Mightybear Domestic Career
Kim “Mightybear” Min-su began his LoL career on Positive Energy. Together with his teammates, he attended the 2015 LSPL Spring Split. With a 1-2-3 record (wins-ties-losses), Positive Energy placed third in their group and couldn’t qualify for the playoffs. Moreover, they had to fight for their lives in the relegation matches. Fortunately, they managed to hold on to their slot after scoring back-to-back victories against Energy Pacemaker.All and Snake Honor Esports.
During this time, Positive Energy attended 2015 Demacia Cup Spring Season. However, their run was cut short after they lost 1-3 to LGD. In the off-season, the entire lineup was acquired by Newbee.
On Newbee, Mightybear went to 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season. But once again, they couldn’t gain any ground at the event and suffered a crushing loss at the hand of Team WE Future. They made up for it in the 2015 LSPL Summer Split. And while their 1-3-2 record left a lot to be desired, they managed to qualify for the knockout stage.
They kicked off their run with a 2-0 victory over 2144 Danmu Gaming, but the following loss to Energy Pacemaker.All knocked them down to the loser’s bracket. There, Newbee exacted their revenge against Team WE Future, winning the series with a 2-1 score. It seemed like they were set to go all the way to the finals, but a staggering 0-2 loss to their previous opponents—2144 Danmu Gaming—put an end to their run.
Still, this showing was enough to advance to the Promotion Tournament. However, a crushing 0-3 defeat in the first series against Team WE eliminated them from the competition.
In the off-season, Mightybear left Newbee to play for Team Vitality. He started in a handful of matches in the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, but Vitality couldn’t adjust to playing with a Korean jungler. And so, they subbed him out in favor of Shook. Mightybear spent the rest of the season sitting on the bench, although he did briefly sub in for Giants Gaming at IEM Season 11 Gyeonggi.
Afterward, he joined ROX Tigers to share playtime with SeongHwan in the LCK. Because of the massive roster changes, ROX Tigers had a hard time showing up in the 2017 Spring Split. Their 8-10 regular season record placed them in the bottom half of the LCK standings, which meant they effectively missed out on the playoffs. A similar narrative unfolded in summer, and ROX once again failed to advance to the knockout stage.
The entire team tried to make its presence known the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. ROX won their first match against Gyeonggi, but their next series against Ever8 Winners ended in defeat.
Mightybear International Tournaments
On Giants Gaming, Mightybear went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 11 Gyeonggi. Giants kick-started their run with a win over Team Liquid, but the following defeat against Kongdoo Monster knocked them down to the loser’s bracket. There, they suffered a 0-2 loss at the hand of the resurging Team Liquid.