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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lim.
Lim Yo-Hwan
Hangul 임요환
Hanja 林遙煥
Revised Romanization Im Yohwan
McCune–Reischauer Im Yo-hwan

Lim Yo-Hwan (born 4 September 1980), known by the pseudonym SlayerS_`BoxeR` (usually shortened to Boxer), is one of the most successful players of the real-time strategy computer game StarCraft to date. Dubbed The Emperor by his legions of admirers, he is the most popular Starcraft player with a fan club of more than 1,000,000 members and a DVD compilation of his greatest games released in South Korea.



Lim has a record with 500 wins and 336 losses (67.20%) in his professional career. He is one of the highest-paid professional gamers, with annual earnings that exceed $300,000 US Dollars and endorsement contracts that bring in an additional $90,000 per year; most video game company executives earn less money than Lim Yo-Hwan.[citation needed] In 2004 he was voted the greatest gamer of all time by readers of ESReality, one of the most popular Western electronic sports websites, and in June 2006 he was included in an MTV list of "The 10 Most Influential Video Gamers Of All Time."[1] Record: 353 wins - 275 losses (56.21%)

| Best Streak: 16 wins |
| Worst Streak: 7 losses | 
| Current Streak: 1 win |


Lim first came to fame by dominating professional Starcraft while choosing to use the Terran race. The following reign of dominance earned him the nickname the "Terran Emperor", a reference to StarCraft lore. During this early time in his career he innovated heavily, creating many new strategies which are still used today, most notably making much more effective use of the Terran Dropship unit than had been achieved in the past. He also gained a reputation for being able to turn around matches against the odds and having excellent micromanagement (unit control) skills. He would often continue the game despite heavy disadvantages yet still pull out a victory. In contrast, his weakness is thought by some commentators to be poor macromanagement (economy/unit production) skills in comparison to other top-level professional Starcraft players, although his macromanagement has improved over the last few years.

Boxer is most renowned for his creativity; oftentimes building proxy barracks. In many games, he has gone for rushes or ghosts which makes the games extremely entertaining. He is very well-respected in Starcraft both in Korea and abroad being called the "Legendary" BoxeR.

Though he is no longer as dominant as he once was, he was ranked 11th in the April 2006 Korean e-Sports Players Association (KeSPA) rankings, and made it to the finals of the EVER Ongamenet Starleague (OSL) of late 2004 (losing to iloveoov by three games to two) and the finals of the 2005 So1 OnGameNet Starleague (losing to Anytime by three games to two).

Lim has played professionally since version 1.07 of Starcraft, and has managed to stay competitive by constantly changing his style, and has had a great influence of the development of modern playing styles, especially for Terran players. He is the all-time leader in games played and wins. He is a two time OSL champion, one time MSL champion, two time WCG champion, and leader of the SK Telecom "T1" team. He is considered to have a strong eye for talent in that position, as he drew Choi Yeon-Sung (iloveoov), among others, from the amateur ranks. His team has consistently been the strongest in the Proleague.

On August 2006 Lim announced at the MSL group draws that he had received his draft letter from the government, and would be entering the Air Force by the end of the year. He later said he would try his best to return after his 2 and a half years of service.

After Lim joined the Air Force, he started putting his fame to work. After a month and a half an Air Force pro-gaming team was created. Lim found some retired pro-gamers who joined the Air Force before him, including H.O.T-Forever, CLon, ChRh, fOru, Rage, Qoo) Sunny and MuMyung. Together they formed the first military pro-gaming team. After 2 months the team was announced, ACE (Airforce Challenge E-sports) was official. ACE played in the 2008 ShinHan Proleague. On July 3, 2008 ACE was ranked 11 out of 12 in the league with 5 wins and 14 losses. Lim played 12 matches in this season so far, and won 3 matches.

On December 22 Boxer returned to SKT1 and played on that team as military service was ending. Many fans have greeted him on his way back to Seoul and many are anticipating his "official" return to the Starcraft spectrum.

Record: 353 wins - 275 losses (56.21%)

Best Streak: 14 wins Worst Streak: 7 losses Current Streak: 2 losses

Boxer has made in to the SKT1's January entry as the coach has determined to use him as a sniper. Rule changes for upcoming 3rd round of the 2008-09 ShinHan pro-league, which will be held as team-league style, contributed to this decision.

However, after failing to qualify for the Bacchus OSL and the Survivor MSL, the chances of BoxeR playing are slim.

Major achievements

  • Most wins on televised matches (500)
  • Two times World Cyber Games champion (2001, 2002 as gonia119_kr)
  • First player to achieve 100 wins in Ongamenet Starleagues (OSL)
  • First player to win more than one OSL (Hanbitsoft 2001, Coca Cola 2001), and the first to win two consecutive OSL's
  • First and only player to make the OSL finals three times in a row
  • Longest time to hold first place in KeSPA (Korea e-Sports Players Association) rankings (17 months)
  • Earned an income of over $US 300,000 (annual)
  • Won the first KPGA Tour (now MBC starleague)
  • Has finished 2nd in Ongamenet Starleague 4 times (2001 SKY, 2002 SKY, 2004 EVER, 2005 SO1)
  • Finished 2nd in the first KT-KTF Premiere league
  • KPGA MBC Starleague Champion February 2002 to March 2002

See also


  1. ^ – Playa Rater: The 10 Most Influential Video Gamers Of All Time

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