|Name:||Ryu Sang-wook (류상욱)|
|Country of Birth:||South Korea|
|Birthday:||January 28, 1994|
|Soloqueue IDs:||AxA AxA, StarTale Ryu, KT Ryu, Car0line, Ryusangwook7, 아수라발발타타타, cCcCcCcCc, X9REZwfeoQK (NA)|
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Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook began his career as the mid laner for StarTale in March of 2012. StarTale played in Azubu The Champions Spring 2012 but they failed to make it through the group stage. Soon after, Ryu switched roles to jungle after the addition of 5cean and Fine. At Azubu The Champions Summer 2012, StarTale actually made it out of groups but ended up losing in the quarterfinals 2-0 to NaJin Sword. StarTale disbanded in August with Ryu, Joker, and Mafa joining the new KT Rolster B roster.
KTB played in their first major tournament together at OLYMPUS Champions Winter 2012-2013 and ended in third place after losing two sets, 3-1 and 3-0, to Sword but beating Azubu Blaze 3-0. KTB didn't do as well in OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013, losing 3-1 to MVP Ozone. A little later, KTB and their sister team, KT Rolster A, were renamed to the KT Rolster Bullets and the KT Rolster Arrows. HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 was the breakout season of the Bullets, making the finals and playing one of the best series of League of Legends ever against SK Telecom T1. Unfortunately for the Bullets, they lost a close 3-2 set against SKT. The Bullets had enough circuit points to qualify for the Season 3 Korea Regional Finals but they met SKT again in the finals, this time losing 3-1. KTB missed the Season 3 World Championship even though they were considered the second best team in the world at the time.
KTB placed third again at PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014 after losing 3-0 to SKT K in the semifinals but beating NaJin White Shield 3-1 in the third place match. Although the Bullets weren't considered a very strong Korean team at the time, they managed to sweep the IEM Season VIII World Championship, culminating in a 3-0 victory over Fnatic. They came back to Korea to participate in HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 but they were knocked out of the quarterfinals 3-2 by NJWS. Shortly afterwards, Ryu was moved to the jungle again. The Bullets bombed in HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014, missing the playoffs for the first time in the team's history. Ryu was released from the team about a month later.
Ryu and H0R0 joined Millenium in October 2014 to play in the European Expansion Tournament. Millenium received a bye for Round 1, but were eliminated from the tournament in Round 2 after being beaten by GIANTS! Gaming. After that defeat, Millenium disbanded. Ryu then subbed for Team ROCCAT at IEM Cologne after the team were invited due to Fnatic not being able to attend. They were knocked out in the semifinals, losing to Counter Logic Gaming. Ultimately, Nukeduck filled ROCCAT's midlane spot; Ryu instead joined H2k Gaming to play in the EU LCS, filling the spot opened by Febiven joining Fnatic.
The Spring Split itself was relatively successful for Ryu and H2k-Gaming. After a shaky start, results began to pick up for the team, partly thanks to the introduction of kaSing to the roster. Ryu's impressive individual performances throughout the rest of the split, on a range of champions, helped the team to a 3rd place finish in the regular season. In the Spring Playoffs, Ryu and the team beat Copenhagen Wolves in the quarterfinals, but were beaten in the semifinals in a close-fought series by eventual champions Fnatic. H2k-Gaming went on to pull off a shock victory over SK Gaming in the 3rd place match, securing themselves 50 Championship Points.
Ryu and the team began to impress from the very start of the Summer Split. H2k-Gaming jostled for 2nd position with Origen throughout the regular season, with Fnatic way out in 1st place throughout. Impressive performances from Ryu, again on a wide range of champions, ultimately helped the team to yet another 3rd place regular season finish. The Summer Playoffs also went well for Ryu and the team, beating Giants Gaming in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The were beaten in the semifinals by Origen, but went on to beat Unicorns Of Love in the 3rd place match, securing the team 70 Championship Points, which meant that the team had qualified for the 2015 World Championship as Europe's #2 seed.
At the 2015 World Championship, H2k-Gaming were seeded into Group C along with SK Telecom T1, EDward Gaming, and Bangkok Titans. They picked up 2 wins in the group, both coming against BKT. Ryu and the team finished the group in 3rd place, meaning they would not advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.
At the start of the season, H2k-Gaming were voted to play at IEM Season X - Cologne. They fielded a roster including Odoamne and Ryu from their 2015 roster along with new members Jankos, FORG1VEN, and VandeR. The team beat Cloud9 in the quarterfinals but were then beaten themselves by eventual winners Ever in the semifinals of the tournament. The 2016 Spring Split saw H2k forced to temporarily replace Ryu due to VISA issues. Echo Fox mid laner Selfie joined the team as a substitute during Week 3, 4 and 5. Nevertheless, H2k was consistently a top team in the EULCS, only slightly behind newcomers G2 Esports during the Regular Season. They secured a Semifinals bye for the Spring Playoffs, where they lost 1-3 against Origen. They then proceeded to lose 2-3 the third place Finals against Fnatic as well, a disappointing result for one of the most hyped up line-ups in the EULCS.
In the Summer Split, with new threats emerging in Giants Gaming and Splyce, contention for the top of the League was harsher than the last split; individual performance and communication issues plagued the team, as they ended the Split in fourth place after they defeated Fnatic in a tiebreaker at the end of Week 9. Two weeks before the start of the Summer Split Playoffs FORG1VEN replaced Freeze. Even with seemingly minimal preparation, the H2k squad managed to sweep Fnatic 3-0 in the Quarterfinals and to challenge Splyce in a close Semifinals series, which they lost 2-3.
H2k managed to qualify for the 2016 Season World Championship as a second seed from Europe due to having the second-highest Championship points in the region and G2 auto-qualifying with their Summer Split Playoffs victory. They were then seeded into Group C, together with LPL champions EDward Gaming, LMS second seed Ahq e-Sports Club and International Wild Card Tournament winner INTZ e-Sports. After a tough Week 1 where they lost to both EDG and ahq, the European team swept their competition with four successive wins, including the tiebreaker for first place against the Chinese representative. They were thus drafted into the Quarterfinals against the Wildcard wonder Albus NoX Luna, a match they swept 3-0. Advancing to the Semifinals they met Samsung Galaxy, which in turn took the series 0-3 in dominating fashion, leading to the second straight Korean-only Final in a World Championship. In December of 2016 Ryu left H2k and Europe as a whole in order to join North America's Phoenix1.
P1 finished 3rd in the regular season of Spring with an 11-7 record. Ryu was largely impressive throughout the regular season and was P1's most consistent player alongside Arrow. In the playoffs they were knocked out in the Semifinals but managed to win the third place match 3-2 against FlyQuest. P1's Summer Season was much worse as they finished 10th place with a 4-14 record. Ryu's performance also dropped significantly and he even took a small break from playing. Although they retained their LCS spot in the Promotion Tournament with a 3-0 victory over eUnited, P1 was not accepted in the newly franchised LCS for 2018. Ryu left the team in November of 2017 and joined the newly formed 100 Thieves.
- Ryu's name is his surname.
- Considered to be one of the best Ahri players in all of Korea.
- His favorite champions are Ahri and Ryze.
- Known for his aggressive play, and ability to coordinate tower dives with his jungler KaKAO.
- Despite Fizz being seen in other regions such as China, Ryu innovated the champion as a common pick especially at Season 3 World Championship.
- Popularized Ahri as a highly contested pick during HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013.
- Widely regarded as one of the best Orianna player in Korea.
- His lack of emotion when dying became famous in the League community, as the Twitch chat spams the emoticon " -__- " when he dies in a competitive game.
- Long known to be Faker's victim in a Zed vs Zed outplay in the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 where his iconic face: -__-, became popular in the LoL community.
|2017-06-17||North America||NA LCS Summer 2017 - Week 3||Taliyah||Mid||W||9/0/8||Link|
|2017-08-12||North America||NA LCS 2018 Spring Promotion||Corki||Mid||W||8/0/2||Link|
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- January 21, 100 Thieves Ryu: “Aphromoo is the mood maker of the team.” with Byungho "Haao" Kim and Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- March 20, 100 Thieves Ryu: "Ssumday did miss Korea, but recently he said we should go on vacation here instead of Korea." with Byungho "Haao" Kim and James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- June 27, 100 Thieves Ryu: "I hate Banner of Command...Now, it is a hell of a lot more comfortable." with Youngbo "Roxyy" Sim and James "Bick" Hong on Inven Global
- January 26, Ryu: “I recommended Arrow to the team.” with Slingshot
- January 31, Phoenix1's Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook: 'I'm still having fun' with ESPN
- May 1, “I think I played about five third place matches. I do want to go to a final.” with Slingshot Esports
- June 23, Ryu on changes to Challenger league: “I don’t think the skill level of the region will change that much.” with Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- July 11, Ryu: “When I was in Europe last year, I felt their macro was (better). But it’s worse now.” with Kelsey Moser for Slingshot Esports
- February 19, Ryu: "Trotz meiner Erfahrung werde ich nervös" with SPORT1
- August 29, Ryu on H2K's mid-game issues and why he takes a 'battle nap' during delays with theScore
- October 6, Ryu on getting back to worlds, learning English and why he stayed on H2K with Slingshot Esports
- October 17, Ryu: 'If I can, I would like to make Europe a bit more proud' with theScore
- July 30, CoaG 1on1 with H2K Ryu - Nvidia Geforce GTX Bootcamp powered by MSI with CasekingTV
- October 3, H2K vs BKT - Ryu Interview with Twitch
- October 4, Quick English Interview With Ryu - Talks vs'ing Faker and Other Midlaners He Wants to Face with Gamespot
- March 16, KT Rolster B talks about playing Curse and their time in the USA (video) with GameSpot
- March 19, [와드]#9. 끝없는 발전의 아이콘, 스타테일 (Korean) with This Is Game
- August 13, The Game 5 LeBlanc: A look at the dynamic between H2k-Gaming's Ryu and pr0lly by Kelsey Moser on theScore
- December 3 - Thorin's Thoughts - Rewriting the story of Ryu the street-fighting Mid (LoL) (17m10s)
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