On the 18th of September, DRX announced the departure of their head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho.
cvMax first rose to fame from his tenure with Griffin, leading the team to three consecutive appearances in the LCK Finals after their promotion to the league from Challengers Korea. However, championship titles alluded him, and he parted ways with the organization before their venture to the 2019 World Championship. In the offseason, he opted to join DRX, with whom he managed to build a team utilizing young upcoming talents built around established players in Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Kim “Deft” Hyeok-gyu.
While the roster beheld immediate results following the drastic rebuild, finishing in 3rd and 2nd respectively in the two splits that year, the team came short of winning championships, and concluded their season in the quarterfinals of the 2020 World Championship, losing by a sweep to the eventual champions in DAMWON Gaming. Afterwards, the team lost four of their starting members to free agency, forcing the need to build around the relatively inexperienced Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon.
Following a 5-month long suspension from professional play by the Esports Fairness Committee, based on his time with Griffin, cvMax returned to head coach duty with DRX for Summer Split. Despite the team finishing in 5th place overall, DRX saw a shocking slump in performance and result, concluding the Summer Regular Season in 10th place, and forfeiting their chances to qualify for playoffs, and subsequently the 2021 World Championship.