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
  • January 4,
    Hauntzer and
    Olleh's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020.[27]
    Contractz and
    Deftly's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2019.[28] Inero (Head Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[29]
  • May 28, Potluck (Two-Way Player Coach) joins. Jimmy (Two-Way Player Coach to Head Coach) and Inero (Head Coach to Assistant Coach) change positions.[30]
  • May 29,
    Contractz's contract is extended through 2020.[31]
    Contractz and Jimmy (Head Coach)'s contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020.[32]
  • July 5,
    FBI and
    Huhi join from academy roster.
    [33]
  • July 17,
    Deftly leaves.[34][35]
  • October 4, Mark Register (Director of Video Production) joins.[36][37]
  • November 16,
    MistyStumpey is drafted at NA 2019 Scouting Grounds with exclusivity window ending on 26 November 2019.[38]
  • November 20,
    Closer joins.
    [39]
    Goldenglue joins.
    [40]
  • November 22,
    Keith joins from academy roster.
    Inero (Academy Coach to Head Coach) and Jimmy (Head Coach to Player Performance Coach) change positions.
    Hauntzer and
    FBI will remain with the team for 2020.[41]
    MistyStumpey's draft window is ended early without any signing.[42]
    Closer's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2022.
    Goldenglue's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[43]
  • December 2,
    Contractz leaves.[44]
  • December 4, ChuChuZ (Assistant Coach) and Spookz (Two-Way Player Coach) join.[45]
  • December 9,
    Froggen leaves.[46][47]
  • December 11,
    FBI's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.
    Keith's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020. Inero (Head Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2022.[48]
  • December 18, ChuChuZ (Assistant Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[49]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
NA
Hauntzer Kevin Yarnell 2Top 2020-11-17 2018-11-29
TR
Closer Can Çelik 3Jungle 2022-11-15 2019-11-20
NA
Damonte Tanner Damonte 4Mid 2022-11-15 2020-06-05
OCE
FBI Victor Huang 5Bot 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
Goldenglue Greyson Gilmer 13Mid Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians Academy 2019-11-202019-11-20 2020-06-052020-06-05
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 Dignitaslogo std.pngDignitas 2018-12-062018-12-06 2019-12-092019-12-09
NA
Contractz Juan Garcia 12Jungle 100 Thieveslogo std.png100 Thieves Academy 2017-12-132017-12-13 2019-12-022019-12-02
NA
Deftly Matthew Chen 14Bot Cloud9logo std.pngCloud9 Academy 2017-12-132017-12-13 2019-07-172019-07-17
NA
Lourlo Samson Jackson 11Top 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 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 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 80Director 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 80Head Coach
ChuChuZ Aaron Bland 80Assistant Coach
Jimmy Jimmy Harrison 80Player Performance Coach
Spookz Samuel Broadley 80Two-Way Player Coach
Ji Eun Ji Eun Shin Team Operations Specialist

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team
Olleh Kim Joo-sung (김주성) 80Positional Coach None
Potluck Nicholas Pollock 80Two-Way Player Coach Immortalslogo std.pngImmortals Academy
Morissette Daniel Morissette 80Interim Head Coach Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardians Academy
dGon Daniel Gonzales Team Manager Radiancelogo std.pngRadiance
Xpecial Alex Chu 80Assistant Coach Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHarrisburg University
Real Sam Joy 80Assistant Coach None
Zercei Jeff Prasad Assistant Coach None
Tyler Tyler Perron 80Head Coach Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox
Locodoco Choi Yoon-seop (최윤섭) 80Head 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.png233
LourloTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngDignitaslogo std.png200
MattTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png178
ContractzCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png100 Thieveslogo std.png171
DeftlyGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngCloud9logo std.png
Golden Guardianslogo std.png
65
MickeyTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png22
BobqinGolden Guardianslogo std.png2
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.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png289
FroggenEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngDignitaslogo std.pngDignitaslogo std.png199
OllehImmortalslogo std.pngImmortalslogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png154
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.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png228
FBIGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png38
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.png157
GoldenglueDignitaslogo std.pngTeam 8logo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngTeam Liquidlogo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngCloud9logo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png108
CloserGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png27
DamonteEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png72

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
2020-04-075 - 6 LCS 2020 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Goldenglue,  FBI,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
2020-03-296 LCS 2020 Spring
8 - 10Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Goldenglue,  FBI,  Keith,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
2019-08-047 LCS 2019 Summer
8 - 10Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  FBI,  Olleh,  huhi,  Jimmy,  Potluck,  Inero
2019-03-305 - 6 LCS 2019 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3FlyQuestlogo std.pngFLY
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  Olleh,  Inero,  Jimmy
2019-03-245 LCS 2019 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Contractz,  Froggen,  Deftly,  Olleh,  Inero,  Jimmy
2018-08-2010 NA LCS 2018 Summer
5 - 13Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Lourlo,  Contractz,  Mickey,  Bobqin,  Deftly,  Matt,  Tyler,  Xpecial,  Morissette,  Ji Eun
2018-03-1810 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. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-01-04
  29. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-01-04
  30. Golden Guardians Announce Academy Team Roster for 2019 Summer Split goldenguardians.com
  31. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-05-28; after change - NA - 2019-05-29
  32. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-05-29
  33. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  34. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  35. Cloud9's Tweet twitter.com
  36. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  37. Golden Guardians' Facebook Post facebook.com
  38. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-15; after change - NA - 2019-11-16
  39. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  40. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  41. Golden Role Swap | Roster Announcement | Golden Age youtube.com
  42. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-21; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  43. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  44. Thank you Contractz youtube.com
  45. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  46. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  47. Dignitas' Tweet twitter.com
  48. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-11
  49. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-18
  50. Immortals' Tweet twitter.com
  51. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  52. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  53. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  54. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  55. Golden Guardians Announce League of LCS Roster for 2020 Summer Split goldenguardians.com
  56. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2020-06-04; after change - NA - 2020-06-05
  57. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2020-06-04; after change - NA - 2020-06-05
  58. Olleh's Tweet twitter.com