|NAME:||Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현)|
|COUNTRY OF BIRTH:||South Korea|
|BIRTHDAY:||November 18, 1994|
|SOLOQ IDs:|| GORILLA|
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Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon (강범현) is the Support for Longzhu Gaming.
GorillA was a substitute on NaJin White Shield throughout most of 2013. He would however play for them at the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 but they were unable to place in the Top 4, finishing 5th-8th after getting through groups and losing (0-3) to CJ Entus Frost.
GorillA's 2014 season was very up and down. NaJin White Shield was able to place 4th at the PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014, losing the 3rd place match (1-3) to KT Rolster Bullets. In the HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014, NaJin was able to get 1st in their group with 2 wins and 1 tie and then winning the tiebreaker against CJ Entus Blaze. The team would then defeat KT Bullets (3-2) and CJ Entus Blaze (3-2) to reach the finals. They were however defeated 1-3 by Samsung Galaxy Blue and placed 2nd. In the HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014, NaJin White Shield placed 2nd in their group with 3 ties. After making their way to the playoffs, they were defeated in the Quarterfinals (2-3) by the eventual champions KT Rolster Arrows.
Earning enough points to attend the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals, NaJin defeated KT Bullets (3-0) and then KT Arrows (3-0) to reach the final round against SK Telecom T1 K. In an amazing way to round out their gauntlet run, Shield defeated SKT T1 K (3-1) to qualify for the 2014 World Championship. At Worlds, NaJin Shield was placed in Group D along with Cloud9, Alliance and KaBuM! e-Sports. After going 4-2 in the group, despite dropping a few games to Alliance and Cloud9, Shield was able to win the tiebreaker against C9 and get 1st in their group. They were however beaten in the Quarterfinals (0-3) by OMG.
Prior to the 2016 season, KOO Tigers changed their name to ROX Tigers. The ROX Tigers finished the LCK Spring 2016 Split in first place with a 16-2 record. In the finals of the LCK Spring Playoffs, ROX Tigers were defeated by SK Telecom T1 in a 3-1 fashion. In the regular season of the summer split, they were once again able to finish 1st with a 15-3 record. This time around, their opponent in the final wasn't SK Telecom, it was KT Rolster. In a very close series that became a classic, ROX was able to win it (3-2) and capture their first LCK title since they were formed.
Winning the Summer Split also paved GorillA and ROX's way to the 2016 World Championship, as Korea's #1 seed. At Worlds, GorillA and team were drawn in Group A alongside Albus NoX Luna, Counter Logic Gaming and G2 Esports. They managed to come out as the #1 seed from their group by winning the tiebreaker match against ANX. In playoffs, the team was seeded against LPL's #1 seed, EDward Gaming. However, they easily get past the Chinese team in a 3-1 victory and moved on to the Semifinals. In the 2nd stage of the bracket, however, the team faced SK Telecom T1 and lost. Although the games were close, GorillA and team were still unable to overpower the 2-time World Champions and lost the 5th and final match, thus ending their run at 3rd and 4th place.
GorillA's last match for the season is at the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup where they, again, faced SKT in the Semifinals. It was a different story this time, however, as they managed to beat the now 3-time World Champions (2-0) and moved on to the Finals. They then faced Kongdoo Monster whom they beat (3-1) to take home the cup.
However, this was the last tournament GorillA played with the team as well. In the off season, ROX Tigers announced that its entire roster, including the Coaches, are already free agents and are open to offers. The next day, GorillA, alongside teammates PraY, Smeb and Kuro parted ways with the team. On December 4th, Longzhu Gaming announced that GorillA joined their roster for 2017 Spring. He will be manning the bot lane alongside his AD Carry from ROX Tigers, PraY.
- Chose the username "GorillA" because apparently he looks like gorilla.
- Is known as one of the best Lulu supports in Korea
- Re-popularized Janna as a top-tier support in season 4.
|2017 LCK Summer Split|
- For More Champion Statistics CLICK HERE
|2017-04-02||2017 LCK Spring||7th||
||8 - 10||Groups/RR|
|2014-10-06||2014 World Championship||5 - 8th||
||0 : 3|
|2014-08-30||2014 Korea Regional Finals||1st||
||3 : 1|
|2014-08-07||ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014||3rd||
||3 : 2|
|2014-07-16||HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014||5 - 8th||
||2 : 3|
|2014-06-08||SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014||4th||
||1 : 2|
|2014-05-24||HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014||2nd||
||1 : 3|
|2014-01-15||PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014||4th||
||1 : 3|
- January 21st - Longzhu Gorilla: "I believe Fly and Crash will do well, and I know so" with Inven Global
- February 2nd - LZ PraY-GorillA: "Minimizing mistakes was our main goal." with Inven Global
- February 28th - LZ GorillA: "I hope we can pick ourselves up with today's win." with Inven Global
- September 14 - [인터뷰] 우승 맛 본 '고릴라' 강범현, '킹콩'이 되어 세계로 더 높게 with Inven
- September 19th - VIDEO: Korean BBQ with ROX Tigers: the perks of Worlds in NA, sound booths and Twitter wars with TheScore eSports
- September 29th - VIDEO: GorillA on Worlds bot lanes: 'I would like to play against TSM's bottom duo Doublelift and Biofrost the most' with YAHOO! Esports
- October 1st - VIDEO: GorillA: 'Smeb is sick to the point that every time he says something he's coughing' with theScore Esports
- October 6th - VIDEO: ROX GorillA: ‘It’s definitely not the case that Korea will for sure win the World Championship.’ with YAHOO! Esports
- October 15th - ROX GorillA on reaching the semifinals and playing SKT again with Slingshot
- November 19th - Full Team Postmatch Interview with the ROX Tigers Translated by Young Jae "RallyJaffa" Jeon (invenglobal.com)
- December 12th - VIDEO: 게임 리포트 : 고릴라 쿠로와 함께하는 선수들의 이적, 그 뒷이야기 1편 with OGN Plus
- August 20th - “KT is the mountain to scale in order to meet SKT T1″ with Inven (translated by @xoprestige)
- October 2nd - VIDEO: Interview with Gorilla (KR)(EN)(video) with Twitch
- October 5th - VIDEO: GorillA on his play at Worlds: 'as a support the most important thing is that your team does well, so I want to shine through my team' (KR)(EN)(video) with The Score Esports
- October 7th - VIDEO: Gorilla Full English Interview: Rates Western Teams - Predict Flash Wolves advances instead of CLG (video) with GameSpot
- August 31st - VIDEO: Korea Final Match Winner Interview - NaJin W Shield (video) with OGN Global
- September 26th - VIDEO: 2014 World Championships Interview with OGN Global
- January 4th - The Quiet Supporter: A look back at GorillA's career by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
- January 5th - GorillA: “I want to improve the image of both the Longzhu company and the team’s skill.” by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- September 14th - An evening with the ROX Tigers by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
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- October 3rd - VIDEO: Ask the Pros: What would you spend your Worlds prize money on by theScore Esports
- October 13th - VIDEO: 2016 World Championship: Quarterfinals Tease by LoL Esports
- October 30th - VIDEO: Playmaker: Analyst -- GorillA | League of Legends by League of Legends
- November 6th - Emily Rand's LCK 2016 Player Awards and All-Stars Votes by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)