SK Telecom is one of the most successful League of Legends teams in the world. Over the years, they have dominated this game on South Korean as well as the global stage. In South Korea, rarely any team has managed to pose a serious challenge to this superteam that was established in 2002. SK Telecom T1 eSports team is a part of a huge SK Telecom family that include baseball team SK Wyverns and the basketball team SK Knights. Besides teams, this family also includes several individual athletes such as Park Tae-Hwan.
Huge numbers of titles at the world stage, as well as a huge number of domestic League of Legends achievements, serve as a testament to the greatness of this team. Over the years, the team has changed many players, but their work, dedication and excellent coaching staff have kept them at the very top.
The SK Telecom T1 League of Legends team was formed by SK Telecom, one of the biggest telecommunications companies in Asia. Initially, the team was formed in order to host a StarCraft: Brood War team. That team played under the name Orion in 2002. Ten years after their first eSports team, SK Telecom announced the creation of their second team, the one that would be competing in the League of Legends competitions.
The original roster of their team included Bok 'Reapered' Han-gyu, Cho 'HoRo' Jae-hwan, An 'MighTiLy' Jeon-uk, Kim 'Raven' Ae-jun, and Han 'StarLast' Jin-hui. The following year, it was announced that SK Telecom will be forming another team which they eventually did in February of that year. However, that only lasted until November 2014 when the company announced the reconstruction in which they united the two teams.
Not even a month after that announcement, SK Telecom made the announcement about their new roster. The new roster featured Jang 'MaRin' Gyeong-Hwan, Jung 'Impact' Eon-yeong, Bae 'bengi' Seong-ung, Lee 'Easyhoon' Ji-hoon, Lee 'Faker' Sang-hyeok, Bae 'Bang' Jun-sik, Lee 'Wolf' Jae-wan, and Lee 'Piccaboo' Jong-Beom. This marked the beginning of the era of SK Telecom and one of the best League of Legends players ever, Faker.
Faker is still a part of SK Telecom and he has won all that can be won with the team. Currently, besides Faker, SK Telecom League of Legends teams features Heo 'Huni' Seung-hoon, Han 'Peanut' Wang-ho, Bae 'Bang' Jun-sik, Lee 'Wolf' Jae-wan, Park 'Untara' Ui-jin, Kang 'Blank' Sun-gu, Kim 'Sky' Ha-neul. This year, just like any other year, SK Telecom has been one of the biggest contenders for winning the League of Legends World Championship.
As it can be seen, SK Telecom did not make a lot of changes in their League of Legends team over the years. Many analysts believe that together with the fact that Faker is still playing is the reason that SK Telecom has been so dominant in the world of League of Legends.
SK Telecom started their League of Legends campaign in 2013 very strong as they managed to win three titles that year, the Season 3 World Championship, Season 3 Korea Regional Finals, and HOT6iX Champions Summer 2013. The following year, SK Telecom once again won three titles, PANDORA.TV Champions Winter 2013-2014, All-Star 2014, and ITENJOY NLB Summer 2014.
In 2015, SK Telecom started their dominance in the LCK as they managed to win the titles in 2015 LCK Spring Split as well as in the 2015 LCK Summer Split. That year, SK Telecom also managed to win their second World Championship title after defeating KOO Tigers in the final. That year, they also managed to win the second place at the 2015 Mid-Season Invitational.
In 2016, SK Telecom continued with their amazing results. That year, they once again won the title in the 2016 LCK Spring Split and in 2016 LCK Summer Split. More importantly, SK Telecom also managed to win the 2016 World Championship that year once again. 2017 has also been incredible for this South Korean League of Legends team. They started the year with the two titles at two consecutive tournaments, 2017 Spring Split as well as the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.
The future for SK Telecom looks very good as they have a roster full of young and talented players who have been led and mentored by the greatest player of all time, one and only – Faker.
In total, SK Telecom League of Legends team has managed to win $7,858,392.94 during almost five years since they have been competing. The biggest percentage of that amount was the result of them winning the titles at the League of Legends World Championship. When it comes to the players, the one that earned the most money while playing for SK Telecom T1 is Lee 'Faker' Sang-hyeok who earned a little more than $1 million.