DRX Signs 2020 World Championship Champion

DRX have announced big changes to their League of Legends roster. They will release the DRX Winter: DRX Stove League video on their YouTube channel.

New players: BeryL, Deft, Zeka

Cho 'BeryL' Geon-hee, 22 years old. Prize money earned: $ 337,477

BeryL is the 2020 League of Legends World Champion. 2020 was the brightest period in the Korean player's career. As part of DAMWON Gaming, he managed to win LCK Summer 2020 (~ $ 85,215) and become the winner of the 2020 World Championship (~ $ 556,250). After the triumph, the team rested for a while and raised the champion title again at the KeSPA Cup 2020, which they achieved at LCK Spring 2021 (~ $ 178,412). Нв Mid-Season Invitational 2021, the team took 2nd place, and at LCK Summer 2021 - 1st place. In the 2021 World Championship, Cho 'BeryL' Geon-hee came very close to DAMWON becoming the second team to defend the League of Legends World Championship. The team reached the grand final and were defeated with a score of 2-3 in a very tight fight with Edward Gaming. It is worth mentioning that DAMWON Gaming beat T1 in the semi-finals, a team that was very confidently on their way to their fourth victory in the LoL World Championship. BeryL is the most award-winning DRX rookie, although it doesn't have the most prize money.

Kim 'Deft' Hyuk-kyu, 25 years old. Prize money earned: $ 442,594

Deft has an impressive track record that can take DRX results to the level they have been striving for for a long time. By the way, cooperation with DRX will not be the first for Deft. In the period from November 2018 to November 2020, he already performed at this club. Deft's career as a professional player in League of Legends began back in 2013 under the tag of the famous Korean MVP organization. Then he played in the MVP Blue, and then moved to the ranks of Samsung Galaxy Blue. During his career, he managed to play in such clubs as KT Rolster, Edward Gaming, Hanwha Life Esports and, as mentioned earlier, even DRX. The esportsman achieved the greatest successes with Samsung Galaxy Blue, Edward Gaming and KT Rolster. Playing under the DRX tag, he managed to take first place at Rift Rivals 2019: LCK vs LPL vs LMS vs VCS, however, against the background of triumph in LPL Sprung 2015, Mid-Season Invitational 2015, LPL Summer 2016 and LCK Summer 2018, this fades. Deft has surpassed the $ 400,000 in prize money earned and is on its way to conquering half a million.

Kim 'Zeka' Geon-woo, 18 years old. Prize money earned: $ 0

He is the youngest and most inexperienced esports player among the represented. The 18-year-old began his professional career in 2019 with KT Rolster. Later, he continued his way in the ranks of Vici Gaming, and then in Bilibili Gaming. On November 18, he ended his collaboration with Bilibili and entered the ranks of DRX. During his career, he has made several appearances in the LPL. Unfortunately for Kim Geon-woo, the team's results did not allow him to earn any price from the prize money, which, as usual, are the largest in the Chinese league (~ $ 650,000 on average). Now he hopes to turn his career around for the better with DRX.

Coaching Updates: Legendary Kim and Coaching Newcomers Mowgli and Shine

Kim 'Kim' Jung-soo, 32

Kim is one of the most experienced and successful League of Legends coaches, having worked with renowned clubs like T1, DAMWONG Gaming, Invictus Gaming and others. With his help, Invictus Gaming won the 2018 World Championship (~ $ 2,418,750) in 2018 and took 2nd place at LPL Summer 2018 (~ $ 117,044). Longzhu Gaming together with Kim took the championship at LCK Summer 2017 and settled in 5th-8th place at the 2017 World Championship. In April 2020, T1 led by Kim became the undisputed winners of LCK Spring 2020 without losing a single map in the Bo5 final.

Lee 'Mowgli' J-ha, 23 years old. Prize money earned: ~ $ 81,550

Coaching will be a new experience for Mowgli. Lee Jay-ha has been on various rosters as a player. He achieved the greatest success with Afreeca Freecs, with whom he took 5th-8th place at the 2018 World Championship (~ $ 258,000).

Shin 'Shine' Dong-wook

Sin is the greenest trainer among the newcomers. His playing career has not been very successful, and the arrival of the Korean at the club probably has long-term expectations from the organization's management.

2021 has been a very bad year for DRX. The team took part in only two tournaments, where they failed miserably. If at LCK Spring 2021 the team entered the top 5, gaining a foothold in the fifth position. then in LCK Summer 2021 DRX took 10th place out of 10 possible. Someone has to take the last place. The management of the organization hopes to fundamentally change the situation with poor performance and that is why it decided to attract new resources and conclude contracts with six new persons at once.

Updated DRX roster for League of Legends: