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[e][h]Zerg Jaedong
Jaedong at the 2014 WCS Global Finals
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Lee Jae-dong
January 9, 1990 (age 33)
Alternate IDs:
The Tyrant, Legend Killer, The Dong[1]
Approx. Total Winnings:
Military Service:
Years active:
2012 - 2016
2011-11-04 — 2012-12-05
2012-12-05 — 2016-11-01
Recent Matches
Jaedong Zerg South Korea
South Korea Zerg Leenock
2016-02-03 09:30:16UTC  
Jaedong Zerg South Korea
South Korea Protoss BMW
2015-12-29 06:32:15UTC  
Jaedong Zerg South Korea
South Korea Terran Bomber
2015-12-29 06:32:13UTC  
Jaedong Zerg South Korea
France Protoss Lilbow
2015-11-20 12:55:00UTC  
Jaedong Zerg South Korea
South Korea Terran Flash
2015-11-19 06:10:00UTC  

Lee "Jaedong" Jae-dong (born January 9, 1990) is a retired Korean Zerg player.

He played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.[2]


Jaedong was one of the best players of the Brood War era, gathering no less than six premier titles (three time OnGameNet Starleague champion, two time MBCGame StarCraft League champion, and one time World Cyber Games champion).

On November 1st, 2016, Jaedong retired from competitive gaming.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

Inauspicious Beginnings (May 2012 – March 2013)[edit]

Jaedong played his first official StarCraft II match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2 first round, and he was defeated by SK Telecom T1's Rain on May 20.[3] In early June, he was one of the eight KeSPA-affiliated players to be sent to the KeSPA exhibition tournament at the 2012 MLG Spring Championship, where he eliminated Leta before losing to Bisu.[4]

Due to his success in the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2, Jaedong would be one of the two KeSPA Code S seeds for the 2012 GSL Season 4.[5] He was chosen by MC to play in his group, Group C, together with Curious and MarineKing and made his GSL debut on Wednesday, September 5. He would disappointingly go 0-2 in his group, winning only a single game against MarineKing and drop down to Code A. There, in his first match against finale, Jaedong would lose 0-2 to drop out of Code A and end his GSL debut.

Jaedong sprang back in the following GSL season, however, as he qualified for Code A after going through the brutal preliminaries. Jaedong beat Shuttle, Shine and PuMa to make it back into the GSL, only dropping a single game throughout his preliminary run. He then went on to defeat Sirius 2-1 in the first round, and LosirA 2-0 in the second. He faced Hack in the round of 24 for a Code S spot, but ultimately lost 1-2. In the Up and Down Matches, Jaedong was grouped with his Brood War rival Flash, and ended up beating him in their match. Despite ending the night with the same score as Flash, Jaedong's head to head win allowed him to place ahead of his rival, and secure third place for a shot at Code S via the Wildcard tournament. He was barely unable to qualify in the Wildcard matches, tying ByuN in map score but losing the head-to-head game. He subsequently fell out of GSL, losing to Lure in the first round of Code A.

On the 5th of December 2012 it was announced that Jaedong would be joining North American team Evil Geniuses.[6] He participated in the 2012-2013 Proleague as part of the EG-Liquid alliance. He had a fairly lackluster season, going 19-23, and more notably 6-14 against Protoss. Compared to Flash, who led the league with 44 wins, his poor team league performance stood out even more.

Heart of the Swarm[edit]

Hints of Greatness (April 2013 – November 2013)[edit]

Jaedong participated in the 2013 WCS America Season 1 Premier League Qualifier on April 20, 2013, but was knocked out in the 11th round of the loser's bracked by teammate DeMusliM. He was still able to qualify for Challenger League through the Invite-Only Qualifier. He lost in the first round of Challenger League to theognis, but defeated Ian and Drunkenboi in the Group Stage to qualify for WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League.

Jaedong took his first of many silver medals at 2013 DreamHack Open: Summer.

Jaedong had a strong series of performances in the 2013 DreamHack Open series. At DreamHack Open Stockholm, he took 3rd/4th, losing to NaNiwa. He also took 2nd place at DreamHack Open Summer and DreamHack Open Valencia, losing to StarDust and HyuN, respectively. His Summer run saw him go 6-0 in the first three rounds of the Bracket Stage against prominent players Stephano, LucifroN, and TaeJa. However, despite his strong performances, he was unable to win any of these tournaments.

During WCS America 2013 Season 2 Premier League, Jaedong went 8-1 in the group stages, losing a single game to puCK while defeating Snute, Ryung, and Oz 2-0. He narrowly defeated Jim and Scarlett 3-2 in the bracket stage, but lost 0-4 to Polt in the finals, forcing Jaedong to settle for second place.

At the WCS 2013 Season 2 Finals, Jaedong had impressive results against Protoss opponents, with twelve map wins and only two losses in the group and bracket stages. However, meeting a strong Terran player in the finals once again in Bomber, Jaedong was unable to overcome the relentless 3-base aggression of his opponent and lost 0-4 for the second tournament in a row, and took second place in his fourth consecutive finals.

In the first group stage of the WCS America 2013 Season 3 Premier League, Jaedong defeated TheStC and ViBE 2-0 each. He then defeated Heart and TaeJa 2-0 and 2-1 respectively to reach the quarterfinals. After narrowly defeating Hack, he fell to ByuL in the semifinals. At the Season Final in Toronto, Canada, Jaedong fell out in the group stage after being defeated by Genius and MMA.

Jaedong played at the 2013 WCS Global Finals in Anaheim, California at Blizzcon, after ending the year ranked third in WCS points. On his way to the finals, he defeated 2013 WCS Season 1 Europe champion Mvp, 2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL and 2013 WCS Season 3 Finals champion Dear, and 2013 WCS Season 2 Korea OSL champion Maru. In the finals, he was defeated 4-1 by a myriad of strategies from his opponent, sOs, who won his first premier tournament in StarCraft II.

A Taste of Victory (December 2013 – Present)[edit]

After 5 second place finishes in premier tournaments, Jaedong finally emerged victorious at ASUS ROG NorthCon 2013. After defeating StarDust and Nerchio in the group stage, he bested elfi and INnoVation to reach the finals against foreigner hope Scarlett. A close series ended with Jaedong winning over Scarlett 4-2, thus ending Jaedong's streak of silver medals and granting him the title of the first StarCraft: Broodwar champion to win a premier tournament in StarCraft II.

Historically Jaedong's weakest matchup in StarCraft II, his ZvP has once more shown weakness in 2014, while his ZvZ remains among the best in the world. Facing only Zerg players in the playoffs, Jaedong was nevertheless defeated by Impact at the 2014 DreamHack Open Bucharest, and had to settle with a 3rd-4th place finish alongside INnoVation.

Jaedong was able to claim another championship from Lone Star Clash 3 in May. Jaedong faced State and Heart in Group C of the group stage matches and advanced out as first with a 2-0 score. He then went on to advance into the playoffs. In the quarter-finals, he had a close 3-2 series victory vs Stephano. This match was significant due to the fact that both players were very famous and well known for their own reasons, and many people were eager to see if Stephano had what it took to take down Jaedong after being gone from the competitive scene for almost five months. After defeating Stephano, Jaedong's next opponent, viOLet didn't give him much trouble as Jaedong went on to easily 3-0 viOLet and advanced into the finals to face Polt. After a fantastic series, Jaedong took a 4-2 victory and claimed his first championship for SC2 in 2014.

Jaedong would participate at HomeStory Cup IX where in the first set of groups he was able to beat Socke and fellow Korean player YoDa to advance. In the Round of 16 Jaedong was pitted against MC, HasuObs, NightEnD. Jaedong would defeat NightEnD 2-0 and HasuObs 2-1 to once again advance to the Playoff bracket. His opponent would be Korean Terran Player TaeJa whom many considered one of the strongest Terran players around, despite a close fought series Jaedong would end up losing 2-3 knocking him out of the tournament.


  • In May 2010, Lee Jae Dong was selected as a South Korea representative for the WCG 2010 Torch Relay.[7]
  • There are two common South Korean nicknames for Jaedong: 폭군 (Pok-kkun, 'The Tyrant') and 파괴신 (Pagoesin, 'The God of Destruction' or 'Destructor'). The nickname ‘Tyrant’ was coined by OGN commentator Um Jae Kyung because Jaedong's hyper-aggressive style set him apart from other Zerg players. 'The Legend Killer' was a nickname given to Jaedong by the Western community.[Citation needed]
  • Was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2's regular-season.[8]
  • At an end of the year charity event in 2012, Jaedong's keyboard was sold for 250,000 KRW after a bidding war between two fangirls.[9]
  • Following his 2nd place finish at the 2013 WCS Global Finals, Jaedong became the esports player with the highest career total prize money.[10]
  • He is the first player to break $500,000 earnings in e-sport.
  • He is the first player to win both a StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II premier tournament.
  • Starred in one of Khaldor's videos showcasing his APM.[11]
  • Was featured in Madals' APM compilation at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.
  • According to DeMusliM, Jaedong was spooning him. It has been mentioned in Madals' interview at 2014 DreamHack Open: Stockholm.
  • JaeDong is a part of the Brood War quartet TaekBangLeeSsang
  • Wrote an autobiography called "나는 프로게이머다" (I am a progamer) set to be released on November 21, 2015.[12]


In A1Premier Tournaments
2015-07-053rd - 4thHomeStory Cup XIEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 3$2,500
2014-12-073rd - 4thIEM Season IX - San JoseEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 3$2,000
2014-09-071stWorld E-sport Championships 2014Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 1$24,300
2014-07-203rd - 4thIEM Season IX - ShenzhenEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 3$2,000
2014-06-163rd - 4th2014 DreamHack Open: SummerEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 2$3,000
2014-04-273rd - 4th2014 DreamHack Open: BucharestEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 2$3,000
2014-02-163rd - 4thIEM Season VIII - CologneEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 3$2,000
2013-12-071stASUS ROG NorthCon 2013Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 2$10,000
2013-11-092nd2013 WCS Global FinalsEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 4$45,000
2013-10-203rd - 4th2013 WCS Season 3 America: Premier LeagueEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 3$7,000
2013-08-252nd2013 WCS Season 2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 4$20,000
2013-08-112nd2013 WCS Season 2 America: Premier LeagueEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 4$12,000
2013-07-202ndDreamHack Open Valencia 2013Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 3$5,355.99
2013-06-172ndDreamHack Open Summer 2013Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 3$5,415.77
2013-04-273rd - 4th2013 DreamHack Open: StockholmEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses1 : 2$3,042.96
2012-09-22Award2011-12 SK Planet Proleague Season 2: MVP8th Team8th Team– : –$0
In A2Major Tournaments
2015-11-204thGPL 2015 International ChallengeEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 3$2,500
2015-08-232ndHell, It's Aboot TimeEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses3 : 4$4,250
2015-05-033rd - 4thGfinity Spring Masters IIEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 3$1,000
2014-12-173rdKung Fu Cup 2014 #1Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 3$489.67
2014-05-041stLone Star Clash 3Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 2$7,500
2013-12-221stNumericable M-House Cup 3Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 2$4,101.84
2013-01-091stHyperX 10-Year TournamentEvil GeniusesEvil Geniuses2 : 4$7,000
In A3Minor Tournaments
2015-11-211stGPL 2015 International Challenge Archon Mode2 : 0$2,000
2015-07-142ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars July 2015 #3Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses3 : 4PrimePrime$0
2015-06-112ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars June 2015 #3Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses0 : 4mYinsanitymYinsanity$0
2015-05-202ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars May 2015 #4Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses3 : 4ROOT GamingROOT Gaming$0
2015-05-151stGauntlet Cup #1Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 2$650
2015-05-111stPress Start LAN - Irvine 2015Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 0$1,250
2015-04-181stSHOUTcraft Clan Wars April 2015 #4Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 3Team AscensionTeam Ascension$83.33
2014-09-301stNationWars II Norway vs Korea
Team South Korea
5 : 3NorwayNorway$1,480.62
2014-03-251stSHOUTcraft Clan Wars March 2014 #9Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 2StarTaleStarTale$83.33
2014-03-062ndSHOUTcraft Clan Wars March 2014 #2Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses3 : 4MilleniumMillenium$0
2014-02-201stSHOUTcraft Clan Wars February 2014 #1Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses4 : 1Incredible MiracleIncredible Miracle$83.33
In A4Basic Tournaments
2015-04-241stRottiShowmatches Day 2 Match 4Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses3 : 1$100
In Premier/Major Team Leagues
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Matchup Statistics

 vs Protossvs Terranvs Zergvs RandomTotal
as Zerg235 - 18256.4 %179 - 12459.1 %244 - 11667.8 %2 - 0100 %660 - 42261 %
as Random0 - 20 %0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 0-0 - 20 %

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1v1 Medal Statistics