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ROX Tigers
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TEAM INFORMATION
LOCATION: South Korea South Korea
NO. OF PLAYERS: 7
TEAM STAFF
COACHES: Kang Hyun-jong (강현종)
Shin Hyuk (신혁)
SPONSORS/PARTNERS
Huya.com Corsair Sennheiser MetaThreads
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
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HISTORY
CREATED: November 14, 2014(2014-11-14)


ROX Tigers, previously known as KOO Tigers and GE Tigers, is a professional League of Legends team based in South Korea.

History



Season 5

Chinese giant YY acquired a Korean team to promote their newly renamed streaming service in Korea. YY's parent company Guongzhou Huaduo Network Technology, LLC. (Duowan Inc) hoped to promote their streaming site, HUYA.com, in Korea by creating a team built around well known Korean players. The team was registered under Duowan's Korean subsidiary GE Entertainment.[1]

The GE Tigers started off strong in their first LCK split as a team. They would go undefeated in the first 9 weeks of play, losing their first series to KT Rolster in Week 10. Despite that, the Tigers finished 1st in the regular season with a 12-2 record, guaranteeing them an appearance in the Finals of the playoffs. Their opponent turned out to be the surging SK Telecom T1. In a crushing loss, the Tigers were defeated by SKT (0-3) and failed to qualify for the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational.

In the middle of their first LCK split, the Tigers were invited to attend the IEM IX World Championship Katowice. They started off strong, defeating Cloud9 and SK Gaming convincingly to advance to the Semifinals. Their opponent would be the 11th place LPL team at the time, Team WE. Although the Tigers were expected to crush Team WE, they ended up losing the series (1-2) in one of the biggest upsets in League history. After placing 3rd-4th and sustaining the crushing loss the Tigers returned to Korea. After the Spring Split, the GE Tigers switched sponsors and renamed to KOO Tigers. Enter the Summer Split with their new name, KOO wasn't able to replicate their Spring Split success, finishing 4th in the regular season with an 11-7 record. In the playoffs, KOO would defeat NaJin e-mFire (2-1) and then CJ Entus (3-0) before losing to KT Rolster (2-3), placing 3rd. The Tigers were however able to qualify for the 2015 World Championship through points.

At Worlds, KOO was placed in a group with Flash Wolves, Counter Logic Gaming and PaiN Gaming. Although they would go 4-2 in groups along with the Flash Wolves, KOO lost the tiebreaker to the Flash Wolves and placed 2nd in the group. In the Quarterfinals the Tigers would meet KT Rolster for a rematch of the Summer Playoffs. This time around, KOO was able to defeat them (3-1) to advance. In the Semifinals KOO would face off against hometown favorites Fnatic. They were able to defeat them (3-0) and advance to the Finals to face off against SKT once more. Despite winning a game and being the only team to take a game off of SKT at the tournament, the Tigers were defeated (1-3) and finished 2nd at the event.

Season 6

The Tigers moved sponsor again in 2016 and renamed to ROX Tigers. Entering the Spring Split of the 2016 LCK, ROX finished 1st in the regular season with a 16-2 record. Being a favorite to win the playoffs due to SKT earlier on, ROX faced off against them in the Finals. In a crushing loss, they were defeated (1-3) and failed to qualify for the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. This loss being the final straw for them, ROX became more determined than ever to finally win their first LCK title. In the regular season of the summer split, they were once again able to finish 1st with a 15-3 record. This time around, their opponent in the final wasn't SK Telecom, it was KT Rolster. In a very close series that became a classic, ROX was able to win it (3-2) and capture their first LCK title since they were formed.

Qualifying for the 2016 World Championship as Korea's first seed, ROX was placed in Group A along with G2 Esports, Counter Logic Gaming and Albus NoX Luna. They managed to make it out of the group stage as the #1 seed, after winning the tiebreaker match against ANX. In the knockout stage, ROX was seeded against EDward Gaming, China's #1 seed and #2 seed from Group C. The series went up to 4 games and ROX ended it in a 3-1 fashion. In the Semifinals, however, the team faced 2-time World Champion SK Telecom T1. Although the series went all the way to game 5 and the games are close, ROX's efforts fell short as SKT managed to win Game 5. This ended the team's run at 3rd-4th place.

The last tournament of the Tigers as a team was at the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They closed the season on a high note as they won the cup after beating Jin Air Green Wings, SKT and [[Kongdoo Monster. After KESPA, the organization announced the free agency of its entire roster, including its Coaches. One by one the players left the team and ROX had to rebuilt their roster from scratch in preparation for the 2017 Season.

On December 22nd, ROX Tigers announced their new roster for 2017 LCK Spring, which include Shy, Lindarang, Seonghwan, Sangyoon, KeY and Mickey.

Timeline

Player Roster

ID Name Contract
Top Laner South Korea Shy Park Sang-myeon (박상면) 11/20/2017
Jungler South Korea Seonghwan Yoon Seong-hwan (윤성환) 11/20/2017
Mid Laner South Korea Crow Kim Seon-gyu (김선규) Signed
AD Carry South Korea Sangyoon Kwon Sang-yoon (권상윤) 11/20/2017
Support South Korea KeY Kim Han-Gi (김한기) 11/20/2017
Sub Top Laner South Korea Lindarang Heo Man-heung (허만흥) 11/20/2017
Sub Jungler South Korea MightyBear Kim Min-soo (김민수) 11/20/2017
Sub Mid Laner South Korea Lava Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) Signed

ID Name Next Team
Mid Laner South Korea Mickey Sun Yong-min (손영민)
Team Liquid
Jungler South Korea Peanut Han Wang-ho (한왕호)
SK Telecom T1
Sub Mid Laner South Korea Cry Hae Seong-min (해성민)
EDward Gaming
Top Laner South Korea Smeb Song Kyung-ho (송경호)
KT Rolster
Mid Laner South Korea kurO Lee Seo-haeng (이서행)
afreeca Freecs
AD Carry South Korea PraY Kim Jong-in (김종인)
Longzhu Gaming
Support South Korea GorillA Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현)
Longzhu Gaming
Jungler South Korea hojin Lee Ho-Jin (이호진) Retired.png Retired
Jungler South Korea Wisdom Kim Tae-Wan (김태완)
GIANTS! Gaming

Organization

ID Name Position
South Korea Kang Hyun-jong (강현종) Head Coach
South Korea Shin Hyuk (신혁) Head Coach

ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea NoFe Jeong No-chul (정노철) Head Coach
EDward Gaming
South Korea SSONG Kim Sang-su (김상수) Coach
Longzhu Gaming

Team Achievements

2017 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-08-06 Ogn logo.png 7th 2017 LCK Summer Split 6 - 12 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L) 10,000,000 KRW
2017-04-02 Ogn logo.png 6th 2017 LCK Spring Split 8 - 10 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L) 10,000,000 KRW
2017-02-26 Esltumbnail.png 3 - 4th IEM XI World Championship 1 : 2
G2 Esports
15,000 USD

2016 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-19 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup.png 1st 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup 3 : 1
Kongdoo Monster
40,000,000 KRW
2016-10-21 Worlds Logosmall.png 3 - 4th 2016 World Championship 2 : 3
SK Telecom T1
502,500 USD
2016-08-20 Ogn logo.png 1st 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs 3 : 2
KT Rolster
100,000,000 KRW
2016-08-06 Ogn logo.png 1st 2016 LCK Summer Split 15 - 3 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2016-04-23 Ogn logo.png 2nd 2016 LCK Spring Playoffs 1 : 3
SK Telecom T1
60,000,000 KRW
2016-04-09 Ogn logo.png 1st 2016 LCK Spring Split 16 - 2 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)

2015 Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-11-07 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup.png 9 - 14th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2
SBENU Sonicboom
2015-10-31 Worlds Logosmall.png 2nd 2015 World Championship 1 : 3
SK Telecom T1
250,000 USD
2015-08-21 Ogn logo.png 3rd 2015 LCK Summer Playoffs 2 : 3
KT Rolster
30,000,000 KRW
2015-08-13 Ogn logo.png 4th 2015 LCK Summer Split 11 : 7 Group Stage/Round Robin (W-L)
2015-05-02 Ogn logo.png 2nd 2015 LCK Spring Playoffs 0 : 3
SK Telecom T1
60,000,000 KRW
2015-03-14 Esltumbnail.png 3 - 4th IEM IX World Championship Katowice 1 : 2
Team WE
15,000 USD

Interviews

Other Contents

Gallery

  • 2017 LCK Summer
  • 2016 LCK Summer
  • 2016 LCK Spring
  • 2015 LCK Summer
  • 2015 LCK Spring

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References