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[e][h] Winter
Player Information
Evan Ballnik
March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22) (age 26)
Alternate IDs:
wintergaming, zLfreebird, WinterSC, Winterstarcraft
Approx. Earnings 2019:

This page is about the American Random player. To read about the Swedish Zerg, see Winter.

Evan "Winter" Ballnik is a Random player from the United States, currently teamless.


Winter is mostly notable as a streamer. Initially only moderately popular, he rose to fame when in 2014 his stream became one of the most watched StarCraft II player streams. While Winter does not play at the highest competitive level, his commentary on his own games and interaction with viewers proved popular.[1] Winter has raised his highest rank to Grand Master as both a Zerg player and then a Random player.[Citation needed] He said he wanted to do this to eventually become a competitive player.[Citation needed]

Winter also attended HomeStory Cup X as a caster in November 2014.

On 16 March 2015, Winter was un-featured from the Team Liquid stream page due to alleged use of viewbots to artificially increase his stream viewer count on Twitch.[2] After a six-month probation period, Winter was deemed clean by Team Liquid and refeatured.[3] Around the same time, he parted ways with nVidia when his initial contract ended, due to the surrounding drama.[4]


Date Tier Tournament Position Partner List
2019-11-24 A1Premier   HomeStory Cup XX Commentator
2019-10-14 A7Show M.   The DAM Show Match Commentator None
2019-09-26 A3Minor   DAMCup Commentator None
2019-08-13 A7Show M.   PSISTORM vs R00T Gaming Commentator
2019-01-20 A8Qualifier   2019 WCS Winter Americas AM Qualifier #2 English Commentator
About achievementsBroadcasts from any Tournament
In A3Minor and A5Monthly tournaments
2015-11-012ndYoumacon 20150 : 4 puCK$220
2014-11-022ndYoumacon 20141 : 4 desRow$200
2013-11-041stYoumacon 2013ZZZZZ4 : 2 Yoshi$330
Complete Results in any Tournament