Huhi Domestic Career
Choi “Huhi” Jae-hyun started his career by participating in the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 tournament. His team, Biglife Miracle, finished the group stage with a 0-6 record, automatically failing to qualify for the playoffs. Huhi then moved to Quvic E-Sports, but this lineup didn’t produce any notable results.
At the end of 2014, Huhi joined Team Fusion to participate in the 2015 NA LCS Spring Expansion. They’ve reached the playoffs and defeated the Final Five lineup in the first round of the competition. However, their back-to-back losses to Curse Academy and Team Cost spelled an end to Team Fusion’s run.
Afterward, Huhi stayed on the team to play in the 2015 NA CS Spring Split. Team Fusion had a decent showing and made it all the way to the Promotion Tournament. But their luck ran out when they lost to Team Dignitas in a close 5-game series. After such an underwhelming ending, Team Fusion disbanded. As for Huhi, he got his wish by joining CLG to share playtime with Pobelter in the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split. Unfortunately, Huhi was outclassed by his teammate, so he didn’t start in any games that season.
CLG finally decided to give him a shot in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split—a development that prompted Pobelter to leave the team. Considering they’ve also lost Doublelift, everyone expected them to crumble.
But surprisingly enough, CLG had a strong showing, securing a 13-5 record over the regular season. In the playoffs, they defeated Team Liquid with a 3-2 score and went on to face TSM in the finals. The series came down to the wire. In the end, CLG managed to squeeze out a win and find their second NA LCS trophy. At the time, Huhi was regarded as their weakest link. Many fans speculated that his shaky laning and haphazard decision-making would result in Huhi being cut from the team.
But after their 2016 MSI success, CLG decided to stick together. They entered the 2016 Summer Split with high hopes, but inexplicably, the team fell into a slump and ended the regular season in the middle of the LCS table. For a moment, it seemed that this narrative was about to shift when CLG defeated Team Liquid in the Quarterfinals. But their subsequent losses to TSM and Immortals resulted in CLG being out of the competition. Fortunately, their spring victory earned them enough Circuit Points to qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
In 2017, Huhi reached his peak. He went from being a role player with decent teamfighting to a confident playmaker that could carry the entire team on his shoulders. But with so many of his teammates underperforming, this wasn’t enough to turn things around. After losing to FlyQuest in the Quarterfinals, CLG finished the 2017 Spring Split in sixth place.
During the off-season, they brought in Dardoch to replace Xmithie in the jungle. At first, this approach seemed to yield results, and CLG secured a third-place finish in the regular season. However, internal conflicts led to Dardoch departing from the team, and CLG were forced to use their Academy team jungler, OmarGod, as a substitute.
And even though they defeated Team EnVyUs in the first round of the playoffs, their following series against Immortals resulted in a crushing defeat. In the third place match, CLG picked up the slack and 3-0’d Team Dignitas, but it wasn’t enough to earn another Worlds ticket.
Huhi International Tournaments
Huhi went to his first international tournament when CLG was invited to IEM Season 10 San Jose. They showed up in the first rounds of the competition, scoring 2-0 victories against Unicorns of Love and Jin Air Green Wings. And while they’ve lost the finals to Origen, this showing earned CLG and invite to the IEM World Championship.
CLG’s run at the IEM Season 10 World Championship wasn’t a long one. After suffering back-to-back losses to SKT T1 and Fnatic in the group stage, CLG were out of the competition.
But they definitely made their presence known at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. To everyone’s surprise, CLG enjoyed a lot of success in the group stage, winning 7 out of 10 games and qualifying for the knockout stage. They scored a confident win against Flash Wolves in the Semifinals. And while they fell at the hand of SKT T1 in the finals, this was still one of the best international showings for a North American team.
At the 2016 World Championship, CLG had a promising start by defeating ROX Tigers and G2 Esports in the group stage. But their two losses to Albus Nox Luna meant that CLG were overtaken by a wildcard team in a fight for the final playoffs spot.