With LCK coming off their fifth consecutive Worlds victory (2013-2017), things began to grow stale. Teams such as SKT became so dominant that other organizations were competing for runner-up. Eager for change, a team needed to make an impact with a fresh perspective on the game. After defeating MVP 3-1 in the LCK 2018 Summer Promotion tournament, Griffin’s journey of rivaling the best began. Rising to the occasion, they did so by creating their own underdog story.
Coming into the season, Griffin did not give veteran teams a reason to fear them. Being a team of all rookies, it is no surprise. However, the meta rewarded aggression and high mechanical skill. Conveniently, these are the areas where Griffin thrives. With this in consideration, they opened their season going 6-0 before being defeated by future summer split champions, KT Rolster. Upon these victories, dominant teams including SKT and Kingzone X were taken down.
Mental Fortitude and Potential
Despite losing the LCK 2018 Summer Championship to KT Rolster, they put up a fight ending the series 2-3. Following this, they unfortunately fell in the regional gauntlet 2-3 to 2017 World Champions, Gen. G, in another close series. Being one game away from qualifying for Worlds (twice), Griffin proved that they indeed have the potential to rival the best teams in Korea.
Jumping straight from challenger to LCK, it is evident that Griffin lack the experience in comparison to established organizations. To compensate, they need to have strong mentalities coming into their matches. As a rookie organization, it is essential given most players have more to offer in their experience.
How do you release stress from the game?
“Well, I should play the game 24 hours, 365 days. So the only way to release is in game. I lose, and then I win…”–Viper, Griffin’s ADC
Viper could easily develop to become a world-class ADC following his 2018 season. His strong mechanics allow him to rival even the strongest ADCs in Korea. During the 2018 season, his champion pool included standard marksmen alongside Vladimir, Yasuo, Swain, and even Teemo.
Considering four of their five starters are still teenagers, this team will only grow to be stronger. Their mid laner, Chovy, is only 17 years-old and did not play initially due to age ruling. However, he compliments the team well with an adaptive playstyle.
Another notable member to consider is Tarzan (jungler). He is the rank 1 player on the Korean server finishing the season with multiple accounts in challenger. He plays very aggressive junglers and utilizes strong pathing to get his laners ahead.