Hylissang Domestic Career
Zdravets “Hylissang” Iliev Galabov began his LoL career on Unicorns of Love (UOL). Together with his teammates, he attended—and won—several Go4LoL tournaments. Eventually, UOL started taking part in more notable events. They showed up at the 2014 Black Monster Cup Summer, defeating the likes of INVADERS and Gamers2 to take the bronze medal.
Afterward, Hylissang went to the 2014 EU CS Spring Series #1. Unfortunately, their run ended in the Play-In stage where they were eliminated by EYES ON U. Unicorns tried to bounce back in summer, but their run ended with a disappointing 0-2 loss to Ninjas in Pyjamas. After another quarterfinals finish in the 2014 EU CS Summer Series #2, UOL finally qualified for the playoffs. The team showed up in the competition and took down Gamers2 in the Quarterfinals. In the Semifinals, Unicorns suffered a narrow loss to H2K, but they managed to come back with a 3-0 win over NiP in the third place match.
With that, they reached the Promotion Tournament. There, they bested Millenium in a close 5-game series to qualify for the EU LCS. In the 2015 Spring Split, UOL found themselves in the middle of the EU LCS table. Still, their 9-9 record was enough to advance to the playoffs. There, Unicorns had a sudden resurgence and proceeded to defeat Gambit Gaming and SK Gaming to qualify for the finals against Fnatic. The series came down to the wire, but ultimately, UOL were unable to clinch the win. Still, a silver medal was a very respectable result.
Hylissang stayed on the team in summer. Once again, UOL had a rough time in the regular season, but in this case, they couldn’t regain their composure for the playoffs. And despite a Quarterfinals victory against Team ROCCAT, their back-to-back losses to Fnatic and H2K knocked them out of the competition. Of course, they could run it back in the Regional Finals. But a 0-3 defeat against Origen put an end to their ambitions.
In the 2016 EU LCS Spring Split, UOL found themselves in the middle of the pack. Their 10-8 record resulted in a fifth-place finish, and they entered the playoffs as underdogs. Sure enough, a quick 0-3 loss to Origen put an end to their run.
But Unicorns struggled even more in summer. With a 6-5-7 record (wins-losses-ties), they barely qualified for the playoffs. Their 3-1 victory over Giants Gaming showed a glimmer of hope, but Unicorns couldn’t keep the momentum going. After losing to G2 and H2K, they finished the 2016 Summer Split in fourth place.
Of course, they could still make it to Worlds by going through the Gauntlet. There, Unicorns bested Giants Gaming and Fnatic to qualify for the finals. But this was the end of the line for them, and UOL missed out on Worlds after losing a close series to Splyce.
Unicorns of Love finally made their presence known in the 2017 Spring Split. With a massive 11-2 record, they topped their group and readied themselves for the playoffs. In the Semifinals, they dismantled Misfits 3-1, but their finals series ended with a crushing defeat against G2 Esports.
Things turned much worse in the 2017 EU LCS Summer Split. And while UOL managed to finish their group in second place, the 0-3 Quarterfinals loss to Misfits knocked them out of the playoffs. In the Regional Finals, they lost a close 5-game series against H2K. With that, Unicorns failed to advance to the 2017 World Championship.
In the off-season, Hylissang left Unicorns of Love to join Fnatic.
Hylissang International Tournaments
Hylissang attended his first international tournament—IEM Season 9 San Jose—as a part of Unicorns of Love. The EU LCS newcomers had a surprisingly strong showing, defeating Lyon Gaming and Team SoloMid in their first matches. In the finals, UOL clashed with Cloud9, losing to them with a 0-3 score.
Afterward, UOL went to IEM Season 10 San Jose. But their stay wasn’t a long one, and a 0-2 loss to CLG knocked them out of the tournament.
They bounced back at IEM Season 11 Oakland. With back-to-back victories against INTZ e-Sports and TSM, they made it all the way to the finals where they clashed with Flash Wolves. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, UOL came out on top and took their first international trophy.
After such a strong showing, Unicorns were invited to the IEM Season 11 World Championship. Their victory over Kongdoo Monster showed a lot of promise, but the following group stage losses to Flash Wolves and G2 Esports eliminated them from the event.
UOL also went to the 2017 Rift Rivals (NA vs EU) event. Even though they were considered the weakest European team at the tournament, Unicorns managed to secure a 50% win rate in the group stage to qualify for the finals. There, they fell 0-3 to TSM.