SK Telecom T1
|SK Telecom T1|
|Coaches:||Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun|
ASUS Republic of Gamers
|Affiliated Teams (Former):||SK Telecom T1 K|
SK Telecom T1 S
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. However, shortly afterwards, Easyhoon, T0M, and MaRin left the team. SKT's offseason acquisitions included NaJin's top laner Duke, relatively new jungler Blank, and their former support PoohManDu as a coach.
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.
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 swept 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.
In the summer season, the team maintained their strong perform during the first half of the regular season. However, the team was increasingly relying more on Untara and Blank as part of their starter line up, due to Huni's and Peanut's inconsistent individual performance. After the Rift Rivals/Red Rift where the Korean teams unexpectedly lost to their LPL and LMS counterparts, the team went on an unprecedented 8 game losing streak before stabilizing their team performance in the last two weeks of the regular season. By then, the best that the team could do was place 4th by the end of the season, meaning that the team has to fight their way from the bottom up during the LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs.
In the playoffs, the team first faced off Afreeca Freecs whom they easily beat 2-0. At the next round, the team then easily beat Samsung Galaxy 3-0 to meet KT Rolster in the semifinals whom they reverse swept in an exciting 5 game series. Seeming to have found their forms back, the team went to the finals with the expectation of winning another championship in the finals. However, to the surprise the many, the team lost 1-3 after failing to respond to Khan's spectacular individual play. Although SKT still made it to the 2017 Worlds as the second seed Korean representative, this also marks the first time SKT had ever lost in an LCK finals they entered.
- February 25th, Scout becomes a sub.
- March 6th, 1st Place at the IEM Season X - World Championship.
- March 23rd, Scout leaves.
- April 23rd, 1st Place at LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs.
- May 15th, 1st Place at 2016 Mid-Season Invitational.
- November 29th, Duke and Bengi leave. PoohManDu leaves coaching role. 
- November 30th, Peanut joins. 
- December 1st, Huni and Profit join.
- December 12st, Sky joins.
- December 21st, Rapidstar joins as coach.
- February 25th, T0M joins.
- May 2nd, 1st Place at SBENU Champions Spring 2015.
- May 10th, 2nd place at 2015 Mid-Season Invitational.
- May 19th, Piccaboo leaves.
- July 3rd, Razer sponsors SK Telecom T1.
- August 29th, 1st place in the SBENU Champions Summer 2015.
- October 31st, 1st place in the 2015 World Championship.
- November 25th, MaRin, T0M, and Easyhoon leave.
- December 7th, Duke joins.
- December 31st, Blank joins. PoohManDu joins as coach.
|Untara||Ui Jin-Park (박의진)||Top||-|
|Blank||Kang Sun-gu (강선구)||Jungle||-|
|Faker||Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)||Mid||-|
|Bang||Bae Jun-sik (배준식)||AD||-|
|Wolf||Lee Jae-wan (이재완)||Support||-|
|Effort||Lee Sang-ho (이상호)||Sub/Support||-|
|Huni||Heo Seung-hoon (허승훈)||Top|
|Peanut||Yoon Wang-ho (윤왕호)||Jungle||Longzhu Gaming|
|Sky||Kim Ha-neul (김하늘)||Mid|
|Duke||Lee Ho-seong (이호성)||Top||Invictus Gaming|
|Bengi||Bae Seong-woong (배성웅)||Jungle||Vici Gaming|
|Scout||Lee Ye-chan (이예찬)||Sub/Mid||EDward Gaming|
|MaRin||Jang Gyeong-hwan (장경환)||Top||LGD Gaming|
|T0M||Im Jae-hyeon (임재현)||Jungle||Qiao Gu Reapers|
|Easyhoon||Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈)||Mid||Vici Gaming|
|Piccaboo||Lee Jong-beom (이종범)||Support||KT Rolster|
|Profit||Kim Joon-hyung (김준형)||Top||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|kkOma||Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균)||Head Coach|
|Bengi||Bae Seong-woong (배성웅)||Coach|
|PoohManDu||Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현)||Coach|
|cCarter||Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈)||Head Coach|
|Rapidstar||Jung Min-sung (정민성)||Coach|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2017-11-04||1st||2017 Season World Championship||3 : 0||Samsung Galaxy||$ 1,723,721|
|2017-08-26||2nd||LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs||1 : 3||Longzhu Gaming||₩ 60,000,000|
|2017-08-06||4th||LCK 2017 Summer Season||13 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2017-05-21||1st||2017 Mid-Season Invitational||3 : 1||G2 Esports||$ 676,000|
|2017-04-22||1st||LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||KT Rolster||₩ 100,000,000|
|2017-04-02||1st||LCK 2017 Spring Season||16 : 2||Group Stage (W/L)|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2016-11-18||3 - 4th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||ROX Tigers||₩ 10,000,000|
|2016-10-29||1st||2016 Season World Championship||3 : 2||Samsung Galaxy||$ 2,680,000|
|2016-08-12||3rd||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||KT Rolster||₩ 30,000,000|
|2016-08-06||2nd||LCK 2016 Summer Season||13 : 5||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-05-15||1st||2016 Mid-Season Invitational||3 : 0||Counter Logic Gaming||$ 250,000|
|2016-04-23||1st||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||3 : 1||ROX Tigers||₩ 100,000,000|
|2016-04-09||3rd||LCK 2016 Spring Season||12 : 6||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2016-03-06||1st||IEM Season X - World Championship||3 : 0||Fnatic||$ 50,000|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|2015-11-13||3 - 4th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||ESC Ever||₩ 10,000,000|
|2015-10-31||1st||2015 World Championship||3 : 1||KOO Tigers||$ 1,000,000|
|2015-08-29||1st||LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs||3 : 0||KT Rolster||₩ 100,000,000|
|2015-08-13||1st||LCK 2015 Summer Season||17 : 1||Group Stage (W/L)|
|2015-05-10||2nd||2015 Mid-Season Invitational||2 : 3||EDward Gaming||$ 50,000|
|2015-05-02||1st||LCK 2015 Spring Playoffs||3 : 0||GE Tigers||₩ 100,000,000|
|2015-04-11||2nd||LCK 2015 Spring Season||11 : 3||Group Stage (W/L)|
- May 23rd, SK Telecom T1's MSI Win: By the Numbers from theScore
- January 13th, [Opening Match Victory, SK Telecom head coach Choi Byung-hoon, “We’re only halfway” with Osen, English translation by krbnu.’'
- March 4th, [(IEM World Championship) SKT Head Coach Choi Byung-hoon, “Faker Wanted to Play at IEM” with Fomos, English translation by krbnu.’'
- March 7th, [(IEM World Championship) Undefeated SK Telecom “We Want to Play at MSI” with Fomos, English translation by krbnu.’'
- May 15th, The Uncut Post-MSI English Press Conference with SK Telecom T1 by theScore
- May 18th, SK Telecom T1's Fully Subtitled, Uncut Korean Press Conference from MSI by theScore
- May 2nd, [LOL Champions Finals] “We want to play EDG” SKT T1 Takes the Championship (May 02, 2015) translated by Bnununu
- October 31st, SKT about Fnatic, the skins they want and Europe with Fragbite
- October 31st, SK Telecom T1's post-Worlds press conference with theScore
- June 21st - Shooting recall animations for World Championship skins![T1 Camera] (6m27s), SKT T1
- April 22nd - The Bachelor: Kkoma Special [2017 LCK Spring Split Finals] (4m36s), OGN
- October 28th - Eyes on SKT: 2016 World Championship (10m56s), by LoL Esports.
- October 31st - Worlds Feature: SKTelecom Then and Now (4m55s), by LoL Esports.
- May 9th - SKT T1 K - Road to All-Star (2m53s), by LoL Esports.
- October 4th - Korea's hope for Worlds... SKT T1 (3m25s), by LoL Esports.
- March 2nd, The Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall) of SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on TheScore
- March 6th, SK Telecom T1 Fighting by Emily Rand on TheScore
- April 28th, Korea looks for revenge at MSI by Ian Nowakowski on LoL Esports
- April 30th, Jungle is the New Mid: Tracking Faker's role on SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 2nd, MSI Preview: The SK Telecom T1 Dynasty by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 3rd, Who can beat SKT at the League of Legends 2016 Mid-Season Invitational? by Taylor Cocke on Yahoo Esports
- May 4th, The Quest for S-Tier: How Good is SKT's Duke? by Tim Svevenhuysen on theScore
- May 5th, A Bullet and a Target: SK Telecom's 0-2 Day 2 by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 6th, Five outrageous Reddit reactions to CLG beating SKT by Joe "Pistallion" Cannavino on Slingshot Esports
- May 6th, Dealing with the South Korean Tilting Problem by James "Obscurica" Chen on PVPLive
- May 6th, A Question of "The Jungle," bengi's absence at MSI by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 14th, MSI Finals Preview: 'Win everything' vs. 'All they do is win' by Emily Rand on theScore
- May 28th, Comparing League of Legends teams to their traditional sports counterparts by Connor Smith on Slingshot
- January 6th, LEARNING FROM THE NEW SK TELECOM from Paravine
- January 16th, SKT roster analysis by Gold Per 10''
- April 24th, A Return to Form: SK Telecom T1 from LoL Esports
- April 29th, The Aegis of T1: an in-depth look at the remnants of SKT T1 S from theScore
- May 5th, Picks and Bans: SK Telecom T1 Mixes Things Up at MSI from LoL Esports
- May 6th, SK Telecom T1 - MSI Preview from Azubu
- June 16th, Injecting chaos into SKT's winning style from LoL Esports
- September 10th, SKT: The supreme regents of Korea from LoL Esports
- September 15th, The Road to Worlds: an in-depth look at SK Telecom T1 from theScore
- September 24th, World Championship Preview: SK Telecom T1 from EsportsTalk
- September 29th, Worlds 2015 Team Profile:SK Telecom T1 from Esports Heaven
- October 17th, The Road to Immortality: SK Telecom T1 remain perfect with a sweep in London by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- October 23rd, The Evolution of Faker and 2015 SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand on Follow eSports
- October 29th, The SK Telecom T1 Replacements by Emily Rand on Follow eSports
- October 31st, The Dynasty of SK Telecom T1 by Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- November 3rd, SKT's road to World Championby Frank "Riot Mirhi" Fields on LoL Esports
- November 6th, Black & White: the historic rivalry of SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Whiteby Tyler "Fionn" Erzberger on theScore
- December 24th, Understanding and Analyzing Korea 2.0; the Good. from Esports Heaven
- [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
- 장경환-이지훈 SK텔레콤과 작별...페이커와는 재계약 esports.dailygame.co.kr
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- SKT's twitter post announcing Duke and Bengi's departure"twitter.com"
- Huni and Profit join SKT twitter.com
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- RapidStar joins SKT T1 as coach twitter.com
- [뉴스] 스베누 롤챔스 스프링 2라운드 로스터 발표 inven.co.kr
- 서포터 '피카부' 이종범, 휴식 위해 SKT 계약 종료 m.inven.co.kr
- SK Telecom T1 Joins Team Razer telkomgaming.co.za
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
- 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SKT T1, '임팩트' 정언영과 계약 종료..."해외 진출 계획 중" (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
- SK텔레콤, 복한규-조재환의 'ESG' 영입해 LOL 팀 창단! fomos.kr
- 래퍼드, 호로 등 SKT 팀 창단 발표! 꼬마 김정균도 코치로 inven.co.kr