Jun "TY" Tae Yang, also known as "BaBy", is a StarCraft progamer from South Korea who is currently teamless. He played his first StarCraft II official match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Wings of Liberty
- 3 Heart of the Swarm
- 4 Legacy of the Void
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Achievements
- 7 Championships
- 8 Greatest Matches
- 9 Interviews
- 10 Gallery
- 11 External links
- 12 References
TY was one of the youngest, if not the youngest progamer ever, having been drafted by team WeMade FOX at age 12. Roughly two years later, TY made his first appearance in a televised match, during the GOMTV TG Sambo-Intel Classic Season 1 where he managed to win in the two first rounds. He then started to appear in Proleague on a regular basis, showing average performances. The young player eventually made a name for himself in 2009, when he reached the round of 16 of the 2009 GOMTV Averatec Intel Classic Season 3, defeating JangBi in the process. TY finally made a strong result in the OSL as well in early 2010, as he made it to the round of 16 of the 2010 Korean Air OSL.
Wings of Liberty
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TY played his first StarCraft II official match during the hybrid 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
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2012 OSL KeSPA Preliminaries
On July 19, 2012, TY participated in the 2012 OSL KeSPA Preliminaries. TY received a BYE in round one and then took down Sacsri, Motive, and faced firebathero in the finals. After taking down firebathero by a score of 2:0, TY advanced in to the 2012 OSL KeSPA Dual Tournament.
2012 OSL KeSPA Dual Tournament
On August 7, 2012, TY participated in the 2012 OSL KeSPA Dual Tournament. TY took down BeSt in game one, and then advanced in to the winners bracket to face Classic. TY failed to take down Classic and fell in to the final bracket. TY faced ZerO in the final bracket and advanced in to the 2012 SC2 OSL Season 1 with a total score of 2-1.
Global StarCraft II League
TY made his GSL debut in GSL Season 4, where he made it into Code A through the preliminaries, beating YongHwa in the final round. There, he would face Bomber in the first round and get knocked out with a score of 1-2 to drop him back into Code B. However, TY was seeded into Code S in the following GSL.
In GSL Season 5 TY would drop out of his Code S group 0-2, in last place. In the Code A round of 48 he would defeat Brain 2-0 and move on to face Flash in the Round of 32. He beat him 2-1 and moved on to face Symbol, whom he defeated 2-0 and therefore TY advanced into Code S once again.
Heart of the Swarm
Despite being a Code S regular at the end of Wings of Liberty, TY had trouble adapting to the new expansion. Thus, he did not qualify for any premier HotS event in 2013.
After TY's contract with Jin Air Green Wings expired at the end of August, he did not re-sign with them, thus he became a free agent. After negotiations, KeSPA announced on September 16 that he has signed with KT Rolster.
After signing with KT Rolster, TY showed extremely strong performances in Proleague, becoming a regular starter for KT during the 2014 Proleague. Most notably, TY posted a perfect 7-0 record in 2014 Proleague: Round 1. As a reward for this, TY was send to his first foreign tournament, the 2014 DreamHack Open Bucharest. There, he was widely regarded as a favourite to win the entire tournament. However, in just one of several upsets of the weekend, he fell 1-2 to MC in the round of 16, while fellow KeSPA representative RorO failed to make it to the playoffs.
Around the same time, TY was also able to qualify for the 2014 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 Code A, but he did not advance to Code S instead he fell back to Code B. This meant that TY had to requalify for the next season of GSL which he was able to accomplish. This time he was even able to advance to Code S for the first time in Heart of the Swarm.
TY also participated in the 2014 Hot6ix Cup, but was already eliminated in the group stage.
Despite losing his starting spot in 2015 Proleague to the newly acquired Life, TY had a great start to 2015, qualifying for both the 2015 Global StarCraft II League Season 1 Code S and the newly established 2015 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1. In SSL, TY dropped out early in the Ro16 group stage not winning a single map, but in GSL, TY had a great run to the quarterfinals. There he lost 0-3 to MMA, this was his however best individual result to that point.
Unfortunately, TY was not able to repeat these results in the next season, as he did not qualify for SSL and was already eliminated in the Ro32 of GSL.
In season three of GSL this year, TY was not even able to qualify for Code S, losing to Losira in Code A. But as a consequence, TY was able to fully concentrate on the 2015 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 3, where he had an amazing run to the semifinals and fell only short of the finals losing to ByuL in a nail biting 3-4 series. This marked TY's best result in premier Korean events.
In addition to his success in Korean leagues, TY participated in the IEM Season X - Shenzhen, where he reached the semifinals as well.
Legacy of the Void
TY had a good start to LotV, and unlike his switch to HotS, he found immediate success in the new game. The first big event he participated in was the SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II. In the Ro8, he swept Rogue 3-0. The semifinals were a lot closer, but TY still won 4-3 against ByuN. In the finals he met Solar, who was considered to be one of top players in LotV at that point. Solar confirmed his good form and defeated TY 4-1.
TY was also invited to the first LotV premier tournament, the DreamHack ROCCAT LotV Championship. In the group stage, TY surprisingly lost to Lilbow and Nerchio and was almost eliminated there. In the end, TY still advanced as second and won two matches in the playoffs before losing to PartinG, finishing 5-6th.
After these foreign events, TY qualified for both weeks of the 2016 Global StarCraft II League Pre-Season, which was the first official LotV competition in Korea. In the first week, TY lost to herO, who later went on to win this week, in the Ro16. The second week was much more successful for TY as he went on a 7-map winning streak against Soulkey, Hurricane and Bunny. In the finals, he had to play against MyuNgSiK. TY closely won the first two games and it looked like he would secure the win and the Code S seed, but with some aggressive two-base Warp Prism play, MyuNgSiK was able to win three maps in a row, leaving TY at the second place. This meant that TY just fell short of a Code S seed, and that he would have to participate in the Code A qualifiers later that month. He easily went through said qualifier and faced Patience in Code A.
In GSL Season 1 Code A, TY defeated Patience 3-1 and advanced to Code S where he faced DeParture, Trap and Super in his group. TY's first opponent was DeParture whom he defeated quite easily. In the winners match of his group he won against Trap 2-0 therefore advancing to the round of 16.
In the GSL Group Selection, TY was the last player to be picked, in Group D together with Dear, Bunny and MyuNgSiK. His first opponent MyuNgSiK won map one on Dusk Towers, but TY was able to take the next two maps and advance to the Winner's Match against Dear. TY lost the first map in a back and forth game on Dusk Towers. He was not able to take back the second game and thus fell to the Decider's Match with MyuNgSiK. The first game on Dusk Towers was a long drawn out macro game featuring Carriers and Nukes which he won. Then, TY was able to win the second game, thus advancing to the Ro8 where SKT's Dream was waiting.
Prior to his quarterfinals matches, TY was in a losing streak in Proleague, losing four games in a row to Bunny, Maru, ByuL and Trap. Contrary to his rather disappointing previous result, TY won his GSL Ro8 match with a set score of 3-0. His semifinals opponent was Cure. Both of them were fighting for the chance to go to the GSL finals in the first time in their life. Many expected this series to be closer than his previous series, however TY won with a set score of 4-0, not dropping a single map since Ro8 to go his first finals in 3060 days.
The one facing him was none other than his Protoss teammate, Zest, who advanced to the Finals dropping only one map. TY won the first game on Dusk Towers in a macro, back and forth game with his amazing multitasking ability. However, Zest quickly grabbed the next map on Orbital Shipyard with a Dark Templar build and defended TY's build including a Thor drop on Prion Terraces. Down 2-1, TY decided to double Engineering Bay block Zest's expansion on Sky Shield. Zest stayed in the game despite his disadvantages, bringing it to a base trade, and eventually TY was able to win. Then, Zest won the next game on Rak'Shir, bringing the series to match point on Lerilak Crest. After mistakenly constructing a second Factory instead of a Starport, he tried to attack his opponent. However, with a stronger army, Zest was able to defend and went for a counter attack, which forced TY to tap out of the game. He took the second place with the set score of 4-2.
In mid-January he played the WESG 2016 Main Event. TY finished first in his group with a score of 4-1 in matches only losing to Kelazhur. He won both, his quarterfinal against Stephano and his semifinal against Neeb, convincingly with a 3-0 score. In the finale he faced the only other Korean at the tournament, Maru. Maru did not drop a single map so far, being 16-0 in maps coming into this final. The maps were always close and after 4 map they were tied 2-2. TY tried to again the lead by proxying 2 barracks on Whirlwind, he was not able finish the game with this build, but he dealt enough damage to win this map in the end. Going into the sixth map TY was at match point leading 3-2, but Maru took the next map and their were tied again. The seventh and final map, Habitation Station, was the deciding map of the tournament. TY played an early reaper, cyclone and viking push defeating Maru with this build. WESG 2016 was his first premier tournament win in eleven years of progaming, he had played BroodWar since 2006 before switching to SC II, after coming closer and closer in the last years, most notably placing second in 2016 GSL Season 1.
- His Korean name, 태양 (TaeYang), means "sun".
- He lost his first official StarCraft II match against Flash.
- TY was placed first in TeamLiquid's first LotV Community Power Rank.
- In early 2016, the Korean fandom started a long-running joke of creating alter egos for players who were showing inexplicably bad performances. It first started when TY suffered several ridiculous defeats in the Gold Series International 2016: All Star Challenge. Trying to explain the cause of TY's sudden loss of form, fans theorized the existence of a doppelganger called John Sun (존썬), who had hijacked TY's body and was sabotaging his games.
- In 2016 GSL Code S Season 1, he made his first finals appearance in over 3060 days.
- He is the second Terran player to reach the GSL finals since Mvp in 2012, the first being INnoVation.
- His GSL final against Zest was the first GSL final not featuring a Zerg player since Seed vs MC in 2012.
- TY won the WESG 2016 Asia-Pacific Qualifier tournament without dropping a single map, going 15-0.
- Won his first premier tournament 11 years after starting to play Starcraft professionally.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-01-15||1st||World Electronic Sports Games 2016||4 : 3||Maru||$200,000|
|2016-10-03||3 - 4th||2016 KeSPA Cup||2 : 3||Trap||$4,072|
|2016-05-22||3 - 4th||2016 WCS Korea Season 1 Cross Finals||2 : 3||Dark||-|
|2016-05-01||2nd||2016 Global StarCraft II League Season 1||2 : 4||Zest||$16,920|
|2015-09-03||3 - 4th||2015 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 3||3 : 4||ByuL||$4,061|
|2015-07-19||3 - 4th||IEM Season X - Shenzhen||0 : 3||PartinG||$2,000|
|In Major Tournaments|
|2016-11-12||1st||WESG 2016 - Asia-Pacific Qualifier||3 : 0||Maru||$12,058|
|2016-05-23||2nd||Kung Fu Cup 2016 Season 1||3 : 4||Stats||$4,408|
|2015-11-15||2nd||SanDisk SHOUTcraft Invitational II||1 : 4||Solar||$5,000|
|2014-12-17||3 - 4th||Kung Fu Cup 2014 #1||- : W||Sen||¥3,000|
|2014-10-21||4th||2014 WECG Korea National Finals||0 : 3||Sora|
|2013-07-27||2nd||2013 TWOP||0 : 3||Genius||$1,003|
|In Minor Tournaments|
|2016-11-14||3 - 4th||StarCraft II Cataclysm Tournament||2 : 3||Zest||₩500,000|
|In Premier Team Leagues|
|2015-09-08||2015 Proleague Round 4 Semifinals||All Kill of CJ Entus|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|World Electronic Sports Games|
| World Electronic Sports Games 2016
15 January 2017 – Present
Wings of Liberty
- vs TurN on Antiga Shipyard (2011-2012 Proleague Season 2, Round 3 - 8th Team vs Samsung KHAN) - An amazing comeback from TY.
- vs EffOrt on Ohana (2011-2012 Proleague Season 2, Round 2 - Week 3 8th Team vs CJ Entus) - An epic TvZ, one of the best games in the 2011-2012 Proleague Season 2.
Legacy of the Void
- 2014-07-17 | 2014 GSL Season 3 Code A Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-07-04 | 2014 GSL Season 3 Code A Qualifiers Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2014-03-26 | 2014 GSL Season 2 Code A Qualifiers Winners by inven eSports (trans. )
- 2013-12-31 | 2014 SPL Round 1 Week 1 KT Rolster vs CJ Entus Winner by This Is Game
- 2012-12-24 | SPL Season 1 Round 1 8th Team vs Samsung KHAN Winner by Daily eSports
- 2012-12-23 | SPL Season 1 Round 1 STX SouL vs 8th Team Winner by Daily eSports
- 2012-12-13 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Ro24 Day 2 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-12-10 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Ro32 Day 1 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-11-21 | GSL 2012 Season 5 Code A Ro48 Day 3 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-09-13 | GSL 2012 Season 4 Code A Preliminaries Day 1 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-09-11 | Auction OSL Ro16 Day 5 Winners by This Is Game
- 2012-07-14 | OSL KeSPA Preliminaries by This Is Game
- 2012-07-19 | Interview after OSL KeSPA Preliminaries by Moletrap (trans. )
- "Lamb to Lion: By.Baby". Team Liquid Final Edit by Xxio.
- "Lamb to Lion: By.Baby". Final Edit by Xxio. TeamLiquid.net, 27 June 2010.
- "TG-Intel Classic 2008 Season 1 (Apr 08 - Aug 08)". TeamLiquid.net, 29 April 2008.
- TY and Soulkey seeded into Code S
- TY signs with KT Rolster
- The_Red_Viper (5 February 2016). "Community Power Rank v3: Let it be LOTV!". TeamLiquid.net.