Blank Domestic Career
Kang “Blank” Sun-gu began his LoL career on Energy Peacemaker.Carries. Together with his teammates, he attended 2015 Demacia Cup Spring Season. His run was brief, though, as EP.Carries lost in the first series against Team King.
EP.Carries went on to participate in the 2015 LSPL Spring Split. They had a decent showing during the regular season, but in the end, their 2-3-1 record (wins-ties-losses) wasn’t enough to advance to the playoffs. In the 2015 LSPL Summer Relegation, they managed to hold on to their LSPL spot by defeating Team DK and Stand Point Gaming.
After such a disappointing result, Blank joined Star Horn Royal Club (SHRC). In the 2015 LSPL Summer Split, SHRC took over the group stage with a staggering 5-1-0 record. But they ran out of steam in the playoffs, falling in their first series against Hyper Youth Gaming. With that, they found themselves in the loser’s bracket. SHRC couldn’t regain their composure and were knocked out of the tournament by Team WE Future.
Blank also attended 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season. But SHRC couldn’t get anything going, and their first match against Snake Esports ended in a 0-3 defeat. In the off-season, Blank left the team and joined SKT T1 to share playtime with Bengi.
In the 2016 LCK Spring Split, he spent a lot of time in the spotlight, and his aggressive jungling was a welcome change of pace for SKT T1. With a 13-5 record, SKT finished the regular season in third place and prepared themselves for the playoffs. There, they scored back-to-back victories against Jin Air, KT Rolster, and ROX Tigers to claim the trophy. By the end of the split, Blank became SKT’s starting jungler.
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. Unfortunately, they were knocked out of the playoffs after a devastating reverse-sweep from KT Rolster. Still, SKT collected enough Circuit Points to qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
Afterward, SKT attended the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They had a promising start with a 2-0 victory over MVP, but the following loss to ROX Tigers eliminated them from the tournament. In the off-season, Bengi parted ways with the organization, and SKT brought in Peanut as their new jungler. As for Blank, he was moved to the substitute position.
In the 2017 Spring Split, Blank ended up playing a total of 6 games for SKT T1. And even though his team finished first that split, he didn’t contribute much towards its victory. He received more playtime in summer. When Peanut started struggling, Blank took up Bengi’s mantle of an emergency substitute, and SKT often brought him in to change the pace of a losing series.
With his help, SKT T1 made it to the LCK finals. There, they clashed with the powerhouse Longzhu Gaming lineup, and for the first time in a while, Blank couldn’t turn the tables for his team. SKT lost that series with a 1-3 score. Even so, they earned their ticket to Worlds and chose Blank as their only substitute for the event.
When Peanut left the team in the off-season, Blank became SKT’s starting jungler. His first showing happened at the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. SKT kicked off the tournament with a confident victory over Griffin, but the following match had them losing 0-2 to Longzhu Gaming.
Blank International Tournaments
On SKT T1, Blank went to his first international tournament, the IEM Season 10 World Championship. SKT breezed through the group stage with back-to-back victories against CLG and Qiao Gu Reapers. In the playoffs, they took down TSM and Fnatic without dropping a single game.
Blank also attended the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. SKT T1 had a middling showing in the group stage, qualifying for the playoffs in fourth place. But the Korean powerhouse picked up the slack and dismantled RNG and CLG to win the tournament.
Then, Blank 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, he took down RNG with a 3-1 score. However, his team decided that his substitute—Bengi—would be a better fit for its matches against ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy. And while SKT eventually claimed the trophy, Blank only played three out of ten games in the final Bo5s.
SKT T1 took part in the 2017 Rift Rivals (LCK-LPL-LMS). There, Blank won a group stage game against Team WE before being subbed out for Peanut.
At the end of the year, Blank went to the 2017 World Championship. This time, SKT had a shakier showing, and they had to rely on their late game expertise to come back from numerous deficits and secure a 5-1 groups record. In the playoffs, their series against Misfits and RNG came down to the wire, and SKT T1 often found themselves on the brink of elimination.
Still, they regained their composure and went all the way to the finals. There, they met a fellow LCK team, Samsung Galaxy. However, this iteration of SKT far too unstable to challenge Samsung’s controlled playstyle, and for the first time in LoL history, they finished the World Championship in second place.