|Name:||Kang Beom-hyeon (강범현)|
|Country of Birth:||South Korea|
|Birthday:||November 18, 1994|
|Soloqueue IDs:||나진 꼬릴라, HUYA GorillA, GE GorillA|
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Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon (Hangul: 강범현) is a support for Longzhu Gaming.
Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon joined NaJin White Shield on June 21st, 2013 as their new starting support. He played in his first tournament at HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 where Shield made it to the quarterfinals but lost 3-0 to CJ Entus Frost.
The new season started off fairly well for GorillA and his team. They attended PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014 where they placed 4th, their highest result ever, after making to the semifinals but losing 3-1 to Samsung Ozone and the KT Rolster Bullets. Their next tournament was HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 where they made it to the finals of the whole tournament but lost 3-1 to Samsung Blue. The team's final OGN of the year was HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 where they dropped 3-2 in the quarterfinals to the KT Rolster Arrows. Shield acquired enough circuit points to qualify for the 2014 Season Korea Regional Finals. They pulled off a miracle run and made it through the whole gauntlet, ending with a 3-1 victory against SK Telecom T1 K to qualify for the 2014 Season World Championship. They attended worlds later that year, where they made it out of groups but were beaten 3-0 by OMG in the quarterfinals. On October 31st 2014, it was announced that GorillA parted ways with NaJin White Shield.
On November 14th, 2014, GorillA joined the newly formed HUYA Tigers together with Smeb, Lee, PraY, and kurO. The team played in the Champions Spring 2015 Qualifiers along with Incredible Miracle, Prime Clan, and Xenics, where they finished 2-1 and qualified for Champions Spring 2015. The team then renamed to GE Tigers. GE started out unarguably the top team in Korea at SBENU Champions Spring 2015 and earned themselves an invitation to the IEM Season IX World Championship in March. However, after defeating Cloud9 and SK Gaming to win their group, they lost 2-1 to Team WE in the semifinals. This defeat was considered by many casters and analysts to be the biggest upset to date in the entire history of League of Legends competition. They qualified for the finals of the OGN playoffs because of their first place finish in the regular season. Unfortunately, they lost 3-0 to SK Telecom T1 in the finals and placed second. The team renamed to the KOO Tigers prior to the start of SBENU Champions Summer 2015. KOO placed fourth in the regular season and qualified for the playoffs but lost 3-2 in the semifinals to KT Rolster. Because SKT won the finals, KOO still qualified for the 2015 Season World Championship as the second seed due to circuit points. KOO was placed into a group at worlds with Counter Logic Gaming, Flash Wolves, and paiN Gaming. They placed second, ending with a 4-2 record. They beat KT Rolster 3-1 and Fnatic 3-0 to make it to the finals against SKT. However, they finally fell in the finals with a 3-1 loss.
Soon after Worlds, Koo dropped the team as a sponsor and they renamed to the Tigers. The Tigers played in the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup but they were upset in the first round 2-0 by SBENU Sonicboom. The Tigers renamed to ROX Tigers in January.
During the 2016 LCK Spring Split, the ROX Tigers dominated domestically in similar fashion to 2015. They finished the regular season with a 16-2 match record, losing only to KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy. Earning first place in the regular season gave them a bye to the finals of the Spring Playoffs, where they faced SK Telecom T1. ROX entered as the favorites this time, but still lost 3-1, earning themselves second place for the spring split.
During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, the Tigers once again placed first in the regular season with an impressive 15-3 scoreline in Bo3s, with two losses to SK Telecom T1 and one loss to Samsung Galaxy. This seeded them in the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs directly into their third domestic finals, where they eventually met KT Rolster. In an epic series, the ROX Tigers won the set 3-2, claiming 1st place in the Summer Split and giving them Korea's first seed into the 2016 Season World Championship.
- Chose the username "GorillA" because apparently he looks like gorilla.
- Known as an extremely humble and respectful person
- Known as one of the best Lulu and Thresh supports in Korea.
- Known for having a very large support champion pool
- Re-popularized Janna as a top-tier support in season 4.
- Selected by caster MonteCristo and Thorin in Summoning Insight as the 2015 Player of the Year.
- Invented Miss Fortune support in season 6 World Championship semi-final against SKT.
|2016-11-19||2016 LoL KeSPA Cup||ROX Tigers 3 : 1 Kongdoo Monster|
|2016-10-21||2016 Season World Championship||ROX Tigers 2 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2016-08-20||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||ROX Tigers 3 : 2 KT Rolster|
|2016-04-23||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||ROX Tigers 1 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2015-10-31||2015 Season World Championship||KOO Tigers 1 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2015-08-21||SBENU Champions Summer 2015||KOO Tigers 2 : 3 KT Rolster|
|2015-05-02||SBENU Champions Spring 2015||GE Tigers 0 : 3 SK Telecom T1|
|2015-03-14||IEM Season IX - World Championship||GE Tigers 1 : 2 Team WE|
|2014-08-30||2014 Season Korea Regional Finals||NaJin White Shield 3 : 1 SK Telecom T1 K|
|2014-08-07||ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014||NaJin White Shield 3 : 2 Jin Air Stealths|
|2014-05-24||HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014||NaJin White Shield 1 : 3 Samsung Blue|
|2014-05-22||SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014||NaJin e-mFire 1 : 2 CJ Entus (Club Masters)|
|2014-01-25||PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014||NaJin White Shield 1 : 3 KT Rolster Bullets|
- January 5th, GorillA: “I want to improve the image of both the Longzhu company and the team’s skill.” Translated on Slingshot
- January 21st, Longzhu Gorilla: "I believe Fly and Crash will do well, and I know so" with Inven Global
- February 2nd, LZ PraY-GorillA: "Minimizing mistakes was our main goal." with Inven Global
- February 23rd, GorillA on being the ‘IRL support’: “Other people advise me not to live like this, but maybe I just need to go through a lot of toil.” with Slingshot Esports
- February 28th, LZ GorillA: "I hope we can pick ourselves up with today's win." with Inven Global
- October 2nd, GorillA: 'Smeb is sick to the point that every time he says something he's coughing' with theScore
- October 7th, ROX GorillA: ‘It’s definitely not the case that Korea will for sure win the World Championship.’ with Yahoo!
- February 13th, theScore Inside: an interview with GE Tigers' GorillA with theScore eSports
- October 2nd, FW vs KT - Gorilla Interview with Twitch
- October 6th, KOO Tiger's GorillA: 'as a support the most important thing is that your team does well' with theScore
- October 7th, Gorilla Full English Interview: Rates Western Teams - Predicts Flash Wolves Advances Instead of CLG with Gamespot
- October 8th, KOO Tigers settle for 2nd place in Group A with LoL Esports
- October 18th, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD2HRF78Ym0 KOO Gorilla - "Me, Wolf & Yellowstar are the strongest supports"
- September 25th - LoL 2014 World Championship - NJW GorillA Interivew (video) with OGN Global
- November 17th - 마지막 진출팀 HUYA, "다시 시작하는 입장이기에 더욱 노력하겠다" (Korean) with Inven
NJWS GorillA 2014 WC
- '고릴라' 강범현 등 4인 탈퇴, 나진 e엠파이어 선수단 변경 (Korean) sports.news.naver.com
- 롤챔스 선발전 '다크호스' 탄생, HUYA 타이거즈 창단 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- Chinese giant YY picks up a Korean team. ongamers.com