Rookie

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Rookie
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Background Information
NameSong Eui-jin (송의진)
Country of BirthSouth Korea South Korea
BirthdayMarch 11, 1997 (age 21)
Residency
KR
 Korea
Competitive
TeamInvictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming
RoleMid Laner
Soloqueue IDs스코슈, 가소롭군닝겐쿠쿡, wpldklg04, 누우운사람
Social Media & Links
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Team History
Oct 2013 - Oct 2014
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Dec 2014 - Present
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Song "Rookie" Eui-jin (Hangul: 송의진) is the mid laner for Invictus Gaming.

Biography

2014 Season

Rookie (also stylized RooKie and RooKiE) joined KT Rolster Arrows as a mid laner, originally with the name Most 3. This new KTA team played their inaugural OGN in HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014. They managed to upset SK Telecom T1 K in the group stage and made it to the quarterfinals but they lost 3-1 to CJ Entus Blaze. HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 was KTA's breakthrough season, upsetting Samsung Blue 3-2 in the finals to win the OGN Championship. KTA managed to qualify for the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals but they lost 3-0 to NaJin White Shield in the second round. Rookie left the Arrows in October to join Invictus Gaming in December alongside his teammate from KTA, KaKAO.

2015 Season

RooKie played in his first full tournament with the team during the 2015 Demacia Cup Spring Season where they managed to make the finals but lost 3-0 to EDward Gaming. IG placed fifth in the 2015 LPL Spring Regular Season but placed third in the 2015 LPL Spring Playoffs after losing 3-0 to EDG in the semifinals but beating Snake eSports 3-1 in the third place match. In the 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season, IG placed fourth by making it to the semifinals but losing 3-1 to EDG and then 3-2 to Snake. IG placed third in the 2015 LPL Summer Regular Season and managed to play third in the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs by losing 3-2 to the Qiao Gu Reapers but beating EDG 3-1. IG qualified for the 2015 Season China Regional Finals and placed second by beating Qiao Gu 3-0 to take the third and final Chinese seed for the 2015 Season World Championship. IG was placed in a group alongside Cloud9, Fnatic, and AHQ e-Sports Club. Unfortunately, they ended with a 2-4 record and were knocked out of the tournament in last place.

2016 Season

The 2016 season was fairly straightforward for IG. The team placed 4th in the 2016 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They were quickly knocked out of playoffs in the first round after getting swept 0-3 by Snake Esports. The summer season was identical to the spring one for IG since they finished in 4th again with a 5-11 record. The summer playoffs also had the same result and IG were knocked out in the first round again by getting swept by I May.

2017 Season

Invictus Gaming finished 3rd in Group A of the 2017 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They would then drop out in the first round of the playoffs with a 1-3 loss to Newbee. IG participated in the 2017 Demacia Cup and finished 3rd after a 1-3 loss to I May in the semifinals. Their summer season was similar to their spring season and they finished 3rd with a 10-6 record. They did much better in the playoffs and finished 3rd with a victory over Team WE in the third place match. IG then participated in the 2017 Season China Regional Finals but failed to make it to Worlds after Team WE got their revenge against them and beat them 3-2.

2018 Season

Rookie and iG kick-started their season with a 3rd place finish in the Demacia Championship, losing 2-1 to Snake Esports in the loser's semifinal. Just two weeks later saw the start of the LPL Spring Season. Despite a regular season series record of 18-1, with their only loss being against Royal Never Give Up, this did not translate into success in the Spring Playoffs. Invictus Gaming were defeated 3-2 by RNG in the semifinals, this being followed by a 3-1 loss at the hands of Rogue Warriors in the 3rd place match. Although their performance could be considered a disappointment, their placement secured them a spot at Rift Rivals 2018.

A 3rd place finish in the Demacia Cup, this time losing to Bilibili Gaming in the loser's semifinal, was followed by a successful showing at Rift Rivals. Rookie and the team won both of their group stage games, helping the LPL to an eventual triumph over the LCK in the final. Invictus Gaming once again achieved an 18-1 regular season record in the LPL Summer Season, their sole loss again to RNG. Despite the similarity of the year's regular season performances, a successful showing in the Summer Playoffs, finishing runner-up to Royal Never Give Up after a tight 3-2 series, resulted in the team's qualification to the 2018 Season World Championship on points.

Invictus Gaming was placed in Group D for Worlds 2018, alongside Fnatic, 100 Thieves, and G-Rex. The group stage round robin concluded with iG and Fnatic tied for 1st place at 5-1. The tiebreaker went in the favor of Fnatic, resulting in Rookie and the team being drawn against KT Rolster in the quarterfinals. A tense affair saw iG emerge victorious 3-2 and progress to the semifinals where they met G2 Esports. A more straightforward 3-0 series secured them a place in the finals. Awaiting their challenge were Group D counterparts, Fnatic. Invictus Gaming's convincing performance in the finals resulted in a 3-0 victory, and made them the first Chinese team to win a World Championship.

Trivia

  • Nicknamed "Faker Junior" since his debut for having large champion pool and incredible mechanics
  • Voted to represent LPL in 2015 All Stars
  • Regarded by many analysts and casters as top 3 mid laner in the world in S5
  • Known for his OriannaSquare.png Orianna and YasuoSquare.png Yasuo.
  • Speaks Chinese fluently.
  • A very good singer, can sing in Chinese as well.

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Rookie Tournament Results
DatePlaceEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2018-11-03A11WCS logo small.png Worlds 2018 Main Event3 : 0Fnaticlogo std.png FNCInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim
2018-09-14A22LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer Playoffs2 : 3Royal Never Give Uplogo std.png RNGInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-09-02A11LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Summer - East18 - 1Blanklogo std.png RRInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,

 JackeyLove,
 West,
 WXZ,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-07-08A11RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS3 : 2LCK Allstarslogo std.png LCKInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 TheShy,
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan,
 Kim Jeong-soo
2018-06-03A33DC logo small.png Demacia Cup 20181 : 2Bilibili Gaminglogo std.png BLGInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-04-24A44LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring Playoffs1 : 3Rogue Warriorslogo std.png RWInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-04-08A11LPL 2017 logo.png LPL 2018 Spring - East18 - 1Blanklogo std.png RRInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Kid,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2018-01-07A33DC logo small.png Demacia Championship 20171 : 2Snake Esportslogo std.png SSInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 TheShy,
 Duke,
 Ning,
 RooKiE,
 JackeyLove,
 Baolan
2017-11-19A11NEST logo small.png NEST 20172 : 0JD Gaminglogo std.png JDGInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 Duke,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 JackeyLove,
 Megan
2017-09-03A22WCS logo small.png China Regional Finals 20172 : 3Welogo std.png WEInvictus Gaminglogo std.png iG
 TheShy,
 Ning,
 Rookie,
 West,
 Megan

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