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Golden Guardians
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Team Information
Org Location
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 10, Real (Assistant Coach) joins.[5]
  • January 13, Spellsy (Director of Operations) joins.[6]
  • February 2, Akiri (Assistant Coach to Head Coach) changes position. Locodoco (Head Coach) leaves.[7]
  • April 23,
    Mickey joins.

    Xpecial (Assistant Coach) joins as substitute.
    [8]
    Hai retires.[9]
    Mickey's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2018.[10]
  • August 6, Inero (Consultant) joins. Mango (Interim Head Coach) joins from academy roster. Tyler (Head Coach) leaves.[11]
  • August 8, Mango (Head Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 10 September 2018.[12]
  • August 20, Zercei (Assistant Coach) leaves.
  • August 21, Real (Assistant Coach) and
    Xpecial (Assistant Coach) leave.[13][14]
  • September 10, Morissette (Interim Head Coach)'s contract expires.[15]
  • September 12, dGon (Team Manager) leaves.[16]
  • October 17, Danan (General Manager) joins. Inero (Consultant to Head Coach) changes position. Morissette (Interim Head Coach) leaves for academy roster.[17]
  • October 27,
    Mickey leaves.[18]
  • November 29,
    Hauntzer joins.
    [19]
  • November 30,
    Olleh joins.
    [20]
  • December 6,
    Froggen joins.
    [21]
    Lourlo and
    Matt leave.[22][23]
  • December 11,
    Froggen's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020.[24]
  • December 18, Jimmy (Two-Way Player Coach) joins.[25] Jonathon (Assistant General Manager) joins.[26]
  • 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]
  • February (approx.), Ji Eun (Team Operations Specialist to Marketing Project Manager) changes position.
  • 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 and Jimmy (Head Coach)'s contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 17 November 2020.[31]
  • July 5,
    FBI and
    Huhi join from academy roster.
    [32]
  • July 17,
    Deftly leaves.[33][34]
  • October 4, Mark Register (Director of Video Production) joins.[35][36]
  • November 16,
    MistyStumpey is drafted at NA 2019 Scouting Grounds with exclusivity window ending on 26 November 2019.[37]
  • November 20,
    Closer joins.
    [38]
    Goldenglue joins.
    [39]
  • November 22,
    Keith joins from academy roster.
    Inero (Assistant Coach to Head Coach) and Jimmy (Head Coach to Player Performance Coach) change positions.
    Hauntzer and
    FBI will remain with the team for 2020.[40]
    MistyStumpey's draft window is ended early without any signing.[41]
    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.[42]
  • December 2,
    Contractz leaves.[43]
  • December 4, ChuChuZ (Assistant Coach) and Spookz (Two-Way Player Coach) join.[44]
  • December 9,
    Froggen leaves.[45][46]
  • 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.[47]
  • December 18, ChuChuZ (Assistant Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[48]
  • January (approx.), Saskirin (Esports Coordinator to Team Operations Specialist) changes position.
  • January 1, Potluck (Two-Way Player Coach) leaves.[49]
  • January 7,
    Olleh leaves.[50]
  • May (approx.), Mark (Director of Video Production) leaves.
  • May 28,
    Keith leaves for academy roster.[51]
  • June 5,
    Damonte joins.
    [52] Olleh (Positional Coach) rejoins.
    Goldenglue leaves for academy roster.[53]
    Damonte's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 15 November 2022.[54] Olleh (Positional Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[55]
  • June 24, Olleh (Positional Coach) leaves.[56]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleContract EndsJoined
NA

HauntzerKevin Yarnell
Top Laner
2020-11-17
Nov 20182018-11-29
TR

CloserCan Çelik
Jungler
2022-11-15
Nov 20192019-11-20
NA

DamonteTanner Damonte
Mid Laner
2022-11-15
Jun 20202020-06-05
OCE

FBIIan Victor Huang
Bot Laner
2021-11-16
Jul 20192019-07-05
NA

huhiChoi Jae-hyun (최재현)
Support
2020-11-17
Jul 20192019-07-05
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]

Players are shown for the entire duration of their tenure on the team, with the role and substitute/trainee status they had upon their departure.

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoinedLeftNext Team
NA

GoldenglueGreyson Gregory Gilmer
Mid Laner
Nov 20192019-11-20Jun 20202020-06-05Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.A
NA

KeithYuri Jew
Support
Nov 20192019-11-22May 20202020-05-28Golden Guardianslogo std.pngGG.A
KR

OllehKim Joo-sung (김주성)
Support
Nov 20182018-11-30Jan 20202020-01-07Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG.A
EU

FroggenHenrik Hansen
Mid Laner
Dec 20182018-12-06Dec 20192019-12-09Dignitaslogo std.pngDIG
NA

ContractzJuan Arturo Garcia
Jungler
Dec 20172017-12-13Dec 20192019-12-02100 Thieveslogo std.png100.A
NA

MistyStumpeyIan Victor Alexander
Top Laner
(+)
(–)
Draft Pick
Nov 20192019-11-16Nov 20192019-11-22Columbia Collegelogo std.pngCC
NA

DeftlyMatthew Chen
Bot Laner
Dec 20172017-12-13Jul 20192019-07-17Cloud9logo std.pngC9
NA

LourloSamson Jackson
Top Laner
Dec 20172017-12-13Dec 20182018-12-06Echo Foxlogo std.pngFOX.A
NA

MattMatthew Elento
Support
Dec 20172017-12-13Dec 20182018-12-06Eglogo std.pngEG.A
KR

MickeySon Young-min (손영민)
Mid Laner
Apr 20182018-04-23Oct 20182018-10-27APK Princelogo std.pngAPK
NA

XpecialAlex Chu (朱啓恩)
Sub/Sup
Apr 20182018-04-23Aug 20182018-08-21Harrisburg Universitylogo std.pngHU
NA

HaiHai Du Lam
Mid Laner
Dec 20172017-12-13Apr 20182018-04-23Radiancelogo std.pngRAD

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.png175
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.png299
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.png238
FBIGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png48
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.pngEglogo std.png116
CloserGolden Guardianslogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png37
DamonteEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngEcho Foxlogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngClutch Gaminglogo std.pngGolden Guardianslogo std.png74

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

C ID Name Position
Hunter Leigh Head of Esports
Spellsy Daniel Biery 80Director of Operations
Crystal Au Art Director
MelonTosser Dan Mellynchuk Esports Partnerships Manager
Rachel Ho Social Media Manager
Sam Sam Han Esports Marketing Analyst & Content
justenvision Justin Asilo Video Editor
Danan Danan Flander General Manager
Jonathon Jonathon McDaniel Assistant General Manager
Ji Eun Ji Eun Shin Marketing Project Manager
Saskirin Jonathan Thall Team Operations Specialist
Inero Nick Smith 80Head Coach
ChuChuZ Aaron Bland 80Assistant Coach
Jimmy Jimmy Harrison 80Player Performance Coach
Spookz Samuel Broadley 80Two-Way Player Coach

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team
Olleh Kim Joo-sung (김주성) 80Positional Coach None
Mark Mark Register Director of Video Production 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

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
2020-08-235 - 6 LCS 2020 Summer Playoffs
2 : 3Team SoloMidlogo std.pngTSM
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Damonte,  FBI,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
2020-08-095 LCS 2020 Summer
9 - 9Blanklogo std.pngRR
 Hauntzer,  Closer,  Damonte,  FBI,  huhi,  Inero,  ChuChuZ
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
  • 2020

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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Golden Guardians Announce North American League of Legends Championship Series Roster nba.com
  4. dGon's Tweet twitter.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 Real's Tweet twitter.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 Spellsy's Tweet twitter.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Golden Guardians Announce 2018 Summer Split Roster goldenguardians.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 Hai's AMA reddit.com
  10. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-04-23
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  12. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-08-08
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Real's Tweet twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Xpecial's Tweet twitter.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 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. 18.0 18.1 Mickey's Tweet twitter.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  21. 21.0 21.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  24. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2018-12-11
  25. 25.0 25.1 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. 30.0 30.1 Golden Guardians Announce Academy Team Roster for 2019 Summer Split goldenguardians.com
  31. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-05-29
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  33. 33.0 33.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  34. 34.0 34.1 Cloud9's Tweet twitter.com
  35. Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  36. Golden Guardians' Facebook Post facebook.com
  37. 37.0 37.1 GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-15; after change - NA - 2019-11-16
  38. 38.0 38.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  39. 39.0 39.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  40. 40.0 40.1 Golden Role Swap | Roster Announcement | Golden Age youtube.com
  41. 41.0 41.1 GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2019-11-21; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  42. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-11-22
  43. 43.0 43.1 Thank you Contractz youtube.com
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  45. 45.0 45.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  46. 46.0 46.1 Dignitas' Tweet twitter.com
  47. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-11
  48. GCD Archive Pages: before change - - ; after change - NA - 2019-12-18
  49. 49.0 49.1 Immortals' Tweet twitter.com
  50. 50.0 50.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  51. 51.0 51.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  52. 52.0 52.1 Golden Guardians' Tweet twitter.com
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 Golden Guardians Announce League of LCS Roster for 2020 Summer Split goldenguardians.com
  54. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2020-06-04; after change - NA - 2020-06-05
  55. GCD Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2020-06-04; after change - NA - 2020-06-05
  56. 56.0 56.1 Olleh's Tweet twitter.com