Chovy is a prodigy in the world of League of Legends that has just been discovered in recent years. Chovy’s talent is unquestionable as he continuously shows himself as a bright star of the team through each stage. In 2022, he even more shows himself as the League of Legends Best Mid Laner in LCK with intense matches and great personal achievements.
Chovy is also said to be Faker‘s successor or potential rival. So, who is Chovy that League of Legends gamers and fans care so much about? We will answer this question by providing specific information about him through each stage below. Let’s get started!
Who is Chovy?
Chovy’s real name is Jeong Jihoon, born on March 3, 2001 in Seoul, South Korea. He is a League of Legends e-sports player and was known as Ji hun when he first started joining real gaming teams.
Currently, he is a mid laner of the Gen.G team with extremely sharp and accurate intuition for handling situations. Chovy was once expected to become Faker’s successor, but his career was quite uneventful. At the age with the best youth and skills, Griffin disbanded, when at the peak of his career, Chovy had to shoulder the HLE.
The first team that he participated in was team Gwangju with ID Jihoon but this team was too small and did not have any prominent position in Korean League of Legends. At this point, Chovy is just a boy with a good play style with stable braking ability, reasonable movement and position in combat.
In Spring 2018, specifically March 2018, Chovy joined Griffin – a team formed at the end of 2016 called NOT BAD. And it was not until 2017 that they officially used the name Griffin on matches. Initially, Griffin’s youth roster consisted of Sword, Yonghun, Rather, Force and Shield.
Spring 2018, Griffin started building his empire in the LCK Challenger. They won 8 games in a row before entering their 9th game against mid laner Chovy. At that time, he was only 17 years old but did not disappoint the fans when he and Griffin finished the group stage with 14 absolute victories. With the first place in the LCK Challenger group stage, Griffin went straight to the promotion round. CvMax‘s army defeated Kongdoo Monster with a score of 2-0 before knocking out MVP with a score of 3-1. With such successes, Giffin promoted in the LCK successfully.
In the 2018 LCK Summer Split, Griffin was just a weak team among the strong teams at the time. Because the 14-0 record in the group stage of the LCK Challenger is still not enough to threaten strong teams. The opening match of Korea’s most professional League of Legends playground brought Griffin against Hanwha Life. Guarding the mid lane Griffin gave Chovy the opportunity to enter the field and the gem really shined at this point. Chovy finished the game with a KDA of 826 with 358 minion stats in 37 minutes. This is a desirable stat for veteran mid laners in the LCK, let alone young talent like Chovy.
Despite losing 2 games, they still won the rest of the series. Of course, they placed 1st and got a direct spot in the LCK promotion tournament. They defeated Kongdoo in the promotion competition, and they easily defeated MVP in the first round of the LCK qualifying tournament.
If in the championship final, they are obviously the number 1 seed of the LCK to the world final. However, they only won the runner-up position and it was only a newly promoted team, with no cumulative points in the Spring period. Griffin was forced to participate in the harsh Korean regional finals.
Here, Griffin waited for the second round to wait for the winner of the SKT Gen.G match. In that pivotal BO5 series, Chovy shone with a KDA of 406 in game 1 and a KDA of 506 in game 4. However, the excellence of Ruler in the decisive game 5 made the Griffin team miss the appointment with the 2018 world final held at home. And in the world final that year, the fan community witnessed the collapse of the Korean empire and many expressed regret when Griffin was not present.
Before the 2019 season, e-sports company STAR LS – the former owner of Kongdoo Monster bought Griffin. Griffin looks to the new future with their 5-man roster without any subs to the roster. It includes the Sword God, the Wood God Tarzan, the Prodigy Chovy, the Advance Viper, and the Late Lehends on a mission to dominate the LCK once again.
Opening with Kespa Cup 2018, Griffin defeated Afreeca 2-0 in round 1, crushed DAMWON Gaming in game 2 and defeated Gen.G 3-0 in the final. Chovy personally performed extremely well when he achieved a 100% win rate with his teammates, average KDA 21.0, minions per minute 9.8. That Kespa trophy was also Griffin’s first and only trophy until the team’s dissolution. And that is also Chovy’s only title when standing in this position. Unfortunately, this is only a friendly tournament, not worth the title.
Entering the new season, Griffin is considered the most important opponent of the newly reconstituted SKT T1. Griffin started with 5 all-win matches with an absolute score of 2-0 against KingZone, Hanwha Life Esport, DAMWON and SKT T1 respectively. Especially in the match against SKT T1, the mid laner of Griffin – Chovy after 2 games won nice KDA stats of 006 in game 1 and 509 in game 2. With continued not lying down in game 2. At any point in the match, Chovy extended his KDA streak and even set an incredible record in LCK history.
With a KDA of 104 points including 44K – 1D – 60A, Chovy became the first LCK player to reach 100 KDA points in this tournament. Chovy won the title of MVP of the season with 1300 MVP KDA points of 10.7, minion stat of 10.2, contributing 26.3% of team damage. Chovy deserves to be Faker’s number 1 opponent in the LCK arena.
After that, Chovy and his teammates quickly defeated KingZone 3-0 in round 3 to advance to the final night. SKT T1 all lost to Griffin in the group stage, they only won 1 game after 5 times bumping into each other. However, after that, SKT T1 quickly decided the final in game 3 after more than 30 minutes of playing. The sword in Teddy’s hand shot down Griffin’s formation 3-0 neatly, causing Chovy to lose the second game in a row in just half a year. This is a sad note for the Griffin army.
Chovy – League of Legends Best Mid Laner in LCK
Summer 2019, putting aside the sad memories of Spring, Griffin is still a top candidate for the summer LCK championship. After winning against Afreeca and DAMWON Gaming, Griffin received his first defeat against SANDBOX because this team had a 5-match winning streak with a score of 2-0. After that, Griffin had 2 important wins against SKT T1 and Kinzone and of course Chovy was still the leader for those wins.
In the remainder of the group stage, Griffin lost another 4 games to Afreeca Freecs, DAMWON Gaming, Gen.G E-sports, and SKT T1. However, Griffin still managed to finish first for the group stage with 13 wins. Chovy personally marked his maturity with an expanded champion pool with a total of 18 champions picked after 42 games, an average KDA of 5.9, the average minion per minute is still at a high level of 10.0. Griffin is present at the finals for the 3rd time in a row, they also have a place to attend the 2019 World Finals.
Within a year, Chovy lost 3 LCK finals in a row. Even so, Griffin is still the 2nd potential team in the 2019 Worlds, even better than some of the No. 1 seeds in other regions.
As the biggest international League of Legends tournament of the year approaches, head coach CvMax resigns, leaving Griffin fans as well as League of Legends fans stunned. But in fact, CvMax was deliberately pushed out of the team by management. The internal conflicts caused a serious crisis for Griffin on the eve of the World Championship and surely gamers like Tarzan, Viper, Lehends were greatly affected. Especially the super mid lane Chovy.
Despite an internal crisis, Griffin was still highly appreciated at the 2019 World Championship. Chovy personally is expected to show a terrible face and destroy opponents in the LCK arena. Griffin is placed in Group A along with G2 Esports. Here, Griffin lost with a score of 3-1 in the end, the most named individual in the Griffin squad going to Europe was not Chovy but Sword. After the world finals, the super rookie Griffin squad completely disbanded, Chovy found herself a new destination, which is DragonX.
After joining DragonX, Chovy worked alongside his former teammate Doran in the top lane. The main coach is CvMax – the one who coached Chovy every day in the Griffin team. This new army was quickly used by DragonX in the Kespa Cup 2019. Here, DragonX won 3 consecutive victories with the same score of 2-0 against KeG Chungnam, Spear Gaming and DAMWON Gaming. However, they failed to beat Afreeca Freecs in the semi-finals. This is also a friendly tournament and Chovy also offers 8 options for 9 matches. It’s clear that DragonX’s rookie mid laner is trying to test champions and test the tactics of new teammates.
Starting the LCK Spring 2020, DragonX had a series of 4 consecutive matches with all wins against KT Rolster, SANDBOX, Hanwha Life Esport and Afreeca Freecs before being shut down by T1 in the 5th game. However, the loss to T1 was not a problem. big because they won 10 more games for the rest of the season. Apart from T1, only Gen.G and Hanwha Life Esport beat them once.
Gen.G, T1, DragonX finished the group stage with a coefficient of 14-04, but Gen.G came first thanks to the sub-stat, T1 was second and DragonX was third. The name Chovy had a real group stage. the madness of having 20 choices after 46 games from diverse mages, assassins and marksmen. With a lane win rate of up to 82.6%, KDA 5.6, minion stats per minute 9.3, contributing 28.6% damage to the whole team. That makes Chovy the backbone and true spearhead of DragonX alongside veteran ADC Deft.
DragonX fixed the score 3-2 in the 30th minute, thereby entering the next round to meet T1. Chovy’s opponent is none other than Faker, the man who helped Chovy finish second twice in a row in 2019. But unfortunately, Chovy and his teammates only won 1 round in the BO5 pair and were overwhelmed by the professional players of T1. T1 finished in game 4 in less than 30 minutes and they made it to the finals. Meanwhile, DragonX wobbled in 3rd place, Chovy had another disappointing and empty season in the LCK once again despite supporting talent.
Summer 2020, T1 for the Spring Championship went downhill seriously, same thing happened with Gen.G Esport runner-up. DAMWON Gaming emerged as the number one force and DragonX’s position is still at the top. DragonX kicked off the summer with two wins over T1 and Gen.G. These are the two teams that won and runner-up last season. DragonX extended its winning streak to 6 and won against SANDBOX, Afreeca, Dynamic and SeolHaeOne Prince before receiving a 1-2 defeat against KT Rolster in round 7.
Chovy and his teammates only received two more defeats in the entire group stage against T1 and Dawan. With 15 wins, DragonX ranked 2nd after the group stage, just behind DAMWON Gaming. Chovy personally proves his carrying ability with over 26% damage to the whole team, up to 80% lane win, 4.2 KDA and 9.8 minions per minute. Chovy continued to show off his champion pool with 16 picks after 45 games.
With 2nd place on the leaderboard after the group stage, DragonX needs to win a series of BO5s before advancing to the Finals against a challenger named Gen.G. With a breathtaking 3-2 victory, DragonX entered the final to face DAMWON Gaming. But unfortunately for Chovy, DAMWON Gaming easily destroyed the opponent. Within 2 years, Chovy lost 4 LCK finals. This is a reality too harsh for the first Korean League of Legends prodigy in recent years. After that, Chovy was able to attend the World Finals for the second time in a row.
Entering the second World Final of his career in 2020, Chovy and his teammates are only the second seed in the Korean region. They are placed in Group D and have a good way of playing. However, like the Summer LCK Finals a month earlier, this was Chovy’s second time leaving the game after the quarterfinals. At the end of the 2020 World Championship, Chovy and Deft left the team for another surprising name, Hanwha Life Esport.
Previously, there were rumors about Chovy being able to go to China or join a stronger team. It is also understandable that Chovy wants to accompany his brother Deft to continue to grow together. And as expected, they participated in the friendly tournament Kespa Cup 2020, Hanwha Life successfully defeated Gen.G with a score of 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Chovy shows he’s very well adapted to Riot’s adjustments to Riot Games’ new mythological series.
Spring 2021, Hanwha Life in this match has only 2 fulcrums: Deft and Chovy. Hanwha Life opened the season with a 1-2 defeat to T1. However, they came back strong with 4 wins, including 2 opponents, DragonX and Gen.G. Chovy maintains her laning skills with an average of 10.0 minions per minute, 81.8% win rate, and 28.2% damage to the whole team, too convincing numbers.
With the 3rd place obtained for the group stage, Hanwha Life Esport is required to compete from the quarterfinals. In that BO5 series, Chovy was the brightest name with KDA 739 and the driving force that brought Hanwha Life Esport to a 1-0 lead after more than 50 minutes of intense competition. In game 2, Chovy continued the destruction with Victor 711 but was not strong enough for Hanwha Life to win game 2.
With all her efforts, Chovy with a KDA of 828 destroyed her opponent in game 3, helping Hanwha Life Esport enter the semi-finals. But this is the LCK arena, things are not so simple, Chovy in game 4 received a defeat. After more than 33 tense minutes, Hanwha Life fixed the score 3-2 to go straight to the round in the clash with DAMWON. The victory did not belong to Chovy, Hanwha Life lost 3-0 to DAMWON.
With Spring Chovy was praised for his excellent team carrying ability. In the summer, things became even more desperate when the audience only came to see how the prodigy Chovy carried the team. Because at that time, Hanwha Life Esport was almost unable to win against any opponent. Hanwha Life opened with 3 0-2 defeats against T1, Gen.G and SANDBOX. Deft gamer is getting worse and worse, Chovy has become the backbone of the team alone because their victory in the group stage is all thanks to Chovy’s brilliance.
Summer 2021’s Chovy also broke his record when using a total of 21 champions after 43 games, laning win rate up to 79.1%, KDA 4.0, average minion 9.5 minutes. After all, Hanwha Life only finished 8th in the rankings. The only bright spot is that Hanwha Life Esport can participate in the 2021 World Championship qualifiers for the Korean region thanks to the accumulated points in the Spring.
Having a bad summer record, if Hanwha Life wants to participate in the world final from the group stage, they must win 3 series of BO5s. But if they win 2 BO5 series, this team can also participate in the warm-up round. A good fortune for Hanwha Life when Korea has up to 4 slots at the 2021 World Finals. Hanwha Life Esport entered its first BO5 series with SANDBOX, Chovy helped the team to a 3-1 win, went on to crush Donsim 3-0, and the next match was thanks to Chovy’s brilliance.
Hanwha Life only needs to win one more BO5 series, they will push T1 down to the 4th seed, then Chovy and his teammates will enter the group stage of the World Finals. However, the final victory in the BO5 series lasting 5 games belonged to T1. Hanwha Life accepted to participate in the World Finals at the warm-up round.
Hanwha Life Esport has been included in Group A along with LNG Esport. Although Hanwha Life failed in the opening match, they got their revenge right after 3 consecutive victories. And of course, Chovy’s role is still the carry-on. With 2nd place, Hanwha Life has to fight another BO5 series to be able to enter the group stage. Hanwha Life won 3-0 and they officially entered the group stage of the World Championship.
In the group stage, Hanwha Life fell into Group C. Chovy opened the 3rd World Finals in her career. Hanwha Life advances to the 8 strongest teams at the World Finals. Exiting Faker in 2019, Chovy was defeated again in 2020. Fate brought Hanwha Life to face T1 in the Finals. Hanwha Life was destroyed in 3 battles and Chovy was also called out for his passive play. But no matter what, Chovy’s undeniably brought Hanwha Life from a top 8 team in the LCK summer to a top 8 place at the World Championship the same year.
In the Spring of 2022, after 2 years of being together but empty-handed in all arenas, Chovy decided to part ways with Deft to join a more suitable team called Gen.G Esport. Continuing to write his own glorious dream, Chovy on this team has been partnered with better players such as Doran, Venus, Ruler, Lehends. This is a reunion of 3 elements Chovy, Doran and Lehends of Griffin back in the day.
The power of Gen.G is rumored to completely overwhelm the LCK, destroy all opponents in matches, ready to become the challenger for the Korean League of Legends trophy. Gen.G showed its strength with a series of 5 wins to open the new season. It is worth mentioning that Gen.G is constantly losing staff because of the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic. They have 34 games in the group stage, Chovy has a 70.6% win rate, an average KDA of 7.1, damage per minute 595.1.
Chovy is increasingly honored as the mainstay of the team that can bring Gen.G to a glorious victory. The 2nd place of the group stage helped Gen.G reach the semi-finals. Needless to say too much about this spring, people no longer call Chovy a golden spine, instead a diamond spine. Chovy lost the 5th LCK final of his career, turning the prodigy into the greatest runner-up in the League of Legends village.
Chovy’s carrying ability is almost indisputable. The boy born in 2001 in that student body is gradually asserting that he is the next legend in Korea’s League of Legends. Chovy’s play style through 4 years of professional competition with 8 seasons has always remained loyal to the ability to fire the machine, always taking the advantage of laning to suppress the opponent. Chovy’s level is something that should not be discussed too much because a mid laner that can use most champions is extremely rare in professional League of Legends.
Is it only Faker, since emerging in the Griffin team or until the hopeless situation at Hanwha Life Esport, Chovy is still Faker’s opponent. There is no shortage of comparisons between Faker and Chovy because the level of both is undisputed. If you put all the individual and collective titles aside, perhaps both are indistinguishable. Where to find a prodigy who can perform well against an immortal Demon King like Faker. There’s nothing wrong with calling Chovy is the League of Legends Best Mid Laner in LCK.