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[e][h] YoDa
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Choi Byung-hyun
December 24, 1992 (age 29)
Alternate IDs:
IMYoDa, Crush[Name]
Approx. Total Winnings:
Years active:
2011 - 2015
2011-01-?? — 2013-12-31
2014-08-26 — 2014-12-11
2014-12-14 — 2015-10-19
Recent Matches
YoDa  South Korea
South Korea  sKyHigh
2015-07-09 11:10:00UTC  
YoDa  South Korea
South Korea  Zoun
2015-06-25 00:00:02UTC  
YoDa  South Korea
South Korea  GuMiho
2015-06-24 00:00:27UTC  
YoDa  South Korea
South Korea  Mamuri
2015-06-24 00:00:23UTC  
YoDa  South Korea
United States  TelecoM
2015-06-24 00:00:16UTC  

Choi "YoDa" Byung-hyun (born December 24, 1992) is a retired Korean Terran player.

YoDa's career was effectively ended when he was charged with matchfixing and given a lifetime ban by KeSPA.[1]

Wings of Liberty[edit]

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Global StarCraft II League[edit]

2011 July[edit]

YoDa qualified for the 2011 GSL July, defeating his teammate Seed in the final round of the qualifiers. He defeated Min 2-1 in Round of 32 and secured his Code A slot for the next season. In the Round of 16 YoDa lost 2-0 to Leenock and did not manage to qualify for the Up&Down matches.

2011 August[edit]

In the 2011 GSL August YoDa defeated TheBest 2-1 in the Round of 32 and Tassadar 2-1 in the Round of 16 before losing to Leenock in the Round of 8. YoDa qualified for the Up&Down matches where he lost to SuperNova and Leenock and with 2-0 statistic was dropped again to Code A.

2011 October[edit]

YoDa dropped out of Code A in the 2011 GSL October after being knocked out 2-1 by Sage in the Round of 32.

Stuck in Code B[edit]

Since then, YoDa had a lot of close calls to make it back into the GSL through the preliminaries. YoDa tried to qualify for the 2011 GSL November but lost to Brown in the final round of the 2011 GSL November Preliminaries. In 2012, he made it to the Round of 4 in the preliminaries of the first season, where he lost to Dream. In the 2012 GSL Season 2 Preliminaries, YoDa made it to the final round where he lost 2-1 to Choya.

2012 Season 3[edit]

Yoda finally regained a place in Code A through the 2012 GSL Season 3 Preliminaries, where he defeated Classic 2-0 in the finals of his group. In Code A, YoDa defeated July, Oz and SuperNova, winning 2-0 each match, and making it straight into Code S.

2012 Season 4[edit]

In the 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 4 Code S YoDa would be placed in Group B with Symbol, Ryung and HerO. YoDa would lose to Symbol, win over Ryung, and lose to Symbol once more, falling to the second round of Code A. In Code A's second round, YoDa would fall straight away in a 0-2 loss to HyuN.

2012 Season 5[edit]

After losing to HyuN YoDa had to play in the Up & Downs for Season 5. Here, he was placed in a 5-player group together with DongRaeGu, Bomber, Mini and Genius, making it out with a 3-1 score in second place behind DongRaeGu. Back in Code S for a second season in a row, YoDa would be placed in Group D, consisting of himself matched against GuMiho, and HyuN matched against Rain. Rain would forfeit his spot, giving a walkover to HyuN and whoever went to the Losers Match, but YoDa defeated both GuMiho and Hyun 2-1, making it out of the group in first place. In Group B of the round of 16 however, YoDa went on to lose 0-2, going 0-2 against HyuN and Hack, falling once more to Code A, where he would lose in the third round to BBoongBBoong.

2013 Season 1[edit]

In the Up & Downs of the final Wings of Liberty GSL, YoDa would easily make it out in first place of Group A with a 4-1 score, requalifying for Code S a third time in a row. In Code S of the 2013 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 YoDa would fall directly out of Group D, going 0-2 with a 2-4 mapscore, losing to Squirtle and HyuN, falling down to the first round of Code A. Here, he defeated Tear in the first round with a 2-1, beat Trust 2-0 in the second round, and took on MarineKing in the final round, winning 2-1 and making it straight into the first Code S of Heart of the Swarm, having stayed in Code S 4 seasons in a row.


YoDa first made his appearance in the finals of 2011 GSTL March against SlayerS and lost to Alicia in the 1st set.

In the first week of the 2011 GSTL Season 1, YoDa played the ace match against sC and won the match for his team. In the third week match vs ZeNEX, YoDa came out in the 3rd set and defeated cOre and ByuN before losing to Puzzle.

In 2012, YoDa played for Incredible Miracle in the 2012 GSTL Season 1. He made an impressive showing for his team in March vs Team SCV Life. YoDa started in the 1st set and defeated Shine, Revival and Cyrano before losing to Symbol. In the match against StarTaleQ, YoDa came out in the 7th set and lost to Squirtle.

Esports Weekly Match[edit]

On March 23, 2012, YoDa participated in the EWM Season 2 Week 1. YoDa took down Weekend, Nette, HyuN, IceCream, and Shine to advance in to the finals against Tear. He wasn't able to advance any further and had to settle for second place after losing to Tear by a score of 0-2.

Outside Korea[edit]

IPL Season 5[edit]

YoDa's first individual tournament outside of Korea was IGN ProLeague Season 5, which ran from the 29th November to the 2nd December in late 2012. His qualification came through the IPL TAC 3, being sent to the tournament as the representative of LG-IM. In his bracket, YoDa would defeat Ret, Squirtle and DongRaeGu before losing to Polt. In the losers bracket, he would fall immediately to HuK in an upset, ending his tournament run with a 17th-24th finish.

IEM Season VII - Katowice[edit]

Qualifying through the Korean Qualifier for IEM Season VII - Katowice, YoDa attended his second foreign tournament from January 18 to 20. In the group stage, he would place second in his group with a score of 4-1, losing to the winner of the group, Socke. This placed him in the round of 12 of the playoffs, where he would meet Grubby, whom he defeated 3-1. In the quarterfinals, he got matched against PartinG, and lost in a clean 0-3 sweep.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

Outside Korea[edit]

IEM Season VII - World Championship[edit]

With his quarterfinals finish, YoDa found himself barely out of the qualifications for the IEM Season VII - World Championship, being the 25th player in the leaderboard (From which the first 24 players would qualify). But as Symbol was unable to attend, YoDa was picked as the next in line. YoDa started out winning his group, tying 4-1 with Ret and First but winning with superior map score of 9-4. This seeded him directly into the quarterfinals, where he once again had to meet PartinG. This time however, the match was a nailbiling 3-2 victory in favour of YoDa, who would be the second player to move on to what ultimately became an all LG-IM semifinals, where he would face his teammate Mvp, considered by many the favourite to win the tournament. YoDa managed to take the series in yet another close 3-2 victory, moving onto the finals, where he would meet another teammate in First. Though First looked like yet another dangerous opponent, YoDa quickly dispatched of the Protoss player, winning the finals with an easy 4-0, taking home his first Premier Tournament victory.

World Championship Series[edit]

2013 WCS Korea[edit]

Having already qualified in the previous season of GSL, YoDa started out in the Code S (Premier Division) of 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL. He was seeded into group B in the round of 32 where he defeated both DongRaeGu and Flying with a 2-0 score to move on to the next round, where he was defeated and knocked down by Soulkey and RorO. In Season 2, he lost in Challenger league to Effort and was put into the Up&Down stage, where we was eliminated by FanTaSy and Savage. Season 3 didn't fair any better for him, losing in Challenger to TRUE and going only 2-2 in his Up&Down group.

2014 WCS Europe[edit]

YoDa, changing to the European scene, participated in WCS Europe 2014 Season 2 and qualified for Premier over Miniraser 3-1. In Premier, he made it to the Ro16, but was elminiated by MC and Welmu, both with 0-2 losses.

In Season 3, YoDa had a stellar performance, making through a slew of tough opponents and going all the way to the Season finals, where he was unfortunately defeated by MMA by a score of 4-2. On the way to the finals however, he defeated players such as MC and Golden, both by 3-0 scores. During this season, he also was picked up by the newly formed SC2 division of TCM-Gaming, along with First.

Return to Korea[edit]

After the announcement of the changes to the WCS format which would region lock most Korean players out of WCS EU and NA, YoDa returned to Korea, leaving TCM Gaming on December 13, 2014,[2] and joining Prime on the next day.[3]

Match-fixing Scandal[edit]

See more at 2015 Match-Fixing Scandal#Arrest of YoDa, BboongBboong and Gerrard

On October 19, 2015, YoDa was arrested and banned from progaming by the Korea e-Sports Association for participating in matchfixing. His name was listed along with teammate BBoongBBoong, former Prime head coach Gerrard, as well as 9 other people who currently remain unnamed. Sources say that YoDa made around approximately $5,000 - $20,000 per match thrown.[4]

On March 31, 2016, it was reported that YoDa had been sentenced to 18 months of prison, suspended for three years.[5]


  • YoDa's ID is also a name of the Jedi Master from the Star Wars series who is well known for speaking with the Latin word order, making it a popular meme in live report threads of YoDa's games.
  • YoDa is known for his frequent, and sometimes premature, "Manner" MULEs, such as throwing away a victory in his game against Min during 2011 GSL July.[6]
  • In a game against Cyrano during 2012 GSTL Season 1, YoDa went for a fast Neosteel Frame push off two bases with marines and tanks, and set up a hard contain on Cyrano's main, eventually forcing Cyrano to gg.[7]


In A1Premier Tournaments
2014-11-024thMSI Beat IT 2014TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming0 : 3$2,000
2014-10-052nd2014 WCS Season 3 Europe Premier LeagueTCM-GamingTCM-Gaming2 : 4$15,000
2013-07-201st2013 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 1
Incredible Miracle
5 : 3MVPMVP$3,708.40
2013-03-091stIEM Season VII - World ChampionshipIncredible MiracleIncredible Miracle4 : 0$30,000
2013-02-201st - 12th2013 Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code AIncredible MiracleIncredible Miracle2 : 1$937
2012-07-251st - 12th2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code AIncredible MiracleIncredible Miracle2 : 0$869.28
2012-06-034thKorean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1
Incredible Miracle
5 : 6PrimePrime$0
2012-06-033rdKorean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1: Group Stage
Incredible Miracle
5–2Grp S.$100
2011-03-242ndGlobal Starcraft II Team League March
Incredible Miracle
4 : 5SlayerSSlayerS$893.85
In A2Major Tournaments
2013-05-191stGeForce E-Sports 2013Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle2 : 0$4,890
2012-11-212nd2012 IGN Pro Team League
Incredible Miracle
1 : 5StarTaleStarTale$444.44
2012-08-112ndIPL Team Arena Challenge 3
Incredible Miracle
1 : 5Team LiquidTeam Liquid$500
2011-12-221stIPL Team Arena Challenge
5 : 3mousesportsmousesports$500
In A3Minor Tournaments
2015-07-141stSHOUTcraft Clan Wars July 2015 #3
4 : 3Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses$71.43
2015-05-272ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars May 2015 #6
1 : 4AxiomAxiom$0
2015-05-051stSHOUTcraft Clan Wars May 2015 #2
4 : 3mYinsanitymYinsanity$71.43
2015-04-092ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars April 2015 #1
1 : 4yoe Flash Wolvesyoe Flash Wolves$0
2014-12-172ndThe Fight Before ChristmasPrimePrime3 : 4$1,000
2014-11-221stZOTAC Season 3 Final 2014TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming3 : 1$1,531
2014-10-222ndESL Pro Series Germany - Winter Season 2014: Cup #4TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming0 : 2$149
2014-09-101stGo4SC2 August 2014TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming3 : 0$387.68
In A4Basic Tournaments
2014-11-161stGo4SC2 ESL Cup 423TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming3 : 1$125.19
2014-09-071stZOTAC Cup EU Cup #223TCM-GamingTCM-Gaming3 : 0$129.52
2014-08-171stGo4SC2 ESL Cup 3973 : 1$133.90
2014-08-031stGo4SC2 ESL Cup 3932 : 0$134.24
2014-07-271stZOTAC Cup EU Cup #2173 : 1$134.29
2014-06-291stZOTAC Cup EU Cup #2133 : 2$136.44
2014-06-221stGo4SC2 ESL Cup 3812 : 1$135.89
2014-06-081stZOTAC Cup EU Cup #2103 : 2$136.45
2013-07-041stKung Fu Cup Weekly Season 2 Cup 5Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle4 : 2$100
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
Complete list of results in any tournament

External links[edit]


Matches & VODs[edit]

First Person View Match VODS[edit]



Matchup Statistics

 vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
as Protoss0 - 0-2 - 166.7 %4 - 357.1 %0 - 0-6 - 460 %
as Terran157 - 11358.1 %105 - 9652.2 %172 - 10761.6 %3 - 0100 %437 - 31658 %
as Random1 - 0100 %1 - 0100 %0 - 10 %0 - 0-2 - 166.7 %

Earnings Statistics

1v1 Medal Statistics



  1. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (October 19, 2015). "YoDa, Gerrard banned for life in match-fixing scandal". Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  2. Aeromi (December 13, 2014). "YoDa and First leave TCM". Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  3. SetGuitarsToKill (December 14, 2014). "YoDa joins Prime". Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. TeamLiquid ESPORTS (October 19, 2015). "YoDa, Gerrard banned for life in match-fixing scandal". Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  5. Kwanghee "Waxangel" Woo (2016-03-31). "PRIME match-fixers given suspended sentences". Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  6. 2011 July GSL - Week One
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