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Longzhu Gaming succeeded in retaining their roster for the 2018 season of League of Legends with the addition of a new jungler in Peanut. However, the dominant LCK team will be without their ace in the top lane for the opening game of the season.
LZ Top laner Kim "Khan" Dong-ha has been slapped with a competitive one-series ban and a fine of one million won ($900) by Riot Games.
A Rocky Start
According to the Riot Korea ruling, Khan told his teammates in a solo queue game that "four Chinese can not win." The implied racist remarks landed the star top laner in hot water a mere months from the beginning of the 2018 LCK Spring Split.
Khan and Longzhu Gaming managed to reach all the way to the Quarterfinals of the 2017 League of Legends World Championship up until their defeat at the hands of the eventual world champions, Samsung Galaxy.
Longzhu's substitute Kim "Rascal" Kwang-hee is expected to fill in for Khan during his one-series ban.