In the 2021 LCK Spring split, T1 debuted with a victory, but some big names were missing from the starting lineup.
T1 took everyone by shock on the first day of the 2021 LCK, when the team decided to bench jungler Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan, the ADC Park “Teddy” Jin-seong, and the middle laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Instead, the team went with the rookies Choi “Ellim” Ellim, Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon, and Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong.
As T1 trainees, Ellin, Clozer, Gumayusi, and top laner Kim “Canna” Chang-dong began to fight their way to the starting roster. For this iteration of T1, the average age is only 18 years old.
The strategy paid off and, with a victory over Hanwha Esports, T1 began its spring run. The organization did not clarify the reasoning behind the decision or give any indication as to whether Cuzz, Faker, and Teddy would be back or not.
The rookies shone in the match against Hanwha, in particular Clozer, who had to face star player Jeong ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon in the middle of the lane. At times, T1 players controlled the situation, making the correct plays and moves on the map.
It’s unclear if T1 intends to roll for the remainder of the split with this roster or if it will be rotating players. T1’s next opponent is DWG Kia , The current world champion, so the rookies will have a chance to demonstrate what they’re made of.
What happened to Faker? – LCK 2021
It’s not the first time T1 has benched Faker and it’s probably not going to be the last as long as Clozer continues to perform. Despite being a part-owner of T1, there is no guarantee of Faker’s place on the starting roster. It doesn’t mean, however, that Faker is going to retire any time soon. Faker has said several times that for as long as he can, he will continue to play. Faker is going to continue working with T1 once he decides to retire.
In its match against DWG Kia, T1 might still go for a different roster. A stronger team than Hanwha’s Kia, the current world champions have become the favorites to take the title this season.
Where can I watch LCK 2021 ?
Through LCK’s official Twitch channel, English-speaking fans can watch LCK 2021.
Does Faker own T1?
T1 granted Faker partial ownership of the organization in early 2020. They are the only players to be granted ownership of a team alongside Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg from Team SoloMid while actively engaged in playing for those teams.
What is T1 Academy?
The T1 Academy is the T1 Secondary Team. The T1 Academy roster is competing in the LCK Challengers League. The 2020 LCK CL Spring Split starts on the 18th of January.