Former Griffin head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho will continue his esports career in a DragonX, the organization announced Tuesday. CvMax will lead the team into the 2020 season, looking to at least replicate the success he had with Griffin and improve on Kingzone DragonX’s poor results in 2019.
CvMax became known as the man behind Griffin’s three consecutive LCK Finals, though none of which ended in gold. Regardless, Griffin still managed to qualify for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, though not without controversy surrounding their now-former head coach.
In September, cvMax was let go from the organization and in the aftermath, he spoke of rampant mismanagement within the team, shedding details about the tension between him and senior management, as well as the allegedly rule-breaking loan of sub player Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok to JD Gaming — a trade which both the LCK and LPL are currently investigating.
With DragonX, cvMax gets the chance to put this past behind him and build a new power team. DX’s roster is still relatively young, with bot lane duo of Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Park “TusiN” Jong-ik having played together for just two split. CvMax will also not be able to work with star mid laner Heo “PawN” Won-seok, who retired in September due to mental health problems.
It is yet to be seen whether cvMax will force roster changes onto DragonX during the off-season. DX came close to qualifying for Worlds 2019 through the Gauntlet, but lost the finals to DAMWON Gaming, who took their spot instead. DX are yet to make the World Championship stage.