Hey YOU, yeah YOU! Esportspedia is recruiting more contributors! Join our Discord server and apply to become part of our team, and gain valuable experience within esports and earn some awesome rewards! Apply now! We know you won't regret it!

SK Telecom T1

From League of Legends Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search


SK Telecom T1
SK Telecom T1 logo.png
Team Information
Location: South Korea South Korea
Website: http://www.sksports.net/T1/main.asp
Facebook: SKsports.T1
Twitter: sktelecom_t1
Organization
Affiliated Teams (Former): SK Telecom T1 K
SK Telecom T1 S
History
Created: 2014-02-15

SK Telecom T1 is a Korean multi-gaming esports organization backed by the communications giants, currently competing in LoL Champions Korea (LCK), South Korea's primary league. Previously, the SK Telecom organization sponsored two sister teams, SK Telecom T1 S and SK Telecom T1 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

2013

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

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

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 Rolster 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

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

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.

During the offseason, Untara joined the team as a substitute top laner after Profit left to join Ninjas in Pyjamas.

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.

Timeline

  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • January 7th, Thal and Blossom join.[28]
  • January 17th, Wolf switches from support to jungler.
  • February 1st, Wolf switches back from jungler to support.
  • February 18th, Pirean and Leo join.[29]

Player Roster

Active

Former

Organization

Current

Former

Team Achievements

2014

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2014-06-08 Masters logo small.png A22nd SK Telecom LTE-A LoL Masters 2014 0 : 3 Samsunglogo std.png Samsung Galaxy ₩ 20,000,000

2015

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2015-11-13 KeSPA logo small.png A33 - 4th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2 Everlogo std.png ESC Ever ₩ 10,000,000
2015-10-31 WCS 2015 small.png A11st 2015 Season World Championship 3 : 1 KOOlogo std.png KOO Tigers $ 1,000,000
2015-08-29 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2015 Summer Playoffs 3 : 0 KT Alogo std.png KT Rolster ₩ 100,000,000
2015-08-13 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2015 Summer Season 17 : 1 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2015-05-10 MSI logo.png A22nd 2015 Mid-Season Invitational 2 : 3 EDGlogo std.png EDward Gaming $ 50,000
2015-05-02 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2015 Spring Playoffs 3 : 0 GETlogo std.png GE Tigers ₩ 100,000,000
2015-04-11 Ogn logo.png A22nd LCK 2015 Spring Season 11 : 3 Blanklogo std.png Not found

2016

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2016-11-18 KeSPA logo small.png A33 - 4th 2015 LoL KeSPA Cup 0 : 2 ROXTlogo std.png ROX Tigers ₩ 10,000,000
2016-10-29 WCS 2015 small.png A11st 2016 Season World Championship 3 : 2 Samsunglogo std.png Samsung Galaxy $ 2,680,000
2016-08-12 Ogn logo.png A33rd LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs 2 : 3 KT Alogo std.png KT Rolster ₩ 30,000,000
2016-08-06 Ogn logo.png A22nd LCK 2016 Summer Season 13 : 5 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2016-05-15 MSI logo.png A11st 2016 Mid-Season Invitational 3 : 0 CLGlogo std.png Counter Logic $ 250,000
2016-04-23 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2016 Spring Playoffs 3 : 1 ROXTlogo std.png ROX Tigers ₩ 100,000,000
2016-04-09 Ogn logo.png A33rd LCK 2016 Spring Season 12 : 6 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2016-03-06 Esltumbnail.png A11st IEM Season X - World Championship 3 : 0 Fnaticlogo std.png Fnatic $ 50,000

2017

In Premier Tournaments
Date Place Event Result Winnings
2017-11-04 A22nd 2017 Season World Championship 0 : 3 Samsunglogo std.png Samsung Galaxy $ 667,841
2017-08-26 Ogn logo.png A22nd LCK 2017 Summer Playoffs 1 : 3 LZlogo std.png Longzhu Gaming ₩ 60,000,000
2017-08-06 Ogn logo.png A44th LCK 2017 Summer Season 13 : 5 Blanklogo std.png Not found
2017-05-21 MSI logo.png A11st 2017 Mid-Season Invitational 3 : 1 G2logo std.png G2 Esports $ 676,000
2017-04-22 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2017 Spring Playoffs 3 : 0 KT Alogo std.png KT Rolster ₩ 100,000,000
2017-04-02 Ogn logo.png A11st LCK 2017 Spring Season 16 : 2 Blanklogo std.png Not found

Media

Interviews

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Articles & Videos

2013

2015

2016

2017

Gallery

References

  1. [단독] '페이커' 이상혁, 소속팀 SK텔레콤과 재계약 (Korean) osen.mt.co.kr
  2. 장경환-이지훈 SK텔레콤과 작별...페이커와는 재계약 esports.dailygame.co.kr
  3. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  4. SK텔레콤, 복한규-조재환의 'ESG' 영입해 LOL 팀 창단! fomos.kr
  5. 래퍼드, 호로 등 SKT 팀 창단 발표! 꼬마 김정균도 코치로 inven.co.kr
  6. SKT도 리빌딩 완료, 'Impact' 정언영, '장병기마스터' 배성웅 영입 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  7. SK텔레콤 T1 LOL팀, 팀명 변경. 1팀 2팀에서 'S'와 'K'로! (Korean) inven.co.kr
  8. 별들의 전쟁 시작! LoL 챔피언스 코리아 프리시즌 로스터 공개 (Korean) inven.co.kr
  9. SKT T1, '임팩트' 정언영과 계약 종료..."해외 진출 계획 중" (Korean) inven.co.kr
  10. [뉴스] 스베누 롤챔스 스프링 2라운드 로스터 발표 inven.co.kr
  11. 서포터 '피카부' 이종범, 휴식 위해 SKT 계약 종료 m.inven.co.kr
  12. SK Telecom T1 Joins Team Razer telkomgaming.co.za
  13. 장경환-이지훈 SK텔레콤과 작별...페이커와는 재계약 esports.dailygame.co.kr
  14. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  15. SK Telecom T1's Tweet twitter.com
  16. [1] dailygame.co.kr
  17. Edward Gaming's Weibo Post (Chinese) weibo.com
  18. SKT's twitter post announcing Duke and Bengi's departure"twitter.com"
  19. [2] riftherald.com
  20. Huni and Profit join SKT twitter.com
  21. [3] twitter.com
  22. RapidStar joins SKT T1 as coach twitter.com
  23. [4] thescoreesports.com
  24. [5] dotesports.com
  25. [6] Twitter.com
  26. [7]Twitter.com
  27. [8]twitter.com
  28. SK Telecom T1's Twitter Post twitter.com
  29. SK Telecom T1's Twitter Post twitter.com