April 21, 2021

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LoL: Is T1 prepping to drop Faker with roster shuffle?

LoL: Is T1

The majority of LoL T1 ‘s previous starting lineup was retained for the start of the season. “In a fairly young lineup that had high hopes of becoming Worlds 2021, Lee “Faker” Sang Hyeok and Park “Teddy” Jin Seong began as veterans.

LoL: Is T1

The league of legend team has been cycling left and right with new players, and it may be going through a transitional phase with its old veterans. At the moment, over the course of the LCK Spring Split, the team has debuted two new rookie players and cycled in five different alternates in four different positions. In the coming weeks, that number could rise even higher.

Has shifted away from starting both players

LoL T1 has shifted away from starting both players for the majority of its games in favor of experimenting with young talents like Lee “Gumayusi” Min hyeong and Lee “Clozer” Ju hyeon, who debuted in 2020 but have only recently seen consistent action. 

The team has also swapped its top lane and jungle, with more tenured LoL T1 players making their debuts with Moon “Oner” Hyeon joon and Choi “Zeus” Woo je.

The jungle position has seen the most changes, with Choi “Ellim” El lim and Moon “Cuzz” Woo chan switching in and out of the lineup before Oner joined the fray. Ryu “Keria” Min seok, who joined in the 2020 League of legend offseason and has no replacement behind him competing for his position as support, has been the only constant in the squad so far.

Why isn’t LoL T1 starting Faker?

LoL T1 may be attempting to make this split all about bringing up the next generation of T1 talent, much to the shock of its fans. For many years, T1 was built around legendary mid laner Faker, who was responsible for the team’s success at international tournaments. 

Now, under the spotlight, the organization may plan for its post-Faker existence and give its younger stars reps.

When considering the coaching personnel around the team, this idea is even more plausible. Yang Daeny Dae-in and Lee Zefa Jae min, both of whom played a major role in DAMWON Gaming’s run to the World Championship title in 2020, are the current head coaching duo of T1.

Both coaches have a track record of developing and nurturing young talent, with Jang “Nuguri” Ha gwon and Heo “ShowMaker” Su growing up under their tutelage. They were probably brought in this season to do exactly that for T1. As the season moves on, expect T1 to try out its 10 man roster with new combinations.