area LAN events and often casts them live. For a time, Trump worked at Wells Fargo, however he has since left his job to return to his studies. Recently, he has taken his GMATs and is expected to return to school soon. Trump has a Bachelor's in Finance.
During Beta, Trump was one of the first streamers to begin broadcasting StarCraft II. Originally named Sensei, he switched his name to Trump early on and has been known as Trump ever since. In the Beta, Trump rose to the top of the ladder and became one of the most popular streamers on Team Liquid because of his analytical, first-person commentary. For the quality of both his stream and his gameplay, Trump was given Featured Streamer status on Team Liquid. By August 2010, his stream often gathered 2,000 to 3,000 concurrent viewers. After the release of StarCraft II, Trump briefly hit #1 in the world on sc2ranks and consistently appeared on Blizzards Top 200. Over time, however, his rank has slowly declined, and as of the release of the Grandmaster League, Trump has yet to attain Grandmaster.
For the majority of his career, Trump has been a solo player. For a while, he was a caster for VT Gaming until the team reformed under Team Reign.[Citation needed] In October 8, 2011, Trump joined Team Legion as part of its initial roster. He left on January 9, 2012. He has also been sponsored by Ownaj.[Citation needed]
- Is currently a popular Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft pro gamer and streamer. He was invited to compete in the Innkeeper's Invitational at BlizzCon, where he defeated Husky to make the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Artosis in a battle of former StarCraft pro gamers, and has since appeared on the Hearthstone edition of Fight Night.
- Alternity (2011-10-08). "Team LgN pro Starcraft II team announcement". TL.net.