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Kingzone DragonX (Korean: 킹존 드래곤X) is a professional Korean team.
In January 2018, Kingzone acquired the roster of Longzhu Gaming and re-branded the roster as Kingzone DragonX. The team competed in the 2018 Spring Split where they were defeated at the opening match by KSV eSports, largely because of the suspension of top laner Khan. When Khan's suspension was expired, the team began a rampage that resulted in a 7 series winstreak before being defeated by BBQ Oliviers. However, Kingzone was unfazed and became a top one team with a record of 16-2, guaranteeing them a spot in the Spring Playoffs as the number one seed. Among the teams that Kingzone defeated was KT Rolster, Afreeca Freecs, ROX Tigers, SK Telecom T1, and KSV eSports. Kingzone went into the finals a heavy favorite and beat Afreeca to qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational, the first team other than SKT T1 to do so from Korea.
In the Mid-Season Invitational, expectations towards Kingzone were very high but they gave out disappointing performances in the tournament, losing to the likes of Flash Wolves and Fnatic. Having a 6-4 record, they managed to secure a playoff spot where they managed to defeat Flash Wolves 3-1 in the semi-finals but fell to Royal Never Give Up 3-1 in the finals, ending the LCK's dominance over the Mid-Season Invitational. Much of the criticism were placed to Khan and Gorilla, which many thought was the reason of Kingzone's fall in the tournament. In the Summer Split, Kingzone was not as dominant as it had in Spring, netting third place in the round-robin and had another poor international performance at Rift Rivals where LCK lost the finals against LPL. In the Quarterfinals, Afreeca Freecs got their revenge against Kingzone for the Spring Split final and defeated them 3-1, resulting in Kingzone playing in the 2018 Korean Regional Finals, as KT Rolster had exceeded their championship points. In the Regional Finals, Kingzone failed to qualify for the World Championship, losing 3-0 to Gen.G.
After the season most players chose to continue their careers at other teams. KZ trusted Rascal and Cuzz enough to got with them in the starting roster into the new season. They signed reigning LCK champions PawN and Deft from KT as well as Afreeca's TuSin to complete their line-up. Their first test was the new roster of Gen.G at the quarterfinals of 2018 LoL KeSPA Cup but they were clean swept by them.
They did also not manage to get on form in time for the Spring Split and found themselves after 4 weeks at 4-4 in 6th place although 3 of these losses turned out to have been against top 4 teams. At this point they turned their split around though and went on an absolute tear for the rest of split going 9-1 in their remaining 10 series whilst only losing to SKT and clean sweeping 7 times. This 13-5 record was enough to go into playoffs as 3rd seed. In round 2 of playoffs KZ showed that the peak performance between the top 3 and the rest of the league are far apart as they obliterated DAMWON Gaming in a clean 3-0 sweep to battle SKT for a spot in the final. What was expected to be a competitive series ended up in a clear 3-0 sweep for SKT where KZ were dominated in games 1 and 3 and threw away a big lead in game 2.
During mid season KingZone revealed that PawN had ongoing issues with his wrists so they promoted NaeHyun as starting mid laner for Summer Split. Although this was seen as a downgrade all players of the team stepped up and showed surprisingly good performances instead of relying on Deft to carry again. KZ went into Rift Rivals as 3rd with a 5-3 record and dominated at the tournament by winning all three of their games against FunPlus Phoenix, MAD Team and Invictus Gaming. Returning to the LCK with an increased confidence, they won their next three games consecutively. Towards the end of the split their performances became worse and worse until they switched between playing bad and throwing away big leads. Supposedly this was partly caused by the future owners causing trouble between players as well as looking to replace the coaching staff. Despite missing playoffs their 3rd place from spring was enough to secure them a place in the gauntlet but they went into it as underdogs. A big question heading into the gauntlet was whether Kingzone had overcome their alleged internal issues and the answer seemed to be a clear yes as they found leads in nearly every game and closed out the games confidently to beat first Afreeca and then Sandbox 3-1 each to face Damwon in the final for 3rd seed at Worlds. This time they were in the opposing situation as they lost every early game and had to find their ways back into the games. They managed this to equalize the series twice before getting completely destroyed in game 5 which ended their season early. On the next day already the team announced the release of their head coach Hirai because of "poor results and player mismanagement".
- January 6, Naehyun joins as sub.
- May 29, PawN becomes inactive. Naehyun moves to starter.
- July 1, HERO joins as a sub.
- July 7, HERO becomes inactive.
- September 8, Hirai leaves coaching role.
- September 28, PawN retires.
- October 2, Acorn and supreme leave coaching roles.
- October 9, team rebrands to DragonX. Rascal, Cuzz, Naehyun, Deft, and TusiN leave. Mental leaves coaching role.
- January 7, roster and LCK slot of Longzhu Gaming are acquired by Kingzone to form Kingzone DragonX.
- March 9, Rascal is indefinitely removed from the team's roster for inappropriate online activities prior to joining the team.
- June 7, Mental joins as a coach.
- July 9, Rascal is no longer inactive.
- November 19, Khan, Rascal, and Bdd's contracts expire. Hirai, Supreme, and ActScene's coaching contracts expire. Peanut, PraY, and GorillA leave.
- November 22, Khan's departure is confirmed. Rascal moves to starter.
- November 23, Bdd's departure is confirmed.
- November 25, PawN, Deft, and TusiN join. Rascal's contract is extended.
- December 5, Acorn joins as a coach. Supreme's contract is extended. ActScene leaves coaching role.
- December 6, Spark leaves managerial role.
|Rascal||Kim Kwang-hee (김광희)||Top Laner||DragonX||2018-01-07||2019-10-09|
|Cuzz||Moon Woo-chan (문우찬)||Jungler||DragonX||2018-01-07||2019-10-09|
|Naehyun||Yoo Nae-hyun (유내현)||Mid Laner||DragonX||2019-01-06||2019-10-09|
|Deft||Kim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)||Bot Laner||DragonX||2018-11-25||2019-10-09|
|TusiN||Park Jong-ik (박종익)||Support||DragonX||2018-11-25||2019-10-09|
|HERO||Kim Yeong-woong (김영웅)||Sub/Sup||None||2019-07-01||2019-10-09|
|PawN||Heo Won-seok (허원석)||Mid Laner||Retired||2018-11-25||2019-09-28|
|Bdd||Gwak Bo-seong (곽보성)||Mid Laner||KT Rolster||2018-01-07||2018-11-23|
|Khan||Kim Dong-ha (김동하)||Top Laner||SK Telecom T1||2018-01-07||2018-11-22|
|Peanut||Han Wang-ho (한왕호)||Jungler||Gen.G||2018-01-07||2018-11-19|
|PraY||Kim Jong-in (김종인)||Bot Laner||Retired||2018-01-07||2018-11-19|
|GorillA||Kang Beom-hyun (강범현)||Support||Misfits Gaming||2018-01-07||2018-11-19|
Player League Participation
|Mental||An Hyo-yeon (안효연)||Coach||DragonX|
|Acorn||Choi Cheon-ju (최천주)||Coach||None|
|supreme||Choi Seung-min (최승민)||Coach||None|
|Hirai||Kang Dong-hoon (강동훈)||Director & Head Coach||None|
|Spark||Kang Byung-ryul (강병률)||Manager||Suning-S|
|ActScene||Yeon Hyeong-mo (연형모)||Coach||None|
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- February 15, Kingzone DragonX's Secret to Victory: Great Performance Followed By Great Results by Woo "Ready" Hyun and Changsik "Alle" Son on Inven Global
- February 18, Thorin's Thoughts - Kingzone Are Headed for Greatness (LoL) by Thorin on YouTube
- February 24, KINGZONE DragonX overcome a challenge from Afreeca Freecs by Malcolm Abbas on Dot Esports
- March 6, KINGZONE DragonX run over SK Telecom T1 in decisive fashion by Malcolm Abbas on Dot Esports
- March 15, KINGZONE DragonX reach LCK Spring Split final with win over KT Rolster by Malcolm Abbas on Dot Esports
- March 21, Bdd: "Peanut is in charge of gathering information during scattered teamfights and providing the team with what they need" with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim and Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- March 24, KINGZONE DragonX overcome a surprisingly tough challenge from KSV Esports by Malcolm Abbas on Dot Esports
- March 24, KZ Peanut: "I talked to kkOma yesterday, and he said ‘see you at the finals’. I’m sure that SKT will come up." with Kyeongbeom "Its" Kim and Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- April 14, KZ PraY: AFs is famous for their long practice time, but we’ve never thought that they practice more than we do. with Hee Eun "Youii" Yoo, Changsik "Alle" Son, , and Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- April 14, KZ Khan: "All top laners of the world, come bow down in front of me and kneel." with Jaehoon "Laffa" Jeong and Dasol "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- April 15, King me: Looking at the LCK finals battle between Kingzone and Afreeca by Emily Rand on ESPN
- April 20, Thorin's Thoughts - KingZone Are the Exceptions (LoL) by Thorin on YouTube
- May 7, KZ Khan on the MSI: "I'm looking forward to go against Impact; he was my role model in the past." with Ki-Baek "Juneau" Nam, Changsik "Alle" Son, , and Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- May 11, Kingzone Dragon X : "We all think Bdd is the best player in the world." - Press conference MSI Groups Day 1 with Alexandre "DrPuppet" Weber on Inven Global
- May 12, Fnatic Dylan: "Team Liquid is a much stronger team than they actually were able to show in this tournament so far. " - MSI Press conference Day 2 with Alexandre "DrPuppet" Weber on Inven Global
- May 15, How worried should we be about KINGZONE? by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- May 16, The Top 10 Most Dominant League of Legends Rosters of All-Time by theScore Esports on theScore Esports
- May 17, How Korean team Kingzone ran a 4 Teleport comp to beat RNG (MSI 2018) by Renato "Shakarez" Perdigão on Blitz Esports
- May 18, RNG and KINGZONE have always been desperately close to greatness by Aaron Mickunas on Dot Esports
- May 19, PraY on His MSI Performance: "I wasn’t good in group stage, but I was confident that we’ll win bo5s." with Youngbo "Roxyy" Sim and Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- May 23, Kingzone continues Longzhu's legacy of international struggles by Emily Rand on ESPN
- June 12, KINGZONE should relax heading into the LCK Summer Split by Xing Li on Dot Esports
- August 9, KZ GorillA on Khan's Health: "He’ll have to take care of himself. When I see him, I feel that at least I should be the one to take care of him; I felt really sorry." with Joonkyu "Lasso" Seok and Yudae "Akiin" Oak on Inven Global
- September 11, How SKT can get through the Gauntlet and still make Worlds by Malcom Abbas on Dot Esports
- April 5, KZ TusiN on his Teammates' Performances: "For today, Cuzz was the best, and I think Deft was a bit less sexy." with David "Viion" Jang on Inven Global
- June 10, Kingzone DragonX channel European style to clean sweep Sandbox, Gen.G by Isaac McIntyre on Hotspawn Esports
- July 5, [Rift Rivals] KZ Deft: "TusiN and I are confident against every other bot lane this tournament" with Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- July 16, JSS Reports: SKT was a team that was largely jungle dependant.// iG is very unique in nature within the LPL. by Byungho "Haao" Kim and Woo "Ready" Hyun on Inven Global
- August 1, The speedy Kingzone DragonX are trying not to crash before playoffs by Malcolm Abbas on Dot Esports
- Longzhu sold to Chinese company Kingzone chhopsky.tv
- 롱주 게이밍, 중국 e스포츠 업체 킹존에 인수... '킹존 드래곤X'로 팀명 변경 (Korean) fomos.kr
- Kingzone DragonX's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- KZ's top sub Rascal has been excluded indefinitely from the team roster due to his online history prior to joining the team. reddit.com
- KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
- KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
- Global Contract Database Archive - KR - 2018-11-19 lol.gamepedia.com
- Kingzone DragonX's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- [단독] 'KT롤스터' LCK FA 대어 '비디디' 곽보성 잡다 (Korean) sports.naver.com
- The scouting war for Gwak 'BDD' Bosung seems like to start once again fomos.kr
- Kingzone DragonX Acquires Deft, PawN, and TusiN invenglobal.com
- Kingzone DragonX's Tweet twitter.com
- Spark's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- '내현' 유내현, 킹존 드래곤X 합류 (Korean) fomos.kr
- Kingzone DragonX's Tweet twitter.com
- 라이엇 게임즈, ‘2019 리프트 라이벌즈’ 현장 이벤트 및 중계 정보 공개 (Korean) zdnet.co.kr
- 2019 우리은행 LCK 서머 2라운드 로스터 (Korean) e-sports.or.kr
- 킹존 드래곤X, 강동훈 LoL팀 감독직 해임 (Korean) fomos.kr
- PawN's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
- Kingzone DragonX's Tweet twitter.com
- 킹존 드래곤X, '드래곤X'로 새 출발…'FEG'로부터 독립 (Korean) naver.com
- DragonX's Tweet twitter.com