Korea’s ROX Tigers take first loss of the season
After eight-and-a-half weeks of going undefeated, South Korea’s best League of Legends team has lost their first series of the 2016 season.
The 2015 World Championship runner-up ROX Tigers took a loss at a score of 1-2 to fellow top tier Korean crew Samsung Galaxy in the League Champions Korea (LCK) this morning. This is the second time the two teams have squared off during this season, with the Tigers winning by a considerable advantage eight weeks ago.
The upset comes as LCK regular season finale is drawing ever so near and teams are in the process of getting ready for the playoffs. Samsung Galaxy grabbed the win mostly due to jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong on Graves and Kindred in two of the series’ matches. Rookie mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho also had flawless performances on Lulu and Cassiopea.
Last season Ambition moved from the mid lane to the jungle, giving off a slow and unremarkable vibe while on CJ Entus. In the first game of today’s series against the Tigers—which Samsung lost—he also played extremely poorly on Nidalee, but managed to bounce back in game two and three.
The Tigers still hold first place in the league, now with an 11-1 record. Below them are longtime Korean competitors Jin Air Green Wings, KT Rolster, CJ Entus, and Samsung Galaxy. The 2013 and 2015 World Champion, SK Telecom T1, is having a rough year so far—currently ranked sixth even though they managed to win the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship Katowice tournament last week.