2015 - Present
Wings of Liberty
During the GSL3, ByuN became known as NEXExcrement on the South Korean ladder and has managed to consistently scale the Top 200. His first significant accomplishment came from competition as a Terran player in the Gainward SC2 Tournament, which began with 768 participants. Not being one of the 8 seeded players, ByuN played the single-elimination tournament until reaching the Round of 32 where he went on to defeat Genius and Zenio before losing 2-3 to NesTea. He ended up in 4th place after losing the bronze match to MarineKing 0-3.
ByuN was once a member of the Korean clan NEX, and he was part of the initial roster that merged with the Zenith clan to form the professional gaming team ZeNEX in October 2010. When the merge occurred, he was known by his "Bleach" ID.
Global StarCraft II League
ByuN qualified for the first two open seasons of the GOMTV Global Starcraft II League. Playing as Protoss, he was knocked out in the Round of 32 and 64 by Ensnare and Loner respectively. Although unable to qualify for Season 3 during his race switch from Protoss to Terran, his previous qualifications were enough to make the first A-Class tournament of 2011.
ByuN was able to reach the finals of the GSL 2011 January Code A tournament. He swept through a majority of his brackets, beating Golden in the Ro32, Killer in the Ro16, and July in the Ro8, all 2-0. This qualified him for the Up and Down matches where he will get a chance to advance to Code S. In the Ro4, ByuN played a TvT against Lyn, and defeated him 2-1. In the finals of the Code A tournament, ByuN played oGsTOP in a very even best of 7. TOP ended up barely defeating ByuN 4-3, where TOP tended to win the shorter games and ByuN tended to win the longer, more macro based matches. However, the final match was 15 minutes long, where ByuN was unable to handle TOP's combination of excellent harass punishing his constant use of a single build throughout the series in the early and mid-game which allowed TOP to have superior macro in the late game.
ByuN played in the Up and Down matches, playing against opponents that he chooses due to being a finalist in Code A. His choices were rather surprising compared to TOP's, selecting Leenock, a relatively accomplished Zerg player, and his own teammate, LiveForever. He managed to win a close series against Leenock 2-1, advancing himself into Code S of the next season of GSL.
ByuN would not play in the following 2 GSLs, but would come back for the 2012 GSL Season 2 and play in Code A, reaching the Ro24 defeating big names like NaDa, but ultimately losing to TheStC, still he managed to get into Code S via the Up and Down matches.
ByuN made his first Code S appearance in GSL March, he would advance out of the group stages by beating Zenio although falling to Clide. In the Round of 16 he would be swept by MC. The proceeding season in May fared worse for ByuN who would be sent to the up/down matches after only besting RainBOw. He held off aLive to retain his status. ByuN's deepest run in Code S to date would be in GSL July, where he made it into the round of 4 going through players such as NaDa and Bomber before being stopped by LosirA. Even with the success ByuN had in GSL July, he would not be able to replicate his results in GSL August, as he went 0-2 in his group and thus had to play in the Up and Down Matches. There, he disappointingly went 0-3 in his group, and dropped down to Code A.
In the 2012 GSL Season 3 he would make a big mark, defeating HerO and Seed in the Ro32 and advancing 2-0. In the Ro16 he would also go 2-0 against KeeN and Genius and advance to the Ro8. There he would face NesTea, and in a shocker he would sweep the series 3-0, moving on to play Seed in the semifinals.
Global StarCraft II Team League
2011 GSTL February
On February 8, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL February, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their third player against SlayerS. The score was currently in favor for ZeNEX at 3-2 at that point. He wasn't able to take out SlayerS' MMA and allowed ZeNEX to tie up the score at 3-3.
2011 GSTL May
On May 16, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL May, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their third player against SlayerS. The score was in favor for SlayerS at 2-0 at that point. He wasn't able to take out SlayerS' TaeJa and allowed SlayerS to further their lead to 3-0.
2011 GSTL Season 1
On July 8, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL Season 1 Group B, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their third player against IM. The score was in favor for IM at 2-1 at that point. He wasn't able to take out IM's YoDa and allowed IM to further their lead to 3-1.
On July 15, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL Season 1 Group B, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their starting player against ST. ByuN took out Sound and Curious and put ZeNEX in the lead by a score of 2-0. for ByuN, ST sent out AcE next and ByuN wasn't able to defeat him. ByuN's loss allowed ST to lessen ZeNEX's lead to 2-1.
On August 25, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL Season 1 Group B, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their starting player against NSH. ByuN took out Tassadar and put ZeNEX in the lead by a score of 1-0. for ByuN, NSH sent out Seal next and ByuN wasn't able to defeat him. ByuN's loss allowed NSH to tie up the score at 1-1.
2012 GSTL Season 1
On March 10, 2012, for the 2012 GSTL Season 1 Group B, Prime sent out ByuN as their final player against StarTaleQ. Prime was down by a score of 2-4 when ByuN came out, meaning ByuN had to win three games in a row for them in order for Prime to advance. And ByuN did just that. ByuN took out Squirtle, AcE, and PartinG and made a comeback for Prime, winning the match against StarTaleQ by a score of 5-4, and dropped StarTaleQ to face HoSeo.
On April 1, 2012, for the 2012 GSTL Season 1 Group B, Prime sent out ByuN as their fourth player against FXO. The score was tied at 2-2 at that point. ByuN took out Lucky and Choya and put the score at 4-2, but then FXO sent out Leenock. ByuN did his best but was not able to take out Leenock and the score became 4-3, with Prime still in the lead but only by one game.
2012 GSTL Season 2
On June 15, 2012, for the 2012 GSTL Season 2 Round 2, Prime sent out ByuN as their second player against Fnatic to defeat Moon. The score was tied at 1-1 at that point. He wasn't able to defeat Moon and the score became 1-2 in Fnatic's favor.
On July 6, 2012, for the 2012 GSTL Season 2 Round 2, Prime sent out ByuN as their starting player against SlayerS. ByuN took out Alicia and put Prime ahead by a score of 1-0. for ByuN, SlayerS sent out CoCa next and ByuN wasn't able to defeat him. ByuN's loss allowed SlayerS to tie up the score at 1-1.
ESV TV Korean Weekly
On June 29, 2011, ByuN participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 3. After taking down Nettie, PartinG, dreamertt, and PuMa to advance in to the finals to face TanDongHo. He was not able to advance any further and lost to TanDongHo by a score of 2-4 and ended up taking second place.
On September 6, 2011, ByuN participated in the ESV TV Korean Weekly Season 1 Weekly 8. After taking down Life, and Hack, ByuN went on to face GuMiho. He was not able to advance any further after he lost to GuMiho by a score of 1-3 and fell in to the 3rd/4th place match. He was able to defeat HappyZerg by a score of 2-0, and was able to take third place.
IPL Season 5
ByuN participated in the IPL 5 Asian Satellite Qualifiers. The tournament started straight off from the semifinals. ByuN defeated 김대규 by a score of W-0 and was able to advance in to the finals to face Heart. Afterwards, ByuN took down Heart by a score of 2-1 and was able to take first place. His first place finish qualified him for the IGN ProLeague Season 5.
OnGameNet Star II League
2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries
On July 2, 2012, ByuN participated in the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries. ByuN received a BYE in round one and then took down 전진, Ares, Ryung, and faced HerO in the finals. After taking down HerO by a score of 2:1, ByuN advanced in to the 2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Dual Tournament.
Heart of the Swarm
With the Heart of the Swarm release and introduction of WCS, ByuN struggled to return to Premier League.
In WCS Season 1 Challenger League, ByuN was able to beat VINES (2-0) and KeeN (2-0), eventually losing his final match for advancing to Premier League against Rain (1-2). Another chance for WCS Season 2 Premier League came with Up&Down games. Again ByuN was unable to advance, losing to Super, ParalyzE and Curious, winning only against EffOrt.
In 2013 WCS Season 2 Challenger League, ByuN lost his first match against Dear (1-2), and he dropped from the Challenger League. However, thanks to winning Up & Down Spots Tournament he secured a spot for another Up&Down games for Season 3. Again, in the Up&Down games, ByuN was unable to qualify for Season 3 Premier League. He won against Life and Bang, but lost to soO and herO.
In 2013 WCS Season 3 Challenger League, ByuN beat Sniper (2-1) and lost to Avenge (1-2). Because of changes in the WCS format, there was no Up&Down games for another season and ByuN needed to qualify for a new Code A format.
In the second week of the playoffs of the 2013 GSTL Season 1 Group Stage Week 2, and on the day following Sound's dramatic all-kill of team New Star HoSeo, ByuN was sent out first against AZUBU. ByuN fought through SuperNova, VINES, San and Symbol successively to secure the all-kill and give his team the lead in the standings at the time, with StarTale just behind them (on the same points but as Prime had beaten them Prime was 1st place). Following weeks, he was unable to help his team. He lost against MadBull, CranK, First and Super while was able to win only against Ryung. With 5 wins overall, ByuN and Maru (also with 5 wins) were the best Prime players in the 2013 GSTL Season 1.
His games against Sacsri in the IEM Sao Paulo Qualifiers, played on December 18, 2013 are his last official played games (as of yet). Since then, ByuN has stopped playing in official tournaments. He was submitted to play in the 2014 GSL Season 1 Qualifiers, 2014 GSL Season 2 Qualifiers and 2014 GSL Global Championship Qualifiers, but he never showed up for his games. He did not play any game in 2014 Proleague, or even showed up in the Proleague studio with his team. No official comments about ByuN's disappearance were made either by ByuN, Prime coaches or Prime players.
On February 13, 2014 when it was announced that MarineKing is returning to Starcraft 2, Prime coach, Gerrard said, "we are so glad that Marineking has returned to SC2 at the worst period for us. Probably our bad result from round 1 made him enthusiastic. He is more enthusiastic than anyone, and with Byun, we will once again show the power of Prime terrans." However, he would not reappear in official matches until 04/18/2015.
Legacy of the Void
On April 4, 2015, ByuN played and won OlimoLeague #28, and over the next months participated in many more online tournaments, winning 23 Leifeng cups and 7 more olimoleagues (as of December 2, 2015), but never participated in official matches for team Prime. On the 18th of October it was revealed that he had joined the Chinese organization X-Team. Over the following months he came to be feared as one of the strongest players of the LotV beta. On the 17th of December, 2015, ByuN qualified for Season 1 of SSL 2016, making his first appearance at a premier tournament in over two years.
ByuN placed 0-2 in his Round of 32 group in GSL 2018 Season 3 Code S. Fans speculated that ByuN has hand/wrist injuries that may have affected his performance.
On January 29, 2019, ByuN started serving his mandatory military service. He is expected to come back early September 2020. He stated that he would continue with StarCraft 2 following his service.
On August 18, 2020, ByuN returned in the qualifier of GSL. He defeated Hurricane (2-1), Dream (2-1) and Cure (2-0) to qualify for GSL 2020 Season 3. He tweeted about his return, stating "ByuN is back".
- Was the first player in the GSL to switch race, from Protoss to Terran.
- Was promised a puppy by ZeNEX if he reached the semifinals in GSL. After defeating Bomber in the Round of 8 of GSL July, he received a puppy from a friend.
- He brought his puppy to the GSTL match vs fOu and had to run from the studio during the 2nd match so that it could pee.
- Was accused of match-fixing in an ESV TV Korean Weekly match against CoCa. CoCa was demoted by SlayerS and ByuN was banned from participating in tournaments by his team, Prime.
- Among his peers, he is known for his love for INnoVation and Maru. During the group selection event for the Ro16 of the second season of Code S in 2016, he explained that this was for different reasons. He views Maru, whom he has known for many years, as a little brother. INnoVation, on the other hand, is a star player who ByuN idolizes to an intense degree. When asked who he would save first if Maru and INnoVation were both in a life-or-death situation, ByuN said he didn't even need to think about the answer, and that INnoVation would always take priority.
- With his victory in the 2016 GSL Season 2 Finals, he is the first player in the history of both StarCraft: Broodwar and StarCraft 2 to have reached and won the final of a Premier Korean League while being teamless. He was nicknamed "The One Man Army" after achieving this feat.
- He is the only player to have won the last GSL Season of the season and then go beyond the Semifinals of the WCS Global Finals.
- He is the second Terran player, after MVP, to win a WCS Global Finals.
- Was chosen as 2016 ESPN Esports Player of the Year. Other nominees were Faker (League of Legends), Coldzera (Counter-Strike), Zero (Smash) and Hungrybox (Smash).
- ByuN is one of the Four Horsemen of Terran, alongside INnoVation, TY, and Maru.
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First Person View Match VODS
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1v1 Medal Statistics
- bokchoi (2010-10-18). "Zenith and NEX Merge". TL.net.
- ByuN joins Prime
- http://www.gomtv.net/2011gslsponsors1/vod/60174 TOP vs ByuN, Code A Final
- Byun on Twitter: 2020 return message
- 2011 July GSL - Semifinals Preview
- ByuN's Twitter
- CoCa forfeits his Code S spot
- Group Selection Part 2
- Tyler Erzberger (January 11, 2017). "Why Byun is the 2016 ESPN Esports Player of the Year". ESPN.com.
- Karin Krisher (2017-07-26). "IEM Shanghai Group D Preview". ESL.