Griffin is a Korean League of Legends team that started playing at the beginning of the 2017 season.
The team made up of a young roster including Choi "Sword" Sung-won and Lee "Tarzan" Seung-yong first performed as Griffin in CK 2017 Spring. The team seemed relatively hopeless, and finished ninth. It fell into the promotion tournament, where it managed to beat REVERSE Gaming for a spot back in the Challengers league.
Kim "cvMax" Dae-ho joined the team as the new coach during CK 2017 Summer. And the change in coaching immediately started yielding positive results. Griffin won most of the games left in the season and finished in third place. Heading to KeSPA Cup 2017, Park "Viper" Do-hyeon and Son "Lehends" Si-woo joined the roster as the new bot lane. With them on the team, Griffin made it all the way to the playoffs, where three-time world champion SK Telecom T1 barely managed to knock them out.
Griffin went to CK 2018 Spring with Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon and Song "ReGank" Yong-hoon as new additions to the team. The team was evidently better than the rest of the teams in the league. Griffin remained undefeated through the whole spring split, finishing first with a 14-0 record. Strong performance continued in the LCK 2018 Summer Promotion tournament, and Griffin earned a slot in the top Korean league.
Joining the best regional teams for the first time in LCK 2018 Summer didn’t seem to shake Griffin’s confidence. The team stood at first place for six consecutive weeks, but finished the split second after KT Rolster took over first place. KT stopped the team in the playoff final as well, with that 3-2 loss keeping Griffin away from the World Championship.
Gen.G took a 3-2 win against Griffin in the round two at Korea Regional Finals 2018, and the last chance for Worlds 2018 qualification was lost.
At KeSPA Cup 2018, Griffin took its first title. With a roster that just kept polishing its skills, the team went through the playoffs without dropping a single match, defeating Damwon Gaming and Gen.G along the way.
Griffin was purchased by SKILL8 ahead of the 2019 season, and its roster remained the same. The team had another dominant run in LCK 2019 Spring, earning its first LCK title with a 15-3 record. In the playoffs, the team fell only to SKT in the finals. After Choi "Doran" Hyeon-joon joined the team for the summer split, the story repeated itself. Another LCK regular season title for Griffin, and another loss to SKT at the end of the playoffs. But this time, great seasonal result earned the team a seed for Worlds 2019.
Going towards the end of a split, coach cvMax parted ways with the team due to internal conflicts. Despite the drama, the team still managed to win most of its games in groups and advanced to the knockout stage. Griffin was stopped in the quarterfinals by 2018 World Champion Invictus Gaming, and its first Worlds run ended with a fifth-place finish.
Due to accusations surrounding Griffin’s mistreatment of players, Riot Games ran an investigation that showed a number of problems including illicit contracts. STILL8 was asked to change its ownership and management entirely if it wishes to stay in LCK, as well as pay fines. Former coach cvMax was also put under investigation.