Founding DRX DRX Korea Rank #1 member Goo "Rb" Sang-min (구상민) has signed with Titan Esports Club Titan Esports Club China Rank #8 ahead of the Chinese Kickoff tournament. His relocation places him in a completely new team environment after nearly four years with DRX.
One of South Korea's most accomplished players, Rb amassed win after win with the then- Vision Strikers Vision Strikers Inactive core, being the only team to ever reach a 102 win streak in official matches. Over the years, Vision Strikers dominated the regional competition and were frequent visitors to the international stage.
The peak of DRX's achievements culminated in the form of a third-place finish at 2022's Champions. Still reaching for higher heights, the team entered 2023 with a top four finish at LOCK//IN after falling to runner-up LOUD. Unfortunately, the team was unable to outclass their previous results, and only managed to place among the top eight at Masters: Tokyo and top six at Champions.
Rb's best international placement was at 2022's Champions. (Photo: Lance Skundrich/Riot Games)
Shortly after their run in Los Angeles, the team began experimenting with prospects Jung "Foxy9" Jae-sung (정재성) and Cho "Flashback" Min-hyuk (조민혁) in place of Rb and fellow veteran Kim "Zest" Ki-seok (김기석). Rb's last match under DRX was against Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #1 in the AfreecaTV Valorant League, where the team exited early in the group stage.
TEC recently entered the Chinese scene by competing in the China Evolution Series Act 3: Heritability. The team managed to trudge past the Play-In stage and into playoffs, where they placed among the top six after suffering losses to Dragon Ranger Gaming Dragon Ranger Gaming China Rank #4 and Trace Esports Trace Esports China Rank #2 .
The organization was later revealed to be one of the 10 selected to participate in the Chinese Kickoff, where two tickets to Masters: Madrid were up for grabs. The Chinese scene is currently undergoing a mass outbreak of roster changes as teams look to finalize their starters by February.