ROX Tigers (formerly HUYA Tigers and later GE Tigers and later KOO Tigers and later Tigers) is a Korean League of Legends team.
KOO Tigers is a Korean League of Legends team that was founded in November 2014, sponsored by Chinese streaming company YY. 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 Season 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.
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.
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.
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.
- January 2nd, HUYA Tigers renames to GE Tigers.
- March 14th, 3rd-4th place at IEM Season IX - World Championship
- May 2nd, 2nd place at SBENU Champions Spring 2015
- May, GE Tigers renames to KOO Tigers.
- May 19th, Wisdom joins.
- August 21st, 3rd place in the SBENU Champions Summer 2015.
- October 31st, 2nd place in the 2015 Season World Championship.
- November, KOO Tigers renames to Tigers.
- December 7th, Hojin retires. Wisdom leaves.
- January 5th, Tigers renames to ROX Tigers and Peanut joins.
- January 6th, Sylph joins as a sub.
- March 3rd (approx.), Cry joins. Sylph is banned from competitive play until February 2017.
- April 9th, 2nd place in LCK Spring 2016.
- August 6th, 1st place in LCK Summer 2016.
- October 22nd, 3rd-4th place in the 2016 Season World Championship.
- November 19th, 1st place in 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup.
- November 25th, Smeb, Kuro, PraY, and GorillA leave.
- November 28th, Kang Hyun-jong joins as head coach. Cry leaves.
- November 30th, Peanut leaves.
- December 12th, SSONG leaves coaching role.
- December 18th, NoFe leaves coaching role.
- Lindarang, Top.
- Mightybear, Jungle.
- SeongHwan, Jungle. Nationality: kr.Residency: KR.
- Kuzan, Mid.
- Lava, Mid.
- Sangyoon, AD.
- Key, Support. Nationality: kr.Residency: KR.
- Peanut, Jungle.
- Cry, Mid.
- Smeb, Top.
- Kuro, Mid. Nationality: kr.
- PraY, AD.
- GorillA, Support.
- Sylph, Sub/Mid. Nationality: kr.
- Hojin, Jungle.
- Wisdom, Jungle.
- Shy, Top.
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2015-11-07||9 - 14th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||SBENU Sonicboom|
|2015-10-31||2nd||2015 Season World Championship||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 250,000|
|2015-08-21||3rd||LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||KT Rolster||₩ 30,000,000|
|2015-08-13||4th||LCK 2015 Summer Season||11 : 7||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-05-02||2nd||LCK 2015 Season Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||SK Telecom T1||₩ 60,000,000|
|2015-04-11||1st||LCK 2015 Spring Season||12 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-03-14||3 - 4th||IEM Season IX - World Championship||1 : 2||Team WE||$ 15,000|
|2014-11-22||Q||LCK 2015 Spring Promotion||2 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-11-19||1st||2016 LoL KeSPA Cup||3 : 1||KeyMedia||₩ 40,000,000|
|2016-10-21||3 - 4th||2016 Season World Championship||2 : 3||SK Telecom T1||$ 380,250|
|2016-08-20||1st||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||3 : 2||KT Rolster||₩ 100,000,000|
|2016-08-06||1st||LCK 2016 Summer Season||15 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-04-23||2nd||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||1 : 3||SK Telecom T1||₩ 60,000,000|
|2016-04-09||1st||LCK 2016 Spring Season||16 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
- November 21st, Interview with NoFe, Coach of the HUYA Tigers (Korean) (English) with OnGameNet
- October 7th, KOO Tigers discuss growing as a team and the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents in Group A with theScore
- September 19th, Korean BBQ with ROX Tigers: The Perks of Worlds in NA - Sound Booths - Twitter Wars with theScore
- October 10th, ROX Tigers coach says ANX might be best wild card team in history with Slingshot Esports
- October 31st - Worlds Feature: KOO Tigers (4m48s), by LoL Esports.
- February 3rd - Team Fight Breakdown with Jatt: SKT vs ROX (2016 LCK Spring Week 3) (4m06s), by LoL Esports.
- March 17th - Team Fight Breakdown with Jatt: SSG vs ROX (2016 LCK Spring Week 9) (4m56s) by LoL Esports.
- March 24th - Team Fight Breakdown with Jatt: SKT vs ROX (2016 LCK Spring Week 10) (5m50s), by LoL Esports.
- April 23rd - ROX Tigers cover "Lies (거짓말)" (originally by Big Bang) with Hojin for OGN
- January 4th, UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYZING KOREA 2.0; THE BAD. from Esports Heaven
- April 30th, GE Tigers prepare to win Korea from LoL Esports
- July 23rd, KOO Are You? The Tigers' Summer Streak from LoL Esports
- September 10th, Preparation and determination: The KOO Tigers from LoL Esports
- September 22nd, The Road to Worlds: an in-depth look at the KOO Tigers from theScore
- February 18th, All-Engage: an in-depth look at the Rox Tigers by Emily Rand on TheScore
- March 15th, A closer look at ROX Tigers’ first loss by Colin "CD-Mangaka" Nimer on Slingshot Esports
- June 11th, Silver Tigers: The unsatisfying story of Korea’s second-best team by Tim "Magic" Sevenhuysen on theScore.
- September 15th, An evening with the ROX Tigers by Emily Rand on theScore.
- September 21st, Road to Worlds: Rox Tigers by Adam Newell on GAMURS
- September 28th, Third Time's the Charm: The Rox Tigers Victorious Summer by SmashLoL on GAMURS
- November 26th, Celebrating the History of Rox Tigers by CD-Mangaka on Esports Heaven
- Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com
- 롤챔스 선발전 '다크호스' 탄생, HUYA 타이거즈 창단 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com
- OGN Status interest.me
- Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- Official Roster List program.interest.me
- ROX, ‘크라이’ 해성민 영입...”다양한 방향으로 발전” (Korean) fomos.co.kr
- 2016년 제 1차 e스포츠 제재 leagueoflegends.co.kr
- "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
- ROX Tigers' Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- Kuro's Facebook Post (Korean)
- PraY's Facebook Post (Korean)
- GorillA's Facebook Post (Korean)
- ROX Tigers's Facebook Post facebook.com
- ROX Tigers's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- Peanut's Facebook Post
- 롱주 게이밍, 전 ROX 출신 '쏭' 김상수 코치 영입 (Korean) fomos.kr
- EDward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com