Kim Jeong-soo joins DAMWON Gaming as assistant coach
Kim Jeong-soo, also known as coach Kim, has joined DAMWON Gaming for the 2019 LCK season according to Inven. The signing follows his departure from 2018 World Champions Invictus Gaming.
The move ends coach Kim’s offseason after he announced his departure from Invictus Gaming. The coach has World Championship caliber pedigree: he was part of Samsung Galaxy’s 2016 Worlds finalist coaching staff, helped Longzhu Gaming reach the 2017 Worlds quarterfinals, and recently lifted the trophy for the LPL. “Before Worlds, I told iG officials that I’ll do my best and leave regardless of the results,” the coach said (as translated by Inven Global).
The move bolsters a squad that has garnered attention during the 2018 World Championship. Following their qualification to the LCK, DAMWON played scrimmage games against many Worlds participants. One of them, Fnatic, openly praised their level of play and brought them to the spotlight in the West.
DAMWON Gaming joined the Korean Challenger scene in 2017, but they broke through in 2018. The team reached the Challenger semifinal in the spring playoffs, and won the summer split outright. As a result, they participated in the 2019 Spring promotion qualifier, which they dominated by only dropping a single game. In doing so, the team joined a stacked league that includes 2018 summer split newcomers Griffin, who nearly reached the World Championship.
Kim would be working within Kim “Micro” Mok-kyoung’s coaching staff, rather than as a head coach. Even then, he favored DAMWON’s offer as it represented a new challenge in his career. “There were many offers from China including iG trying to persuade me not to go back,” he said on his return to the LCK.