Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae is a jungler currently playing for Echo Fox. Rush is one of the more well-known personalities in the competitive scene due to his presence on streaming platform, Twitch.tv. His popularity is largely accredited to not only his impeccable skill and funny personality, but his decision to take a break from the competitive scene in July of 2016.
Taking a break to stream
Soon after being benched from Cloud9’s starting roster and being moved to the C9 Challenger team, Rush decided to quit the competitive scene and stream. This turned out great for Rush, as he built on his pre-established audience on both Youtube and Twitch. However, this was not the end of Rush’s competitive journey, with the Jungler announcing his desire to re-join the LCK.
Coming back in the LCK
On late December 2018, Rush announced he would be signing with one of the top Korean teams in the LCK, KT Rolster. However, due to his long break away from pro play, Rush sat on the bench until March in order to regain his communication and mechanics necessary for competitive play.
While with the KT Rolsters, Rush found quick success, placing 3rd in the LCK Spring split and finals. Along with his team, Rush improved once again, claiming the top spot in the LCK Summer split and finals, representing Korea as the region’s number one seed at worlds. While KT fell to Invictus Gaming in the quarter finals in worlds (who later on went to take the top spot), they only fell short by a slim margin, going 3-2. With Rush’s return to the competitive scene in 2018, he has proved he still has what it takes to be one of the best junglers in the world.
Picked up by Echo Fox
Given Rush’s success in 2018, it is no surprised he has been picked up by another region, North America’s Echo Fox. Rush is very fluent in English, allowing for clear communication between team members unlike other international players who get imported. Given Rush’s experience with Cloud 9, it is expected he will settle down easily in NA once again.
Rush Domestic Career
Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae began his LoL career on LMQ. When the organization rebranded as Team Impulse (TIP) for the 2015 NA LCS Spring Split, Rush stayed on the roster.
With an 11-7 record, TIP had a decent showing in the regular season. In the playoffs, they defeated Gravity Gaming in the Quarterfinals, but their luck ran out in the Semifinals against TSM. A 1-3 defeat knocked them down to the third-place match where they suffered a narrow 2-3 loss to Team Liquid. During this time, Rush became well-known for his crisp mechanics and high-risk, high-reward playstyle.
In the 2015 Summer Split, TIP went through a lot of ups and downs. In particular, their mid laner, XiaoWeiXiao, was banned for eloboosting, and Team Impulse had to finish their season with a substitute. Surprisingly enough, they still qualified for the playoffs and even 3-0’d Team Dignitas in the Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, back-to-back losses to CLG and Team Liquid knocked them out of the competition. TIP still had a chance to run it back in the Regional Finals, but a reverse-sweep by Cloud9 (C9) put an end to their ambitions.
In the off-season, Rush parted ways with Team Impulse and joined Cloud9. C9 entered the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split with renewed vigor. But even though they performed well in the regular season, they ended up losing to TSM and getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. When C9 brought in Impact to the top lane, Rush had to leave the starting lineup due to Riot’s two imports per team rule. He went on to play for Cloud9 Challenger. With his help, they qualified for the 2016 NA CS Summer Split, but Rush only played two games before leaving the organization.
A year later, he joined KT Rolster as their substitute jungler.
Rush International Tournaments
On Cloud9, Rush went to his first international tournament, IEM Season 10 Cologne. However, C9’s run was cut short when they lost in the first series against H2K with a 1-2 score.