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SK Telecom T1 K
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Team Information
Location: South Korea South Korea
Coaches: Choi "L.i.E.S" Byoung-hoon
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Team Captain: Lee "PoohManDu" Jeong-hyeon
Website: http://www.sksports.net/T1/main.asp
Sponsor: SK Telecom
Pocari Sweat
New Balance
Corsair
Twitter: sktelecom_t1
Number of Players: 5
History
Created: December 13, 2012(2012-12-13)
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SK Telecom T1 K is a Korean multi-gaming organization founded in 2004. During OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013, the team was given the nickname "Judgement Day" by DoA and MonteCristo to differentiate the team from their sister team SK Telecom T1 S, which they nicknamed "Terminator". Starting out as a team with strong individual skills that heavily focused on skirmishes, SK Telecom T1 K has grown to become a dominant, global power-house.

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History

OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013

While SK Telecom T1 itself is a well-established e-sports organization founded in 2004 by StarCraft: Broodwar titan Lim "`Slayers`Boxer" Yo-Hwan, SKT T1 #2 is a relatively new team formed in late-February 2013. Featuring rookie players bengi, Faker, and Piglet, as well as the experienced players in PoohMandu and Impact, they entered their first season in the OGN Champions League in OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013. With more than half their roster unknown, they surprised many by taking first place in Group A which featured many powerhouse teams such as CJ Entus Blaze and Najin Sword. Rising from the unknown, Faker quickly made a name for himself in a game against MVP Blue where as LeBlanc, went 10-0-1 by 18 minutes and forced a surrender at twenty minutes. While their shotcalling has not been the best in team fights, they quickly make up for it with their fast-paced, aggressive early game, and has successfully picked off other teams with opposing styles. While they were thwarted away from their shot at a Royal Road by the hands of MVP Ozone in the semifinals 1-3, they were able to defeat CJ Entus Frost, a perennial powerhouse in the OGN leagues as well as the Season 2 World Runner-up, with a score of 3-0. While it was said that Frost was still suffering from the loss against their sister team Blaze in the semifinals, Judgement Day countered Frost's style deliberately by shutting down the Jungler, CloudTemplar alone in the jungle and avoiding massive team fights and instead forcing skirmishes, which took away from Frost's highly praised team fights (CloudTemplar playing a key part), which also fit well with the team's aggressive style.

With a third place finish, they were seeded into the upcoming HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013.

HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013

They would go into HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 with high expectations for them, which they would live up to. They would cleanly win their group with a 3-0 showing, advancing to playoffs. Their first match was ironically against the previous SKT T1 lineup, now playing for Jin Air Greenwings Falcons. They would dominate their former brethren 3-0, advancing to the semis. They next faced the Spring champions, MVP Ozone. SKT T1 2 would cause some upsets by winning 3-1, overpowering the former champions in the games they won. The grand finals match would be against two of the most hyped rosters going into summer, with both revamping theirs; SKT T1 2 vs KT Rolster Bullets. It would prove to be a memorable grand finals, going the distance of all five maximum games to decide the winner. The fifth games would go to blind pick and lead to both teams' mids playing
Zed
, Faker for SKT T1 and Ryu for KT B. It would include amazing plays but one particular highlight for Faker.[1] The T1 2 team would conquer Bullets, becoming the prestigious Summer champions, winning fans worldwide and keeping a hope alive to possibly win a spot to play at the coveted Season 3 World Championship. The team's own mid player Faker would win the Season MVP prize. The team would next need to win Season 3 Korea Regional Finals in order to go to Worlds in Los Angeles. They would automatically advance to the finals round due to their 1st place finish in OGN Summer. They would go to win a rematch of the OGN Summer finals facing KT Bullets, winning 3-1, gaining a seed to play at the World Championships, along with NaJin Black Sword and Samsung Galaxy Ozone (formerly MVP Ozone).

Season 3 World Championship

SK Telecom T1 Season 3 World Champions lifting up the Summoner's Cup

At the S3 Championship in Los Angeles, SKT T1 2 would be placed into a group with NA favorite Team SoloMid, Europe 2nd seed Lemondogs, formidable OMG from China, and Wildcard winner GamingGear.eu. The team's performance from OGN Summer had made them an early favorite to win or at least advance to the finals going into the tournament with guest OGN analyst MonteCristo leading what would be called, the "Korean Hype Train." T1 2 seemed to live up to the hype as groups commenced, winning games in a convincing fashion with a record of 7-1, only dropping one game to OMG. Able to advance to the Quarterfinals, they would face Taiwanese champions, Gamania Bears and overwhelm them in the set 2-0. Next up for the team was their fellow Koreans, Winter OGN champions and #1 Korean seed, NaJin Black Sword. T1's performance leading up to the match put them as the favorites to win in an somewhat easy fashion as not many had seen NBS in a competitive nature for a few months. That was not the case however as the match turned out to be one of the best series so far in the tournament. Amazing play on each side led to the final 5th game, with T1 2 able to solidify a win, going 3-2 and advancing to the Staple Center huge stage for the Grand Finals versus Royal Club Huang Zu. Although SK Telecom T1 were favorites from the beginning to win the entire thing, Royal Club's showings against OMG and Fnatic had reputed them as foes able to take on the favorites. The Grand Final games would have explosive skirmishes and fights but T1 would continue their domination until the end of the tournament, winning 3-0, winning $1,000,000, and taking home the title of Season 3 League of Legends World Champions.

HOT6iX Champions 2014 Spring & bigfile NLB Spring 2014

Even without their "big brother" Poohmandu SK Telecom T1 K would enter the tournament as a major favorite with their undefeated record in the winter season. However, they would first falter by splitting a set with their sister team SK Telecom T1 S and then falling to the eventual group winner KT Rolster Arrows, thus putting themselves in danger of not advancing to the bracket stage. Miraculously, SK Telecom T1 S was defeated by Prime Optimus and they were given the chance to play a tie-breaker with their sister team. They were able to advance to the bracket stage after defeating SK Telecom T1 S with their reunion with Poohmandu, but met Samsung Galaxy Ozone with their new superior mid laner PawN and fell 1-3 to them, whom they decisively won against in the previous season's final, and dropped to the second tier tournament, bigfile NLB Spring 2014, for the first time. There they smoothly proceeded to the semi-finals, however they fell to the eventual champions CJ Entus Frost, but they were able to claim the 3rd place by defeating KT Rolster Bullets in a clean 3-0 sweep. In between the semi-finals and the 3rd/4th place match decider of bigfile NLB Spring 2014, they attended All-Star 2014 in Paris and swept the tournament without dropping a single game, despite showing weak performance in the Korean scene, claiming them the first place with a prize of $ 50,000.

Timeline

2013

2014

Player Roster

SK Telecom T1 Season 3 World Championship Roster
Left to Right: Piglet, bengi, PoohManDu, Impact, Faker

Active

ID Name Role
South Korea Impact Jung Eon-yeong (정언영) Top
South Korea bengi Bae Seong-ung (배성웅) Jungle
South Korea Faker Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁) Mid
South Korea Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) AD
South Korea PoohManDu Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현) Support

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
South Korea Casper Kwon Ji-min (권지민) Sub/Support
None

Organization

ID Name Position
South Korea L.i.E.S Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈) Coach
South Korea KkOma Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균) Coach

Team Achievements

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-07-23 Ogn logo.png A55 - 8th HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 1 : 3
Samsung Galaxy White
₩ 10,000,000
2014-05-11 RpPoints.png A11st All-Star 2014 3 : 0
OMG
$ 50,000
2014-04-16 Ogn logo.png A55 - 8th HOT6iX Champions Spring 2014 1 : 3
Samsung Galaxy Ozone
₩ 10,000,000
2014-01-25 Ogn logo.png A11st PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014 3 : 0
Samsung Galaxy Ozone
₩ 80,000,000
2013-10-04 RpPoints.png A11st Season 3 World Championship 3 : 0
Royal Club
$ 1,000,000
2013-09-07 RpPoints.png A11st Season 3 Korea Regional Finals 3 : 1
KT Rolster Bullets
S3WC Qualification
2013-08-31 Ogn logo.png A11st HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 3 : 2
KT Rolster Bullets
₩ 80,000,000
2013-05-15 Ogn logo.png A33rd OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013 3 : 0
CJ Entus Frost
₩ 24,000,000
In Major Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-05-14 A33rd bigfile NLB Spring 2014 3 : 0
KT Rolster Bullets
₩ 2,000,000
2013-10-16 A33 - 4th 2013 WCG Korea Qualifiers 0 : 2
Samsung Galaxy Blue
2013-06-29 A33 - 4th AMD-INVEN GamExperience 0 : 2
MVP Ozone
₩ 1,000,000

Highlight Videos

SK Telecom Movie 1

Interviews

2013

2014

Gallery

See Also

Links

References

  1. Faker INSANE Zed play
  2. SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  3. SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
  4. SKT T1 K, 서포터 '푸만두' 이정현 당분간 휴식 (Korean)
  5. Result of 2013 Korean e-Sports Awardsinven.com.kr