Ssol Domestic Career
Seo “SSol” Jin-sol began his LoL career as a substitute on Najin e-mFire. His first exposure to competitive play was the 2016 CK Summer Playoffs. Najin e-mFire clashed with Incredible Miracle, but unfortunately, they ended up losing the series with a 1-3 score.
Afterward, he left the team only to rejoin it a month later. The organization briefly renamed to e-mFire before rebranding as Kongdoo Monster. During this time, Ssol played in the 2016 LCK Spring Split, but his team struggled to stand up to the competition and finished the regular season in last place. With that, they had to play in the 2016 LCK Summer Promotion. There, Kongdoo suffered a 1-3 defeat at the hand of the up-and-coming MVP lineup.
In spite of such a disappointing showing, Kongdoo decided to stick together. They took over the 2016 CK Summer Split, going all the way to the playoffs where they scored back-to-back victories against Ever8 Winners and SBENU Korea. They continued their winning streak by dismantling CJ Entus and ESC Ever in the 2017 LCK Spring Promotion. And just like that, they were back in the LCK.
Kongdoo made their presence known at the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They kick-started their tournament with a victory against Seoul City, but it was only when they upset KT Rolster that Kongdoo showed up on everyone’s radar. In the end, they managed to reach the finals where they fell to ROX Tigers. Even so, this was a very promising showing for a team that was trying to run it up in the LCK.
But this was as good as it got for Kongdoo Monster. Once again, they had a hard time performing in the 2017 LCK Spring Split, and their 3-15 record amounted to another last-place finish. The 2017 LCK Summer Promotion wasn’t kind to them either. And while their first match against CJ Entus ended with a 2-1 victory, the following losses to Jin Air and Ever8 Winners knocked them out of the league.
Kongdoo Monster bounced back in the 2017 CK Summer Split. With a 10-4 record over the regular season, they secured a second-place finish right behind the powerhouse CJ Entus roster. In the playoffs, Kongdoo found a 3-1 victory against APK Prince before squaring off against CJ Entus. The series came down to the wire, but in the end, Kongdoo faltered in a close 5-game series and walked away with a silver medal.
Luckily, they still advanced to the 2018 LCK Spring Promotion. There, Kongdoo picked up the slack and took down Ever8 Winners and BBQ Olivers to requalify for the LCK.
In the off-season, Kongdoo attended the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. Their run was cut short after a 1-2 loss in the qualifying round against DAMWON Gaming.
Ssol International Tournaments
On Kongdoo Monster, Ssol went to IEM Season 10 Gyeonggi. His team had a respectable showing in the group stage, defeating the likes of Dark Passage and Giants Gaming to qualify for the playoffs. They proceeded to score a 2-1 victory over Immortals, but their run came to an end when they lost 1-3 to Samsung Galaxy in the finals.
Thanks to this showing, Kongdoo received an invitation to the IEM Season 11 World Championship. However, their stay turned out to be brief, and they were eliminated from the event after losing to Unicorns of Love and G2 Esports in the group stage.