Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung, also known as “Bogus”, is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea.
INnoVation played in the first ever Heart of the Swarm MLG event shortly after the release of the expansion. He dominated his first three matches, taking out the Canadian player HuK, the multiple MLG champion Leenock and his fellow KeSPA player Rain all by 3-0 scores. He met the legendary Brood War Terran Flash in the semi-finals where Flash showcased his superior TvT to take the series 3-1. Dropping down into the third place match, INnoVation played another Protoss player in MC, another decorated StarCraft II player. He defeated the Protoss player 2-1 which secured him a third place finish in the first official premier Heart of the Swarm tournament.
On returning to Korea, INnoVation dominated the Korean scene, acting as the ace player on his team in Proleague and going 15-5 in his first 20 games. He also achieved success in the individual leagues as his round of 8 finish in the last Wings of Liberty GSL allowed him to participate in the WCS Korea 2013 Season 1 Premier League.
After losing the WCS Season 1 Korea finals 3-4 against Soulkey despite leading 3-0, INnoVation sought revenge at the 2013 WCS Season 1 Global Finals. He was able to advance in first place from his initial group stage, still showing great form in TvZ and secured himself a spot in the quarterfinals. Showing that he was capable in more than just TvZ. He then went on to advance to his second consecutive premier finals, where he faced off against sOs, a player who had played two very close series against INnoVation’s rival Soulkey in both the WCS 2013 Season 1 Korea semifinals and WCS 2013 Season 1 semifinals. INnoVation once again started the series 3-0 without showing signs of weakness. The fourth game, however, was much more difficult, as sOs used an unusual Tempest/Templar composition to test INnoVation’s ability to adapt. He was not shaken, and he closed the series 4-0 against sOs who looked visibly nervous, and finally found himself a champion on one of the biggest stages in StarCraft 2 history. His accomplishment earned him the #1 rank on TeamLiquid.net’s Power Rank for July 2013.
After his first major individual championship, INnoVation entered the 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL looking to further prove himself. He looked strong in the round of 32 and ended up in a four-Terran group in the round of 16 where he eventually advanced 2-1. He would end up facing off against Soulkey for the first time in a WCS match since WCS Korea 2013 Season 1 finals. INnoVation took out Soulkey convincingly 3-0, finally redeeming himself against his Woongjin rival. At this point he was expected to reach the finals once again, as he was set to face off against Maru, a player that was considered to be the underdog due to his lack of notable results despite his substantial GSL experience. However, INnoVation was taken off-guard by Maru’s aggressive one-base builds, which revealed his nerves and lack of composure under stress. After losing to Cloaked Banshee play in game one, INnoVation overreacted in game two by building a Raven, which was ineffective against Maru’s Marine/Hellion drop. The third game saw INnoVation fall to a double proxy Barrack build when he attempted to take an expansion before building his own Barracks. Down 0-3, he exhibited poor control in the final game, which led to his being swept 0-4 by his young opponent.
On August 23, 2013, INnoVation went to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany to play in the 2013 WCS Season 2 Finals. After barely losing a very intense TvT against TaeJa in the initial match, he was bested by NaNiwa in the losers’ match 0-2, which knocked him out of the tournament in the group stage on the first day of the tournament. Despite not making the 2013 WCS Season 3 Finals, he would earn a ticket to BlizzCon for the 2013 WCS Global Finals.
After one year with Team Acer, he decided to leave the team on September 3rd, 2014. Even though his results in team leagues were great, he was not satisfied with his individual results and he wanted to return to the KeSPA environment and its training method.
In July 2014, he was able to requalify for Code S eventually taking 1st place in Season 2.