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Rookie
NIP Rookie 2024 Split 2
Background Information
NameSong Eui-jin (송의진)
Country of Birth
South Korea
BirthdayMarch 11, 1997 (age 27)
Residency
CN
China
Prev Residencies
KR
Korea
Competitive
TeamNinjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNinjas in Pyjamas
Contract Expires2024-11-19
Role
Mid Laner
Favorite Champs



Soloqueue IDsCN: 把我当成一颗树叭
QWEASDQWE123
KR: 말라질꺼야
qweasdqweasdqw
111112222222222
EUW: v0PnXqLxFmfcD83s
Social Media & Links
Infobox LOLProslogo std
Infobox DEEPLOLlogo std
Infobox Instagramlogo std
Infobox Livestreamlogo std
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Song "Rookie" (▶️ listen) Eui-jin (Hangul: 송의진) is a League of Legends esports player, currently mid laner for Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Team History

Combine Role Swaps:No|Yes
Dates:Approx|Exact
TeamStartEnd
KR
KT Rolster Arrowslogo stdKT Rolster Arrows
Oct 20132013-10-07[2]Oct 20142014-10-06[1]1yr 30d
ejel
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdInvictus Gaming
Dec 20142014-12-18[4]Dec 20212021-12-03[3]7yr 16d
ejel
CN
Victory Fivelogo stdVictory Five
Dec 20212021-12-22[6]Dec 20222022-12-08[5]1yr 17d
ejel
CN
Top Esportslogo stdTop Esports
Dec 20222022-12-08[8]Dec 20232023-12-01[7]1yr 24d
ejel
CN
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNinjas in Pyjamas
Dec 20232023-12-14[9]Present7mo 10d
ej
TeamStartEnd
Notes
KR
KT Rolster Arrowslogo stdKT Rolster Arrows
Oct 20132013-10-07[2]Oct 20142014-10-06[1]1yr 30d
ejel
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdInvictus Gaming
Dec 20142014-12-18[4]Jun 20192019-06-13[14]4yr 5mo
ejel
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdInvictus Gaming
Jun 20192019-06-13[14]Jul 20192019-07-01[15]18dInactive
ejel
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdInvictus Gaming
Jul 20192019-07-01[15]Dec 20212021-12-03[3]2yr 5mo
ejel
CN
Victory Fivelogo stdVictory Five
Dec 20212021-12-22[6]Dec 20222022-12-08[5]1yr 17d
ejel
CN
Top Esportslogo stdTop Esports
Dec 20222022-12-08[8]Dec 20232023-12-01[7]1yr 24d
ejel
CN
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNinjas in Pyjamas
Dec 20232023-12-14[9]Present7mo 10d
ej

News

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024
KR
KT Rolster Arrowslogo stdKT.AOctober 7,
ssumday,
Most 3,
Riris, and
Renewal join.

MakNooN,
Sonstar, and
Olleh leave.[2] Most 3 renames to Rookie.
KR
KT Rolster Arrowslogo stdKT.AOctober 6,
KaKAO and
RooKie leave.[1]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGDecember 18,
KaKAO,
RooKie, MaFa (Coach), and PoohManDu (Coach) join.
[4]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGNovember 19,
Duke,
Ning, and
Rookie's contracts expire but departure is not confirmed.
Baolan's contract expires but departure is not confirmed.[17]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGDecember 21,
Duke,
TheShy,
Rookie, and
JackeyLove's contracts are extended.[18]
Duke's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2019.
TheShy,
Rookie,
JackeyLove, and
Baolan's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 16 November 2021.[19]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGJune 13,
xin joins from academy roster.

Rookie becomes inactive.[14]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGJuly 1,
Rookie becomes active.
[15][16]
CN
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiGDecember 3,
Rookie leaves.[3]
CN
Victory Fivelogo stdV5December 22,
Rookie joins.
[6] Rookie changes residency from
KR
Korea
to
CN
China
.[20]
CN
Victory Fivelogo stdV5February 22,
Rich,
Karsa, and
Rookie's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 22 November 2022.
Photic and
ppgod's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 21 November 2023.
XLB's contract is updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2024.[21]
CN
Victory Fivelogo stdV5December 8,
Rookie leaves.[5]
CN
Top Esportslogo stdTESDecember 8,
Rookie joins.
[8]
CN
Top Esportslogo stdTESFebruary 17,
Qingtian and
JackeyLove's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 18 November 2025.
Tian and
Rookie's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 21 November 2023.[22]
CN
Top Esportslogo stdTESDecember 1,
Rookie leaves.[7]
CN
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIPDecember 14,
shanji,
Aki, and
Rookie join.

zero rejoins as substitute.
Maizijian (Head Coach), byg97 (Assistant Coach), and Cluo (Analyst) will remain with the team for 2024.[9][10][11][12][13]
CN
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIPJanuary 9,
shanji,
Aki,
Rookie,
Photic,
Zhuo, and
zero's contracts are updated in the GCD, expiring on 19 November 2024.[23]

Biography[]

2014 Season[]

Rookie (also stylized RooKie and RooKiE) joined KT Rolster Arrows as a mid laner, originally with the name Most 3. This new KTA team played their inaugural OGN in HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014. They managed to upset SK Telecom T1 K in the group stage and made it to the quarterfinals but they lost 3-1 to CJ Entus Blaze. HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 was KTA's breakthrough season, upsetting Samsung Blue 3-2 in the finals to win the OGN Championship. KTA managed to qualify for the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals but they lost 3-0 to NaJin White Shield in the second round. Rookie left the Arrows in October to join Invictus Gaming in December alongside his teammate from KTA, KaKAO.

2015 Season[]

RooKie played in his first full tournament with the team during the 2015 Demacia Cup Spring Season where they managed to make the finals but lost 3-0 to EDward Gaming. IG placed fifth in the 2015 LPL Spring Regular Season but placed third in the 2015 LPL Spring Playoffs after losing 3-0 to EDG in the semifinals but beating Snake eSports 3-1 in the third place match. In the 2015 Demacia Cup Summer Season, IG placed fourth by making it to the semifinals but losing 3-1 to EDG and then 3-2 to Snake. IG placed third in the 2015 LPL Summer Regular Season and managed to play third in the 2015 LPL Summer Playoffs by losing 3-2 to the Qiao Gu Reapers but beating EDG 3-1. IG qualified for the 2015 Season China Regional Finals and placed second by beating Qiao Gu 3-0 to take the third and final Chinese seed for the 2015 Season World Championship. IG was placed in a group alongside Cloud9, Fnatic, and AHQ e-Sports Club. Unfortunately, they ended with a 2-4 record and were knocked out of the tournament in last place.

2016 Season[]

The 2016 season was fairly straightforward for IG. The team placed 4th in the 2016 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They were quickly knocked out of playoffs in the first round after getting swept 0-3 by Snake Esports. The summer season was identical to the spring one for IG since they finished in 4th again with a 5-11 record. The summer playoffs also had the same result and IG were knocked out in the first round again by getting swept by I May.

2017 Season[]

Invictus Gaming finished 3rd in Group A of the 2017 LPL Spring Season with an 8-8 record. They would then drop out in the first round of the playoffs with a 1-3 loss to Newbee. IG participated in the 2017 Demacia Cup and finished 3rd after a 1-3 loss to I May in the semifinals. Their summer season was similar to their spring season and they finished 3rd with a 10-6 record. They did much better in the playoffs and finished 3rd with a victory over Team WE in the third place match. IG then participated in the 2017 Season China Regional Finals but failed to make it to Worlds after Team WE got their revenge against them and beat them 3-2.

2018 Season[]

Rookie and iG kick-started their season with a 3rd place finish in the Demacia Championship, losing 2-1 to Snake Esports in the loser's semifinal. Just two weeks later saw the start of the LPL Spring Season. Despite a regular season series record of 18-1, with their only loss being against Royal Never Give Up, this did not translate into success in the Spring Playoffs. Invictus Gaming were defeated 3-2 by RNG in the semifinals, this being followed by a 3-1 loss at the hands of Rogue Warriors in the third-place match. Although their performance could be considered a disappointment, their placement secured them a spot at Rift Rivals 2018.

A 3rd place finish in the Demacia Cup, this time losing to Bilibili Gaming in the loser's semifinal, was followed by a successful showing at Rift Rivals. Rookie and the team won both of their group stage games, helping the LPL to an eventual triumph over the LCK in the final. Invictus Gaming once again achieved an 18-1 regular season record in the LPL Summer Season, their sole loss again to RNG. Despite the similarity of the year's regular season performances, a successful showing in the Summer Playoffs, finishing runner-up to Royal Never Give Up after a tight 3-2 series, resulted in the team's qualification to the 2018 Season World Championship on points.

Invictus Gaming was placed in Group D for Worlds 2018, alongside Fnatic, 100 Thieves, and G-Rex. The group stage round robin concluded with iG and Fnatic tied for 1st place at 5-1. The tiebreaker went in the favor of Fnatic, resulting in Rookie and the team being drawn against KT Rolster in the quarterfinals. A tense affair saw iG emerge victorious 3-2 and progress to the semifinals where they met G2 Esports. A more straightforward 3-0 series secured them a place in the finals. Awaiting their challenge were Group D counterparts, Fnatic. Invictus Gaming's convincing performance in the finals resulted in a 3-0 victory, and made them the first Chinese team to win a World Championship.

2019 Season[]

Rookie and iG started the season with a strong showing in the LPL, placing 2nd in the LPL Spring Season en route to their first domestic win in the organization's history. Rookie and iG win 3-0 against JD Gaming in the finals, qualifying iG for the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. At MSI IG went 9-1 in the group stage, only dropping a game to SK Telecom T1. They were heavy favourites to win the tournament but shockingly lost to Team Liquid 3-1 in the semi-finals.

On returning to China, Rookie and Invictus Gaming struggled to continue their dominance and finished 9-6 in the LPL/2019 Season/Summer Season and were knocked out 3-0 by LNG Esports in playoffs. However, they were able to attend the 2019 Season World Championship, after beating JD Gaming and Top Esports in 5 game series. At the World Championships, IG made it all the way to the semi-final, before getting knocked out by the eventual champions, FunPlus Phoenix 3-1.

Trivia[]

  • Nicknamed "Faker Junior" since his debut for having a large champion pool and incredible mechanics.
  • Regarded as one of the best players of all time
  • Voted to represent LPL in 2015, 2018, and 2020 All Stars.
  • Regarded by many analysts and casters as top 3 mid laner in the world in 2015, the best player in the world in 2018, and top 3 in 2020.
  • Known for his SyndraSquareSyndra, LeBlancSquareLeBlanc, and OriannaSquareOrianna.
  • Speaks Chinese fluently, and considers himself as the most proficient speaker of the Chinese language among the Korean pros.
  • Is a very good singer, and can even sing in Chinese.
  • Is ENFP-T on the MBTI scale.
  • Reached 1,000 Kills in the LPL on April 13, 2017.
  • Reached 1,500 kills in the LPL on July 18, 2018.
  • Reached 2,000 kills in the LPL on March 11, 2020, his 23rd birthday.
  • Reached 2,500 kills in the LPL on August 07, 2021.
  • Reached 3,000 kills in the LPL on April 02, 2023.
    • The 1st player to reach 3,000 kills in the LPL and in a single region worldwide.
  • Reached 3000 assists in the LPL on March 19, 2020.
  • Reached 4000 assists in the LPL on August 7, 2021.
  • Reached 5000 assists in the LPL on July 5, 2023.
  • Reached 500 games in the LPL on April 5, 2020
    • The 3rd player to reach 500 games in the LPL, after Uzi, meiko.
  • Reached 600 games in the LPL on March 22, 2021
    • Was the 1st player to reach 600 games in the LPL.
  • Reached 700 games in the LPL on April 23, 2022
    • The 3rd player to reach 700 games in the LPL after meiko and xiaohu.
  • Reached 800 games in the LPL on July 2, 2023
    • The 3rd player to reach 800 games in the LPL after meiko and xiaohu.
  • Reached 300 wins in the LPL on April 12, 2020.
  • Reached 400 wins in the LPL on March 23, 2022.
    • Was the 3rd player to reach 400 wins in the LPL after meiko and xiaohu.
  • Reached 500 wins in the LPL on March 18, 2024.
    • Was the 3rd player to reach 500 wins in the LPL after meiko and xiaohu.

Awards[]

  • LPL MVP x4 (Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2022)
  • LPL 1st All-Pro Team x3 (Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2022)
  • LPL 2nd All-Pro Team x3 (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2024)
  • LPL 3rd All-Pro Team x2 (Spring 2019, Summer 2022)

Pentakills

DateRegionTournamentTeamVsChampionPosW/LKDASBVOD
2023-08-07
CN
China
LPL 2023 Regional FinalsTop Esportslogo stdWeibo Gaminglogo std
Jayce
MidW8/3/7LinkLink
2020-03-31
CN
China
LPL 2020 SpringInvictus Gaminglogo stdOh My Godlogo std
Neeko
MidW9/1/7LinkLink
Click here for a full list of pentakills by all players.

Trivia Statistics

Tournament Results[]

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

Minimum place

Rookie Tournament Results
DatePlEventLast ResultTeamRoster
2024-06-29Q LPL 2024 Summer Placements
5 - 3Blanklogo stdRR
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIP shanji,  Aki,  Rookie,  Photic,  Zhuo,  maizijian,  byg97
2024-04-104 LPL 2024 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3JD Gaminglogo stdJDG
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIP shanji,  Aki,  Rookie,  Photic,  Zhuo,  Maizijian,  byg97
2024-03-275 LPL 2024 Spring
10 - 6Blanklogo stdRR
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIP shanji,  Aki,  Rookie,  Photic,  Zhuo,  Maizijian,  byg97
2024-01-033 - 4 Demacia Cup 2023
0 : 3Bilibili Gaminglogo stdBLG
Ninjas in Pyjamas.CNlogo stdNIP Shanji,  Aki,  Rookie,  Photic,  Zhuo,  Maizijian,  byg97
2023-08-074 LPL 2023 Regional Finals
2 : 3Weibo Gaminglogo stdWBG
Top Esportslogo stdTES Wayward,  Tian,  Rookie,  JackeyLove,  Mark,  Dian,  Chieh
2023-07-294 LPL 2023 Summer Playoffs
1 : 3LNG Esportslogo stdLNG
Top Esportslogo stdTES Wayward,  Tian,  Rookie,  JackeyLove,  Mark,  Dian,  Chieh
2023-07-174 LPL 2023 Summer
12 - 4Blanklogo stdRR
Top Esportslogo stdTES Wayward,  Tian,  Rookie,  JackeyLove,  Mark,  Dian,  Chieh
2023-04-027 - 8 LPL 2023 Spring Playoffs
2 : 3Oh My Godlogo stdOMG
Top Esportslogo stdTES Wayward,  Tian,  Rookie,  JackeyLove,  Mark,  Chieh,  DynAmIte
2023-03-267 LPL 2023 Spring
9 - 7Blanklogo stdRR
Top Esportslogo stdTES Qingtian,  Wayward,  Tian,  Rookie,  JackeyLove,  Mark,  Crescent,  Chieh,  DynAmIte
2023-01-113 - 4 SKE 2023 China
0 : 1Create Our Legacy (Season Kickoff China)logo stdCOL
Time to Show (Season Kickoff China)logo stdTTS 369,  Leyan,  Rookie,  huanfeng,  Zhuo
Rookie 1v1 Tournament Results
DatePlEventPrizeTeamLast Result
2018-12-083 - 4All-Star 2018 Las VegasLoL Pro Leaguelogo stdLPL1 : 2 ⁠Oceanic Pro Leaguelogo stdPabu
2015-12-139 - 16All-Star 2015 Los AngelesTeam Icelogo stdIce0 : 1 ⁠Team Icelogo stdLeX

Media[]

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  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Post-Match Interviews

DateTournamentMatchLink
2023-07-07LPL 2023 Summer
Top Esportslogo stdTES
vs
Oh My Godlogo stdOMG
Link
2023-06-30LPL 2023 Summer
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
Top Esportslogo stdTES
Link
2023-06-11LPL 2023 Summer
Top Esportslogo stdTES
vs
Weibo Gaminglogo stdWBG
Link
2023-03-04LPL 2023 Spring
Top Esportslogo stdTES
vs
Royal Never Give Uplogo stdRNG
Link
2023-02-02LPL 2023 Spring
Top Esportslogo stdTES
vs
Rare Atomlogo stdRA
Link
2022-08-07LPL 2022 Summer
Ultra Primelogo stdUP
vs
Victory Fivelogo stdV5
Link
2022-02-23LPL 2022 Spring
Victory Fivelogo stdV5
vs
EDward Gaminglogo stdEDG
Link
2022-01-20LPL 2022 Spring
Rare Atomlogo stdRA
vs
Victory Fivelogo stdV5
Link
2021-08-07LPL 2021 Summer
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
ThunderTalk Gaminglogo stdTT
Link
2021-06-07LPL 2021 Summer
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
Suninglogo stdSN
Link
2021-03-25LPL 2021 Spring
LGD Gaminglogo stdLGD
vs
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
Link
2021-02-04LPL 2021 Spring
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
Oh My Godlogo stdOMG
Link
2021-01-10LPL 2021 Spring
JD Gaminglogo stdJDG
vs
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
Link
2020-12-19All-Star 2020
LCK Allstarslogo stdLCK
vs
LPL Allstarslogo stdLPL
Link
2020-12-18All-Star 2020
LPL Allstarslogo stdLPL
vs
LJL Allstarslogo stdLJL
Link
2019-10-20Worlds 2019 Main Event
Ahq eSports Clublogo stdahq
vs
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
Link
2019-07-05Rift Rivals 2019 LCK-LPL-LMS-VCS
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
Flash Wolveslogo stdFW
Link
2019-05-10MSI 2019 Main Event
Phong Vũ Buffalologo stdPVB
vs
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
2018-11-03Worlds 2018 Main Event
Fnaticlogo stdFNC
vs
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
Link
2018-10-11Worlds 2018 Main Event
Invictus Gaminglogo stdiG
vs
G-Rexlogo stdGRX
Link

Images[]

Name Pronunciation

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Redirects

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 '카카오' 이병권-'루키' 송의진, KT 떠난다 (Korean) dailygame.co.kr
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 '막눈' 윤하운 KT 떠난다… KT롤스터 LOL팀 리빌딩 완료 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rookie's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Victory Five's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Victory Five's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Top Esports' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Top Esports' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Ninjas in Pyjamas' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ninjas in Pyjamas' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ninjas in Pyjamas' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Ninjas in Pyjamas' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Ninjas in Pyjamas' Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Rookie's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Invictus Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  17. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2018-11-19; after change - CN - 2018-11-19
  18. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2018-12-16; after change - CN - 2018-12-16
  19. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2018-12-08; after change - CN - 2018-12-21
  20. Victory Five's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  21. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2022-02-21; after change - CN - 2022-02-21
  22. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2023-02-16; after change - CN - 2023-02-17
  23. Archive Pages: before change - CN - 2024-01-08; after change - CN - 2024-01-09
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