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SK Telecom T1
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Team Information
Location: South Korea
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Coaches: Choi "L.i.E.S" Byoung-hoon
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Jung "RapidStar" Min-sung
Website: http://www.sksports.net/T1/main.asp
Sponsor(s): SK Telecom
Oronamin C
Fila
ASUS Republic of Gamers
Razer
Klevv Memory
Twitch
Douyu
Facebook: SKsports.T1
Twitter: sktelecom_t1
Organization
Affiliated Teams (Former): SK Telecom T1 K
SK Telecom T1 S
History
Created: 2014-02-15
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 win the World Championship three times and also the only team to win the "Triple Crown": victories at the IEM World Championship, Riot Mid-Season Invitational, and Riot World Championship.

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 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 and then having a perfect season 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. 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 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. In the final match of this series, Faker's Leblanc pick, which was undefeated up to this point, was counter-picked by Pawn's Morgana. As a result, Edward Gaming handily defeated SKT with a 3-2 score.

Returning to the SBENU Champions Summer 2015, SKT went almost undefeated, only dropping a series to CJ Entus. Their first place finish in the regular season directly seeds them into the SBENU Champions Summer 2015/Playoffs Final. There, they meet KT Rolster again like they did in 2013, except this time they beat KT Roster 3-0 to win the 2015 LCK Summer Championship and advance to the 2015 Season World Championship as the first seed from Korea.

At Worlds, SKT was grouped with 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. MaRin was also chosen as the MVP of the Finals.

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 third finals in a row. 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. More importantly, they were the LCK representative for the 2016 MSI.

At the MSI, SKT quickly ran into trouble where in the first round robin of the group stage they went 2-3, losing out to all the teams except G2 and SuperMassive. However during the second round robin of the group stage, SKT improved its score to 6-4 to get pass group stage and earn first tier status for their respective region in the upcoming 2016 World. At the semi-final, they faced off against RNG and beat them 3-1 in the best of five series. In this series, SKT even achieved the perfect game in Game 4. In the finals, they beat CLG 3-0, earning their first ever MSI title. It's interesting to note that in Game 1 and 2, both SKT and CLG used the exact picks and bans for their team composition.

Entering the 2016 LCK Summer split, SKT maintained a strong performance by finishing second behind ROX Tigers in the regular split with a 13-5 record. This earned them a bye into the semi-final round in another Telecom war showdown against KT Rolster. Initially leading the series with a 2-0, SKT was then reversed swept by KT, thus ending their 2016 summer playoff in third place. That said, their performance in the spring and summer splits won them enough circuit points to enter the 2016 Season World Championship as the second seed representative from Korea.

Grouped with Cloud9, I May, Flash Wolves in Group B, SKT won all but one match in the group stage to advance into the quarterfinal where they face off against RNG. In game 1, RNG won against SKT after 47 minutes. However, SKT responded by winning the next three matches to advance into the semifinal against ROX Tigers in an epic rematch of the 2015 World Championship Final. Though off to a good start by winning the first match of the series, SKT were caught off guard with ROX Tigers's unorthodox Ashe and Miss Fortune combo-pick for the bot lane. Going into Game 4, Kkoma made the fateful decision to substitute Bengi in and have him play Nidalee, a champion he's not known to be proficient with. To the surprise of many, Bengi quickly scored the first blood against Kuro in Game 4 and eventually help the team to tie the series with a strong performance that hasn't been seen of him throughout year. With Bengi back in the starting line up for Game 5, SKT were able to close out the series against ROX Tigers in a 3-2 fashion to face Samsung Galaxy in the final.

At the finals, SKT lead the series 2-0 with Bengi in the starting lineup. However, Samsung Galaxy responded by tying the series 2-2. Reminiscent of Game 5 in the semifinals, Bengi was substituted back in for the last time and the team eventually closed out the last match in a 3-2 fashion, claiming their third World title and becoming the first team to win back to back World championship.

2017 Season

In the 2017 preseason, SKT acquired Huni and Peanut for the top and jungle positions, respectively. While many considered Peanut an obvious choice to replace Bengi and Blank for starting lineup, SKT's decision to go with Huni drew doubts and concerns due to the player's penchant to play carry champions instead of tanks when the meta requires it. However, SKT quickly cast those doubts aside with Huni having a strong performance on both tank and carry style champions. Unsurprisingly, the team finished the regular 2017 Spring split in first place, securing a bye into the finals where they face off against a new KT Rolster line up with Score, Mata, Smeb, Deft, and Pawn. In the finals, SKT swept the series 3-0 to secure their sixth LCK championship and a spot in the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational as the defending champion from 2016.

The new rules of MSI in 2017 allow SKT to directly seed into the group stage, along with other representatives from EULCS and LPL. During the group stages, SKT won 8 of their 10 matches to secure first tier seeding position for LCK in the upcoming 2017 World Championship. In the quarterfinals, they easily sweep Flash Wolves 3-0 to advance to the finals against G2. Though G2 were able to tie the series 1-1 in Game 2, SKT easily won the next two matches to secure their second MSI title.

Timeline

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

Player Roster

Active

R C ID Name Role Contract Ends
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Untara Ui Jin-Park (박의진) 01 Top -
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Huni Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈) 01 Top -
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Peanut Yoon Wang-ho (윤왕호) 02 Jungle -
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Blank Kang Sun-gu (강선구) 02 Jungle -
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Faker Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁) 03 Mid -
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Sky Kim Ha-neul (김하늘) 03 Mid -
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Bang Bae Jun-sik (배준식) 04 AD -
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Wolf Lee Jae-wan (이재완) 05 Support -
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Taehoon Kim Tae-hoon (김태훈) 10 Sub/Support -

Former

C ID Name Role Next Team
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Duke Lee Ho-seong (이호성) 01 Top
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 Invictus Gaming
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Bengi Bae Seong-woong (배성웅) 02 Jungle
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 Vici Gaming
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Scout Lee Ye-chan (이예찬) 08 Sub/Mid
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 EDward Gaming
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MaRin Jang Gyeong-hwan (장경환) 01 Top
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 LGD Gaming
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T0M Im Jae-hyeon (임재현) 02 Jungle
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 Qiao Gu Reapers
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Easyhoon Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈) 03 Mid
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 Vici Gaming
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Piccaboo Lee Jong-beom (이종범) 05 Support
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 KT Rolster
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Profit Kim Joon-hyung (김준형) 01 Top
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 Ninjas in Pyjamas

Organization

Current

C ID Name Position
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L.i.E.S Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈) Head Coach
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kkOma Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균) 11 Coach
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Rapidstar Jung Min-sung (정민성) 11 Coach

Former

C ID Name Position
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PoohManDu Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현) 11 Coach

Team Achievements

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-05-21
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A11st 2017 Mid-Season Invitational 3 : 1
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 G2 Esports
$ 676,000
2017-04-22
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A11st LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs 3 : 0
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 KT Rolster
₩ 100,000,000
2017-04-02
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A11st LCK 2017 Spring Season 16 : 2
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Group Stage (W/L)
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-18
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A33 - 4th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2
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 ROX Tigers
₩ 10,000,000
2016-10-29
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A11st 2016 Season World Championship 3 : 2
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 Samsung Galaxy
$ 2,680,000
2016-08-12
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A33rd LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs 2 : 3
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 KT Rolster
₩ 30,000,000
2016-08-06
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A22nd LCK 2016 Summer Season 13 : 5
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Group Stage (W/L)
2016-05-15
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A11st 2016 Mid-Season Invitational 3 : 0
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 Counter Logic Gaming
$ 250,000
2016-04-23
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A11st LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs 3 : 1
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 ROX Tigers
₩ 100,000,000
2016-04-09
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A33rd LCK 2016 Spring Season 12 : 6
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Group Stage (W/L)
2016-03-06
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A11st IEM Season X - World Championship 3 : 0
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 Fnatic
$ 50,000
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-11-13
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A33 - 4th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2
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 ESC Ever
₩ 10,000,000
2015-10-31
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A11st 2015 Season World Championship 3 : 1
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 KOO Tigers
$ 1,000,000
2015-08-29
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A11st LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0
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 KT Rolster
₩ 100,000,000
2015-08-13
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A11st LCK 2015 Summer Season 17 : 1
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Group Stage (W/L)
2015-05-10
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A22nd 2015 Mid-Season Invitational 2 : 3
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 EDward Gaming
$ 50,000
2015-05-02
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A11st LCK 2015 Spring Playoffs 3 : 0
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 GE Tigers
₩ 100,000,000
2015-04-11
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A22nd LCK 2015 Spring Season 11 : 3
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Group Stage (W/L)
In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-06-08
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A22nd SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014 0 : 3
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 Samsung Galaxy
₩ 20,000,000

Other Content

  • 2016

Interviews

Videos

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Articles

  • 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 3.2 SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dec312015" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "dec312015" defined multiple times with different content
  4. [1] dotesports.com
  5. [2] thescoreesports.com
  6. [3] dailygame.co.kr
  7. Edward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  8. SKT's twitter post announcing Duke and Bengi's departure"twitter.com"
  9. Huni and Profit join SKT twitter.com
  10. [4] twitter.com
  11. RapidStar joins SKT T1 as coach twitter.com
  12. [뉴스] 스베누 롤챔스 스프링 2라운드 로스터 발표 inven.co.kr
  13. 서포터 '피카부' 이종범, 휴식 위해 SKT 계약 종료 m.inven.co.kr
  14. SK Telecom T1 Joins Team Razer telkomgaming.co.za
  15. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  16. 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  17. SKT T1, '임팩트' 정언영과 계약 종료..."해외 진출 계획 중" (Korean) inven.co.kr
  18. SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  19. SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
  20. SK텔레콤, 복한규-조재환의 'ESG' 영입해 LOL 팀 창단! fomos.kr
  21. 래퍼드, 호로 등 SKT 팀 창단 발표! 꼬마 김정균도 코치로 inven.co.kr