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SK Telecom round out League of Legends roster with former World Championship MVP

Published: 26/Nov/2018 10:14 Updated: 26/Nov/2018 10:34

by Joe O'Brien

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SK Telecom T1 have confirmed the final major addition to their League of Legends roster for the coming season.

The team announced the addition of 2014 World Championship MVP Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong at Support, rounding out the team’s starting roster.

Considered by many to be the greatest Support player of all time and the mastermind behind Samsung White’s supremely dominant win at the 2014 World Championship, Mata is a player whose legendary status might only be surpassed by SKT’s super-star mid-laner himself, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

The move comes after SKT previously announced the addition of several other star players following a major overhaul to their roster in the wake of an underwhelming 2018 season.

SK Telecom also announced the addition of Kim ‘Fly’ Sang-chul as a coach. Fly previously coached Royal Never Give Up during Mata’s time with them in 2016.

LoL EsportsMata’s KT Rolster reached the quarter-finals of this year’s Worlds before being eliminated by eventual champions Invictus Gaming.

For the first years of their careers, Mata and Faker followed similar paths. Both debuted in OGN’s Champions Spring 2013, and both made an immediate impact. Mata was victorious in his first season with MVP Ozone, but it was Faker’s SK Telecom that went on to win the World Championship.

The following season, Faker and SKT struggled to remain on top, while Mata’s Samsung White won the World Championship in spectacular fashion. At that point, either one could have been on track to claim the title of “greatest of all time”.

From Season 5, however, their paths diverged, with Mata leaving for a stint in the LPL while Faker remained in South Korea. In the years since, multiple domestic titles and two more World Championships for Faker have made him the undisputed king.

Now, nearly six years after they debuted as rivals, arguably the two greatest players South Korea has ever produced will join forces for the first time in what is almost unanimously being hailed as the most talented man-for-man roster in the world heading into the 2019 season.

SK Telecom T1’s full roster:

Player Position Previous Team
Kim ‘Crazy‘ Jae-hee Top BBQ Olivers
Kim ‘Khan‘ Dong-ha Top Kingzone DragonX
Kim ‘Clid‘ Tae-min Jungle JD Gaming
Kang ‘Haru‘ Min-seung Jungle Gen.G Esports
Lee ‘Faker‘ Sang-hyeok Mid SK Telecom T1
Han ‘Leo‘ Gyeo-re AD Carry SK Telecom T1
Park ‘Teddy‘ Jin-seong AD Carry Jin Air
Lee ‘Effort‘ Sang-ho Support SK Telecom T1
Cho ‘Mata‘ Se-hyeong Support KT Rolster
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Bjergsen retires from League of Legends to become TSM Head Coach

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:29 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 17:57

by Daniel Cleary

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LCS veteran Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg has announced his retirement from professional League of Legends, surprising fans with a transition to TSM’s Head Coach.

After winning multiple LCS titles and cementing himself as one of the greatest players to have competed in the LCS, Danish star Bjergsen revealed that he would be retiring from League of Legends on October 24.

Despite carrying TSM to another LCS win in the summer split and securing a spot at Worlds 2020, after their 0-6 record in the international event’s group stage, he released a vlog to give fans an update on his future.

bjergsen on LCS stage
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Bjergsen has competed under multiple iterations of TSM.

In the TSM announcement video, Bjergsen confirmed that he would not be competing in the 2021 spring split and would be coaching the TSM roster instead.

“After playing professional League of Legends for about eight years and playing for TSM for close to six, I’m here to talk about the fact that I’m retiring as a professional player and stepping into the head coach role for TSM,” Bjergsen added.

The mid-laner explained that the decision was not made because of their Worlds showing and revealed that it was one he had thought about for quite a while.

“It probably comes a shock to a lot of you guys and I don’t want it to seem like it’s a sudden reaction to our poor Worlds run, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” he revealed, “I really wanted to have a good season before becoming a coach.”

As TSM’s general manager Parth Naidu had been filling in as head coach in 2020, the move makes a lot of sense from an organizational standpoint but will likely disappoint many fans of the star player.

Bjergsen has also been a part-owner of TSM, since re-signing with them in October 2019, meaning that he will likely be staying with the North American organization for the foreseeable future.

As of now, the future of TSM’s starting roster is still unclear, but it is likely that more roster moves will be revealed during League’s 2021 preseason.