Wolf Domestic Career
Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan began his LoL career on Najin Shield. He played in 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. Shield made it out of the group stage with a 1-2-2 record (wins-ties-losses), but they completely ran out of steam in the playoffs. And so, a 0-3 Quarterfinals loss to SKT T1 2 knocked them out of the competition.
Shortly thereafter, Wolf left the organization to play for Chunnam Techno University (CTU). CTU attended 2013 HOT6iX Champions Summer. Once again, they made it through the group stage with a 1-2-0 record, but the playoffs had them losing 0-3 to MVP Ozone.
In the off-season, Wolf went to SKT T1 1. They rebranded as SKT T1 S before taking part in 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter. Even so, they barely secured a 50% groups win rate, which wasn’t enough to break into the knockout stage. History repeated itself in 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring, and SKT T1 S once again fell short of the playoffs.
They finally made a splash at 2014 HOT6iX Champions Summer. With a 1-2-0 record, they qualified for the Quarterfinals where they defeated Najin Black Sword with a 3-2 score. In the Semifinals, they lost a close 5-game series to KT Arrows who’d later go on to take the entire thing. SKT T1 S tried to bounce back in the third-place match against Samsung White, but these opponents proved too hard for them to handle, and they suffered a 0-3 loss.
In the off-season, OGN changed the sister team rules, and SK Telecom were forced to merge their lineups into SKT T1. At the time, Wolf had a string of solid showings on ranged supports, which earned him a spot on the starting roster.
SKT T1 showed up in the preseason tournament, but they were overtaken by GE Tigers in 2015 SBENU Champions Spring. With an 11-3 record, SKT ended the regular season second and got a bye to the Semifinals. There, they defeated CJ Entus in a close 5-game series and went on to face the tournament favorites—GE Tigers—in the finals. Unexpectedly, SKT scored a 3-0 victory against the team that challenged them during the regular season, claiming an OGN trophy and a 2015 MSI ticked.
SKT asserted their dominance in 2015 SBENU Champions Summer. They towered above the competition, and their unmatched 17-1 record earned them a bye to the playoffs finals. There, SKT took down KT Rolster with a quick 3-0 victory, and Wolf qualified for his first World Championship.
In the off-season, SKT participated in the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup. They defeated SBENU Sonicboom in the Quarterfinals, but unfortunately, they fell in the following round against ESC Ever.
Even so, SKT T1 came swinging in the 2016 LCK Spring Split. After securing a 13-5 record, they finished the regular season in third place and prepared themselves for the playoffs. They went on to defeat the likes of Jin Air, KT Rolster, and ROX Tigers to claim another OGN trophy. During this time, Wolf lived up to his reputation of a ranged support specialist. He excelled at lane bullies and utility champions, which made him a valuable asset to SKT’s carries.
With his help, SKT had an even better showing in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. This time, they finished the regular season in second place, which meant they secured a bye to the Semifinals. But they were in for a rude awakening when they were knocked out of the playoffs after a reverse-sweep by KT Rolster. Luckily, SKT had enough Circuit Points to qualify for the 2016 World Championship.
Afterward, SKT attended the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup. They showed a lot of promise with a 2-0 victory over MVP, but the subsequent loss to ROX Tigers eliminated them from the tournament.
The organization entered the 2017 LCK Spring Split with high hopes. SKT took over the regular season with a staggering 16-2 record, earning a bye to the playoffs finals. There, they 3-0’d KT Rolster to win yet another OGN trophy.
However, more issues surfaced in summer. In particular, Wolf had a hard time standing up to the competition, and SKT struggled to play around a shaky bot lane. They finished fourth in the regular season, although they made up for it with a playoffs winning streak against Afreeca Freecs, Samsung Galaxy, and KT Rolster. Even so, they had too many problems to overcome the powerhouse Longzhu Gaming lineup in the finals. After losing the series 0-3, SKT T1 took the silver medal and qualified for Worlds as LCK’s second seed.
In the off-season, Bang went to the 2017 LoL KeSPA Cup. SKT kick-started the tournament with a confident victory over Griffin, but a 0-2 defeat against Longzhu Gaming put an end to their run.
Wolf International Tournaments
On Najin Shield Wolf attended his first international tournament, the GIGABYTE StarsWar League. Shield showed up in the group stage, securing a 3-0-2 record to qualify for the playoffs. In the Semifinals, they suffered a 0-3 defeat at the hand of Team WE.
On SKT, Wolf went to the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational. With a staggering 5-0 record in the group stage, SKT looked set to take the trophy. However, they were challenged by Fnatic in the Semifinals. And while SKT T1 managed to overcome this obstacle, they couldn’t do the same in the finals against EDG.
Wolf also participated in the 2015 World Championship. At the time, SKT towered above the competition—so much so that they didn’t drop any games before reaching finals. There, they defeated KOO Tigers with a 3-1 score to win their second Worlds title.
SKT were just as dominant at the IEM Season 10 World Championship. They breezed through the group stage with back-to-back victories against CLG and Qiao Gu Reapers. In the playoffs, they dismantled TSM and Fnatic without losing a single game.
They faced more hardships at the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. SKT T1 had a shaky showing in groups and qualified for the knockout stage in fourth place. In the playoffs, they picked up the slack and dismantled RNG and CLG to win the tournament.
Wolf showed up at the 2016 World Championship. With his help, SKT secured a 5-1 groups record and advanced to the knockout stage. In the Quarterfinals, they took down RNG with a 3-1 score before clashing with ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy. Both series came down to the wire, but in the end, SKT came out on top and claimed their third Worlds trophy.
SKT T1 participated in the 2017 Rift Rivals (LCK-LPL-LMS). They did well in the group stage with confident victories against Flash Wolves and Team WE. But unfortunately, they faltered and lost a game to Team WE in the finals.
They went through more issues at the 2017 World Championship. The bot lane of Bang and Wolf had a hard time performing in the laning phase, and SKT T1 had to rely on their late game to orchestrate numerous comebacks. Their playoffs series against Misfits and RNG went the full distance, and SKT often found themselves on the brink of elimination.
Still, they managed to overcome these opponents to reach the finals. There, they clashed with Samsung Galaxy. However, SKT were far too unstable to oppose Samsung’s controlled playstyle, and for the first time in LoL history, they finished Worlds in second place.