The most successful League of Legends team in the world, SK Telecom T1 is not done making moves in the preseason. Following the release of their veteran Jungler Bae “bengi” Seong-ung and Top Laner Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong, it was looking like their Jungler Kang “Blank” Sun-gu would finally have the jungle completely to himself after a season where he had to share play time with the three time World Champion bengi. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, because SK Telecom T1 announced on Facebook that they signed the former ROX Tigers Jungler and the best player in that position at Worlds 2016, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho.
SKT’s new Jungler is no stranger to playing with big name superstars, as he spent a season on a team with Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho. His new team is much less Top Lane focused, however, with its superstar Mid Laner, The Unkillable Demon King, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok drawing attention from entire enemy teams in some games. The success of this roster move will heavily depend on Peanut’s ability to develop coordination and chemistry with his Mid Laner, which should be a new experience for the Korean Jungler, as the Mid Laner was probably the weakest player on ROX Tigers.
Depending on who SKT gets to play in the Top Lane, the new-old SK Telecom could become even more of a Mid-focused team than it’s been for years. If the new Mid-Jungle duo struggles to find traction, Blank might be brought in in essential games to support Faker properly. On the other hand, if Faker and Peanut hit it off, it’s hard to imagine Blank getting any play time at all, unless they figure out differing champion pool specializations, where one or the other player plays depending on what’s called for by their chosen strategy for a particular game.
If SKT manage to get an exceptional Top Laner, someone like Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho, for example, their chances for success would rise due to having three dangerous lanes and a great Jungler. If they do not and have to use their new Top, Kim “Profit” Joon-hyung, they are likely to have problems against their rivals, KT Rolster, which has signed Smeb to take their Top Lane to new heights following Ssumday moving away from the team. Whatever happens when the season starts, one thing is for sure — the 2017 LCK season is turning out to be extremely promising. Let’s hope our expectations become reality. If they do, we will have one more Korean World Champion at the end of the year. The question is, who is it going to be?