Aurelion Sol is one of the least successful champions in competitive League of Legends history. Ballasted by Ao Shin, characters canceled by Riot Games after what was supposed to be a change in the design processes, the Star Forger failed to meet the expectations of the entire community. It inevitably became one of the least popular assets in the MOBA, and as a consequence, in the professional scene it was practically non-existent. However, a few players made the dragon their cult choice and one of them made it shine. Specifically in the worlds of 2016 against ROX Tigers, the then considered best team in the world.
If Aurelion Sol shone in the most important tournament in League of Legends history, it was thanks to Cho Jae-hyun “Huhi”, a player from Golden Guardians. Before enhancing his career by becoming a support, the South Korean played as a midfielder. CLG was the club that opted for his debut in the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) in 2016, which would be the best year in the club’s history. The North American organization took control of a final of the LCS -the second consecutive and the last- along with a runner-up of the Mid-Season Invitational (M: YES). The great thorn in the organization was not getting past the group stage of worlds by the shapes, which acted as an engine of hope and a stake at the same time. The slab came against Albus Nox Luna, the only team Wildcard of history that has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, while the uprising against the tigers.
In the sixth season ROX Tigers was not only one of the most beloved clubs in the world for its charisma, but was considered the best team on the planet. All of 2016 was marked by the struggle between ROX and SK Telecom. Although the Demon King team ended up victorious, it was the tigers that came as favorites to worlds. After all, they landed in the United States as the current champions of the League of Legends Championship Korea (LCK). If at that time the debate about the best team did not come with more tension, it was because, surprisingly, T1 fell in the semifinals. KT Rolster eliminated Lee Sang-hyeok’s team”Faker» to later lose a final with a tight 3-2. An evil crush from Go Dong-bin”score» in Baron Nashor redirected the narrative of the year. Two life points changed the history of League of Legends.
1-1 on the scoreboard, easy against G2 Esports but crashing against Albus Nox. However, Aurelion Sol’s wild card served to sign one of the most surprising victories of the 2016 World Cup
A reflection of the favoritism with which the tigers started was in the top 20 best players of those worlds. ROX Tigers was the only team with four players in the top ten positions. Song Kyung-ho”smeb” temporarily took the title of best player in the world from Faker at a time when the Demon King still did not know what it was like to lose internationally. The South Korean team came into the match against CLG with two victories, while the North Americans had offered the worst and the best at the same time. 1-1 on the scoreboard, easy against G2 Esports but crashing against Albus Nox. However, Aurelion Sol’s wild card served to sign one of the most surprising victories of the 2016 World Cup.
Huhi was ahead of Lee Seo-haeng ”Kuro”, a medium known for its ‘low profile’. ROX Tigers played by and for the top lane, while CLG was much more into generating advantages through the bot lane. Therefore, on paper, the plant should not have been its problem. But to the misfortune of the South Korean team, the LCS representative took advantage of the wide range of champions of his South Korean player. Once ROX blocked Malzahar from the red side—in the third rotation, Counter Logic Gaming pulled the trigger. That character with whom ROX had already suffered in the LCK final because of Song Yong-jun “flying”, half of KT Rolster at the time, was back on Summoner’s Rift. Although Smeb was able to choose its counterpick At will, Aurelion Sol ruled the what, how and when of the game.
Neither CLG nor Huhi decided to wait. Against the best team in the world they had to go to an open grave and they did. With the knife between his teeth, the medium did not keep anyone waiting. He pressured the first wave with Aurelion Sol’s Celestial Expansion (W) and made his way to bot lane. To Kim Jong-in”PraY“He had to play the role of victim in the face of CLG’s trap. Zaqueri Black”Aphromoo” aggressively pounced on Alistar using the Flash, Trevor Hayes “stixxayHe held him back with Caitlyn’s traps and the dragon took first blood. The American public was excited: if his team had to go down, at least they would go down on their feet. But the point is that defeat was not in Counter Logic Gaming’s plans.
The use of the dragon opened a wound that Albus Nox delved into and finally SK Telecom T1 took advantage of it to sentence to death its greatest rivals, the narratives and all the doubts about Faker’s environment
That move, the great highlights of the game, perfectly summed up CLG’s game plan against ROX Tigers. Huhi won the pressure in the middle without Kuro being able to answer and rotated according to the team’s needs. The main obligation was to invade Han Wang-ho”peanut«, to whom the North Americans did not want to leave space so that he did not help his side streets. on top darshan Upadhyaya kept up the pressure thanks to having Gnar against Poppy, while in the bot lane the Ezreal-Karma combination could do little against a Caitlyn who was ahead.
Huhi finished the game with 11 kills, six assists and just one death on the scoreboard. When he saw the black and white screen he was in the late game, just before taking down the ROX Tigers nexus. Although losing against Albus Nox Luna condemned the qualification to the quarterfinals, no one could take away from the South Korean medium that he had signed one of the best performances of his career. Some fans, stunned by the surprise, downplayed the ROX puncture. Nevertheless, Aurelion Sol opened a path: the World Cup was a savannah where tigers could fall. The use of the dragon opened a wound that Albus Nox delved into and finally SK Telecom T1 took advantage of it to sentence to death its greatest rivals, the narratives and all the doubts about Faker’s environment.