When it comes to the eSports industry in South Korea, CJ Entus is one of the oldest eSports organization in the country. Even though they were established more than 15 years ago, they are still a relatively unknown organization that has failed to record any significant results. Despite that, this organization managed to survive all these years. Besides that, they are still hosting teams in several different eSports competitions such as StarCraft II as well as League of Legends.
However, until recently, this organization has also hosted teams for the Warcraft 3 and Special Force 2 competitions as well. Considering that CJ Entus was without any major results during all that time, it has become almost impossible to finance all the teams in their organization and because of that, the number of teams had to be cut.
CJ Entus History
CJ Entus was established back in 2001 as StarCraft: Brood War team. However, at that time, the name of the team was not CJ Entus but rather ProSuma. ProSuma operated under that name for more than five years. In 2006, however, they signed a sponsorship deal with the company called CJ Entus which included the naming rights and because of that ProSuma is operating under the name CJ Entus since then.
All the way until 2012, CJ Entus did not host League of Legends teams but then in May of that year, their main sponsor decided that they will sponsor LoL team and that is how CJ Entus entered League of Legends competitions. Very soon after their League of Legends team was established, CJ Entus joined LCK or Ongamenet The Champions league.
The original roster of CJ Entus League of Legends team featured Jeong ‘Pecko’ Hui-cheol, Kim ‘LongPanda’ Yoon-jae, Kim ‘Kish’ Beom-Seok, Kim ‘Emboob’ Joon-seob, and Yoon ‘Eryuk’ Seung-taek. That same year, the team will go through some changes in the team as Pecko would leave the team while inSec, Dade, and Space would join the team at different times during that year.
In 2013, CJ Entus launched two sister teams, CJ Entus Frost and CJ Entus Blaze and as soon as those two teams were launched, the original CJ Entus League of Lengeds team was disbanded. However, in 2014, South Korean League of Legends League went through some serious reconstructions and that eventually led to Frost and Blaze uniting once again in one team. That team featured Shy, Ambition, CoCo, Trick, Roar, Space, Max, and MadLife.
In 2015, CJ Entus went through another serious change in their roster as Ambition, Space, and CoCo would leave the team while Untara, Bubbling, Kkramer, and Sky would join the team in December of that year. However, in November 2016, all the players from the team, Shy, Untara, Haru, MadLife, Bubbling, Bdd, Sky, Ghost, and Kramer would leave the team. Soon after that, CJ Entus will introduce their new roster that would feature Winged, Soul, Pure, Candy, and Racoon.
At the start of 2017, CJ Entus added two other players, Avenger and Veritas to their roster. That happened in January of this year, and since then, CJ Entus has not made any changes in their League of Legends roster which might indicate that they have finally found the stable roster which might last a bit longer than their previous rosters.
Results so Far
As we have said before, CJ Entus League of Legends team did not have a lot of success in the competition and their results are not so impressive. In the first year of their competition, they finished in the 3-4th place at the Global Challenge Cologne, in the 5th place at the Season 2 Regional Finals Seoul, in the 5-8th place at the Enter the Dragon and 5-8th at the OLYMPUS Champions event.
In 2013, CJ Entus did not have a lot of success in the tournaments and in the majority of tournaments in which they participated they had a very bad time and they failed to secure any result worthy of attention. However, at the NLB Winter 2012-2013, CJ Entus played a very good tournament and they managed to reach the grand finals but they were defeated in that match by GSG.
In 2014, CJ Entus did not exist because the team got disbanded after the creation of CJ Entus Frost and CJ Entus Blaze. However, the next year, was much better for them when it comes to the results. That year, they finished in the second place at the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup, in the third place at the 2015 LCK Summer Split and 2015 LCK Spring Playoffs and in the 5-6th place at the Intel Extreme Masters IX World Championship Katowice.
The following year was not that successful for them because they were not able to come even close to achieve the results they had a year before. For example, at the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup, they finished in the 9-14th place while at the 2016 LCK Summer Split they finished in the 10th place and in the 2016 LCK Spring Split they finished in the 8th place.
When it comes to their results in 2017, they have started the year much better than any other before even though they were relegated from the LCK. In 2017 Challengers Korea Spring Split they managed to win the first place in the group stage and they would go on to win the second place in the Playoffs of that Spring. However, that was not enough for them to return to LCK as they failed to win the Promotion tournament 2017.
After a long period of unstable rosters, CJ Entus has finally found the right players that might make some good results for this team. Their team currently features Seo ‘Soul’ Hyun-seok playing in the top lane position. Besides him, Park ‘Winged’ Tae-jin is their jungle player while Kim ‘Candy’ Seung-ju is occupying the position of mid laner in the team.
Two AD Carry players in CJ Entus team are Kim ‘Veritas’ Kyoung-min and Yu ‘Avenger’ Seon-woo. The last but not the least, the two support players in the team are Kim ‘Pure’ Jin-sun and Park ‘Racoon’ Seong Ho. The results that this team is having this year are showing that this might be the best roster that CJ Entus has ever hosted even though many of their players throughout the years played for some of the best teams in South Korea such as SK Telecom T1 and others.
Total Prize Money Won
Over the years, CJ Entus as an organization, including their time as ProSuma has won $1,503,586.87. However, the biggest share of that amount was one by their StarCraft team. When it comes to their League of Legends team, it needs to be said that they have won $168,636.81 or a bit more than 11 percent of the entire team’s income. Despite that, CJ Entus is still operating in South Korean League of Legends competitions and they are looking for their way back to LCK. Considering how they have been playing this year, that might be happening very soon.