Peanut Domestic Career
Han “Peanut” Wang-ho began his LoL career on Najin e-mFire. Despite joining the organization at the end of 2014, he had to share playtime with Watch, and Najin didn’t field him until February 2015. Then, he joined his teammates in 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. Unfortunately, Najin had a shaky showing in the regular season, and their 5-9 record amounted to a sixth-place finish.
They had a better run in summer. With an 11-7 record, Najin placed in the middle of the LCK table and qualified for the knockout stage. However, Peanut didn’t contribute much to this success as he only played a single game in the regular season. Najin’s playoffs run was cut short when they lost 1-2 in the wildcard match against KOO Tigers. And while they qualified for Regional Finals, they suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of Jin Air Green Wings.
Najin hoped to make their comeback at the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup. But as luck would have it, they fell in the first series against Rebels Anarchy. After such a disappointing result, Peanut left the organization to play for ROX Tigers.
In the 2016 LCK Spring Split, ROX took over the regular season with an unmatched 16-2 record. Peanut became one of the star players of the up-and-coming lineup, and it was through his explosive jungling that Tigers secured most of their advantages. With that, they were seeded directly to the playoffs finals, but the resurging SKT T1 put an end to their dominance and scored a staggering 3-1 upset. As for ROX Tigers, they had to settle for the silver medal.
ROX came back with renewed vigor in summer. Once again, they towered above the competition in the regular season. They advanced to the finals where they defeated KT Rolster 3-2 to secure the LCK trophy and qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
ROX Tigers also went to the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They took over the competition, dismantling the likes of Jin Air, SKT T1, and Kongdoo Monster to secure the first-place finish. But while they enjoyed competitive success, the lack of sponsorships haunted them. The entire lineup was forced to disband in the off-season, and Peanut went on to join SKT T1.
At first, it seemed like his aggressive style worked well on this team. SKT took over the 2017 LCK Spring Split with a 16-2 record and even 3-0’d KT Rolster in the finals. With that, they also earned an invitation to the 2016 MSI.
However, more issues surfaced in summer. Peanut’s instinctual jungling didn’t mesh with SKT’s controlled playstyle, and he was frequently replaced by Blank in key matches. SKT T1 lost a lot of ground as a result and ended the regular season in fourth place. Still, they redeemed themselves with a spectacular playoffs run where they defeated Afreeca Freecs, Samsung Galaxy, and KT Rolster to reach the finals. But their last opponent—Longzhu Gaming—proved too hard for them to handle, and SKT finished the 2017 LCK Summer Split in second place.
In the off-season, Peanut joined Longzhu Gaming. With his help, Longzhy went all the way to the finals of the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup where they suffered a narrow loss at the hand of KT Rolster. Shortly thereafter, Longzhu Gaming’s lineup was acquired by Kingzone DragonX.
Peanut International Tournaments
Peanut went to his first international tournament—the 2016 World Championship—as a part of ROX Tigers. ROX entered the competition as the clear-cut favorites. And while they dropped a few games in the group stage, they still managed to secure the first playoffs seed. In the knockout stage, they defeated EDG and challenged SKT T1 in the Semifinals. Two LCK powerhouses clashed in a fierce Bo5, and even though ROX Tigers got the short end of the stick, this battle went down in history as the best match of the tournament.
On SKT, Peanut attended the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational. On SKT T1, His team showed up in the group stage with a massive 8-2 record. A similar narrative unfolded in the playoffs, and they scored confident victories against Flash Wolves and G2 Esports to claim the trophy.
Peanut went through his fair share of hardships at the 2017 World Championship. SKT struggled to keep up with enemy aggression, and they had to rely on their potent macro to come back from early game deficits. Their playoffs series against Misfits and RNG also came down to the wire, and it often looked like SKT T1 were on the brink of elimination.
Still, they picked up the slack and qualified for the finals. There, they clashed with a fellow LCK team in Samsung Galaxy. However, their play was far too unstable to challenge Samsung’s methodical playstyle, and for the first time in history, SKT lost at the World Championship.