Smeb Domestic Career
Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho began his career on Incredible Miracle 1 (IM1). His first domestic tournament was 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. Unfortunately, IM1 struggled to stand up to the competition and finished the group stage in last place. After such a disappointing showing, Smeb was moved to a substitute position.
He regained his starting spot for the 2014 LoL Masters event. Despite his best efforts, Incredible Miracle 1 crumbled in the group stage and only managed to find a single win during their run. Even so, IM1 stuck with Smeb for 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring. But while they picked up a win against Midas FIO, it wasn’t enough to secure a top-2 groups finish. A similar narrative unfolded in summer, and IM1 once again failed to advance to the playoffs.
Smeb then attended 2014 ITENJOY NLB Summer. There, Incredible Miracle 1 scored a dominant victory over Invengers, but the following 0-2 loss to CJ Blaze put an end to their run. Shortly thereafter, Smeb left the organization to join HUYA Tigers.
The up-and-coming lineup participated in the 2015 Champions Spring Qualifiers. For the first time since Smeb started playing competitively, he did well in the group stage, and HUYA qualified for 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. Afterward, the team rebranded as GE Tigers.
Most of the fans regarded them as underdogs, but inexplicably, GE dominated the competition. With a massive 12-2 record, they secured a first-place finish in the regular season and automatically advanced to the playoffs finals. There, they lost 0-3 to SKT T1.
The team took up a new name—KOO Tigers—for 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. Due to the rising level of competition, KOO went through their fair share of hardships in the regular season. Even so, their 11-7 record was enough to secure a fourth-place finish and advance to the playoffs. They kicked off their run with back-to-back victories over Najin e-mFire and CJ Entus, but their Semifinals series against KT Rolster ended with a narrow 2-3 defeat. Still, KOO collected enough Circuit Points to qualify for the 2015 World Championship.
In spite of their competitive success, they had trouble retaining sponsorships. They entered the 2015 KeSPA Cup under the name Tigers, and their run was cut short after a quick loss to SBENU Sonicboom.
For the 2016 LCK Spring Split, they rebranded as ROX Tigers. ROX took over the regular season, securing an 89% win rate and a bye to the finals. But the resurging SKT T1 lineup put an end to Tigers’ dominance and snatched the trophy from right under their nose.
ROX came back with a vengeance in summer. And while their run was a bit rougher around the edges, they still reigned supreme in the regular season. In the playoffs finals, they defeated KT Rolster with a 3-2 score to secure their first LCK trophy. With that, ROX qualified for the 2016 World Championship.
ROX Tigers also went to the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They took over the competition, defeating the likes of Jin Air, SKT T1, and Kongdoo Monster to secure the trophy. But while they enjoyed competitive success, the lack of sponsorships haunted ROX Tigers. The entire lineup was forced to disband in the off-season, and Smeb found a new home on KT Rolster.
Despite their stacked roster, KT had a haphazard showing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split. Even so, they managed to secure a 12-6 record as well as a third-place finish in the regular season. In the playoffs, KT dismantled MVP and Samsung Galaxy to advance to the finals. There, they suffered a devastating 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 the following series against SKT T1 with a 2-3 score. 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.
Smeb International Tournaments
Smeb’s first international tournament—and his competitive debut—happened on Incredible Miracle 1 when he went to the IEM Season 7 World Championship. IM1 had a shaky showing in groups, and their 2-3 record wasn’t enough to qualify for the playoffs.
On GE Tigers, Smeb went to the IEM Season 9 World Championship. Tigers breezed through the group stage with back-to-back victories against Cloud9 and SK Gaming. In the Quarterfinals, they clashed with Team WE. They started the series with a lot of promise, but in the end, Team WE proved too hard for them to handle, and Tigers lost the series 1-2.
On KOO Tigers, Smeb took part in the 2015 World Championship. KOO had a decent showing in the group stage, producing a 4-2 record to secure a second playoffs seed. However, they picked up the slack in the playoffs, dismantling the likes of KT Rolster and Fnatic to advance to the finals. There, they clashed with SKT T1. And while they put up a great fight, KOO lost that series with a 1-3 score and walked away with the silver medal.
On ROX Tigers, he attended the 2016 World Championship. ROX entered the competition as favorites, and while they didn’t have the most impressive showing in the group stage, they still managed to secure the first seed. In the playoffs, they took down EDG and prepared to face SKT T1 in the Semifinals. Two LCK juggernauts clashed in a fierce 5-game series. And while ROX Tigers got the short end of the stick, this battle went into history as the best match of the entire tournament.
On KT Rolster, Smeb went to the 2017 Rift Rivals (LCK-LPL-LMS) event. KT went 1-1 in the group stage, but they redeemed themselves by being the only LCK team to claim a win in the finals against LPL.