Introduction / Team Overview
The Giants Gaming League of Legends team were formed in July 2012, with the Spanish organisation also supporting players in Dota2 and Call of Duty. The team is managed by Pablo “Netherbane” Calvo, with David “LozarK” Vicente and Adolfo “Fochi D” Biosca coaching Giants Gaming at their gaming house in Europe.
Highlights / Strengths
The Giants Gaming LoL team have made some notable achievements at tournaments, despite being one of the weaker organisations in esports, with their third-place finish at the DreamHack Valencia 2012 among the biggest accomplishments to date. Having also performed well at the Siege, the team had the opportunity to qualify for Riot Games’ League Championship Series, where they defeated mousesports in the quarter-finals to make it through to the 10-week event. However, a record of 8-20 meant that the team would finish in 7th position in the standings, before missing out on the competition after defeat in the Season 3 LCS Summer Promotion. More recently, the team finished 3rd in the EU LCS Summer Season group stage, before coming unstuck against Unicorns of Love in the playoffs. They also finished a respectable 5th – 6th at the IEM XI Gyeonggi at the end of 2016.
Branding / Sponsorship / Logo
Having gone through a rebranding back in 2015, the Giants Gaming LoL team logo and branding is now synonymous with esports action in Europe, as well as the rest of the world. A bold logo incorporates the blue, black and white colours of the team, which can also be found on the team’s website wallpaper. Unsurprisingly, the Giants Gaming player jerseys also make use of such colours, with the organisation having also made some lucrative sponsorship deals within a range of different industries. Only The Brave, Drift and Versus Games are just some of the companies associated with them, along with live-streaming platform, Twitch.
Team Roles / Expertise/Divisions
Olof “Flaxxish” Medin first gained attention for the Giants following his arrival as their starting top laner, however a competitive ban in 2015 would set him back. The Swede is now back in action, with his skill levels undeniable, as well as his ability to duel opponents to death. It is perhaps Gun-Woo “NightT” Na that is the star of the team, with the South Korean one of the best performers at the 2016 EU LCS Summer Split, following his arrival to Europe. His ability to control games is uncanny, helping the Mid to take home the league’s most outstanding rookie award.
Roster & Achievements
The current Giants Gaming LoL roster is made up by three Swedish players, as well as an Estonian and South Korean. Having once had an all-Spanish roster, the team have had to branch out in order to give them a better opportunity of consistently making the LCS. Alongside “Flaxxish” and “NightT”, the team is comprised of five other players, including Martin “HeaQ” Kordmaa, Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg and jungle, Jonas “Memento” Elmarghichi.