King-Zone DragonX looks to be one of the most dominant teams in the LCK with no one to stop them. Although they lost their first match against KSV eSports (formally known as Samsung Galaxy), they have not lost a match since. Looking stronger than ever after taking down the likes of SK Telecom T1, Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster. Nothing can stop them on their path to glory.
For those that don’t know, King-Zone DragonX is the former roster of LongZhu Gaming. They won the 2017 LCK Summer Split and made to the quarterfinals of the world championship, only to be beaten by Samsung Galaxy.
During the off-season they acquired Han “Peanut” Wang-ho as their new starting jungler. But they were later bought by Chinese company KingZone and subsequently rebranded into King-Zone DragonX.
After watching a single match with King-Zone, you’ll soon realise why they are the best team in the world.
The Strongest Players Around
At its core, King-Zone’s roster consists of some of the best players around. Their main roster consists of Kim “Khan” Dong-ha in the top lane, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho in the jungle, Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong in mid and Kim “PraY” Jong-in as ADC with Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon as support. While most teams have a wide variety of styles within their roster. King-Zone have a similar style which keeps them focused on the same objectives.
Kim “Khan” Dong-ha
Khan is the definition of the carry top laner. Whenever he picks carry top laner you know it should be a good match. So far the closest he’s played to a tank is one game on Gnar, which can still bully the opposing laner. His recent performance on Riven against the ROX Tigers shows why he is the best top laner in the world.
Han “Peanut” Wang-ho
Peanut has always been an aggressive jungler and is part one of the former ROX Tigers line up that made it to the semi-finals of the 2016 world championship. Last year on SK Telecom T1 Peanut struggled at points due to SKT not being able to keep up with his aggressive style. Now on King-Zone Peanut has been performing much better due to individual improvement as well as being on a team that can support his style.
Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong
Bdd is the youngest player on the team but this doesn’t hold him back. Picked up by CJ Entus at the age of 16, he showed great promise as an upcoming mid laner. Finally getting a chance to prove himself on LongZhu Gaming in 2017 he later went to worlds later that year. Proving to hold his ground against the likes of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, he is one of the best in the LCK.
Kim “PraY” Jong & Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon
Part 2 of the former ROX Tigers roster, PraY and GorillA are both veteran players but have become synonymous ever since their time on the KOO Tigers (later renamed to the ROX Tigers). Both are strong in lane with a slightly aggressive style when given the opportunity.
Together their mechanically strong players with the same mind set makes for a great team fighting team. However what sets them apart is the ability to also control the game and not solely rely on kills to do anything.
Control within Chaos
Unlike most teams that play for kills to win, King-Zone can play to control the game without relying on getting kills. This gives them better chance compared to most team because they won’t make the unnecessary plays that will lose them the game. From most of their games you can see King-Zone are always in control of the game. Looking through the match history of King-Zone they have always had a gold lead against their opponents, with the exception of a few games.
This is how King-Zone are able to consistently win their matches. While being a strong team fighting team will help win some of their matches. It’s their ability to control the game that gives them victories against tougher opponents such as KT Rolster.
What happen with KT?
Their recent match against KT Rolster is a perfect example of their ability to control a team which cannot be controlled. KT are an aggressive team that aims to get early kills to gain the early advantage. In game one of that match, they were able to avoid getting killed early and managed to get the first blood at 12 minutes. They went on to use the kill to further their lead and win a crucial dragon fight at 21 minutes which KT could not come back from. In game two they would match any advantage KT gained and kept their lead by gaining more. With their slight lead, they went on to win the major team fights that ended the game.
Their ability to both be aggressive in the early game but also control the game seems to be unique to them. They know this and play to their strengths which is one of the reasons why I think they are the best in the world.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Currently, King-Zone DragonX are at the top of the LCK with six wins and one loss which was from the start of the season. Since their loss to KSV eSports on day one, they have not lost a single match or dropped a single game. While the team may have lost one match, Khan has not lost a single game so far in the LCK. This was due to his temporary ban for their first game against KSV.
In terms of kills per game King-Zone are the best at 11.9 kills on average per game. This is the highest in the LCK. They also have highest First Blood rate in the LCK at 64.3%.
When it comes to objectives on average they have destroyed 9.1 towers per game which is the best in the LCK and 3rd best in the world (behind Cloud 9 at 9.2 and BAU SuperMassive at 9.8). However on average they lose 2.1 towers per game which is the best in the world. In terms of dragons they take 2.64 which is the best in the LCK.
Finally they have the lowest average game time in the LCK at 34 minutes and 24 seconds.
Overall from watching their games and looking at the data, they look to be one of the strongest teams in the world. At their current rate they will win the LCK Spring Split and the subsequent Mid Seasonal Invitational. I have high hopes for this team to make worlds and if they can keep it up they will surely win this year’s world championship.