Despite placing 2nd in the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs, KT Rolster did not qualify for the World Championship, losing to Samsung Galaxy in the LCK Regional Qualifier. When the dust settled over in the USA, the management of KT decided that they need to make some changes if they were to try and finally win themselves a Championship. What followed was a massive freeing up of roster space. First, KT Rolster got themselves free of their Bottom Lane, No “Arrow” Dong-hyeon and Ha “Hachani” Seung-chan. Then, they surprised everyone by letting go their star Top Laner AND their Mid, Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho and Song “Fly” Young-jun. When the dust settled, the only player left on the team was Go "Score" Dong-bin, a veteran of the org, who started playing for KT Rolster in October, 2012!
The news breaking about freed up spots on KT Rolster coincided with the news about the fact that ROX Tigers’ roster is more or less disbanding. It wasn’t completely unexpected when news broke about the fact that Song ”Smeb” Kyung-ho, the best Top Laner in the world and a rival of Ssumday, joined KT Rolster. Coming together with Smeb was the former EDward Gaming Mid, Heo “PawN” Won-seok. So far, KT has three of the five positions filled. Smeb in the Top Lane, Score as the Jungler, and PawN as their Mid. All they need now is a Bottom Lane.
This preseason is awesome because most Korean players who went to China are coming back after giving up on winning a Worlds title without a fully Korean roster. Who are among those players? Who wouldn’t be amiss in this KT team full of League of Legends superstars? Who would make one of the most hyped Bot Lanes in the history of League of Legends? Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong and Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu. If KT Rolster managed to get Mata and Deft as their Bot Lane, the resulting lineup would be one of the most stacked teams in League of Legends history.
Consider it for a second. Smeb. Score. PawN. Deft. Mata. Get excited. Get hyped. Hope. PraY. If it happened, it would be an Incredible Miracle. The budget required for a roster with that much star power would more than likely be awe-inspiring, however with Korean Telecom as their main sponsor, it’s likely that KT can’t abide SK Telecom, their direct competitors, winning titles, while KT gets nothing. At least not anymore. With the situation as it is now, the time has come to make bold moves to get the best chance of dominating the Korean and International LoL scenes. Even if Ssumday joined SK Telecom T1 as is our suspicion, the new KT Rolster would stand more than a fair chance of ruining their rivals’ day.