Roach Domestic Career
Kim “Roach” Kang-hui began his LoL career as Najin e-mFire’s substitute at the end of 2015. While he was sitting on the bench, his organization changed its name to e-mFire only to rebrand as Kongdoo Monster two months later. It was on the latter team that Roach finally got his time in the spotlight.
Together with the Kongdoo Monster lineup, he took part in the 2016 LCK Spring Split. Unfortunately, his team struggled to stand up to the competition, and Roach himself looked underwhelming in the top lane. Kongdoo finished the season in last place with an abysmal 1-17 record. But this was just the beginning of their struggles, as they had to play against MVP in the 2016 LCK Summer Promotion. Kongdoo lost the series with a 1-3 score and were eliminated from the LCK.
Surprisingly enough, their roster decided to stick together. Kongdoo took over the 2016 CK Summer Split, going all the way to the playoffs where they found back-to-back victories against Ever8 Winners and SBENU Korea. They continued their winning streak in the 2017 LCK Spring Promotion by dismantling CJ Entus and ESC Ever. With that, they were back in the LCK.
Kongdoo showed a lot of promise at the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They kicked off the tournament with a confident victory against Seoul City and proceeded to upset KT Rolster and ESC Ever. In the finals, they lost 1-3 to the powerhouse ROX Tigers lineup. Still, this was a very formidable showing, and Kongdoo entered the 2017 LCK Spring Split with renewed vigor.
But this wasn’t the beginning of a Cinderella story. Once again, Kongdoo had a hard time performing in the regular season and their 3-15 record led to another last-place finish. If that wasn’t enough, they had to play in the 2017 LCK Summer Promotion. Their first match against CJ Entus ended with a narrow 2-1 victory, but the following losses to Jin Air and Ever8 Winners knocked Kongdoo out of the league.
Kongdoo Monster regained their composure and put on a clinic in the 2017 CK Summer Split. Still, they had a hard time matching the powerhouse CJ Entus roster, and they suffered a 2-3 defeat in the finals against them. Luckily, this showing was enough to advance to the 2018 LCK Spring Promotion. There, Kongdoo stepped up their game and crushed Ever8 Winners and BBQ Olivers to requalify for the LCK.
In the off-season, Kongdoo went to the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. Their run was cut short after a 1-2 loss in the qualifying round against DAMWON Gaming.
Roach International Tournaments
On Kongdoo Monster, Roach attended IEM Season 10 Gyeonggi. His team had a respectable showing at the event, defeating the likes of Giants Gaming and Immortals. Kongdoo’s run came to an end when they lost 1-3 to Samsung Galaxy.
Because of this performance, Kongdoo—and Roach—received an invitation to the IEM Season 11 World Championship. But they struggled to replicate their success. After suffering back-to-back losses to Unicorns of Love and G2 Esports, Kongdoo were eliminated from the tournament.