Choi Yeon-sung

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Choi Yeon-sung
Revised RomanizationChoe Yeon-seong
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Yŏn-sŏng
Choi Yeon-sung in the MSL
StatusRetired as player
Born (1983-11-05) 5 November 1983 (age 35)
NationalitySouth Korean
Current teamAfreeca Freecs
in game: Terran
Professional career
? - presentSK Telecom T1 (coach)

Choi Yeon-sung (born 5 November 1983),[1] also known as iloveoov, is a retired professional Korean StarCraft player, and a current coach of the Afreeca Freecs League of Legends team.[2] As a Terran player he was known for his excellent macromanagement, leading to his nickname "Cheater Terran". However he is better known as "Monster Terran" (Gweh_Mool Terran) because of his ability to produce a massive number of units. He sees Lim Yo-Hwan, who was on the same team as him, as an older brother or mentor. Lim scouted Choi through a match in battlenet after losing to Choi's Terran, Zerg and Protoss. Choi beat Lim 3:2 in 2004 during the Ongamenet Ever Starleague finals.

The 'oov' in his nickname is believed to be the ASCII emotion icon of a face and two fingers forming letter 'V' which stands for victory.[3] He announced his retirement as a pro-gamer as a result of a wrist injury, to become a coach for his team.[4] Since then, Choi returned to the active roster as a "player coach".[5]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2008, Choi announced his engagement to his girlfriend. Choi and his fiancee had been together for six years, even when he was training to become a professional gamer.

Tournament results[edit]

  • TriGem MSL Champion – September – November 2003
  • HanaFOS MSL Champion – January – March 2004
  • Gillette OnGameNet Starleague 3rd place – April – July 2004
  • Spris MSL Champion – May – August 2004
  • Ever OSL Champion – August – November 2004
  • UZOO MSL 4th place – June – August 2005
  • So1 OSL 3rd place – August – November 2005
  • CKCG China-Korea Cyber Games Champion – October 2005
  • CYON MSL 3rd place – October – January 2006
  • Shinhan OSL Champion – December 2005 – March 2006
  • World Cyber Games 2006 Champion – October 2006
  • Second player to win 3 MSLs, along with NaDa.

His streaks versus Zerg are particularly notable.

Record: 79 wins – 37 losses (68.10%)

Best Streak: 27 wins Worst Streak: 4 losses Current Streak: 1 win

Overall Record:

  • All: 228–143 (61.46%)
  • vT: 82–62 (56.94%)
  • vZ: 79–37 (68.10%)
  • vP: 67–44 (60.36%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TLPD - Player Information - iloveoov". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Iloveoov... Oov?
  4. ^ Bisu to SKT1, Oov Retires
  5. ^ iloveoov coming back as "playing-coach"

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