Lee Jae-dong

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Lee Jae-dong
Revised RomanizationI Je-dong
McCune–ReischauerYi Che-tong
Hwaseung Jaedong.JPG
Date of birth(1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 25)
GamesStarcraft: Brood War
Starcraft II
Career prize money>$500,000
Professional career
2006-2011Hwaseung OZ
2014Evil Geniuses
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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Jae-dong
Revised RomanizationI Je-dong
McCune–ReischauerYi Che-tong
Hwaseung Jaedong.JPG
Date of birth(1990-01-09) 9 January 1990 (age 25)
GamesStarcraft: Brood War
Starcraft II
Career prize money>$500,000
Professional career
2006-2011Hwaseung OZ
2014Evil Geniuses
Lee Jae-dong
Medal record
World Cyber Games
Gold2009 Chengdu, China
Bronze2010 Los Angeles, USA

GoldBacchus Starleague 2009, 2009.08
GoldBatoo Starleague, 2009.04
GoldEVER Starleague 2007, 2007.12

SilverBigfile MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.08
SilverHana Daetoo Securities MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.05
GoldNATE MBCGame StarCraft League, 2010.01
SilverArena MBCGame StarCraft League, 2008.07
GoldGOMTV MSL Season 4, 2008.03

GoldAveratec-Intel Classic Special Match, 2009.03
GoldTG-Intel Classic 2008 Season 1, 2008.08

Lee Jae-dong (born 9 January 1990), alias Jaedong, nicknamed The Tyrant and The Legend Killer, is a South Korean professional StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft 2 player for the American team Evil Geniuses. Using the Zerg race in both games, Lee is one of the most successful StarCraft players of all time, winning five OnGameNet Starleague (OSL) and MBCGame StarCraft League (MSL) tournaments, and earning over $500,000 in tournament prize money along through his career.[1]

Brood War[edit]

Jaedong made his debut in 2006 as a member of the Korean team Hwaseung OZ and quickly proved himself as a talented player. In less than two years he won his first premier tournament, the Seoul International eSports Festival, and shortly after both the OSL and the MSL tournament.[2] Since then he dominated the StarCraft competitive scene, revolutionizing Zerg strategy and establishing a famous rivalry with the Terran player Lee Young-Ho.

Over his 6-year career as a StarCraft: Brood War player, Lee set several records. He has the second-highest ELO peak of any player at 2378,[3] and the second highest career win rate at 67.45%.[4] He is one of four players to win the Golden Mouse, which is awarded to players for winning 3 OSL tournaments.

Free Agency in 2009[edit]

After KESPA revised the rules regulating Free Agency, Hwaseung OZ made Lee an offer of 140,000,000 won (112,420 USD) a year to renew his contract.[5][6] During the bid period, Lee expressed interest in remaining within Hwaseung Oz because of the friendships he had forged over the past three years on the team.[7]

Although his father publicly stated in interviews that retirement was a possibility,[8] Lee renegotiated his contract with Hwaseung Oz and has confirmed that he will play for the team in the upcoming Proleague season.[9]

Hwaseung Oz Disbands[edit]

In August 2011, Hwaseung decided to stop sponsoring Oz to shift their priorities over to physical sports. This left Lee, and several other notable progamers without a team as FOX and Hero also closed down. However in the first days of November it was revealed the governing body of esports in Korea, KeSPA, had decided to form a team. It was announced Lee along with several other progamers from the closed down teams, would move to the new team. Notable gamers to also join the new team included Yum Bo Sung (Sea), Jun Tae Yang (BaBy) and Park Joon Oh (Killer). In December 2012, Lee Jae-dong joined the American team Evil Geniuses.

StarCraft II[edit]

In 2012, Lee retired from StarCraft: Brood War and began to play StarCraft 2 competitively, joining the team Evil Geniuses a few months after.[10] Throughout 2013, he was one of the most consistent players, earning several silver medals in premier tournaments, most notably the 2013 StarCraft World Championship. After 5 second place finishes in premier tournaments, Jaedong finally emerged victorious at ASUS ROG NorthCon 2013.

Jaedong was chosen as one of the KeSPA players to be seeded in Code S for the 2012 GSL Season 4 [11] because of his performance in the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2 in the KeSPA. He made his GSL debut on Wednesday, September 5. He would go 0-2 in his group, thus dropping to Code A. In Code A Jaedong would go 0-2 again, ending his GSL debut. Jaedong was picked up by the successful North American team Evil Geniuses on the 5th of December 2012.[12] On Evil Geniuses Jaedong would go to compete in several international Starcraft tournaments as well as compete in KeSPA's Proleague.

Major achievements[edit]

Tournament finishes[edit]

KeSPA awards[edit]

OSL/MSL/WCG career statistics[edit]

YearLeagueName of TournamentResult of FinalOpponentNote
2010World Cyber Games2010 Grand FinalWWYayba (P, Infernal Gamers)Lost to FlaSh in semi-finals
2010OnGameNet StarleagueKorean Air 2LWLLFlaSh (T, KT Rolster)
2010MBCgame StarleagueBigfileLLWWLFlaSh (T, KT Rolster)
2010MBCgame StarleagueHana DaetooLLLFlaSh (T, KT Rolster)
2009MBCgame StarleagueNateWLWWFlaSh (T, KT Rolster)Game 3 Power Outage on Odd-Eye gives Jaedong win
2009World Cyber Games2009 Grand FinalWLWStork (P, Samsung KHAN)
2009OnGameNet StarleagueBacchus 2009WWWYellOw[ArnC] (Z, Hite Sparkyz)Receives OSL golden mouse
2009OnGameNet StarleagueBatooLLWWWBy.Fantasy (T, SKT T1)
2008MBCgame StarleagueArenaLLLfOrGG (T, Lecaf OZ)
2007MBCgame StarleagueGomTV S4LWWWSiz)KaL (P, STX SouL)
2007OnGameNet StarleagueEVER 2007LWWWStork (P, Samsung KHAN)Wins first major title


  1. ^ "Highest Overall Earnings". e-Sports Earnings. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong - Results By Game". e-Sports Earnings. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "TLPD - BW Korean - Players' Detailed ELO". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved 17 August 2014.  (Click the left-most "peak")
  4. ^ "TLPD - BW Korean - Player Information - Jaedong". TeamLiquid.net. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "[News] Free Agency period signings (Jaedong up for grabs)". TeamLiquid.net. 20 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Free Agent (Slave Auction) policy overview". TeamLiquid.net. 12 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "[Daily E-sports Exclusive] Jaedong on future". TeamLiquid.net. 23 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "[News] Jaedong's dad says retirement is an option". TeamLiquid.net. 24 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "[News]Jaedong successfully negotiates w/Hwaseung!". TeamLiquid.net. 31 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "EG.Jaedong". TeamLiquid.net. 6 December 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.gomtv.net/forum/view.gom?topicid=224214&cid=0&kind=8
  12. ^ http://jaedong.evilgeniuses.net/
  13. ^ "[Interview] E-Sports Best Player Award - Jaedong". TeamLiquid.net. 10 December 2009. 
  14. ^ http://esports.dailygame.co.kr/news/read.php?id=66057

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