With Nadas retirement from progaming today I found myself taking a trip down memory lane. Even though he hasn't been playing broodwar it still felt like the chapter officially closed today and spurned me on to enjoy some of my favorite moments from Nada's broodwar career.
In my book NaDa is still the the "statistically" most accomplished Terran player to have ever played Broodwar. 31 top 3 finishes in major tournaments vs Flash's 13. 656 overall wins in recorded league/tournament wins vs Flash's 491. Nobody else really comes close to Nada when it comes to some of these stats. Of course Nada has been around since 2001 compared to Flash ~2007 so theoretically Flash would obviously pass him eventually but until then Nada is king. Regardless, Nada is unquestionably one of the top 5 best Terran players to have ever played Broodwar, he is one of the 4 Terran bonjwas. When you go back and make a list of the 5 best Terran players your list is going to look something like (in no particular order): Boxer, Oov, Nada, Flash, insert 5th guy here.
The impact Nada made on Broodwar was immense. He was by far one of my favorite players to watch and when I was going back this evening revisiting some of my favorite moments I realized there are quite a few Nada moments which I can remember as if the game was played yesterday. The legacy he left behind in broodwar is really amazing. Most of these games I watched live or remember extremely well for one reason or another. None of the series are even series or games Nada won but the games made such an impact on me and my bw following I felt like sharing them.
Nada vs Gorush YATGK MSL - Feburary 6th 2005
One of the more famous broodwar games including two of the most famous broodwar moments ever, the epic "PLAGYUUUUU" moment which probably most Starcraft 2 fans even know about and Nadas "medic wall" move to defend against a maxed ultra/ling + dark swarm attack attempt into his natural. By far one of the coolest oldschool tvz's you'll find anywhere.
ShinHan Bank OSL 2006 - Season 3 Finals February 24, 2007
This OSL finals played between Nada and Savior was actually the first OSL finals I was able to watch live. I had been following broodwar for some time before but never managed to get a livestream working until this event. All 4 games of this series I remember so well, especially Nadas bunker rush attempt on Hitchhiker in game 4 when Nada was down 1-2. Was so ridiculously close it was insane. Every game is worth watching of this series. Nada and Savior actually met a bunch of times in a really short period of time in major events around this time, I believe shortly after this OSL finals they met again in a bo5 in another special tournament of some sort.
Nada vs Jangbi Lost Saga MSL - March 5th 2009
Nada had a pretty rough 2008 for whatever reason but made a pretty crazy comeback in early 2009 and found himself in a series here in MSL vs Jangbi. this was game 1 and honestly Nada plays a perfect game. TvP is probably the hardest matchup for terran in broodwar and this game was on a slightly protoss favored map. Nada would eventually go on to lose the series 2-3 and never really go deep in another MSL or OSL so in some ways this is one of the last great games Nada ever showed in an individual league. It's a game I used to watch whenever I needed inspiration.
might add to this list later. in the meantime feel free to share games or moments or just enjoy some of these amazing broodwar games.
amazingxkcd United States. June 20 2012 08:57. Posts 2803
He gave us so much, unfortunately I was not there through all his history, but since the first time I started watching BW he was, still is, and always will be my favorite player. Guess all I can say is thank you NaDa, for all your hard work and contributions.
On June 20 2012 09:05 endy wrote: I hated Jangbi for over a year after he made NaDa cry.
If I was asked to pick 3 games of NaDa during the modern BW era, I would have picked those three too !
Nada's had such a freakishly long BW career lol... and him coming back in 2009? that was only 3 years ago, shortly before he switched to SC2. It's amazing how good he was for such a long time. If only he didn't have to go to the military, he might have [continued to be] a top SC2 player despite his age.
And like that he goes out with a whimper. These are sad days.
I remember that amazing series vs Jangbi. I remember how hard he fought and how heart broken he looked afterwards. It was the real end of his career.
edit 2: We need to get Mortality to write a big post about Nada...
Last edit: 2012-06-20 10:45:50
"To all eSports fans, I want to be remembered as a progamer who can make something out of nothing, and someone who always does his best. I think that is the right way of living, and I'm always doing my best to follow that." - Jaedong
Haha you choose only games where he lost and the other players destroyed him... So cruel.
Nada was always the trooper who stuck it through even when the games looked unfavourable. He had perhaps the strongest spirit of any progamer I've watched, including Flash. Nada overcame not just the game, but massive personal tragedies which would have sent many other players into retirement never to return.
Nada is a name we all looked for in replays back in the day. Something like "BlueEyes" on WGT one season gave replays for us to salivate over. He played with Grrr... and he played with Flash. He played with Yellow and he played with Anytime. You just have to love this guy who has been around for so long, was relevent for so long that even the top players of today owe a lot to him.
He's a special person you don't see often, in progaming or in any aspect of life.