Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee is back on the King-Zone DragonX roster, the Korean Esports Association has confirmed.
Korean teams had to turn in their updated rosters ahead of the second round of the Summer Split.
The highlight of the announcement is the return of Rascal to the LCK stage. The player was suspended during the early stages of the Spring Split after making insensitive comments online.
King-Zone DragonX decided to avoid any kind of controversy or bad publicity, so they suspended Rascal indefinitely. Other players involved in the same scandal didn’t receive the same kind of punishment.
However, it seems that the recent performance of Kim “Khan” Dong-ha was reason enough for the team to lift the punishment.
An underperforming top-lane
King-Zone DragonX is currently tied in the top of the scoreboard, but not everything is going well for the team.
In recent international appearances, King-Zone failed to meet expectations. Back in the Mid-Season Invitational, the team lost to Royal Never Give Up from the LPL in a one-sided match. Later in the 2018 Rift Rivals, King-Zone finished 0-2 in the group stage and had only one victory in the knockout stage. King-Zone’s poor performance ended up giving the LPL squad the advantage, resulting in a Chinese victory for second year in a row.
At the center of these losses is Khan. The top-laner that is constantly challenging other top-laners in interviews, but has failed to provide wins.
With teams like Griffin and the Afreeca Freecs showing strong performances, King-Zone needs to bring its a-game to the second round of the Summer Split.
King-Zone won the Spring Split and finished with 90 championship points. This is a great advantage, but not enough to consider themselves as World Championship contenders.
King-Zone needs to finish in the top two in the Summer Split if they want to avoid the Regional Qualifier.