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YellOwStaR

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Background Information
Name: Bora Kim
Team: Fnatic
Alternate IDs: NerfGun5 (NA), FnaticYellOwStaR, SK YellOwStaR, aAa YellOwStaR, M YellOwStaR
Nicknames: Yellow
Country: France France
Birthday: February 15, 1992 (1992-02-15) (age 22)
Peak League: DiamondLeague.png Diamond III (NA)
Peak League: DiamondLeague.png Diamond I (EUW)
Role: Support
Livestream: Twitch.tv
Facebook: Facebook Fanpage
Twitter:
Favorite champions:    
Team History
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011Aaalogo std.png against All authority
Jun 2011 - Oct 2011Milllogo std.png Millenium
Nov 2011 - Nov 2011Logo std2.png Nice Work Dude
Nov 2011 - May 2012Aaalogo std.png against All authority
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012Milllogo std.png Millenium
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012Sklogo std.png SK Gaming
Jan 2013 - PresentFnaticlogo std.png Fnatic
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Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim is the support for Fnatic.

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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

Bora became a professional in the scene by being picked up to play for eSports organization, Against All Authority in September 2010. They were able to compete and make a better name for themselves at the IEM Season V - LoL Invitational in Germany, placing 2nd after losing to team MyRevenge. His team then went on to play at the biggest event at 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, winning over Team gamed!de. In the semifinals, YellOwStaR fought against the American powerhouse Team SoloMid, and were able to best the US players to go on to the winner finals bracket. Facing off against the former familiar lineup of MyRevenge, now Fnatic, aAa were unable take 1st, losing 2-0. They then went up again versus Team SoloMid to determine 2nd place and repeated winning over the American team, taking silver in the tournament.

Pre Season 2

After the championship, Bora with his teammates left aAa to join new team Millenium. He played in few major tournaments, such as IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne where they played 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 while falling to Moscow Five and Dignitas. As they were unable to reach top two in their respective group, aAa was eliminated after 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 the 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 for YellOwStar and his bot lane support partner, nRated to leave aAa and rejoin 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 Bora 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 with 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 $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. Bora and his team were unable to take a game in the set going, 2-0 but still placed 2nd and granted a spot for a 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 a 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 teammate, nRated and sOAZ. In January 2013, his new team had a chance to participate in Riot's new competitive league for upcoming Season 3 for NA and EU, the Riot League Championship Series, but had to play for a spot at the Season 3 Europe Offline Qualifier; which he actually qualified to already play when in 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. Bora 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 playstyle, winning 2-1 vs Evil Geniuses, placing themselves in the finals against other favorite, Gambit Gaming. In a close set of games, Fnatic were able to best the Russians, winning 3-2 and the $50,000 1st prize.

YellOwStaR qualified to the Season 3 World Championship with his team Fnatic, finishing 1st in the Summer Playoffs.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Played 300 games as  Twitch early in his career and climbed the ladder with that champion.
  • Has led sOAZ into playing League of Legends competitively.
  • Replaced Rekkles during the Season 3 LCS pre-season.
  • Has qualified for the World Championship for all seasons under different teams every time.[4] The teams are Against All Authority, SK Gaming and Fnatic.
  • 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. A clip of the arrow is recorded and can be seen on youtube by clicking here
  • Won the French Warcraft 3 ESWC finals in 2009. He faced Stephano, later also a professional StarCraft II player, in the final games.
  • His drive to be the best at everything he partakes in drives him.
  • 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.
  • One of five players to have qualified for all 3 World Championships, along with Dyrus, Reginald, TheOddOne and, Xpecial.
  • YellOwStaR's main account has been banned for 14 days for elo boosting along with other pro players such as Cowtard, Jimbz, NeeGodbro, Nono and ViRtU4l.[5]
  • Known for great performance while playing  Leona after he switched to support.

LCS Statistics

    Champion Pick Statistic for the LCS Spring 2014 Season
    Champion Picks Wins Losses Win %
     Morgana 5 4 1 80
     Leona 4 1 3 25
     Annie 4 3 1 75
     Thresh 4 1 3 25
     Lulu 2 1 1 50
     Karma 1 1 0 100
     Alistar 1 0 1 0
     Nunu 1 1 0 100

Achievements

2014
Date Event Result
2014-04-17 LCS Europe Season 4 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
2013
Date Event Result
2013-11-24 IEM Season VIII - Cologne Silver.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 0 : 2 GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming
2013-09-28 Season 3 World Championship SF.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 1 : 3 RoyalClubLogo std.png Royal Club
2013-08-25 LCS Europe Season 3 Summer Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 3 : 1 Lemondogslogo std.png Lemondogs
2013-04-28 LCS Europe Season 3 Spring Playoffs Gold.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 3 : 2 GambitLogo std.png Gambit Gaming
2013-01-20 IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice SF.png Fnatic Fnaticlogo std.png 1 : 2 Azblogo std.png Azubu Blaze
2011-2012
Date Event Result
2012-11-04 ASUS ROG Paris Games Week 2012 Gold.png Fnatic MIXFnaticlogo std.png  2 : 0 Gsulogo std.png GSU Gaming
2012-08-19 Season Two Regional Finals Silver.png SK Gaming Sklogo std.png 0 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five
2012-07-29 European Challenger Circuit: Poland Bronze.png SK Gaming Sklogo std.png 2 : 1 Crslogo std.png Team Curse Europe
2012-05-16 Corsair Vengeance Cup Bronze.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 0 : 2 M5logo std.png Moscow Five
2012-04-01 Absolute Pro League: March Silver.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 1 : 2 CLGlogo2 std.png CLG Europe
2012-03-17 HeartoWin Cup Gold.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 2 : 0 Allogo std.png Absolute Legends
2012-03-10 IEM Season VI - World Championship Copper.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 1 : 2 Clglogo std.png Counter Logic Gaming
2011-06-20 Riot Season 1 Championship Silver.png against All authority Aaalogo std.png 1 : 2 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic

Interviews

2011

2012

2013

2014

Gallery

References

  1. Psyko's Blog - Millenium.org
  2. Psyko's Blog - Millenium.org
  3. Interview - teamaaa.com
  4. Yellowstar has played all three World Championship with three different teams - Reddit (information spotter post)
  5. LCS Competition Rulings: EU Elo-Boosters forums.euw.leagueoflegends.com