Lee Young-ho at 2012 Korea e-Sports Awards, on March 2, 2013
|Born||5 July 1992|
|Hometown||Daejeon, South Korea|
|Nickname(s)||Flash, By.FlaSh, Final Boss|
|League||Starleague, MSL, Proleague, GSL, MLG|
|2007 - 2015||KT Rolster|
|Representing South Korea|
|World Cyber Games|
|2010 United States||StarCraft: Brood War|
|Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games|
|2009 Vietnam||StarCraft: Brood War|
|2013 South Korea||StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm|
Lee Young-ho (born 5 July 1992 이영호) is a South Korean StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II player who played Terran for the Korean pro-gaming team KT Rolster under the alias By.FlaSh or simply Flash. He made his debut as a StarCraft: Brood War player in 2007 and retired on December 19, 2015. Lee began playing StarCraft II competitively in 2011, until his retirement in December 2015. He subsequently returned to playing Starcraft: Brood War, and started his personal broadcast in February 2016 on the AfreecaTV personal broadcasting platform. Since returning to Brood War, Lee has won first place in Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 8 of the Afreeca Starleague. As of 2020, he is still broadcasting personal broadcasts.
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Lee joined KT Rolster in 2007 at the age of 14. He quickly established himself as a top player, carrying KT in the Proleague team competition and achieving fourth place in the 2007 Daum OnGameNet Starleague. The following year, he won the Bacchus OnGameNet Starleague, becoming the youngest player to win a premier Korean tournament - a record still unbroken. His career arose to new heights in the 2009-10 season, when he reached the finals of seven premier tournaments - every one held that season - and won five. Three of those victories were against Lee Jae-dong, a famous rival of Lee Young-ho and the second-best player of the time. These achievements have cemented him as one of the greatest players of all time.
When he first emerged as a professional gamer, Lee received criticism for his use of gimmicky "rush" strategies. However, he soon developed a versatile and well-rounded play style which revolved around strong mechanics, defensive play, and exemplary late-game army control. Choi Yeon-sung has praised Lee's strategic depth, saying that "there aren't many players who set strategic moves, and in the case of [Lee], I think he's looking about 10 games ahead." Lee is famous for coming back in games where he was at seemingly insurmountable disadvantages by playing defensive and exploiting small mistakes in his opponents' play to regain the advantage.
Lee Young-ho set numerous records in StarCraft: Brood War professional competition. He has both the highest career win-lose ratio and highest peak ELO of any player, at 71.74% and 2443 respectively. He has won six OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) and MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL) tournaments (a record shared by only one other player), and won four of those in twelve months (a record unmatched). He has also won the most games in the Proleague competition and has done so with the highest win-lose ratio of any player.
Lee Young-ho announced his retirement on December 1, 2015. He subsequently returned playing Starcraft: Brood War, and started his personal broadcast in February 2016 in Afreeca (personal broadcasting platform). Lee would go on to win the Afreeca Season 2 Starleague later that year.
In 2017, Lee competed in the Afreeca Season 3 Starleague and won first place.
In 2017, Lee won the ' Golden Trophy ' for three straight seasons in ASL alone. At the Olympic Stadium in Hanyang University, Seongdong-gu, Seoul on Friday, Lee defeated Cho Il-jang at 3:1 in the final match of KT GiGA Internet Afreeca Star League (ASL) season 4. He won the championship three times in a row. Lee won a substantial amount of money by achieving a milestone that he failed to make during his career as a professional gamer. Lee Young-ho hit the 100 million won accumulated in ASL alone.
In 2018, in the finals of the "Olleh TV Afreeca TV Star League (ASL) Season 6", Lee was defeated by Kim Jung-woo (Effort). Kim Jung-woo also won in OSL finals against Lee Young-ho (FlaSh) in 2010, in a famous comeback, by 3:2.
In 2019, Lee skipped the 7th season of ASL due to his arm injury. He took longtime break skipping all major tournaments(ASL season7 and all KSL seasons). Fortunately, his arm got better after the break and he competed in the following ASL. In ASL season8, he won his 4th ASL against Jang Yoon-chul(Snow) (4-0).
After his retirement, He played in 7 seasons(1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9) of ASL(Among 9 seasons) and Flash solely won 4 times, with a runner-up and a third place.
- 2007 Daum OnGameNet Starleague - 4th place
- 2008 GomTV Star Invitational - winner
- 2008 Bacchus OnGameNet Starleague - winner
- 2008 Averatec-Intel Classic Season 1 - runner-up
- 2008 Arena MBCGame StarCraft League - 3rd place
- 2009 Averatec-Intel Classic Season 3 - winner
- 2009 EVER OnGameNet Starleague - winner
- 2009 NATE MBCGame StarCraft League - runner-up
- 2010 Korean Air OnGameNet Starleague - runner-up
- 2010 Hana Daetoo MBCGame StarCraft League - winner
- 2010 Bigfile MBCGame StarCraft League - winner
- 2010 Korean Air 2 OnGameNet Starleague - winner
- 2010 World Cyber Games Korea - runner-up
- 2010 World Cyber Games - winner
- 2011 ABC Mart MBCGame StarCraft League - winner
- 2013 MLG Spring Championship - runner Up
- 2014 Starcraft Proleague Finals MVP
- 2014 IEM Season IX - Toronto - winner
- 2014 HomeStory Cup X - runner up
- 2016 Afreeca Starleague Season 2 - winner
- 2017 Afreeca Starleague Season 3 - winner
- 2017 Afreeca Starleague Season 4 - winner
- 2018 Afreeca Starleague Season 6 - runner up
- 2019 Afreeca Starleague Season 8 - winner
- 2020 Afreeca Starleague Season 9 - 3rd place
- Shinhan Bank Proleague 2008: 5th
- Shinhan Bank Proleague 08-09: 7th
- Shinhan Bank Proleague 09-10: 1st
- Shinhan Bank Proleague 10-11: 1st
- SK Planet Proleague 11-12 Season 1: 2nd
- 2014 SK Telecom Proleague: 1st
- 2007: Rookie of the Year
- 2007: Best Player - Terran
- 2008: Best Player - Terran
- 2009: Best Player - Terran
- 2010: Player of the Year
- 2011: Player of the Year
- 2014: Proleague Finals MVP
StarCraft: Brood War
Records as of February 7, 2013; statistics are according to the TeamLiquid Progaming Database.
Records as of November 19, 2015; statistics are according to the Aligulac Database.
Most consecutive wins against Terran: 22 consecutive wins
- 2009.05.10 - vs Skyhigh (SPL 08-09 4R)
- 2009.05.13 - vs Notice (SPL 08-09 4R)
- 2009.05.23 - vs Fantasy (SPL 08-09 4R)
- 2009.06.06 - vs Leta (SPL 08-09 5R)
- 2009.06.09 - vs Mvp (SPL 08-09 5R)
- 2009.06.15 - vs Iris (SPL 08-09 5R)
- 2009.06.20 - vs go.go (Avalon MSL)
- 2009.06.20 - vs Canata (Avalon MSL)
- 2009.06.24 - vs Classic (SPL 08-09 5R)
- 2009.06.30 - vs Firebathero (SPL 08-09 5R)
- 2009.10.10 - vs Seiya (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.10.20 - vs Firebathero (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.10.28 - vs Hiya (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.11.09 - vs Fantasy (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.11.21 - vs Ruby (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.11.24 - vs Mind (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.12.01 - vs Cuteangel (SPL 09-10 1R)
- 2009.12.09 - vs Hiya (SPL 09-10 2R)
- 2009.12.14 - vs Sea (SPL 09-10 2R)
- 2009.12.19 - vs Adamas (SPL 09-10 2R)
- 2009.12.22 - vs Mind (SPL 09-10 2R)
- 2010.01.04 - vs Firebathero (SPL 09-10 2R)
Flash also holds the longest winning streak for TvP (12 wins) in sanctioned games.
- Flash on e-Sports Earnings
- Flash on Liquipedia
- Flash on Sc2 Liquipedia
- Flash on Twitch
- Flash on Afreecatv
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- Jaedong takes KeSPA "player of the year"
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- "포모스". Fomos.kr. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-05-29.