NaDa

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NaDa
Player Information
Name: 이윤열
Romanized Name: Lee Yoon Yeol
Birthday: November 20, 1984 (1984-11-20) (age 29)
Country: South Korea South Korea
Race: Terran
Team: AZUBU
Clan: Red, Sea
Nicknames: Genius Terran, Tornado Terran, Otter Terran
Alternate IDs: [Red]NaDa, Sea.s2
Links
TLPD Korea TLPD SOSPA TeamLiquid.net Stream Twitch Stream Afreeca Stream Twitter Daum Café TeamLiquid.net Profile Fanclub
Achievements
Reebok KPGA 2nd TourPepsi Twist KPGA 3rd TourBaskin Robbins KPGA 4th Tour2002-2003 Panasonic OSLIOPS OSL2006 Shinhan Bank OSL Season 2
History
2001 - 2002

2002 - 2003

2003 - 2004-08

2004-08 - 2006-04

2006-04 - 2007-08

2007-08 - 2010-09-17

Lee "NaDa" Yoon Yeol is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea who played Terran for WeMade FOX. He was nicknamed the "Genius Terran" for his excellent macro-management, mechanics, and innovative strategies.

He played StarCraft II for a while before becoming a coach for AZUBU. After the disbandment of AZUBU, he enlisted in the army to complete his mandatory service.

Biography[edit]

Lee Yoon Yeol is a serious contender for the greatest StarCraft progamer of all time, and for good reason. As the most successful player he has achieved a championship almost every year since he started including 3 consecutive MSLs followed by 3 OSLs to win the Golden Mouse. Almost universally feared in his prime, it says something that the opponent with the greatest success against him is iloveoov, in many ways his successor. He maintained a 61% win rate over a span of 1100 games: more than anyone else, and is one of a handful of players with this win percentage or higher. NaDa also carried his team in Proleague having twice won the KeSPA Award for most Proleague victories out of all the players.

Early Dominance[edit]

First bursting onto the scene in 2002 as a member of Ideal Space (an early powerhouse team which also had BoxeR and YellOw) NaDa spectacularly won the second, third, and fourth KPGA Tours (the equivalent and precursor to today’s MSL) earning himself nicknames like Prodigy and Genius. In the KPGA 2nd Tour he triumphed over YellOw (who previously had struggled conquering Boxer in finals). In the KPGA 3rd Tour he convincingly tore apart Reach 3-0 who had just defeated Boxer 3-1 in the OSL. Then in 2003 as he won the fourth KPGA Tour he also traveled the Royal Road to dominate the Panasonic OSL, despite the collapse of Ideal Space which caused NaDa and Yellow to head over to KTF, then to the new team Toona S.G. with Yellow going back again to KTF. With a jaw-dropping record of 11-4 (including 3-0 against ChoJJa in the finals whom he also routed in KPGA 4th tour) NaDa became the first person to win the two major starleagues simultaneously, a feat not matched until Flash 7 years later. Two months later NaDa would also make the finals for the now discontinued GhemTV Starleague and triumph over H.O.T-Forever 3-0. If that were not enough, that year he also crushed the Terran Emperor Boxer 3-1 (after going an outstanding 13-0 in the previous matches) in the first KT-KTF Premier League, the league with the greatest payout at the time. In the 3 MSLs following his last championship he still managed to place 2nd (to Nal_rA), 3rd (to iloveoov), and 2nd again (to iloveoov). His exploits in 2003 earned him the title of Grandslammer for winning three different Starleagues at the same time and the KT-KTF Premier League as well.

It was at that time it was said among the progaming circuit that “if you let NaDa secure his natural then he has won.” His playstyle then was noted by first taking a relatively early expansion and then pummeling the enemy into submission through his unprecedented combination of overwhelming macro and exceptional micro. Consistently having an average 400 APM, NaDa was largely responsible for the first shift oriented towards perfect mechanics. He admitted in interviews that he did not focus on map or player-specific builds but rather worked out of straight-up builds executed to perfection. This is why some termed him as a Machine. NaDa's SK Terran displayed impeccable Marine-Medic and Vessel cloud control, and did not face any serious threats until the advent of sAviOr. NaDa also had a distinctive style in the Terran vs. Protoss match-up called Tornado Terran. It mainly consisted of harassing his opponent with Vultures while macroing, and finally emerging with a large number of Siege Tanks that would destroy the opponent's expansions and army in quick fashion.

Consistency and the Golden Mouse[edit]

If NaDa’s career had ended in 2003 he would still be known as a great player. However it has been his steady results through the years that have turned him into a legend, included with both the Four Kings of old (with Boxer, Yellow, and Reach) and the five bonjwas (with BoxeR, iloveoov, sAviOr and later - Flash). For a short period he passed his impossibly long reign of invincibility on to iloveoov and was merely a “good player who had only won one OSL and it was a while ago”, despite reaching multiple finals. However in 2005 he won the IOPS OSL, this time with new and improved TvZ. Featuring almost purely SK Terran strategies, NaDa went 0-1 vs Terran (iloveoov), 0 games against Protoss, and 10-2 against Zerg, including another 3-0 final against the previous champion JulyZerg, who was especially known for his ZvT. Additionally NaDa placed 3rd in the second KT-KTF Premiere League and almost won the YATGK MSL but lost in the finals to GoRush, another strong ZvT player who was responsible for his 2 losses in the OSL.

Unfortunately it was shortly after this point that tragedy struck and NaDa’s father died in a traffic accident. [1] The shock of this would drive NaDa all the way out of the preliminaries and into a slump. A true fighter, NaDa clawed his way back out of the offline preliminaries, through the Dual Tournaments, and back into the Starleague. After winning his second OSL he had joined the ranks of a few players (Garimto, BoxeR, JulyZerg, and later iloveoov) that could wear two badges. NaDa, however, sought the fabled Golden Mouse. He had stopped July’s attempt and BoxeR had also failed.

NaDa reached the finals of the 2006 Shinhan Bank OSL Season 2 to face Anytime, the same player who beat BoxeR a year earlier. Anytime was backed up by the powerful Legend of the Fall which dictated that a Protoss player would find victory in the fall season. NaDa was backed up by something even more powerful: a burning desire to be known as the best of all time. In a dramatic 3-2 series NaDa trounced Anytime using a classic dropship harass strategy in the fifth game to lay his claim to fame as the only player to win 3 OSLs and in completely different eras. Additionally, NaDa remains the best example of someone breaking the OSL Curse, where the champion of the previous Starleague often performs poorly in the following one, by rocketing all the way to the finals of 2006 Shinhan Season 3 before losing to sAviOr 1-3. NaDa was able to overcome the maestro sAviOr in early 2007 in the Shinhan Masters tournament of champions.[2]

Though he did not maintain the same high level of success in the last few years of his career, NaDa still won special events and appeared individual and team leagues with regularity. In 2010 NaDa retired from StarCraft: Brood War, citing a lack of passion for the game, and shortly thereafter moved on to play StarCraft 2. In terms of achievements, periods of dominance, and staying power, NaDa is easily the most accomplished StarCraft player of all time.

Facts[edit]

  • Lee Yoon Yeol achieved 81 wins (70 losses) in 1v1 games and 19 wins (8 losses) in 2v2 games.
  • 1st win was in KTF EVER Cup Proleague 2v2 game with YellOw vs. JinNam (Z) / JinSu (P) on Neo Jungle Story in 2nd set of match KTF vs. AMD 2003.03.01.
  • First player to win 3 OSLs/Golden Mouse (2003 Panasonic, 2004-2005 IOPS, 2006 Shinhan Season 2)
  • First player to win 3 MSLs/Golden Badge (KPGA 2nd Tour, KPGA 3rd Tour, KPGA 4th Tour)
  • Longest top-1 KeSPA Ranking after decaying points over time introduced (16 months)
  • Longest time in the KeSPA Ranking Top 30 (87 months, from March 2002 to May 2009)
  • Most televised wins until 11-06-21, surpassed by Jaedong; most overall wins (656); most finals appearances (10).

Trivia[edit]

  • NaDa’s reported earnings in 2005 were $200,000 USD, a record sum at the time.
  • During NaDa's early era of dominance, he was the best player in iloveoov's clan, as ilovesil.

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Wins Losses Ratio vs. Terran vs. Zerg vs. Protoss Best Finish
2001 IS 12 7 63.2% 6-0 2-4 4-3 ---
2002 KTF 80 30 72.7% 23-6 31-14 26-10 KPGA 2nd Tour, KPGA 3rd Tour
2003 KTF 92 54 61.3% 25-15 45-22 22-14 KPGA 4th Tour, Panasonic OSL
2004 Toona S.G 81 43 65.3% 25-18 30-10 26-15 CENGame MSL, YATGK MSL
2005 Pantech 45 35 56.2% 7-10 27-17 11-8 IOPS OSL
2006 Pantech 39 29 57.4% 12-7 11-8 16-14 Shinhan Bank S2 OSL
2007 FOX 40 37 52.0% 22-19 13-13 5-5 Shinhan Bank S3 OSL
2008 FOX 31 36 46.3% 13-17 9-3 9-16 Ro8 GOMTV S4 MSL
2009 FOX 13 19 40.6% 5-3 2-6 6-10 Ro8 Lost Saga MSL
2010 FOX 5 3 62.5% 2-1 2-0 1-2 ---

Achievements[edit]

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2007-02-24 A22nd OnGameNet StarLeague 2006-2007 Shinhan Bank OSL Season 3 1 : 3 Zerg sAviOr
2006-11-18 A11st OnGameNet StarLeague 2006 Shinhan Bank OSL Season 2 3 : 2 Protoss Anytime $42,800
2005-03-05 A11st OnGameNet StarLeague 2004-2005 IOPS OSL 3 : 0 Zerg July
2005-02-06 A22nd MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2004-2005 You Are the Golf King MSL 2 : 4 Zerg GoRush
2004-04-18 A22nd MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2004 HanaFOS CENGAME MSL 2 : 3 Terran iloveoov
2004-01-13 A11st 2004 KT-KTF Premiere League 3 : 1 Terran BoxeR
2003-11-30 A33rd MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2003 TriGem MSL 1 : 3 Terran iloveoov
2003-07-19 A22nd MBCGame_StarCraft_League_(MSL) 2003 Stout MSL 0 : 3 Protoss Nal_rA
2003-02-14 A11st OnGameNet StarLeague 2002-2003 Panasonic OSL 3 : 0 Zerg ChoJJa
2003-01-18 A11st 2002-2003 Baskin Robbins KPGA 4th Tour 3 : 2 Zerg ChoJJa
2002-10-05 A11st 2002 Pepsi Twist KPGA 3rd Tour 3 : 0 Protoss Reach
2002-06-22 A11st 2002 Reebok KPGA 2nd Tour 3 : 2 Zerg YellOw

In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2009-12-12 A11st 2009 IeSF Star Invitational Classic 8 3 : 1 Zerg YellOw
2008-10-12 A22nd 2008 Blizzcon Invitational 0 : 2 Zerg sAviOr
2005-10-29 A33rd 2005 Blizzcon Invitational  ? : 2 Protoss Reach
Place Year Event/League
2nd 2009 e-Stars Heritage League
1st 2007 Shinhan Bank StarLeague Masters
2nd 2006 Third SuperFight
2nd 2006 Second SuperFight
1st 2006 IEF Korea China National Match
1st 2006 Elite MSL AllStar League Seoul Tour
2nd 2005 CKCG Korea China Cyber Game Tournament
2nd 2005 Sneakers AllStar Match
2nd 2005 MBCgame Team League
2nd 2004 SKY ProLeague Grand Final
1st 2004 SKY ProLeague Season Total
3rd 2004 KT-KTF Premiere League
1st 2004 SKY ProLeague Second Round
3rd 2004 Ongamenet SKY ProLeague First Round
2nd 2004 Ongamenet Neowiz Pimang ProLeague
1st 2004 KT-KTF Premiere League Championship
1st 2004 KTF Bigi Premiere League
1st 2003 Hot Break Ongamenet Masters
1st 2003 First GhemTV StarLeague
2nd 2003 GhemTV FindAll Challenger Open Starleague
2nd 2002 KTF Bigi 4 kings Battle 2nd
3rd 2002 First GhemTV StarLeague
1st 2001 The Second World Teenager Culture Festival StarCraft Tournament
1st 2001 iTV Hangame Survivor Pro League 1st
1st 2001 KT Megapass Survivor Pro League 1st
OSL Champion
SKY2002 OSL
Preceeded By:
South Korea Protoss Reach
Panasonic OSL
14th February 2003-13th July 2003
South Korea Terran NaDa
Olympus OSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran XellOs
EVER2004 OSL
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran iloveoov
IOPS OSL
5th March 2005-2nd July 2005
South Korea Terran NaDa
EVER2005 OSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Zerg July
Shinhan2006-1 OSL
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran Casy
Shinhan2006-2 OSL
18th November 2006-24th February 2007
South Korea Terran NaDa
Shinhan2006-3 OSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Zerg sAviOr
MSL Champion
KPGA 1st Tour
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran BoxeR
Reebok KPGA 2nd Tour
22nd June 2002-Reigning Champion
South Korea Terran NaDa
Pepsi KPGA 3rd Tour
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran NaDa
Reebok KPGA 2nd Tour
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran NaDa
Pepsi KPGA 3rd Tour
Reigning Champion
South Korea Terran NaDa
Baskin Robbins KPGA 4th Tour
Succeeded By:
South Korea Terran NaDa
Pepsi KPGA 3rd Tour
Preceeded By:
South Korea Terran NaDa
Baskin Robbins KPGA 4th Tour
Reigning Champion-19th July 2003
South Korea Terran NaDa
Stout MSL
Succeeded By:
South Korea Protoss Nal_rA

Notable Games[edit]

TvT[edit]

TvZ[edit]

TvP[edit]

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