Smeb is one of the most feared top laners in the world; but it wasn’t always that way. His professional debut with Incredible Miracle in 2013 was disastrous, and he was crushed repeatedly by the LCK’s top lane heavyweights. After Smeb made the move to the ROX Tigers (previously KOO Tigers) in late 2014, he defied his critics, and his play skyrocketed under the tutelage of ROX coach NoFe. Smeb’s endearing ascension gained him fans and respect as one of the most formidable foes on the Rift.
Smeb has continually reached new heights as a player, collecting his second straight LCK MVP award in the 2016 LCK Summer Split, when he led a resilient ROX squad to their first-ever LCK crown. The hype behind Smeb was at a fever pitch heading into Worlds until the Tigers met their bitter rivals, SK Telecom T1, in the Semifinals. Even though Smeb and company fell to SKT in a hardfought battle, his admirable performances left an impression on viewers.