Ambition
Kang Chan-yong 
South Korea
Samsung
Re-signs with Samsung Galaxy
November 20, 2017
Samsung Galaxy announced via their Facebook account this morning that they would be re-signing their entire 2017 roster, including Ambition.
ANALYSIS
It should come as little surprise that Samsung has opted to retain the services of their 2017 lineup, especially since it's also the same lineup they deployed at Worlds 2016 during their run to the grand finals. Even less surprising is the fact that they have decided to retain the services of their veteran jungler, Ambition, who is often regarded as the brain behind the team. It seems the newlywed's honeymoon might again need to wait, as Samsung Galaxy seems intent on reprising their successes from 2017 during the 2018 season.
Average objective control, fantastic shotcalling
November 6, 2017
Ambition posted a 2/3/30 KDA in Samsung Galaxy's series over SK Telecom T1 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ambition picked Zac going into Game 1. His 100 percent kill participation in the game illustrates how influential Ambition was in setting up picks and kills in the chess-like game. He did have a massive misstep early smiting Baron and giving it to SKT, but he was a playmaker outside of that. Game 2 saw Ambition lock in Jarvan IV with about the same overall success as the game before. Ambition did falter when it came to controlling Dragons and getting Rift Herald, but he made up for it in the late game. Game 3 was tough for Ambition's Sejuani, especially in the early game. Samsung's victory in the game was more thanks to Ruler and misplays from SKT. Overall, Ambition's shotcalling and vision control were superb. It nullified the mechanical and early game advantages SKT found, therefore paving the way for Samsung to win it all.
Dominating Kha'Zix performance
October 13, 2017
Ambition finished Friday's win over 1907 Fenerbahce with a 4/1/8 KDA as Kha'Zix.
ANALYSIS
Ambition pulled out a carry jungler and ran riot over Fenerbahce on Friday. He was involved in 12 of 14 kills, tying for the team-high kill participation, while finishing second in both kills and assists. Ambition's strong performance got Samsung out to a strong Week 2 start as they inched a step closer to the knockout stages.
No luck getting laners ahead
October 7, 2017
Ambition ended Saturday's loss to RNG with a 0/2/0 KDA as Sejuani.
ANALYSIS
Ambition struggled to do anything in the early game, hurting Samsung's scaling laners chances of becoming relevant. With Samsung unable to pick up a single kill, Ambition's two deaths were tied for the second-highest total on the team. Samsung and Ambition will look to bounce back against Fenerbahce on Sunday.
Strong performance in both game wins
August 1, 2017
Ambition ended Tuesday's win over ROX with a 0/3/16 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition finished Game 1 with a 0/1/6 KDA as Jarvan IV. He had an assist on first blood and finished the game with an assist on six of ten kills. In Game 2, Ambition used Elise and finished with a 0/2/3 KDA. He had 100 percent kill participation, but struggled to snowball the game with Samsung managing only three kills. For Game 3, Ambition earned a 0/0/7 KDA as Gragas. He was unkillable, picking up an assist on the first four Samsung kills. He finished the game with an assist on seven of 11 kills as Samsung finished the series.
Rockin' the Rek'sai
July 24, 2017
Ambition had a decent 4/3/7 KDA against MVP on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Ambition played Rek'Sai in both games he entered against MVP. Per usual, he looked pretty good on the champion with great mechanics and solid vision control. His Game 2 KDA of 1/1/7 is perfect for a Rek'Sai because it shows how active he was on early ganks that helped his team get ahead however his Game 3 KDA of 3/2/0 tells a much different story. Rek'Sai taking kills generally means sloppy play because the champion is not equipped to be a late game carry. The absence of a single assist shows that MVP was wise to his gank style the second time the teams entered the Rift.
MVP Performance during victory over SKT T1
July 13, 2017
Ambition took home the Game 2 MVP as well as an 11/4/20 KDA during Samsung Galaxy's victory over SKT T1.
ANALYSIS
The last time we saw Ambition on the Rift, he was a shadow of his former self. He was so abysmal against Ever8 that he was subbed out for Haru for the second time this split. Well, his underperformance on Rek'Sai now makes perfect sense, as he was clearly busy preparing his pocket pick for his match, and the results were well worth the sandbagging. Ambition treated fans of the LCK to the premiere of jungle Sejuani, and it was a pick that SKT T1 was so unprepared for that it could almost be said that it won the game all on its own. She might not be able to do much in the early game, but Sejuani proved her worth once the teamfights started rolling in and she started locking down all of SKT T1's many melee champions with Permafrost. Ambition's control of teamfights assured that no one on SKT T1 could ever reach Ruler in either game, a feat he managed while also tanking up Bang's Kalista, which might as well have been a gnat for all that damage it could do to Ambition and his Warmog's Armor. Don't be surprised if we see Sejuani bans in the future when teams take on Samsung. If it can take down SKT T1 even while they're running Blank, who was undefeated in 20 games before this match, then it can take down anyone.
Shaky in Game 1
July 11, 2017
Ambition ended Samsung's Game 1 win over Ever8 with a 0/4/4 KDA as Rek'sai.
ANALYSIS
Ambition was shaky early, dying often and giving Ever8 a huge gold lead through the mid game. He finished the game involved in 50 percent of Samsung's kills, but didn't pick up his first assist until the 32nd minute. Ambition's early game struggles were cleared up late, as Ever8 couldn't find a way to close out the game, allowing Samsung to come back for the win.
Insane KDA overshadows very real struggles
July 6, 2017
Ambition finished Samsung's victory over EDG with a 5/0/7 KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition came away from Samsung's victory over EDG with a KDA that looked incredibly out of place considering how much Samsung, and Ambition in particular, struggled during the match. He managed to escape death for the whole series for a pretty simple reason: he was rarely where he needed to be to help his team. Samsung's mid game was a quagmire where both teams struggled to come out on top -- a struggle that Samsung only won thanks to the copacetic teamfighting of CuVee. Ambition's Gragas initiated all of zero teamfights for the entire game, and the fact that CuVee hit more five-man GNAR!!!s than Ambition managed to hit Explosive Casks reveals exactly how little of an impact Ambition had on the game once it passed the 15-minute mark. While such lackadaisical play might have served Samsung well enough against EDG, it's not going to cut it when they're sent up against teams like RNG, WE, or even the Flash Wolves. Ambition is going to need to step up in a big way soon, or make room for a certain former CJ Entus teammate who will.
Utilizes new-look Rek'Sai
June 28, 2017
Ambition finished Wednesday's 2-1 win over Longzhu with a 7/8/13 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition used Gragas in Game 1 to finish with a 0/2/4 KDA. He had 50 percent kill participation, managing only four assists in the Game 1 loss. In Game 2, Ambition used Rek'Sai to earn a 4/5/9 KDA. He was involved in 13 of Samsung's 21 kills in Game 2, helping to even the series. Using Rek'Sai again in Game 3, Ambition ended with a 3/1/0 KDA. He was involved in only three of Samsung's nine kills, but helped get his team ahead to take down Longzhu in a fairly one-sided final game.
Excellent series leads to sweep
June 22, 2017
Ambition finished Wednesday's sweep of bbq with a 8/1/7 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition finished Game 1 with a 3/1/3 KDA as Lee Sin. He was involved in six of his team's nine kills, getting his laners ahead and using his ultimate to set up kills on priority targets in the late game. In Game 2, Ambition used Kha'Zix to finish with a 5/0/4 KDA. He was unkillable, while being involved in nine of Samsung's 12 kills. He led Samsung in kills throughout the series, dominating from the jungle.
A strong series start closed out by a lackluster Game 3
June 16, 2017
Ambition posted a 3/7/12 KDA in Samsung Galaxy's 1-2 series loss to KT Rolster on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Ambition played a game each of Gragas, Zac, and Elise. His Gragas play was strong, but due to feeding lanes he was unable to do anything even relatively risky without throwing his life away. Game 2 was about the same mechanically, but his lanes did better and allowed Ambition to breathe. His Elise game was easily his worst of the series. He was relegated to being a stun bot since he had a poor early game. Ambition started off the series strong, but his fizzling out in Game 3 was crucial to his team's loss.
Shows up on tank and carry junglers
June 8, 2017
Ambition ended Samsung's sweep of MVP with a 3/2/16 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition used Gragas in Game 1 to finish with a 1/2/10 KDA. He provided excellent engage for his teammates, utilizing Kled's Let's Charge to speed up and land Gragas' various crowd-control abilities in teamfights. This led to the second-most assists in the game with 10. In Game 2, Ambition used a more carry-oriented jungler, finishing with a 2/0/6 KDA as Kha'Zix. He was unkillable and despite the low kill total, dealing large amounts of damage as Samsung closed out the sweep.
Shines on Gragas
June 6, 2017
Ambition ended Samsung's 2-1 win over Afreeca with a 3/4/20 combined KDA.
ANALYSIS
Ambition started the series poorly, ending Game 1 with a 0/2/0 KDA as Graves as Samsung managed only one kill. Things turned around for Ambition starting in Game 2 on Gragas, as he ended with a 2/1/13 KDA. He got Samsung ahead early and helped snowball his side to a victory, utilizing Gragas' multiple crowd-control abilities to set up 13 kills. Using Gragas again in Game 3, Ambition finished with a 1/1/7 KDA. He had 100 percent kill participation as he again helped Samsung win late-game teamfights with his various crowd control abilities.
Faltered on Lee Sin, but shined Kha'Zix
June 4, 2017
Ambition posted a 7/7/13 KDA in Samsung Galaxy's 2-1 series victory over ROX Tigers on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ambition played a game of Lee Sin, Gragas, and Kha'Zix. His signature Lee Sin failed to make an impact throughout the game, which was likely one of the major reason that SSG wasn't able to stop the bleeding in the Game 1 upset. Ambition was thoroughly outjungled. Game 2 was a better performance, but it wasn't anything special either. His Gragas did the necessary dirty work down the stretch to end the game in a victory, but it wasn't game-changing. If anything, it just looked like Ambition was playing Gragas because he's meta, not because he particularly wanted to. His Game 3 Kha'Zix was great. Ambition became the ruthless assassin that Kha'Zix has the potential to be with a small lead in the early game. His tight grip on the jungled prevented ROX from being able to find a pick to crawl back into the game. Ambition need a couple games, but he was able to finish strong to cap off a 2-0 week for his team.