"There's nothing but a straight (punch) for a man" - An infamous saying by Byun Eun Jong. An amateur boxer turned StarCraft gosu, Eun Jong has been one of the most successful Zergs of all time. He has acquired the nickname "Straight Zerg" from that saying of his, as well as his 'straight' style and is also known as "Silver Bell" (Eun - Silver, Jong - Bell) among team mates and fans. Eun Jong has had a long career and has been one of the most unpredictable players ever.
Eun Jong started out small in team Soul. His time with Soul was very special to him, and he treasured his roots. After winning the first KeSPA cup with KHAN and being named MVP, Eun Jong remarked that the first thing he would do with his money is buy all his old team mates from Soul dinner. His friendships in Soul also lead to the match between himself and Seo Ji Soo (Tossgirl) in Superfight 3. His time at Soul was also critical for his development. Despite posting mediocre results in tournaments in this time period, he was always a feared user of the swarm. However, good results were just around the corner as he placed 4th in NHN Hangame OSL.
In 2004, Eun Jong, Park Tae Min (GoRush) and Park Sung Jun (Julyzerg) were considered the 3 most feared zergs and dominated left right and center. And in the following year Eun Jong was recruited into Samsung KHAN and his presence immediately improved the teams success. Within 6 months of being recruited KHAN had won the first ever KeSPA Cup in 2005 for Samsung KHAN by beating Kim Jun Yung (GGPlay) in the 7th set securing their 4-3 victory over Hanbit. Eun Jong also showed a new found unpredictability and a willingness to use 5 or 4 pools as well as using obscure units and spells like ensare. With this 'new' level of skill came a new appearance; he began to wear sunglasses in matches. This became somewhat of a Eun Jong trademark.
Eun Jong carried through his unique style of play to this day. He is considered quite a fearsome ZvZ opponent (despite being a well-rounded player) especially in 2005-2006 and completely dominated on "Rush Hour" having a near perfect record. Eun Jong has remained modest throughout his career and in UZOO MSL revealed that his goal was not to win UZOO MSL, but to simply attain a Seed. From there, he said, he would move on to take first place. Eun Jong's next big success came in Pringles 2 MSL where he placed 3rd Equal with Kang Min (Nal_ra). Also in 2006 he became famous for his 'neck roll' ceremony.
Eun Jong made somewhat of a blunder in an interview by saying ZvP is easy; which he later regretted losing almost all of his remaining ZvP's. Eun Jong stepped up to the next level in 2007 by adopting a 'Smart' strategy by beating Park Ji-Ho (PuSan) 2-0 overcoming his losing streak in ZvP. By out thinking his opponent and playing a smart game he was able to attain a decisive victory, and in his winners interview said "ZvP is hard" - admitting his previous mistake.
Throughout his career it has been impossible to tell how far he will go. On the day he could be the hottest player in the world, or a complete dud. This is one of the many reasons the fans love him, you never know what you're going to get. Also, he is one of the more 'emotional' players as you can tell what he is thinking by the expression on his face. He certainly is a fun player to watch and support.
In the words of Eun Jong himself: "I may not be the best player right now but I think I can beat any 'best' players. I'll beat all the best players and become the best player. Watch me."
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2006-10-26||3 - 4th||2006 Pringles MSL Season 2||1 : 3||Silver|
|2006-06-14||4th||2006 Shinhan Bank OnGameNet Starleague Season 1||0 : 3||YellOw||$4,830|
|2004-03-05||4th||2003-2004 NHN OSL||2 : 3||Control|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|2nd||2003||2nd place, OnGameNet Challenge League|
|1st||2005||1st Place, (KHAN, MVP) Kespa Cup|
- vs iloveoov on Raid Assault 2 - Usage of ensnare back in UZOO MSL 2005.
- vs BoxeR on Namja Iyagi - JJu overcomes BoxeR's bunker contain and goes on to outplay him with nice drops, guardians, lurkers and even a queen at NHN OSL