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Griffin
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Team Information
Org LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Region
KR
 Korea
Head CoachHan "H Dragon" Sang-yong
SponsorSTILL8
Douyu
CORSAIR
SUITSUIT
History
Created2016-11
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Griffin (Korean: 그리핀) is a Korean team. They are owned by STILL8.

History[edit]

Griffin was founded in November 2016 as NOT BAD, and started playing as Griffin in January 2017.

2017 Season[edit]

Spring Split[edit]

They formed a young roster with Sword, Yonghun, Rather, Force, and Shield. During the Spring Split they had a decent 3-2 start but could not keep it up losing the rest of the splits series despite signing two new junglers. This meant a 9th place finish and dropping into the promotion tournament where they surprisingly clearly fought off REVERSE Gaming in a 3-0 sweep with new support Jin.

Summer Split[edit]

For the Summer Split they kept the roster from the promotion tournament but started the split like spring ended. After week 5 they signed former pro player cvMax as new coach and with him went on a tear winning 5 of their last 6 series as well as the tiebreaker to finish the split in 3rd place. In playoffs however they were surprisingly beaten by APK Prince 1-3.

KeSPA Cup[edit]

A few months later they got the chance to take revenge against them at the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup with their new botlane signings Viper and Lehends. They swept past them as well as LCK team Afreeca and even managed to gain international attention when they nearly managed to beat SK Telecom T1 who lost the world championship finals a few weeks before.

2018 Season[edit]

Spring Split[edit]

They continued their good showings during the Spring Split dominating the league with a start of 8 clean sweeps. After those they started to give talented rookie Chovy who just became old enough to be allowed to play some game time and despite losing two games continued to win the rest of the series which meant they placed 1st and got a direct place at the promotion tournament to LCK. In the promotion tournament they swept past Kongdoo and also won the first qualifying round against MVP convincingly to qualify for the LCK.

Summer Split[edit]

Due to their dominating qualification and keeping their roster there were hopes that finally a competitive team came up from CK again. Griffin fulfilled these hopes with a very dominant 8-1 start and a Summer Split finish in 2nd place. Going as second seed into playoffs they closely fought off Afreeca in semifinals after being down 1-2 and went up twice in finals against KT Rolster but could not close it out. The lack of championship points from spring split meant they went as 2nd seed but still as favourites into the Regional Finals. In round 2 they faced the after a bad season reinvigorated world championship roster on Gen.G and lost the series 2-3.

KeSPA Cup[edit]

In the 2018 LoL KeSPA Cup they got seeded in quarterfinals of playoffs where Afreeca were their first opponents. They swept their new roster 2-0 before sweeping past newly to LCK promoted team DAMWON Gaming and the new roster of Gen.G to win their first title.

2019 Season[edit]

2019 Preseason[edit]

In November, "e-sportainment" company STILL8, previously owners of Kongdoo Monster, purchased Griffin.[1][2]

Spring Split[edit]

They carried this forward and stomped their competition in the first 6 weeks of Spring Split. After SK Telecom T1 showed to the rest of the league in week 7 that Griffin are absolutely beatable despite losing their rematch 1-2 in extremely close fashion Griffin lost a couple of series towards the end of the split. According to their coach they were trying new things out and managed to hold on to first place and therefore first seed going into playoffs. In the highly anticipated finals match against SKT Griffin did not manage to perform as well as expected and were clean swept.

Summer Split[edit]

Griffin handled this disappointment well and had a good start into Summer Split. They went into Rift Rivals in first place with a 7-1 record. There they also showed good performances similarly to the rest of the league and despite losing their game in the final against FunPlus Phoenix LCK managed to beat LPL for the first time. Shortly after Rift Rivals the coaches decided to try out Doran in the top lane and after a rough first few matches he showed good synergy towards the end of regular season where Griffin secured first place on the last matchday again with a 13-5 record to wait in playoff finals for their opponent whilst already being qualified for their first World Championship due to KingZone missing playoffs. In playoff finals they once again had to face SKT who looked pretty strong on their way to the final and proved to be too big of an obstacle for Griffin to overcome as they lost clearly 1-3. With this disappointment Griffin went into Worlds as 2nd seed but without their coach cvMax as he left the team after disagreements with the owners shortly before the start of the tournament.

World Championship[edit]

Griffin were drawn into Group A with LEC 1st seed and MSI champion G2 Esports, LCS 2nd seed Cloud 9 and LMS 3rd seed Hong Kong Attitude. Going back to Sword in top lane after the removal of their coach they went 2-1 in week 1 and after a 2-0 start to Day 6 they were able to also defeat G2 Esports twice in back-to-back games for 1st place in their group. They were drawn against LPL 3rd seed Invictus Gaming in the Quarterfinals but were defeated with a clear 3-1.

Trivia[edit]

Struggles in BO5 Series[edit]

  • After reaching the LCK, Griffin was one of the best regular-season teams in the LCK, but infamously always faltered in best of five series.
    • As of 2020, Griffin has a 1-6 series record and a 9-20 game record in best of five series, excluding the KESPA Cup.

2018

2019

  • Finished first in both splits of 2019, seeding them directly into the finals, but lost both times to SKT by 3-0 and 3-1 scores respectively.
  • Still qualified for Worlds 2019 based on regular-season performance and placed first in their group, but lost to Invictus Gaming 3-1 in the knockout stage.

Timeline[edit]

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • February 18,
    Jungler
    Kanavi joins.
    [14]
  • February 26, Dakgo (Manager) joins.
  • May 22,
    Jungler
    Kanavi is loaned to JD Gaming.[15][16]
  • May 23,
    Mid Laner
    S
    Plex leaves.[17]
  • May 28,
    Top Laner
    Doran moves to starting roster.[18]
  • September (approx.),
    Top Laner
    T
    Hoya joins as trainee.
  • September 25, cvMax (Head Coach) leaves.[19]
  • October 4, Chico (Trainee Coach) joins.
    Jungler
    T
    GIDEON and
    Mid Laner
    T
    jjun join as trainees.
    [20]
  • October 23,
    Jungler
    Kanavi returns from loan to JD Gaming.[21]
  • October 30, Dakgo (Manager) leaves.[22]
  • November 6,
    Mid Laner
    Rather returns from loan to Flash Wolves.[23]
  • November 11, Cho Gyu-nam (CEO) leaves.[24]
  • November 14, Doran is suspended for 1 game due to toxic behavior in ranked matches.[25]
  • November 19, Cho Gyu-nam and cvMax are suspended indefinitely from all Riot competitions as a result of the Griffin - Kanavi Incident. Team is fined 100,000,000 won.[26]
  • November 25, STILL8 announce that they will revise existing player contracts to "remove unfair clauses" or allow players to become free agents.
    Top Laner
    Doran,
    Mid Laner
    Chovy, and
    Support
    Lehends leave.[27][28][29]
  • November 27, Team's management must be replaced to a new management of Griffin until the end of 2019. They also must be liquidated all remaining share in Griffin and STILL8 until one day before the start of the Promotion after the LCK 2020 Spring Split. If they fail to perform it, Team's LCK and CK eligibility to participate will be automatically forfeited.[30]
    Jungler
    Kanavi leaves.[31]
  • December 5,
    Top Laner
    Untara,
    Mid Laner
    Naehyun, and H Dragon (Head Coach) join.
    [32]
  • December 16, GBM (Coach) joins.[33]
  • December 26, TINO (General Manager), Shark (Owner), Choi Seong-ho (Outside Director), and Kang Han-seung (Head of Chinese Branch) leave.[34] January (CEO, General Manager) joins.[35][36][37]
  • December 29,
    Support
    Kabbie moves to starting roster.[38]

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR

Hoya Yoon Yong-ho (윤용호) 2Top Laner - 2019-09-??
KR

Sword Choi Sung-won (최성원) 3Top Laner 2021-11-15 2017-01-10
KR

Untara Park Ui-jin (박의진) 4Top Laner 2020-11-16 2019-12-05
KR

Tarzan Lee Seung-yong (이승용) 5Jungler 2021-11-15 2017-03-11
KR

Naehyun Yoo Nae-hyun (유내현) 6Mid Laner 2020-11-16 2019-12-05
KR

Ucal Son Woo-hyeon (손우현) 7Mid Laner 2020-11-16 2020-01-13
KR

Viper Park Do-hyeon (박도현) 8Bot Laner 2021-11-15 2017-11-19
KR

Irove Jeong Sang-hyeon (정상현) 9Support 2021-11-15 2018-12-10

Trainee[edit]

R C ID Name Role Joined
KR

GIDEON Kim Min-seong (김민성) 2Sub/Jun 2019-10-04
KR

zzun Park Jun-byeong (박준병) 3Sub/Mid 2019-10-04
KR

Wayne 4Sub/Bot 2020-01-??

Former[edit]

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
KR

Rather Shin Hyeong-seop (신형섭) 13Mid Laner Griffinlogo std.png Coach 2016-11-112016-11-?? 2020-01-202020-01-20
KR

Kanavi Seo Jin-hyeok (서진혁) 12Jungler JD Gaminglogo std.pngJD Gaming 2019-02-182019-02-18 2019-11-272019-11-27
KR

Doran Choi Hyeon-joon (최현준) 11Top Laner DragonXlogo std.pngDragonX 2018-12-112018-12-?? 2019-11-252019-11-25
KR

Chovy Jeong Ji-hoon (정지훈) 13Mid Laner DragonXlogo std.pngDragonX 2018-03-072018-03-07 2019-11-252019-11-25
KR

Lehends Son Si-woo (손시우) 15Support Hanwha Life Esportslogo std.pngHanwha Life Esports 2017-11-192017-11-19 2019-11-252019-11-25
KR

Plex Bae Ho-young (배호영) 23Sub/Mid LNG Esportslogo std.pngLNG Esports 2018-12-112018-12-?? 2019-05-232019-05-23
KR

Newt Kim Jin (김진) 25Sub/Sup Lgdlogo std.pngLGD Gaming 2017-05-042017-05-04 2018-05-302018-05-30
KR

Gankster Song Yong-hoon (송용훈) 22Sub/Jun Lgdlogo std.pngLGD Gaming 2016-11-112016-11-?? 2018-04-152018-04-15
KR

Force Han Sang-woo (한상우) 14Bot Laner Retiredlogo std.pngRetired 2016-11-112016-11-?? 2018-01-172018-01-17
KR

Greed Choi Geon-woo (최건우) 21Sub/Top None 2016-11-112016-11-?? 2017-06-022017-06-02
KR

Bin Lee Seung-bin (이승빈) 22Sub/Jun None 2017-02-102017-02-10 2017-06-022017-06-02
KR

Build Son Beom-jin (손범진) 25Sub/Sup Griffinlogo std.png Coach 2016-11-112016-11-?? 2017-06-022017-06-02
KR

Shield Song Ju-yeong (송주영) 15Support Crest Gaminglogo std.pngCrest Gaming Act 2017-01-102017-01-10 2017-05-042017-05-04

Player League Participation[edit]

Note that tiebreaker games ARE included in this display even though they are typically not included for regular-season records.

LCK

Player201220132014201520162017201820192020Games
SpringSummerWinterSpringSummerWinterSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummer
TarzanGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png135
ViperGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png135
LehendsGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngHanwha Life Esportslogo std.png134
ChovyGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngDragonXlogo std.png131
SwordGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png116
RatherGriffinlogo std.png8
DoranGriffinlogo std.pngDragonXlogo std.png22
UcalKT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT Rolsterlogo std.pngAfreeca Freecslogo std.pngAfreeca Freecslogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png134
NaehyunKingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKingzone DragonXlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png50
IroveGriffinlogo std.png4

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

C ID Name Position

January Kim Ka-eul (김가을) CEO & General Manager

H Dragon Han Sang-yong (한상용) 90Head Coach

Chaos Byun Young-sub (변영섭) 90Coach

GBM Lee Chang-seok (이창석) 90Coach

Rather Shin Hyeong-seop (신형섭) 90Coach

Jaceyoung Yang Jun-yeong (양준영) Analyst

Chico Park Yong-sub (박용섭) Trainee Coach

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team

Shark Seo Kyung-jong (서경종) Owner None

TINO Kim Dong-woo (김동우) General Manager None

Kang Han-seung (강한승) Head of Chinese Branch None

Choi Seong-ho (최성호) Outside Director None

Cho Gyu-nam (조규남) CEO Suspendedlogo std.pngSuspended

Dakgo Lee Kyung-ha (이경하) Manager None

cvMax Kim Dae-ho (김대호) 90Head Coach DragonXlogo std.pngDragonX

Kang Dae-hee (강대희) Coach Asura (Korean Team)logo std.pngAsura

Build Son Beom-jin (손범진) 90Coach None

Tournaments[edit]

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

Minimum place

Griffin Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2019-12-300050085 - 8₩8,000,000₩8,000,000₩8,000,000
KeSPA Cup 2019
0 : 2SANDBOX Gaminglogo std.pngSB

 Untara,
 Tarzan,
 Naehyun,
 Viper,
 Kabbie,
 H Dragon,
 GBM
2019-10-260050085 - 8$89,000$ 89,000€ 78,776.57
Worlds 2019
1 : 3Invictus Gaminglogo std.pngiG

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 Chaos
2019-08-310020002₩60,000,000$ 50,901.48€ 45,670.74
LCK 2019 Summer Playoffs
1 : 3SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT

 Doran,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax,
 Chaos
2019-08-180010001
LCK 2019 Summer
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Sword,
 Doran,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax,
 Chaos
2019-07-070010001
Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS
3 : 1LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.pngLPL

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax
2019-04-130020002₩60,000,000₩60,000,000₩60,000,000
LCK 2019 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax,
 Chaos
2019-03-310010001
LCK 2019 Spring
15 - 3Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax,
 Chaos
2018-12-310010001₩40,000,000$ 35,433.76€ 31,262.72
KeSPA Cup 2018
3 : 0Gen.Glogo std.pngGEN

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 Kabbie,
 cvMax,
 Chaos
2018-09-140030003
Korea Regional Finals 2018
2 : 3Gen.Glogo std.pngGEN

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax
2018-09-080020002₩60,000,000₩60,000,000₩60,000,000
LCK 2018 Summer Playoffs
2 : 3KT Rolsterlogo std.pngKT

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax
Total Prize:KRW 228,000,000 • USD 89,000

Media[edit]

  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Images[edit]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 롤챔스 서머 준우승팀 그리핀, 스틸에잇이 인수 (Korean) fomos.kr
  2. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  3. 2017 LoL 챌린저스 코리아 스프링 안내 afreecatv.com
  4. cvMax's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  5. 2017 LoL 케스파 컵 로스터 공개, '쿠잔' 이성혁-'블레스' 최현웅 제외 (Korean) fomos.kr
  6. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  7. GCD Archive Pages: before change - KR - 2018-05-29; after change - KR - 2018-05-30
  8. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  9. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  10. 롤챔스 서머 준우승팀 그리핀, 스틸에잇이 인수 (Korean) fomos.kr
  11. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  12. Griffin's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  13. Griffin's Facebook Post facebook.com
  14. [LoL] 새로운 정글러 카나비, 그리핀 롤팀에 합류! teamgriffin.gg
  15. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  16. JD Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  17. Griffin's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  18. Griffin's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  19. Griffin's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  20. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  21. 스틸에잇, ‘카나비’ 서진혁 FA로 푼다 (Korean) kmib.co.kr
  22. Dakgo's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  23. 閃電狼職業電競隊《英雄聯盟》公告 flashwolves.com
  24. [오피셜] 그리핀 조규남 대표 공식 사임... 스틸에잇 "조사 성실히 임할 것" (Korean) inven.co.kr
  25. 2019년 제 4차 e스포츠 제재 안내 (Korean) leagueoflegends.co.kr
  26. 그리핀 사건 관련 LCK운영위원회 최종 조사 결과 발표 (Korean) leagueoflegends.co.kr
  27. [오피셜] 스틸에잇, "선수들과 새로 계약 체결할 것...선수 원할시 FA 공시" (Korean) fomos.kr
  28. Still8 promises to revise existing player contracts and “removes unfair clauses”, some Griffin players may become free agents korizon.net
  29. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  30. 그리핀 사건 관련 LCK운영위원회 추가 입장 및 조치 사항 leagueoflegends.co.kr
  31. 그리핀 사건 관련 LCK운영위원회 추가 입장 및 조치 사항 leagueoflegends.co.kr
  32. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  33. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  34. 스틸에잇, 서경종 대표 포함 경영진 및 관계자 4인 사임 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  35. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  36. [단독] 김가을 전 삼성 갤럭시 사무국장, 그리핀 신임 대표로 부임 (Korean) fomos.kr
  37. 김가을 전 삼성 갤력시 사무국장, 그리핀 대표 겸 단장으로 부임 (Korean) dailyesports.com
  38. 2019 LoL KeSPA Cup ULSAN, 2라운드 로스터 (Korean) e-sports.or.kr
  39. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  40. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  41. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  42. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com
  43. Griffin's Tweet twitter.com