SK Telecom T1
|SK Telecom T1|
|Coaches:||Choi "L.i.E.S" Byoung-hoon|
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Lee "PoohManDu" Jeong-hyeon
|Affiliated Teams (Former):||SK Telecom T1 K|
SK Telecom T1 S
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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 twice 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 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.
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.
- 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 Season World Championship.
- November 25th, MaRin, T0M, and Easyhoon leave.
- December 7th, Duke joins.
- December 31st, Blank joins. PoohManDu joins as coach.
|Duke||Lee Ho-seong (이호성)||Top||-|
|Bengi||Bae Seong-woong (배성웅)||Jungle||-|
|Blank||Kang Sun-gu (강선구)||Jungle||-|
|Faker||Lee Sang-hyeok (이상혁)||Mid||-|
|Bang||Bae Jun-sik (배준식)||AD||-|
|Wolf||Lee Jae-wan (이재완)||Support||-|
|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|
|Impact||Jung Eon-yeong (정언영)||Top||Team Impulse|
|L.i.E.S||Choi Byoung-hoon (최병훈)||Head Coach|
|kkOma||Kim Jeong-gyun (김정균)||Coach|
|PoohManDu||Lee Jeong-hyeon (이정현)||Coach|
|In Premier Tournaments|
|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|
|2015-11-13||3 - 4th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||0 : 2||ESC Ever||₩ 10,000,000|
|2015-10-31||1st||2015 Season 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)|
|2014-06-08||2nd||SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014||0 : 3||Samsung Galaxy||₩ 20,000,000|
- 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
- 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
- SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
-  dailygame.co.kr
- Edward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.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