Wraith Domestic Career
Kwon “Wraith” Ji-min began his LoL career under the name Loray. Back then, he played on PSW Ares in the NiceGameTV Battle Royal. Unfortunately, PSW proved to be a cut below the competition and suffered a 0-3 loss to Najin Shield.
After such a disappointing showing, Loray joined AHQ Korea. Together with his new teammates, he participated in 2013 OLYMPUS Champions Spring. But a new team didn’t turn around his bad luck, and AHQ’s 0-4-1 record (wins-ties-losses) wasn’t enough to make it out of the group stage. Shortly thereafter, AHQ disbanded their Korean lineup.
However, players decided to stick together by forming their own team called Hoon Good Day. They took part in emTek NLB Spring 2013, going all the way to the Quarterfinals before losing 1-3 to KT Rolster. This performance caught the eye of Jin Air, and the organization signed the entire Hoon Good Day roster to create Jin Air Green Wings Stealths.
Loray changed his handle to IceBear and went on to play in HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013. But Jin Air Stealths struggled to show up on stage, and their 0-1-2 record resulted in a last-place finish. Stealths tried to make a comeback at 2013-2014 PANDORA.TV Champions Winter, but they once again failed to make it out of the group stage.
IceBear found a new home on SKT T1. He changed his nickname to Casper and went into 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring with high hopes. But SKT T1 ended up fielding him for a handful of games before going back to their previous support, PoohManDu. He received a second chance at the 2014 LoL Masters event, but despite the initial victories, he spent the second half of the tournament on the bench. Casper played two more games for SKT in 2014 HOT6iX Champions Spring before leaving to look for greener pastures.
Still, it was only at the end of the year that he was able to join another competitive team. That team was Samsung Galaxy (SSG). Casper changed his name to Wraith and attended 2015 Champions Spring Preseason. SSG had a very shaky showing at the event, and their 0-3-1 record placed them at the bottom of the standings.
Things got worse at 2015 SBENU Champions Spring, and Samsung quickly found themselves in last place. With that, they had to fight for their life at the 2015 Champions Summer Promotion. Luckily, Samsung managed to overcome Xenics and Prime Clan to qualify for the summer split.
For the 2015 SBENU Champions Summer, Samsung brought in another support—Luna—to share playtime with Wraith. They had a much better showing, securing a 6-12 record and placing seventh to avoid relegation. SSG tried to gain momentum at the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup, but they were quickly dismantled by the up-and-coming ESC Ever lineup.
Samsung brought in a new AD carry, CoreJJ, for the 2016 LCK Spring Split. With his help, they improved their regular season record to 10-8, although they still missed out on the playoffs. They got even better in the 2016 LCK Summer Split. When another AD carry—Ruler—joined the organization, CoreJJ switched to support, and Samsung now had two bot lanes to play with. This time, their 12-6 run resulted in a fourth-place finish, and for the first time since their inception, SSG qualified for the knockout stage. They kicked off the playoffs with a confident 2-0 victory over Afreeca Freecs, but the following 0-3 loss to KT Rolster put an end to their run.
Still, Samsung had another chance at the Regional Finals. There, they had a rematch with Afreeca. However, a quick loss in the first game of the Bo5 caused Samsung to replace Wraith with CoreJJ. A new support turned around the course of the series, and SSG scored a 3-1 victory over Afreeca Freecs. They went on to upset KT Rolster in a close 5-game final. For Wraith, this victory was bitter-sweet. Because even though Samsung punched their ticket to Worlds, he was effectively moved to the substitute position.
In the off-season, Samsung went to the 2016 KeSPA Cup. Wraith played a total of two games against Rising Star Gaming before being subbed out for CoreJJ. A similar trend could be observed in the 2017 LCK season, and while Wraith managed to play some games in spring, he spent the entire summer sitting on the bench. When SSG qualified for the 2017 World Championship, they didn’t take him as their substitute.
In 2018, Samsung’s starting lineup was acquired by KSV eSports, and Wraith went back to Jin Air Green Wings.
Wraith International Tournaments
Wraith attended to his first international tournament—the 2016 World Championship—as a part of Samsung Galaxy. He got to play two group stage games before getting replaced by CoreJJ. And even though Samsung went all the way to the finals, Wraith didn’t contribute much to their success.