Korean League of Legends team DRX has unveiled its new roster for the 2022 LCK Spring Split, as well as their latest coaching setup. Kim Jeong-soo, Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha and Sin “Shine” Dong-wook will be in charge of coaching the team, which is made up by newcomers Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Cho “BeryL” Geong-hee, as well as two existing members.
Jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon and top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon complete the lineup, with the duo having been kept on board from last season. DRX actually had a good Spring Split, having been one of the teams to make the Udyr Chemtank meta popular. However, having finished rock bottom of the LCK standings come the end of the Summer Split, due to a terrible a 2-16 record, it came as little surprise that changes were made.
Why Deft’s Return to DRX is Good News for the Org
DRX will be hoping for a strong start upon returning to action next year, with Deft having returned to the org, having previously joined in 2018, when they were known as Kingzone DragonX. In 2018, the veteran pro played a major role in DRX reaching the LCK Finals in the Summer Split, as well as the team making it through to the quarter finals of the Worlds in the same year.
The 25-year-old played for Hanwha Life last season, where he was not at his best. However, having returned to familiar territory, DRX will be hoping that he can be a major asset for them. Meanwhile, Deft will be joined in the bottom lane by BeryL, who is himself a former World Champion.
[2022 DRX : TAKE OFF]
— DRX (@DRXGlobal) December 4, 2021
Can Former World Champion BeryL Rediscover His Best Form at DRX
The 24-year-old was let go by DAMWON Kia following their defeat in the 2021 World Finals, with BeryL having won with the same org the year previous. Having begun his professional career with MiraGe Gaming in 2017, DRX will be just the third team in which BeryL has represented.
Elsewhere, Zeka is set to return to the LCK after two years in the LPL with Vici Gaming and BiliBili Gaming. Having previously been a part of the KT Rolster Academy lineup, Zeka will be part of a starting lineup in the LCK for the first time. It remains to be seen as to whether such roster changes will have the desired impact for DRX, with the team running out of time to find their best form ahead of the beginning of the new LCK season.