Lourlo Domestic Career
Samson “Lourlo” Jackson began his LoL career in 2012 when he joined Severity Gaming. That being said, he didn’t have any notable showings, and it took two more years for him to join a more competitive team. In 2014, Lourlo became a part of Storm. Together with his new teammates ,he tried to qualify for the NA LCS through the Expansion Tournament. However, Lourlo was too young to take part in the league, and Storm decided to take a split off while playing in the Challenger scene.
Later, Storm took part in the NA CS 2015 Spring Qualifier. They’ve won their first match against Zenith eSports, but their following series against Team Dragon Knights ended with a disappointing 0-2 loss. Shortly thereafter, Lourlo left the team to join CLG Black.
But CLG Black couldn’t get any traction in the Challenger Series. Their 2015 Spring Season resulted in a 2-8 record, and they had to go through the Qualifier to return to the competition. CLG Black had a strong start with a win against Maelstorm Gaming, but the subsequent losses to Cloud9 Tempest and Magnetic knocked them out of the NA CS.
Afterward, Lourlo accepted Team Liquid’s (TL) offer to play in the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split. Their regular season started on the wrong foot, but TL regained their composure and climbed to a fourth-place finish. They kicked off the playoffs with a 3-0 victory against NRG, but Team Liquid couldn’t keep the momentum going and dropped a close 5-game series to CLG. In the third place match, TL faced Immortals and lost to them with a 0-3 score.
The 2016 Summer Split didn’t bring them any solace. TL’s 9-9 record put them right in the middle of the LCS table, and the organization barely made it to the playoffs. In the Quarterfinals, they faced CLG. This opponent proved too hard for them to handle, and Team Liquid suffered a crushing 1-3 defeat. Of course, they had a chance to qualify for Worlds in the Regional Finals, but a swift 0-3 loss to Team EnVyUs put an end to their ambitions.
Team Liquid entered the 2017 Spring Split after making several roster changes. But their very first games proved that the new lineup was even worse. The organization struggled to stand up to the rising level of competition, ending the season in ninth place.
This brought them down to the Promotion Tournament, and Team Liquid had to loan Doublelift from TSM to avoid relegation. Even so, their games came down to the wire. TL barely managed to stay in the league with hard-fought victories over eUnited and Gold Coin United.
For the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, Team Liquid decided to stick with the same roster. This turned out to be a dire mistake, and their 4-14 run amounted to another ninth-place finish. Fortunately, their second Promotion Tournament kicked off with a confident victory against eUnited. And while they struggled against Phoenix1, TL ultimately won the 5-game series to keep their LCS slot.
In the off-season, Team Liquid overhauled its lineup, and Lourlo left the organization to join Golden Guardians.
Lourlo International Tournaments
On Team Liquid, Lourlo attended his first international tournament, IEM Season 11 Gyeonggi. His first game against Giants Gaming ended with a loss, and TL found themselves in the loser’s bracket. However, they managed to recuperate with two back-to-back victories, including a revenge win against Giants Gaming. But their Semifinals series against Samsung Galaxy resulted in a devastation 0-2 loss. With that, Team Liquid was out of the tournament.