Nam Tae-yoo 
South Korea
Clutch Gaming
Set to join Clutch Gaming
November 21, 2017
LirA is being pursued by Clutch Gaming and is likely to sign with the team for the 2018 season, reports Jacob Wolf of ESPN.
LirA is set to join Clutch Gaming with former teammates Apollo and Hakuho. With an impressive showing during his time with EnVy, despite the team's less than remarkable performances, it is no surprise that LirA has found a new home so quickly. The news comes as no surprise with LirA looking to continue his impressive performance alongside his former teammates in an attempt to show his skill during the 2018 season.
Free agent for 2018
November 21, 2017
LirA announced on Tuesday he is a free agent for Season 8.
LirA spent Season 7 on Team EnVyUs, often being the driving force for the team's success. His early game presence propelled his team ahead in many series, and he was usually present in the mid-to-late game as well. LirA will join a handful of available free agents after being released under special circumstances, given the flux of teams changing in the NA LCS. He provided no indication to where he will end up, but it is likely that he will remain in North America or return to Korea.
Early strength insufficient
August 22, 2017
LirA posted an overall 8/14/33 scoreline at the end of NV's 2-3 loss to CLG on Sunday.
LirA has proven time and again that he's capable of winning the early game for his team, and this was no challenge in this series against the rookie OmarGod. With the latter sticking to scaling tanks, LirA had his way with the map early on, and generally did a good job taking advantage, particularly on Elise. However, NV demonstrated they still had trouble closing games, and with CLG's superior scaling in most games, they were able to fight their way out of the series with a win. Depressingly, had LirA been able to prevent OmarGod's Baron steal in Game 1, NV likely could've taken this series before CLG ever got a chance to come back.
Can't do enough to save NV
August 7, 2017
LirA put up a 3/4/9 scoreline by the end of NV's 0-2 loss to Cloud9 on Saturday.
LirA's Jarvan IV in Game 1 was the sole shining light for NV, as he participated in all four of his team's kills. As that sentence indicates, however, NV had a rough go of it, and lost Game 1 in just 24 minutes. In Game 2, LirA's Rek'Sai was a thorn in the side of Cloud9's backline, winning NV multiple fights with his pressure, one of which netted Baron. Unfortunately, this was enough to get a win for NV.
Early invade backfires in Game 1 loss
August 5, 2017
LirA scored a 2/7/6 KDA in Team EnVyUs' series loss to Immortals on Friday.
LirA's Zac was unlucky in Game 1 as IMT collapsed on his early invade. Both teams brought everyone and fought a 5-vs-5 teamfight just three minutes in. EnVY got first blood, but gave up four kills after and quickly lost control of Game 1. LirA provided plenty of crowd control in teamfights, but it wasn't enough and often cost him his life or at least Zac's passive. In Game 2 LirA stayed away from early invades and instead made early ganks into the top lane. While the ganks went well in the first half, the second half was a different story as IMT began to dominate teamfights. EnVy wasn't given a chance to comeback and extend the series as IMT ran away with a lead and finished off the sweep.
Nowhere to be found in loss
July 30, 2017
LirA put together just a 2/10/3 KDA in Team EnVyUs' loss against CLG on Saturday.
LirA played two games of Elise in this series, and by the looks of it, he doesn't necessarily know how to play the champion to her strengths. In both games, he was caught out early and often, leaving him unable to make much of a difference in the jungle. CLG picked up on his deficiencies and continued to pick on him all series long. LirA certainly needs to pick his play with such a meta champion if he wishes to help his team out here in the last week and a half of the split.
Solid Gragas play to close out series
July 24, 2017
LirA scored a 3/4/25 KDA in Team EnVyUs' reverse sweep of FlyQuest on Sunday.
LirA had a poor start to the series on Gragas as he scored a 0/3/2 KDA. He struggled to find good engages with Explosive Cask throughout the second half as EnVy got torn apart in teamfights. In Game 2, LirA switch to RekSai and redeemed himself with a 1/0/10 KDA performance. LirA's first gank set up first blood for Nisqy and started EnVY's gold lead that slowly grew the rest of Game 2. EnVy methodically pushed its way to victory and tied up the series after acing FLY. in Game 3 LirA returned to Gragas and put together a solid 2/1/13 KDA. He had much better engages as EnVy found picks and won skirmishes, running away with a gold lead on its way to a just over 42-minute victory.
Picked up play after Game 1 loss of reverse sweep
July 17, 2017
LirA Scored a 9/2/17 KDA in Team EnVyUs' 2-1 reverse sweep of Echo Fox on Sunday.
Lira's Graves traded a death for first blood in Game 1, on his way to a 4/2/1 KDA performance. While the early game went alright for LirA, he struggled to do much in the second half as Echo Fox ran away with a lead in objectives. LirA managed to pick up a few kills protecting inhibitors but it was too little, too late. The rest of the series LirA put together clean outings and it started with a 4/0/12 KDA performance on Elise. LirA was quick to force objectives and aiding in picking apart Echo Fox. EnVy dominated all of the engages, finished with 19 kills and only two deaths. In Game 3 LirA didn't attempt many ganks early, but finally pulled the trigger 16 minutes in when all five members of EnVy roamed into top lane to kill the defenseless Looper for first blood. EnVy lost a mid game teamfight 3-for-2, but maintained a lead in objectives and went back to applying split push pressure.The remaining teamfights EnVy won and LirA's 1/0/4 KDA was just shy of 100 percent kill participation.
Early invade backfires in Game 3 loss
July 1, 2017
LirA scored a 8/9/12 KDA in Team EnVyUs' series loss to Phoenix1 on Friday.
LirA wasn't able to get much done on Graves in Game 1 as he finished with a 1/3/2 KDA. After securing first blood, he power farmed his way through the mid game and managed to sneak some dragon kills. In the late game teamfights, he was barely able to contribute as he got blown up before firing any shots. LirA picked up his play in Game 2 as he put together successful ganks on Elise in all lanes. He got EnVy off to a strong start as his ganks got him participation in the first 11 kills. EnVy struggled to coordinate its mid game well and only managed to even up the series after P1 made a risky Baron call that backfired. In Game 3, LirA started off with an early invade that earned him a kill, but also gave over first blood to MikeYueng's Elise. The invade ended up costing him big as he fell behind early in experience and gold. LirA managed to make some good plays in the second half but EnVy struggled to coordinate its defense late and lost a hard-fought 57-minute Game 3.
Strong play not enough to claim victory over CLG
June 26, 2017
LirA earned a series KDA of 7/6/12 in EnVy's defeat against CLG.
Although he played well throughout the series against CLG, LirA was ultimately unable to keep up with his opponents, resulting in a defeat. He started off the series on Nidalee and despite being one of his best champions, he was unable to get things done. With the enemy team finding an early lead, he couldn't gain an advantage for his team, putting them in a compromised position. Without anyway to come back into the game, CLG was able to take it convincingly. Game 2 saw a different story with LirA picking Elise and dominating from the start. Able to facilitate several early kills, he had no problem bringing his team a large lead that choked CLG out of the game quickly. Participating in nearly all of his team's kills, his strong play net a victory to tie the series. He picked Elise once again in Game 3 but this time did not have the same levels of success. Although he was able to pick up some kills for his team, it was not enough as CLG played the map more effectively. Try as he might, he could not find a victory, despite participating in all of his team's kills. As a result, EnVy fell in the series 1-2.
Solid Game 2 on Lee
June 6, 2017
LirA went 4/6/11 as Team EnVyUs was taken down 1-2 by Dignitas on Saturday.
Starting out the series on Ivern, LirA pulled off a great counter gank in the bot lane early in Game 1, securing two free kills. However, this was really the only positive play he made all game, as NV were outscaled and lost the map. In Game 2 LirA looked much better on Lee Sin, helping Pirean's Taliyah to create early pressure against Dignitas' weak early-game comp, which led to an easy win. He stuck with Lee Sin for the deciding game, but couldn't find the same success. He only went 2/4/6 in the loss, and was never the one setting up plays for his team despite being on such a prolific playmaking champion.
Gets his team going from the jungle
April 3, 2017
LirA posted a solid 16/10/20 KDA in Team EnVyUs' 3-2 victory over Gold Coin United.
LirA has shown that he is among the best junglers in NA throughout the split and the series against GCU was no exception. He played Nidalee, Kha'Zix (twice) and Lee Sin (twice) in his five games. Outside of one poor performance on Kha'Zix in Game 4, LirA was largely the reason his team went on the win the series. His pressured the map extremely well while maintaining constant tabs on the location of his GCU counterpart. The main thing that I noticed over the course of this series was that LirA is the backbone of this EnVyUs squad. If he can get his team going early, they can snowball and take good leads into the mid/late-game. League is a team game, and despite LirA's strong performances, wins don't always come to fruition due to his team's shortcomings. LirA's only potential negative that he doesn't play tank junglers, but since he has to get his team going, his team would theoretically always fall behind and lose.
Looks great despite loss
March 4, 2017
LirA ended Team EnVyUs' loss to FlyQuest Saturday with an overall KDA of 15/5/12.
LirA went with Kha'Zix for Game 1, up against Moon's Graves. He managed to outpace Moon for a large portion of the early game, grabbing kills for himself in all three lanes before the 20-minute mark to start out 5/1/1. He even caught out Hai's Zed in the jungle to grab a solo kill. However, LirA was one of three lethality-stacking champions for EnVy in Game 1, making them easy to itemize against and losing them late-game teamfights and the game. For Game 2, LirA switched over to Lee Sin and looked flawless. A well-timed early gank got NV first blood in the bottomlane at just two-and-a-half minutes, and he continued to pick up kills for NV, maintaining 100-percent kill participation until 26 minutes in. LirA finished the Game 2 victory with a 7/1/8 KDA. In Game 3, LirA returned to Kha'Zix, and failed to get anything done. FLY were simply always three steps ahead in this game, giving up only a single kill and stuffing any and all attempts by NV to get something meaningful back. LirA went 0/1/0 as FlyQuest took the series.
Completely outplays Akaadian
February 18, 2017
LirA finished with a 7/1/16 KDA as NV took down Echo Fox 2-0 Saturday.
LirA started out this series on Rek'Sai for Game 1. Early on, Akaadian appeared to be outpacing LirA, grabbing first blood and going 4/1/0 early on. However, LirA was nevertheless ahead of Akaadian's Lee Sin in gold at this point in the game due to his farm advantage, and had participated in a couple kills of his own as well. This made NV's gold distribution far better than Echo Fox's helping them to win teamfights en route to a 34-minute win. LirA, on Lee Sin, was much more direct with his take down of Akaadian in Game 2, thwarting his attempted top lane gank to grab first blood onto his counterpart. From there on in, LirA was simply much more effective for NV, grabbing kills and assists all across the map while Akaadian continued to die. As a result, NV were able to roll to a 2-0 series victory.
Little impact in loss to Phoenix1
February 18, 2017
LirA finished Team EnVyUs' 0-2 series loss with a KDA of 2/1/3 on Friday.
LirA had a good start to Game 1 as Elise, picking up first blood before 10 minutes and getting NV ahead early. LirA couldn't capitalize on the early lead, however, as NV had several problems with shotcalling in the late game. Finishing with a KDA of 2/0/2, LirA was efficient but unable to stop P1 from stealing Game 1 in 56 minutes. LirA got his hands on an often-banned Rengar pick in Game 2, but couldn't find any success on the champion. Bullied by Adrian's Lulu every time he tried to jump on P1's backline, LirA only managed a 0/1/1 KDA as NV fell flat in Game 2, dropping the series-decider in just under 30 minutes.