Lim "NesTea" Jae Duk is a Zerg player from South Korea, who is currently teamless. Following his third GSL championship, he was widely considered the best Zerg player in the world.
In Brood War, NesTea (aka Zergbong) was a coach and player for South Korean progaming team, KT Rolster. He was most notable for his 2v2 performances with Reach, as well as being a coach for KT's Zerg roster.
NesTea's most notable strength is his unparalleled decision making. Tastosis on several occasions has compared NesTea's playstyle to that of Brood War's sAviOr, as NesTea's playstyle generally revolves around heavy droning and making the correct/minimum number of units for defense before controlling the map by taking expansions slowly. NesTea's great decision making also contributes to his high ZvZ win-rate, as the decision to build either Drones or other units from Larvae becomes more crucial in such a volatile match up.
Wings of Liberty
NesTea was quick to excel in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, getting to the top of the Korean ladder shortly after launch. He managed to qualify for the very first GSL, but his tournament run met a quick end when he got knocked out in the first round by eventual semifinalist LiveForever. In late September 2010, NesTea, together with fellow former Brood War players Mvp, TT, ChRh, and LosirA(now KangHo), founded the team IM - "Incredible Miracle".
NesTea was destined for a much longer stay in GSL 2. He made his way to the finals without losing a single game, defeating players such as MC (the future champion of season 3), Zenio, TheWinD, and BoxeR.
In the finals, NesTea faced a young Terran, then known to the international audience as FoxeR, now known as MarineKing. The youngster was already making a name for himself in the previous rounds of the tournament, beating both previous GSL finalists with pressure based builds and superb Marine micro. NesTea, on the other hand, was known for his solid, macro-oriented style and an apparent invulnerability to cheese. During the finals, MarineKing opted for early pressure in most of the games. This strategy was initially successful and earned MarineKing an early lead, but NesTea was able to adapt as the series continued. In the 7th and final set, NesTea baited the Terran into repeating his strategy from the first game of the series. This time, NesTea successfully held off the early Marine/SCV rush, winning the GSL 2 Finals 4-3.
After this victory, NesTea qualified for his third straight GSL. This tournament proved more difficult for him, as he dropped games to Jys and Maka. He eventually reached the Round of 8 where he was upset by Rain, who used a Marine/Bunker rush and two Marine/SCV all-ins.
NesTea started 2011 on a strong note, becoming the only Zerg player in the top 8 of the Gainward Tournament. He took 2nd place in the tournament, losing to his teammate Mvp in the finals. Then NesTea's team Incredible Miracle took the first GOMTV Global Starcraft II Team League by storm, reaching the finals in a commanding fashion. There, they faced StarTale. NesTea was chosen as the ace player to face off against Squirtle, a player who had managed to eliminate Mvp immediately prior. This was the first and only game NesTea played during the entire team league; he was victorious, securing the 5-4 win for Incredible Miracle.
After this tournament, NesTea was named as one of the five Zerg invites to TSL3. This tournament was NesTea's first venture into a non-Korean tournament. He did not find success in the online tournament, getting upset by the German player GoOdy in the first round. On September 26, NesTea was seeded to the National Finals of WCG Korea and was eliminated in the group stages, losing both games to GuMiho.
In the first GSL Sponsorship League tournament, NesTea advanced through the group stages by defeating Polt and Maka in the Round of 32, and Zenio and BoxeR in the Round of 16. Subsequently in the quarterfinals, NesTea went 3-0 against Choya. NesTea was the only non-Terran player in the semifinals, where he ended up losing to eventual champion Mvp, but not before making Mvp suffer his only loss in the tournament. In the second season, NesTea suffered a major upset with losses to San and Ensnare in the Round of 32. Although he managed to secure victory against BoxeR, this 1-2 record ousted NesTea into the Up & Down matches. NesTea then easily retained his Code S position in the Up and Down Matches by defeating Leenock 2-0.
In May, NesTea advanced out of his group by beating Jinro twice, only losing a single game to Clide. In the Round of 16 he faced fellow Zerg GSL champion, FruitDealer, whom he beat 2-1. He then defeated anypro 3-1 to advance to the semifinals, where he played sC. sC used aggressive timing attack builds to take 2 games off of NesTea, but great decision making by NesTea allowed him to take the win in the pivotal fifth game. Game 5, one of the most suspenseful played to date, came down to a situation where both players were on the ropes - down to small armies and very limited incomes. NesTea used his Mutalisk force to great effect, sniping Marines and Thors where possible and whittling down the Terran army to force a surrender. Almost as a reward after the tense match against sC, NesTea faced basically just one build four times from an uncreative InCa, easily sweeping the Protoss to claim his second title.
In July, NesTea surpassed his previous achievements by winning the whole tournament without losing even a single game. He defeated HongUn in the semifinals and proceeded to sweep LosirA in the finals. Combined with his 4-0 victory in the previous finals and his final win in the previous semifinals, this put him at a 20 game winning streak in Code S (including a win by default against Rain in the group stage).
In August, NesTea beat Kyrix in the group stages and lost against MMA, which ended NesTea's massive GSL win streak. He advanced from his group to the Round of 16 by winning a close match against his teammate Happy. His next opponent was once again his teammate and rival, Mvp, proving again to be the Zerg's kryponite, winning 2-0.
In October, NesTea was once again in a group with MMA. However, this time, NesTea managed to advance through his group by defeating both MMA and NaDa. He then defeated Virus 2-1 in the Round of 16, but lost in the Round of 8 to Mvp in a close (2-3) series.
On August 17, it was announced that NesTea and his teammate Mvp had been invited to Blizzcon. Only a day before the event, it was made public that Steel Series would personally sponsor both players. NesTea would go on a tear through the winner's bracket, defeating players such as Brat_OK, Sheth, NaNiwa and Mvp, marking the first major tournament where he would defeat Mvp in a "best of" series. He would then face Mvp again in the grand finals after Mvp tore his way through the loser's bracket. Because of NesTea's previous victory, the rematch was an extended series where Mvp had to win two best of threes, whereas NesTea only had to win one. NesTea lost the first best of three with a score of 0-2. The second best of three was considerably closer, with Mvp managing to clinch the victory in a long and epic third game, which included 100+ Banelings at one time, pooled resources of over 10k minerals and 6k gas, as well as mass Brood Lords, Ghosts, and Nukes. After this 1-2 loss, NesTea ultimately took second place.
NesTea struggled a bit during the initial stages of the 2011 GSL November. He was able to advance out of the Round of 32 by defeating his teammate LosirA, but he then lost 0-2 to MMA and HuK in the Round of 16, sending him into Code A. NesTea was seeded into Code A against asd, whom he defeated 2-0 to retain a Code S spot.
On the first day of Blizzcon 2011, it was announced that NesTea and Mvp would be going to MLG Providence as part of their new partnership with Quantic Gaming. At Providence, NesTea started in the Open Bracket and won his first 6 matches without fail, earning a spot in the Championship Bracket. There he beat BoxeR, SeleCT, and Slush before losing a fierce match to NaNiwa, cementing a new rivalry. In the losers' bracket, NesTea was surprisingly knocked out in a ZvZ (a match-up NesTea has dominated throughout his career) by HayprO, finishing in 12th place.
In the 2012 GSL Season 1 Code S Round of 32, NesTea was seeded into a group with Mvp, Lucky, and IdrA. He defeated IdrA 2-0 and Mvp 2-1 to continue into the Round of 16. NesTea would lose 2-1 against both DongRaeGu and Genius to fall down to Code A as last in his group. In Code A he would go vs KeeN and take the win 2-0, and get back to Code S next season.
Next season NesTea would play in group E with MC, Virus, and InCa, he would defeat InCa, but lose to both Virus and MC, finishing 3rd in his group and dropping down to Code A. In Code A he would face KeeN again, this time losing 0-2, not dropping from the tournament, but neither advancing to Code S, instead he got a place in the Up and Down matches.
After going 3-0 in his Up and Down group, NesTea played in the Ro32 vs TheStC and Creator, beating both of them and advancing to the Ro16. He would pass in 2nd place, winning over SuperNova and Ryung, but losing vs DongRaeGu. Still he would get a place in the Ro8 where he faced Prime's ByuN and lost 0-3. He was eliminated but he got a Code S spot granted for next season.
In GSL Season 4, NesTea was quickly eliminated from his Code S Ro32 group by Life and SuperNova. In the Ro48 of Code A, he was beaten 2-1 by GSL-newcomer Sparta and dropped down to Code B thus ending a streak of 11 seasons of Code S play by NesTea. However, NesTea managed to fight his way back up to GSL through preliminaries the following season.
On July 23, 2012, NesTea participated in the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Dual Tournament. NesTea took down Vampire in game one, and then advanced in to the winners bracket to face MarineKing. NesTea failed to take down MarineKing and fell in to the final bracket. NesTea faced YugiOh in the final bracket and advanced in to the 2012 SC2 OSL Season 1 with a total score of 2-1.
During MLG Providence, a rivalry formed between NaNiwa and NesTea. NesTea had previously defeated NaNiwa 2-1 in the BlizzCon 2011 StarCraft II Invitational, but NaNiwa returned the favor by defeating NesTea 2-1 when they met again during the 2011 MLG Global Invitational final. In an interview after that game, NaNiwa commented about a drone pull NesTea made during their 3rd game: "I thought that he would do some smart shit, [...], I thought he was that genius but apparently he's just an idiot. What he did made no sense.". When NesTea heard about these comments he was reportedly very angry and ready to destroy NaNiwa. The two players proceeded to meet in the Championship Winners' Bracket quarterfinal of Providence, where they both played aggressively, including a 3rd game cannon rush by NaNiwa. NaNiwa won the match 2-1, and cameras showed a clearly angry NesTea. In twitter posts and a later interview, NaNiwa stated that he was "caught up in the moment" and "didn't mean any disrespect." He also stated: "He showed he is a very smart player, obviously, since he won 3 GSLs. He can't be stupid."
When NaNiwa went back to Korea to participate in the Blizzard Cup, he mentioned the rivalry in various interviews, remarking in one, "I hope [NesTea] can stop being angry." On the second day of the tournament, when NaNiwa and NesTea were scheduled to play, both players were already down 0-3 in their group and were essentially already eliminated. NaNiwa proceeded to attack-move his starting probes to NesTea's base, effectively losing the game on purpose. This move sparked heavy controversy about NaNiwa's professionalism. See main article.
- He is the first player to win three GSL championships.
- He is the first and only player to win a GSL Code S without dropping a single game. (July 2011). The only players who have ever come close to achieving such a feat are his teammate Mvp, who only lost a single game in GSL January 2011 to NesTea himself, and Curious, who won a GSL Code A without dropping a game.
- He ran a 19-game win streak in Code S from GSL May through GSL August.
- He is the first player to win two Code S tournaments in a row.
- He has won the GSL finals against every race. He won GSL Open S2 against MarineKing (Terran), GSL May against InCa (Protoss), and GSL July against teammate LosirA (Zerg).
- He chose the ID NesTea because there was a NesTea bottle on his desk when he was making his StarCraft II account. Bong is a censored word on Blizzard's Battle.Net 2.0, so he could not use his original ID, 'ZergBong.'
- Until the beginning of GSL March 2011, he had a 100% win rate against Zerg and Protoss in the GSL, holding a 6-0 record against Protoss and 10-0 record against Zerg. His perfect record against Protoss was broken by San; his perfect record against Zerg was broken by DIMAGA.
- The first player to defeat him in a televised ZvZ was DIMAGA, who eliminated him 2-1 from the GSL World Championship.
- He is the third oldest contestant in GSL history (after BoxeR and TheWinD). White-Ra has stated NesTea is his favorite South Korean player, simply because "I am old".
- He is second dan in Kendo.
- As of March 31, 2011, every time NesTea has checked his "minihompy" before a match, he has lost.
- He once stated that the toughest series he has ever played was against sC in the GSL May semifinals, which was a narrow 3-2 win.
- He has won over 264,000 USD in prize money since release.
- Until 2012 GSL Season 3 he had only been eliminated from Code S single-elimination bracket stages by his teammate Mvp. This was broken by ByuN in the Round of 8.
- NesTea received the first NesTea Award (named in his honor) for the achievement of qualifying for ten consecutive seasons of GSL Code S.
- NesTea, alongside Mvp, MarineKing, MC and Leenock, is one of the players who played in the first GSL Wings of Liberty Code S and the last GSL Wings of Liberty Code S.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2013-01-26||3rd||Iron Squid – Chapter II||3 : 0||MarineKing||$3,750|
|2012-05-05||3rd||Iron Squid – Chapter I||3 : 2||aLive||$3,750|
|2012-04-08||3rd||IGN ProLeague Season 4||2 : 3||Squirtle||$7,000|
|2011-11-20||2nd||2011 MLG Global Invitationnal||1 : 2||NaNiwa||$1,000|
|2011-10-22||2nd||BlizzCon 2011|| 0 : 2
1 : 2
|2011-07-30||1st||2011 GSL July - Code S||4 : 0||LosirA||$46,000|
|2011-05-14||1st||2011 GSL May - Code S||4 : 0||InCa||$46,000|
|2011-01-23||3 - 4th||2011 GSL January - Code S||1 : 3||Mvp||$4,500|
|2010-11-13||1st||2010 GSL Open Season 2||4 : 3||MarineKing||$89,000|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2013-07-28||3 - 4th||Red Bull Training Grounds 2||1 : 3||Snute||$1,300|
|2011-11-09||2nd||Gainward SC2 Tournament||0 : 3||Mvp||$2,600|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2012-02-12||1st||2012 MLG Winter Qualifier Korea||4 : 1||PartinG||Paid Trip|
|In Premier Team Leagues|
|2013-06-15||2013 GSTL season 1||All Kill of New Star HoSeo|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|Global Starcraft II League Champion|
| GSL Open Season 1
| GSL Open Season 2
13 November 2010 – 18 December 2010
| GSL Open Season 3|
| GSL March 2011
| GSL May 2011
14 May 2011 – 18 June 2011
| GSL Super Tournament 2011|
| GSL Super Tournament 2011
| GSL July 2011
30 July 2011 – 10 September 2011
| GSL August 2011|
- 2013-10-09 | Meet NesTea: The Legend - Byte Size by Redbull at Red Bull Training Grounds 2
- 2013-05-26 | 2013 GSTL Season 1 Group Stage NSH vs LG-IM Winner by This Is Game
- 2013-05-17 | NesTea: Creator of the Universe by MachinimaVS (trans. )
- 2013-02-12 | 2013 GSL Season 1 Code A Ro48 Day 3 Winners by This Is Game
- 2013-01-10 | GSL 2013 Season 1 Up/Downs Group E Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-11-19 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Ro48 Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-11-12 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Preliminaries Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-09-11 | Auction OSL Ro16 Day 5 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-07-23 | OSL Non-KeSPA Dual Tournament Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-06-14 | GSL 2012 Season 3 Code S Ro32 Group B Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-01-12 | GSL 2012 Season 1 Code S Ro32 Group C Winners by This Is Game
- 2011-10-06 | IMNesTea interview on what makes Korea a pro-gamer's paradise by CNN
- 2011-07-30 | Interview with Nestea after winning GSL July by PlayXP
- 2010-11-05 | GSL OpenSeason 2 Semi Final Winner Interview by GOMTV (trans. )
- 2010-11-02 | GSL OpenSeason 2 Quarter Final Winner Interview by GOMTV (trans. )
- 2010-11-02 | GSL Open Season 2 Ro8 Winner Interview by Fomos.kr
- 2010-10-29 | GSL Open Season 2 Ro16 Winner Interview by GOMTV (trans. )
- 2010-10-26 | GSL Open Season 2 Ro32 Winner Interview by GOMTV (trans. )
- 2010-10-21 | GSL Open Season 2 Ro64 Winner Interview by GOMTV (trans. )
Matches & VODs
First Person View Match VODS
- NesTea leaves IM
- Ranking graph for the 하안사거리-account.
- Ranking graph for the NesTea-account.
- NesTea vs. GoOdy, TSL3
- BlizzCon Korean invites announced
- Steel Series acquire Mvp and NesTea
- NesTea and Mvp to MLG Providence
- NaNiwa interviewed after winning MLG Global Invitational
- NesTea says he's ready to destroy NaNiwa
- NaNiwa Post Nestea Interview - MLG Providence 2011
- NaNiwa interviewed after winning MLG Global Invitational
- NesTea says he's ready to destroy NaNiwa
- NaNiwa Post Nestea Interview - MLG Providence 2011
- Blizzard Cup Media Day Interviews
- NaNiwa tells NesTea to relax at Blizzard cup
- Naniwa Interview - Blizzard Cup Group B
- ThisIsGame's Reaction to NaNiwa and the Blizzard Cup
- What do you think of NaNiwa vs Nestea?
- Nestea's win streak on TLPD
- SC2 Earnings
- 2012 GSL Season 3 Ro32 Group B Set 2 VOD. GOMTV.net, 14 June 2012.