YellOwStaR

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YellOwStaR
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Background Information
Name: Bora Kim
Country of Birth: France France
Birthday: February 15, 1992 (1992-02-15) (age 25)
Residency: News Label - Europe.png Europe
Competitive
Team: Paris Saint-Germain eSports
Role: Unknown
Previous Roles: AD, Top
Favorite champions:
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Alternate IDs: FnaticYellOwStaR, SK YellOwStaR, aAa YellOwStaR, M YellOwStaR, yellowStar1 (NA)
Nicknames: Yellow
Peak League:
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Challenger I (NA)
Peak League:
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Challenger I (EU)
Peak League:
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Master I (KR)
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Team History
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Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
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 against All authority
Jun 2011 - Oct 2011
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 Millenium
Nov 2011 - Nov 2011
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 Nice Work Dude
Nov 2011 - May 2012
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 against All authority
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
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 Millenium
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
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 SK Gaming
Jan 2013 - Jul 2013
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 Fnatic
Jul 2013 - Dec 2015
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 Fnatic
Dec 2015 - May 2016
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 Team SoloMid
May 2016 - Oct 2016
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 Fnatic
Oct 2016 - Present
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 Paris Saint-Germain eSports
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Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim Unknown for Paris Saint-Germain eSports.

Biography

YellOwStaR's first gaming experience came at a very early age; he was two years old when he played on the Megadrive. At 8 years of age, he transitioned into PC gaming and, upon playing StarCraft for the first time, stuck to the RTS genre.[1] In 2002, he switched to WarCraft 3 due to his brother's insistence. It took him 3 years to step into WC3's competitive scene and make a name for himself under the monikers Unlucky, Power and Psyko. He started off as an Undead player but changed to Night Elf mid-way through his WC3 career.[2] In 2009, he was introduced to League of Legends by his brother and has stuck to it ever since.[3]

Season 1

YellOwStaR became a professional in the scene after being picked up to play for eSports organization, Against All Authority in September 2010. They were able to compete and make a name for themselves at the IEM Season V - LoL Invitational in Germany, placing 2nd after losing to team MyRevenge. YellOwStaR and his team then went on to play at the biggest event of the time, the Riot Season 1 Championship in June 2011. They were able to make it out of groups after a relegation match to advance, beating Team gamed!de. In the semifinals, YellOwStaR and aAa fought against the American powerhouse Team SoloMid, and were able to best the US players and advance to the winner finals bracket. Facing off against the familiar lineup of MyRevenge, now called Fnatic, aAa were unable take 1st, losing 2-0. They then went up again, against Team SoloMid to determine 2nd place, where they again defeated the American team, taking silver in the tournament.

Pre Season 2

After the championship, YellOwStaR with several of his teammates left aAa to join the new team Millenium. He played in few major tournaments, such as IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne where they placed 4th, but left the team to rejoin a reformed aAa.

Season 2

YellOwStaR's team played in IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Kiev January 2011. At this event, against All authority would place third in Group B, going 1-2 by defeating Sypher, then falling to Moscow Five and Dignitas. As they were unable to reach top two in their respective group, aAa was eliminated after the group stage, going home with a 5th-6th place finish. Their next premier tournament performance occurred at the IEM Season VI - World Championship, where they would make it out of the group stage, to win against SK Gaming then lose versus American teams Team Dignitas and Counter Logic Gaming, eventually taking 4th at the event. Tension and rocky performances at tournaments in the months after, led to YellOwStar and his bot lane support partner, nRated, leaving aAa and rejoining Millenium in June 2012 for a test period. The bot lane for the team was short lived as both players decided to leave the team after their testing period was due, with YellOwStaR going to play for long established European organization, SK Gaming.

His first event with the team was European Challenger Circuit: Poland where they made it past groups, but lost their match against CLG Europe but were able to best Team Curse EU to achieve 3rd in the tournament. YellOwStaR and his team were granted a huge opportunity to play in the Season Two Regional Finals held in Cologne where the top 3 placing teams would be flown to Los Angeles for the Season 2 World Championship for a chance to play for a $1,000,000 grand prize. SK went an undefeated 4-0, winning a spot in the finals, besting Team Acer Poland and CLG Europe. They faced the fairly new team Moscow Five who had been dominant in tournaments since emergence. YellOwStaR and his team were unable to take a game in the set, ending 2-0, but still placed 2nd overall and earned a spot for the trip to Los Angeles.

The Season 2 World Championship was held in October of 2012. The event proved to be a disappointment for YellOwStar and company, as they went a winless 0-3 in groups, going home with an 11th-12th placing.

Pre Season 3

After finding success with SK, YellOwStaR departed the team in December 2012 and was quickly picked up by Fnatic as their AD, reuniting with old teammates, nRated and sOAZ. In January 2013, his new team had a chance to participate in Riot's new competitive league for the upcoming Season 3 for NA and EU, the Riot League Championship Series, but they had to play for a spot at the Season 3 Europe Offline Qualifier; which he actually had already qualified to play in, when he was with SK Gaming. Fighting out of the group stage and into the quarterfinals, the new crew were able to best MeetYourMakers in a 2-0 set, to win a spot in the league and the chance to be part of an extremely important, successful project in League of Legends.

Season 3

With the North American and European community extremely excited for the amped up events of LCS, Season 3 began with Riot's new league of a 10 week series with the continent's best teams playing against another. Fnatic became the most consistently powerful team throughout the series, with YellOwStaR and nRated being their formidable bot lane; the team ended the 10 weeks on top with a intimidating record of 22-6. YellOwStaR and comrades had automatically reclaimed their spot in the league for the summer split, when going into the Season 3 Spring Playoffs. Being a favorite in the playoffs, the team showed their consistent strong play-style, winning 2-1 vs Evil Geniuses, and placing themselves in the finals against another favorite, Gambit Gaming. In a close set of games, Fnatic were able to best the Russians, winning 3-2 and claiming the $50,000 1st prize.

YellOwStaR qualified for the Season 3 World Championship with his team Fnatic, finishing 1st in the Summer Playoffs. The World Championship was a success for YellOwStaR and the team, as they finished at the top of their group, beating Cloud9 in the quarterfinals. Fnatic were eventually knocked out by Royal Club in the semifinals, though the team performed well throughout the tournament.

2014 Season

YellOwStaR and Fnatic started off their season at the IEM Season VIII - World Championship. The team finished 2nd, losing to KT Rolster Bullets in the Grand Final.

The Spring Split went relatively well for YellOwStaR and the team. A tight split saw YellOwStaR perform on a range of champions including
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 Morgana,
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 Annie, and
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 Karma in particular. Fnatic ended the split in 2nd place behind SK Gaming, securing themselves a place in the Spring Playoffs. The whole team raised their game for the playoffs, and they emerged victorious after a win against Alliance in their semifinal matchup, and another against SK Gaming in the Grand Final.

Due to Fnatic's performance in the Spring Playoffs, they had qualified to compete at All-Star Paris 2014, along with other regional winners from around the world. The team made it to the semifinals of the tournament, losing only to the world champions at the time, SK Telecom T1 K.

The start of the Summer Split was shaky for YellOwStaR and the team. Fnatic could not break in to the top 2 until Week 7 of the split, at which point their main rivals Alliance were already a considerable distance ahead of them in the race for 1st place. YellOwStaR managed to impress with his
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 Thresh and
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 Morgana throughout, picking up the Weekly MVP Award for Week 7, but Fnatic could only manage a 2nd place finish. His performances on these champions also contributed to YellOwStaR picking up the MVP Award for the entire split.

The team aimed to put the split behind them and focus on the Summer Playoffs. A close fought win over ROCCAT in the semifinal meant that YellOwStaR and the team would face Alliance in the final. The match ended in defeat for Fnatic, but the playoffs saw the team seal their qualification for the 2014 Season World Championship.

The World Championship saw Fnatic placed in Group C with Samsung Blue, OMG, and LMQ. The team were only able to win 2 matches out of 6 in their group, meaning that they would go no further in the tournament.

2015 Season

After being invited to the tournament, the departures of Rekkles, xPeke and Cyanide meant that Fnatic and YellOwStaR would not be able compete at IEM Cologne.

YellOwStaR and Fnatic's new roster had a successful Spring Split, finishing 2nd in the regular season with a 13-5 record, partly thanks to YellOwStaR's impressive performances on
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 Janna and
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 Annie among other champions. This secured them a bye to the semifinals of the Spring Playoffs. Fnatic beat H2k-Gaming in their semifinal matchup, and went on to secure 1st place after taking a 3-2 win over Unicorns Of Love in the playoff final. This meant that YellOwStaR and the team would pick up 90 Championship Points towards qualification for the 2015 Season World Championship.

This also meant that Fnatic would represent Europe at the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. YellOwStaR and the team had a relatively successful tournament, which they opened with a decisive win over Team SoloMid. The team also had a notably close group stage game with SK Telecom T1, but went on to lose the game. Fnatic finished the group stage in 4th place, meaning they would advance to the bracket stage. They faced SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals, this time playing out a close series, but ultimately losing 3-2.

Now with Rekkles on the roster instead of Steeelback, YellOwStaR and the team went into the Summer Season with confidence running high after their performance on the international stage. Fnatic managed to finish the regular season with a perfect, unbeaten 18-0 record - and became the first team to achieve this in League Championship Series history. This meant a 1st place regular season finish for the team and a bye to the semifinals of the Summer Playoffs. Fnatic went on to win the playoffs, beating Origen 3-2 in a tight final. This qualified the team for the 2015 World Championship, where they would compete as Europe's #1 seed.

At the 2015 World Championship, Fnatic were seeded into Group B along with ahq e-Sports Club, Invictus Gaming, and Cloud9. They picked up 4 wins in the group, going unbeaten in the 2nd week of group stage games, meaning they would advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Fnatic beat EDward Gaming 3-0 before suffering a 3-0 loss to KOO Tigers in the semifinals, putting an end to their campaign.

2016 Preseason

On December 1st 2015, it was announced that YellOwStaR would be leaving Fnatic, after almost three years on the team.[4] He moved to North America and joined Team SoloMid, part of an all-star lineup including himself, Doublelift, Bjergsen, Svenskeren, and Hauntzer.[5]

2016 Season

TSM's NA LCS season started out rocky, with a 50% winrate for the first three weeks. Regardless, they were invited to IEM Katowice in March. There, they dropped their first game to the Korean Challenger team Ever but recovered in the loser's bracket before losing in the semifinals to eventual tournament winners SK Telecom T1 and finishing tied for third place with Royal Never Give Up. After returning to North America, their rocky season continued, and they finished in sixth place, the lowest they'd ever finished in the history of the LCS, with a huge comeback loss to Echo Fox in the last game. Guaranteed to face first-seed Immortals if they were even able to beat Cloud9 in the quarterfinals, TSM seemed poised to have their lowest playoff result in the history of the LCS as well.

However, after signing the well-known sports psychologist Weldon in the break before playoffs, TSM showed significant improvement as a team. They easily defeated Cloud9 3-1 in the quarterfinals and went on to crush Immortals 3-0 in the semifinals, although a lot of their win over Immortals was blamed on surprising draft picks by their opponents, including a top-lane Lucian in Game 1 and no sign of the heavily-in-meta Ekko from either team. In the finals, TSM faced CLG, a matchup with an even more heated rivalry than normal due to Doublelift's team switch prior to the season's start. Ultimately CLG won 3-2, and TSM finished the split in second place, out of reach of the Mid-Season Invitational. YellOwStaR departed the team at the end of the split.[6] He rejoined Fnatic.[7]

Trivia

Career Achievements

  • One of two players to have qualified for all 5 World Championships, along with Dyrus.
  • Competed at the first three World Championships with three different teams - Against All Authority, SK Gaming, and Fnatic.[8]
  • In April 2016, became the first player to qualify for seven LCS finals as well as being the only player to qualify for every single LCS final.

Playstyle

  • Played 300 games as
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     Twitch early in his career and climbed the ladder with that champion
  • Became known for
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  • Known for winning with his famous Ashe arrow at Riot Season 1 Championship, which Phreak dubbed "the most legit arrow of [his] life," overtaking bigfatlp's arrow from WCG 2010. (VoD)

Personal Trivia

  • One of his favorite movies is "Ip Man". He likes the TV shows "Dexter" and "Chuck".
  • His favorite food is his mother's cooking.
  • He looks up to his parents as role models. Another role model would be former "StarCraft: Brood War" player ElkY, who demonstrated that gaming is a viable career path.

Other

  • YellOwStaR is comprised of two parts; the 'star' part is self-explanatory but 'Yellow' is a nod to his Asian origins.
  • He didn't use the Psyko handle he used during his WarCraft III days to remain anonymous during his early days as a League of Legends player.
  • Has led sOAZ into playing League of Legends competitively.
  • Replaced Rekkles during the Season 3 LCS pre-season.
  • Won the French Warcraft 3 ESWC finals in 2009. He faced Stephano, later also a professional StarCraft II player, in the final games.
  • YellOwStaR's main account was banned for 14 days in March 2013 for elo boosting along with other pro players such as Cowtard, Jimbz, NeeGodbro, Nono, and ViRtU4l.[9]

Current Season Statistics

EU LCS 2016 Summer Statistics
C G W L WR K D A KDA CS CSPM G GPM
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11 6 5 54.5 0.27 2.82 10.36 3.77 61.64 1.57 10.87k 276
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9 5 4 55.6 0.56 1.78 8.56 5.13 20.44 0.52 10.39k 265
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8 5 3 62.5 0.25 2 8.88 4.55 28 0.77 9.48k 261
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3 2 1 66.7 0 1 6 6.00 60.33 1.67 9.6k 266
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2 0 2 0 0 4 2.5 0.63 39.5 1.38 6.55k 228
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1 1 0 100 1 0 21 22.00 19 0.64 10.2k 343
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1 0 1 0 0 2 4 2.00 12 0.44 6k 222
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1 0 1 0 1 6 6 1.17 18 0.55 8.7k 266
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1 1 0 100 0 4 17 4.25 60 1.66 10.5k 291
Net: 37 20 17 54.1 0.32 2.32 9 4.01 39.32 1.06 9.9k 268
Click here for full 2016 season statistics.

Achievements

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
2015
Date Event Result
2015-10-25 2015 Season World Championship SF.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 0 : 3 KOOlogo std.png KOO Tigers
2015-08-23 2015 EU LCS Summer Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 3 : 2 Origenlogo std.png Origen
2015-05-09 2015 Mid-Season Invitational SF.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 2 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1
2015-04-19 2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 3 : 2 UOLlogo std.png Unicorns Of Love
2014
Date Event Result
2014-08-17 2014 EU LCS Summer Playoffs Silver.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 1 : 3 Alogo std.png Alliance
2014-05-11 All-Star Paris 2014 SF.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 0 : 2 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 K
2014-04-17 2014 EU LCS Spring Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 3 : 1 Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
2014-03-16 IEM Season VIII - World Championship Silver.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 0 : 3 KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster Bullets
2011
Date Event Result
2011-06-20 Riot Season 1 Championship Silver.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic

Interviews

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011

Vlogs

Articles and Videos

  • 2016
  • 2015

Other Content

  • 2015

Gallery

References

  1. Psyko's Blog - Millenium.org
  2. Psyko's Blog - Millenium.org
  3. Interview - teamaaa.com
  4. Merci, YellOwStaR! fnatic.com
  5. TSM - Doublelift's Search for his Star youtube.com
  6. Au Revoir Yellowstar tsm.gg
  7. California Dreamin' youtube.com
  8. Yellowstar has played all three World Championship with three different teams - Reddit (information spotter post)
  9. LCS Competition Rulings: EU Elo-Boosters forums.euw.leagueoflegends.com


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