Mickey Domestic Career
Mickey began his League of Legends career on Team WE Academy. He had his first chance to prove himself in the 2014 LSPL Summer Split. However, Team WE Academy misread his champion pool since Mickey played a lot of Lee Sin mid in Solo Queue, so they tried fielding him in the jungle position.
The results were nothing short of disastrous. And while Team WE Academy quickly switched Mickey to the mid lane, it wasn’t enough to turn their split around. They finished the season with a 2-5-7 (wins-ties-losses) record, and Mickey left the team shortly thereafter.
Mickey returned to South Korea to play for Rebels Anarchy. Together with his new teammates, he attended the 2015 Champions Summer Promotion tournament. There, Rebels Anarchy scored a 2-1 victory against Winners. And even though they lost the following series to Incredible Miracle, they still managed to qualify for 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. Unfortunately, his team had a hard time keeping up with other 2015 SBENU lineups, and its 5-13 record was barely enough to qualify for the next split.
Afterward, Rebels Anarchy went to the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup. They took down NaJin e-mFire with a 2-1 score, but the quarterfinals had them losing 2-1 to ESC Ever. When they acquired a new sponsor, Rebels Anarchy renamed to Afreeca Freecs.
At first, it didn’t seem like the new name brought the team any luck. Afreeca Freecs struggled at the beginning of the 2016 LCK Spring Split. However, they picked up the slack towards the second half of the season and managed to produce a formidable 10-8 record to qualify for the playoffs. This was the end of the line for them, though, as they fell 2-0 in the first match against Jin Air Green Wings.
Still, this was a positive change in direction, so Mickey and his teammates entered the 2016 LCK Summer Split with high hopes. But they had a much rougher time in the regular season, and their 8-10 run was barely enough to enter the knockout stage. The playoffs weren’t kind to them either, and Afreeca suffered a crushing 2-0 loss at the hand of Samsung Galaxy.
In the off-season, Mickey left Afreeca Freecs to play for ROX Tigers. Under the new banner, he took on the 2017 LCK Spring Split. It quickly became apparent that Tigers weren’t exactly a top team, so it took everything they had to claw their way to an 8-10 record. And unlike last split, this showing wasn’t enough to advance to the playoffs.
A similar narrative unfolded in the 2017 LCK Summer Split. During this time, Mickey acted as the ace of his team, and his explosive laning phase was one of the few things that could tip the scales in ROX’s favor. But inexplicably, the organization decided to remove Mickey from its starting roster right in the middle of the split.
Even so, Mickey’s mid lane prowess caught the eye of Team Liquid, so he received an offer to join them in North America. On Team Liquid, Mickey played several games at the very end of the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split. Ultimately, his presence wasn’t enough to save TL’s sinking ship. Mickey then represented his new team in the promotion tournament where he scored back-to-back victories against eUnited and Phoenix1, thus helping TL hold on to their NA LCS slot.
In the off-season, Team Liquid replaced Mickey with Pobelter. They moved the South Korean mid laner to their secondary lineup, and Mickey took part in the 2018 NA Academy Spring Split. Team Liquid Academy had a great showing in the regular season, and their 13-5 record amounted to a first-place finish. But they couldn’t keep the momentum going in the playoffs and lost 3-1 in their first series against Echo Fox Academy.
Afterward, Mickey parted ways with Team Liquid Academy to join Golden Guardians.
Mickey International Tournaments
Over the course of his career, Mickey didn’t attend any international tournaments.