Key Domestic Career
Key began his LoL career under the name TML. Back then, he played for Xenics in the 2015 SBENU Champions. Unfortunately, Xenics failed to break into the main league after producing a 0-2 group record against Samsung and Prime Clan. Shortly thereafter, TML left the organization to play for Energy Pacemakers.Carries.
EP.Carries took part in the 2015 LSPL Summer Split. They had a shaky showing in the group stage, and their 0-1-5 record (wins-ties-losses) knocked them down to the relegation matches. A 1-2 loss to 2144 Gaming pushed them into the loser’s bracket, but EP.Carries bounced back with a 2-0 victory over ShowTime. With that, they held on to their LSPL slot.
Afterward, TML changed his name to Key. He joined ESV Ever to share playtime with Totoro in the 2015 CK Summer Playoffs. ESC Ever proceeded to score an easy 3-0 against Winners, but the following match against Dark Wolves had them losing 1-3. Luckily, this was enough to advance to the Promotion Tournament where ESC Ever clashed with SBENU Sonicboom. This opponent proved too hard for them to handle, and Key’s team suffered another 1-3 loss.
Despite the loss, they stayed together and made their presence known at the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup. The up-and-coming lineup breezed through the competition, defeating the likes of Samsung Galaxy, Rebels Anarchy, SKT T1, and CJ Entus to claim its first trophy.
ESC Ever carried this momentum into the 2016 CK Spring Split. With a massive 8-3-3 record, they finished the regular season in second place and prepared themselves for the playoffs. There, they scored a confident victory against Ever8 Winners and took down their main rivals—MVP—in a close 5-game series. The Promotion Tournament had them squaring off against a familiar foe in SBENU Korea. But history didn’t repeat itself, and ESC Ever 3-0’d the same lineup that defeated them last split. Finally, they made it into the LCK.
They entered the 2016 Summer Split with high hopes, but it quickly became apparent that ESC Ever weren’t ready for this level of competition. They struggled to oppose most LCK veterans, and their 5-13 record amounted to a ninth-place finish. With that, they had to fight for their lives in the Promotion Tournament. Their 2-1 victory over SBENU Korea showed some promise, but the subsequent loss to Kongdoo Monster put them on the brink of elimination. It was only through a 3-0 win over CJ Entus that ESC Ever managed to retain their LCK slot.
In the off-season, Key left the team to start for ROX Tigers. Because of the complete roster overhaul, ROX struggled in the 2017 Spring Split. In the end, they finished the regular season in the bottom half of the LCK table and missed out on the playoffs. A similar story took place in summer, as ROX failed to make it into the knockout stage.
Afterward, they participated in the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. They had a promising start with a 2-0 victory over Gyeonggi, but they fell short in their next series against Ever8 Winners.
Key International Tournaments
On ESC Ever, Key went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 10 Cologne. Contrary to all expectations, the Challenger team from Korea showed up at the event and scored back-to-back victories against H2K and Qiao Gu Reapers. And so, Key won his first international event.
This showing also earned them a seed to the IEM Season 10 World Championship. But despite finding a group stage win against TSM, ESC Ever fell in the following game against RNG. In the loser’s bracket, they lost 0-2 to the resurging TSM lineup.
On ROX Tigers, Key participated in the IEM Season 11 World Championship. ROX had a decent showing in the group stage, taking down M19 and H2K to reach the playoffs. Their run came to an end when they lost 1-2 in the Quarterfinals against G2 Esports.