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Kim Taek-yong

Kim Taek-Yong
Bisu in 2008
Born November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03) (age 25)
Yesan, South Korea
Other names Bisu[Shield]
Occupation professional StarCraft player
Kim Taek-yong
Hangul 김택용
Hanja 金澤容
Revised Romanization Kim Taek-yong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Taek-yong

Kim Taek-Yong (born November 3, 1989), popularly known by screen name Bisu[Shield] or simply Bisu, is a professional South Korean StarCraft player, playing the Protoss race. Famed primarily for sublime performance in the StarCraft: Brood War professional competitions against Protoss and, especially, Zerg, Bisu scored three successful Starleague performances, the most of any Protoss player.[1] Bisu was nicknamed the Revolutionist[1][2] for innovating the metagame of Protoss versus Zerg matchup.

Since his transfer from MBCGame HERO to SK Telecom T1 team in 2008 Bisu, along with Stork, has been leading the Protoss players and both were called "Twin Carriages".[3] Bisu is ranked 2nd in the Elo rating system.[2] In the 2010 Team Liquid forum poll Bisu was voted "the greatest Protoss player of all time".[4]

Early life

Kim was born in the South Korean county of Yesan. In his early years, before moving to Seoul, he lived in the city of Cheonan with his home being next to his school.[5] Since childhood, however, Kim did not favour studying and became gradually addicted to computers in grade school.[5] He also used to play soccer "until the sun went down" and has been always picked first during team arrangements; he wished to become a soccer player, but following his growing interest in video games, Kim quit playing soccer and his soccer experience slowly faded away.[5] Kim started playing StarCraft while in the fourth school grade and up to high school has been the most experienced player in his class.[5] Before choosing StarCraft Kim tried Lineage and Fortress, gaining some experience in the latter.[6] Because of turning a professional gamer at age 17 Kim was unable to attend an institute of higher education.[3] He lately entered Sejong University.[3]

Gamer career

Kim considered becoming a professional gamer as a freshman in high school.[5] He began playing StarCraft: Brood War when one of his relatives took him to an internet café.[7] As a newcomer Bisu used to watch others' games and particularly liked those of NaDa, as well as Nal rA's strategic gameplay.[5] Nonetheless, Bisu did not have any particular role model and wanted to emulate all great players.[5] During Bisu's MBCGame HERO (Pirates of Space at the time) years his gameplay was largely influenced by Protoss player Pusan,[8] whose games Bisu frequently watched.[5] Bisu's coach and player Best in turn taught him everything related to Protoss builds.[6]

Having participated in high-level competitive matchups since 2006, Bisu made his breakthrough at the 2007 MBCgame Starleague (MSL) final, defeating experienced players Nal_rA and sAviOr, both 3:0. At that time Bisu was one of the few Starleague Protoss players. He qualified for the 2007 MSL automatically for having received a KeSPA distinction as the best Protoss player.[9] Prior to the breakthrough match with sAviOr, which is sometimes referred to as "March 3rd revolution",[1][10] Protoss players generally underperformed against Zerg.[8] But soon this was about to change. During Bisu's preparations for the match with sAviOr, the MBCGame HERO coaching staff, as well as Protoss and Zerg players gave Bisu some ideas.[11] The general advice was to use Corsair units to eliminate Zerg Overlords, narrowing Zerg's observation.[11] Bisu's effective execution of this strategy found great success. Following Bisu's victory, several players started to emulate his winning Corsair–Dark Templar combination to fight Zerg opponents.[8]

In the first half of February, 2008 Bisu (who was already atop of the KeSPA ranking, the first protoss to achieve that) was transferred from the MBCGame HERO team to SK Telecom T1. The latter team failed to score good results in leagues and confront the new generation of professional gamers, and the entire coaching staff was dismissed.[12] Players iloveoov and Kingdom were promoted to coaches instead.[12] To fill the gaps and to improve the performance results, SK Telecom T1 acquired Bisu.[12] Bisu later called his transfer "definitely a turning point" for him as a gamer.[6] In 2009, to fill up the schedule, OnGameNet arranged an All-Star Race Battle, where four players of each race (Protoss, Terran and Zerg) would compete in a knockout series. Bisu defeated the Terran lineup of players Flash, Hwasin, Leta and NaDa, but failed to score a win against sAviOr.

In the fall of 2008 Zerg players adopted a three-base five-Hatchery strategy against Protoss and nearly all attempts to counter it failed. Protoss players had particular difficulty using Zealots against Hydralisks in a choke battle as the Zealots could not spread out effectively, while Hydralisks could clump easily, not allowing Zealots to take advantage of their speed upgrade. Bisu managed to successfully use speed-upgraded Zealots to obtain map control and engage the Hydralisks before they reach mass numbers.[13] While other professional Protoss players have around a 60% win ratio against Zerg, Bisu's ratio against that race reached over 90% in the 2010–2011 competition season.[14] During the 2010–2011 Shinhan Bank Proleague Bisu also achieved the largest number of wins.[3] In the past, however, Bisu was not particularly favored against any good Zerg player.[13] On April 2, 2011 Bisu, having defeated Jaedong in the Shinhan Winners League playoff, broke what he called "a vicious cycle" of his Protoss versus Zerg gameplay.[15] He once revealed, that only after learning the skill of combining different units (i.e. ground, air, high templars, reavers) he began to enjoy playing against Zerg.[16]

Bisu's matchup against Protoss players is statistically in the middle between Zerg and Terran and could be traced back to 2005. From then and until February 2006 he had been in a 3-loss streak against Protoss players and played with intermittent success until the matchup with Nal rA. In February 2007 Bisu achieved a 3-win streak against him, which contributed to Bisu's uninterrupted 6-win streak against Protoss in the same year.[17]

Bisu's win rate against Terran players has been the lowest when compared to Protoss or Zerg, although he managed to defeat veteran Terran players SlayerS `BoxeR` and NaDa already in his early career. Bisu acknowledged his poor performance particularly against Terran Siege Tanks, as well as his relatively subpar control of Carriers.[18] On November 17, 2007 Bisu lost to then little known Terran player, Mind, during the GOMTV MSL final despite being an absolute tournament favorite; Mind instead became the youngest MSL champion at 16 years old.[19] Bisu then went on a slump, making a comeback in the next year[1] by winning the ClubDay MSL final against another Protoss player, JangBi. From July to August, 2010 Bisu had been in one of his worst streaks, with 5 losses against Terran players.[20] On March 5 of that year he was eliminated from the Korean Air OSL by losing to Terran player go.go in the 36th round. Following Bisu's elimination he was given a break, explained by exhaustion from a hectic schedule and poor physical form.[1] Bisu picked Stork's play pattern against Terran as the one he wants to learn.[7]

Together with Stork, Flash, and Jaedong, Bisu made up a high-tier quartet called "Taek–Bang–Lee–Ssang",[21] after the players' given names and Stork's nickname "Bang". Showing a relatively low win rate against Stork and Flash (41.67%[22] and 38.46%,[23] respectively, as of June 2011), Bisu achieved a 60% rate against Jaedong.[24] Bisu and Jaedong had a period of tight rivalry against each other, competing for the top place of the KeSPA rankings: during the 2008-2009 Shinhan Proleague season both players finished the 4th round with a total tally of 44 wins, while their individual league wins equaled to three at certain point.[16] On par with Stork, Bisu established what is occasionally called the "Taek–Bang era"[8][25] of professional StarCraft. However, as opposed to Stork, Bisu's OSL title has been elusive. After competing in three OSL qualifiers in 2006–2007 Bisu unsuccessfully pursued the OSL titles of 2008, 2009 and 2010.[26] Nonetheless, as of June, 2011, Bisu collected five Monthly MVP titles, equaling that achievement with Flash, Jaedong and SlayerS_`BoxeR`.[27] On June 7, 2011, having defeated Protoss player Flying, Bisu equaled Flash's record of 57 victories in a StarCraft Proleague season.[27] In addition Bisu managed to advance to the main group stage of the MSL tournament 11 times in a row, approaching sAviOr's record of 13.[28] He also scored the unprecedented result of four all-kills[29] (a form of StarCraft competitions, where one team is eliminated by a single player of the other team). In 2010 Bisu was nominated by Fomos for the title of Player of the Year and Protoss of the Year.[30]

After the transition to StarCraft II, Bisu rarely played for his team SK Telecom T1, accumulating a 12-16 record[31][32] and eventually announced his retirement on September 9, 2013[33]

Bisu's game performance, as well as that of Protoss in general, has been influenced by maps on which the StarCraft matches are played.[34] Although StarCraft is considered a balanced game in that all three races have successful professional players, the maps differ from each other in properties such as the terrain openness.[35] One thing Bisu did during practice was to take notes, so he wouldn't forget what he practiced and learned.[6]

Playing style

Like other Protoss players, Bisu generally starts the games with commencing a second base, Corsair harass when confronting Zerg and subsequent attack of mixed units, including High Templars. Conducting a relentless harassment, often using Probe scouts and known for superlative multitasking, Bisu widely used Corsairs to gain air superiority and Dark Templar assaults against Zerg. Bisu's harassment style and the use of Shuttles were praised particularly by [36] Bisu subsequently qualified Corsairs and Dark Templars as his favorite units.[37] With a few minor adjustments, Bisu’s fast base expansion, secured by one or more Photon Cannons, can be used further in StarCraft II Protoss versus Zerg gameplay.

Along with Corsair and Shuttle harass, Bisu's multitasking and Zealot timing rushes are considered standard for his matches against Zerg players.[14] During the 2011 Shinhan Winners League match against Zerg player Peace, in particular, Bisu dispatched Zealots to Peace's two bases at different locations while eliminating Overlords with his Corsairs; after this split Bisu focused his Zealots on eliminating Peace's Drones while micromanaging his Corsairs to evade opponent's Scourges, making it seem as if four different persons were playing for Protoss.[14]

In his gameplay against Protoss Bisu successfully used the so-called Manner Pylons to block direct access to his opponent's mineral fields and disrupt his economy. During the 2007 Shinhan Bank Proleague Bisu secured an early victory over PokJu by placing a Manner Pylon close to PokJu's Probes and warping in two Gateways behind PokJu's mineral line. Unable to respond to the unexpected gameplay, PokJu surrendered the game in a mere three minutes, in what is widely considered the most effective use of Manner Pylons in a professional game. In the 2008 Incruit OSL Bisu applied the Manner Pylon against Much twice in a row, managing to keep the opponent behind by a slight margin. In the following year, at the WCG Grand Final, Bisu put two consecutive Manner Pylons at player PJ's base.[38]

While hotkeying, Bisu usually sets F2 for the main Nexus, F3 for Gateways and F4 for the natural expansion.[7] As described by Bisu in an interview, his hotkey setup against Zerg, for example, could be "1" and "2" for Zealots, "3" for Dragoons, "4" for High Templars, "5" for Observers and "6", "7", "8", "9" for Gateways.[7] Bisu's APM rate may oscillate around 332–391, as in his 3-game matchup against Stork in 2008 in particular.[39]


As of September 1, 2012[40] vs. Protoss vs. Terran vs. Zerg vs. all
Wins 122 159 155 436
Losses 71 90 69 230
Win rate 63.21% 63.86% 69.20% 65.47%
Best streak 9 wins 10 wins 10 wins 12 wins
Worst streak 5 losses 5 losses 4 losses 6 losses
Tournament/league (major achievements only)[2]
1st 2009 WCG Korea Finals
2nd 2009 Averatec-Intel Classic Special Match
3rd 2009 WCG
1st 2009 GOMTV Averatec-Intel Classic Season 2
1st 2008 ClubDay MBCgame Starleague
3rd 2007 EVER OnGameNet Starleague
2nd 2007 GOMTV MBCgame StarLeague Season 3
1st 2007 GOMTV MBCgame StarLeague Season 2
1st 2006–2007 GOMTV MBCgame StarLeague Season 1

Personal life

Not having any particular hobbies, Bisu usually stays inside the practice house, spending time by himself.[3] When not practicing, he watches TV or goes on the internet.[3]

Bisu dated several girls, but, according to him, all of them could not understand his tight progamer schedules and lifestyle.[3] While acknowledging he always wanted to date a girl, Bisu revealed that he would get anxious as his match records would fall.[3] Bisu once expressed a wish to "meet a girlfriend who is considerate of others".[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Duncan 'Thorin' Shields. "Bisu takes a break from competition".  
  2. ^ a b c d "Players > Bisu".  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i [라이브인터뷰]꽃미남 프로게이머의 대표주자, 김택용을 만나다 (in Korean). Fomos. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Best Protoss Ever!".  
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Part 2. of Bisu's 'DingDong' doorbell interview". Fomos. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Bisu' the 'DingDong' door bell interview"'". Fomos. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d [답변] 김택용 30문30답 답변입니다 (in Korean). Fomos. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e [라이브인터뷰]지금은 ‘택뱅시대', 김택용과 송병구가 만나다 (in Korean). Fomos. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "NaDa, sAviOr, and Bisu joined six other Korean progamers in Superfight 5".  
  10. ^ Duncan 'Thorin' Shields. "IEF 2010 announced: TyLoo, Bisu, Lyn".  
  11. ^ a b "Boxer & Bisu interview". SC2Pod. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "Bisu joins SKT under Oov coaching".  
  13. ^ a b 谁来拯救神族?毕姥爷最近的比赛给人的启示。 (in Chinese). PLU. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c [플래시백]김택용의 저그전, 핵심은 멀티태스킹! (in Korean). Fomos. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bisu takes down Jaedong - SK Telecom T1 to finals". Gosugamers. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b [人&人] 김택용-이제동, 다른 듯 닮은 꼴의 만남 (in Korean). Game News Afreeca. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games".  
  18. ^ "DES专访泽炳双神:与泽炳聊神族(二)" (in Chinese). PLU. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ "GOM-tv MSL Final: Bisu vs Mind". Gamereplays. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games (vs. Terran)".  
  21. ^ Duncan 'Thorin' Shields. "Jaedong should be one of the bonjwas".  
  22. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games (vs. Stork)".  
  23. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games (vs. Flash)".  
  24. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games (vs. Jaedong)".  
  25. ^ "Interview with Louder[LighT]". Insider eSports. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games (OSL)".  
  27. ^ a b "Bisu to beat Flash's record". Gosugamers. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Bisu qualified to the MSL for the 11th time in a row". Gosugamers. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  29. ^ "SWL SK Telecom T1 vs WeMade FOX Set 6 P1".  
  30. ^ "Fomos Awards". iCCup. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ "Bisu announces Retirement". Fomos. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  34. ^ "DES泽炳双神专访:与泽炳聊神族(一)" (in Chinese). PLU. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  35. ^ Andrew Spann, Eleanor Lin, Hyunseung Kang. "Starcraft Map Imbalance Prediction Based on Chosen Build Order".  
  36. ^ "Starcraft Dictionary". Gamereplays. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Interview with Bisu". WN. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  38. ^ "WCG09: Bisu, PJ, White-Ra and IdrA put on an incredible show". Gosugamers. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  39. ^ "Replays". Game Out Loud. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  40. ^ "Bisu > Record & Games".  

External links

  • Bisu on e-Sports Earnings
  • Bisu on Liquipedia
  • TLPD: Bisu's player profile & game record
  • First-Person view of Bisu's gameplay (English Commentary)
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