Ladies and gentlemen, cats and dogs, hamsters and guppies, League of Legends is over. Assuming that League of Legends players from South Korea are better at managing their egos and developing teamwork to work for a common goal like the World Championship title they want so much, instead of being the testosterone junkie millionaires who only care about their ego, like the roster of Real Madrid, the winner of Worlds 2017 is clear. We at drakemoon.com are prepared to eat what drakes wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole — kale — if KT Rolster doesn’t win Worlds.
Why are we confident enough to say that? The Korean Telecom Rolster finally had enough of coming in second after SK Telecom T1 and signed the, probably, strongest roster in League of Legends history, rounded out by one of the best Supports in the world, Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong. The KT lineup for the 2017 LoL season will be Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho in the Top Lane, Go “Score” Dong-bin in the Jungle, Heo “PawN” Won-seok in the Mid Lane, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu as the AD Carry, and Mata as Support.
With that roster, KT managed to assemble four superstars in their position in Smeb, Score, Deft, and Mata, as well as getting a Mid Laner, who’s not likely to shit the bed against world class competition. Their closest competitors in the world, SKT, are underdogs in the Top and Bottom lanes, both teams’ Junglers should be around even, while PawN is unfortunately weaker than Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. Even if The Unkillable Demon King was ahead of his lane opponent in skill by a mile, which he isn’t, not at this point of his career, he wouldn’t usually be able to solo carry his team to victory, not when every other position except Jungle is so outmatched. This is made even more likely by the steps Riot has been taking for a long time to make League of Legends a team game, limiting 1v9 carrying potential.
The biggest hurdle KT Rolster can stumble upon this upcoming season is honestly themselves. Every single player on that team would be the headliner on any other team. Smeb is used to receiving help, PawN, Deft, and Mata are the same. You have to dedicate resources to get lanes ahead. Choosing who should be the recipients of the team’s effort to get them fed is hard, especially on a team like this. If every player vies for resources, trying to be the leader instead of falling back and playing for the team instead of their personal score line, this KT Rolster team could crumble. If, however, the players find a way to play together seamlessly, fighting as a unit for a World Championship title, the upcoming competitive LoL season should be the most one-sided affair we will have the dubious pleasure of watching.
With that roster, Riot is probably already inscribing KT Rolster’s name on the Summoner’s Cup. This season is theirs to lose and other teams’ to win. There is a caveat, however. It is quite likely that the start of the season will be shaky for this team, just like Team SoloMid had a hard time in NA LCS Spring Split 2016. If and when they get over their hurdles, however, they should be able to do what TSM did in Summer 2016, only on a local and International scale. Don’t know about you, but we’re excited to see it!