League of Legends

Faker and Kkoma split for first time as coach leaves SKT

Published: 27/Nov/2019 15:04 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 15:09

by Joe O'Brien


SK Telecom T1 have officially confirmed the departure of coach Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun from the team ahead of the 2020 season.

The long-time SK Telecom coach has been with the organization throughout their storied run in League of Legends, the only other constant alongside mid-laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

With three world championships, a Mid-Season Invitational and eight domestic titles to his name, Kkoma is by far the most decorated coach in League of Legends, and over the years has often been credited as playing a key role in the success of SKT.

While SK Telecom’s coaching staff has included a variety of other coaches over the years, Kkoma has overseen Faker for the entirety of the superstar’s career, and 2020 will mark the first season in which the legendary mid-laner will compete without him on the team.

Kkoma’s departure comes after a bittersweet year for SK Telecom fans, which saw the team claim back-to-back LCK titles in Spring and Summer, but fall short internationally at both MSI and Worlds, eliminated in the semi-finals of both by G2 Esports.

Riot GamesFaker has played his entire career so far with Kkoma as a coach.

While such a year could be considered an unmitigated success for almost any other team in the world, for SKT – especially an SKT that had arguably built a roster stacked with more talent than ever before – anything short of yet another World Championship will undoubtedly have been something of a disappointment.

SK Telecom released a farewell video for Kkoma in which the coach gave some thoughts on his time with the organization.

Kkoma’s new destination has yet to be officially announced, but according to a report by ESPN, he is set to take up the head coaching role for Vici Gaming in China’s LPL. The same report states that Kkoma turned down a seven-figure, multi-year deal with SKT to do so.

Kkoma’s replacement on SK Telecom will be Kim Jeong-soo, often referred to as Coach Kim. Kim previously coached Invictus Gaming to their World Championship victory in 2018, before coaching DAMWON in 2019 and taking the LCK rookies to the Worlds playoffs.

SK Telecom have now also confirmed their starting line-up for 2020, following the departure of jungler Kim ‘Clid’ Tae-min and top-laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha, who will be replaced by Moon ‘Cuzz’ Woo-chan and Kim ‘Roach’ Kang-hui respectively.

SKT 2020 starting roster:

  • Kim ‘Roach’ Kang-hui
  • Moon ‘Cuzz’ Woo-chan
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok
  • Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong
  • Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho
League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 13:53

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • Liiv SANDBOX show signs of life by beating Afreeca Freecs
  • An intense decider match has DRX finally defeat Nongshim Red Force
  • Gen.G still on top.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 vs Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia vs Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster vs Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 2-0 4-0
2 DWG Kia 2-0 4-1
3 DRX 1-1 3-3
Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 3-3
T1 1-1 3-3
6 KT Rolster 1-1 2-2
7 Nongshim RedForce 1-1 2-3
8 Liiv SANDBOX 1-2 3-4
9 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
10 Fredit BRION 0-2 0-4

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria