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Lim "NesTea" Jae Duk is a Korean Zerg playing for Team Incredible Miracle. With three GSL championships, he is widely considered the best Zerg player in the world.


In Brood War, NesTea (aka Zergbong) was a coach and player for Korean progaming team, KT Rolster. He was most notable for his 2v2 performances with Reach, as well as being a coach for KT's zerg roster.


Though his Brood War career was undistinguished, NesTea has found immense success in StarCraft 2, particularly in the GSL. He is the only Zerg to win multiple championships and the only player to go undefeated in an entire GSL. His success in Korea has made his relatively unimpressive results in smaller and foreign tournaments surprising.


NesTea's most notable strength is his unparalleled decision making. Tastosis on several occasions have compared NesTea's playstyle to that of Brood War's sAviOr, as NesTea's playstyle generally revolves around heavy droning and making the correct/minimum number of units for defense before controlling the map by taking expansions slowly. NesTea's great decision making also contributes to his high ZvZ win-rate, as the decision to build either Drones or other units from Larvae becomes more crucial in that volatile match up.

Wings of Liberty[edit]

NesTea was one of the first great StarCraft 2 Zergs: building strong records on both of his Korean ladder accounts,[1][2] joining fellow BW veterans Mvp, TT, ChRh, and LosirA to found the team Incredible Miracle,[3] and qualifying for the first GSL. Though he was eliminated in the first round, he returned with a vengeance in October 2010, advancing to the finals of GSL Open 2 without losing a single game.

In the finals, NesTea faced off against a young Terran, then known to the international audience as FoxeR, but now known as MarineKing. MarineKing had already made quite a stir in the previous rounds of the tournament, beating both previous GSL finalists with pressure based builds and superb marine-micro. NesTea, on the other hand, was known for his solid, macro-oriented style and an apparent invulnerability to cheese. During the finals MarineKing opted for early pressure in most of the games; this strategy was initially successful and put MarineKing in an early lead, but NesTea was able to adapt as the series went on. In the 7th and final set, NesTea baited the Terran into repeating his strategy from the first game of the series. This time, NesTea successfully held off the early marine and SCV push, winning the GSL 2 Finals 4-3.

NesTea kissing his trophy after winning GSL Season 2.

After this victory, NesTea qualified for his third straight GSL. This tournament proved more difficult for him, as he dropped games to Jys and MakaPrime. He eventually reached the Round of 8 where he was upset by TSL_Rain, who used a marine-bunker rush and two marine-SCV all-ins.

NesTea started 2011 on a strong note, becoming the only non-Terran player in the top 8 of the Gainward Tournament. He eventually took 2nd place in the tournament, being defeated by his teammate Mvp in the finals. Then, NesTea's team Incredible Miracle took the first GOMTV Global Starcraft II Team League by storm, reaching the finals in a commanding fashion. There, they faced off against Startale. NesTea was chosen as the ace player to face off against Squirtle, a player who had managed to eliminate Mvp immediately prior. This was the first and only game NesTea played during the entire team league; he was victorious, securing the 5-4 win for Incredible Miracle.

After this tournament, NesTea was named as one of the five zerg invites to TSL3. This tournament was NesTea's first venture into a non-Korean tournament. He was surprisingly defeated in the first round to German player GoOdy with a 1-2 loss. On September 26th, NesTea was seeded to the National Finals of WCG Korea and was eliminated in the group stages, losing both games to GuMiho.

Code S[edit]

In the first GSL Sponsorship League tournament, NesTea advanced through the group stages by defeating Polt and Maka in the Round of 32, and Zenio and BoxeR in the Round of 16. Subsequently in the quarter finals, NesTea went 3-0 against Choya. NesTea was the only non-Terran player in the semi-finals, where he ended up losing to eventual champion Mvp, but not before making Mvp suffer his only loss in the tournament. In the second season, NesTea suffered a major upset with losses to San and Ensnare in the Round of 32. Although he managed to secure victory against BoxeR, this 1-2 record ousted NesTea into the Up & Down matches. NesTea then easily retained his Code S position in the Up and Down Matches by defeating Leenock 2-0.

In May, NesTea advanced out of his group, only losing a single game to Clide. In the Round of 16 he faced fellow zerg GSL champion, FruitDealer, whom he beat 2-1. He then defeated anypro 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals, where he played sC. sC used aggressive timing attack builds to take 2 games off of NesTea, but great decision making by NesTea allowed him to take the win in the pivotal fifth game. The game ended in a clutch situation where both players were down to small armies and had very limited incomes. NesTea used his Muta force to great effect, sniping Marines and Thors where possible and whittling down the Terran army to force a surrender. NesTea then reclaimed the GSL championship by quickly sweeping InCa in the finals.

In July, NesTea surpassed his previous achievements by winning the whole tournament without losing a single game. He defeated HongUn in the semifinals and proceeded to sweep LosirA in the finals. Combined with his 4-0 victory in the previous finals and his final win in the previous semifinals, this put him at a 20 game winning streak in Code S (including a win by default against Rain in the group stage).

In August, NesTea beat Kyrix in the group stages and lost against MMA, which ended NesTea's massive GSL win streak. He advanced from his group to the Round of 16 by winning a close match against his teammate Happy. Unfortunately, his next opponent was once again his teammate and rival, Mvp, whom he lost to 0-2.

In October, NesTea was once again in a group with MMA. However, this time, NesTea managed to advance through his group by defeating both MMA and NaDa. He then defeated Virus 2-1 in the Round of 16, but lost in the Round of 8 to Mvp in a close (2-3) series.

NesTea struggled a bit during the initial stages of the 2011 GSL November. He was able to advance out of the Round of 32 by defeating his teammate LosirA, but he then lost 0-2 in the Round of 16, sending him into Code A.

In the 2012 GSL Season 1 Code S Round of 32, NesTea was seeded into a group with Mvp, Lucky, and IdrA. He defeated IdrA 2-0 and Mvp 2-1 to continue into the Round of 16. NesTea would lose 2-1 against both DongRaeGu and Genius to fall down to Code A as last in his group.

Code A[edit]

After falling from the Round of 16 of the 2011 GSL November, NesTea was seeded into Code A against asd, whom he defeated 2-0 to retain a Code S spot.

Outside Korea[edit]

On August 17th, it was announced that NesTea and his teammate Mvp had been invited to Blizzcon.[4] Only a day before the event, it was made public that Steel Series would personally sponsor both players.[5] NesTea would go on a tear through the winner's bracket, defeating players such as Brat_OK, Sheth, NaNiwa and Mvp, marking the first major tournament where he would defeat Mvp in a "best of" series. He would then face Mvp again in the grand finals after Mvp tore his way through the loser's bracket. Because of NesTea's previous victory, the rematch was an extended series where Mvp had to win two best of threes, whereas NesTea only had to win one. NesTea lost the first best of three with a score of 0-2. The second best of three was considerably closer, with Mvp managing to clinch the victory in a long and epic third game, which included 100+ Banelings at one time, pooled resources of over 10k minerals and 6k gas, as well as mass Brood Lords, Ghosts, and Nukes. After this 1-2 loss, NesTea ultimately took second place.

On the first day of Blizzcon 2011, it was announced that NesTea and Mvp would be going to MLG Providence as part of their new partnership with Quantic Gaming.[6] At Providence, NesTea started in the Open Bracket and won his first 6 matches without fail, earning a spot in the Championship Bracket. There he beat BoxeR, SeleCT, and Slush before losing a fierce match to NaNiwa, cementing a new rivalry.[7][8][9] In the losers' bracket, NesTea was surprisingly knocked out in a ZvZ by HayprO, finishing in 12th place.



During MLG Providence, a rivalry formed between NaNiwa and NesTea. NesTea had previously defeated NaNiwa 2-1 in the BlizzCon 2011 StarCraft II Invitational, but NaNiwa returned the favor by defeating NesTea 2-1 when they met again during the 2011 MLG Global Invitational final. In an interview after that game, NaNiwa commented about a drone pull NesTea made during their 3rd game: "I thought that he would do some smart shit, [...], I thought he was that genius but apparently he's just an idiot. What he did made no sense."[10]. When NesTea heard about these comments he was reportedly very angry and ready to destroy NaNiwa.[11] The two players proceeded to meet in the Championship Winners' Bracket Quarter Final of Providence, where they both played aggressively, including a 3rd game cannon rush by NaNiwa. NaNiwa won the match 2-1, and cameras showed a clearly angry NesTea. In twitter posts and a later interview, NaNiwa stated that he was "caught up in the moment" and "didn't mean any disrespect." He also stated: "He showed he is a very smart player, obviously, since he won 3 GSLs. He can't be stupid."[12]

When NaNiwa went back to Korea to participate in the Blizzard Cup, he mentioned the rivalry in various interviews, remarking in one, "I hope [NesTea] can stop being angry."[13][14] On the second day of the tournament, when NaNiwa and NesTea were scheduled to play, both players were already down 0-3 in their group and were essentially already eliminated. NaNiwa proceeded to attack-move his starting probes to NesTea's base, effectively losing the game on purpose.[15] This move sparked heavy controversy about NaNiwa's professionalism.[16][17] See main article.