One of the most promising support players in recent history will align himself with one of its prestigious teams.
In a move that pivots the direction of the free agency market in the LCK, T1 signed support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok to a multi-year contract, the team announced on Twitter.
Keria had recently been a part of the DRX team that reached the quarterfinals of this year’s World Championship, falling to eventual winners DAMWON Gaming. The 18-year-old Korean support player made his professional debut in spring after hovering about the sidelines as a trainee and an academy prospect. Despite his lack of experience while playing in one of the best domestic leagues in the world, he collected a pair of All-Pro Team selections and the Rookie of the Year by the end of the season. In addition to his individual distinction, Keria picked up a share of team success with DRX, finishing at least in the top three in both splits.
In addition to announcing Keria’s signing, T1 also disclosed that they had let go of substitute support Choi “Kuri” Won-yeong with one year remaining left in his established contract. Kuri recently made his professional debut during this year’s summer split, playing twice in the Week 1 series against Hanwha Life Esports.
By way of Keria’s arrival to T1, all signs now point toward incumbent starter Lee “Effort” Sang-ho’s impending exit from the team after a four-year stay. Effort was notably mentored by world champion players such as Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan and Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong. Only time will tell when T1 makes their next move in their rebuilding process for next year.