Griffin

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Griffin
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Team Information
Org LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Region
KR
 Korea
OwnerSeo "Shark" Kyung-jong
SponsorSTILL8
Douyu
CORSAIR
SUITSUIT
History
Created2016-11
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Current Roster
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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.

Timeline[edit]

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019

Player Roster[edit]

Active[edit]

Contract Expiration Notice: To prevent over-reporting of changes, we are keeping players with expired contracts listed here until either (a) an announcement is made from the player or the team about their departure; (b) the player joins another team; or (c) the 2020 season begins & the player is not re-added to the GCD, whichever happens first.
R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR

Doran Choi Hyeon-joon (최현준) 2Top Laner 2021-11-15 2018-12-??
KR

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

Kanavi Seo Jin-hyeok (서진혁) 4Jungler - 2019-02-18
KR

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

Chovy Jeong Ji-hoon (정지훈) 6Mid Laner 2021-11-15 2018-03-07
KR

Rather Shin Hyeong-seop (신형섭) 7Mid Laner - 2016-11-??
KR

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

Lehends Son Si-woo (손시우) 9Support 2021-11-15 2017-11-19
KR

Kabbie Jeong Sang-hyeon (정상현) 10Sub/Sup 2021-11-15 2018-12-10

Trainee[edit]

Contract Expiration Notice: To prevent over-reporting of changes, we are keeping players with expired contracts listed here until either (a) an announcement is made from the player or the team about their departure; (b) the player joins another team; or (c) the 2020 season begins & the player is not re-added to the GCD, whichever happens first.
R C ID Name Role Joined
KR

GIDEON Kim Min-seong (김민성) 2Jungler 2019-10-04
KR

jjun Park Jun-byeong (박준병) 3Mid Laner 2019-10-04

Former[edit]

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
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
LehendsGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png122
TarzanGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png122
ViperGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png122
ChovyGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png114
SwordGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.pngGriffinlogo std.png103
RatherGriffinlogo std.png8
DoranGriffinlogo std.png19

Organization[edit]

Current[edit]

C ID Name Position

Shark Seo Kyung-jong (서경종) Owner

TINO Kim Dong-woo (김동우) General Manager

Chaos Byun Young-sub (변영섭) 90Coach

Chico Park Yong-sub (박용섭) Trainee Coach

Former[edit]

C ID Name Position Next Team

Cho Gyu-nam (조규남) Director 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
2019-10-260050085 - 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
2018-08-090020002
LCK 2018 Summer
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Sword,
 Tarzan,
 Rather,
 Chovy,
 Viper,
 Lehends,
 cvMax
Total Prize:USD 89,000 • KRW 220,000,000

Media[edit]

  • 2018
  • 2019

Images[edit]

External Links[edit]

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