With Worlds 2021 over, countless stories written, history made, and a champion crowned, comes the offseason—a crucial three-month window that will dictate what teams will look like next year.
In November, professional contracts for League of Legends players will begin to expire, signaling a chain of events from the LCS in North America all the way to the LCK in South Korea.
Some teams will look to improve upon their rosters in the offseason, extend contracts, and sign new players, while others will take a different approach, start from square one again, and rebuild.
Here are the confirmed and reported moves for teams and players in the LCK.
Sept. 17: CvMax, dongHo leaves
After a poor season, having placed 10th with a 2-16 record in the 2021 LCK Summer Split, DRX decided to let go of its coaching staff. Head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho and coach Park “dongHo” Dong-ho become free agents.
Sept. 17: Destroy enters free agency
DRX allowed top lane substitute Park “dongHo” Dong-ho to explore his options ahead of the 2022 LCK season. He played just one game on Renekton (and lost) throughout the year, leaving him to warm the bench.
Hanwha Life Esports
Nov. 2: Heart leaves
Lee “Heart” Gwan-hyun departed from Hanwha Life Esports after becoming inactive from the roster on Aug. 15. He’s now a free agent. Son “Kezman” Dae-young remains with the team as the head coach.
Nov. 8: Interim head coach Stardust parts ways
T1 and interim head coach Son “Stardust” Seok-hee mutually agreed to part ways following the team’s exit from Worlds 2021. As a free agent, Stardust is actively looking for a “new opportunity” ahead of the next season.
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