|Leenock after winning the 2012 MLG Summer Championship|
|Romanized Name:||Lee Dong Nyoung|
|Birth:||April 1, 1995|
|Team:||yoe Flash Wolves|
|WCS Rank (Points):||#49 (1225 points)|
2010-??-?? - 2011-07-18
2011-07-18 - 2013-10-31
2013-10-31 - 2013-12-25
2014-01-28 - Present
Wings of Liberty
Leenock made his first competitive appearance in the GOMTV 2010 Sony Ericsson Starcraft II Open Season 2, representing fOu. Being 15 years old when he first entered, he was one of the youngest players to play in the GSL, behind Life and Maru. He gained recognition by reaching the Round of 16 where he faced off against NaDa and managed to take a set with a 6 pool before ultimately losing the match 1-2. He would again qualify for the Season 3 and reach the Round of 16, where he would lose 1-2 to MarineKing. During this season, he played a famous series against Clide where he eventually won 2-1. His performance qualified him for the inaugural Code S season in 2011. During this time period, casters Artosis and Tasteless have praised Leenock as a player with "unlimited potential".
Leenock was one of the initial Code S players, but would drop to Code A after the first season, taking 3rd place in his Ro32 group. Leenock competed in the first two GSTL seasons as a player of fOu and later for FXOpen e-Sports after fOu's acquisition in July. While in Code A, Leenock took 3rd place during the second, fourth and fifth seasons. After the Up & Down matches, Leenock re-qualified for Code S, for the October GSL season. He would lose 1-2 to GanZi in the Round of 16, but would qualify for the November GSL season.
In October, Leenock traveled to Las Vegas along with teammate Lucky to participate in IPL 3. However he was not allowed to participate due to the tournament taking place in a casino and him not being of full age.
His first major international event was the 2011 MLG National Championship in Providence where he stormed through the Open Bracket, defeating five MLG champions (MMA, IdrA, HuK, Mvp and NaNiwa) and two GSL Code S champions (MMA and Mvp). He ultimately met the unstoppable-looking NaNiwa in the grand finals. NaNiwa used greedy Forge Fast Expand PvZ play throughout the tournament that stomped Zerg titans like DongRaeGu and NesTea. After falling behind one game, Leenock recognized the greediness of NaNiwa's play and used roach-ling cheeses to eventually defeat the swede 4-1. Leenock sported an overall 34-7 record by the end of the tournament. During this time, Leenock was the only player to have won a championship after falling to the Losers Bracket. Throughout his run, "Leenock" was trending worldwide on Twitter, creating large stream numbers, opening up Leenock's popularity worldwide, rather than GSL fans exclusively.
Before competing in MLG Providence, Leenock played in the November GSL season, where he took second place in his Round of 32 group and his Round of 16 group. About a week after MLG, Leenock would advance to the finals of GSL November by defeating Mvp 3-2. With this victory, he became the youngest GSL finalist at the age of 16. Due to hype surrounding Leenock after MLG, he was highly predicted to take GSL, but would lose 2-4 to jjakji. By taking second place in a GSL, Leenock was invited to participate in the Arena of Legends: The King of Kongs, but was eliminated in the first round by TOP and MarineKing.
There was a lot of hype going into 2012 for Leenock. Doing extremely well in the end of 2011 people had their eyes on him. In the first GSL season of the year he was placed together with another hyped player ForGG who came from Brood War where he won a MSL. The other two players in the group was MC and SuperNoVa. Leenock crushed ForGG 2-0 and was looking really strong. It turned really fast however when he lost to both SuperNoVa and MC 1-2. Finishing third in the group Leenock got knocked down to Code A. This is where his slump first began.
After MLG had announced their new league system Leenock tried his luck in the MLG Winter Arena tournament in New York. He won versus both the two terrans dde and ThorZaIN but lost to his FXO teammate Oz. After getting knocked into the loser’s bracket he faced NaNiwa, a rematch of the previous MLG final. NaNiwa got his revenge and won 1-2. Leenock showed a big weakness in his Zerg vs Protoss and that would continue throughout the first half of the year.
Going back to Korea Leenock had to play his Code A games. Where he won vs the Zerg July 2-1 but lost in the next round to the Protoss Seed 0-2. Having one last remaining shot at getting into the upcoming Code S, Leenock played the GSL Up and Down. He absolutely smashed his way going 4-0 vs in 4 best of 1s versus InCa, Sniper, GanZi and AcE and reclaimed his Code S spot.
Leenock once again flew over to the United States to play in the Open Bracket of IPL 4. In the single-elimination bracket Leenock went 2-0 versus all of Zephyr, NonY and Golden. However like always, Protoss would be the stop of his runs as he lost 1-2 to PartinG.
Soon after the IPL tournament in Vegas, Leenock had to play his [[2012_Global_StarCraft_II_League_Season_2/Code_S|Code S]|] group. Together in the same group as the second place finisher of IPL Squirtle as well as the Terrans MMA and NaDa this was by no means an easy group. Leenock started off by beating NaDa 2-0 and had to face the Protoss player Squirtle. Squirtle proved to be too much for Leenock who lost 0-2. In the final game of the day Leenock faced off against MMA. With burrowed infestor play Leenock took the series 2-0 and got into the Round of 16.
The only other Zerg except for Leenock who managed to get into Round of 16 was July. Both of them was placed into the same group by HerO during the group selection with the 4th player Mvp. Neither of the Zergs would survive the tough group as HerO and Mvp proved to be too strong. Leenock who finished third in the group after his win vs July did finish as the highest placing Zerg of the season.
In Code A Leenock had to play aLive who came off a huge win at IPL 4. The cheeky player Leenock did a 6 pool and took the series 2-1 and reclaimed his Code S spot. He said in the post-game interview that he hopes Terrans stay prepared for his aggressive strategies.
In the third Code S season of 2012 Leenock was placed with AcE, Ryung and TaeJa. Going 0-4 in the group, losing to the two Terrans, people started to wonder if his amazing performance in late 2011 was just a one time thing. Not having shown close to the results people expecting of him going into the year.
Leenock also played a very important match for his team FXO in the GSTL semi final vs Team MVP. FXO was down 2-4 in a Best of 9 which meant with Leenock as their final player, he had to win vs three opponents in a row. Beating both the Protoss TAiLS and Lure he faced of against the Zerg DongRaeGu who very recently won MLG Summer Championship. In an epic Zerg vs Zerg Leenock took the game with an infestor move that would be remembered for a long time and took the series in FXO’s favour. It was a huge victory to him as both him and his team captain Choya cried after the game. After this game, Leenock became the beast he was the second half of 2012. FXO would also become the champions as Gumiho All-Killed Team SlayerS in the finals.
It was time for the MLG Summer Championship. Leenock went over to America once again to fight his way through the Open Bracket. Going overall 10-1 vs Apocalypse, Agh, ViBe, RaNgeD and HuK he got into group play. Dropping straight into the loser’s bracket after a loss to Alicia 1-2 he had to fight his way through Sheth, Binski and PuMa until he got matched against Alicia again. Even with the extended series rule he took the series 4-2 and faced aLive in the group finals. Leenock had a loser’s bracket disadvantage which meant he had to beat aLive in two best of threes. Which he did, both 2-1 and secured a top 8 finish at MLG. But top 8 is not where Leenock stopped, as he won his first game vs viOLet 2-0. Then took the series vs TheSTC 4-3 which would mean he was in his first final of 2012. In the final he was up against First a protoss, which was the race Leenock had struggled with all year long. But Leenock was out of his slump, and took the finals 4-1.
Back in Korea Leenock had to play his Code S group. He was in the same group as PartinG, SuHoSin and the previous GSL champion Seed. After a first initial loss to PartinG, Leenock fought back and won vs Suhosin and the rematch vs PartinG in the final game. Zerg vs Protoss seemed to no longer phase Leenock. In the group after that he faced placed with two very strong Protoss HerO and Squirtle plus the Terran Heart. Not only did Leenock win the group, he won vs both the Protoss players, HerO 2-1 and Squirlte 2-0. This was the Leenock people expected to see way earlier in the year.
On the 14th of October Leenock played his Round of 8 match vs TaeJa another player whom was on a hot streak. Leenock lost the match 1-3 as expected since he was the underdog. It did not bother him however, because just a few days later Leenock traveled to China and won the World eSports Masters tournament. A small tournament but with strong competition. Leenock did not lose a set and won 2-1 vs MMA, NesTea and JYP. The finals was a rematch between him and JYP where 3-0’d the Korean Protoss and claimed $12 000.
Only a week later Leenock had to go back to USA to play in the MLG Fall Championship. Facing only Protoss players in the entire group stage beating Rain, San and Oz he topped his group and was once again in the top 8 of MLG. Facing Bomber in both the quarter and semifinals he took both games with an overall score of 4-1. He then had to face Life who came off a big win after beating Mvp to win the GSL season. With a strong start of going 3-1 Leenock choked and lost the series 4-3. This would be the start of a longlasting Zerg rivalry between Leenock and Life.
Since Leenock finished top 8 in the previous GSL season he was placed straight into Code S for the 5th GSL which was the last of the year. He got into the same group as KeeN, Squirtle and the up and coming player INnoVation. Leenock topped the group after two Zerg vs Terran wins going overall 4-1 (2-0 INnoVation, 2-1 KeeN).
Soon after his Code S match Leenock’s team FXO had a very important GSTL match versus team Prime. His team had a huge deposit of being down 1-4 before it was Leenock’s turn to play as the ace of the team. Leenock brought the game back by winning versus Maru, Terius, ByuN and MarineKing and winning the game for his team 5-4. Leenock had once again saved his team and once again the team would ultimately win the championship vs team MVP.
In the GSL Round of 16 Leenock had been picked into a group of death. Consisting of 4 amazingly scary Zerg players, including himself, Life, Soulkey and Symbol. With a really strong Zerg vs Zerg performance Leenock won his first game versus Symbol 2-1 and then versus Soulkey 2-0, finishing first in the group.
In the Round of 8 Leenock had to face off against Sniper who people did not think would be so scary. But he took the win versus Leenock 1-3 and he would end up taking the entire GSL season.
In late fall one of the most hyped tournaments IPL 5 started. With a huge player pool this was one of the hardest tournaments of all time. Leenock breezed his way through the Open Bracket. Going 2-1 vs Apocalypse and then 2-0’ing Goswser, Life, Xigua and TheStC. Being placed in the winner’s bracket Leenock faced the Korean Terran Polt who he also beat 2-0. In the winner’s final he played viOLet and ended up beating him 3-1 which meant Leenock was in the IPL5 finals. He would face off against viOLet in a rematch in the finals which he won and grabbed the championship and in his opinion, the biggest win of his life.
Shortly after, Leenock won the online tournament Ritmix RSL 2 after a long lower bracket run. Beating PartinG, fraer, Feast, TitaN, Bomber, VortiX to eventually face Scarlett in the finals. Leenock ended up winning 4-3 in a close series versus the Canadian Zerg.
The last tournament of 2012 was the 2012 Blizzard Cup. Leenock beat HerO, PartinG and Mvp which was enough to place first in the group even with the loss versus DongRaeGu. In the semifinals. Leenock was once again up against his rival Life who he lost to 1-3 in a good Zerg vs Zerg series. Life would win the end up winning the entire tournament. The top 4 finish at Blizzard Cup would be the end of Leenock’s amazing year 2012.
Heart of the Swarm
Leenock's first foreign tournament in 2013 was the 2013 MLG Winter Championship, a single elimination tournament. He beat BabyKnight 3-0 in the first round but then lost to INnoVation 0-3 in the Round of 16. Despite a largely disappointing performance, having been one of 4 players invited to skip qualifiers, he was still defeated by a player who would go on to be widely considered one of the best players of 2013.
In the first WCS season of 2013, Leenock ended up in the Group of Death in the Round of 32. His group consisted of himself, Life, PartinG and Last. Despite an initial 2-0 win against Life, he lost 1-2 to PartinG and 0-2 in a rematch against Life to finish third and be sent down to the Up and Downs group. He finished first in his group after wins against Maru, DongRaeGu and Ruin and a loss against Bunny.
After 9 seasons of GSL Code S + one WCS OSL season, Leenock lost his Code S streak by missing out on 2013 WCS Season 3 Korea GSL Premier League. Although he did manage a streak of 10 consecutive Code S/Premier League finishes, the requirement for the NesTea Award, since one of the seasons was an OSL, it did not count towards the award. He was unable to requalify for the next season of Code S and his streak was broken. He lost to Dream in the Challenger League Round of 32 and did not make it through his Up and Down group after losses to KeeN, Avenge and Pigbaby.
On October 10th, 2013, Leenock participated in the GSTL all-star game. He faced off vs Aphrodite and after an easy win with hydralisks vs mech he went over to get a beating by his teammates. Then he went over to Aphrodite's booth to ask for forgiveness on his knees. 
In GSTL Leenock performed well, but nowhere near good enough to carry his team into the finals as he often did in 2012. FXO often times did not make the playoffs in 2013. As a result of poor results and poor return on investment, the team's main sponsor FXOpen terminated the contract. From November 2013 Leenock continued to play with his teammates under the fOu tag instead (the team's name prior to FXOpen's sponsorship).
The first time he would represent his new team came in HomeStory Cup VIII. He crushed his two first groups and went into the playoffs. In a very anticipated Round 8 match he faced off against jjakji, a repeat of the Code S final. After a back and forth series, he ended up losing 2-3 and was thereby knocked out of the tournament.
In the end of November he participated in Dreamhack Winter, having earned his spot with his win at Stockholm. He was placed into a tough group with Jaedong, HerO and Goswser. He had to finish 1st or 2nd to make the winner's bracket but he lost to both Jaedong and HerO. The second day, having dropped into the losers bracket, he faced off against ForGG. He claimed a 2-0 victory in that series, including a game where he used an unorthodox proxy-hatchery strategy at ForGG's natural expansion. Leenock then went on to face NaNiwa in a repeat of the Stockholm final. He ended up losing the series 1-2 and was eliminated from the tournament.
Even though Leenock didn't have a team for most of January, he still lived in the fOu house. Most of the former fOu members was also teamless so they practiced together in the house. Which made sure Leenock's practice wasn't too hindered.
Still not yet signed with a team, Leenock played his Code A group on the 16th. Together in the same group as YongHwa, BrAvO and Flash. He managed to get through the group by beating BrAvO twice 2-1. He lost to YongHwa 2-0 in the winner's match. Leenock was now back in the premier league for the 12th time.
On January 28, Leenock joined yoe Flash Wolves.. The reason he chose Flash Wolves over other teams was mainly due to their ability to send him to foreign tournaments. He said that he wanted to participate in more oversea competition in 2014 than he had been the previous year.
The first time he would represent his new team would be in the upcoming Code S match, placed in the same group as Zest, Trap and SuperNova. He 2-0'd SuperNova to get into the winner's match against Zest (who would later win the entire tournament) where he lost 0-2. The last game would be versus another Protoss player, Trap. In Leenock's worst matchup (Zerg vs Protoss) he lost vs Trap 1-2 and was eliminated from the Round of 32.
Leenock's first oversea event 2014 came with IEM Cologne where he would try to qualify through the open bracket. With only two qualifier spots and 3 other Koreans it would be a tough group to get out from. The first opponent was the German Protoss Socke who he beat 2-1. After that he played another Protoss, this time the Korean Patience. A 0-2 loss in his worst matchup would send him to the loser's bracket. There he faced off against another German Protoss Tarrantius. After a 2-0 victory the 4 Koreans (including himself) was fighting for the 2 spots. After beating viOLet 2-0 he would face HyuN in the loser's bracket final. Whoever won would qualify for the main event but unfortunately Leenock couldn't pull off the victory and lost 0-2.
During a Startalk, Leenock confirmed he would try his luck in the IEM World Championship. With a huge prize pool of $100 000 and winner takes it all, Leenock joked about committing suicide if he would lose in the finals. IEM World Championship began a few days later. For the second time he would try to fight his way through the open bracket. His first opponent was the Terran funkay who he 2-0'd. Then he faced off in another Zerg vs Protoss vs HasuObs where he lost 0-2. Already in the loser's bracket this early was not a good sign for Leenock who tried his best to stay alive. Beating both DieStar and Tefel 2-0 he would then face another Protoss Dear. He lost to Dear and was eliminated going 6-0 with non-Protoss and 0-4 vs Protoss. Still seemed to be his worst match up.
After IEM WC Leenock didn't go back to Korea. Instead he went together with San to the Flash Wolves team house in Taiwan. He stayed there all up until a few days before his upcoming Code A game. During this time Leenock competed in the online tournaments Esports Champion League and Acer Teamstory Cup. In ATC he would perform his first ever All Kill vs team NewRoSoft.
Leenock's Code A game was on April the 18th. Once again in a group with 2 Protoss eMotion and MyuNgSiK plus the legendary Terran FanTaSy. Still known for his poor Zerg vs Protoss it was a bit of a shock when he beat eMotion 2-0. But he then lost to MyuNgSiK 0-2 and faced off in a last game vs FanTaSy. Having a really good Zerg vs Terran match up Leenock won the game 2-1 and claimed his premier league spot for the 13th time.
After his Code A win, Leenock traveled to Romania to play in Dreamhack Bucharest. After an amazing performance going 8-0 in groups beating players like HuK and HerO he then had to face off versus his long time Zerg rival Life. After a tough loss in the first game Leenock came back in the second game with his amazing burrow play. But it wasn't enough to clench the series and he would eventually lose 1-2 to his rival. He got knocked out of the tournament by Life, who would eventually win the entire tournament.
Since Leenock is sponsored by Global E-sports Management, he started to stream on Azubu every Thursday and Saturday starting at 19.00 KST (beta.azubu.tv/yoeFWLeenock) starting from May 5th.
It was a bit unfortunate when Leenock was placed in the Group of Death. Not only due to the high caliber players, but also because of his group once again consisting of two Protoss players herO and Squirtle. Plus the Terran machine INnoVation who is still seen as one of the best Terran in the world. Leenock took the first series versus Squirtle 2-0. But that was the end of his luck as he lost both to herO 1-2 and INnoVation 0-2. He was once again knocked out from the GSL Round of 32 and into Code A.
Lessons about Leenock's Builds
- 2014-04-02 | Leenock's Macro ZvT Opener (Anti-Mech Variation)[Lucoda's Coaching Corner]
- Surpassed MarineKing in 2011 GSL November as the youngest GSL finalist. He was later surpassed by Life in the 2012 Global StarCraft II League Season 4.
- After winning against CoCa in the round of 16 of GSL March Code A Leenock chugged a can of Coca Cola and crushed it on camera to celebrate his win.
- Although there was some confusion on this subject at MLG Providence, Leenock does go to school .
- The Leenoctopus nickname was coined by tgun during Leenock's 2011 GSL July Code A Semifinals series against Tassadar. The casters for the series were tgun's then-teammates on FXO, Wolf and qxc. During Game 1, qxc suggested that Leenock needs to "spread his creep like an octopus" around the map, which led tgun to suggest the nickname.
- Went to the same high school as Flash. 
- Had more than 1000 APM in the finals against Life of the 2012 MLG Fall Championship according to Apollo.
- Is known for performing PSY's Gangnam Style dance, which he did after winning the MLG Summer Championship 2012 and also after a GSL match win.
- Leenock, alongside Mvp, MarineKing, MC and NesTea, is one of the players who played in the first GSL Wings of Liberty Code S and the last GSL Wings of Liberty Code S.
- Starred in one of Khaldor's videos showcasing his APM.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2014-07-19||3 - 4th||2014 DreamHack Open: Valencia||0 : 2||MC||$3,000|
|2013-04-28||1st||2013 DreamHack Open: Stockholm||3 : 2||NaNiwa||$9,240|
|2012-12-20||3 - 4th||2012 GSL Blizzard Cup||1 : 3||Life||$4,650|
|2012-12-02||1st||IGN ProLeague Season 5||2 : 1||viOLet||$40,000|
|2012-11-04||2nd||2012 MLG Fall Championship||3 : 4||Life||$15,000|
|2012-08-26||1st||2012 MLG Summer Championship||4 : 1||First||$25,000|
|2011-12-03||2nd||2011 Global StarCraft II League November: Code S||2 : 4||jjakji||$17,820|
|2011-11-20||1st||2011 MLG Providence||4 : 1||NaNiwa||$50,000|
|2011-08-22||3 - 4th||2011 Global StarCraft II League August: Code A||1 : 3||MarineKing||$740|
|2011-07-11||3 - 4th||2011 Global StarCraft II League July: Code A||1 : 3||Tassadar||$740|
|2011-03-09||3 - 4th||2011 Global StarCraft II League March: Code A||0 : 2||KangHo||$710|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2012-11-12||1st||2012 Ritmix Russian StarCraft II League Season 2||4 : 3||Scarlett||$3,000|
|2012-10-28||1st||World e-Sports Masters 2012||3 : 0||JYP||$12,000|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2014-07-14||2nd||Dragon Invitational Tournament #3||2 : 3||Life||$500|
|In Premier Team Leagues|