Bang Domestic Career
Bae “Bang” Jun-sik began his career on Najin Shield. Together with his teammates, he went to 2012-2013 OLYMPUS Champions Winter. Shield had a shaky showing in the group stage, and their 1-5-0 record (wins-ties-losses) wasn’t enough to advance to the playoffs.
After such a disappointing result, Bang left the team to play for Xenics Blast. Blast took part in 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer, but unfortunately, they were unable to make it out of groups. Bang parted ways with the organization several months later.
In the off-season, Bang joined SKT T1 1. They rebranded as SKT T1 S before participating in 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. Even so, they barely secured a 50% groups win rate, which wasn’t enough to break into the knockout stage. A similar narrative unfolded at 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring, and SKT T1 S once again failed to advance to the playoffs.
They finally made their presence known at 2014 HOT6iX Champions Summer. With a 1-2-0 record, they qualified for the Quarterfinals where they scored a 3-2 victory over Najin Black Sword. In the Semifinals, they lost a close 5-game series to the eventual champions, KT Arrows. They could still aim for bronze, but a crushing defeat in a third-place match against Samsung White sealed their fate.
In the off-season, OGN changed the sister team rules, and SK Telecom were forced to merge their lineups into SKT T1. Since Piglet left the organization, Bang became its starting AD carry.
SKT T1 showed up in the preseason tournament, but they had a hard time catching up to GE Tigers in 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. With an 11-3 record, they ended the regular season second and got a bye to the Semifinals. There, they bested CJ Entus in a close 5-game series and went on to face the dominant GE Tigers in the finals. Contrary to all expectations, SKT scored a confident 3-0 victory against the team that challenged them throughout the regular season, claiming an OGN trophy and a ticket to the 2015 MSI.
SKT became even more dominant in 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. They towered above the competition, and their massive 17-1 record earned them a bye to the playoffs finals. There, SKT sealed the deal with a 3-0 win over KT Rolster, and Bang received an invitation to his first World Championship.
In the off-season, SKT went to the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup. They took out SBENU Sonicboom in the Quarterfinals, but unfortunately, they crumbled in the following match against ESC Ever.
Even so, SKT T1 came out swinging in the 2016 LCK Spring Split. After securing a 13-5 record, they finished the regular season in third place and prepared themselves for the playoffs. They went on to defeat the likes of Jin Air, KT Rolster, and ROX Tigers to claim another OGN trophy. During this time, Bang made a name for himself as one of the best AD carries in the LCK. His mechanics and game sense were already top-tier, but it’s his consistency that really put him in a league of his own.
With his help, SKT had an even better showing in summer. This time, they managed to finish the regular season in second place, which meant they got a bye to the Semifinals. But this was the calm before the storm, and they were knocked out of the playoffs after a devastating reverse-sweep by KT Rolster. Fortunately, SKT collected enough Circuit Points to qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
Afterward, SKT attended the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They showed a lot of promise with a 2-0 victory over MVP, but the subsequent loss to ROX Tigers eliminated them from the tournament.
The organization entered the 2017 LCK Spring Split with high hopes. SKT took over the regular season with a staggering 16-2 record, earning a bye to the playoffs finals. There, they 3-0’d KT Rolster to win yet another OGN trophy.
However, more issues appeared in summer. In particular, Bang’s performance took a nosedive, and SKT struggled to play around shaky side lanes. They finished fourth in the regular season, although they redeemed themselves with a playoffs winning streak against Afreeca Freecs, Samsung Galaxy, and KT Rolster. Still, they had too many problems to overcome Longzhu Gaming in the finals. After losing the series with a 0-3 score, SKT T1 took the silver medal and qualified for Worlds as LCK’s second seed.
In the off-season, Bang went to the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. SKT kick-started the tournament with a confident victory over Griffin, but a 0-2 loss to Longzhu Gaming put an end to their run.
Bang International Tournaments
Bang played his first international tournament—and made his competitive debut—on Najin Shield. Back then, he attended the GIGABYTE StarsWar League. Shield showed up in the group stage, securing a 3-0-2 record to qualify for the playoffs. In the Semifinals, they suffered a crushing 0-3 defeat at the hand of Team WE.
On SKT, Bang participated in the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. With a staggering 5-0 record in the group stage, SKT looked set to claim another international trophy. However, they were tested by Fnatic in the Semifinals. And while SKT T1 managed to score a narrow victory over the EU LCS champions, they fell short in the finals against EDG.
Bang showed up at the 2015 World Championship. It was clear that SKT were a cut above the competition—so much so that they didn’t drop any games before reaching finals. There, they defeated KOO Tigers 3-1 to win their second Worlds title.
SKT replicated this success at the IEM Season 10 World Championship. They breezed through the group stage with back-to-back victories against CLG and Qiao Gu Reapers. In the playoffs, they dismantled TSM and Fnatic without losing a single game.
They faced more hardships at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. SKT T1 had a middling showing in groups and qualified for the knockout stage in fourth place. In the playoffs, they regained their composure and dismantled RNG and CLG to win the tournament.
Then, Bang made his presence known at the 2016 World Championship. With his help, SKT secured a 5-1 group stage record and advanced to the playoffs. In the Quarterfinals, they took down RNG with a 3-1 score before facing fellow LCK teams in ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy. Both series came down to the wire, but in the end, SKT managed to score back-to-back 3-2 victories to claim their third Worlds trophy.
SKT T1 participated in the 2017 Rift Rivals (LCK-LPL-LMS). They put on a clinic in the group stage with confident victories against Flash Wolves and Team WE. But unfortunately, they couldn’t keep the momentum going and lost to Team WE in the finals.
They had an even harder time at the 2017 World Championship. The bot lane of Bang and Wolf struggled to stand up to the competition, and SKT had to rely on their late game expertise to come back from numerous deficits. Their playoffs series against Misfits and RNG went the full distance, and SKT T1 often found themselves on the brink of elimination.
Still, they managed to overcome these opponents to reach the finals. There, they clashed with Samsung Galaxy. However, SKT were far too unstable to challenge Samsung’s controlled playstyle, and for the first time in LoL history, they finished Worlds in second place.