Warcraft III professional competition

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The expansion to the computer game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne has an active professional competition scene, particularly in China, Germany and South Korea. The game is featured at electronic gaming festivals including the World Cyber Games, the Electronic Sports World Cup, the World e-Sports Games, the World Series of Video Games and the International E-Sports Festival. Outside of the professional circuit, the game has many active competitive circuits, with users at Battle.net ranging between the 70,000 and 100,000 at any given moment. In China, in which Warcraft III is very popular, fans and users often use an alternative client due to the country's poor internet connections to the outside world. Around 3,000,000 copies of the game were sold in the country.[1] 500,000 Chinese competed in the Chinese qualifiers for the 2006 World Cyber Games. Recently the amount of prize money to be won monthly in various competitions averages 64,642 USD.[2] Income for players flows from various sources. most professionals earn a salary from professional gaming teams. The Danish gaming organization known as Meet Your Makers reportedly pays their players 300,000 USD on an annual basis.[3]

Professional Warcraft III players[edit]

Wikipedia has various articles dedicated to Warcraft III world champions.

Human[edit]

Li Xiaofeng won the 2005 and 2006 World Cyber Games representing China, regarded as Warcraft III's premier individual competition, his victories earned him a massive fanbase and turned him into an icon of China's professional gaming scene on a national and international level. He was recognized as the Warcraft III player of 2006 by competitive gaming media[4] and is a member of the World Cyber Games hall of fame.[5] He is known for revolutionizing the way the Human race is played in Warcraft III and has been considered the top player of the race alongside Frenchman Yoan Merlo since 2005. He has been considered China's number one player since the country's emergence as a major supporter of professional Warcraft III. He has been signed with Chinese based World Elite throughout his professional career.
He is one of the most successful Warcraft III players ever, holding among other achievements first places at the World e-Sports Games, Blizzard Worldwide Invitational and Cyberathlete Professional League competitions. He is also a World Cyber Games silver and bronze medalist. He was recognized as the Warcraft III player of 2007.
Wang Xuwen started gaining recognition in international in team World Elite.In 2007, he won the International E-Sports Festival 2007 and became the first non-Korean champion in this tournament and also the first non-Korean champion in a tournament which was held in Korea. From 2007 to 2010, he got many Champions of premier tournaments. He won KODE5 in Moscow[6] and World e-Sports Games in 2008. He was also the champion of World Cyber Games 2009 representing China and the runner-up of the BlizzCon Season VIII. He was considered one of the best Human player in the world.[7][8] In team World Elite, he helped World Elite get the champion of Warcraft III Champions League Season XIV. Wang Xuwen has nickname "Tower Race" or "the Six Race". It is because he always build many towers to defense and offensive.
  • Others:
Huang Xiang - TH000
Huang Xiang is a Chinese Human player of Warcraft III. He is one of the best human players after 2008 and also one of the best random players. He used Undead and Night Elf in premier individual or team competitions and also used Orc in some tournament.He also create many tactics for Human, Undead and Night Elf. From 2008 to 2011, Chinese Warcraft III was dominated by 4 players, Lu "Fly100%" Weiliang, Li "Sky" Xiaofeng, Wang "infi" Xuwen and Huang "TH000"Xiang. They were considered the 4 kings in Chinese Warcraft III. He won ZOTAC Cup 16 times.[9] He was the back to back champion of ProGamer League and the champion of World e-Sports Games 2010 and Cyberathlete Professional League 2011. He also got bronze medals of International E-Sports Festival two times. He is the last Warcraft 3 champion of World Cyber Games.[10]
Zdravko Georgiev - Insomnia
Zdravko Georgiev is the first Warcraft 3 Champion of World Cyber Games.

Orc[edit]

Schenkhuizen won the 2004 and 2008 World Cyber Games representing The Netherlands and has been considered the western world's premier Warcraft III player ever since. He is known for his strength in international competition winning such tournaments as the 2005 Electronic Sports World Cup and the 2006 World Series of Video Games. He was signed with British based Four Kings, until the team's 2008 dissolution. Schenkhuizen has been a key player throughout his professional career. The Four Kings Warcraft III team was recognized as the 2005 eSport Team of the Year. Individually he has been recognized as Warcraft III player of 2005, 2006 and the eSports Player of 2006. Known as the "Orc Emperor" in televised leagues, he has been considered one of the world's best players.
Park June is a Korean Orc player. He is the only player who won almost all of the premier tournaments which include World Cyber Games, Electronic Sports World Cup, Battle.Net and Intel Extreme Masters. For Intel Extreme Master, he got the champion of Global Challenge in Los Angeles in 2007 and World Championship in 2008. Only two premier tournaments which he never got champion are the World e-Sports Games and International E-Sports Festival but he also got the silver medals of World e-Sports Games in 2008 and 2010, and silver medals of International E-Sports Festival in 2007.He helped the team World Elite get the champion of Warcraft III Champions League Season XI. He was the first player who used Blade Master as the core hero and collect low price items to increase skills of Blade Master.
Lu Weiliang is a Chinese Orc player. He is considered one of the best Orc player and [11][12] one of the longest playing professional players of Warcraft 3. Liu Weiliang started his professional e-sports career in team Hacker and started gaining recognition in international competitive gaming after joining the Mousesports. From 2008 to 2009, he won multiple tournaments like the International E-Sports Festival 2009, ProGamer League IV, Electronic Sports World Cup Asian master and Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge 2010. Lu Weiliang reached the grand final of World Cyber Games in 2009 and World Cyber Games 2012 but both got silver medals and got the bronze medals in WCG 2011. He also got the silver medals of Warcraft III Champions League Season XV and NGL One season III in Mousesports.
  • Others:
Tae Min Hwang - Zacard
Tae is a Korean Orc player and was consider one of the top Orc players. He was the runner-up of World e-Sports Games and World Cyber Games before. He was consider the best Korean Warcraft III player before Jang "Moon" Jae Ho and had lots of fans in Korean and even in the World

Night Elf[edit]

Jang is known for his domination of televised competition in South Korea since Reign of Chaos, he won six televised leagues and the last five seasons of the on-going MBCGame World War series. He has won over 200,000 USD in prize money since 2005 and reportedly earns 9,000 USD in monthly salary.[13] He currently plays for the korean based WeMade FOX and resides in South Korea. Widely considered the world's best Night Elf player, Moon has been a top contender in the professional circuit for many years. Known for his inventive playstyle and popularizing of many Night Elf strategies, Moon has been nicknamed "The Fifth Race"
  • Kim Sung Sik - Remind
Kim Sung Sik is the first Korean Warcraft 3 champion of World Cyber Games. He beat Grubby in the grand final of World Cyber Games 2010. He is one of the longest playing professional players of Warcraft 3. He became a famous Warcraft 3 player in 2005 when he got the runner-up of ACON 5 and ended his Warcraft 3 career in 2012. 2010 is his most successful year.In this year, he won the champion of World Cyber Games and BlizzCon, and got the bronze medals of Electronic Sports World Cup. For BlizzCon, he got the champion two times in 2007 and 2010. He got the champion of Warcraft III Champions League Season XI in team World Elite and season XII in SK Gaming
  • Others:
Olav Undheim - Creolophus
Olav Undheim is the first Night Elf champion of World Cyber Games.
Lee Sung Duk - Soju
Lee Sung Duk is a Korean Night Elf player. He is the first Night Elf champion of Electronic Sports World Cup.He got Warcraft III Champions League champion two times in SK Gaming and World Elite respectively.

Undead[edit]

Cho became the first Korean player to win a major international tournament because of his victory at the 2004 Electronic Sports World Cup. For years following his victory he was a key player of the 2005 eSport Team of the Year the British based Four Kings and one of the most active Asian players in international competition. He currently plays for the Chinese based BeT Gaming and resides in China.
Chun has been recognized among the top Warcraft III players since the beginning of the professional competitive scene and has won two world championships as well as several professional events in South Korea. Sweet's lengthy career includes being recognized as the Warcraft III Player of 2004, winning the 3rd edition of the World e-Sports Games and the 2nd edition of the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational. Sweet was the first Korean to move to China to compete as a member of the Chinese based Beijing eSport Team [BeT].
Johansson was a dominating Warcraft III player from 2003 till 2004 and is regarded an icon of professional gaming. He was the runner-up of the 2003 Electronic Sports World Cup representing Sweden and following this tournament travelled to Seoul, South Korea to compete in the country's televised leagues. He stayed there eleven months in which he won the first Blizzard Worldwide Invitational and joined a Korean based professional gaming team. Upon his return to Europe he became the runner-up of the 2004 Electronic Sports World Cup and was recognized as the eSports Player of 2004. MaDFrog is no longer active as a professional gamer, but announced that he would return to professional gaming upon the release of StarCraft II.[14]
  • Others:
Zeng Zhuo - Ted
Zeng Zhuo is a Chinese undead player and also the only undead champion of World Cyber Games so far. He became a top player in 2008. From 2008 to 2012, he got the bronze medals of World e-Sports Games in 2009 and 2010, and the bronze medals of Electronic Sports World Cup in 2008. He also helped team World Elite get the champion of Warcraft III Champions League Season XIV.
Jae Wook Noh - Lucifer
Jae is a Korean undead player and was considered as 4 undead kings in Korea. The 4 Korean undead kings were Jae "Lucifer" Wook Noh, Cho "FoV" Dae Hui, Chun "Sweet" Jung Hee and Kim Dong "Gostop" Moon. Jae got the champion of Electronic Sports World Cup in 2006.

Warcraft III World Championships[edit]

There have been various Warcraft III world championships, see Warcraft III World Championships for an overview.

Korean Warcraft III Championships[edit]

Due to the intense competitive nature of Korean televised competition the top tier tournaments are often considered on the same level as world championships, see Korean Warcraft III Championships for an overview of prominent Korean competitions.

Professional Warcraft III squads[edit]

Various gaming teams have a professional Warcraft III squad. These squads represent their team in such leagues as the Warcraft 3 Champions League and the NGL One professional league. Players also represent their team in various individual leagues. This needs to be updated.

  • Four Kings - United Kingdom
Four Kings won four of the Warcraft III Champions League offline finals and were recognized as the eSports Team of 2005. In 2004 the team spent several months competing in televised leagues taking place in Seoul, South-Korea, a period which also saw them rise as the team to beat in the leagues. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, Four Kings dissolved in January 2008 scattering then team members across the globe. The Four Kings reunited in late February 2012 with all members, (Duncan "Ziktomini" Andrews, Rupert 'Dragonslayer' Phoenix, and Mike "googleplex" Hunt excluding Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen), playing in California to compete in the World title Championship of the Naaru, which was introduced in Patch 2.3.0 and was available to players who have completed the quests to obtain the Tempest Key as well as the Serpentshrine Cavern attunement.
Of the Four Kings success Dragonslayer (Phoenix) added, "The Tempest Key was originally the attunement quest required to enter The Eye, the raid instance of Tempest Keep", Phoenix then went on to add at the teams winning press conference, "This had given us a winning platform whereby the attunement requirement for both The Eye and Serpentshrine Cavern were removed in Patch 2.1.2, but Blizzard said that they wished to add a reward for players who decide to complete the chain...Baiscally our success was inevitable." According to Duncan "Ziktomini" Andrews, "It wasn't available to players beyond level 70 in the new expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, to prevent easy access to the title."
  • Meet Your Makers - Denmark
Meet Your Makers rose to prominence as one of Warcraft III strongest's teams after moving to an all Korean line-up in 2005 signing several players that lead the team until today such as JaeWook Noh, Jung-Ki Oh and Jang Jae Ho. They stopped a long era of Four Kings domination by winning Warcraft III Champions League IX in 2006 as well as the first season of the NGL One Professional League, becoming the only team to ever hold two major titles at the same time. Following the dissolution of Four Kings in 2008, they added longtime rival Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen.

Current roster

South Korea Jung-Ki "Susiria" Oh
South Korea Chul Woo "Shy" Park
South Korea Hyo Sub "FoCuS" Eom
South Korea JaeWook "Lucifer" Noh
South Korea Jang "Moon" Jae Ho
South Korea Jae Shin "EVE" Park
South Korea Kim "Storm" JaeWoong
Netherlands Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen
Denmark Renee "Ciara" Krag
Finland Joona "Konna" Parikka (Inactive)
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  • SK Gaming - Germany
SK Gaming has competed in high level Warcraft III since 2002 and was considered the dominant western team of 2002-2003 (there was no offline competition between teams in those days nor international clashes between European and Asian teams). In 2007 SK Gaming defeated MeetYourMakers 3-1 in the WC3L offline championship after acquiring Kim Sung "Remind" Sik, Lee Sung "SoJu" Duk, and June "Lyn" Park.

Current roster

Germany Daniel "Miou" Holthuis
South Korea Sung Sik "Remind" Kim
South Korea June "Lyn" Park
South Korea Sung Duk "SoJu" Lee
South Korea Seo Woo "ReiGn" Kang
  • World Elite - China
Upon its conception in 2005 World Elite signed a number of prominent Warcraft III players including Jung Chee Chun and LI Xiaofeng and the team was considered one of the world's absolute best right away. They have competed in various offline finals ever since and won the second season of the NGL-One Professional League 2007, making them the only team to win a major league next to Four Kings and Meet Your Makers since 2004.World Elite won two of the Warcraft III Champions League offline finals. In 2008, World Elite were recognized as the eSports Team of 2008[15] Nowadays the team is led by LI Xiaofeng.

Current roster

China LI Xiaofeng "Sky"
China ZENG Zhuo "TeD"
China SU Hao "suhO"
ChinaWANG Yuwen "Infi"
China "Keda"
China "Qeki"
China Kejing "Like" Li

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