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ROX Tigers
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Team Information
Location: South Korea South Korea
Coaches: Kang Hyun-jong
Sponsor(s): Meta Threads, Corsair, Sennheiser Huya.com
Youtube: ROX Tigers
Facebook: TigersLOL
Twitter: LOL_Tigers
History
Created: 2014-11-14
Current Roster
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ROX Tigers (formerly HUYA Tigers and later GE Tigers and later KOO Tigers and later Tigers) is a Korean League of Legends team.

History

2015 Season

KOO Tigers is a Korean League of Legends team that was founded in November 2014, sponsored by Chinese streaming company YY.[1] The initial roster, announced under the name HUYA Tigers, included former members of NaJin Sword, NaJin Shield, and Incredible Miracle 1: Smeb, Lee, KurO, PraY, and GorillA comprised the initial lineup, with NoFe as a coach. Shortly after its formation, the team qualified for the Champions Spring Qualifiers, placing first in the group stage over Team Avalanche. They went 2-1 in the final stage and successfully qualified for SBENU Champions Spring 2015. In the Champions Spring Preseason, HUYA Tigers finished tied for third place with KT Rolster, each with 7 points. They renamed to GE Tigers at the start of the Spring Season.

GE Tigers started out as unquestionably the top team in Korea in their first season in the LCK, in first place with a 7-0 match record and a 14-2 game record at the end of week 6 of the spring season. This placement earned them an invitation to the IEM Season IX World Championship in March. However, after defeating Cloud 9 and SK Gaming to win their group, they lost in the semifinals 2-1 to Team WE - who entered the competition as the 12th-place team in the LPL. This led many casters and analysts to label it the biggest upset to date in the entire history of competitive League of Legends. After their return to Korea, the GE Tigers's record worsened, and they dropped sets to both KT Rolster and to SK Telecom T1. They still finished first in the round robin with a 12-2 record, but in the Playoffs they lost to SKT and missed out on the Mid-Season Invitational. Prior to the start of the SBENU Champions Summer 2015, the GE Tigers were sponsored by streaming company KOOtv and changed their name to the KOO Tigers. KOO ended the regular season of Champions Summer in 4th place.They beat NaJin e-mFire 2-1 and CJ Entus 3-0 to advance to the semifinals where they played a close series with KT Rolster but lost 3-2, ultimately ending in third place. Because SKT won the finals, KOO automatically qualified for the 2015 World Championship as the second seed from Korea with the most circuit points. KOO was placed into a group with Counter Logic Gaming, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming. They placed second, ending with a 4-2 record with both losses to Flash Wolves. They beat KT Rolster 3-1 and Fnatic 3-0 to make it to the finals against SKT. However, they finally fell in the finals with a 3-1 loss.

2016 Preseason

After Worlds, Tigers dropped their title sponsor from their team name, and they played in the KeSPA Cup as Tigers. The Tigers played in the KeSPA Cup but they were upset in the first round 2-0 by SBENU Sonicboom. On January 5th they renamed to the ROX Tigers.

2016 Season

During the 2016 LCK Spring Split, the ROX Tigers dominated domestically in similar fashion to 2015. They finished the regular season with a 16-2 match record, losing only to KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy. Earning first place in the regular season gave them a bye to the finals of the Spring Playoffs, where they faced SK Telecom T1. ROX entered as the favorites this time, but still lost 3-1, earning themselves second place for the spring split. 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 T1 like they expected; it was KT Rolster. In a very close series that became a classic, ROX was finally able to capture their first LCK title since they were formed in 3-2, thereby qualifying for the 2016 World as the first seed representative from LCK.

Their run through the World Group stage was fairly successful. 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 again in a rematch of their 2015 World Final. After losing the first game, ROX pulled out an Ashe-Miss Fortune combo pick, a strategy that was so unorthodox since the meta pick at the time for support was usually either a Zyra or a Karma. To the surprise of many analysts and casters, ROX were able to win the next two matches. However, they were unable to close out the series and lost to SK Telecom T1 again for the third time on the big stage. This ended the team's run at 3rd-4th place.

In the offseason, rumors swirl of a breakup of the team despite the organization's repeated denials. However, the rumors were proven true anyway. Smeb went to KT Rolster, Peanut went to SK Telecom T1, Kuro went to Afreeca Freecs, and Gorilla and Pray went to Longzhu.

2017 Season

During the 2017 LCK Spring Split, Rox Tigers was a mid tier team and finished the season 8-10, placing 6th in the standing and barely missing the playoffs behind MVP. That said, the team retained their spot for the 2017 LCK Summer Split.

Timeline

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role
Current Official Residency South Korea Lindarang Heo Man-heung (허만흥) 01 Top
Current Official Residency South Korea Shy Park Sang-myeon (박상면) 01 Top
Current Official Residency South Korea SeongHwan Yoon Seong-hwan (윤성환) 02 Jungle
Current Official Residency South Korea Mickey Son Young-min (손영민) 03 Mid
Current Official Residency South Korea Sangyoon Gwon Sang-yun (권상윤) 04 AD
Current Official Residency South Korea Key Kim Han-gi (김한기) 05 Support

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team
South Korea Peanut Han Wang-ho (한왕호) 02 Jungle
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 SK Telecom T1
South Korea Cry Hae Sung-min (해성민) 03 Mid
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 EDward Gaming
South Korea Smeb Song Kyung-ho (송경호) 01 Top
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 KT Rolster
South Korea Kuro Lee Seo-haeng (이서행) 03 Mid
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 Afreeca Freecs
South Korea PraY Kim Jong-in (김종인) 04 AD
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 Longzhu Gaming
South Korea GorillA Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현) 05 Support
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 Longzhu Gaming
South Korea Sylph Lee Jae-ha (이재하) 08 Sub/Mid
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 Suspended
South Korea Hojin Lee Ho-jin (이호진) 02 Jungle
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 Retired
South Korea Wisdom Kim Tae-wan (김태완) 02 Jungle
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 Giants Gaming

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
South Korea Kang Hyun-jong (강현종) Head Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea NoFe Jeong No-chul (정노철) 11 Coach
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 EDward Gaming
South Korea SSONG Kim Sang-soo (김상수) 11 Coach
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 Longzhu Gaming
South Korea KangQui Kang Sung-hyun (강승현) 11 Coach
None

Team Achievements

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-04-02 Ogn logo.png A66th LCK 2017 Spring Season 8 : 10 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2017-02-26 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season XI - World Championship 1 : 2 G2logo std.png G2 Esports $ 15,000
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-19 KeSPA logo small.png A11st 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup 3 : 1 Kongdoo Monsterlogo std.png Kongdoo Monster ₩ 40,000,000
2016-10-21 WCS 2015 small.png A33 - 4th 2016 Season World Championship 2 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 $ 380,250
2016-08-20 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs 3 : 2 KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster ₩ 100,000,000
2016-08-06 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2016 Summer Season 15 : 3 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2016-04-23 Ogn logo.png A22nd LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 ₩ 60,000,000
2016-04-09 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2016 Spring Season 16 : 2 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-11-07 KeSPA logo small.png A99 - 14th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2 SBENUlogo std.png SBENU Sonicboom
2015-10-31 WCS 2015 small.png A22nd 2015 World Championship 1 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 $ 250,000
2015-08-21 Ogn logo.png A33rd LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs 2 : 3 KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster ₩ 30,000,000
2015-08-13 Ogn logo.png A44th LCK 2015 Summer Season 11 : 7 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-05-02 Ogn logo.png A22nd LCK 2015 Season Spring Playoffs 0 : 3 SKT1Logo std.png SK Telecom T1 ₩ 60,000,000
2015-04-11 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2015 Spring Season 12 : 2 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-03-14 Esltumbnail.png A33 - 4th IEM Season IX - World Championship 1 : 2 Welogo std.png Team WE $ 15,000
2014-11-22 Ogn logo.png I1Q LCK 2015 Spring Promotion 2 : 1 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)

Highlight Videos

Interviews

Videos

  • 2016
  • 2015

Articles

  • 2016
  • 2015

Gallery

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com
  2. Official Roster List program.interest.me
  3. ROX, ‘크라이’ 해성민 영입...”다양한 방향으로 발전” (Korean) fomos.co.kr
  4. 2016년 제 1차 e스포츠 제재 leagueoflegends.co.kr
  5. "What Slyph did was: He used an auto/bot program in co op vs ai so that he could get a level 30 account thus got a ban until 2017 Feb 25" bnununu at twitter.com
  6. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  7. Kuro's Facebook Post (Korean)
  8. PraY's Facebook Post (Korean)
  9. GorillA's Facebook Post (Korean)
  10. ROX Tigers's Facebook Post facebook.com
  11. ROX Tigers's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  12. Peanut's Facebook Post
  13. 롱주 게이밍, 전 ROX 출신 '쏭' 김상수 코치 영입 (Korean) fomos.kr
  14. EDward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  15. ROX Tigers' Facebook Post facebook.com
  16. OGN Status interest.me
  17. Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  18. 롤챔스 선발전 '다크호스' 탄생, HUYA 타이거즈 창단 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  19. Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com