Rush Domestic Career
Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae began his LoL career on LMQ. When the organization rebranded as Team Impulse (TIP) for the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, Rush stayed on the roster.
With an 11-7 record, TIP had a decent showing in the regular season. In the playoffs, they defeated Gravity Gaming in the Quarterfinals, but their luck ran out in the Semifinals against TSM. A 1-3 defeat knocked them down to the third-place match where they suffered a narrow 2-3 loss to Team Liquid. During this time, Rush became well-known for his crisp mechanics and high-risk, high-reward playstyle.
In the 2015 Summer Split, TIP went through a lot of ups and downs. In particular, their mid laner, XiaoWeiXiao, was banned for eloboosting, and Team Impulse had to finish their season with a substitute. Surprisingly enough, they still qualified for the playoffs and even 3-0’d Team Dignitas in the Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, back-to-back losses to CLG and Team Liquid knocked them out of the competition. TIP still had a chance to run it back in the Regional Finals, but a reverse-sweep by Cloud9 (C9) put an end to their ambitions.
In the off-season, Rush parted ways with Team Impulse and joined Cloud9. C9 entered the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with renewed vigor. But even though they performed well in the regular season, they ended up losing to TSM and getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. When C9 brought in Impact to the top lane, Rush had to leave the starting lineup due to Riot’s two imports per team rule. He went on to play for Cloud9 Challenger. With his help, they qualified for the 2016 NA CS Summer Split, but Rush only played two games before leaving the organization.
A year later, he joined KT Rolster as their substitute jungler.
Rush International Tournaments
On Cloud9, Rush went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 10 Cologne. However, C9’s run was cut short when they lost in the first series against H2K with a 1-2 score.