Some leaked information has surfaced regarding the future of T1’s coaching staff for 2021.
A screenshot of T1 support player Lee “Effort” Sang-ho’s livestream was taken which briefly showed a glimpse into the team Discord server. In it, a list of messages can be seen which mentioned both Nick “LS” De Cesare and Choi “Polt” Seung-hun as new coaches that will join the legendary team for next year.
T1 CEO Joe Marsh took to Twitter to openly discuss the matter of the new supposed coaches and when they will be revealed.
“For those inquiring about T1 for 2021, nothing can be finalized until we have formal approval from LCK–per league rules. Once approved, contracts go into the GCD. We look to formally announce in the next week. As always, we appreciate your unwavering support,” said Marsh.
Numerous hints have been disclosed regarding the employment of LS and Polt. A picture that showed a PowerPoint title slide that depicted the announcement of the team’s new coaches was released. Additionally, LS recently tweeted a picture of a sauna that looked strikingly similar to the one in the team’s headquarters. This presents the possibility that LS may have already accepted a deal to be T1’s newest coach.
Polt’s employment will mark the first time he will work within League of Legends in any capacity. A former North American mainstay for StarCraft II, Polt made a name for himself in the region from his days as an exquisite player from 2011-2016. In the meantime, he played for four teams, the longest of which happened with CM Storm from 2013-2016. After retiring, he switched to playing Teamfight Tactics and ended up reaching Rank 1 in the NA server shortly thereafter.
LS had previously worked as a color commentator for the LCK for all of 2020 and streamer for Counter Logic Gaming from November 2018. His last coaching gig happened in spring of 2019 when he coached for bbq Olivers in Challengers Korea. They finished fifth in the regular season and third in playoffs.
Heavy rumors have been circulating around the T1 organization before and following their elimination from Worlds 2020 contention in the LCK Regional Finals in September. The team constantly shuffled their lineup for the second half of Summer Split, of which included the substitution of star mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok for 17-year-old Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon.
The team’s dysfunction came to ahead in the last round of the Regional Finals in which head coach Kim “Kim” Jeong-soo debuted Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong against Gen.G, drawing even greater ire and condemnation from fans.
Soon after T1’s disappointing exit, whispers of coach Kim’s resignation grew in volume until it was made official. A few months later, his supporting staff in Lim “Comet” Hye-sung and Garet “Tolki” Mialaret resigned as well, leaving the coaching department completely open for their successors.
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