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ROX Tigers
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Team Information
Org LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Team LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Region
KR
 Korea
Sponsor(s)Hanhwa
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게임이너스
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History
Created2014-11-14
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Current Roster
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ROX Tigers (formerly HUYA Tigers and later GE Tigers, KOO Tigers, and Tigers) is a Korean League of Legends team.

History

2015 Season

KOO Tigers is a Korean League of Legends team that was founded in November 2014, sponsored by Chinese streaming company YY.[1] The initial roster, announced under the name HUYA Tigers, included former members of NaJin Sword, NaJin Shield, and Incredible Miracle 1: Smeb, Lee, Kuro, PraY, and GorillA comprised the initial lineup, with NoFe as a coach. Shortly after its formation, the team qualified for the Champions Spring Qualifiers, placing first in the group stage over Team Avalanche. They went 2-1 in the final stage and successfully qualified for SBENU Champions Spring 2015. In the Champions Spring Preseason, HUYA Tigers finished tied for third place with KT Rolster, each with 7 points. They renamed to GE Tigers at the start of the Spring Season.

GE Tigers started out as unquestionably the top team in Korea in their first season in the LCK, in first place with a 7-0 match record and a 14-2 game record at the end of week 6 of the spring season. This placement earned them an invitation to the IEM Season IX World Championship in March. However, after defeating Cloud 9 and SK Gaming to win their group, they lost in the semifinals 2-1 to Team WE - who entered the competition as the 12th-place team in the LPL. This led many casters and analysts to label it the biggest upset to date in the entire history of competitive League of Legends. After their return to Korea, the GE Tigers' record worsened, and they dropped sets to both KT Rolster and to SK Telecom T1. They still finished first in the round robin with a 12-2 record, but in the Playoffs they lost to SKT and missed out on the Mid-Season Invitational.

Prior to the start of the SBENU Champions Summer 2015, the GE Tigers were sponsored by streaming company KOOtv and changed their name to the KOO Tigers. KOO ended the regular season of Champions Summer in 4th place.They beat NaJin e-mFire 2-1 and CJ Entus 3-0 to advance to the semifinals where they played a close series with KT Rolster but lost 3-2, ultimately ending in third place. Because SKT won the finals, KOO automatically qualified for the 2015 Season World Championship as the second seed from Korea with the most circuit points.

At Worlds, KOO was placed into a group with Counter Logic Gaming, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming. They placed second, ending with a 4-2 record with both losses to Flash Wolves. They beat KT Rolster 3-1 and Fnatic 3-0 to make it to the finals against SKT. However, they finally fell in the finals with a 3-1 loss.

2016 Preseason

After Worlds, Tigers dropped their title sponsor from their team name, and they played in the KeSPA Cup as Tigers. The Tigers played in the KeSPA Cup but they were upset in the first round 2-0 by SBENU Sonicboom. On January 5 they renamed to the ROX Tigers.

2016 Season

During the 2016 LCK Spring Split, the ROX Tigers dominated domestically in similar fashion to 2015. They finished the regular season with a 16-2 match record, losing only to KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy. Earning first place in the regular season gave them a bye to the finals of the Spring Playoffs, where they faced SK Telecom T1. ROX entered as the favorites this time, but still lost 3-1, earning themselves second place for the spring split.

During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, the Tigers once again placed first in the regular season with an impressive 15-3 scoreline in Bo3s, with two losses to SK Telecom T1 and one loss to Samsung Galaxy. This seeded them in the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs directly into their third domestic finals, where they eventually met KT Rolster. In an epic series, the ROX Tigers won the set 3-2, claiming 1st place in the Summer Split and giving them Korea's first seed into the 2016 Season World Championship.

At the 2016 Season World Championship, the ROX Tigers were placed into Group A, along with EULCS first seed G2 Esports, NALCS second seed Counter Logic Gaming, and wildcard Albus NoX Luna. Despite becoming the first Korean team in history to lose a professional game to a wildcard, ROX finished the group stage in first place with a 4-2 record. After dispatching EDward Gaming in a 3-0 sweep in the Quarterfinals, the Tigers met their historic kryptonite SK Telecom T1 in the Semifinals match. What followed was one of the most intense and well played series in the history of League of Legends, with an incredible display of performance from both teams. In the end SKT, led by the veteran duo of Faker and Bengi, managed to edge out the series 2-3; even though the Tigers were the second team to bring SKT to a Game 5 in a Worlds series, even being ahead 2-1 after Game 3, their efforts weren't enough to bring down SKT and deny them their second consecutive Worlds Finals.

Timeline

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Player Roster

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
KR
South Korea Lindarang Heo Man-heung (허만흥) 1Top Laner Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2016-12-212016-12-21 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Mightybear Kim Min-su (김민수) 2Jungler Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2017-02-202017-02-20 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea SeongHwan Yoon Seong-hwan (윤성환) 2Jungler Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2016-12-212016-12-21 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Kuzan Lee Seong-hyeok (이성혁) 3Mid Laner Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2017-12-272017-12-27 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Lava Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) 3Mid Laner Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2017-06-292017-06-29 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Sangyoon Gwon Sang-yun (권상윤) 4Bot Laner Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2016-12-212016-12-21 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Key Kim Han-gi (김한기) 5Support Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports 2016-12-212016-12-21 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Crow Kim Seon-gyu (김선규) 3Sub/Mid
None
2017-06-292017-06-29 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR
South Korea Shy Park Sang-myeon (박상면) 1Top Laner Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2016-12-212016-12-21 2017-12-052017-12-05
KR
South Korea Mickey Son Young-min (손영민) 3Mid Laner Team Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid 2016-12-212016-12-21 2017-07-272017-07-27
KR
South Korea Peanut Han Wang-ho (한왕호) 2Jungler SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 2016-01-052016-01-05 2016-11-302016-11-30
KR
South Korea Cry Hae Sung-min (해성민) 3Mid Laner EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming 2016-03-032016-03-03 2016-11-282016-11-28
KR
South Korea Smeb Song Kyung-ho (송경호) 1Top Laner KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster 2014-11-142014-11-14 2016-11-252016-11-25
KR
South Korea Kuro Lee Seo-haeng (이서행) 3Mid Laner Freecslogo std.png Afreeca Freecs 2014-11-142014-11-14 2016-11-252016-11-25
KR
South Korea PraY Kim Jong-in (김종인) 4Bot Laner LongZhulogo std.png Longzhu Gaming 2014-11-142014-11-14 2016-11-252016-11-25
KR
South Korea GorillA Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현) 5Support LongZhulogo std.png Longzhu Gaming 2014-11-142014-11-14 2016-11-252016-11-25
KR
South Korea Sylph Lee Jae-ha (이재하) 3Sub/Mid Suspendedlogo std.png Suspended 2016-01-062016-01-06 2016-03-032016-03-03
KR
South Korea Hojin Lee Ho-jin (이호진) 2Jungler Retiredlogo std.png Retired 2014-11-142014-11-14 2015-12-072015-12-07
KR
South Korea Wisdom Kim Tae-wan (김태완) 2Jungler Giants Gaminglogo std.png Giants Gaming 2015-05-192015-05-19 2015-12-072015-12-07

Organization

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea OnAir Kang Hyun-jong (강현종) Head Coach Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports
South Korea Emperor Kim Jin-hyun (김진현) 70Coach Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.png Hanwha Life Esports
South Korea Xero Sin Hyeok (신혁) 70Coach Bbq Oliverslogo std.png bbq Olivers
South Korea NoFe Jeong No-chul (정노철) 70Head Coach EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming
South Korea SSONG Kim Sang-soo (김상수) 70Coach LongZhulogo std.png Longzhu Gaming
South Korea KangQui Kang Sung-hyun (강승현) 70Coach Energy Pacemakerlogo std.png Energy Pacemaker

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-03-25A66₩ 10,000,000$ 9,339.72€ 7,571.28LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Spring9 - 9Blanklogo std.png RR
 Lindarang,
 Mightybear,
 SeongHwan,
 Kuzan,
 Lava,
 Sangyoon,
 Key
2017-12-02A99 - 12KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 20171 : 2E8 WINlogo std.png E8W
 Lindarang,
 SeongHwan,
 Mightybear,
 Lava,
 Sangyoon,
 Key
2017-08-06A77₩ 10,000,000$ 8,800€ 7,500LCK logo small.png LCK 2017 Summer6 - 12Blanklogo std.png RR
 Lindarang,
 Shy,
 SeongHwan,
 Mightybear,
 Mickey,
 Lava,
 Crow,
 Sangyoon,
 Key
2017-04-02A66₩ 10,000,000$ 8,900€ 8,400LCK logo small.png LCK 2017 Spring8 - 10Blanklogo std.png RR
 Lindarang,
 Shy,
 Seonghwan,
 Mightybear,
 Mickey,
 Sangyoon,
 Key
2017-02-26A33 - 4$ 15,000$ 15,000€ 14,100Esltumbnail.png IEM Season 11 World Championship1 : 2G2 Esportslogo std.png G2
 Lindarang,
 SeongHwan,
 Mickey,
 Sangyoon,
 Key,
 gosu
2016-11-19A11₩ 40,000,000$ 33,600€ 31,600KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 20163 : 1Kongdoo Monsterlogo std.png KDM
 Smeb,
 Peanut,
 Cry,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe,
 SSONG
2016-10-29A33 - 4$ 380,250$ 380,250€ 346,027.5WCS logo small.png World Championship 20162 : 3SKT1Logo std.png SKT
 Smeb,
 Peanut,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
2016-08-20A11₩ 100,000,000$ 89,000€ 79,000LCK logo small.png LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs3 : 2KTRolsterLogo std.png KT
 Smeb,
 Peanut,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe,
 SSONG
2016-08-06A11LCK logo small.png LCK 2016 Summer15 - 3Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Peanut,
 Kuro,
 Cry,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe,
 SSONG
2016-04-23A22₩ 60,000,000$ 51,600€ 46,200LCK logo small.png LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs1 : 3SKT1Logo std.png SKT
 Smeb,
 Peanut,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe,
 SSONG
Total Prize: KRW 230,000,000 • USD 395,250

As Tigers

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2015-11-14A99 - 14KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 20150 : 2SBENU Sonicboomlogo std.png SBENU
 Smeb,
 Wisdom,
 Hojin,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA
Total Prize:

As KOO Tigers

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2015-10-31A22$ 250,000$ 250,000€ 225,000WCS logo small.png World Championship 20151 : 3SKT1Logo std.png SKT
 Smeb,
 Hojin,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
2015-08-29A33₩ 30,000,000$ 25,200€ 22,500LCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Summer Playoffs2 : 3KTRolsterLogo std.png KT
 Smeb,
 Hojin,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe,
 SSONG
2015-08-13A44LCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Summer11 - 7Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Hojin,
 Wisdom,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
Total Prize: USD 250,000 • KRW 30,000,000

As GE Tigers

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2015-05-02A22₩ 60,000,000$ 51,000€ 39,600LCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Spring Playoffs0 : 3SKT1Logo std.png SKT
 Smeb,
 LEE,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
2015-04-11A11LCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Spring12 - 2Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Lee,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
2015-03-15A33 - 4$ 15,000$ 15,000€ 14,250Esltumbnail.png IEM Season 9 World Championship1 : 2Welogo std.png WE
 Smeb,
 Lee,
 kurO,
 PraY,
 GorillA,
 NoFe
Total Prize: KRW 60,000,000 • USD 15,000

As HUYA Tigers

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2014-12-20A44LCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Spring Preseason2-1-1Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Lee,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA
2014-12-07A11Ieflogo small.png International e-Culture Festival 20142 - 0Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Lee,
 kurO,
 PraY,
 GorillA
2014-11-22I1QLCK logo small.png Champions 2015 Spring Promotion2 - 1Blanklogo std.png RR
 Smeb,
 Lee,
 Kuro,
 PraY,
 GorillA
Total Prize:

Highlight Videos

Interviews

Videos

Articles

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Gallery

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com
  2. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  3. Hanwha Life Esports' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  4. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  5. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  6. 2017 LoL 케스파 컵 로스터 공개, '쿠잔' 이성혁-'블레스' 최현웅 제외 fomos.kr
  7. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  8. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  9. ROX Tigers' Tweet twitter.com
  10. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  11. Official Roster List program.interest.me
  12. ROX, ‘크라이’ 해성민 영입...”다양한 방향으로 발전” (Korean) fomos.co.kr
  13. 2016년 제 1차 e스포츠 제재 leagueoflegends.co.kr
  14. "What Slyph did was: He used an auto/bot program in co op vs ai so that he could get a level 30 account thus got a ban until 2017 Feb 25" bnununu at twitter.com
  15. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  16. Kuro's Facebook Post (Korean)
  17. PraY's Facebook Post (Korean)
  18. GorillA's Facebook Post (Korean)
  19. ROX Tigers's Facebook Post facebook.com
  20. ROX Tigers's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  21. Peanut's Facebook Post
  22. 롱주 게이밍, 전 ROX 출신 '쏭' 김상수 코치 영입 (Korean) fomos.kr
  23. EDward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  24. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  25. OGN Status interest.me
  26. Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  27. 롤챔스 선발전 '다크호스' 탄생, HUYA 타이거즈 창단 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  28. Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com