|Revised Romanization||I Je-dong|
Jaedong after his victory in the 2009 Bacchus Starleague
|Status||Active (SC: Brood War)|
|Born||9 January 1990|
|League||OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) |
MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL)
|Games||Starcraft: Brood War |
|Career prize money||>$600,000|
|Championships||2007 EVER OSL |
2008 BATOO OSL
2008 GomTV MSL Season 4
2009 Bacchus OSL
World Cyber Games 2009
2009 Nate MSL
|Nickname(s)||The Tyrant |
The Legend Killer
|2011-2012||Team 8/Jin Air Green Wings|
|World Cyber Games|
|2009 Chengdu, China|
|2010 Los Angeles, USA||
|Korean Air Starleague 2010 Season2, 2010.09|
|Bacchus Starleague 2009, 2009.08|
|Batoo Starleague, 2009.04|
|EVER Starleague 2007, 2007.12||
|Bigfile MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.08|
|Hana Daetoo Securities MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.05|
|NATE MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.01|
|Arena MBCGame StarCraft League, 2008.07|
|GOMTV MSL Season 4, 2008.03||
|Averatec-Intel Classic Special Match, 2009.03|
|TG-Intel Classic 2008 Season 1, 2008.08|
Lee Jae-dong (born 9 January 1990), who plays simply under the name Jaedong, is a South Korean professional StarCraft: Brood War player and former StarCraft II player, playing most recently for team Evil Geniuses prior to his StarCraft II retirement. After retiring from StarCraft II, Jaedong returned to playing SC:BW. Announced as a full-time streamer on 12 November 2016, he made his return tournaments scene a week later during the 2016 KT GiGA Legends Match lll. Using the Zerg race in both games, Lee is considered one of the most successful StarCraft players of all time, having won five OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) and MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL) tournaments, and earning over $600,000 in tournament prize money. His other nicknames include The Tyrant and The Legend Killer.
Jaedong made his debut in 2006 as a member of the Korean team Hwaseung OZ and quickly proved himself to be a talented player. In less than two years he won his first premier tournament, the Seoul International eSports Festival, followed shortly after by both the OSL and the MSL tournaments. Since then he dominated the StarCraft competitive scene, revolutionizing Zerg strategy and establishing a famous rivalry with the Terran player Lee Young-Ho.
Over his six-year career as a StarCraft: Brood War player, Lee set several records. He has the second-highest ELO peak of any player at 2378, and the second highest career win rate at 67.45%. He is one of four players to win the Golden Mouse, which is awarded to players for winning 3 OSL tournaments.
Free Agency in 2009
After KESPA revised the rules regulating free agency, Hwaseung OZ made Lee an offer of 140,000,000 won (112,420 USD) a year to renew his contract. During the bidding period, Lee expressed interest in remaining within Hwaseung Oz because of the friendships he had forged over the past three years on the team.
Although his father publicly stated in interviews that retirement was a possibility, Lee renegotiated his contract with Hwaseung Oz and confirmed that he would play for the team in the upcoming Proleague season.
Hwaseung Oz Disbands
In August 2011, Hwaseung decided to stop sponsoring Oz to shift their priorities over to physical sports. This left Jaedong, and several other notable progamers without a team as FOX and Hero also closed down. However, in the first days of November it was revealed the governing body of esports in Korea, KeSPA, had decided to form a team. It was announced Lee along with several other progamers from the closed down teams, would move to the new team. Notable gamers to also join the new team included Yum "Sea" Bo Sung, Jun "BaBy" Tae Yang and Park "Killer" Joon Oh.
In late 2011, following the disbandment of Hwaseung Oz, Lee retired from StarCraft: Brood War and shifted his focus to competitive StarCraft II. Jaedong began his StarCraft II career with 8th Team, now known as team Jin Air Green Wings, in November 2011.
Jaedong was chosen as one of the KeSPA (Korea e-Sports Association) players to be seeded in Code S for the 2012 GSL Season 4 due to his performance in the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2 in the KeSPA. He made his GSL debut on Wednesday, 5 September. He would go 0-2 in his group, thus dropping to Code A. In Code A Jaedong would go 0-2 again, ending his GSL debut. Jaedong was picked up by the successful North American team Evil Geniuses on 5 December 2012.
With Evil Geniuses, Jaedong enjoyed a four-year career that saw him participating in fifteen premier tournaments as well as in KeSPA's Proleague. Throughout 2013, Jaedong proved to be one of the game's most consistent players, earning several silver medals in premier tournaments, most notably the 2013 StarCraft World Championship. After 5 second-place finishes in premier tournaments, Jaedong finally emerged victorious at ASUS ROG NorthCon 2013. His next and final premier tournament victory came in September 2014 at the World E-sport Championships, where he defeated Team Liquid's Snute in the Grand Finals.
- 2007 OnGameNet Star Challenge Season 1 (1st)
- 2007 EVER OnGameNet Starleague (1st)
- 2008 GomTV MBCGame StarCraft League Season 4 (1st)
- 2008 Arena MBCGame StarCraft League (2nd)
- 2008 Averatec-Intel Classic Season 1 (1st)
- 2009 Batoo OnGameNet Starleague (1st)
- 2009 Bacchus OnGameNet Starleague (1st)
- 2009 World Cyber Games Grand Final (1st)
- 2009 NATE MBCGame StarCraft League (1st)
- 2010 Hana Daetoo MBCGame StarCraft League (2nd)
- 2010 Bigfile MBCGame StarCraft League (2nd)
- 2010 Korean Air 2 OnGameNet Starleague (2nd)
- 2010 World Cyber Games Grand Final (3rd)
- 2013 Dreamhack Open :Stockholm (3rd)
- 2013 Dreamhack Open :Summer (2nd)
- 2013 Dreamhack Open :Valencia (2nd)
- 2013 World Championship Series America Season 2 (2nd)
- 2013 World Championship Series Grand Final Season 2 (2nd)
- 2013 World Championship Series America Season 2 (3rd)
- 2013 World Championship Series Global Grand Final (2nd)
- 2013 HyperX 10-Year Anniversary Tournament (1st)
- 2013 ASUS ROG: NorthCon (1st)
- 2013 Numericable M-House Cup 3 (1st)
- 2014 IEM Season VIII - Cologne (3rd)
- 2014 DreamHack Open: Bucharest (3rd)
- 2014 Lone Star Clash 3 (1st)
- 2014 DreamHack Open: Summer (3rd)
- 2014 IEM Season IX - Shenzhen (3rd)
- 2014 World E-sport Championships (1st)
- 2014 IEM Season IX - San Jose (3rd)
- 2014 Kung Fu Cup 2014 #1 (3rd)
- 2015 Gfinity Spring Masters II (3rd)
- 2015 HomeStory Cup XI (3rd)
- 2015 Hell, It's Aboot Time (2nd)
- 2015 GPL International Challenge (4th)
- 2017 Afreeca Starleague Season 2 (3rd-4th)
- 2017 I <3 Starcraft Showmatch (3rd-4th)
Career items 2012.12 Evil Genius 2011.11 – 2012.12 8 % Gaming Team 2010.08 WCG Grand Final Team Korea 2009.08 WCG Grand Final Team Korea 2009.01 – 2011.09 Hwasung Oz 2006 Lekaff Oz
- 2007 Player of the Year
- 2009 Player of The Year
- 2012 Most Valuable Player of the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2's regular-season
OSL/MSL/WCG career statistics
|Year||League||Name of Tournament||Result of Final||Opponent||Note|
|2010||World Cyber Games||2010 Grand Final||WW||Yayba (P, Infernal Gamers)||Lost to FlaSh in semi-finals|
|2010||OnGameNet Starleague||Korean Air 2||LWLL||FlaSh (T, KT Rolster)|
|2010||MBCgame Starleague||Bigfile||LLWWL||FlaSh (T, KT Rolster)|
|2010||MBCgame Starleague||Hana Daetoo||LLL||FlaSh (T, KT Rolster)|
|2009||MBCgame Starleague||Nate||WLWW||FlaSh (T, KT Rolster)||Game 3 Power Outage on Odd-Eye gives Jaedong win|
|2009||World Cyber Games||2009 Grand Final||WLW||Stork (P, Samsung KHAN)|
|2009||OnGameNet Starleague||Bacchus 2009||WWW||YellOw[ArnC] (Z, Hite Sparkyz)||Receives OSL golden mouse|
|2009||OnGameNet Starleague||Batoo||LLWWW||By.Fantasy (T, SKT T1)|
|2008||MBCgame Starleague||Arena||LLL||fOrGG (T, Lecaf OZ)|
|2007||MBCgame Starleague||GomTV S4||LWWW||Siz)KaL (P, STX SouL)|
|2007||OnGameNet Starleague||EVER 2007||LWWW||Stork (P, Samsung KHAN)||Wins first major title|
In 2017, it was reported that Jaedong has various health issues. His wrists have sustained damage from years of playing and doctors have urged him to stop playing. He was quoted as saying "I've been playing for 15 years now. My body is wearing out."
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