SK Telecom T1 finalize coaching staff as they complete incredible new League of Legends squad - Dexerto
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SK Telecom T1 finalize coaching staff as they complete incredible new League of Legends squad

Published: 3/Dec/2018 12:45 Updated: 3/Dec/2018 12:54

by Joe O'Brien

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SK Telecom T1 have finalized their League of Legends team for the coming season with changes to the coaching staff.

The squad of legendary player Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok is always among the most scrutinized in the world, but this off-season they’ve attracted particular attention with a major roster overhaul.

With long-time SKT staples like bot-lane duo Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae-wan departing alongside five other members of the 2018 line-up, the change is the most significant for the team since their post-2014 season shuffle.

The new line-up brings together Faker and Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong, arguably the two greatest players South Korea has ever produced, for the first time, as well as adding star talent in the top lane, jungle, and AD Carry.

Such is the talent across the new squad that they’re already being hailed as a leading candidate for the best team of 2019 before even playing a single official game.

LoL EsportsFaker will look to reclaim his throne in 2019 after a disappointing 2018 season.

SK Telecom have now finalized the coaching staff that will be responsible for helping the team deliver on that immense potential.

Long-time coach Kim ‘kkOma’ Jeong-gyun, who has worked with Faker throughout the superstar mid-laner’s career, will remain as the team’s head coach, having stepped into the top spot in 2018.

SK Telecom previously announced that kkOma would be joined by Kim ‘Fly’ Sang-chul, who has worked with new addition Mata before when both were with Royal Never Give Up in 2016.

Now, the final piece of the team has been revealed, with former Afreeca Freecs coach Lee ‘Zefa’ Jae-min coming on board. Zefa has been hailed for his drafting prowess with teams like Afreeca and Kongdoo Monster, but also has an impressive playing career behind him as the AD Carry for Najin White Shield.

The new SK Telecom T1 line-up will make its debut when the LCK returns in January 2019, although Faker will be seen in action before then at the 2018 All-Stars event, taking place December 6-8.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 17:39

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

He then followed up on Caps’ growth as a player in the new G2 lineup, claiming that he has also had a “shift in mindset” which has massively helped his ability to play at the highest level.

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.