Just 14 months ago, Griffin was taking on the planet’s best League of Legends teams at LoL Worlds 2019. Now though, after a rapid decline down the Korean ladder and an abuse scandal involving its former coach Kim ‘cvMax’ Dae-ho, the organisation has revealed it is disbanding its LoL team.
In a post dubbed “Griffin’s final announcement”, the organisation says that its “LoL journey has come to an end.” Griffin made its debut in the LCK in 2018 after gaining promotion from the Challengers Korea league. From there, it experienced a meteoric rise, finishing second in its first LCK split and winning the 2018 KeSPA Cup. 2019 saw more of the same, as Griffin finished runner up in both the Spring and Summer Splits, qualifying for Worlds 2019. At Worlds, it continued to impress and made it to the quarter-finals.
However, just days before the tournament, it parted ways with coach cvMax following allegations of “physical and verbal abuse” towards Griffin players. Now the head coach of DRX, cvMax’s actions at Griffin recently landed him a suspension from Korean League of Legends until May 2021.
Post-Worlds and post-cvMax, Griffin spiralled into a massive decline, finishing dead last in the 2020 Spring Split with a 15-3 record and getting relegated back into the Challengers league. Griffin could only manage a fifth place finish in Challengers 2020 Summer Split.
[Griffin Final Announcement]
안녕하세요. 팀 그리핀입니다.
오늘부로 그리핀 LoL팀의 해산 소식을 전해드립니다.
그동안 응원해주셔서 감사합니다.
Hi, this is team Griffin.
We announce that Griffin LoL team is disbanded from today.
Thank you for supporting us. pic.twitter.com/LH47Ol3nom
— Team Griffin LoL (@TeamGriffinLoL) January 5, 2021
This fall from grace has now been capped with the team disbanding entirely. In its statement, Griffin expresses its “endless thanks” to those who supported the team in its short lifetime.
Griffin continues to field rosters in battle royale titles PUBG and Apex Legends.