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SK Telecom T1
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Team Information
Org LocationSouth Korea South Korea
Region
KR
 Korea
Head CoachKim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Sponsor(s)SK Telecom
Pocari Sweat
New Balance
Corsair
Razer
KLevv Memory
History
Created2014-02-15
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Current Roster
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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 successfully being the first ever team to defend their World Championship title.

History

Season 3

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 12, 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.

2014 Season

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.

2015 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 2, 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.

2016 Season

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.[1] However, shortly afterwards, Easyhoon, T0M, and MaRin left the team.[2] SKT's offseason acquisitions included NaJin's top laner Duke, relatively new jungler Blank, and their former support PoohManDu as a coach.[3]

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.

2017 Season

Duke and Bengi left the team before the season began and were replaced by ex-Immortals top laner Huni and ex-ROX jungler Peanut. In the Spring Split, they finished first in the regular season, then defeated KT Rolster 3-0 in the finals. At the Mid-Season Invitational, SKT finished first in the group stage, swept Flash Wolves in the semifinals, then beat G2 Esports 3-1 in the finals, gaining an unoffical triple crown award (LCK Champions, Worlds Champions, and MSI Champions). However, the team began to falter in the LCK Summer Split 2017. SKT finished only fourth in the regular season before embarking on a surprising gauntlet run to the finals, including a reverse sweep of kt Rolster. Despite being massively favored to take the finals as well, the miracle ended there, and they were defeated by Longzhu Gaming 3-1, thought they would still qualify for the 2017 Season World Championship as Korea's second seed. SK Telecom T1 were placed into Group A along with ahq e-Sports Club, Cloud9, and EDward Gaming. They finished first in the group with a 5-1 record, although their one loss came against the unimpressive Ahq, and several of their other wins were comeback victories. In the quarterfinals, the faced off against Europe's Misfits Gaming, who were massive underdogs and had not even been expected to make it out of groups in the first place. After a perfect game 1, SK Telecom T1 surprisingly lost the next two games to the European team, pushing them to the brink of defeat, before recovering to take the series. They then beat the Chinese team Royal Never Give Up in another close 3-2 set in order to qualify for the finals. However, there they lost 3-0 to Samsung Galaxy - the first time SKT had lost a World Championship. Soon after the season's end, Peanut and Huni left the team. At the 2017 KeSPA Cup, SKT defeated Griffin 2-1 in the quarterfinals but were later eliminated by Longzhu Gaming 2-0.

2018 Season

SKT signed two new rookies for the top and jungle, Thal and Blossom respectively, and support Effort was also moved to the starting roster. In the Spring Split, SKT fared horribly for the first time, going in 1-5 into week 3 and landing in 9th place for the first time. Only when they put in Blossom as their starting jungler did SKT's fortunes begin to rise, but they clearly lacked their previous form and lost all their series to the top three teams. Their playoff spot was at risk when they were defeated by both KT Rolster and Kingzone DragonX 2-0 in several series but after beating MVP and Kongdoo Monster, SKT managed to secure a playoff spot as the 4th seed. In the playoffs, SKT redeemed themselves from the Worlds loss by beating KSV (the rebranded Samsung Galaxy) 2-1 in the wildcard match but were crushed by KT Rolster 3-1 in the "Telecom War" quarterfinals, ending their spring season and playoff run, as well as denying them qualification for the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational for the first time. Since SK Telecom T1 was part of the top four teams who participated in the playoffs, the team was invited to Rift Rivals 2018 but the LCK was defeated by the LPL in a close 3-2 series. In the Summer Season, SK Telecom T1 seemingly recovered but they performed very poorly and that the ended with an 8-10 record, denying them a playoff spot for the first time in their history. But since SK Telecom T1 had 30 championship points from Spring, they competed in the 2018 Korea Regional Finals but they were crushed by Gen G., the former KSV eSports in a close 3-2 set, ending their season and denying them qualification for the 2018 World Championship for the first time since 2014.

Timeline

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

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends Joined
KR
South Korea Thal Park Kwon-hyuk (박권혁) 1Top Laner 2018-11-19 2018-01-07
KR
South Korea Untara Park Ui-jin (박의진) 1Top Laner 2019-11-18 2017-05-23
KR
South Korea Blank Kang Sun-gu (강선구) 2Jungler 2019-11-19 2015-12-31
KR
South Korea Blossom Park Beom-chan (박범찬) 2Jungler 2018-11-18 2018-01-07
KR
South Korea Faker Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁) 3Mid Laner 2018-11-19 2014-11-??
KR
South Korea Pirean Choi Jun-sik (최준식) 3Mid Laner 2018-11-19 2018-02-18
KR
South Korea Bang Bae Jun-sik (배준식) 4Bot Laner 2018-11-19 2014-11-??
KR
South Korea Leo Han Gyeo-re (한겨레) 4Bot Laner 2018-11-19 2018-02-18
KR
South Korea Effort Lee Sang-ho (이상호) 5Support 2019-11-18 2017-01-??
KR
South Korea Wolf Lee Jae-wan (이재완) 5Support 2018-11-19 2014-11-??

Former

R C ID Name Role Next Team Joined Left
KR
South Korea Huni Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈) 1Top Laner Echo Foxlogo std.png Echo Fox 2016-12-012016-12-01 2017-11-242017-11-24
KR
South Korea Sky Kim Ha-neul (김하늘) 3Mid Laner RED Canidslogo std.png RED Canids 2016-12-122016-12-12 2017-11-212017-11-21
KR
South Korea Peanut Han Wang-ho (한왕호) 2Jungler LongZhulogo std.png Longzhu Gaming 2016-11-302016-11-30 2017-11-212017-11-21
KR
South Korea Profit Kim Jun-hyung (김준형) 1Top Laner Ninjas in Pyjamaslogo std.png Ninjas in Pyjamas 2016-11-012016-11-01 2017-05-232017-05-23
KR
South Korea TaeHoon Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) 5Sub/Sup ROX Tigerslogo std.png ROX Tigers 2016-11-012016-11-01 2016-12-112016-12-??
KR
South Korea Aiming Kim Ha-ram (김하람) 70Trainee/AD Freecslogo std.png Afreeca Freecs 2016-10-112016-10-?? 2016-12-112016-12-??
KR
South Korea Duke Lee Ho-seong (이호성) 1Top Laner Invictus Gaminglogo std.png Invictus Gaming 2015-12-072015-12-07 2016-11-282016-11-28
KR
South Korea Bengi Bae Seong-woong (배성웅) 2Jungler Vicilogo std.png Vici Gaming 2014-11-112014-11-?? 2016-11-282016-11-28
KR
South Korea Scout Lee Ye-chan (이예찬) 3Sub/Mid EDward Gaminglogo std.png EDward Gaming 2015-01-112015-01-?? 2016-02-252016-02-25
KR
South Korea MaRin Jang Gyeong-hwan (장경환) 1Top Laner Lgdlogo std.png LGD Gaming 2014-11-112014-11-?? 2015-11-252015-11-25
KR
South Korea T0M Im Jae-hyeon (임재현) 2Jungler Qiao Gu Reaperslogo std.png Qiao Gu Reapers 2015-02-252015-02-25 2015-11-252015-11-25
KR
South Korea Easyhoon Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈) 3Mid Laner Vicilogo std.png Vici Gaming 2014-11-112014-11-?? 2015-11-252015-11-25
KR
South Korea Piccaboo Lee Jong-beom (이종범) 5Support KTRolsterLogo std.png KT Rolster 2014-11-112014-11-?? 2015-05-192015-05-19
KR
South Korea Impact Jung Eon-yeong (정언영) 1Top Laner Team Impulselogo std.png Team Impulse 2014-11-112014-11-?? 2014-12-192014-12-19

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
South Korea kkOma Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균) 70Head Coach
South Korea PoohManDu Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현) 70Coach
South Korea Bengi Bae Seong-woong (배성웅) 70Coach

Former

C ID Name Position Next Team
South Korea cCarter Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈) Head Coach
None
South Korea RapidStar Jung Min-sung (정민성) 70Assistant Coach FlyQuestlogo std.png FlyQuest

Tournament Results

This table shows up to the 10 most recent results. For complete results, click here.
Tournament Results - Show Prize as (Local • USDEurosLocal • USD • EurosLocalUSD • Euros)
DatePlacePrizeEventLast ResultRoster
2018-09-12A44WCS logo small.png Korea Regional Finals 20182 : 3Gen.Glogo std.png GEN
 Untara,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Effort,
 PoohManDu,
 Bengi
2018-08-09A77₩ 10,000,000₩ 10,000,000₩ 10,000,000LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Summer8 - 10Blanklogo std.png RR
 Thal,
 Blank,
 Blossom,
 Faker,
 Pirean,
 Bang,
 Leo,
 Wolf,
 Effort
2018-07-08A22RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2018 LCK-LPL-LMS2 : 3LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.png LPL
 Thal,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Wolf
2018-04-04A44₩ 20,000,000$ 18,679.43€ 15,142.55LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Spring Playoffs1 : 3KTRolsterLogo std.png KT
 Thal,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Effort,
 Wolf,
 kkOma
2018-03-25A44LCK logo small.png LCK 2018 Spring9 - 9Blanklogo std.png RR
 Untara,
 Thal,
 Blank,

 Wolf,
 Blossom,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Effort,
 kkOma
2017-12-02A33 - 4₩ 10,000,000$ 9,200€ 7,700KeSPA logo small.png KeSPA Cup 20170 : 2LongZhulogo std.png LZ
 Untara,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Effort,
 Wolf
2017-11-04A22$ 667,841$ 667,841€ 574,343.26WCS logo small.png Worlds 20170 : 3Samsunglogo std.png SSG
 Huni,
 Peanut,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Wolf,
 kkOma
2017-08-26A22₩ 60,000,000$ 53,400€ 44,400LCK logo small.png LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs1 : 3LongZhulogo std.png LZ
 Untara,
 Huni,
 Peanut,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Wolf
2017-08-06A44LCK logo small.png LCK 2017 Summer13 - 5Blanklogo std.png RR
 Huni,
 Untara,
 Peanut,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Wolf
2017-07-09A22$ 10,000$ 10,000€ 8,771.52RR R logo small.png Rift Rivals 2017 LCK-LPL-LMS1 : 3LoL Pro Leaguelogo std.png LPL
 Huni,
 Peanut,
 Blank,
 Faker,
 Bang,
 Wolf
Total Prize: KRW 100,000,000 • USD 677,841

Other Content

  • 2016

Interviews

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Articles & Videos

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Gallery

References

  1. [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
  2. 2.0 2.1 장경환-이지훈 SK텔레콤과 작별...페이커와는 재계약 esports.dailygame.co.kr
  3. 3.0 3.1 SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  4. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  5. SK Telecom T1's Tweet (Korean) twitter.com
  6. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  7. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  8. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  9. [Breaking News] SKT T1 signs kkOma as the Head Coach; Faker, Bang, Wolf, Blank, Untara, and Effort renew their contracts invenglobal.com
  10. KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
  11. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  12. [롤챔스 스프링] SKT '스카우트' 이예찬 제외 등 2R 로스터 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
  13. EDward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  14. 2016 LoL KeSPA Cup 참가 팀 로스터 공개 (Korean) e-sports.or.kr
  15. SKT's Facebook Status facebook.com
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  17. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  18. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  19. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  20. [뉴스] 스베누 롤챔스 스프링 2라운드 로스터 발표 inven.co.kr
  21. 서포터 '피카부' 이종범, 휴식 위해 SKT 계약 종료 inven.co.kr
  22. SK Telecom T1 Joins Team Razer telkomgaming.co.za
  23. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  24. 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  25. SKT T1, '임팩트' 정언영과 계약 종료..."해외 진출 계획 중" (Korean) inven.co.kr
  26. SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  27. SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
  28. SK텔레콤, 복한규-조재환의 'ESG' 영입해 LOL 팀 창단! fomos.kr
  29. 래퍼드, 호로 등 SKT 팀 창단 발표! 꼬마 김정균도 코치로 inven.co.kr