ROX allow GorillA, PraY, Kuro to field offers from other teams

by Josh Bury Nov 24 2016
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The ROX Tigers have permitted support Kang "GorillA" Beom-hyeon, AD carry Kim "PraY" Jong-in and mid laner Lee "Kuro" Seo-haeng to field offers from other teams ahead of the transfer window set in their contracts.

The organization announced on Facebook Thursday that Tigers head coach Jeong "NoFe" No-chul and coach Kim "SSONG" Sang-soo had waived a clause in the three players' contracts that prevented them from communicating with other teams until Nov. 30. The team did not say why the same deal was not extended to Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho, Han "Peanut" Wang-ho or Hae "Cry" Sung-min.

According to Riot's database of league-approved contracts, GorillA, PraY, Kuro and Smeb's contracts were set to expire on Nov. 25, so the non-negotiation clause appears to have originally extended beyond their contracted time with the team. Cry and Peanut's contracts expire on Nov. 30.

Though ROX have not been able to secure a title sponsor since streaming company KOOtv backed out of their partnership at the end of 2015, the top Korean team denied an Oct. 16 ESPN report that they planned to disband after Worlds. ROX top laner Song "Smeb" Kyung-ho later called the report "complete horseshit," though he said he wasn't sure if he would stay in Korea for the coming season.

Even without a title sponsor, ROX have had an exceptionally strong showing this year, winning the LCK 2016 Summer Finals and placing 3rd-4th at the 2016 Season World Championship after falling to eventual champions SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals. The Tigers were later able to avenge that loss by taking down SKT in the semifinals of the 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup, before going on to win the whole thing.

Following the addition of Han "Peanut" Wang-ho in January and mid laner Hae "Cry" Sung-min in March, the roster has remained unchanged for the remainder of 2016.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.