Golden Guardians

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Golden Guardians
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Team Information
Org LocationUnited States United States
Region
NA
 North America
Head CoachNick "Inero" Smith
History
Created2017-11-20
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
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Golden Guardians is an American esports organization operated by the NBA team Golden State Warriors.

History[edit]

2018 Season[edit]

Golden Guardians were one of four new teams awarded a slot in the newly franchised LCS. The roster for their first split consisted of former Team Liquid top laner and support Lourlo and Matt, former Cloud9 jungler Contractz, veteran mid laner Hai, and rookie AD carry Deftly, with former TSM and Liquid coach Locodoco. They were the only team in the 2018 Spring Split to have a roster consisting solely of North American players but were also predicted to be a bottom tier team partly for that reason. These predictions proved prescient once the season began, as Golden Guardians were the last NALCS team to record a win to start the season, and finished the first half 1-8. Locodoco was also fired by the team after only two weeks of play, allegedly due to making inappropriate remarks to a female Riot employee, and was replaced by assistant coach Akiri. The team did show some improvements in the second half of the season, recording wins over the stronger Team Liquid and Echo Fox, but failed to reverse their early season misfortunes, finishing tenth with a 4-14 record, well out of the playoff picture.

During the mid season break, Hai retired and was replaced by Korean mid laner Mickey, who had spent the spring playing for Team Liquid Academy. Golded Guardians got off to a much better start in the summer split than they had in the spring, matching their spring win total by Week 4 and ending Week 5 in playoff contention with a 5-5 record. However, they completely collapsed over the final four weeks, losing every one of their remaining games and once again landing in tenth place, outside of playoffs.

2019 Season[edit]

In the offseason, Golden Guardians went out and acquired three veteran players: former TSM top laner Hauntzer, former Echo Fox mid laner Froggen, and former Team Liquid support Olleh, who joined 2018 holdovers Contractz and Deftly. Despite the pedigree of their three new players, the 2019 spring season started off looking like 2018, with Golden Guardians losing their first four games. The team showed marked improvement after that and steadily climbed the standings throughout the remainder of the season. GGS ended their season on a three-game winning streak, and beat FlyQuest on the final day of the split to force a tiebreaker for fourth place, although they lost it to fall into fifth. Their first playoff appearance was yet another matchup against FlyQuest. The series went the full five games, with Golden Guardians initially taking a 2-1 lead, only to lose the final two games, ending their playoff run.

The team made no changes to their main roster for the summer split, and got off to a strong 4-2 start. However, the rest of the split was far more inconsistent for GGS, leading to Australian bot laner FBI and former CLG mid laner Huhi, now playing support, replacing Deftly and Olleh. Golden Guardians finished in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot with 100 Thieves and OpTic Gaming. Seeded into the final round of the tiebreaker bracket due to beating 100 Thieves in both of their regular-season matches, the Guardians lost to OpTic, ending their season. They also did not have enough Championship Points to play in the Regional Finals.

2020 Season[edit]

For 2020, Golden Guardians retained Hauntzer and FBI. They were joined by Turkish jungler Closer, mid laner Goldenglue, and Keith, who switched positions from bot laner to support. These moves were widely memed and derided by the community before the season began, especially Keith's change of position, as he had not been considered a particularly good player at his original position and had not started in the LCS since 2017. Although they were far from the top of the league, Golden Guardians surprised everyone by being competitive for a playoff spot throughout the spring split, although Keith was unimpressive at his new position, and was replaced by Huhi after Week 6. At the end of Week 8, they sat at 6-10 and seemed likely to be out, but a 2-0 final week coupled with a 0-2 final week from both Immortals and Team Liquid propelled them into yet another three way tie for the final playoff spot. The Guardians were once again seeded into the final round, and this time defeated Dignitas, sending this unlikely team into the playoffs. However, the new LCS playoff format meant that they were seeded directly into the losers' bracket, where they were swept by FlyQuest.

Timeline[edit]

  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
NA
Hauntzer Kevin Yarnell 2Top Laner 2020-11-17 2018-11-29
TR
Closer Can Çelik 3Jungler 2022-11-15 2019-11-20
NA
Goldenglue Greyson Gilmer 4Mid Laner 2021-11-16 2019-11-20
OCE
FBI Victor Huang 5Bot Laner 2021-11-16 2019-07-05
NA
huhi Choi Jae-hyun (최재현) 6Support 2020-11-17 2019-07-05
Note: Teams are free to switch players between their LCS and Academy League rosters as long as their roster for each game complies with the rules outlined in this article. Therefore, more players are eligible to start than are listed on this page - we will only list those that do play.

Former[edit]

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
NA
Keith Yuri Jew 15Support Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians Academy 2019-11-222019-11-22 2020-05-282020-05-28
KR
Olleh Kim Joo-sung (김주성) 15Support Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas Academy 2018-11-302018-11-30 2020-01-072020-01-07
EU
Froggen Henrik Hansen 13Mid Laner Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas 2018-12-062018-12-06 2019-12-092019-12-09
NA
Contractz Juan Garcia 12Jungler 100 Thieveslogo std.png100 Thieves Academy 2017-12-132017-12-13 2019-12-022019-12-02
NA
Deftly Matthew Chen 14Bot Laner Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Academy 2017-12-132017-12-13 2019-07-172019-07-17
NA
Lourlo Samson Jackson 11Top Laner Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox 2017-12-132017-12-13 2018-12-062018-12-06
NA
Matt Matthew Elento 15Support Team Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquid Academy 2017-12-132017-12-13 2018-12-062018-12-06
KR
Mickey Son Young-min (손영민) 13Mid Laner APK Princelogo std.pngAPK Prince 2018-04-232018-04-23 2018-10-272018-10-27
NA
Xpecial Alex Chu (朱啓恩) 25Sub/Sup Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University 2018-04-232018-04-23 2018-08-212018-08-21
NA
Hai Hai Lam 13Mid Laner Radiancelogo std.pngRadiance 2017-12-132017-12-13 2018-04-232018-04-23

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

C ID Name Position
Hunter Leigh Head of Esports
Spellsy Daniel Biery 90Director of Operations
Mark Mark Register Director of Video Production
Crystal Au Art Director
Rachel Ho Social Media Manager
Danan Danan Flander General Manager
Jonathon Jonathon McDaniel Assistant General Manager
Inero Nick Smith 90Head Coach
ChuChuZ Aaron Bland 90Assistant Coach
Jimmy Jimmy Harrison 90Player Performance Coach
Spookz Samuel Broadley 90Two-Way Player Coach
Ji Eun Ji Eun Shin Team Operations Specialist

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team
Potluck Nicholas Pollock 90Two-Way Player Coach Immortalslogo std.pngImmortals Academy
Morissette Daniel Morissette 90Interim Head Coach Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians Academy
dGon Daniel Gonzales Team Manager Radiancelogo std.pngRadiance
Xpecial Alex Chu 90Assistant Coach Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Real Sam Joy Assistant Coach None
Zercei Jeff Prasad Assistant Coach None
Tyler Tyler Perron 90Head Coach Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox
Locodoco Choi Yoon-seop (최윤섭) 90Head Coach None

Player League Participation[edit]

Playoff games are NOT included, but regular-season tiebreaker games ARE.

LCS

Player20132014201520162017201820192020Games
SpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummer
HaiCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngFlyQuestlogo std.pngFlyQuestlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png466
LourloTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.png382
MattTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png356
ContractzCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png288
DeftlyGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngCloud9logo std.png
Golden Guardianslogo std.png
101
MickeyTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png44
BobqinGolden Guardianslogo std.png4
HauntzerGravitylogo std.pngGravitylogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png505
FroggenEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngDignitaslogo std.png328
OllehImmortalslogo std.pngImmortalslogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png281
HuhiCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.pngCounter Logic Gaminglogo std.png100 Thieveslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png410
FBIGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png30
KeithTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam SoloMidlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png301
GoldenglueDignitaslogo std.pngTeam 8logo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png195
CloserGolden Guardianslogo std.png19

Tournaments[edit]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

Golden Guardians Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2020-04-070050065 - 6 LCS 2020 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Goldenglue,  FBI,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
2020-03-290060006 LCS 2020 Spring
8 - 10Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Goldenglue,  FBI,  Keith,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
2019-08-040070007 LCS 2019 Summer
8 - 10Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  FBI,  Olleh,  huhi,  Jimmy,  Potluck,  Inero
2019-03-300050065 - 6 LCS 2019 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  Olleh,  Inero,  Jimmy
2019-03-240050005 LCS 2019 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  Olleh,  Inero,  Jimmy
2018-08-2001000010 NA LCS 2018 Summer
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Lourlo,  Contractz,  Mickey,  Bobqin,  Deftly,  Matt,  Tyler,  Xpecial,  Morissette,  Ji Eun
2018-03-1801000010 NA LCS 2018 Spring
4 - 14Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Lourlo,  Contractz,  Hai,  Deftly,  Matt,  Locodoco,  Akiri
Total Prize:USD 0

Images[edit]

Logos[edit]

Rosters[edit]

Media[edit]

  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Golden State Warriors' Tweet twitter.com
  2. Golden Guardians Announce North American League of Legends Championship Series Roster nba.com
  3. dGon's Tweet twitter.com
  4. Golden Guardians Announce North American League of Legends Championship Series Roster nba.com
  5. Real's Tweet twitter.com
  6. Spellsy's Tweet twitter.com
  7. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  8. Golden Guardians Announce 2018 Summer Split Roster goldenguardians.com
  9. Hai's AMA reddit.com
  10. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-04-23
  11. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  12. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-08-08
  13. Real's Tweet twitter.com
  14. Xpecial's Tweet twitter.com
  15. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2018-09-09; after change - NA - 2018-09-10
  16. dGon's Tweet twitter.com
  17. GGS Name Danan Flander Team's First-Ever General Manager and Nick “Inero” Smith to Coach Golden Guardians in Team’s Second Season of Competition goldenguardians.com
  18. Mickey's Tweet twitter.com
  19. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  20. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  21. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  22. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  23. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  24. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-12-11
  25. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  26. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  27. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-01-04
  28. Golden Guardians Announce Academy Team Roster for 2019 Summer Split goldenguardians.com
  29. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-05-28; after change - NA - 2019-05-29
  30. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-05-29
  31. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  32. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  33. Cloud9's Tweet twitter.com
  34. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  35. Golden Guardians' Facebook Post facebook.com
  36. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-15; after change - NA - 2019-11-16
  37. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  38. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  39. Golden Role Swap | Roster Announcement | Golden Age youtube.com
  40. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-21; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  41. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  42. Thank you Contractz youtube.com
  43. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  44. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  45. Dignitas' Tweet twitter.com
  46. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-11
  47. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-18
  48. Immortals' Tweet twitter.com
  49. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  50. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  51. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com