Team Dragon Knights

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Team Dragon Knights
TDK logo 2015.jpg
Team Information
Location: North America North America
Sponsor(s): Arena Online
Youtube: TDKTV
Facebook: Team Dragon Knights
Team Subreddit: /r/TDK
Twitter: ArenaTDK
Created (1): 2014-09-xx
Disbanded (1): 2015-09-23
Created (2): 2015-12-18
Disbanded (2): 2016-05-23
Current Roster
TDK 2016SummerPromotion.jpg

Team Dragon Knights is a North American team. On May 8th, 2016, Riot Games issued a competitive ruling banning them from participating in any Riot-sponsored leagues.


Team Dragon Knights (TDK) formed in September 2014. They qualified for the Expansion Tournament via the Challenger ladder but did not participate in the tournament. However, after undergoing a number of roster changes they did qualify for the spring season of NACS, beating Team Frostbite and Storm in the qualifier. TDK placed second in the season with a 7-3 record, behind Enemy eSports. In the playoffs, they beat Team Fusion 2-1 before losing to Enemy 1-3, sending them to the Summer Promotion Tournament. Despite the fact that they had placed higher than Fusion, Winterfox chose to play against them. TDK used substitute mid laner Alex Ich in their promotional matches and won 3-1, successfully qualifying for the NA LCS Summer Split. After the Promotion Tournament, TDK dropped LouisXGeeGee from their roster and acquired Emperor in his place and Ninja as their permanent mid laner, making the full roster include Seraph, Kez, Ninja, Emperor, and Smoothie.

Due to visa issues, Team Dragon Knights were unable to use their full roster for the first four weeks of the summer split, as Emperor and Ninja were unable to travel to the United States to play with the team. They instead substituted in LattmaN for Emperor and Bischu and mancloud for Ninja; Baby also substituted for Smoothie for their first three games. The substitute rosters went a combined 0-9, but when Emperor and Ninja finally joined the team for the second day of the fifth week, the team defeated first-place Team Dignitas. Despite that initial success, Team Dragon Knights were only able to secure two more victories over the next four weeks, and they finished in last place with a 3-15 record, one game behind Enemy. As a result, they were automatically relegated to the 2016 NA Challenger Series Spring Season.

In September 2015, Team Dragon Knights rebranded as Team Arena Online.[1] However, in December, the team changed its name back to "Team Dragon Knights" because Riot Games wanted to see their new title sponsor deliver on promises to create a $1 million tournament circuit in the 2016 season before allowing a team to use their name in competition.[2] The same day as their renaming, TDK received a competitive ruling: Co-owner Chris Shim was banned for the entire 2015 season, TDK itself was fined $10,000, and Ninja was suspended for two months after an attempted poaching of Samsung AD carry Fury.[3]

Despite their roster limitations, TDK finished third in the NACS Regular Season, ahead of Team Liquid Academy and behind Ember. Prior to the playoffs, the team swapped several players with the LCS team Renegades: Alex Ich, RF Legendary, and Flaresz joined TDK while Seraph and Ninja left for Renegades. This roster change appeared to be in Renegades's favor; however, TDK still they defeated Ember in the semifinals to advance to the promotion tournament. There they first faced and defeated Team Dignitas in an elimination match before losing to Renegades and then the first-place Challenger team Apex, falling just short of the LCS.

On May 8th, 2016, Riot released a competitive ruling stating that they had investigated the relationship between TDK and Renegades and found an inappropriate link between the two organizations, with the March roster trade and the sources of financial compensation to the players after the trade being one of the major problems. As a result of their findings, Riot ruled that TDK would be banned permanently from Riot-sponsored league play, and Chris Shim and Sean Shim would individually be indefinitely banned from serving in official capacity to an organization involved in official Riot league play.[4] Despite a deadline of May 18th by which they were forced to sell their seed, it wasn't until May 23rd that the seed was announced as sold to Eanix.[5]


  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Player Roster

Formerly On Loan

ID Name Role Loaned From Duration
Current Official Residency South Korea Ninja Noh Geon-woo (노건우) 03 Mid Welogo std.png Team WE 2015 NA LCS Summer


C ID Name Role Next Team
USA Flaresz Cuong Ta 01 Top
Ukraine RF Legendary Oleksii Kuziuta 01 Top Logo std2.png the monkeys
USA Kez Kevin Jeon 02 Jungle
Russia Alex Ich Alexey Ichetovkin 03 Mid NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
South Korea Bischu Aaron Kim 05 Support Eanixlogo std.png Eanix
Canada Trance Lawrence Amador 05 Support Eanixlogo std.png Eanix
South Korea do it Lee Chan-ho (이찬호) 08 Sub/Mid
South Korea Thy Son Seung-yong (손승용) 08 Sub/Mid
South Korea Ohq Oh Gyu-min (오규민) 04 AD NRGlogo std.png NRG eSports
South Korea Seraph Shin Woo-yeong (신우영) 01 Top RENlogo std.png Renegades
South Korea Ninja Noh Geon-woo (노건우) 03 Mid RENlogo std.png Renegades
Venezuela Crumbz Alberto Rengifo 07 Sub/Jungle RENlogo std.png Renegades
moolchael Young Kim 06 Sub/Top
South Korea Emperor Kim Jin-hyun (김진현) 04 AD G2logo std.png G2 Esports
Canada Smoothie Andy Ta 05 Support Liquidlogo std.png Team Liquid
South Korea Bischu Aaron Kim 08 Sub/Mid VTXlogo std.png Vortex
USA mancloud Zachary Hoschar 08 Sub/Mid IMGlogo std.png Team Imagine
Afghanistan Jébus Karim Tokhi 09 Sub/AD RENlogo std.png Renegades
USA LattmaN James Lattman 09 Sub/AD TDGlogo std.png Top Dog Gaming
USA Remilia Maria Creveling 10 Sub/Support RENlogo std.png Renegades
USA Baby Terry Chuong 10 Sub/Support IMGlogo std.png Team Imagine
Ukraine RF Legendary Oleksii Kuziuta 06 Sub/Top MSF (NA)logo std.png Misfits NA
South Korea LouisXGeeGee Lee Sung-jin (이성진) 04 AD CSTlogo std.png Team Coast
Russia Alex Ich Alexey Ichetovkin 08 Sub/Mid MSF (NA)logo std.png Misfits NA
South Korea Kyle Seo Ji-sun (서지선) 03 Mid Logo std2.png NKT
South Korea KonKwon Kevin Kwon (권구혁) 05 Support F5logo std.png Final Five
USA Jackpot 01 Top
USA Guardian 02 Jungle
South Korea Trickster Kim Jae-hun (김재훈) 03 Mid Crslogo std.png Team Curse

Player LCS Participation

Player 2013 2014 2015 2016 EU NA Total
Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring Summer Spring
# Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team # Team
Seraph 24 Clglogo std.png  18 TDKlogo std.png  9 RENlogo std.png  0 51 51

Kez 22 Complexitylogo std.png  18 TDKlogo std.png  0 40 40

Bischu 6 TDKlogo std.png  0 6 6

LattmaN 9 TDKlogo std.png  0 9 9

Baby 4 Clglogo std.png  3 TDKlogo std.png  0 7 7

Ninja 9 TDKlogo std.png  4 RENlogo std.png  0 13 13

Emperor 9 TDKlogo std.png  18 G2logo std.png  18 9 27

Smoothie 15 TDKlogo std.png  1 Liquidlogo std.png  0 16 16

mandatorycloud 28 Teamvulcunlogo std.png  28 Teamvulcunlogo std.png  28 XDGlogo std.png  2 Complexitylogo std.png  10 CSTlogo std.png  3 TDKlogo std.png  0 99 99

For a full chart listing all LCS players, click here.



ID Name Position
USA Greenf0rest Chris Shim Co-Owner
USA TriS Sean Shim Co-Owner
USA Alan Hubbard Co-Owner


ID Name Position Next Team
USA Pyrex Toby Kwon Manager NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
South Korea Miracle Lee Hyeon-beom (이현범) Coach NVlogo std.png Team EnVyUs
South Korea chain Kim Dong-woo (김동우) Coach

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-04-08 LCS logo 25x25.png I1ZNQ 2016 NA LCS Summer Promotion 0 : 3 Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Gaming
2016-03-16 CS NA logo.png A22nd 2016 NA Challenger Series Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 Apexlogo std 2.png Apex Gaming $ 7,000
2016-02-24 CS NA logo.png A33rd 2016 NACS Spring Round Robin 1-3-1 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-07-26 LCS logo 25x25.png B010th 2015 NA LCS Summer Round Robin 3 : 15 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L)
2015-04-26 LCS logo 25x25.png I1Q 2015 NA LCS Summer Promotion 3 : 1 WFXlogo std.png Winterfox
2015-04-08 CS NA logo.png A22nd 2015 NA Challenger Series Spring Playoffs 1 : 3 NMElogo std.png Enemy $ 7,000
2015-03-25 CS NA logo.png A22nd 2015 NA Challenger Series Spring Season 7 : 3 Blanklogo std.pngGroup Stage (W/L) $ 10,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-02-03 I1Q 2015 NA Challenger Series Spring Qualifier 2 : 0 Stormlogo std.png Storm $ 7,500
2015-01-10 A22nd ESL Pro Series America Season XI 0 : 3 Team FusionLogo std.png Team Fusion $ 4,000

Highlight Videos


  • 2016


See Also


External Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Team Dragon Knights is now Team Arena Online, retains Seraph, Kez, and Ninja
  2. 2.0 2.1 Say goodbye to Team Arena Online and hello (again) to Team Dragon Knights
  3. 3.0 3.1 Competitive Ruling: Chris Shim, Geon-Woo “Ninja” Noh, & Jin-Yong “Fury” Lee
  4. 4.0 4.1 Competitive Ruling: Renegades and TDK
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eanix acquires Team Dragon Knights' NACS spot
  6. Arena Online's Tweet
  7. Team Dragon Knights' Tweet
  8. Ohq to substitute for Freeze
  9. Seraph to play top lane for Week 7
  10. In trade with TDK, Renegades swap Flaresz, Alex Ich, and Trance for Ninja and Seraph
  11. NRG's Tweet
  12. Team Dragon Knights' Facebook Post
  13. Kwon's TwitLonger
  14. Team Dragon Knights' Tweet
  15. Ninja no longer on contract with Team WE, officially joins TDK
  16. Ninja's Tweet
  17. “do it” Joins TDK to Sub for Ninja Following Suspension