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T1 Signs kkOma As A New LoL Coach
- After winning the League of Legends World Championsihp 2023, T1 announced the departure of two coaches
- As confirmed on Monday, November 20,2023, Kim "Sky" Ha-neul and Kim "Roach" Kang-hee have both left the team
- To fil the gap, T1 signed Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun
Just one day after winning the League of Legends World Championship, T1 announced significant changes to its coaching personnel. As confirmed on Monday, November 20, T1 has parted ways with coaches Kim "Sky" Ha-neul and Kim "Roach" Kang-hee and signed Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun as a replacement.
Despite T1's success at LoL Worlds 2023, where the South Korean esports organisation won its fourth Summoner's Cup, the team decided to change some pieces ahead of the 2024 LoL esports season. As confirmed, the team has parted ways with two of its coaches, Sky and Roach, who joined the team in September and November 2023, respectively.
However, despite the abrupt departure of Sky and Roach, T1 already found a replacement coach in kkOma, who was announced as the team's new head coach on the same day.
KkOma is a well-known name for T1 fans as a former head coach of the organisation, which he was a part of between December 2012 and November 2017. With T1 (previously SK Telecom T1), kkOma has won three LoL World Championship titles and helped the team reach the final in 2017.
Since leaving T1, kkOma has coached Vici Gaming in the LoL Pro League (LPL) for one season before joining DAMWON KIA (now Dplus KIA), with whom he claimed silver medals from Mid-Season Invitational 2021 and LoL World Championship 2021.
Since his grand finals appearance at LoL Worlds 2021, kkOma has not coached another LoL pro team but was chosen to lead the South Korean national team at the Asian Games 2022 and won the international event.
As one of the most experienced and successful LoL esports coaches, kkOma is a solid addition to T1, who is in the process of trying to keep ahold of all of its five players for the 2024 season following the successful end of 2023.
However, while it's known that T1 is trying to keep its roster intact, it remains to be seen whether the South Korean team will be successful in its attempts.
Top laner Choi "Zeus" Woo-je, and bottom lane duo Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong and Ryu "Keria" Min-seok have had their contracts with T1 run out on Monday and are free to leave the team if they decide so. But no official announcements about it have been made yet.