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NRG Kia
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Team Information
Org Location
North America
Region
NA
North America
SponsorArmy National Guard
DXRacer
Rockstar Energy
ASUS ROG
Levi's
Therabody
Hot Pockets
KIA
History
Created (1)2015-11-16
Disbanded (1)LoL Division 2016-12-12
Created (2)LoL Division 2023-04-06
Social Media & Links
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NRG is a North American team. They are also know as NRG Kia for sponsorship reasons. They were previously known as NRG eSports and NRG Esports .

History[]

2016 Preseason[]

NRG eSports was announced on November 16, 2015. They formed when two co-owners of NBA team Sacramento Kings purchased Team Coast's NA LCS slot for the 2016 Spring Season. Their initial line-up included top laner Impact from Team Impulse, jungler Moon from Imagine, mid laner GBM from Jin Air, and support KonKwon, the only player to move over from Coast. Former Origen head coach Hermit and Cloud9 coach Charlie formed the team's coaching staff. Altec officially joined the team's roster later on in the day.

2016 Season[]

NRG started the LCS strong, tied for either first or second place through the first four weeks, but after the fifth week they fell down to fifth place and remained there for the rest of the season. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the midseason break, NRG traded out nearly their entire roster, keeping only GBM and adding Quas, Santorin, ohq and KiWiKiD. The community's reception to these changes were mixed; while ohq was seen as a solid pickup, Quas had just come off of a split away from competition, and KiWiKiD was seen as one of the weaker supports in the league. Ultimately, the changes did not work out, and NRG were consistently in eighth place week after week in the summer split until they fell to ninth in week 9. In the promotion tournament, they lost first to Cloud9 Challenger and then to Echo Fox in back-to-back 3-0 sweeps and were relegated to the NACS. Soon after relegation, multiple players announced their free agency, and it was reported that NRG were closing down their team.[1] It was confirmed the next day that the team had let all of their players go to pursue other options, but they were still "working on a plan" to stay in League of Legends.[2][3]

2023 Season[]

In April, rumors that CLG were leaving the LCS came true as NRG acquired the company from former owners Madison Square Garden. The CLG team name and brand would be replaced by NRG in the subsequent Summer season. In a statement made by NRG CEO Andy Miller, NRG would retain all players and coaches from CLG’s LCS team such as top laner Dhokla, jungler Contractz, mid laner Palafox, bot laner Luger, and support Poome. However, NRG would soon drop Luger and Poome and acquire FBI from Evil Geniuses and IgNar from Immortals a month later. In their first split returning to the LCS, NRG gained a reputation in the LCS for defeating strong teams like Cloud9 and Team Liquid, only to lose to teams at the bottom of the standings like Immortals and FlyQuest. The org finished the regular season in 5th place with a 9-9 record. In the playoffs, the fifth seed NRG pulled off upset wins over third seed Team Liquid and second seed Golden Guardians, locking them a spot at Worlds 2023. They would then lose to first seed Cloud9, who won in dominant 3-0 fashion, sending NRG to the lower bracket to face Team Liquid again. After a close 3-2 series, NRG would face Cloud9 yet again and win the LCS Championship in a decisive 3-1 series, a first for the org and for many of their players.

Timeline[]

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2021
  • 2023
  • 2024
  • January 5,
    Chuz (Assistant Coach)'s contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2024.[49]
  • June 4, Apollo (Positional Coach to Positional Coach/Sub/Bot) and sOAZ (Positional Coach to Positional Coach/Sub/Top)'s positions are changed in the GCD.[50]
    sOAZ and
    Apollo's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2024.[50]

Player Roster[]

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleContract EndsJoined
NA

DhoklaNiship Doshi
Top Laner
2025-11-18
Apr 20232023-04-06
NA

ContractzJuan Arturo Garcia
Jungler
2024-11-19
Apr 20232023-04-06
NA

PalafoxCristian Palafox
Mid Laner
2024-11-19
Apr 20232023-04-06
NA

FBIIan Victor Huang
Bot Laner
2024-11-19
May 20232023-05-25
NA

huhiChoi Jae-hyun (최재현)
Support
2025-11-18
Dec 20232023-12-04
EMEA

sOAZPaul Boyer
Sub/Top
2024-11-19
Jun 20242024-06-04
NA

ApolloApollo Price
Sub/Bot
2024-11-19
Jun 20242024-06-04
NA

ChuzAaron Bland
Sub/Sup
2024-11-19
Dec 20232023-12-08

Former[]

Players are shown for the entire duration of their tenure on the team, with the role and substitute/trainee status they had upon their departure.

Dates:Approx|Exact
PlayerNameRoleJoinedLeftNext Team
KR

IgNarLee Dong-geun (이동근)
Support
May 20232023-05-27Nov 20232023-11-29GIANTXlogo stdGX
NA

DamonteTanner Damonte
Sub/Mid
May 20232023-05-17Nov 20232023-11-29FlyQuestlogo stdFLY
NA

ApolloApollo Price
Sub/Bot
Apr 20232023-04-06Nov 20232023-11-20NRGlogo stdNRG
NA

PoomePhilippe Lavoie-Giguere
Support
Apr 20232023-04-06Jun 20232023-06-12Dignitaslogo stdDIG
EMEA

LugerFatih Güven
Bot Laner
Apr 20232023-04-06May 20232023-05-26Papara SuperMassivelogo stdSUP
NA

QuasDiego Ruiz
Top Laner
Apr 20162016-04-26Aug 20162016-08-12Tempo Stormlogo stdTS
KR

OhqOh Gyu-min (오규민)
Bot Laner
May 20162016-05-13Aug 20162016-08-12Snake Esportslogo stdSS
NA

mancloudZachary Allan Hoschar
Sub/Mid
Jul 20162016-07-13Aug 20162016-08-12Team Skylogo stdSKY
NA

otterBrian Thomas
Sub/Bot
Mar 20162016-03-09Aug 20162016-08-12Rogue (European Team)logo stdRGE
KR

GBMLee Chang-seok (이창석)
Mid Laner
Nov 20152015-11-16Aug 20162016-08-11Team Vitalitylogo stdVIT
NA

KiWiKiDAlan Kieu
Support
Apr 20162016-04-26Aug 20162016-08-11Retiredlogo stdRetired
NA

SantorinLucas Tao Kilmer Larsen
Jungler
Apr 20162016-04-26Aug 20162016-08-10Gold Coin Unitedlogo stdGCU
NA

QwermAlec Warren
Sub/Sup
Mar 20162016-03-09Jun 20162016-06-13Phoenix1logo stdP1
KR

ImpactJeong Eon-young (정언영)
Top Laner
Nov 20152015-11-16Apr 20162016-04-26Cloud9logo stdC9
NA

MoonGalen Holgate
Jungler
Nov 20152015-11-16Apr 20162016-04-26Team Liquidlogo stdTL
NA

KonKwonKevin Kwon (권구혁)
Support
Nov 20152015-11-16Apr 20162016-04-26Apex Gaminglogo stdAPX
NA

AltecJohnny Ru
Bot Laner
Nov 20152015-11-16Apr 20162016-04-22Cloud9logo stdC9
NA

CrisCristian Rosales
Sub/Top
Jan 20162016-01-07Mar 20162016-03-08Apex Pridelogo stdAPP
NA

XpecialAlex Chu (朱啓恩)
Sub/Sup
Feb 20162016-02-15Mar 20162016-03-08Apex Pridelogo stdAPP
NA

LODBenjamin deMunck
Bot Laner
(+)
(–)
On Loan
Feb 20162016-02-27Feb 20162016-02-28Team EnVyUslogo stdNV
KR

ShrimpLee Byeong-hoon (이병훈)
Sub/Jun
Jan 20162016-01-07Feb 20162016-02-15Apex Gaminglogo stdAPX

Player League Participation[]

Playoff games are NOT included, but regular-season tiebreaker games ARE.

LCS

Player201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024Games
SpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummerSpringSummer
ImpactTeam Impulselogo stdTeam Impulselogo stdNRG Esportslogo stdCloud9logo stdCloud9logo stdCloud9logo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo std410
ContractzCloud9logo stdCloud9logo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo std100 Thieveslogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo std266
HuhiCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo std100 Thieveslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdNRGlogo std370
SantorinTSMlogo stdTSMlogo stdNRG Esportslogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdDignitaslogo stdDignitaslogo std275
AltecEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdWinterfoxlogo stdGravity (North American Team)logo stdNRG Esportslogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdDignitaslogo stdEcho Foxlogo stdEcho Foxlogo stdImmortalslogo stdImmortalslogo std195
FBIGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo stdGolden Guardianslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo std100 Thieveslogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo std180
QuasTeam Curselogo stdTeam Curselogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdNRG Esportslogo std138
DhoklaOpTic Gaminglogo stdOpTic Gaminglogo stdOpTic Gaminglogo stdOpTic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo std134
IgNarFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdEvil Geniuses.NAlogo stdImmortalslogo stdDignitaslogo stdNRGlogo std130
PalafoxFlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuestlogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdCounter Logic Gaminglogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo stdNRGlogo std130
B3njiEcho Foxlogo std
NRG Esportslogo std
Renegadeslogo std
Team EnVyUslogo stdDignitaslogo stdDignitaslogo std112
ShrimpNRG Esportslogo stdApex Gaminglogo stdDignitaslogo stdFlyQuestlogo std94
GBMNRG Esportslogo stdNRG Esportslogo std60
CrisVelocity eSportslogo stdTeam Coastlogo stdNRG Esportslogo std44
OhqRenegadeslogo stdNRG Esportslogo std44
KwonTeam Coastlogo stdNRG Esportslogo stdTeam Liquidlogo stdFlyQuestlogo std31

Organization[]

Current[]

C ID Name Position
Mark Mastrov Co-Owner
Andy Miller Co-Owner
Atlas Gerard Kelly Co-Owner
moconinja Justin Siegel Co-Owner
Ringo Andrew Pruett CEO
mnqcook Andrew Tye Cook, Wellness Coach, & Trainer
Croissant Chris Sun 80LCS Strategic Director
Thinkcard Thomas Slotkin 80Head Coach
Chuz Aaron Bland 80Assistant Coach
Juves Brandon Defina 80Coach
Apollo Apollo Price 80Positional Coach
sOAZ Paul Boyer 80Positional Coach
1onz Tom Rahman 80Analyst
Gunaso André Ferreira 80Analyst

Former[]

C ID Name Position Next Team
Mash Brandon Phan 80Strategic Coach Team Liquid Challengerslogo stdTeam Liquid Challengers
Damonte Tanner Damonte 80Positional Coach FlyQuestlogo stdFlyQuest
Jonathon Jonathon McDaniel League of Legends General Manager None
myra Myra Davis 80Manager Wildcard Gaminglogo stdWildcard Gaming
Rudeclaw Andy Jespersen 80Manager Riot Games Inc.logo stdRiot Games Inc.
PsycSummer Summer Scott Esports Psychology Consultant Gold Coin Unitedlogo stdGold Coin United
Hermit Tadayoshi Littleton 80Head Coach EUnitedlogo stdeUnited
KoreanEdelweiss Barry Lee (이권문) Team Manager Retiredlogo stdRetired
Hermes David Tu 80Coach Immortalslogo stdImmortals
Archon Joseph Aguirre Analyst Retiredlogo stdRetired
History Teacher Chad Smeltz 80General Manager Phoenix1logo stdPhoenix1
Qwerm Alec Warren 80Analyst Phoenix1logo stdPhoenix1
Empyre Naser Al-Naqi Head Analyst Dream Teamlogo stdDream Team
Angela Head of Social Media/Content Retiredlogo stdRetired
Aria Personnel Manager/Chef Retiredlogo stdRetired
Shark Charlene Hamm Assistant General Manager Apex Gaminglogo stdApex Gaming
Charlie Charlie Lipsie 80Head Coach Cloud9logo stdCloud9

Tournaments[]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

NRG Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2024-03-165 - 6 LCS 2024 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3100 Thieveslogo std100
 Dhokla,  Contractz,  Palafox,  FBI,  huhi,  Thinkcard,  Croissant
2024-03-106 LCS 2024 Spring
6 - 8Blanklogo stdRR
 Dhokla,  Contractz,  Palafox,  FBI,  huhi,  Thinkcard,  Croissant
2023-11-025 - 8$100,125$ 100,125$100,125 Worlds 2023
0 : 3Weibo Gaminglogo stdWBG
 Dhokla,  Contractz,  Palafox,  FBI,  IgNar,  Thinkcard,  Croissant
2023-08-201 LCS 2023 Championship
3 : 1Cloud9logo stdC9
 Dhokla,  Contractz,  Palafox,  FBI,  IgNar,  Thinkcard,  Croissant
2023-07-215 LCS 2023 Summer
9 - 9Blanklogo stdRR
 Dhokla,  Contractz,  Palafox,  FBI,  IgNar,  Thinkcard,  Croissant
Total Prize: USD 100,125

As NRG Esports[]

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.

Minimum place

NRG Esports Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2016-08-07NQ NA LCS 2017 Spring Promotion
0 : 3Echo Foxlogo stdFOX
 Quas,  Santorin,  GBM,  Ohq,  KiWiKiD,  Hermit
2016-07-319 NA LCS 2016 Summer
4 - 14Blanklogo stdRR
 Quas,  Santorin,  GBM,  ohq,  KiWiKiD,  Hermit
2016-04-175 - 6 NA LCS 2016 Spring Playoffs
0 : 3Team Liquidlogo stdTL
 Impact,  Moon,  GBM,  Altec,  KonKwon,  Hermit
2016-03-205 NA LCS 2016 Spring
9 - 9Blanklogo stdRR
 Cris,  Impact,  Shrimp,  Moon,  GBM,  Altec,  LOD,  KonKwon,  Hermit
Total Prize: USD 0

Media[]

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2023
  • 2024

See Also[]

Images[]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. NRG terminates League of Legends team's contracts espn.com
  2. Andrew Miller's Tweet twitter.com
  3. Andrew Miller's Tweet twitter.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Sacramento Kings co-owners buy LCS spot, recruit GBM, Impact dailydot.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 NRG eSports' Tweet twitter.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 Charlie's Tweet twitter.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ember's Tweet twitter.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ember's Tweet twitter.com
  9. NRG appoints new CEO, former head of Apple iAd publisher relations espn.go.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Quas, Santorin and KiWiKiD join NRG Esports espn.go.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  12. Empyre's Tweet twitter.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 Qwerm's Tweet twitter.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 A Special Thank You nrg.gg
  15. NRG Partners with Logitech G nrg.gg
  16. 16.0 16.1 Lucas Larsen's Tweet twitter.com
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 GBM's Tweet twitter.com
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 KiWi's Tweet twitter.com
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Diego Ruiz's Tweet twitter.com
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Andrew Miller's Tweet twitter.com
  21. NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  22. NRG sells Challenger spot to J2K Esports and Technology thescoreesports.com
  23. NRG to sell LCS Slot nrg.gg
  24. GAM x NRG OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT youtube.com
  25. NRG League's Tweet twitter.com
  26. 26.00 26.01 26.02 26.03 26.04 26.05 26.06 26.07 26.08 26.09 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 NRG Newsletter, April 6th, 2023 nrg.gg
  27. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-04-13; after change - NA - 2023-04-14
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 NRG' Tweet twitter.com
  29. 29.0 29.1 Rudeclaw's Tweet twitter.com
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-05-24; after change - NA - 2023-05-25
  31. 31.0 31.1 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-05-25; after change - NA - 2023-05-26
  32. 32.0 32.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  33. 33.0 33.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  34. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-05-29; after change - NA - 2023-05-30
  35. 35.0 35.1 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-06-11; after change - NA - 2023-06-12
  36. 36.0 36.1 myra's Tweet twitter.com
  37. 37.0 37.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  38. NRG’s Tweet twitter.com
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-11-19; after change - NA - 2023-11-20
  40. 40.0 40.1 Damonte's Tweet twitter.com
  41. 41.0 41.1 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-11-28; after change - NA - 2023-11-29
  42. 42.0 42.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  43. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-11-29; after change - NA - 2023-11-30
  44. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-11-30; after change - NA - 2023-12-01
  45. NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  46. 46.0 46.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  47. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2023-12-03; after change - NA - 2023-12-04
  48. 48.0 48.1 NRG's Tweet twitter.com
  49. Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2024-01-04; after change - NA - 2024-01-05
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 Archive Pages: before change - NA - 2024-06-03; after change - NA - 2024-06-04
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