Golden Guardians is an American esports organization owned by the Golden State Warriors. The organization entered League of Legends esports for the first time in 2018.
In 2018, Golden Guardians was announced as one of the teams Riot Games accepted into the franchised LCS. The organization signed Samson "Lourlo" Jackson and Matthew "Matt" Elento from Team Liquid Academy, along with Juan "Contractz" Garcia, Hai "Hai" Du Lam, and Matthew "Deftly" Chen.
The team struggled to perform on the LCS stage from the beginning. Head coach Choi "Locodoco" Yoon-seop was fired quickly after the season started, allegedly because of inappropriate comments made towards Riot’s female employees. He was replaced by assistant coach Tyler "Tyler" Perron, which resulted in some improvements, but not nearly enough. By the end of the 2018 NA LCS Spring Split, Golden Guardians managed to win only four games, placing them last in the league.
The organization brought in new coaches for the 2018 NA LCS Summer Split and started the season with Son "Mickey" Young-min as the only new member on the roster. Mickey was replaced by Boyuan "bobqin" Qin from the academy team by the end of the split as the team was struggling to find the synergy needed to fight at the LCS level. That didn’t help much, and a 5-13 result meant another last-place finish.
Golden Guardians revamped its roster heading to the 2019 competitive season. With Contractz and Deftly still on the team, the rest of the roster was bringing in more experience this time around. Kim "Olleh" Joo-sung, Kevin "Hauntzer" Yarnell, and Henrik “Froggen” Hansen joined the team.
The roster shuffle proved to be a positive change for the team. In the 2019 LCS Spring Split, Golden Guardians was playing with more confidence, taking wins against higher tier teams like Team SoloMid. By the end of the split, the team had a 9-9 record and secured a spot in the playoffs.
In the 2019 LCS Spring Playoffs, Golden Guardians didn’t last long. FlyQuest kicked them out in fifth place, beating Golden Guardians 3-2 in the quarterfinals. This was still a huge improvement for the organization.
The roster remained the same for the Summer Split, but it couldn’t consistently perform. After a losing streak midway through the split, Defty and Olleh’s bottom lane was replaced by Ian "FBI" Huang and veteran player Choi "huhi" Jae-hyun. Although the change seemed to yield a slightly better result, Golden Guardians finished the 2019 LCS Summer Split in seventh place with an 8-10 record and missed the playoffs.
For the 2020 season, the team signed Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer and Can "Closer" Çelik.