Score Domestic Career
Go “Score” Dong-bin began his LoL career as an AD carry under the name Joker. Back then, he played for Startale in the OGN Invitational, but his team crumbled in the first series against MiG Frost. Startale came back for 2012 Azubu The Champions Spring. But unfortunately, they fell short in the group stage, failing to stand up to the likes of Fnatic and MiG Blaze.
He briefly switched to the top lane when Startale played in 2012 Azubu The Champions Summer. With Score’s help, they topped their group with a 3-0 record, but the playoffs had them falling 0-2 to Najin Sword.
Shortly thereafter, Score left to play AD carry for KT Rolster B (KTB). On KTB, his first notable tournament was 2012-2013 OLYMPUS Champions Winter. His team had a strong run, topping its group with a 5-1-0 (wins-ties-losses) score. In the Quarterfinals, KT Bullets took down their sister team, KT Arrows (KTA), but the Semifinals ended with a staggering loss to Najin Sword. And while KTB managed to bounce back in the third-place match against Azubu Blaze, this was still an underwhelming showing.
But things were about to get worse. KTB had a much shakier run at 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. They still made it out of the group stage with a 2-2-1 record, but in the Quarterfinals, they suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of MVP Ozone. During this time, Score became known for his overly passive playstyle, earning the nickname of “The Immortal”.
KT Bullets finally made their presence known at 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer. With a 1-2-0 record, they qualified for the playoffs and went on to dismantle CJ Blaze and CJ Frost. In the finals, KTB clashed with SKT T1. Their series came down to the wire, but in the end, SKT T1 won with a 3-2 score.
With this loss, KTB went to the Regional Finals. They had a promising start by 3-0’ing CJ Blaze and CJ Frost, but in the finals, they clashed with SKT T1 once again. The series ended with a 1-3 loss, and KTB missed out on their Worlds ticket.
Score took part in 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. KTB climbed to the top of their group with a 2-1-0 record. In the playoffs, they crushed CJ Blaze, but the following loss to SKT T1 K knocked them down to the third-place match. Still, KTB regained their composure and defeat Najin White Shield 3-1 to seize the bronze medal.
Their run at the 2014 LoL Master also ended with a disappointing 1-5 groups record. Still, they entered 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring with high hopes. But even though they managed to make it out of the group stage, KTB fell in a close Quarterfinals series against Najin White Shield. 2014 HOT6iX Champions Summer went even worse, and for the first time in a while, KTB failed to qualify for the playoffs.
In the off-season, OGN changed its rules regarding sister teams, and KTB merged with KTA. Due to the change, Arrow was promoted to the starting AD carry position, and Score had to move to the jungle. As a result, KT’s first showing wasn’t a great one. They played in 2015 SBENU Champions Spring and finished the regular split with a 6-8 record, which wasn’t enough to break into the playoffs.
They came back with a vengeance for 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. With a 13-5 record, KT proved their worth as one of the best teams in the competition and finished the regular season in second place. Then, they defeated KOO Tigers in a hard-fought 5-game series and went on to face SKT T1 in the finals. But KT couldn’t stand up to this powerhouse and dropped the series with a 0-3 score.
Of course, they had another shot at qualifying for Worlds in the Gauntlet. Because of their high-place finish in the regular season, KT were seeded directly into the finals, which gave them plenty of time to prepare for their next adversary. In the end, KT clashed with Jin Air, dismantling them with a 3-1 score and punching their Worlds ticket.
In the off-season, KT attended the 2015 KeSPA Cup. Their first series was a 2-1 victory over CTU Pathos, but they lost in the following round against CJ Entus.
They came back for the 2016 LCK Spring Split. Just like before, KT secured a second-place finish over the regular season, but defeat in the Semifinals against SKT T1 put an end to their run.
In summer, KT showed up with the same record. But this time, they were overshadowed by SKT T1 and ROX Tigers, so they had to start their playoffs run from the Quarterfinals. There, they took down Samsung Galaxy and proceeded to win a close series against SKT T1. In the finals, KT suffered a narrow loss at the hand of ROX Tigers.
Still, they didn’t have enough Circuit Points to qualify for Worlds unless they made a run through the Regional Qualifiers. Coming into their match against Samsung Galaxy, KT were the clear-cut favorites. But inexplicably, they dropped the series with a 2-3 score and missed out on the 2016 World Championship.
At the time, Score became known as the best jungler in Korea. His combination of smart pathing and acute game sense made him a potent early game threat, and he was seamlessly outmaneuvering most LCK junglers. In the later stages of the game, he pulled through with superb decision-making and teamfighting.
In the off-season, KT overhauled their lineup. Despite their stacked roster, they had a haphazard showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. Even so, KT managed to secure a 12-6 record as well as a third-place finish in the regular season. In the playoffs, they dismantled MVP and Samsung Galaxy to advance to the finals. There, KT suffered a 0-3 loss at the hand of SKT T1.
They came back even stronger in summer. With a 14-4 regular season record, KT got a bye to the Semifinals. But suddenly, they faltered and lost a close 5-game series against SKT T1. Of course, they could still make it to Worlds through the Gauntlet. But even though they were seeded directly to the finals, KT fell to the resurging Samsung Galaxy lineup.
In the off-season, KT took part in the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. They dominated the playoffs with back-to-back wins against Ever8 Winners and Samsung Galaxy. In the finals, they clashed with Longzhu Gaming. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, KT clinched a narrow 3-2 victory.
Score International Tournaments
On KT Bullets, Score attended his first international tournament, the IEM Season 8 World Championship. His team took over the group stage with back-to-back victories against Millenium and Invictus Gaming. In the playoffs, KT dismantled Gambit Gaming and Fnatic without dropping a single game and claimed their first international trophy.
He also went to the 2015 World Championship. KT had a strong showing in the group stage, but their run was cut short after a 1-3 Quarterfinals loss to KOO Tigers.