KT Rolster is a Korean professional gaming organization based in South Korea and is one of the eight KeSPA teams.
Founded in 1999 as StarCraft: Brood War team KTF Magics, the team has a proud heritage especially in StarCraft. Labeled by some as the Real Madrid of Brood War, they featured the likes of Reach, future Xenics Storm coach Hong Jin-Ho (YellOw), Lee Yoon-Yeol (NaDa), Kang Min (Nal_rA) and Lee Young-Ho (Flash).
The organization originally consisted of two sister teams,KT Rolster Arrows and KT Rolster Bullets, created on October 10th, 2012. In December 2nd, 2014, LoL Champions Korea was restructured, thus forcing Arrows and Bullets to form a single team. The initial roster for the upcoming 2015 Season include Ssumday, ikssu, Prime, Nagne, Edge, Arrow, Hachani and Fixer.
In Spring, the team finished 5th in the round robin stage and failed to qualify for the playoffs. In the round robin stage of Summer, they ended at 2nd place with a 13W-5L record. They then qualified for the playoffs but lost to SK Telecom T1 and rounding up their Summer Split at 2nd. With the Championship Points the team earned over two splits, they were placed in the Final round of the gauntlet for Regional Finals. After beating Jin Air Green Wings, the team then qualified for the World Championship.
At Worlds, KT Rolster was placed in Group D along with LGD Gaming, Origen and Team SoloMid. They fortunately made it out as #1 seed from their group with a 5-1 standing, only dropping a game against the European team. In the bracket stage, however, KT was seeded against their fellow Koreans KOO Tigers. This ended their run for the Worlds trophy, as they lost to KOO in a 1-3 defeat.
Moving on, the team played their last tournament of the season which is the 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup, where they won against CTU Pathos in the Quarterfinals but lost to CJ Entus in the Semifinals, thus ending at 3rd-4th place.
Prior to the start of the 2016 Season, Fixer, Piccaboo, Edge and Nagne left the team. They then signed Fly and IgNar as starting Mid Laner and Support respectively. Hachani also re-joined the team as the Substitute Support after his short stint with Rebels Anarchy.
In LCK Spring, the team finished 2nd in the regular split. Moving to the playoffs, KT lost to long-time rival SK Telecom T1. In LCK Summer, both KT and SKT have a 13-5 standing but KT lost the head-to-head and were placed at #3 in the ranking. The team was also placed in the 2nd round of the gauntlet and were able to beat Samsung Galaxy. They then faced SKT in the 3rd round and overpowered their rivals, ending the series at 3-2. In the finals, however, KT had their most heartbreaking defeat against ROX Tigers. The series was tied 2-2 but in the 5th game, Score lost a 2hp Baron to Smeb, turning the game around and ending it with KT's defeat. This took their chance to make it straight to Worlds.
Although the team has one more chance through Regional Qualifiers, they were still unable to make it as they lost to Samsung Galaxy. In their last tournament, which is the KeSPA Cup, KT finished at 5th-8th after losing to Ever in the Quarterfinals.
When the time for roster changes came, KT Rolster released both Ssumday and Fly, following Hachani and Arrow's departure from the team. With only Score left from their 2016 roster, KT rebuilt the team by signing Smeb, PawN, Deft and Mata.
Going into LCK Spring, KT Rolster got off to a strong start. However, people were more focused on how this team fares against SK Telecom T1's new line up, which also had an equally strong start of the season. Due to scheduling, both teams would play against each other back to back in the span of 2 weeks. In this el classico telecom war, KT unfortunately lost both match ups against SKT. Since then, the team started slumping a bit and at the end of the regular season, they were in third place, which still earned them a bye into the quarter finals. Going into the playoffs, they were able to get back into form to defeat MVP in the quarter finals and then later Samsung Galaxy in the semi-finals without ever dropping a single match. However, much to the disappointment of their fans, they did not win a single match against their opponent SK Telecom T1, thus ending their spring playoffs in 2nd place and earning 70 circuit points for the 2017 World Championship.
With no roster changes, the team went into the summer season with high expectation that this will be the year that the team goes to Worlds. Throughout the season, the team maintained a fairly strong performance to ultimately finish second at the end of the season. However, there were worrying signs. One is the team's decision making in a long drawn out game where the team often has poor team fighting coordination. Another is that several players, such as PawN and Smeb, no longer have a strong impact as they were in the spring season. This was already apparent during the Rift Rivals as the Chinese teams were able to exploit their Korean counterpart's weaknesses. Still with a 14-4 record at the end of the season, the team still won a bye into the semifinals where they eventually faced SK Telecom T1.
At the semifinals, the team easily won the first two games and were one game away to guarantee to their entry into Worlds based off of circuit points alone. However, due to Faker's strong individual performance and Blank taking on Bengi's old role as a steady hand to raise the team's morale, KT was reversed swept to end their summer season in third place. The team would still go to Worlds if SK Telecom T1 won the summer finals, if not for Longzhu Gaming's unexpected 3-1 victory. This meant the team would have to go through the Regional Finals to secure the third seed spot for Worlds.
KT's combined circuit points placed the team directly in the regional finals where they eventually faced Samsung Galaxy. Unfortunately, the team failed to secure a win against Samsung Galaxy, thus ending their 2017 season.
- February 23rd, Hachani steps down. Fixer becomes the primary support.
- June 16th, Piccaboo joins.
- August 29th, 2nd Place in the SBENU Champions Summer 2015.
- September 5th, 1st Place in the 2015 Season Korea Regional Finals.
- December 1st, Mach, Fixer, Piccaboo, Nagne, and Edge leave.
- December 2nd, Fly and IgNar join.
- December 22nd, Hachani rejoins as a sub.
- May 18th, Chandong joins as sub.
- May~, UcaL becomes a trainee.
- May 30th, Chance (formerly Chandong) leaves.
- June 27th, Ssun joins.
- October 23rd, Lee Ji-hoon leaves coaching position.
- November 27th, ZanDarc becomes head coach. Ssun leaves.
- December 6th, Rush joins. S0NSTAR joins as coach. UcaL joins starting roster.
|Date Joined||Player||Real Name||Role|
|2018/01||Kingen||Hwang Seong-hoon (황성훈)||
|2016/11||Smeb||Song Kyung-ho (송경호)||
|2017/12||Rush||Lee Yoon-jae (이윤재)||
|2014/12||Score||Go Dong-bin (고동빈)||
|2016/11||PawN||Heo Won-seok (허원석)||
|2017/15||Ucal||Son Woo-hyeon (손우현))||
|2016/11||Deft||Kim Hyuk-kyu (김혁규)||
|2016/12||Mata||Cho Se-hyeong (조세형)||
|2018/07||Mia||Choi Sang-in (최상인)||
|Date Left||Player||Role||⇒||New Team|
|Oh Chang-jong (오창종)||ZanDarc||Head Coach|
|Son Seung-ik (손승익)||S0NSTAR||Coach|
|Jung Je-seung (정제승)||Animaldax||Coach|
|Real Name||⇒||New Team||Position|
|Lee Ji-hoon (이지훈)||⇒||KSV||Head Coach|
|Kim Hwan (김환) (실력자)||⇒||None||Coach|
|2015-11-13||3 - 4th||2015 LoL KeSPA Cup||1 : 2||CJ Entus||₩ 10,000,000|
|2015-10-18||5 - 8th||2015 Season World Championship||1 : 3||KOO Tigers||$ 75,000|
|2015-09-05||1st||2015 Season Korea Regional Finals||3 : 1||Jin Air GreenWings||WC Seed|
|2015-08-29||2nd||LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs||0 : 3||SK Telecom T1||₩ 60,000,000|
|2015-08-13||2nd||LCK 2015 Summer Season||13 : 5||Not found|
|2015-04-11||5 - 8th||LCK 2015 Spring Season||6 : 8||Not found||₩ 10,000,000|
|2016-11-13||5 - 8th||2016 LoL KeSPA Cup||1 : 2||Kongdoo Monster||₩ 5,000,000|
|2016-09-03||2nd||2016 Season Korea Regional Finals||2 : 3||Samsung Galaxy|
|2016-08-20||2nd||LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||ROX Tigers||₩ 60,000,000|
|2016-08-06||3rd||LCK 2016 Summer Season||13 : 5||Not found|
|2016-04-16||3rd||LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||SK Telecom T1||₩ 30,000,000|
|2016-04-09||2nd||LCK 2016 Spring Season||13 : 5||Not found|
|2017-09-05||2nd||2017 Season Korea Regional Finals||0 : 3||Samsung Galaxy|
|2017-08-19||3rd||LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs||2 : 3||SK Telecom T1||₩ 30,000,000|
|2017-08-32||2nd||LCK 2017 Summer Season||14 : 4||Not found|
|2017-04-22||2nd||LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs||0 : 3||KT Rolster||₩ 60,000,000|
|2017-04-02||3rd||LCK 2017 Spring Season||12 : 6||Not found|
- October 3rd - KT Rolster set their sights on Origen after destroying LGD Gaming with LoL Esports
- October 10th -
- Chang Jong Oh KT Coach Interview with Twitch
- Piccaboo leads KT Rolster to No. 1 seed in Group D with LoL Esports
- December 20th, Mata: ‘I wanted to play with Deft, so when he decided to KT Rolster, I decided to join him’ with Yahoo Esports
- January 17th - [롤챔스] kt 이지훈 감독 "'슈퍼팀' 칭호에 맞는 경기력 만들고 있다" with Naver Sports
- February 18th - [롤챔스] KT 이지훈 감독, "SK텔레콤전, 도전자의 입장에서 이기겠다" with OSEN
- April 11th - KT Rolster coach Jihoon Lee: “Samsung is really a great team, we might even have to play full sets.” with Inven Global
- April 20th - KT Rolster coach: “Mata really put himself aside to change his play style, even what made him so good.” by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
Articles & Videos
- November 17th, A KT roller coaster ride from LoL Esports
- January 4th, UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYZING KOREA 2.0; THE BAD. by Esports Heaven
- July 31st, Piccaboo and KT Rolster shoot for the top from LoL Esports
- September 10th, Third time's the charm for KT Rolster from LoL Esports
- September 11th, Worlds 2015 Team Profile - KT Rolster from Esports Heaven
- September 13th, The KT Rolster Bullets 2015 World Championship Reunion from Follow eSports
- September 16th, World Championship Preview: KT Rolster from EsportsTalk
- September 25th, The Road to Worlds: an in-depth look at KT Rolster from theScore
- October 1st, Who is the Carry of KT Rolster from Gold Per 10
- March 9th, KT Rolster was defeated by its own trick by Colin "CD-Mangaka" Nimer on Slingshot Esports
- August 14th, Revenge, redemption, Rolster by Tyler Erzberger on ESPN
- November 4th - 2016 KESPA Cup Teaser - KT Rolster by eSportsTV
- December 6th - A new KT Rolster and a new Korea by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
- December 23rd - Merry Christmas! by KT Rolster
- January 13th - 2017 LoL 챔피언스 코리아 스프링 개막 특집 인터뷰 - #2 kt Rolster 편 by KeSPA
- January 17th - KT Rolster coach: “The players were aware of the high expectations before the opening match.” by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- February 2nd - Reboot: KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 by Emily Rand (thescoreesports.com)
- March 1st - The differing and effective styles of kkOma and KT Rolster’s Lee Ji-Hoon by Andrew Kim (slingshotesports.com)
- April 5th - 2017 LCK Spring Playoff Gauntlet Rundown by Emily Rand (esports.yahoo.com)
- April 21st - Yet another rollercoaster ride: A KT Rolster fan perspective by Emily Rand (esports.yahoo.com)
- June 6th - 뛰어들고 지지고! kt 롤스터, 광역 스킬 통해 3세트 승리 by 박범 (inven.co.kr)
- July 3rd - [Rift Rivals Preview] KT Head Coach Jihoon Lee: "This is a chance for LCK teams to grow together." by Jaeic Lee (invenglobal.com)
- July 6th - History Repeating: Analyzing KT Rolster’s post-SKT slump by Emily Rand (slingshotesports.com)
- KT Rolster starts 2 LoL teams"esports.dailygame.co.kr
- 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
- KT 롤스터 서포터 '하차니' 하승찬, 잠시 휴식 (Korean) inven.co.kr (English Translation) liquidlegends.net
- KT, 서포터 '피카부' 이종범 영입 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
- KT 롤스터, 김상문-이종범-정재우와 계약 종료 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
- kt 롤스터, ‘플라이’ 송용준-‘이그나’ 이동근 영입으로 LOL팀 완성 (Korean) fomos.kr
- '하차니' 하승찬, KT 롤스터로 복귀 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
- kt LoL 팀 서포터 이동근 개인사정으로 계약 해지 (Korean) esports.dailygame.co.kr
- Gamers article regarding Ssunday and Fly "Gamers.com"
-  "fomos.kr"
- KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
- KT Rolster's Facebook Post facebook.com
- KeSPA's Twitter Post twitter.com
- Inven's Twitter Post twitter.com
- KeSPA's Twitter Post twitter.com
- KT Rolster's Twitter Post twitter.com
- KeSPA's Facebook Post facebook.com
- KeSPA's Twitter Post twitter.com