Ambition Domestic Career
Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong began his LoL Career as a mid laner on MiG Blaze. Together with his teammates, he attended 2012 Azubu The Champions Spring. Blaze did well at the tournament and topped their group with a 2-0 record to advance to the playoffs. There, they scored back-to-back victories against CLG and Team OP to advance to the finals. And even though their last series was against their sister team—Frost—Blaze came out on top and secured their first trophy.
After the tournament, both teams received sponsorship from Azubu and were renamed to Azubu Blaze and Azubu Frost. Blaze then took part in 2012 Azubu The Champions Summer. Once again, they breezed through the group stage and kicked off the playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Xenics Strom. However, their Semifinals series against Frost ended with a narrow 2-3 loss. In the third-place match, Blaze suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of Najin Sword.
Even so, Blaze’s spring run was enough to secure them a seed in the last round of the Regional Finals. Unfortunately for them, Najin Sword also entered the tournament. And while they started from the first round, they made it all the way to the finals and defeated Ambition’s team in a close 5-game series.
Blaze also showed up at OLYMPUS Champions Winter 2012-2013. They breezed through the group stage with a massive 8-4 record to qualify for the playoffs. In the Quarterfinals, they defeated Incredible Miracle with a 3-2 score, but the Semifinals had them losing to their sister team, Frost. With that, Blaze prepared to take on KT Bullets in the third-place match. But this new opponent proved too hard for them to handle, and Blaze dropped the series with a 0-3 score.
Then, Blaze and Frost parted ways with Azubu to join CJ Entus. Blaze came back for 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. Once again, they had a dominant groups run and qualified for the playoffs. But even though they made it all the way to the finals with back-to-back victories against SKT T1 1 and CJ Frost, they suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hand of MVP Ozone.
The entire lineup struggled in 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer. After another strong group stage showing, Blaze entered the playoffs with high hopes, but a narrow Quarterfinals loss to KT Bullets eliminated them from the competition. Of course, they could run it back in the Regional Finals. But as luck would have it, they clashed with KT Bullets once again, losing to them with a 0-3 score.
Blaze tried to make their comeback at 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. But their old dominance was long gone, and they barely made it out of the group stage with a 3-3 record. In the playoffs, Blaze crumbled in their first series against KT Bullets.
Ambition also went to the 2014 LoL Masters event as a part of the CJ Entus lineup. His team managed to qualify for the knockout stage with a 3-3 groups record. In the playoffs, CJ Entus defeated Najin e-mFire before falling prey to Samsung Galaxy (SSG).
Their showing at 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring was just as lacking, and Blaze fell apart in their Quarterfinals series against KT Arrows. But that was nothing compared to their form in summer. Inexplicably, Blaze had a hard time standing up to the competition and—for the first time since their inception—failed to exit the group stage.
Ambition’s last tournament with Blaze was 2014 ITENJOY NLB Summer. But even though Blaze managed to make it out of groups, their run was cut short with a narrow playoffs loss to Najin Black Sword.
In the off-season, OGN discontinued sister teams, and CJ Entus were forced to merge Blaze and Frost. As a result, Ambition was replaced by CoCo in the mid lane, but he still made it into the starting lineup by switching to jungle. The new roster worked, and CJ placed third in the regular season of 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. Their playoffs run kicked off with a 3-0 victory over Jin Air, but the following 2-3 loss to SKT T1 knocked them out of the competition.
Still, it seemed like things were looking up for the struggling lineup. CJ once again secured a third-place finish in the 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. However, the playoffs had them lose their first match against KOO Tigers. And even though CJ tried to run it back through the Regional Finals, they fell short in a close series against Jin Air.
Ambition’s last event with CJ Entus was the 2015 KeSPA Cup. Surprisingly enough, CJ showed up at the tournament and went all the way to the finals before losing 0-3 to ESC Ever. Despite this success, Ambition left the organization to join Samsung Galaxy.
With his help, SSG picked up the slack in the 2016 LCK Spring Split. They produced a decent 10-8 record and looked set to clinch the final playoffs spot, but suddenly, they were challenged by the resurging Afreeca Freecs lineup. After losing the tiebreaker, they failed to advance to the knockout stage.
SSG came back with a vengeance in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. With a 12-6 regular season record, they secured a fourth-place finish and qualified for the playoffs. Their win against Afreeca Freecs showed a lot of promise, but the following 0-3 loss to KT Rolster knocked them out of the competition.
Still, Samsung had a second shot in the Gauntlet. In the first match, they scored another confident victory against Afreeca Freecs. But the finals had them clashing with the same team that defeated them in the playoffs, KT Rolster. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, Samsung clinched the W and qualified for the 2016 World Championship.
Afterward, they took on the 2016 KeSPA Cup. SSG made it out of the group stage with a 2-0 victory over Rising Star Gaming. In the Quarterfinals, they suffered a narrow loss at the hand of ESC Ever.
Samsung had a strong showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. In the regular season, they breezed to the second-place finish, outclassing the likes of Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster in the process. SSG were seeded directly into the Semifinals, which meant they were in a great spot to win their first LCK split. But a devastating 0-3 loss to KT put an end to these ambitions.
It seemed like a similar narrative was about to unfold in summer. Despite their best efforts, Samsung couldn’t break into the top-2 in the regular season, and their playoffs run was cut short with a crushing defeat against SKT T1. But once again, Samsung got a second wind in the Regional Finals. Ambition’s controlled jungling was key in scoring back-to-back victories against their old rivals—Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster—and punching their Worlds ticket.
In the off-season, the entire Samsung Galaxy lineup was acquired by KSV eSports.
Ambition International Tournaments
On Azubu Blaze, Ambition participated in this first international tournament, the 2012 MLG Fall Championship. Blaze had a promising start with back-to-back victories against Team Dynamic and Team Dignitas. But in the Semifinals, they suffered a 0-2 loss at the hand of Najin Sword. Still, they regained their composure and defeated CLG EU in the loser’s bracket. With that, Blaze entered the finals against Najin Sword with renewed vigor and dismantled their opponents to claim the trophy.
Afterward, Blaze—and Ambition—attended the IPL 5. Unexpectedly, Blaze had a tough time in the group stage, failing to overcome Team WE and Fnatic. As a result, they had to start the playoffs in the loser’s bracket. And while they gained some momentum by defeating Team FeaR and TSM, they fell 1-2 in the following series against Moscow 5.
Blaze tried to bounce back at IEM Season 7 Katowice. They kicked off the tournament with a dominant groups run and a Semifinals victory over Fnatic. But in the finals, they suffered a crushing defeat against the former Moscow 5 lineup (now rebranded as Gambit Gaming).
After Azubu Blaze rebranded as CJ Entus Blaze, Ambition participated in the IEM Season 7 World Championship. Blaze had a decent showing in the group stage, finishing second with a 4-1 record, a single win behind Gambit Gaming. They picked up the slack in the playoffs and crushed Millenium in their first series. In the Semifinals, they faced the same team that denied them their group stage victory—Gambit Gaming—and bested it with a 2-1 score. The finals had Blaze clashing with their sister. And while Frost proved to be strong opponents, Blaze still came out on top and took the trophy.
Blaze also showed up at the 2013 World Cyber Games. They topped their group with a 4-0 record and proceeded to breeze through the playoffs. And even though teams like Dark Passage, Lyon gaming and OMG tried to oppose them, Blaze won the whole thing without dropping a single game.
On CJ Entus, Ambition attended the IEM Season 9 World Championship. But despite his best efforts, CJ had a hard time standing up to the competition. Even so, they managed to pick up a win against Gambit Gaming, but the subsequent group stage losses to TSM and Team WE put an end to their run.
On Samsung Galaxy, Ambition went to the 2016 World Championship. SSG dominated the group stage and entered the playoffs with a 5-1 record. There, they dismantled Cloud9 and H2K and qualified for the finals where they faced a fellow LCK team, SKT T1. After a furious exchange of blows, Samsung lost a close 5-game series and walked away with the silver medal.
Afterward, Samsung went to IEM Gyeonggi. They took over their group, crushing Vega Squadron and Immortals to advance to the bracket stage. Samsung then 2-0’d Team Liquid and clashed with another Korean team—Kongdoo Monster—in the finals. But Kongdoo couldn’t put a stop to their momentum, and after scoring a dominant 3-1 victory, SSG secured their first international trophy.
Samsung also qualified for the 2017 World Championship. In the group stage, they were the only Korean team that failed to secure a first-place finish, losing to the Chinese RNG. But Samsung made up for it in the Quarterfinals by crushing the tournament favorites—Longzhu Gaming—with a 3-0 score.
In the Semifinals, Samsung won 3-1 over Team WE and prepared to take on the most accomplished team in the world, SKT. Many predicted Samsung’s failure. But past achievements meant little in face of SSG’s resurgence, and they dismantled SKT T1 in a dominant 3-0 victory. With that, they claimed the World Championship trophy.