Kuro Domestic Career
Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng began his career on Incredible Miracle 2. Together with his teammates, he attended 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer. Unfortunately, Incredible Miracle 2 struggled to stand up to the competition and ended up coming last in their group.
They tried to make their comeback at 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. But once again, the group stage proved too hard for them to handle, and Incredible Miracle 2 failed to advance to the playoffs over the likes of KT Bullets and Samsung Blue. They weren’t about to catch a break at 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring either. With Najin White Shield and CJ Blaze being so dominant in their group, Incredible Miracle 2 couldn’t gain the necessary momentum to break into the Quarterfinals.
After such a disappointing showing, Kuro left the organization to play for Najin Black Sword. He attended 2014 HOT6iX Champions Summer. Contrary to his previous team, Black Sword topped their group with an impressive 2-1-0 record (wins-ties-losses). But this was the end of the line for them, and they faltered in a 5-game Quarterfinal against SKT T1 S.
In spite of this success, Kuro parted ways with Najin to join HUYA Tigers. The up-and-coming lineup participated in the 2015 Champions Spring Qualifiers. They made a splash in the group stage, defeating the likes of Prime Clan and Xenics to qualify for 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. Once the team acquired a new sponsor, they rebranded as GE Tigers.
They entered their first split as underdogs, but suddenly, GE took over the competition. With a massive 12-2 record, they finished the regular season in first place and secured a seed to the playoffs finals. There, they were challenged by the powerhouse SKT T1 lineup. Despite their best efforts, GE couldn’t put a stop to SKT’s momentum, and they ended up losing the series with a 0-3 score.
They took up the name of KOO Tigers for 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. The level of the competition kept rising, and KOO faced their fair share of hardships in the regular season. Still, they produced an 11-7 record and kicked off their playoffs run with back-to-back victories over Najin e-mFire and CJ Entus. However, their Semifinals series against KT Rolster ended in a 2-3 defeat, and KOO barely qualified for Worlds through Circuit Points.
During this time, Kuro made a name for himself as a solid mid laner. His mechanics and laning weren’t top-tier, but he made up for it with good decision-making and strong teamfighting.
By that point, KOO proved themselves as one of the best teams in the league. But as luck would have it, they struggled to retain sponsorships. This was one of the reasons why they removed the “KOO” part and entered the 2015 KeSPA Cup under the name Tigers. Unfortunately, their run was cut short with a loss to SBENU Sonicboom.
For the 2016 LCK Spring Split, they took up the banner of ROX Tigers. ROX breezed through the regular season, securing a monstrous 89% win rate and a bye to the finals. But they were once again challenged by the resurging SKT T1 lineup. In the end, ROX couldn’t overcome such a powerful foe and dropped the series with a 1-3 score.
They came back with a vengeance in summer. ROX asserted their dominance in the regular season and secured another finals seed. There, they defeated KT Rolster with a 3-2 score to claim their first LCK trophy and qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
ROX Tigers also went to the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They took the competition by storm, defeating Jin Air, SKT T1, and Kongdoo Monster to secure a first-place finish. Despite this success, the lack of sponsorships continued to haunt ROX Tigers. In the end, the organization could no longer pay its players, and Kuro found a new home on Afreeca Freecs.
Afreeca Freecs had a middling showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. With a 10-8 record, they finished the regular season in fourth place and prepared to make a run through the playoffs. But a staggering 0-2 loss to MVP put an end to these ambitions.
They came back with renewed vigor in summer. However, history repeated itself, and Afreeca Freecs once again found themselves in the middle of the LCK table. In the playoffs, they suffered a quick 0-2 loss at the hand of SKT T1.
Of course, they could strike back in the Regional Finals, and their 3-2 victory over MVP certainly showed a glimmer of hope. But the following series against Samsung Galaxy ended in defeat, and Afreeca were knocked out of the tournament. Afreeca tried to regain their momentum at the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup, but their run was cut short with a 0-2 loss to Griffin.
Kuro International Tournaments
On GE Tigers, Kuro attended the IEM Season 9 World Championship. GE made a splash in the group stage with back-to-back victories against Cloud9 and SK Gaming. In the Quarterfinals, they clashed with Team WE. They came into the series as the clear-cut favorites, but surprisingly enough, WE pulled off a spectacular upset by coming out on top in a fierce Bo3.
On KOO Tigers, Kuro showed up at the 2015 World Championship. KOO had a decent run in the group stage, but a number of missteps resulted in them getting a second playoffs seed. They regained their composure in the playoffs, crushing KT Rolster and Fnatic to advance to the finals. There, they once again met with SKT T1. And while they put up a great fight, KOO lost the series with a 1-3 score and walked away with the silver medal.
On ROX Tigers, he took part in the 2016 World Championship. After winning the LCK, ROX entered the competition as the clear-cut favorites. Their groups showing wasn’t the most impressive, but they made up for it by slaughtering EDG in the Quarterfinals. Then, they clashed with SKT T1. Both teams traded blow for blow, but in the end, ROX Tigers got the short end of the stick. Still, this Bo5 went down in history as the best series of the tournament.