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Flash

Lee Young-ho

Hangul 이영호
Hanja 李泳浩
Revised Romanization I Yeong-ho
McCune–Reischauer Yi Yŏng-ho
Lee Young-Ho at 2012 Korea e-Sports Awards from acrofan.jpg
Lee Young-ho at 2012 Korea e-Sports Awards, on March 2, 2013
Status Active
Born (1992-07-05) 5 July 1992 (age 24)
Hometown Daejeon, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Role Terran
League Starleague, MSL, Proleague, GSL, MLG
Nickname(s) Flash, By.FlaSh, Final Boss
Professional career
2007 - 2015 KT Rolster

Lee Young-ho (born 5 July 1992 이영호) is a South Korean retired StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty player who played under the alias By.FlaSh or simply Flash. For his entire career, Lee Young-ho played for the Korean pro-gaming team KT Rolster. He retired in December 2015. He subsequently returned playing Starcraft: Brood War, and started his personal broadcast in February 2016 on the AfreecaTV personal broadcasting platform).[1]

Career[edit]

Lee joined KT Rolster in 2007 at the age of 14.[2] 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.[3] The following year, he won the Bacchus OnGameNet Starleague,[3] 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.[4]

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."[5] 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.[6]

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%[7] and 2443[8] 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).[4] He has also won the most number of games in the Proleague competition and has done so with the highest win-lose ratio of any player.[9]

Lee Young-ho announced his retirement on December 1, 2015.[10] He subsequently returned playing Starcraft: Brood War, and started his personal broadcast in February 2016 in Afreeca (personal broadcasting platform).[1] Lee would go on to win the Afreeca Season 2 Starleague later that year.

Accomplishments[edit]

Flash with the Bacchus OSL Trophy
Flash kissing the 2010 Korean Air Starleague trophy.

Individual[edit]

  • 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 IEM Season IX - Toronto - winner
  • 2014 HomeStory Cup X - runner up
  • 2016 Afreeca Starleague Season 2 - winner
Place Year Event/League Opponent
1st
2016
Afreeca Starleague Season 2
Sea (T)
2nd
2014
HomeStory Cup X
PartinG (P)
1st
2014
IEM Season IX - Toronto
Zest (P)
2nd
2013
MLG Pro Circuit Winter Championship
Life (Z)
1st
2011
ABC Mart MBCGame StarCraft League
ZerO (Z)
1st
2010
World Cyber Games 2010
Kal (P)
1st
2010
Korean Air 2 OnGameNet Starleague
Jaedong (Z)
1st
2010
Bigfile MBCGame StarCraft League
Jaedong (Z)
1st
2010
Hana Daetoo MBCGame StarCraft League
Jaedong (Z)
2nd
2010
Korean Air OnGameNet Starleague
EffOrt (Z)
2nd
2009
NATE MBCGame StarCraft League
Jaedong (Z)
1st
2009
EVER OnGameNet Starleague
Movie (P)
1st
2009
Averatec-Intel Classic Season 3
Iris (T)
2nd
2008
Averatec-Intel Classic Season 1
Jaedong (Z)
1st
2008
Bacchus OnGameNet Starleague
Stork (P)
1st
2008
XNote GOMTV Star Invitational
Stork (P)

KT Rolster[edit]

  • Shinhan Bank Proleague 2008: 5th
  • Shinhan Bank Proleague 08-09: 7th
  • Shinhan Bank Proleague 09-10: 1st[11]
  • Shinhan Bank Proleague 10-11: 1st
  • SK Planet Proleague 11-12 Season 1: 2nd
  • 2014 SK Telecom Proleague: 1st

KeSPA awards[edit]

  • 2007: Rookie of the Year
  • 2007: Best Player - Terran[12]
  • 2008: Best Player - Terran
  • 2009: Best Player - Terran
  • 2010: Player of the Year
  • 2011: Player of the Year
  • 2014: Proleague Finals MVP

Statistics[edit]

StarCraft: Brood War[edit]

Games Record Ratio
vs. Terran 231 168–63 72.73%
vs. Zerg 246 176–70 71.54%
vs. Protoss 224 154–70 68.75%
Total 701 498–203 71.04%

Records as of February 7, 2013; statistics are according to the TeamLiquid Progaming Database.[13]

StarCraft II[edit]

Games Record Ratio
vs. Terran 174 119–55 68.39%
vs. Zerg 237 149–88 62.87%
vs. Protoss 263 160–103 60.84%
Total 674 428–246 63.50%

Records as of June 23, 2015; statistics are according to the Aligulac Database.[14]

Records[edit]

Most consecutive wins against Terran: 22 consecutive wins[15]

  • 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.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kim, Hong-je (2016-02-14). "Lee young ho will start his personal broadcasting by Afreeca Platform.". 
  2. ^ "Esport Index Starcraft: Brood War/Starcraft 2 player: Young ho 'Flash' Lee". SK Gaming. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
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  10. ^ "'택뱅리쌍' 시대에 마침표 찍은 이영호의 은퇴" (in Korean). December 1, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Yong-Man, Gwong (8 August 2010). "[취재] 신한은행 프로리그 09-10 결승전". Acrofan. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  12. ^ Jaedong takes KeSPA "player of the year"
  13. ^ "TLPD for Flash". Teamliquid.net. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Aligulac for Flash". Aligulac. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ "포모스". Fomos.kr. Retrieved 2010-05-29.