|COUNTRY OF BIRTH:||France|
|BIRTHDAY:||February 15, 1992|
|ROLE:||Head of Esports|
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Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim is the Head of Esports for Paris Saint-Germain.
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. 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. In 2009, he was introduced to League of Legends by his brother and has been sticking to this ever since.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After another split with Fnatic, YellOwStaR announced on October 19th that he will be retiring from competitive play. The following day, it was also announced that he joined Paris Saint-Germain as their Head of Esports.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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).
|2012-11-04||ASUS ROG Paris Games Week 2012||1st||
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|2012-08-19||Season Two Regional Finals||2nd||
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|2012-07-29||European Challenger Circuit: Poland||3rd||
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|2012-05-16||Corsair Vengeance Cup||3rd||
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|2012-04-01||Absolute Pro League: March||2nd||
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|2012-03-10||IEM Season VI - World Championship||4th||
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|2011-06-20||Riot Season 1 Championship||2nd||
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- November 4th - YellOwStaR - Head of esports at PSG - Interview à la PGW 2016 with aAa Gaming
- May 9th - Yellowstar Considered Retiring Last Year but Decided to "Build a New Team for Fnatic" - Interview (video) with Gamespot
- May 9th - YellOwStaR Mid-Season Interview: "I could understand why teams say we are underdogs" (video) with 1337mag
- October 1st - YellOwStaR on Facing IG, Korean Bootcamping: "I Could Clearly See CLG Improving over Time" (video) with GameSpot
- November 26th - Interview de Yellowstar sur la Présaison (FR) with Riot Games
- January 12th - 'Reflections' with YellOwStaR (video) with OnGamers
- January 16th - EU LCS 2014 W1: Interview with Fnatic Yellowstar (video) with SK Gaming
- February 10th - Gonna ShoR #HS01 - Interview YellOwStaR & Moopz (French)(video) with Gamevent
- March 2nd - Rift Talk #11 - Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim (video) with Rift Talk
- May 8th - YellOwStaR and Cyanide get ready for All-stars (video) with onGamers
- October 2nd - True LOL Show Singapore EP 4 : 미공개 방송분 프나틱 옐로우스타 편 (KR)(EN)(video) with OnGameNet
- January 20th, - RAKAKA Interviews YellowStar – IEM Katowice (video) with RAKAKA.se
- June 11th - Cyanide and YellOwStaR after the break (video) with Fnatic
- June 16th - DH Summer: fnatic LoL Interview (video) with Cadred
- September 21st - LoL Worlds 2013 - Interview with Puszu and Yellowstar (video) with Fnatic
- September 28th - Off the Rift: Fnatic and Royal support sitdown (video) with LoL eSports
- October 1st - CSN Worlds YellOwStaR (video) with Cyber Sports Network
- March 4th, 2012 - YellOwStaR: "The European teams won't be a problem" with Fragster
- March 6th - HotshotGG and Yellowstar - Interview at IEM Hannover with Intel Extreme Masters
- March 7th - Interview League of Legends: YellowStar from aAa (French video) with eSahara
- April 8th - Interview with aAa ad carry, YellOw with Team Dignitas
- August 15th - SK's Araneae & YellOwStaR preparation talk with ESL
- August 20th - SK LoL Gamescom Interview 2012 (video) with SK Gaming
- December 8th - WCG : Soaz et Yellowstar - League of Legends (French video) with aAa
- January 26th - (VIDEO) Lazerbeams - Welcome to America by LoL Esports
- October 19th - Yellowstar: A Legend Retires by Fnatic
- October 20th - YellOwStaR's final year by Kelsey Moser (thescoreesports.com)
- October 24th - PSG AMA: YellOwStaR hopes to fill out Challenger team with fresh talent and two Koreans by Daniel Rosen (thescoreesports.com)
- December 14th - When football met eSports: PSG's tale of two sports at one club by George Ramsay and Don Riddell (edition.cnn.com)