KT Rolster

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KT Rolster
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Team Information
Org LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Region
KR
 Korea
Head CoachOh "ZanDarC" Chang-jong
Sponsor(s)kt
Douyu
CHERRY
History
Created2012-10-10
Social Media & Links
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Current Roster
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KT Rolster is a Korean professional gaming organization based in South Korea. It is one of the eight KeSPA teams.

Before the Korean restructuring, KT fielded two sister teams, KT Rolster Arrows and KT Rolster Bullets which were created by the organization on October 10, 2012.[1] It originally began as StarCraft: Brood War team KTF Magics and included among its stars a number of players who also became involved with League of Legends - coaches YellOw (Xenics Storm) and Reach (NaJin e-mFire) and casters/streamers Kim Dong Soo (Garimto) and Kang Min (Nal_Ra).

History

Season 3

On October 10, 2012, KT Rolster created two teams for their League of Legends division, KT Rolster A and KT Rolster B. KTA was made up of Hiro, Vitamin, ReSEt, Zero, and Wall while KTB featured Ragan, KaKAO, Ryu, Score, and Mafa. The two teams combined in March for the OGN Club Masters where they placed third after losing 3-2 to MVP but beating CJ Entus 3-0. Star player of NaJin Black Sword, Maknoon, joined KTA in May of 2013 and the team was reformed around him as their center piece. Shortly afterwards, KTA was renamed to the KT Rolster Arrows and KTB was renamed to the KT Rolster Bullets. Unfortunately for KT, neither team was able to qualify for the Season 3 World Championship.

2014 Season

At the beginning of the season, the Arrows were restructured again to cope with the loss of Maknoon as the star. This new team featuring KaKAO, Rookie, Ssumday, Arrow, and Hachani were able to bring KT its first OGN Championship after they beat Samsung Blue 3-2 at HOT6iX Champions Summer 2014. Just prior to this they played in the SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014 but placed fifth overall out of seven teams and missed playoffs. Both KT Rolster teams failed to qualify for the 2014 Season World Championship at the end of the season.

2015 Season

Changes to OGN rules that banned organizations from owning two teams forced the Arrows and the Bullets to merge for the 2015 season. KT Rolster fielded a roster featuring Ssumday, Score, Nagne, Arrow, and Hachani as the starting five. The team did not fair well in SBENU Champions Spring 2015 and placed fifth overall for the season, barely missing playoffs. KT did much better in the regular season of SBENU Champions Summer 2015, placing second behind a nearly undefeated SK Telecom T1 team. They made it to the finals of the playoffs but lost 3-0 to SKT. KT qualified for the finals of the 2015 Season Korea Regional Finals where they beat the Jin Air Green Wings 3-1 to qualify for the 2015 Season World Championship as the number three seed from Korea. KT was drawn into a group with LGD Gaming, Team SoloMid, and Origen. They ended with a 5-1 record and went on to play the KOO Tigers in the quarterfinals. They lost 3-1 and were knocked out of the tournament.

2016 Preseason

KT played in the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup where they lost 2-1 in the semifinals to CJ Entus. Shortly afterwards, starting midlaner Nagne and support Piccaboo left the team. KT signed Fly, former mid of Young Glory, to replace Nagne, and two supports: Ignar from Incredible Miracle and Hachani, former coach of Rebels Anarchy.

2016 Season

During the LCK 2016 Spring Season, KT Rolster finished second place in the regular season with a 13-5 match record. Ignar would leave the team halfway through the season. Their regular season placement earned them a bye into the semi-finals of the Spring Playoffs, where they faced SK Telecom T1. Unfortunately, they were swept 3-0, ending their spring split with a third place finish.

During the 2016 LCK Summer Split, KT Rolster claimed third place in the regular season with a 13-5 series record, losing to SK Telecom T1 based on game score. This seeded them into the 2nd round of the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs, where they met Samsung Galaxy. KT had yet to drop a game to Samsung since the start of Season 5's LCK era, and this trend continued as they swept them 3-0. In the semifinals, they met SK Telecom T1 in the Telecom Wars, and this time they managed to reverse sweep them 3-2 to move onto the finals. In an epic set against the ROX Tigers, KT Rolster barely lost 3-2, losing out on Korea's first seed at Worlds, but giving them the highest seed for the Korea Regional Finals 2016. In a rematch against Samsung Galaxy where KT were heavily favored to make it out, Samsung managed to break a 19 game losing streak against KT to win the set 3-2 and take Korea's third seed, ending KT Rolster's season early.

2017 Season

Following KT's failure to enter Worlds, the team lost almost its entire roster, with jungler Score remaining in the team. There, they created the so-called 'superteam' by signing former ROX Tigers top laner Smeb, former Royal Never Give Up support and World Champion, Mata, and former EDward Gaming Mid Laner and AD Carry, PaWN and Deft, respectively. The team competed in the 2017 Spring Split but ended in a record of 12-6 in sets. This secures them a playoff spot though and in the quarterfinals, they swept MVP 3-0 and Samsung Galaxy in the semi-finals. But KT was soon crushed by SK Telecom T1 3-0 in the finals, ending their Spring Season and out of reach of the Mid-Season Invitational. In the Summer Split, KT's summer run was much better than Spring, with a record of 14-4. But their playoff run was worse, they were reverse-swept 3-2 in the semi-finals by SK Telecom T1, which forced them to run the Regional Finals again but despite their best efforts, KT failed to qualify for Worlds again after being swept by eventual World Champions Samsung Galaxy 3-0. KT then took one last shot of gaining a trophy for the team in 2017 by competing in the 2017 Kespa Cup where they defeated Samsung in the semi-finals before facing LCK Champions Longzhu Gaming. In a fierce best of 5 series, it seemed that Longzhu was going to win but KT turned the tables in its favor and defeated them 3-2, winning the tournament in the process.

2018 Season

KT Rolster retained its entire roster, with a few additions such promoting trainee Ucal in the starting Roster after PawN went down with injury sidelining him for several months, and signed former Cloud9 jungler Rush. The team competed in the 2018 Spring where they managed to net third place just below Afreeca Freecs and securing a playoff spot. Here, KT managed to get its revenge on SK Telecom T1 by defeating them 3-1 in the quarterfinals, but were later crushed by the Afreeca Freecs 3-1 in the semi-finals, ending their Spring Season. Since KT is part of the top four Korean teams in the Spring split, they were invited in Rift Rivals 2018 where they displayed stellar performance, where they did not lose a single game against the opposing Taiwanese and Chinese teams though the LCK failed to ssecure first place. In the 2018 Summer Split, the team ended with a record of 13-5, which secured them a first place finish in the Summer Split for the first time in the team's history. Following Kingzone DragonX's defeat from the Afreeca Freecs in the quarterfinals, KT manages to qualify for the 2018 World Championship for the first time since 2015. In the finals, KT faced LCK 'Super Rookies' Griffin. At first it seemed that Griffin was going to win but KT staged a comeback at game 4 before completely dominating game 5 to win its first LCK title as a single team. Jungler Score was voted as the Summer MVP for his performance in these games.

In the 2018 World Championship, KT Rolster was placed in Group C alongside North America's Team Liquid, Taiwan's MAD Team and China's EDward Gaming. After finishing first in their group with a record of 5-1, they went on to face Invictus Gaming in the quarterfinals. After getting dominated in the first 2 games of the series, they managed to win a very close game 3 and prolong the series to a deciding game 5, however Invictus Gaming on top of their star ad carry JackeyLove managed to edge KT and advance further where they ultimately won the 2018 World Championship.

Timeline

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR
South Korea Kingen Hwang Seong-hoon (황성훈) 1Top Laner 2019-11-18 2018-01-??
KR
South Korea Smeb Song Kyung-ho (송경호) 1Top Laner 2019-11-18 2016-11-28
KR
South Korea Score Go Dong-bin (고동빈) 2Jungler 2019-11-18 2014-12-02
KR
South Korea UmTi Eom Seong-hyeon (엄성현) 2Jungler 2020-11-16 2018-12-12
KR
South Korea Bdd Gwak Bo-seong (곽보성) 3Mid Laner 2019-11-18 2018-11-26
KR
South Korea Gango Byun Se-hoon (변세훈) 4Bot Laner 2020-11-16 2018-12-12
KR
South Korea Zenit Jeon Tae-gwon (전태권) 4Bot Laner 2019-11-18 2018-12-25
KR
South Korea Mia Choi Sang-in (최상인) 5Support 2019-11-18 2018-07-09
KR
South Korea SnowFlower No Hoi-jong (노회종) 5Support 2019-11-18 2018-11-26

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
KR
South Korea Rush Lee Yoon-jae (이윤재) 2Jungler Echo Foxlogo std.pngEcho Fox 2017-12-062017-12-06 2018-11-192018-11-19
KR
South Korea PawN Heo Won-seok (허원석) 3Mid Laner Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKingzone DragonX 2016-11-282016-11-28 2018-11-192018-11-19
KR
South Korea Ucal Son Woo-hyeon (손우현) 3Mid Laner Afreeca Freecslogo std.pngAfreeca Freecs 2017-05-112017-05-?? 2018-11-192018-11-19
KR
South Korea Deft Kim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규) 4Bot Laner Kingzone DragonXlogo std.pngKingzone DragonX 2016-11-302016-11-30 2018-11-192018-11-19
KR
South Korea Mata Cho Se-hyeong (조세형) 5Support SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSK Telecom T1 2016-12-042016-12-04 2018-11-132018-11-13
KR
South Korea Ssun Kim Tae-yang (김태양) 3Mid Laner E8 WINlogo std.pngEver8 Winners 2017-06-272017-06-27 2017-11-272017-11-27
KR
South Korea Chance Lee Chan-dong (이찬동) 5Sub/Sup None 2017-05-182017-05-18 2017-05-302017-05-30
KR
South Korea Steal Moon Geon-yeong (문건영) 2Jungler Milllogo std.pngMillenium 2016-06-302016-06-30 2016-12-042016-12-04
KR
South Korea Ssumday Kim Chan-ho (김찬호) 1Top Laner Dignitaslogo std.pngTeam Dignitas 2014-12-022014-12-02 2016-11-282016-11-28
KR
South Korea Fly Song Yong-jun (송용준) 3Mid Laner LongZhulogo std.pngLongzhu Gaming 2015-12-022015-12-02 2016-11-282016-11-28
KR
South Korea Arrow Noh Dong-hyeon (노동현) 4Bot Laner Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1 2014-12-022014-12-02 2016-11-232016-11-23
KR
South Korea Hachani Ha Seung-chan (하승찬) 5Support Team Vitalitylogo std.pngTeam Vitality 2015-12-222015-12-22 2016-11-232016-11-23
KR
South Korea IgNar Lee Dong-geun (이동근) 5Support Misfits Gaminglogo std.pngMisfits Gaming 2015-12-022015-12-02 2016-03-222016-03-22
KR
South Korea Edge Lee Ho-sung (이호성) 3Mid Laner NaJinemfirelogo std.pngNaJin e-mFire 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-12-012015-12-01
KR
South Korea Nagne Kim Sang-moon (김상문) 3Mid Laner Wan Yoologo std.pngWan Yoo 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-12-012015-12-01
KR
South Korea Mach Oh Hyun-sik (오현식) 4Bot Laner MVPlogo std.pngMVP 2015-06-232015-06-23 2015-12-012015-12-01
KR
South Korea Fixer Jeong Jae-woo (정재우) 5Support Phoenix1logo std.pngPhoenix1 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-12-012015-12-01
KR
South Korea Piccaboo Lee Jong-beom (이종범) 5Support None 2015-06-162015-06-16 2015-12-012015-12-01
KR
South Korea Mimic Min Ju-seong (민주성) 1Sub/Top Pathoslogo std.pngPathos 2015-06-232015-06-23 2015-11-042015-11-04
KR
South Korea Prime Yoon Du-sik (윤두식) 2Sub/Jun None 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-11-042015-11-04
KR
South Korea Ares Kim Min-kwon (김민권) 2Sub/Jun ESC Everlogo std.pngESC Ever 2015-06-232015-06-23 2015-11-042015-11-04
KR
South Korea Sage Kim Do-geun (김도근) 5Sub/Sup None 2015-06-232015-06-23 2015-11-042015-11-04
KR
South Korea ikssu Jeon Ik-soo (전익수) 1Sub/Top Anarchylogo std.pngAnarchy 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-05-192015-05-19
KR
South Korea Hachani Ha Seung-chan (하승찬) 5Support Anarchylogo std.pngAnarchy 2014-12-022014-12-02 2015-02-232015-02-23

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
South Korea ZanDarC Oh Chang-jong (오창종) 70Head Coach
South Korea NoEX Jung Je-seung (정제승) 70Coach
South Korea Sonstar Son Seung-ik (손승익) 70Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈) Head Coach KSV eSportslogo std.pngKSV eSports
South Korea 실력자 Kim Hwan (김환) Coach None

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
KT Rolster Tournament Results - Show Prize as (LocalUSDEuros)
DatePlPrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-12-280030043 - 4₩10,000,000KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 2018
1 : 3Gen.Glogo std.pngGEN

 Smeb,
 Kingen,
 UmTi,
 Bdd,
 Zenit,
 Gango,
 Mia,
 SnowFlower,
 ZanDarc,
 Noexcuse,
 S0NSTAR
2018-10-200050085 - 8$258,000WCS logo small.png Worlds 2018 Main Event
2 : 3Invictus Gaminglogo std.pngiG

 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata,
 Noexcuse
2018-09-080010001₩100,000,000LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Summer Playoffs
3 : 2Griffinlogo std.pngGRF

 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata,
 ZanDarc,
 AnimalDAX
2018-08-090010001LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Summer
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Smeb,
 Kingen,
 Rush,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-07-080020002RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS
2 : 3LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.pngLPL

 Smeb,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-04-080030003₩30,000,000LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Spring Playoffs
1 : 3Afreeca Freecslogo std.pngAF

 Smeb,
 Rush,
 Score,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata
2018-03-250030003LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Spring
13 - 5Blanklogo std.pngRR

 Smeb,
 Score,
 Rush,
 PawN,
 Ucal,
 Deft,
 Mata
2017-12-020010001₩40,000,000KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 2017
3 : 2LongZhulogo std.pngLZ

 Smeb,
 Score,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 Mata
2017-09-020020002WCS logo small.png Korea Regional Finals 2017
0 : 3Samsunglogo std.pngSSG

 Smeb,
 Score,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 Mata
2017-08-260030003₩30,000,000LCK logo small.png LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs
2 : 3SK Telecom T1logo std.pngSKT

 Smeb,
 Score,
 PawN,
 Deft,
 Mata
Total Prize: KRW 210,000,000 • USD 258,000

Articles & Videos

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Gallery

References

  1. KT Rolster starts 2 LoL teams esports.dailygame.co.kr
  2. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  3. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  4. KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
  5. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  6. KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
  7. KT Rolster's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  8. PawN's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  9. Deft's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  10. Global Contract Database Archive - KR - 2018-11-19 lol.gamepedia.com
  11. KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
  12. Global Contract Database Archive - KR - 2018-11-30 lol.gamepedia.com
  13. KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
  14. 2018 LoL KeSPA Cup 2라운드 로스터 공개 (Korean) e-sports.or.kr
  15. KT Rolster's Facebook Post (Korean) facebook.com
  16. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  17. KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
  18. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  19. eSports_Inven's Tweet twitter.com
  20. eSports_Inven's Tweet twitter.com
  21. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  22. KT Rolster's Tweet twitter.com
  23. kt LoL 팀 서포터 이동근 개인사정으로 계약 해지 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  24. KeSPA's Tweet twitter.com
  25. kt 롤스터, 바텀 듀오 ‘애로우’-‘하차니’와 계약 종료 (Korean) fomos.kr
  26. kt 롤스터, '스멥' 송경호-'폰' 허원석 영입…'스코어' 재계약 (Korean) dailygame.co.kr
  27. kt 롤스터, '썸데이' 김찬호-'플라이' 송용준과 계약 종료 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  28. kt 롤스터, 전 EDG 원딜 '데프트' 김혁규 영입 (Korean) fomos.kr
  29. kt 서포터 '마타' 조세형 합류... 역대급 라인업 완성(Korean) fomos.kr
  30. kt 롤스터, '마타' 조세형 영입하며 2017년 밑그림 완성 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  31. KT Rolster's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  32. 스베누 롤챔스 코리아 스프링 2015 출전 구단 로스터 (Korean) tving.com
  33. KT 롤스터 서포터 '하차니' 하승찬, 잠시 휴식 (Korean) inven.co.kr (English Translation) liquidlegends.net
  34. 2015 스베누 롤챔스 코리아 서머 출전 구단 로스터 (Korean) tving.com
  35. KT, 서포터 '피카부' 이종범 영입 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  36. 네이버 LOL KeSPA컵 로스터 발표 (Korean) naver.com
  37. KT 롤스터, 김상문-이종범-정재우와 계약 종료 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  38. kt 롤스터, ‘플라이’ 송용준-‘이그나’ 이동근 영입으로 LOL팀 완성 (Korean) fomos.kr
  39. '하차니' 하승찬, KT 롤스터로 복귀 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  40. 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr