|Country of Birth||South Korea|
|Alternate IDs||AxA AxA, StarTale Ryu, KT Ryu, Car0line, Ryusangwook7, 아수라발발타타타, cCcCcCcCc|
|Team||Start Date||End Date||Role|
"Ryu" (Real Name: Yoo Sang-wook) is a South Korean professional player, currently the Assistant Coach for 100 Thieves.
One of South Korea's most storied players, Ryu has been playing professional since 2012. While part of KT Rolster Bullets, his 1v1 duel against SK Telecom T1's Faker became an infamous moment within League of Legends Esports. For Ryu however, it was seen in a negative light due to him being on the losing side of the duel. That wasn't enough to slow him down though and his passion for the game has persisted throughout the years. Ryu would eventually join H2K, playing for them throughout 2015 and 2016.
Although their 2015 run was cut short in the Group Stages, the next year they made it all the way to the semifinals. In 2017 Ryu joined Phoenix1 in North America but the team was never able to put things together and become a top team. When the NA LCS was franchised, Ryu joined the new organization 100 Thieves and reached the finals of the Spring Split with them, losing to Team Liquid. Known for his controlled style of play and his flexibility, Ryu continues to chase after his first major title.
Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook 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.
- 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.
|2018-04-08||NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs||100 0 : 3 Team Liquid|
|2017-04-23||NA LCS 2017 Spring Playoffs||p1 3 : 2 FlyQuest|
|2016-10-22||2016 Season World Championship||H2K 0 : 3 Samsung Galaxy|
|2016-08-27||2016 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||H2K 3 : 1 Unicorns Of Love|
|2016-04-16||2016 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||H2k-Gaming 2 : 3 Fnatic|
|2015-12-19||IEM Season X - Cologne||h2k 1 : 2 ESC Ever|
|2015-08-22||2015 EU LCS Summer Playoffs||h2k 3 : 0 Unicorns Of Love|
|2015-04-18||2015 EU LCS Spring Playoffs||h2k 3 : 2 SK Gaming|
|2014-12-20||IEM Season IX - Cologne||Team ROCCAT 1 : 2 Counter Logic Gaming|
|2014-05-14||bigfile NLB Spring 2014||kt bullets 0 : 3 SK Telecom T1 K|
|2014-03-16||IEM Season VIII - World Championship||kt bullets 3 : 0 Fnatic|
|2013-09-07||Season 3 Korea Regional Finals||KT Rolster B 1 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2013-08-31||HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013||kt rolster b 2 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2013-06-11||NLB Spring 2013||kt rolster b 3 : 2 SK Telecom T1|
|2013-02-22||OGN Club Masters||KT Rolster 3 : 0 CJ Entus (Club Masters)|
|2013-01-25||OLYMPUS Champions Winter 2012-2013||ktb 3 : 0 Azubu Blaze|
- March 19th - [와드]#9. 끝없는 발전의 아이콘, 스타테일 (Korean) with This Is Game
- March 16th - KT Rolster B talks about playing Curse and their time in the USA (video) with GameSpot
- July 30th - CoaG 1on1 with H2K Ryu - Nvidia Geforce GTX Bootcamp powered by MSI with CasekingTV
- October 3rd - H2K vs BKT - Ryu Interview with Twitch
- October 4th - Quick English Interview With Ryu - Talks vs'ing Faker and Other Midlaners He Wants to Face with Gamespot
- February 19th - Ryu: "Trotz meiner Erfahrung werde ich nervös" with SPORT1
- August 29th - Ryu on H2K's mid-game issues and why he takes a 'battle nap' during delays with theScore
- October 6th - Ryu on getting back to worlds, learning English and why he stayed on H2K with Slingshot Esports
- October 17th - Ryu: 'If I can, I would like to make Europe a bit more proud' with theScore
- January 26th - Ryu: “I recommended Arrow to the team.” with Slingshot Esports
- April 12th - Ryu: “I did think we would win, but I didn’t expect we’d win this easily.” with Slingshot Esports
- May 1st - Ryu: “I think I played about five third place matches. I do want to go to a final.” with Slingshot Esports
- May 6th - P1 Ryu-Arrow: "We ordered 80 chicken wings for four and they weren't enough" with Inven Global
- June 23rd - Ryu on changes to Challenger league: “I don’t think the skill level of the region will change that much.” with Slingshot Esports
- July 11th - Ryu: “When I was in Europe last year, I felt their macro was (better). But it’s worse now.” with Slingshot Esports
- October 18th - TSM's Analyst Lustboy: "Reason for NA Jinx In Groups Because Of Slow Meta Adaptation" with Inven (Original Article)
Articles & Videos
- February 23rd - The Rejection of Ryu by John 'Arpejjio' Popko (liquidlegends.net)
- May 14th - Best of Ryu (EU LCS 2015 Spring) youtube.com
- September 24th - WORLDS 2016 TEAM PROFILE: H2K GAMING by HeckMaister (esportsheaven.com)
- October 13th - 2016 World Championship: Quarterfinals Tease by LoL Esports
- December 1st - Farewell Boss by H2k-Gaming
- March 28th - The top 10 players in the NA LCS by TheScore Esports
- April 14th - Phoenix Rising - Ryu & Arrow by Phoenix1
- May 1st - Die Top-Transfers des Spring Splits: NA LCS by TastyCoach (summoners-inn.de)
- May 2nd - Top 10 Korean Imports in the West by H2k