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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 (often abbreviated as SKT T1 K) is a Korean League of Legends team competing at top-level OnGameNet (OGN) tournaments in South Korea. 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". The overarching organization, SK Telecom T1, was founded in 2004 and sponsors teams on several gaming platforms, starting its League of Legends team in December 2012. From its beginnings as a team with strong individual skills that heavily focused on skirmishes, SK Telecom T1 K has grown to become a dominant, global powerhouse. The team's crowning achievement has been its victory at the Season 3 World Championship against Royal Club.

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 December 2012. Featuring rookie players bengi, Faker, and Piglet, as well as OGN veterans PoohMandu and Impact, they entered their first season in the OGN Champions League in OLYMPUS Champions Spring 2013. With more than half their roster consisting of unknown players, 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, mid laner Faker quickly made a name for himself in a game against MVP Blue where as LeBlanc, he went 10-0-1 by 18 minutes and forced a surrender at twenty minutes. While their shotcalling was not the best in team fights, they quickly made up for it with their fast-paced, aggressive early game, and successfully picked off other teams with opposing styles. While they were thwarted away from their shot at victory at 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 jungler CloudTemplar alone in the jungle, avoiding massive team fights and instead forcing skirmishes. Frost, a team highly praised for its teamfights (CloudTemplar playing a key part), could not play to its strengths, and SK Telecom's aggressive playstyle prevailed.

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

HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013

SKT entered HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013 amid high expectations, which they lived up to. They cleanly won their group with a 3-0 showing, advancing to the playoffs. Their first match was ironically against the previous SKT T1 lineup, now playing for Jin Air Greenwings Falcons. They dominated their former brethren 3-0, advancing to the semifinals. They next faced the Spring champions, MVP Ozone. SKT T1 2 upset the former champions by winning 3-1. The grand finals match featured two of the most hyped rosters going into summer, with both revamping theirs; SKT T1 2 vs KT Rolster Bullets. It proved to be a memorable grand finals, going to the maximum of five games to decide the winner. The fifth game was blind pick, as per OGN rules, and led to both teams' mids playing
Zed
, Faker for SKT T1 and Ryu for KT B. The game featured amazing plays including one particularly spectacular highlight for Faker.[1] The T1 2 team conquered 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 won his first of what would be two Season MVP prizes. 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 Circuit Points standing. They went on to win a rematch of the OGN Summer finals facing KT Bullets, winning 3-1, gaining a berth in 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 Season 3 World Championship in Los Angeles, SKT T1 2 was placed into a group with NA favorite Team SoloMid, Europe second 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 with guest OGN analyst MonteCristo leading what would be called the "Korean Hype Train." T1 2 seemed to live up to the hype as the group stage commenced, winning games in a convincing fashion with a record of 7-1, only dropping one game to OMG. Advancing to the quarterfinals, they faced Taiwanese champions Gamania Bears, and overwhelmed them in a 2-0 series. Their following competitor was fellow Koreans, OGN Winter 2012-13 champions and the top Korean seed, NaJin Black Sword. With T1's strong performance leading up to the match, they were widely predicted to easily win the series, especially since NaJin had not competed at a top level tournament for a few months. Victory would not come easily, however, as the match turned out to be one of the closest series in the entire tournament. Amazing play on each side led to the final fifth game, where T1 2 was able to earn a win and advance 3-2 over NaJin Black Sword to face Royal Club Huang Zu in the Grand Finals at the [Staples Center]. Although SK Telecom T1 were favorites from the beginning to win the entire tournament, Royal Club's showings against OMG and Fnatic had reputed them as foes able to take on the favorites. The Grand Final games featured explosive skirmishes and fights, but T1 continued their domination throughout the end of the tournament, winning 3-0 and taking home its $1,000,000 prize and the title of Season 3 League of Legends World Champions.

PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014

Before entering OGN Winter 2013-2014, the team changed its name to SK Telecom T1 K. Coming off the high of winning the World Championship, SKT showed no signs of slowing down any time soon. The team swept its group 3-0-0 against CJ Entus Blaze, SK Telecom T1 S, and Team NB. Each of its players finished in the top two of the entire league's KDA standings. In the tournament playoffs, SK Telecom swept every series it competed in, against Samsung Galaxy Blue, the KT Rolster Bullets, and finally Samsung Galaxy Ozone to win it all. Their season victory marked the first and so far only time a team has won an OGN season without dropping or tying a single game. In addition, superstar mid laner Faker won his second consecutive season MVP award.

HOT6iX Champions 2014 Spring & bigfile NLB Spring 2014

At the start of the next season, support player and "big brother" of the team Poohmandu announced that he would take a brief break from professional gaming, citing severe chest pains. SK Telecom T1 K still entered the tournament as a major favorite after finishing undefeated during OGN Winter. However, the team faltered 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. In a surprising turn, 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 as Poohmandu returned, but met Samsung Galaxy Ozone in the first round of the playoffs with their new superior mid laner PawN and fell 1-3 to them, against whom they had won decisively in the previous season's final. SK Telecom then 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.

HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014 & ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014

During OGN Summer 2014, SK Telecom struggled further. Although they finished in the top two of their group with a victory and a series split against the two Incredible Miracle teams, SKT lost to eventual tournament runner-up Samsung Galaxy Blue. With a 1-1-1 record, SKT advanced only due to holding a tiebreaker with Incredible Miracle 2. In the playoffs, SK Telecom first faced Samsung Galaxy White (previously known as Ozone) in a rematch, again losing 1-3. From there, SKT entered that season's NLB, winning series against CJ Entus Frost, Jin Air Green Wings Stealths, and finally NaJin Black Sword, winning the lower tier tournament and its 75 Circuit Points. With that win, SK Telecom entered a tie with Samsung Galaxy White for second place in the Korean Circuit, and will play in a tiebreaker on August 27th, 2014 to determine which team gets an automatic bye into the Season 4 World Championship.

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

Former

ID Name Role Next Team
South Korea Piglet Chae Gwang-jin (채광진) AD
None
South Korea PoohManDu Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현) Support
None
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
2014-08-09 A11st ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014 3 : 0
NaJin Black Sword
₩ 5,000,000
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
  6. [뉴스 SKT T1 리빌딩 단행... 이정현, 채광진, 조재환 계약 종료] inven.co.kr