SK Telecom T1
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|Coaches:||Choi "cCarter" Byoung-hoon |
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Jung "RapidStar" Min-sung
|Affiliated Teams (Former):||SK Telecom T1 K|
SK Telecom T1 S
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SK Telecom T1 is a Korean professional gaming team based in South Korea. Previously, the SK Telecom organization sponsored two sister teams, S and K. SK Telecom T1 is the only team to have won the World Championship three times and is also the only team to hold an unofficial "Triple Crown" - in May 2016 they became the reigning champions of IEM, the Mid-Season Invitational, and Worlds though those titles were not all achieved in the same season, before they successfully being the first ever team to defend their World Championship title.
In December 2012, SK Telecom acquired the roster of Eat Sleep Game, with a roster consisting of Reapered, H0R0, MighTiLy, UandME, and StarLast. See the history of that team at SK Telecom T1 S (originally SK Telecom T1, then SK Telecom T1 #1). In February 2013, the organization created a new roster, which consisted of Faker, bengi, Piglet, PoohManDu, and Impact. See the history of that team at SK Telecom T1 K (originally SK Telecom T1 #2). On November 12th, the sister teams were renamed from #1 and #2 to S and K, respectively. Though it was initially known as SK Telecom's secondary team, K outperformed S, winning the Season 3 World Championship. Upon their return to Korea, SKT T1 K became the only team to have a perfect season (not losing a single game) in Champions Winter 2013-2014.
SK Telecom competed in LoL Masters 2014. The organization had a 6-0 set record in the round robin, with a 14-4 game record. In the playoffs, they were seeded directly into the finals but then lost 0-3 to Samsung, placing second overall. Although SKT T1 K won All-Star Paris 2014 with out losing a single game, both SKT teams failed to make Worlds at the end of the season.
In November 2014, it was announced that Korean teams could no longer have two separate rosters, and SK Telecom T1's teams disbanded, reforming a single team simply called SK Telecom T1. As with all other OGN teams, they would have a 10-member roster. The team was invited to play in Champions Spring 2015. On December 2nd, a roster was announced for the preseason that included MaRin, Impact, Bengi, Easyhoon, Faker, Bang, Wolf, and Piccaboo. Of these players, Piccaboo was the only new addition; the other seven players had previously competed on either S or K.
SKT entered their first tournament of the 2015 Season at SBENU Champions Spring 2015. They placed second in the regular season so they had to face CJ Entus in the second round of playoffs and took the series 3-2. They went on to play the KOO Tigers where they took the series 3-0 without Faker or Bengi having to play. The win secured them a spot at the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational where they won every game in groups. After a close 3-2 series against Fnatic, they moved on to face EDward Gaming in the finals where SKT was upset 3-2.
They came back to Korea for SBENU Champions Summer 2015 where they went almost undefeated, only dropping a series to CJ Entus. Their first place finish in the regular season guaranteed them a spot at the 2015 Season World Championship due to having the most Championship Points. In the finals of the playoffs they beat KT Rolster 3-0 to take 1st place in playoffs and advance to the 2015 Season World Championship as the first seed from Korea.
SKT was placed in a group at worlds alongside EDG, Bangkok Titans, and H2k Gaming. They went undefeated all the way to the finals, beating AHQ e-Sports Club and Origen in the playoffs along the way. They met the KOO Tigers in the finals and beat them 3-1 to give the organization its second World Championship.
Two weeks after the World Championship, SK Telecom played in the LoL KeSPA Cup. In their semifinal series against Challenger team Ever, substitute mid laner Scout started in the first game, but even with Faker playing in the second game, the team lost the series 0-2 - continuing a streak of World Champions being eliminated early on in their first tournaments after Worlds. SK Telecom announced Faker's re-signing for the 2016 season after the tournament. However, shortly afterwards, Easyhoon, T0M, and MaRin left the team. SKT's offseason acquisitions included NaJin's top laner Duke, relatively new jungler Blank, and their former support PoohManDu as a coach.
In March, SK Telecom attended IEM Katowice despite being only the sixth-place LCK team at the time. They brought substitute jungler Blank in place of bengi and swept through the tournament, winning the title after only seven games. Returning to Korea, they began to use Blank as their full-time starting jungler and improved from a series record of 5-4 after week 7 to 12-6 after week 13, behind only the Tigers and KT Rolster in the standings. In the playoffs, they easily beat Jin Air and KT before facing the ROX Tigers for the second time in a spring finals. This time, instead of a 3-0 it was a 3-1, but SKT still won and were crowned LCK champions for the third consecutive time.
Their first place finish in the spring season earned them a spot in the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational. Notably, SK Telecom T1 were the only team to return to 2016 MSI from 2015 MSI. As the reigning domestic champions of Korea, SK Telecom T1 came into the tournament as massive favorites to win. However, their group stage performances were very lackluster as they dropped games to China's Royal Never Give Up, NA's Counter Logic Gaming, and two games to the LMS Flash Wolves. They ended their group stage with a 6-4 record, seeding them into the bracket stage at fourth place. Matched up against Royal Never Give Up in the semifinals, SK Telecom started to regain their form, beating them 3-1. They then proceeded to beat Counter Logic Gaming 3-0 to win the event and give them the trophy that barely escaped them last year.
During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, SK Telecom started the season strong with a 5-0 score in series and 10-0 game score. However, they started dropping sets to lower ranked teams, notably the Afreeca Freecs, who they failed to win even a single game against the entire season. With a 13-5 scoreline in series, SKT placed second in the round robin, beating KT Rolster via game score tiebreaker. However, during the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs, they met KT Rolster in the semifinals, where they were reverse swept 3-2 after going up 2-0 in the first two games. This gave them third place for the summer split. Combined with their first place spring finish, as well as the victory of the ROX Tigers over KT Rolster, SKT qualified to the 2016 Season World Championship on points as Korea's second seed.
At the 2016 Season World Championship, SK Telecom T1 were placed into Group B, along with LMS's Flash Wolves, NA's Cloud 9, and China's I May. The team proceeded to win five of the six games during the Group Stage, as they displayed a vast arsenal of team compositions and fielded both Bengi and Blank in the jungle position. They were drafted into the Quarterfinals against the Chinese Royal Never Give Up, the second place team of Group D. After beating RNG 3-1, they proceeded to the semifinals where they met the ROX Tigers. After a long and grueling five games, where ROX won two of them with a surprise Miss Fortune support, SKT won 3-2 in what host Dash called the greatest best of five at Worlds ever. They moved on to face Samsung Galaxy in the Grand Finals: after a long, hard-fought 3-2 series SKT became the first League of Legends team to win three World Championships and first repeat winners of the title of World Champions.
- February 25th, Scout becomes a sub.
- March 6th, 1st Place at the IEM Season X - World Championship.
- March 23rd, Scout leaves.
- April 23rd, 1st Place at LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs.
- May 15th, 1st Place at 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
- August 12th, 3rd Place at LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs.
- October 29th, 1st Place at 2016 Season World Championship.
- November 1st, Profit and TaeHoon join.
- November 18th, 3rd-4th place in 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup.
- November 28th, Duke and Bengi leave. PoohManDu leaves coaching role.
- November 30th, Peanut joins.
- December 1st, Huni joins.
- December (approx.), TaeHoon leaves.
- December 12th, Sky joins.
- December 21st, RapidStar joins as a coach.
- February 25th, T0M joins.
- May 2nd, 1st Place at SBENU Champions Spring 2015.
- May 10th, 2nd place at 2015 Mid-Season Invitational.
- May 19th, Piccaboo leaves.
- July 3rd, Razer sponsors SK Telecom T1.
- August 29th, 1st place in the SBENU Champions Summer 2015.
- October 31st, 1st place in the 2015 Season World Championship.
- November 25th, MaRin, T0M, and Easyhoon leave.
- December 7th, Duke joins.
- December 31st, Blank joins. PoohManDu joins as coach.
|Huni||Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈)||Top|
|Profit||Kim Jun-hyung (김준형)||Top|
|Blank||Kang Sun-gu (강선구)||Jungle|
|Peanut||Han Wang-ho (한왕호)||Jungle|
|Faker||Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)||Mid|
|Sky||Kim Ha-neul (김하늘)||Mid|
|Bang||Bae Jun-sik (배준식)||AD|
|Wolf||Lee Jae-wan (이재완)||Support|
|TaeHoon||Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈)||Sub/Support|
|Duke||Lee Ho-seong (이호성)||Top||Invictus Gaming|
|Bengi||Bae Seong-woong (배성웅)||Jungle||Vici Gaming|
|Scout||Lee Ye-chan (이예찬)||Sub/Mid||EDward Gaming|
|MaRin||Jang Gyeong-hwan (장경환)||Top||LGD Gaming|
|T0M||Im Jae-hyeon (임재현)||Jungle||Qiao Gu Reapers|
|Easyhoon||Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈)||Mid||Vici Gaming|
|Piccaboo||Lee Jong-beom (이종범)||Support||KT Rolster|
|Impact||Jung Eon-yeong (정언영)||Top||Team Impulse|
|cCarter||Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈)||Head Coach|
|kkOma||Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균)||Coach|
|RapidStar||Jung Min-sung (정민성)||Coach|
|PoohManDu||Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현)||Coach||Vici Gaming|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-04-22||1st||LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||KT Rolster||₩ 100,000,000|
|2017-04-02||1st||2017 LCK Spring Season||16 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-11-18||3 - 4th||2016 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||ROX Tigers||₩ 10,000,000|
|2016-10-29||1st||2016 Season World Championship||3 : 2||Samsung Galaxy||$ 2,028,000|
|2016-08-12||3rd||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||KT Rolster||₩ 30,000,000|
|2016-08-06||2nd||LCK 2016 Summer Season||13 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-05-15||1st||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||3 : 0||Counter Logic Gaming||$ 250,000|
|2016-04-23||1st||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||ROX Tigers||₩ 100,000,000|
|2016-04-09||3rd||LCK 2016 Spring Season||12 : 6||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-03-06||1st||IEM Season X - World Championship||3 : 0||Fnatic||$ 50,000|
|2015-11-13||3 - 4th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||ESC Ever||₩ 10,000,000|
|2015-10-31||1st||2015 Season World Championship||3 : 1||KOO Tigers||$ 1,000,000|
|2015-08-29||1st||LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs||3 : 0||KT Rolster||₩ 100,000,000|
|2015-08-13||1st||LCK 2015 Summer Season||17 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-05-10||2nd||2015 Mid-Season Invitational||2 : 3||EDward Gaming||$ 50,000|
|2015-05-02||1st||LCK 2015 Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||GE Tigers||₩ 100,000,000|
|2015-04-11||2nd||LCK 2015 Spring Season||11 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2014-06-08||2nd||SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014||0 : 3||Samsung Galaxy||₩ 20,000,000|
- May 23rd, SK Telecom T1's MSI Win: By the Numbers from theScore
- January 12th, SKT head coach on 10-ban system: “Rather than thinking (simply more bans) is significant, I see that how Riot Games patches champions will have a larger impact on the outcome of games.” Translation on Slingshot
- February 17th, SKT Head Coach Choi: “It’ll be hard to beat KT with the game play we saw (against Samsung).” Translation on Slingshot·
- March 4th, SKT Head Coach: “As we were preparing for the KT match, the company (SK Telecom) put a money reward on the line, which I think gave the players motivation.” with Slingshot Esports
- March 29th, SKT head coach cCarter reflects on regular season: “I think the patch change in the middle of the season and our drop in performance did act like an obstacle.” with Slingshot Esports
- April 26th, KkOma reflects on building SKT: “Even back then, Faker was the player that was so good to the point it didn’t make sense.” with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin, translated by Slingshot Esports
- May 4th, KkOma: “My first goal was to retire after four world championships. I’ve won three more quickly than I thought, so I don’t know what I should do if we win a fourth.” with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin, translation by Slingshot Esports
- May 7th, SKT coach cCarter on Korean esports market: “Once we play more good games and when it becomes easier to go overseas, I think we’ll get more investments like North America or China.” with Segye Ilbo’s Uhm Hyung-joon, translated by Slingshot Esports
- May 8th, SKT coach: “The Flash Wolves are the closest (in MSI) to the play level of LCK teams.” with Slingshot Esports
- May 12th, The life of kkOma: Would you rather be married or a three-time world champion? by Andrew Kim for Slingshot Esports
- January 13th, [Opening Match Victory, SK Telecom head coach Choi Byung-hoon, “We’re only halfway” with Osen, English translation by krbnu.’'
- March 4th, [(IEM World Championship) SKT Head Coach Choi Byung-hoon, “Faker Wanted to Play at IEM” with Fomos, English translation by krbnu.’'
- March 7th, [(IEM World Championship) Undefeated SK Telecom “We Want to Play at MSI” with Fomos, English translation by krbnu.’'
- May 15th, The Uncut Post-MSI English Press Conference with SK Telecom T1 by theScore
- May 18th, SK Telecom T1's Fully Subtitled, Uncut Korean Press Conference from MSI by theScore
- October 22nd, Check out SK Telecom T1’s press conference after beating ROX Tigers on Esports Heaven
- October 30th, SK Telecom T1's 2016 World Championship English Press Conference on theScore
- May 2nd, [LOL Champions Finals] “We want to play EDG” SKT T1 Takes the Championship (May 02, 2015) translated by Bnununu
- October 31st, SKT about Fnatic, the skins they want and Europe with Fragbite
- October 31st, SK Telecom T1's post-Worlds press conference with theScore
Articles & Videos
- February 1st, Reboot: KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on TheScore Esports
- March 1st, Pieces of past success: KT and SKT's bid for the top of LCK by Kelsey Moser on Yahoo Esports
- March 2nd, Win Conditions: SKT vs KT, March 2 by Tim Magic Sevenhuysen on YouTube
- May 5th, How SK Telecom T1 has shaped the narrative of Korean teams at international League of Legends events by Emily Rand on Yahoo Esports
- March 2nd, The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on TheScore Esports
- March 6th, SK Telecom T1 Fighting by Emily Rand on TheScore Esports
- April 28th, Korea looks for revenge at MSI by Ian Nowakowski on LoL Esports
- April 30th, Jungle is the New Mid: Tracking Faker's role on SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- May 2nd, MSI Preview: The SK Telecom T1 Dynasty by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- May 3rd, Who can beat SKT at the League of Legends 2016 Mid-Season Invitational? by Taylor Cocke on Yahoo Esports
- May 4th, The Quest for S-Tier: How Good is SKT's Duke? by Tim Svevenhuysen on theScore
- May 5th, A Bullet and a Target: SK Telecom's 0-2 Day 2 by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- May 6th, Five outrageous Reddit reactions to CLG beating SKT by Joe "Pistallion" Cannavino on Slingshot Esports
- May 6th, Dealing with the South Korean Tilting Problem by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVPLive
- May 6th, A Question of "The Jungle," bengi's absence at MSI by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- May 14th, MSI Finals Preview: 'Win everything' vs. 'All they do is win' by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- May 28th, Comparing League of Legends teams to their traditional sports counterparts by Connor Smith on Slingshot
- June 15th, SKT coach’s cautious comments reflect a community that demands perfection by Andrew Kim on Slingshot
- June 22nd, Examining "Things SKT Does" by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- July 24th, Why Afreeca? The story of Faker, Mickey and the Korean mid lane by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- September 15th, Road to Worlds: SK Telecom T1 by Adam Newell on GAMURS
- September 26th, Never Bet Against SKT by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- October 6th, Please God Not SKT Again, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Root for TSM by Ryan Gilliam on Riftherald
- October 29th, A Little Bit of History Repeating: Samsung Galaxy vs. SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on theScore Esports
- November 1st, Welcome to the club: SK Telecom T1 among great sports dynasties by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- November 9th, SK Teleom: The Forgotten Hero by CD-Mangaka on Esports Heaven
- December 5th, Carries everywhere: How Huni and Peanut fit around SKT’s roster of stars by Xing Li on The Daily Dot
- December 5th, What to expect from SKT Peanut and Huni by Austen Goslin on The Rift Herald
- January 6th, LEARNING FROM THE NEW SK TELECOM from Paravine
- January 16th, SKT roster analysis by Gold Per 10''
- April 24th, A Return to Form: SK Telecom T1 from LoL Esports
- April 29th, The Aegis of T1: an in-depth look at the remnants of SKT T1 S from theScore Esports
- May 5th, Picks and Bans: SK Telecom T1 Mixes Things Up at MSI from LoL Esports
- May 6th, SK Telecom T1 - MSI Preview from Azubu
- June 16th, Injecting chaos into SKT's winning style from LoL Esports
- September 10th, SKT: The supreme regents of Korea from LoL Esports
- September 15th, The Road to Worlds: an in-depth look at SK Telecom T1 from theScore Esports
- September 24th, World Championship Preview: SK Telecom T1 from EsportsTalk
- September 29th, Worlds 2015 Team Profile:SK Telecom T1 from Esports Heaven
- October 17th, The Road to Immortality: SK Telecom T1 remain perfect with a sweep in London by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore Esports
- October 23rd, The Evolution of Faker and 2015 SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on Follow eSports
- October 29th, The SK Telecom T1 Replacements by Emily Rand on Follow eSports
- October 31st, The Dynasty of SK Telecom T1 by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore Esports
- November 3rd, SKT's road to World Championby Frank "Riot Mirhi" Fields on LoL Esports
- November 6th, Black & White: the historic rivalry of SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Whiteby Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore Esports
- December 24th, Understanding and Analyzing Korea 2.0; the Good. from Esports Heaven
- [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
- 장경환-이지훈 SK텔레콤과 작별...페이커와는 재계약 esports.dailygame.co.kr
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- [롤챔스 스프링] SKT '스카우트' 이예찬 제외 등 2R 로스터 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
- EDward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
- 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup 참가 팀 로스터 공개 (Korean) e-sports.or.kr
- SKT's Facebook Status facebook.com
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- [뉴스] 스베누 롤챔스 스프링 2라운드 로스터 발표 inven.co.kr
- 서포터 '피카부' 이종범, 휴식 위해 SKT 계약 종료 inven.co.kr
- SK Telecom T1 Joins Team Razer telkomgaming.co.za
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SKT T1, '임팩트' 정언영과 계약 종료..."해외 진출 계획 중" (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SK텔레콤, 복한규-조재환의 'ESG' 영입해 LOL 팀 창단! fomos.kr
- 래퍼드, 호로 등 SKT 팀 창단 발표! 꼬마 김정균도 코치로 inven.co.kr