Huni Domestic Career
Before playing any professional matches, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon began his LoL career on Samsung Galaxy. He wasn’t a part of the organization officially, though, and Samsung used him as a practice partner for the team.
He got his breakthrough when he joined Fnatic for the 2015 EU LCS Spring Split. His team had a strong showing, securing a second-place finish in the regular season and even winning the trophy by defeating H2K and UOL in the playoffs. Huni contributed a lot to this success. His performance on carry top laners was already impressive, but it’s his synergy with Fnatic’s jungler—Reignover—that pushed Huni into a league of his own.
In summer, he had another dominant split. This time, Fnatic went undefeated in the regular season, securing a massive 18-0 winning streak. For the playoffs, they dismantled Unicorns of Love and went on to face Origen in the finals. And while they dropped two games, they still walked away with the series and the EU LCS victory on top of that.
In the off-season, Huni parted ways with Fnatic and went to North America together with Reignover. The duo joined Immortals to compete in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split. Once again, Huni had an overwhelming showing during the regular season, going on a 32-game winning streak over the first six weeks of the competition. However, Immortals couldn’t live up to their name on week 7, falling in a series against Counter Logic Gaming. And even though they picked up the slack later, they looked weaker in the second half of the split.
Still, they had a 17-1 record, and they entered the Semifinals against TSM as strong favorites. But a sudden 3-0 upset spelled an end to Immortals’ dominance. After the games, Huni was criticized for his inability to adapt to the meta. When tanks like Maokai, Poppy, and Ekko thrived in the top laners, Huni still went for carries like Graves, Yasuo, and Lucian. And while his champion pool wasn’t the only issue, it definitely played its part in IMT’s losses.
For the third place match, Immortals regained their composure and scored a confident win against Team Liquid. Still, taking a bronze medal was a very underwhelming result for the best lineup of the regular season.
The team entered the 2016 Summer Split with the same roster. At the time, TSM had a resurgence and constantly challenged them during the regular split. Still, Immortals’ 16-2 record was enough to make them the clear-cut second-best team in the NA LCS. They had high hopes when they entered the playoffs, but a 2-3 loss to Cloud9 in the Semifinals forced them to play another third place match. And even though they won their hard-fought series against CLG, it wasn’t enough to punch their Worlds ticket.
They had another chance in the Regional Finals, but a swift 1-3 loss to Cloud9 sealed their fate. Immortals were definitely not going to Worlds this year.
In the off-season, Huni surprised his fans by joining SKT T1. His playstyle also evolved. He still had a few carries in his arsenal, but he was much more open to playing tanks and giving up resources for his teammates. At first, it seemed like Huni worked quite well on SKT T1. The organization took over the 2017 LCK Spring Split with a 16-2 record and went on to 3-0 KT Rolster in the finals.
However, more issues surfaced in summer. Despite his adjustments, Huni’s natural playstyle was far too aggressive for a team that wanted to play around its mid and bottom lanes. He often overextended and took brash fights that resulted in SKT T1 giving up key objectives. To solve the issue, they brought in a substitute top laner, Untara. And while Huni was still a starter for the majority of the split, he had to share playtime with his new teammate.
SKT T1 lost a lot of ground in the regular season, falling down to #4 in the standings. They somewhat redeemed themselves with back-to-back victories against Afreeca Freecs, Samsung Galaxy, and KT Rolster in the playoffs. But ultimately, they couldn’t overcome Longzhu Gaming in the finals and lost the 2017 LCK Summer Split.
In the off-season, Huni announced that he was leaving SKT T1 and going back to North America to join Echo Fox.
Huni International Tournaments
On Fnatic, Huni went to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. The team went through its share of hardships in the group stage, but fortunately, their 2-3 record was enough to qualify for the Semifinals. There, Fnatic clashed with SKT T1. They put up a good fight, but the series still ended with a 2-3 loss.
A split later, Huni took part in the 2015 World Championship. In the group stage, Fnatic crushed AHQ, C9, and IG to secure the #1 seed. They proceeded to dismantle EDG in the Quarterfinals, but their 0-3 Semifinals loss to KOO Tigers put an end to their run.
On SKT T1, Huni attended the 2017 MSI. His team had a dominant showing, taking over the group stage with an 8-2 record. In the playoffs, they scored confident victories against Flash Wolves and G2 Esports to win the trophy.
Huni also went to the 2017 World Championship. This time, SKT had a shakier showing, and they had to rely on their potent late game to come back from deficits and secure a 5-1 groups record. Their playoffs matches were even worse. Their series against Misfits and RNG came down to the wire, and many times it looked like SKT T1 were about to fall apart.
Still, they picked up the slack and went all the way to the finals. There, they met a fellow LCK team, Samsung Galaxy. However, their play was far too unstable to challenge Samsung’s controlled playstyle, and for the first time in history, SKT lost at the World Championship.