The team had a rocky road to the final stage as they qualified for the playoff stage by finishing third, edging out SK Telecom T1 with two wins, but falling short to the second place KT Rolster who were just in arms reach. Despite this, they were merely three wins away from the top finisher - Woongjin Stars, who dominated the rankings and were comfortably sitting on the top of the table with an impressive 27-15 record.
Once the playoffs hit, STX Soul had probably their hardest match, facing SK Telecom 1 in a best-of-three series to determine who would go on to face KT Rolster. Both matches ended in a nail biting 4-3 in favour of STX Soul and both times their ace Innovation cemented his status as the best Terran in Korea by beating Fantasy and Rain.
Next up were KT Rolster who unfortuantely got dismantled by the well-organised and seemingly unstoppable STX line-up. Both times conceding with a 1-4 score, KT.FlaSh was the only one to take a map off the future champions who despite finishing third in the regular season, looked unbeatable as they cruised through KT's roster.
Losing to Soulkey was probably his only slip-up, however he avenged his loss by beating his rival in the finals today.
Finals came and StarCraft fans around the world gathered to see the almost year-long tournament come to an end with the best of the best throughout the regular season face each other in a final showdown. Mini(P) and Innovation(T) gave their team a brilliant head start as the latter avenged his loss earlier this year by snatching a victory against his "rival" Soulkey(Z). Summoning their Protoss strike team, sOs and free retaliated, evening the score, but the gem in the series was yet to come.
The best game of this clash was played on Newkirk Redevelopment Precinct, between ZerO(Z) and Trap (P). The protoss player took an early lead by successfully harassing his opponents and despite a hit-and-miss Warp Prism drop, he did the necessary damage that would put him in the driving seat. The next couple of minutes saw ZerO trading perfectly and by sending packs of zerglings to the enemy base, managed to balance the game and even swing it in his favour at certain points. More trades ensued with no clear victor and finally both players went for an all-in base race, with Trap managing to clear out the enemy base and beating the zerg's final stand. This victory gave STX Soul an immense mental advantage over their opponents.
Many hoped for a tie so we can see the perfect ace battle - Soulkey(Z) versus Innovation(T) for the gold, but Classic(P) had other plans. With excellent positioning and choice of battles, he eliminated his opponent Flying(P) and gave STX Soul the overall victory as they were crowned champions of the 2012-2013 SK Planet Proleague Season 1.
Former lead editor and interviewer for SK Gaming
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iNNERFiRE - multi-game journalist and Editor-in-Chief: 2012
onGamers - League of Legends Feature Producer: 01.2014 - 02.2015
SK-Gaming - League of Legends Lead Editor: 11.2012 - 08.2015
My journey into eSports started in 2004 when I accidentally caught a small video on TV from the WarCraft 3 WCG 2004 final. I opened up the SK Gaming website from my father's laptop and never stopped reading to this day. In early 2010 I started writing at a Bulgarian news website simply because I disliked how the current editor was handling his job and with time, I got to be Editor-In-Chief. My main writing interests back then were StarCraft 2, QuakeLive and League of Legends.
Fast-forward to 2012, after a small hiatus and moving to England to attend university, I decided to start writing news posts again, inspired by a couple of industry figures who have taken their turns taking eSports writing to a new level. With the beginning of IPL5, I was given a trial with SK Gaming which was successful and I never looked back.
In early 2014, onGamers presented me with an incredible opportunity to join their ranks which I took. Although I believe my 2014 was rather poor (in terms of work ethic and results), I have made changes during the winter break to ensure that sufficient effort will be made to repair that. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of the team, the project was at a stand still which marked the end of my stint with the oG crew.
I continued producing 1 on 1 interviews with SK members until July 2015. After that, other commitments arose and I figured I could not provide the flow of content I promised my superiors and took a step back, leaving SK.
If you are an eSports fan who is looking to get into writing or simply want to chat about eSports across the years, you can always find me on my twitter - @Adddler . Below you can find some trivia about me.
BroodWar / StarCraft 2
BW pro: sAvi0r and Flash (for different reasons)
BW race: Terran
BW series: Hana Daetoo MSL
SC2 pro: Creator and Stephano (different reasons)
SC2 race: Terran
SC2 series: ThorZain vs Polt at DreamHack Open 2012 and any big final played by King MvP
StarCraft related article: God of the Battlefield
Pro: Alexey 'Cypher' Yanushevski
Map: Aerowalk, BloodRun (100% Eastern European choices)
Series: Cooller vs Cypher. Especially the brilliant defensive Cypher game on Aero (game 4).
Rivalry: Rapha vs Cypher
Quake related articled: The Quadra Interview and the one and only Cypher PoV
League of Legends
Pro(s): FORG1VEN, Faker, WeiXiao, NaMei and Mata.
Position: AD Carry
Series: All the World Elite games at IPL5, KT Bullets versus SK Telecom T1 K OGN Summer 2013 Final and LPL Summer Final between StarHorn Royal Club and EDG (The perfect Jinx game by Namei).
League related article: Most of TeamLiquid.net's takes on the 2012 and 2013 OGN tournaments.
Team: Fnatic (2008-2009)
Series: AGAiN vs Fnatic at WCG 2009. Literally broke a cup after the game. One of the most emotional series for me as a spectator.
Gfinity League of Legends - August 2013 (SK Gaming)
EU LCS Week 5 London - June 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
GamesCom 2014 Cologne - August 2014 (SK Gaming / onGamers)
EU LCS 2015 Week 7 Spring Split - March 2015 (SK Gaming)
Intel Extreme Masters Season IX Katowice - March 2015 (SK-Gaming)
Throwback Thursday: MC Wins IEM VI World Championship
HerO wins IEM Cologne
WCS EU Premier Groups
Min Chul sets his sights at BlizzCon
Behold the Red Bull Battlegrounds!
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