Starcraft legend wins final event before entering military service - Dexerto

Starcraft legend wins final event before entering military service

Published: 2/Sep/2019 3:11 Updated: 2/Sep/2019 3:31

by Isaac McIntyre


Legendary Starcraft champion Lee ‘Flash’ Young-ho has finished off his career in style, winning his fourth Afreeca Starleague in seven years before retiring from the scene due to mandatory South Korean military service.

The 27-year-old had previously won three Starleague titles in a row between Seasons 2-4. In his last year on the Starcraft circuit, Flash claimed his fourth with a 4-0 victory over Jang ‘Snow’ Yoon Chul in the grand final.

Korea’s famous Terran player entered Season 8 through the Seoul qualifiers, before earning his place in the top 8 with 2-1 and 2-0 group stages. He bested Lee ‘Light’ Jae-ho 2-1 in the quarter-finals, before rolling over Jung ‘Rain’ Yoon Jong 3-0 in the semi-final.

Flash boasts a long and storied career in the Starcraft scene. The veteran star first burst onto the scene as a prodigious 14-year-old, becoming the youngest player to reach an OSL semi-final at the 2007 tournament.

He truly arrived a year later, however, ousting Song ‘Stork’ Byung Goo 3-0 during the 2008 Bacchus OSL final and earning himself more than $32,000USD in prize money. The clean-sweep win was one of the fastest finals victories of all time.

IEMFlash is known as one of the greatest Starcraft players of all time.

Flash has well and truly cemented his legacy in the Starcraft scene. He has earned titles like “God” and “Final Boss” within the community, and was appointed one of the best of all time with the title of ‘bonjwa’ for his domination during the late 2000s.

During his period of dominance, Flash recorded a historic Elo peak in the 2400s, and is one of just two players to have been awarded both the Golden Mouse for winning three OnGameNet Starleague championships, and the Golden Badge for winning three MSLs.

ESLFlash claimed his fourth Starleague title in his final tournament.

Representing KT Rolster for most of his Starcraft career, Flash claimed more than $400,000USD in prize money since his first victories in 2007.

This is the second time Flash has retired from the professional scene, after the fifth bonjwa called time on his competitive story in 2015. After spending some time streaming, the Terran player returned to the circuit in 2016.

There has been no confirmation from Flash about his post-service career in Starcraft, but with five weeks of boot camp and two years of time in the military ahead of him, he has plenty of time to decide whether he wants to return to the popular RTS title in the future.


FaZe Clan announce top 20 finalists for FaZe5 & what’s coming next

Published: 29/Nov/2020 19:47 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 20:01

by Albert Petrosyan


The search for the next batch of FaZe 5 winners has dwindled down to just 20 finalists, which were unveiled by FaZe Clan on November 29 along with what’s happening next in the process.

Due to its rarity and prestige, FaZe5 always draws a lot of interest as it gives those aspiring to make a career out of gaming a chance to join the world’s biggest esports organization.

Tens of thousands of fans submitted tons of content during the competition’s open entry period, but only 100 survived the first cut when it was announced back on October 23.

Now, that list is being slashed again, down to just 20 – and all of the details about it can be found below:

FaZe 5 top-20 finalists

FaZe Clan have confirmed that the full list of the 20 finalists will be revealed on Sunday, November 29, at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.

How was the top-20 determined?

There are obviously a lot of factors that go into deciding who gets to move onto the next phase of FaZe5, including in-game skill, mastery of craft, ability to entertain, and wow-factor.

Following the top-100 announcement, those who advanced were given specific challenges to complete, including things like sending in something different than the original submission and making a ‘day in the life’ video.

They were also required to put forth an example of how they’d promote G FUEL, since all five winners will receive a sponsorship with the brand. That was followed by a collaborative challenge, one that paired up similar participants and required them to submit a single piece of content featuring them both in some way.

FaZe Clan Nissan partnership for FaZe 5
Nissan USA
Due to their partnership with Nissan, FaZe Clan are giving one FaZe5 winner a Kicks SUV!

What’s next in FaZe 5?

Now that the top-20 has been announced, the next step is for them to complete another series of challenges in order to help the org decide who will be crowned a winner.

As things stand, there will not be another in-between cutoff from now until the winners get revealed, so whatever these 20 finalists get asked to do will hold a lot of weight in determining who survives the final stage.

Here’s a reminder of what’s on the line:

  • Nissan Kicks SUV (only for first-place)
  • $20,000 signing bonus
  • G FUEL endorsement contract for 3-6 months

FaZe have not yet announced when the five victors will be announced, but if they follow the previous FaZe5, there will be an individual video released for each winner – one per day until all five are made public.