T1 has been a revolving door for LoL coaches since kkOma left – Dexerto

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issued: 2023-07-10T15:50:50

Has been updated: 2023-07-10T15:51:04

With Bengi leaving T1 in the middle of the summer split, fans are pointing to how the team has cycled head coaches since kkOma left the organization.

T1’s League of Legends squad is currently going through one of the biggest crises in the team’s history, with the team in dismal form as star player Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok recovers from an arm injury. I keep

On July 8, T1 announced the departure of head coach Bae “Bengi” Sungwoon, which caught many fans off guard. The 29-year-old, a three-time world champion with SK Telecom T1 during his playing days, stepped down from the role just before the team’s LCK vs. Gen.G match, in which T1 again showed lethargy.

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According to T1, Lim ‘Tom’ Jaehyun will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, but it is unclear at this time if the organization is considering increasing the number of behind-the-scenes staff, especially if the team is participating. Yes, if you qualify. World championship.

And as Reddit user Derk08 pointed out, Tom will be the sixth head coach to take charge of T1 since legendary coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun left the team at the end of 2019.

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T1 head coach since kkOma

  • Kim Kim Jung-soo (November 2019-September 2020)
  • Jan Denny Dein (November 2020-July 2021)
  • Song “Stardust” Seok Hee (July 2021-November 2021)
  • Choi “Porto” Sung-hoon (December 2021-September 2022)
  • Bae Bengi Sungwoon (September 2022-July 2023)
  • Im ‘Tom’ Jaehyun (July 2023 -??)

During his time as manager of SK Telecom T1, kkOma led the team to 10 LCK titles, 3 World Championship trophies and 2 Mid-season Invitational trophies. He left the organization at the end of the 2019 season to continue his coaching career with ViCi Gaming’s LPL.

The huge void left by kkOma’s departure was filled by Worlds 2018 winner Kim “Kim” Jung-su with Invictus Gaming. He left T1 less than a year after the team failed to qualify for Worlds 2020.

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Kim’s replacement, Yang Denny Dain, was fired five weeks into the start of the 2021 LCK Summer Split, while Song ‘Stardust’ Seok-hee, who served as interim head coach for four months, was released after the season ended. retired.

T1 general manager Choi ‘Porto’ Sung-hoon transitioned to the head coach position in December 2021, notably leading the team to a perfect 18-0 spring split. However, just before the World Championships, Bengui took over as interim head coach, reverting him to his previous position.

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Bengi left T1 after less than a year leading the team

Since kkOma’s departure, T1’s coaching volatility has become the norm as they continue their quest for a fourth world title.

Following last week’s losses to DRX and Gen.G, the team dropped to fifth place in the LCK Summer standings. Faker will not return before the Hanwha Life Esports match on July 21st and will miss at least the next two games against Nongshim Red Force (July 14th) and Dplus (July 16th). become.

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T1’s shocking performance in Faker’s absence only strengthened the idea that the mid laner was the team’s true coach, and without the star player’s shot-calling the team seemed lost.

As for kkOma, he led DAWMON Gaming to the Grand Finals of Worlds 2021 after a disappointing run at Vici Gaming. He has been appointed head coach of his 2022 Asian Games Korean League of Legends team, where he will work alongside him. A trio of T1’s Faker, Choi ‘Zeus’ Woo-je and Ryu ‘Keria’ Min-seok.

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