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YellOwStaR
Yellowstar.jpg
Background Information
Name: Bora Kim
Country of Birth: France France
Birthday: February 15, 1992 (1992-02-15) (age 24)
Team: Fnatic
Role: Support
League Information
Most Played:
 
 
Peak League: ChallengerTier.png Challenger (EUW)
Peak League: DiamondLeague.png Diamond (KR)
Alternate IDs: NerfGun5 (NA), FnaticYellOwStaR
roro1
yellowStar1 (NA)
miKarob (KR)
Social Media Links
Livestream: Twitch
Facebook: Facebook Fanpage
Twitter: @FnaticYellOwStR
Team History
Sep 2010 - Jun 2011
against All authority
Jun 2011 - Oct 2011
Millenium
Nov 2011 - Nov 2011
Nice Work Dude
Nov 2011 - May 2012
against All authority
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Millenium
Jul 2012 - Dec 2012
SK Gaming
Jan 2013 - Dec 2015
Fnatic
Dec 2015 - May 2016
Team SoloMid
May 2016 - Present
Fnatic
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Overview   Champion Statistics   Match History    


Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim is the Support for Fnatic.

Current Statistics

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Biography

YellOwStaR's first gaming experience started at a very early stage in his life; he was only two years old when he first played on the Megadrive. At an age of 8, he switched to PC gaming and, upon playing StarCraft for the first time, he was 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 the Night Elf mid-way through his WC3 career.[2] In 2009, he was introduced to League of Legends by his brother and has been sticking to this ever since.[3]

Bora “Yellowstar” Kim is a veteran of the professional eSports scene, and was a former AD carry that switched to the support role. While many of his peers have ridden off into the sunset of retirement, Yellowstar carries on, driven by an unquenchable desire to be the best in the world. Considering the fact that he has competed at every World Championship this far, it seems his drive is serving him well. And now he is bringing that drive to TSM and the NA LCS.

So what does a wizened pro do for your team? What is it about Yellowstar that has TSM fans so excited? Yellowstar's impact is so widespread that it is almost hard to measure. With Fnatic, he was the intelligent director of the symphony. He was a leader in-game and out, molding his teammates into a focused fighting force. He graciously absorbed criticism in defeat, while passing on the glory in victory. He remained optimistic in the face of overwhelming odds, and kept spirits high after crushing defeats. In 2015, he was awarded the EU LCS Summer Split MVP for leading his former comrades into the record books with a perfect 18W-0L season. He followed it up with a Semifinal spot at the 2015 World Championship.

With this star on board, TSM's future looks bright.

League of Legends Career

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 beat 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 and his teammates left aAa to join a new team, Millenium. He played in few major tournaments, such as IEM Season VI - Global Challenge Cologne where they placed 4th. However after a while, they had 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 organisation, 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. However, they were able to beat 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, which was held in Cologne, Germany. The top 3 placing teams would be flown to Los Angeles for the Season 2 World Championship for a chance to win a $1,000,000 grand prize. SK went undefeated with 4-0, beating Team Acer Poland and CLG Europe, and thus winning a spot in the finals. 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 Carry, 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 play already when he was in SK Gaming. After fighting out on the group stage and heading on into the quarterfinals, the new crew were able to beat MeetYourMakers with 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 favourite in the playoffs, the team showed their consistent strong play style, winning 2-1 vs Evil Geniuses, placing themselves in the finals against other favourite, 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. Fnatic ended up 3/4th place in the Season 3 World Championship.

Season 4

Fnatic did not make many roster changes, and joined the Spring Split strongly with a 17-11 record. They were only being one game behind SK gaming, who would take first in the regular split. Fnatic had beaten Alliance 2-1 in the semi's, and SK with 3-1 to take first in the Spring Split. The only downside coming in the Summer would be the rise of Alliance. The Summer Split would end similarly with FNC in second in the regular split behind Alliance with a 19-9 record to ALL 21-7 record, but this time around FNC could not make it to win the split for the 4th time in a row Beating Roccat in the SemiFinals and falling to All in the Finals 1-3 FNC would go into worlds as EU's Second Seed for the first time. Fnatic would be in group C, which is arguably the second hardest group behind group A. They would tie LMQ in their group with a record of 2-4, being the first time that FNC has attended the Worlds and did not make it out of groups. Despite the group system being slightly different. after this Season Rumors of Star ADC Rekkles going to EL Formally Alliance and Xpeke making his own team and Cyanide Retireing would make YellOwStaR the only man left on the roster to rebuild.

Season 5

YellOwStaR is known for rebuilding the Fnatic line up, with a ex-poker player Deilor stepping in as head coach, and the buy-out of EU Rookie Superstar Febiven from H2K. The line up was rounded out with LCS Rookies in SteelB4ck, and with two of the four Koreans Huni and Reignover coming the Europe, the line up was said to be much weaker than the previous and would therefore struggle. However to everyone's surprise, Fnatic came out strong and were placed second in the regular Split with a 13-5 record, only being two games behind of SK with a 15-3 record. In the closest best of five games in EU Playoffs, Fnatic beat H2K by 3-2 in the semi-finals, and found themselves against the underdogs UOL, who also 3-2 favourites SK Gaming. In the Finals of best of 5, Fnatic came out on top and had earned a trip to the first MSI. At MSI, Fnatic found themselves going 2-3 in the group stage, losing from SKT, EDG, and AHQ; which are all the three teams who also made it out of groups. The most surprising thing of all is that Fnatic would push MSI Favorites to a game five where they unfortunately lost. With everything looking up for FNC, there was not much of a weakness, besides the rookie ADC Steelb4ck. With rumours of Rekkles wanting his spot back in Fnatic, FNC benched Steelb4ack for their ex-ADC star With that complete "Dream Team", FNC would go an amazing 18-0 in the Summer Split and not doping a game until the finals against OG (season 3 FNC members XPeke and Soaz), where FNC would win 3-2 and secure the number one seed from EU in the 2015 World Championship. FNC would have another amazing run in the Worlds and had the best Record of 4-2 in group B, win with 3-0 MSI Champions against EDG in the quarter finals, and move on to face KOO in the Semi's. Unfortunately they lost with 3-0, however still making it to the semi's is an accomplishment in itself. After the Worlds, Huni and Reignover wanting to go to NA for more money and being true to YellOwStaR, had left the team as well to join Team Solo Mid in NA for new life experiences.

Season 6

On December 1st, 2015, YellOwStaR had made the announcement that he would leave team Fnatic, which he had been part of for three years. He then joined Team SoloMid in North-America, alongside Doublelift, Bjergsen, Svenskeren and Hauntzer.

For TSM, the beginning of the NA LCS Season started a bit difficult, with only a win rate of 50% in the first three weeks. Despite the fact that it was not going great, they still had been invited to IEM Katowice in March 2016 and finished third there. Continuing the NA LCS Season, the team was still facing some struggles. Therefore, they consulted a sports psychologist before the playoffs, and made significant improvements as a team after that. They beat Cloud9 easily by 3-1 in the quarterfinals, and Immortals by 3-0 in the semi-finals. However, they lost the finals to Counter Logic Gaming with 3-2, and finished second place in the Split. At the end of the Split, YellOwStaR left TSM and rejoined Fnatic.

Trivia

  • The name YellOwStaR is a nod to the legendary Starcraft player YellOw
  • 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.
  • Qualified for the first three World Championships under different teams every time.[4] The teams were 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 the 2 players who qualified for all 5 World Championships. The other player is Dyrus.[5]
  • YellOwStaR's main account was been banned for 14 days for elo boosting along with other pro players such as Cowtard, Jimbz, NeeGodbro, Nono and ViRtU4l.[6]
  • Known for great performance while playing
    Leona
    after he switched to support.
  • Has been credited with rebuilding the Fnatic roster after the departure of Soaz, Xpeke, Cyanide & Rekkles.
  • Has played in all LCS EU splits under the banner of Fnatic.
  • Highly credited by many as an example of a healthy lifestyle, due to his substantial change after season 3.
  • Is currently on his 7th straight Finals appearance. (6 with Fnatic and 1 with Team SoloMid).

Achievements

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2016-04-17 NA LCS.png 2016 NA LCS Spring Playoffs Silver.png
2 : 3
2016-03-06 Esltumbnail.png IEM X World Championship SF.png
0 : 2

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2015-10-25 Worlds Logosmall.png 2015 World Championship SF.png
0 : 3
2015-08-23 EU LCS.png 2015 EU LCS Summer Gold.png
3 : 2
2015-05-09 MSI2015.png 2015 Mid-Season Invitational SF.png
2 : 3
2015-04-19 EU LCS.png 2015 EU LCS Spring Gold.png
3 : 2

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2014-08-17 EU LCS.png 2014 EU LCS Summer Silver.png
1 : 3
2014-04-17 EU LCS.png 2014 EU LCS Spring Gold.png
3 : 1
2014-03-16 Esltumbnail.png IEM Season VIII - World Championship Silver.png
0 : 3

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2013-11-24 Esltumbnail.png IEM Season VIII - Cologne Silver.png
0 : 2
2013-09-28 RpPoints.png Season 3 World Championship SF.png
1 : 3
2013-08-25 EU LCS.png Season 3 EU LCS Summer Gold.png
3 : 1
2013-04-28 EU LCS.png Season 3 EU LCS Spring Gold.png
3 : 2
2013-01-20 Esltumbnail.png IEM Season VII - Global Challenge Katowice SF.png
1 : 2

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2012-11-04 ASUSROG2015.png ASUS ROG Paris Games Week 2012 Gold.png
2 : 0
2012-08-19 RpPoints.png Season Two Regional Finals Silver.png
0 : 2
2012-07-29 European Challenger Circuit: Poland Bronze.png
2 : 1
2012-05-16 Corsair Logosmall.png Corsair Vengeance Cup Bronze.png
0 : 2
2012-04-01 Absolute Pro League: March Silver.png
1 : 2
2012-03-17 HeartoWin Cup Gold.png
2 : 0
2012-03-10 Esltumbnail.png IEM Season VI - World Championship Copper.png
1 : 2

Team Achievements
Date Event Results
2011-06-20 RpPoints.png Riot Season 1 Championship Silver.png
1 : 2

Individual Awards
Date Event Award Team
2015-08-23 EU LCS.png 2015 EU LCS Summer Split MVP
2015-08-19 EU LCS.png 2015 EU LCS Summer All-Pro Team - Support

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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. LoL Esports Trivia twitter.com
  6. LCS Competition Rulings: EU Elo-Boosters forums.euw.leagueoflegends.com