| Background Information
|| Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현)
| Country of Birth:
|| November 18, 1994
|| Longzhu Gaming
| Soloqueue IDs:
|| 나진 꼬릴라, HUYA GorillA, GE GorillA
| Social Media and Links
| Team History
" Beom-hyeon (Hangul:
강범현) is a support for Longzhu Gaming
Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon joined NaJin White Shield on June 21st, 2013 as their new starting support. He played in his first tournament at HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 where Shield made it to the quarterfinals but lost 3-0 to CJ Entus Frost.
The new season started off fairly well for GorillA and his team. They attended PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014 where they placed 4th, their highest result ever, after making to the semifinals but losing 3-1 to Samsung Ozone and the KT Rolster Bullets. Their next tournament was HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 where they made it to the finals of the whole tournament but lost 3-1 to Samsung Blue. The team's final OGN of the year was HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 where they dropped 3-2 in the quarterfinals to the KT Rolster Arrows. Shield acquired enough circuit points to qualify for the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals. They pulled off a miracle run and made it through the whole gauntlet, ending with a 3-1 victory against SK Telecom T1 K to qualify for the 2014 Season World Championship. They attended worlds later that year, where they made it out of groups but were beaten 3-0 by OMG in the quarterfinals. On October 31st 2014, it was announced that GorillA parted ways with NaJin White Shield.
On November 14th, 2014, GorillA joined the newly formed HUYA Tigers together with Smeb, Lee, PraY, and kurO. The team played in the Champions Spring 2015 Qualifiers along with Incredible Miracle, Prime Clan, and Xenics, where they finished 2-1 and qualified for Champions Spring 2015. The team then renamed to GE Tigers. GE started out unarguably the top team in Korea at SBENU Champions Spring 2015 and earned themselves an invitation to the IEM Season IX World Championship in March. However, after defeating Cloud9 and SK Gaming to win their group, they lost 2-1 to Team WE in the semifinals. This defeat was considered by many casters and analysts to be the biggest upset to date in the entire history of League of Legends competition. They qualified for the finals of the OGN playoffs because of their first place finish in the regular season. Unfortunately, they lost 3-0 to SK Telecom T1 in the finals and placed second. The team renamed to the KOO Tigers prior to the start of SBENU Champions Summer 2015. KOO placed fourth in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs but lost 3-2 in the semifinals to KT Rolster. Because SKT won the finals, KOO still qualified for the 2015 Season World Championship as the second seed due to circuit points. KOO was placed into a group at worlds with Counter Logic Gaming, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming. They placed second, ending with a 4-2 record. They beat KT Rolster 3-1 and Fnatic 3-0 to make it to the finals against SKT. However, they finally fell in the finals with a 3-1 loss.
Soon after Worlds, Koo dropped the team as a sponsor and they renamed to the Tigers. The Tigers played in the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup but they were upset in the first round 2-0 by SBENU Sonicboom. The Tigers renamed to ROX Tigers in January.
During the 2016 LCK Spring Split, the ROX Tigers dominated domestically in similar fashion to 2015. They finished the regular season with a 16-2 match record, losing only to KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy. Earning first place in the regular season gave them a bye to the finals of the Spring Playoffs, where they faced SK Telecom T1. ROX entered as the favorites this time, but still lost 3-1, earning themselves second place for the spring split.
During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, the Tigers once again placed first in the regular season with an impressive 15-3 scoreline in Bo3s, with two losses to SK Telecom T1 and one loss to Samsung Galaxy. This seeded them in the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs directly into their third domestic finals, where they eventually met KT Rolster. In an epic series, the ROX Tigers won the set 3-2, claiming 1st place in the Summer Split and giving them Korea's first seed into the 2016 Season World Championship.
At the 2016 Season World Championship, the ROX Tigers were placed into Group A, along with G2 Esports, Counter Logic Gaming, and Albus NoX Luna.
- Chose the username "GorillA" because apparently he looks like gorilla.
- Known as an extremely humble and respectful person
- Known as one of the best Lulu and Thresh supports in Korea.
- Known for having a very large support champion pool
- Re-popularized Janna as a top-tier support in season 4.
- Selected by caster MonteCristo and Thorin in Summoning Insight as the 2015 Player of the Year.
- Invented Miss Fortune support in season 6 World Championship semi-final against SKT.
- January 5th, GorillA: “I want to improve the image of both the Longzhu company and the team’s skill.” Translated on Slingshot
- 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 23rd, GorillA on being the ‘IRL support’: “Other people advise me not to live like this, but maybe I just need to go through a lot of toil.” with Slingshot Esports
- February 28th, LZ GorillA: "I hope we can pick ourselves up with today's win." with Inven Global
- June 26th, Longzhu Gaming GorillA "Miss Fortune is innocent...What matter is player's hand." with Inven Global
- July 20th, Longzhu Bdd shares how PraY made him aim at winning the LCK with Inven Global
- July 22nd, LZ PraY on Standing at the Top of the LCK Leaderboards: "Longzhu is still a bottom tier team" with Inven Global
- July 25th, GorillA on playing Janna: “I don’t think she’s a good champion.” with Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- July 25th, LZ GorillA feels that Janna isn't too great but made viable by Ardent Censer in 7.14 with Inven Global
- July 28th, LZ GorillA: “We still have matches against KT and Samsung, so we need to stall the early celebration and focus on doing well in the coming matches.” with Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- August 9th, GorillA on former ROX teammates in the LCK playoffs: “We’ll have fun watching them fight among themselves on their way to us.” with Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- August 25th, GorillA to Wolf, playfully: “I’m tired of seeing him. I want to see less of him but he keeps making his way up the tournament.” with Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- August 31st, GorillA on Longzhu's Strategy for Playing Against SKT: "We just banned a lot of midlane champions" with Inven Global
- September 6th, Longzhu Gorilla: "One shot of Soju" with Inven Global
- October 5th, Gorilla believes in TSM this year: 'Ardent is very broken' and Doublelift is 'an amazing player' with Travis Gafford
- October 5th, Longzhu Gaming GorillA: "I think Fnatic will make it onto the next stage" with Inven Global
- August 6th, BDD on Finals: "I'd rather see AFS or SSG because KT and SKT are known to perform on big stages" with Inven Global
- October 11th, Longzhu GorillA: "First of all, I don’t want to fight against any LCK teams" with Inven Global
- October 16th, Gorilla to fans: 'Thank you for cheering for us and see you in the finals" with Travis Gafford