SK Telecom T1 K is perhaps one of the most dominating teams that League of Legends has seen to date. SKT originally burst on to the scene in spring 2013, shocking everyone by taking first place in their group and finishing third overall; an incredible feat for a rookie team. SKT K would begin their record-breaking run that summer, winning Champions Summer in an impressive fashion, then coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the KT Bullets. Shortly after, they would have a rematch against the Bullets in the Season 3 World Championship Qualifiers, this time, winning 3-1 and earning a trip to Worlds.
SKT K would continue their dominating performances at Worlds, only dropping a single game to Chinese powerhouses OMG and looking to be a heavy favorite to win the Championship. Their biggest contest would come at the hands of NaJin Black Sword in the semi-finals, but after winning that series 3-2, they would move on to face China’s Royal Club; SKT would dominate that series with a crushing 3-0 victory. At this point, widely considered the best team in the world, SKT would continue to dominate OGN Champions Winter, sweeping aside the competition and winning the tournament without dropping a single game.
Come the Spring, fortune would begin to turn sour for the World Champions. The temporary departure of PoohManDu due to medical reasons left a gaping hole in the lineup. Although K performed admirably with new support Casper, the team was struggling for the first time in months. Although PoohManDu would eventually return, the team did not look the same as before and they struggled to deal with the improvements made by other teams. Although able to sneak out of groups, they would be knocked out of Champions Spring in the quarterfinals by Samsung Ozone.
Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong – Top
Known for his versatility as a player, Impact has always been a consistent force coming out of the top lane. One of the keys to his success has been his great sense of where he needs to be on the map at any time. Although the recent surge of teleport use has hurt his dominance, he is still a force to be reckoned with on SKT.
Bae “bengi” Seong-ung – Jungle
Out of all the struggles SKT K has been having this spring, bengi has been suffering the most. Many teams have been focusing on shutting him down, and he has not been able to find a champion he can dominate on. Bengi will need to perform at his best to keep up with the international competition.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – Mid
Heralded as one of the best players ever to play League of Legends, Faker too has seen his share of struggles this season. Even still, he remains one of the most versatile mid-laners, having brought out over half a dozen champions this season. Faker will continue to remain the superstar for SKT.
Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin – AD Carry
Despite his team’s struggles this season, Piglet has still been performing quite well. His hard working attitude and ability to perform well on multiple champions has helped to carry SKT through their rough early season. He will need to continue to be a rock for his team as the fight through All-Stars.
Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyeon – Support
K’s struggles in the beginning of the season were in part due to PoohManDu’s absence, but his return did not bring back immediate success. While ManDu himself has not been performing up to his championship level, the team has been improving with his return. He still remains a very versatile player, having brought out a new champion in every game he played during Champions Spring.
While SKT T1 K has been going through a rough patch this season, but they have started to adapt and are starting to regain the level of play that earned them 2 OGN titles and a World Championship. Even now, their greatest strength remains the versatility of the team. Each player has brought out five or more champions in competitive games this season, and the team as a whole has found success running a variety of team comps. The versatility of SKT K makes them a difficult team to fully prepare for, and will make them a formidable opponent for All-Stars.