Knee

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Player Information
Name:
배재민
Romanized Name:
Jae-Min Bae
Birth:
June 24, 1985 (1985-06-24) (age 37)
Country:
Status:
Active
Years Active:
2013
2015 - Present
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$197,370
Games:
Tekken
Links
Achievements
Evolution_Championship_Series/2013/TTT2 Evolution_Championship_Series/2018/Japan/T7 Battle_Arena_Melbourne/10/T7 Final_Round/2018/T7 Combo Breaker/2018/T7 Tokyo Tekken Masters/2018/T7 The_MIXUP/2018/T7 Combo Breaker/2019/T7 Community Effort Orlando/2019/T7 VSFighting/2019/T7 Evolution Championship Series 2022 - T7 Afreeca_TEKKEN_League/2022/Season_3/Finals ONE_Esports_FIGHT_Tokyo_Invitational/2022
History
2017-08-07 - 2021-12-20
(Rebranded from ROX Gaming on 2018-02-21)
2021-12-20 - 2022-01-07
2022-01-07 - Present

Jae-Min "Knee" Bae is a South Korean Tekken player currently representing DRX.

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Knee is a three-time EVO champion, having won Tekken Tag Tournament 2 in 2013 , and Tekken 7 at EVO Japan 2018 and EVO 2022. Although he is most known for his Bryan, throughout his career he has shown proficiency over a plenitude of characters, being known for his mastery of the game as a whole rather than being a specialist.

As a result of his numerous major tournament wins and consistency over 2 decades of Tekken tournaments, Knee is considered by many to be the greatest Tekken player of all time.

Biography[edit]

Knee started playing Tekken with the first iteration of the series, when he was in elementary school.[1] While growing up he continued to hone his skills, spending much of his free time playing Tekken at different Korean arcades.

Early Career[edit]

Starting in 2004, Knee began taking fighting game competitions seriously. He placed third in his first tournament, being praised by other players and motivating him to become the best at the game. With the release of Tekken 5, Knee would go on to rise to the top rankings of Korean Tekken, much of it taking place at the Green Arcade, one of the top arcades for Tekken in South Korea.[2] In the following years, Knee continued to compete against other top players in Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, winning several tournaments and further cementing his status as one of the best Tekken players in Korea.

The growing interest in fighting games brought by the release of Street Fighter IV was also reflected in other titles, compelling esports organizations to include fighters at their events. At World Cyber Games 2010, Knee defeated players from all over the world such as Ryan Hart, Ao, Rikimaru and Fightinggm to win the tournament. His dominance continued as time went by, winning Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at EVO 2013 over Bronson Tran in the finals.

Tekken 7[edit]

During Tekken 7' s first two years, Knee faced fierce competition as other top level players like JDCR, Saint and Qudans rose through the ranks. He had a relatively quiet first Tekken World Tour season in 2017, only winning a Challenger event at Abuget Cup and in a shocking upset, while also losing all of his Group Stage games at the Finals, being defeated by Nobi, Saint and Jimmyjtran.

However the 2018 season would be a complete return to form for the Korean, winning EVO Japan 2018 and a grand total of five Master events en route to the Finals, eventually finishing 3rd overall after being eliminated by eventual winner Rangchu. Knee was just as successful in 2019, winning Combo Breaker, CEO, WellPlayed Challenger, VSFighting, WSOE 7, as well as taking second place at EVO 2019.

In 2022, Knee won his third EVO championship in dominating fashion with Feng, only dropping two games to Khan in the entire tournament.

Results[edit]

Tekken 7[edit]

Tekken Tag Tournament 2[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2013
2013-07-121stEvolution Championship Series 20133 : 1United StatesBronson Tran$1,278
2013-03-312ndFinal Round XVI0 : 3South KoreaJDCR$1,750
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
All Results


Trivia[edit]

  • The name Knee came from his time playing Tekken Tag Tournament; He used Bryan and Bruce as tag partners, characters that have many skills utilizing their knees.
  • Tekken became his main game because it was the most popular game at Korean arcades when he was growing up.
  • On October 9th, 2021, he became the first player to have reached the rank of Tekken God Omega with every character in Tekken 7.

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