Haru Domestic Career
Kang “Haru” Min-seung began his LoL career as a jungler for CJ Entus. Back then, he shared playtime with Bubbling in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. Despite his best efforts, CJ Entus struggled to stand up to the competition. With a 3-15 record, they finished the season in last place and were forced to play in the 2017 Spring Promotion. There, they lost to Kongdoo Monster and SBENU Korea and were eliminated from the LCK.
Even so, Haru’s mechanical prowess caught the eye of Samsung Galaxy (SSG). And so, he joined them as a substitute jungler for the 2017 LCK Spring Split. When Samsung’s starter—Ambition—fell into a slump, Haru instantly made his presence known in the league, and it was due to his stellar play that Samsung secured a 14-4 regular season record. However, Ambition bounced back by the time the playoffs came, and Haru only managed to start in two games against KT Rolster.
He received even less playtime in summer. This was mainly because Samsung’s strategies revolved around Ambition’s shot calling, so a rookie like Haru had a hard time filling his shoes. And while Haru did get a few opportunities here and there, most of them ended in losses. When Samsung made a run through the Regional Finals and punched their World Championship ticket, they chose Haru as their substitute for the event.
Haru also played in the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. He showed up in the series against MVP and KT Rolster, but it was clear that Samsung still preferred to play with Ambition. When SSG sold their lineup to KSV eSports, Haru was the only substitute to be accepted into the new organization.
Haru International Tournaments
Haru’s first international tournament was the 2017 World Championship that he attended together with Samsung Galaxy. In the group stage, he only played—and won—a single game against 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports. And even though SSG went on to take the trophy, Haru spent the remainder of the tournament on the bench.