Ruler Domestic Career
Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk began his LoL career under the name Bung. Back then, he played for Stardust in 2016 Challengers Korean Spring. Stardust had a decent showing in the group stage, securing a 7-3-4 record (wins-ties-losses) over the regular season. However, their playoffs run ended with a narrow loss to Ever8 Winners.
Ruler’s performance caught the eye of Samsung Galaxy (SSG), and they signed him to share playtime with Stitch in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. With his help, Samsung produced a 12-6 regular season record and qualified for the playoffs in fourth place. Their first win against Afreeca Freecs showed a lot of promise, but the following 0-3 loss to KT Rolster knocked them out of the competition. Even so, Ruler’s mechanical prowess earned him a starting spot in the lineup.
Besides, Samsung had a second shot in the Gauntlet. In the first match, they scored another confident victory against Afreeca Freecs. But the finals had them clashing with the same team that defeated them in the playoffs, KT Rolster. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, Samsung clinched the W and qualified for the 2016 World Championship.
Afterward, they took on the 2016 KeSPA Cup. SSG made it out of the group stage with a 2-0 victory over Rising Star Gaming. But in the Quarterfinals, they suffered a narrow loss at the hand of ESC Ever.
Samsung had a strong showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. In the regular season, they breezed to the second-place finish, outclassing the likes of Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster in the process. SSG were seeded directly into the Semifinals, which meant they were in a great spot to win their first LCK split. But a devastating 0-3 loss to KT put an end to these ambitions.
It seemed like a similar narrative would unfold in summer. Despite their best efforts, Samsung couldn’t break into the top-2 in the regular season, and their playoffs run wrapped up with a crushing defeat against SKT T1. But once again, Samsung got a second wind in the Regional Finals. There, they scored back-to-back victories against their old rivals—Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster—to punch their Worlds ticket.
In the off-season, the entire Samsung Galaxy lineup was acquired by KSV eSports.
Ruler International Tournaments
Ruler went to his first international tournament—the 2016 World Championship—as a part of Samsung Galaxy. SSG dominated the group stage and entered the playoffs with a 5-1 record. There, they dismantled Cloud9 and H2K and qualified for the finals where they faced a fellow LCK team, SKT T1. After a furious exchange of blows, Samsung lost a close 5-game series and walked away with the silver medal.
Afterward, Samsung went to IEM Gyeonggi. They took over their group, crushing Vega Squadron and Immortals to advance to the bracket stage. Samsung then 2-0’d Team Liquid and clashed with another Korean team—Kongdoo Monster—in the finals. But Kongdoo couldn’t put a stop to their momentum, and after scoring a dominant 3-1 victory, Samsung secured their first international trophy.
Samsung also qualified for the 2017 World Championship. In the group stage, they were the only Korean team that failed to secure a first-place finish, losing to the Chinese RNG. But Samsung made up for it in the Quarterfinals by crushing the tournament favorites—Longzhu Gaming—with a 3-0 score. At the time, the meta revolved around AD carries, and Ruler’s stellar showings were crucial to Samsung’s victory.
In the Semifinals, Samsung won 3-1 over Team WE and prepared to take on the most accomplished team in the world, SKT. Many predicted Samsung’s failure. But past achievements meant little in face of SSG’s resurgence, and they dismantled SKT T1 in a dominant 3-0 victory. With that, they claimed the World Championship trophy.