vROX Tigers are a South Korean eSports LOL team formed in 2014. They’re pretty darned good at it, currently ranked 4th in the Korean LCK League, and 14th in the world.
Straight out of the blocks these Tigers roared, racing to second place in the 2015 LOL World Championships, losing to SK Telecom T1 in the final. Following that, they won the 2016 Summer LOL Champions Korea title (but not against SK, who’d already fallen at that stage).
Two years of rivalry between SK and ROX Tigers built and built to a crescendo at the 2016 Worlds semi-finals. And in what might well be the greatest game of LOL history, the Tigers gave it their all. But it simply wasn’t enough. SK were once more in the finals of the World Championships. ROX Tigers went home.
With that, the management threw out baby, bathwater, the lot. The fresh new logo was just the start. The entire team, players and staff, were released at the end of 2016, and 2017 sees a completely new line-up.
ROX Tigers roster 2017
- Park “Shy” Sang-myun
- Heo “Lindarang” Man-heung
- Yoon “SeongHwan” Seong-hwan
- Son “Mickey” Young-min
- Kwon “Sangyoon” Sang-yoon
- Kim “Key” Han-ki.
Well the previous team ended 2016 on a high, with victory in the 2016 Kespa Cup netting them 40,000,00 Korean Won, which is roughly £27thousand, not bad really for a team in the doldrums. Prior to that highlights include;
- 3-4th 2016 World Championship ($380,250)
- 1st LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs (₩ 100,000,000)
- 2nd LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs (₩ 60,000,000)
- 2nd 2015 World Championship ($250,000)
- 3rd LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs (₩ 30,000,000)
- 2nd LCK 2015 Season Spring Playoffs (₩ 60,000,000)
As for the future? Well there’s only one thing ROX Tigers want. The 2017 World Championship. Oh, and to beat SK to get there. Time will tell with this talented new team.