Lee Jae-dong

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Lee Jae-dong
Revised RomanizationI Je-dong
McCune–ReischauerYi Che-tong
Hwaseung Jaedong.JPG
Jaedong after his victory in the 2009 Bacchus Starleague
StatusActive (SC: Brood War)
Born (1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 29)
NationalitySouth Korean
LeagueOnGameNet Starleague (OSL)
MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL)
GamesStarcraft: Brood War
Starcraft II
Career prize money>$600,000
Championships2007 EVER OSL
2008 GomTV MSL Season 4
2009 Bacchus OSL
World Cyber Games 2009
2009 Nate MSL
Nickname(s)The Tyrant
The Legend Killer
Professional career
2006-2011Hwaseung OZ
2011-2012Team 8/Jin Air Green Wings
2012-2016Evil Geniuses
Lee Jae-dong
Medal record
World Cyber Games
Gold medal – first place 2009 Chengdu, China
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Los Angeles, USA

Silver medal – second place Korean Air Starleague 2010 Season2, 2010.09
Gold medal – first place Bacchus Starleague 2009, 2009.08
Gold medal – first place Batoo Starleague, 2009.04
Gold medal – first place EVER Starleague 2007, 2007.12

Silver medal – second place Bigfile MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.08
Silver medal – second place Hana Daetoo Securities MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.05
Gold medal – first place NATE MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.01
Silver medal – second place Arena MBCGame StarCraft League, 2008.07
Gold medal – first place GOMTV MSL Season 4, 2008.03

Gold medal – first place Averatec-Intel Classic Special Match, 2009.03
Gold medal – first place 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,[1] 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.[2] His other nicknames include The Tyrant and The Legend Killer.[3]

Brood War[edit]

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.[4] 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,[5] and the second highest career win rate at 67.45%.[6] 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[edit]

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.[7][8] 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.[9]

Although his father publicly stated in interviews that retirement was a possibility,[10] Lee renegotiated his contract with Hwaseung Oz and confirmed that he would play for the team in the upcoming Proleague season.[11]

Hwaseung Oz Disbands[edit]

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.

StarCraft II[edit]

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.[12]

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[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Jaedong announced his retirement from professional gaming on 1 November 2016 at the age of 26.[16][17] Evil Geniuses closed their StarCraft II division in the beginning of 2017 as well.[18]

After retirement, he returned to streaming StarCraft: Brood War on AfreecaTV where he still enjoys considerable popularity among StarCraft fans.[19]

Major achievements[edit]

Tournament finishes[edit]

  • 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)[20]

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

KeSPA awards[edit]

  • 2007 Player of the Year
  • 2009 Player of The Year[21]
  • 2012 Most Valuable Player of the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2's regular-season[22]

OSL/MSL/WCG career statistics[edit]

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

Health issues[edit]

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.[23] He was quoted as saying "I've been playing for 15 years now. My body is wearing out."[23]


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  8. ^ "Free Agent (Slave Auction) policy overview". TeamLiquid.net. 12 August 2009.
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  10. ^ "[News] Jaedong's dad says retirement is an option". TeamLiquid.net. 24 August 2009.
  11. ^ "[News]Jaedong successfully negotiates w/Hwaseung!". TeamLiquid.net. 31 August 2009.
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  22. ^ http://esports.dailygame.co.kr/news/read.php?id=66057
  23. ^ a b "StarCraft's greatest Zerg is losing the battle against time". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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