League of Legends: A Moment in the Sun – Remembering Gravity Gaming

League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games. /
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The Fall

Yet even then, a single week away from locking in first for the split, there was this pervasive feeling of dread., of a moment too sweet to last.

Their last week of play, Gravity dropped like a stone. They fell to their rivals, TiP, the first sign of their inevitable, uncontrolled descent. Then, on their final Regular Season game of 2015, Gravity plunged through the atmosphere for their last time, embarrassed by the floundering TDK.

And after that, to add a grim certainty to the team’s trajectory, they lost their tiebreaker to TiP, landing gracelessly in 4th.

When they played TSM in the first round of Playoffs, the writing was already on the wall. After all, they were just a team of rookies with a penchant for silly poke compositions and a trajectory reaching the far end of its parabola, the end of its moment in LCS history. Gravity lost 1-3, missing Worlds by a wide margin.

And just like that, Gravity was gone.

Gravity disbanded before the beginning of 2016, selling their LCS spot to Echo Fox. The players scattered to the wind — Hauntzer joined TSM, Keane took a split off from the pro league to bring his Apex roster through Challenger, Altec went to NRG, Bunny to C9 and Move disappeared from pro play forever.

Hauntzer, former Gravity League of Legends top laner
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 06: Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell, Mike ‘MikeYeung’ Yeung, Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Rodriguez and Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg pose for a phto during the Gillette x Team SoloMid Press Conference at Hotel Palomar on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Ketchum) /

And though none of the players would ever meet on the same League of Legends team again, you have to wonder if they remember that one fleeting, bittersweet moment where their team defied expectations, defied their own strength and transcended the laws of fair play.

Hovering aloft, their sneakers an inch above the competition at the moment before they would likely – would have to -come crashing back to earth.

I like to think they do.

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It’s been fun remembering Gravity with you all. As usual, thanks for your input, and I look forward to seeing more – below in the comments!