In 2014, Samsung White won the World Championship and is considered to be one of the greatest teams of all time. They had incredible macro play and had the best support at the time in Mata, who ended up as tournament MVP. Although only Mata (3), Dandy(7) and Imp(15) were in the Pre-Worlds Top 20 players list, Looper and Pawn were also amazing players.
But what happened to this Legendary roster and where are the players now?
Well, the 2014/15 off season was the great Korean Exodus and saw every single member move to a new team in China. So lets see what everyone has been up to!
Top Laner Looper: He left SSW and after a tiny stint with Masters 3, He would be the Top Laner for Royal Never Give Up from December 2015 to December 2016. He had a pretty successful year and was named Best Top in LPL for the 2016 season. Then he would go to North America and play in the NA LCS for Echo Fox but only lasted a year before he officially retired from pro play
Jungler Dandy: After winning worlds 2014 Dandy went to Vici Gaming in the LPL but never came close to the success of his SSW days. However, after retiring from playing in 2017 and a year hiatus, he came back and was the Coach for RNG. He is currently the head coach of the Chinese team, eStar Gaming.
Mid Laner Pawn: Like his teammates on SSW he left for China and joined EDG. He was part of the first Chinese team to win the Mid Season Invitational in 2015. He would stay on EDG for 2 years before moving back home to Korea and playing for KT Rolster. His success continued and won the 2018 LCK Summer Split. He would spend a year on KING-ZONE-Dragon X before retiring in September of 2019
ADC Imp: Leaving for China, Imp went to LGD who famously won LPL but then bombed out of worlds in 2015. This would mark the beginning of a long decline for Imp. Having next to no success for the next few years. Until in 2019 when he led JD Gaming to a second place finish in the Spring Split of LPL, losing to the defending world champions, Invictus Gaming. This would be his last Hur-ah as at the end of 2019, Imp retired from pro play
Support Mata: The MVP of worlds 2014 was the most successful player of the 5 after leaving SSW. Like the others he went to China and actually joined Looper on RNG after a year on VICI gaming. After Worlds 2016 he went back to Korea to play for KT Rolster for the 2018 season. Then he went to SKT T1 to play alongside Faker and in 2019 came the closest to being a World Champion for a second time when SKT took 3rd-4th, losing to G2 in the Semi-Finals. He would announce his retirement in December 2019.
Just 5 years after winning the World Championships and being considered one of the greatest teams of all time, every member of SSW 2014 is now retired. Some had more success than others after leaving for China. But if this tells us anything, its just how short esports careers really are and how fast you can go from top of the world to irrelevancy.
I hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past!
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