The Genealogy of Bonjwa
BoxeR-OSL+MSL (3 Golds, 4 Silvers)
NaDa-OSL+MSL (6 Golds, 4 Silvers)
iloveoov-OSL+MSL (5 Golds)
sAviOr-OSL+MSL (4 Golds, 2 Silvers)
Original article title: What's the Theory of Bonjwa?
It's time to think about where the theory of Bonjwa started.
The word "Bonjwa" first came around when JulyZerg's fans began calling him as such, after he beat Goodfriend to win an OSL. But the theory of Bonjwa wasn't around; it was just a nickname. Not a Bonjwa as we know it nowadays. The best Zerg? Something like that.
Although JulyZerg and GoRush beat a Terran for a championship, GoRush was weak against iloveoov and his dominance lasted little; and JulyZerg wasn't valued high because the opponent was GoodFriend (he was also weak against NaDa).
IOPS OSL. It was the age of the JulyZerg and GoRush duo. But Nada's reverse sweep against GoRush at the round of 4 and shutout against JulyZerg at the final inflicted a lasting wound to Zerg fans, and Terran seemed insurmountable to Zerg.
And a surprise came when sAviOr won the UZOO MSL.
He was valued low; the word of "winning after beating Protoss only" came around and he was thought to be lucky. More precisely, he was considered the one who ruined the return of a hero - Reach; some unknown person who ruined the show. The attribute wasn't that wrong considering the mood of the time.
Maybe that's why Savior wasn't as welcome champion as JulyZerg and GoRush.
He became a champion without being glorified by the glib OGN commentator Um. MBC Game didn't totally feel satisfied with his win, thinking that the push for the return of the hero backfired.
When the hope of a Zerg champion was accomplished, the solution against Terran wasn't ready. In this weird time, Savior came to the experimental stage.
Bonjwas, in their shiny glories
Boxer and Nada, "I look so good..."
Iloveoov and Savior, "I AM so good..."
Iloveoov. The monster who began Terran's outmacroing Zerg. The one who beat YellOw to end the romantic age of strategy and open the age of macro.
CYON MSL. The result was Savior's 5:0 dominance. Including two event games earlier, it was an absolute dominance of 7:0. The championship went to ChoJJa, but Savior was given a due credit.
Thereby came the beginning of the "Savior assessment theory."
The following Pringles-1 MSL. Savior won the championship with an absolute dominance. Chojja and Nal_rA failed. The first assessment ended.
Since then Savior's every game came to a spotlight. Even his event games in his early days began to be analyzed and re-evaluated. The discussion on how to bring him down was omnipresent, and progamers who might beat him began to be mentioned.
In another word, after the Pringles 1, Savior's every game became a yardstick for the assessment.
The standard was high. Besides his fans, he had to satisfy the fans of the previously dominant Zerg progamers (especially Yellow) as well as meet the conditions required by the fans of Terran and Protoss:
Beat this guy.
How about this one?
Really? Win again? How about that one?
This guy on this map?
Really doubt you can beat him on that map?
Man, you're scary. If you can beat that guy on that map.
Of course, Savior sometimes lost, but not to the point of not satisfying the assessment. Savior assessment theory started after the Pringles 1.
From then to the March 3 revolution, he didn't lose a single televized multiple-gamed match.
The lasting assessment continued to the last card of Protoss - Nal_rA. Savior won, and Nal_rA's fans gave up. The tranquility of Nal_rA's fans after the match was the silent acknowledgement. Savior went on to win his third MSL (fourth consecutive final and second consecutive win).
The jungle of the strong, MSL, was dominated by Savior's red flag, and he became the dictator.
The assessment went on to OSL. Although Terran fan's spiritual lord BoxeR and the genius Nada coming back were ready, their matchup seemed unlikely.
But an event tournament called 1st CJ Superfight was held. Savior was lucky in many ways. If Boxer went to the army without the Superfight, Savior the Bonjwa might not have existed. Really.
The result was a shutout. Savior couldn't be stopped, crushing Starcraft's icon with a low race like Zerg. 3rd CJ Superfight came. MSL champion vs OSL champion matchup was established for the first time. Savior beat Nada by 3:1, and no Terran fan could deny him.
Bonjwas, in their downtimes
What remained was OSL. And the new season began.
Zerg totally failed on Longinus and on the Reverse Temple. Savior survived and went to the finals of both individual leagues. At the OSL final, he beat Nada and ended the assessment theory.
[Translator's addition: the OGN commentator Um's remark right after Savior's win captured the mood of the time, "Nada is a human, human! How can a human beat a god?"]
No Stacraft fan could deny him.
The theory of Bonjwa started as the Savior assessment theory, and he passed all the assessments and finalized the theory of Bonjwa.
Let's summarize the assessments that he passed.
- A newcomer winning a championship
2. The dark age of Zerg
- Rise as Zerg's hope. Made other Zergs look same. The glorious triumph over Longinus and the Reverse Temple.
3. Overcame Terran, especially Boxer, Nada, and Iloveoov
- Win rate incomparable to other Zergs. Totally dominated the Terran trio.
4. Continuous dominance
- Win rate, most wins, ProLeague record. Three championships in a year. Five consecutive MSL final. Swept event matches.
5. Dominance over strong contemporaries
- Beat every dominant progamer of his era of every race in a multiple-gamed match (Bisu was rather a newcomer than a dominant progamer at that time).
Other aspects might exist...
But it's hard to meet the kind of circumstances that Savior was in. The dark age for a race doesn't come often. Neither does a demand as that race to beat someone. Dominating pretty much all tournaments in a year and meeting the strong progamers of the era at important matches are impossible without luck (Bisu and Jaedong have yet to meet each other at a multiple-gamed match at OSL or MSL).
The theory of Bonjwa has started and ended with Savior.