|Name||Kim Han-gi (김한기)|
|Country of Birth||South Korea|
|Birthday||June 20, 1997 (age 21)|
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Kim "key" Han-gi (Hangul: 김한기) is a support for Hanwha Life Esports. His name was previously stylized KeY. He was previously known as TML.
Kim "TML" Han-gi competed with Xenics in the Champions Summer Promotion Tournament, but the team went 0-2 in their group, losing to both Samsung and Prime Clan and did not qualify. He then left to join Energy Pacemaker.Carries and played a few games in the LSPL Season and then the Spring Relegation Tournament, where the team successfully requalified for the 2016 LSPL.
After the LSPL Relegation tournament, TML returned to Korea and joined Ever for the 2016 LCK Promotion Tournament but was once again unsuccessful at qualifying for Champions. After the Promotion Tournament, TML renamed to Key, and Ever picked up two new players - former KT Rolster jungler Ares and AD carry LokeN. With this line-up, Ever played in the KeSPA Cup, where they shocked audiences not only advancing to the semifinals with victories over Samsung and Anarchy but then upsetting SK Telecom and CJ Entus in back-to-back sweeps to win the entire tournament and secure Korea's only seed to IEM Season X - Cologne. Key himself was recognized for his Bard play and earned the MVP award for the tournament.
During the preseason, allegations had arisen that Key had engaged in Elo boosting activities. The allegations were never proven, and no official action was taken against him, but Ever took their own disciplinary action and sat him out for the first 12 games of Challengers Korea. Totoro started for the team in his place.
At the time of competing at IEM Katowice (which they had an invitation to due to winning IEM Cologne), Ever were in second place in Challengers, after losing a series 0-2 to MVP. Despite a round-one surprise upset win over Team SoloMid, Ever lost to Royal Never Give Up and then a rematch series against TSM to be eliminated before the playoff bracket.
After coming back to Korea, ESC Ever continued to perform well in the Challengers Korea 2016 Spring Season, finishing second place in the regular season with 27 pts. After beating Ever8 Winners 3-1, they beat MVP 3-2 to win the season and earn a spot in the 2016 LCK Summer Promotion. Then, they beat SBENU Sonicboom 3-0 to earn a spot in the 2016 LCK Summer Season.
During the 2016 LCK Summer Season, ESC Ever went 5-13 in total sets, with one notable upset victory over SK Telecom T1. Key shared the starting support position with Totoro. However, they still finished the split in ninth place, leading them to participate in the 2017 LCK Spring Promotion tournament. In the first round, they beat SBENU Korea 2-1 before falling to Kongdoo Monster 3-1. In the deciding loser's match, ESC Ever swept CJ Entus to earn their spot back in the LCK.
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- February 24, HLE Key: "I think Kingzone’s bot duo is one of the top 3 bot duos in the LCK." with Yeonjae "Arra" Shin,David "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- February 6, ROX Key: "I would have thought that the MVP vote is a fraud if I don’t get it." with Jaehoon "Laffa" Jeong,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 3, ROX Key: "Zoe's nerf doesn't matter much because Lava is good at Ekko and Fizz." with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 18, ROX Sangyoon: "My parents don't come to watch when I'm playing against top teams... only when they think I'll win" with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- March 21, ROX Key: "Snowflower(Super Massive eSports) recommended me to play Lulu. She counters tanks in the current meta" with Youngbo "Roxyy" Sim, Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- June 17, HLE Key on Preparing for JAG: "We wanted revenge, so we practiced until 6 AM last night" with Beom "Nswer" Park, Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo,,Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 13, HLE Key: "We were especially weak against Afreeca, Kingzone, and SKT. Well, after winning them, it feels like the team has improved compared to the past. " with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok,Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- March 25, ROX Key: "I thought we could come back as long as we didn’t make mistakes" with on Inven Global
- June 29, ROX Key on Kalista-Rakan: "Kalista's ultimate followed by Rakan's airborne means to flash or die" with on Inven Global
- May 26, LCK Summer ESC Ever ‘Key’ Kim Han-gi, “Our bottom lane is probably the 5th strongest in the LCK” English translation by krbnu.
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