Asian and especially teams from South Korea have been dominating League of Legends competitions in the last couple of years. One of the teams that proved to be very successful during that period is Samsung Galaxy. The team became one of the most important eSports teams for the South Korean League of Legends scene. Currently, Samsung Galaxy is hosting only League of Legends team. They are one of the rare teams that decided not to venture into other eSports competitions.
Samsung Galaxy is the official eSports team of the Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s biggest technology company. Their success has been much bigger than anyone could have predicted when they started the team. At this moment, together with SK Telecom T1, Samsung Galaxy is the best League of Legends team in the world. The rivalry between these two teams has been one for the ages.
Over the last couple of years, South Korean League of Legends scene has seen huge expansion as the teams from this region won many international tournaments. Besides that, many Korean players are now members of the teams in other regions, especially in North America. However, those players were hardly able to repeat the success that they had before joining North American or even European teams.
Samsung Galaxy LOL Team History
Back in 2013, Samsung decided to launch their League of Legends team, and after a short period of consolidating on what to do, it was announced that on September 7, 2013, Samsung acquired the entire League of Legends team that was previously known as MVP. After this transfer became official, the team officially changed their name, and they became Samsung Galaxy.
However, Samsung has been part of the eSports industry since early stages. They are one of the longest lasting eSports organizations in the world. However, their legacy will not only be their long-lasting history but rather the trophies and tournaments that they won during that time.
A couple of years after Samsung Galaxy joined League of Legends competitions. They achieved good results, team management decided to sponsor and to host two League of Legends teams. As a consequence of that move, Samsung introduced Samsung White and Samsung Blue as their two teams that will be playing under their flags in the eSports competitions.
After achieving the ultimate goal in League of Legends competitions, Samsung Galaxy found themselves in a very serious problems. At the 2014 World Championship, Samsung White eliminated Samsung Blue from the competition in the semi-final. However Samsung Blue was amazingly dominant during the entire season.
While Samsung White was preparing for the final, news reports broke about some of the biggest Chinese League of Legends teams offering massive amounts of money to Samsung Blue players and some of them took the offer and left the team. At the start of 2015, KeSPA changed the rules prohibiting one organization from hosting multiple teams.
Because of that, Samsung Galaxy went nuclear and released players from both of their teams, and at that moment it looked like that one of the biggest League of Legends dynasties might come to an end. However, Samsung Galaxy returned with a completely new roster, but their results were far from what they were achieving before KeSPA’s prohibition. This was not the last time that Samsung Galaxy will decide to release the entire roster. The same thing happened in 2016 when Bliss, Ace, Eve, Luna, and Fury had to leave the team. This time, however, Samsung Galaxy did not wait a long time to announce their new team that featured Helper, CoreJJ, Stitch, and Ambition joining the team.
When it comes to the results that Samsung Galaxy had over the years, it needs to be said that they are one of the most successful teams from the Asia region. Interestingly, Samsung Galaxy had much better success at the international tournaments than they had in the local competitions or the LCK.
The biggest success that this eSports organization achieved happened back in 2014. Their team, Samsung Galaxy White won the 2014 World Championship after eliminating their sister team in the semi-final. In the final of that Championship, Samsung Galaxy White faced Star Horn Royal Club. They swept them 3-0 for their first title of the World Championship.
Two years after that, Samsung Galaxy was yet again in a situation to win their second World Championship. After destroying Team SoloMid and Splyce in the group stage and Cloud9 and H2K-Gaming in the quarter-final and semi-final, Samsung Galaxy found themselves in the final once again. This time they played against their biggest rivals, SK Telecom T1.
SK Telecom T1 Demolished Samsung Galaxy
SK Telecom T1 won the first two rounds. However Samsung Galaxy managed to come back by winning the next two rounds. However, in the fifth and the final round, SK Telecom T1 proved their greatness by demolishing Samsung Galaxy for the title. Even though their defeat in the final was a disappointing result, in general, playing the final match of the World Championship was their best result that season.
In other competition that year, Samsung Galaxy did not show good games. In the 2016 LCK Summer Split, Samsung Galaxy finished in the fourth place. That was an improving from the previous Split. They were not able to even win a spot in the playoffs. That year, Samsung Galaxy managed to win one title, and that happened at the IEM Gyeonggi.
With the 2017 season, it seems that the periods of bad results are far behind them. They are yet to win their first title this year, but the results so far have been very good. In the 2017 LCK Spring Split, Samsung Galaxy finished in the third place. They were defeated by KT Rolster in the semi-finals. Most recently, Samsung Galaxy participated in the 2017 Rift Rivals – Red. There they reached the final against LPL but LPL defeated them and won the title.
Over the years, Samsung Galaxy has made numerous changes in their League of Legends teams. Currently, this team is featuring eight players. It is one of the biggest rosters in the League of Legends competitions in the world. Their team currently features Lee ‘CuVee’ Seong-jin in the position of top laner. It also features Kang ‘Ambition’ Chan-yong who is currently playing in the junger position.
Besides them, the team’s mid laner is Lee ‘Crown’ Min-ho while AD Carry position in the team is filled by Park ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk. The role of the support player in the team currently belongs to Jo ‘CoreJJ’ Yong-in. Besides them, the team also features three substitute players. Those are Park ‘Haru’ Min-seung, Lee ‘Stitch’ Seung-ju, and Kwon ‘Wraith’ Ji-min.
Besides making a huge number of changes in the players’ roster, Samsung Galaxy has also made a lot of changes when it comes to the other positions in the team as well. Currently, the team’s head coach is Choi ‘Edgar’ Woo-bum. Ju ‘oDin’ Yeong-dal and Yeo ‘TrAce’ Chang-dong are also coaches in the team. They are also analysts for the team.
Total Prize Money Won
Samsung Galaxy has been one of the most successful teams from South Korea and Asia in general when it comes to League of Legends competitions. That success has also been reflected in the amount of money that the team won during all the tournaments in which they participated. At this moment, Samsung Galaxy has earned $3,382,627.75. That makes them one of the teams with the highest earning from South Korea.
When it comes to the individual players, of all the players from the current team’s roster, Lee ‘Crown’ Min Ho. He is the player with the biggest earning because he earned a little more than $150,000 while playing for Samsung Galaxy. Samsung Galaxy’s earnings from League of Legends competitions have been significant. However that is not the real image of the earning that the team made.
Over the years, Samsung Galaxy has become one of the most popular teams when it comes to sponsorship deals. At one point almost all biggest companies from Asia had signed sponsorship deal with this team. Because of that and because of their results during the last four of five years, it can be said that, without any doubt, Samsung Galaxy has been one of the best League of Legends teams in this part of the world.