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[e][h] ByuN
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Byun Hyun-woo
May 8, 1993 (1993-05-08) (age 27)
Alternate IDs:
ZeNEX, NEXExcrement, Bleach, n.Die_DDONG, GhostKingPrime, Campanella, PuppyKing, speaknow
The One Man Army
Total Earnings:
EPT Korea rank:
Military Service:
2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 22016 WCS Global Playoffs and FinalsWorld Cyber Arena 2016
× 2
????-??-?? — 2010-10-18
2010-10-18 — 2011-??-??
2011-10-08 — 2015-10-18
2015-10-18 — 2016-05-25
2016-10-01 — 2017-12-01
Upcoming Matches
ByuN  South Korea
South Korea  Stats
October 7, 2020 - 9:30 UTC
Recent Matches
ByuN  South Korea2:1South Korea  Patience
September 16, 2020 - 8:00 UTC
ByuN  South Korea2:1South Korea  PartinG
September 16, 2020 - 8:00 UTC
ByuN  South Korea2:1South Korea  Dream
August 18, 2020 - 0:00 UTC
ByuN  South Korea2:0South Korea  Cure
August 18, 2020 - 0:00 UTC
ByuN  South Korea2:1South Korea  Hurricane
August 18, 2020 - 0:00 UTC

"ByuN" Hyun Woo, formerly known as "GhostKing", is a Terran player from South Korea, currently teamless.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

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.[1] When the merge occurred, he was known by his "Bleach" ID.

On October 8, 2011, it was announced that ByuN had joined Prime.[2]

Global StarCraft II League[edit]

Open Seasons[edit]

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.

Code A[edit]

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.[3]

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 played in Code A in GSL October where he lost in the first round 1-2 to Oz, dropping out of the GSL for the first time.

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.

Code S[edit]

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[edit]

2011 GSTL February[edit]

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.

On February 9, 2011, for the 2011 GSTL February, ZeNEX sent out ByuN as their starting player against SlayerS. He wasn't able to take out IM's LosirA and allowed IM to take the lead at 1-0.

2011 GSTL May[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

IGN ProLeague[edit]

IPL Season 5[edit]

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[edit]

2012 OSL Non-KeSPA Preliminaries[edit]

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[edit]

Individual Leagues[edit]

With the Heart of the Swarm release and introduction of WCS, ByuN struggled to return to Premier League.

He played in 2013 WCS Season 1 Korea GSL: Up and Down Matches for a Premier League spot. ByuN won a game against Bbyong, but lost against Sniper, Flying and soO, failing to advance 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.

ByuN also played in the qualifiers for IEM Sao Paulo. He beat PartinG (2-0) but lost to Sacsri (1-2), and was eliminated from the competition.

Team Leagues[edit]

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.

Despite being in Prime's roster for every round of 2014 Proleague, ByuN did not play any games in Proleague. ByuN and Barbie were the only Prime players that haven't played in Proleague.

The Disappearance[edit]

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."[4] However, he would not reappear in official matches until 04/18/2015.

Legacy of the Void[edit]

The Return[edit]

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 won 2016 GSL Season 2 with a victory over sOs, therefore becoming the first teamless player to win a GSL.

The Break[edit]

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.[5]

On January 29, 2019, ByuN started serving his mandatory military service.[6] 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".[7]


  • 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.[8] After defeating Bomber in the Round of 8 of GSL July, he received a puppy from a friend.[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • 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.[12] 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.[13]


In A1Premier tournaments
2017-07-303 - 4thIEM Season XII - Shanghai1 : 3 Rogue$2,000
2016-12-121stWorld Cyber Arena 2016 Global Finals3 : 1 Patience$21,706
2016-11-051st2016 WCS Global Playoffs and Finals4 : 2 Dark$200,000
2016-09-25 3 - 4th2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross FinalsZZZZZ2 : 3 Dark$0
2016-09-101st2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code SZZZZZ4 : 1 sOs$36,189.27
2012-07-193 - 4th2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 3: Code S2 : 3 Seed$4,392.82
2011-07-253 - 4th2011 Global StarCraft II League July: Code S0 : 3 LosirA$4,500
2011-01-212nd2011 Sony Ericsson Global StarCraft II League January: Code A3 : 4 TOP$896.70
In A2Major tournaments
2017-09-192ndBallistix Brawl Finals #13 : 4 GuMiho$1,000
2017-09-183rd2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 - Challenge3-2Grp S.$1,858
2017-08-273rdMaster's Coliseum 12 : 3 soO$1,000
2017-07-232ndHomeStory Cup XV2 : 4 Zest$2,500
2017-06-034th2017 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 - Challenge3-2Grp S.$1,675
2017-01-081stOSC Championship Season 42 : 4 KeeN$2,000
2016-11-143 - 4thStarCraft II Cataclysm Tournament: The Beginning2 : 3 ByuL$429
2016-08-071stTing Open Season 2ZZZZZ5 : 4 Solar$2,000
2016-05-202ndWorld Cyber Arena 2016: Asia Spring Qualifier1 : 3 Patience$4,600
2016-02-022ndIEM Season X - Taipei2 : 4 sOs$5,000
2015-11-153rdSanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II4 : 1 Bomber$2,300
2011-01-094thGainward SC2 Tournament0 : 3 MarineKing$0
In A3Minor and A5Monthly tournaments
2017-09-081stGauntlet Premier #23 : 1 Solar$50
2017-06-121stWardiTV Weekly S2 Finals3 : 0 KeeN$442
2017-04-181stGauntlet Event #134 : 0 Scarlett$100
2017-03-311stGauntlet Event #104 : 0 MajOr$150
2017-03-281stOlimoLeague Monthly Finals: March 20174 : 1 Classic$350
2017-03-121stMasters Cup 893 : 0 PandaBearMe$75
2017-02-211stGauntlet Event #74 : 0 ByuL$75
2017-02-151stGauntlet Event #54 : 2 Solar$75
2017-02-051stESL ANZ Summer Cup #113 : 0 jjakji$500
2017-01-271stBaseTradeTV Star League Season 1 Finals3 : 0 herO$200
2016-11-172ndOlimoLeague Grand Final 20161 : 3 soO$1,000
2016-10-191stLeifeng Cup 1562 : 0 aLive$1,400
2016-10-151stSHOUTcraft Kings October 20160 : 1 GuMiho$500
2016-09-301stSGL Cup 4ZZZZZ3 : 0 aLive$400
2016-09-171stSHOUTcraft Kings September 2016ZZZZZ0 : 1 Nerchio$2,000
2016-09-061stOlimoLeague Monthly Finals: August 2016ZZZZZ3 : 1 Reality$450
2016-09-011stSGL Cup 3ZZZZZ1 : 3 TRUE$400
2016-08-311stLeifeng Cup 153ZZZZZ4 : 0 aLive$1,400
2016-08-171stLeifeng Cup 152ZZZZZ2 : 1 iAsonu$1,400
2016-08-091stOlimoLeague Monthly Finals: July 2016ZZZZZ4 : 1 GuMiho$450
2016-07-011stDouyu Cup Monthly Finals #4ZZZZZ3 : 0 NaTuRal$1,000
2016-06-102ndFriday Night StarCraft #1ZZZZZ0 : 4 Neeb$100
2016-06-051stDouyu Cup Monthly Finals #3ZZZZZ3 : 0 aLive$1,000
2016-06-041stLeifeng Cup 147ZZZZZ2 : 1 Solar$1,800
2016-06-031stSC2 Global Showdown4 : 0 Polt$545
2016-04-221stLeifeng Cup 1444 : 2 Reality$1,800
2016-01-102ndOSC Championship Season 31 : 3 Solar$467
2015-12-141stGauntlet StarCraft LotV Series #14 : 1 Nerchio$650
2015-11-211stBaseTradeTvT Tournament4 : 1 Bunny$1,000
2015-10-311stOlimoLeague Monthly - October4 : 2 Reality$250
2015-07-241stOlimoLeague Monthly - June4 : 1 Alicia$250
Complete Results in any Tournament

Team Achievements

In A1Premier tournaments
2017-08-061st2017 GSL vs. The World: Teams Competition7 : 1$0
2017-01-211stStarCraft II: NationWars IV5 : 4$3,750
2012-06-031stKorean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 16 : 0$625
2012-06-034thKorean StarCraft II League 2012 Season 1: Group Stage4-3Grp S.$100
2012-04-071st2012 Global Starcraft II Team League Season 15 : 2$3,787.04
2011-02-103 - 4th2011 Global StarCraft II Team League Feb1 : 4$0
In A2Major tournaments
2017-07-212nd2017 VSL Season 2 - Team League1 : 4$329
2017-04-281st2017 VSL Season 1 - Team League4 : 3$442.50
2016-11-203rdVSL Team League3 : 4$211.67
2015-12-271stStarcraft League 20153 : 2$640
2012-03-091stIPL Team Arena Challenge 28 : 7$1,000
2011-01-312ndZotac Team Invitational Season 21 : 4$382.20
In A3Minor tournaments
2018-03-261stWardiTV Team League Season 74 : 1$437.50
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
Complete Results in any Tournament


GOMTV Global StarCraft II League Global StarCraft II League Champion
2016 GSL Season 1
Preceded By:
South Korea  Zest
2016 GSL Season 2
10 September 2016 – 26 March 2017
South Korea  ByuN
2017 GSL Season 1
Succeeded By:
South Korea  Stats
World Cyber Arena World Cyber Arena

Preceded By:
World Cyber Arena 2016
12 December 2016 – Present
South Korea  ByuN
Succeeded By:


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See also[edit]

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Matchup Statistics

 vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
as Protoss4 - 266.7 %2 - 820 %0 - 0-0 - 0-6 - 1037.5 %
as Terran639 - 31966.7 %689 - 27871.3 %832 - 32571.9 %10 - 190.9 %2170 - 92370.2 %

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