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South Korean esports organization T1 announced it has signed a multi-year deal with former DragonX jungler Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan to its League of Legends roster. In addition, the contract for Lee “Effort” Sang-ho has been extended into 2021. This news comes after the team saw the departure of Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, Kim “Clid” Tae-min, and Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun after their contracts expired.
We're thrilled to announce that Lee "Effort" Sang-ho and Mun "Cuzz" U-chan will be joining T1 for 2020 and beyond, pending league approval. Please welcome Cuzz to the T1 family, and welcome Effort back home! #T1WIN #T1Fighting pic.twitter.com/aBUwUPWFMz
— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) November 21, 2019
T1 signs Cuzz as jungler
Cuzz joins T1 in the jungler position, replacing the empty role that Clid formerly held. Cuzz most recently competed for Korean esports organization DragonX, which seems to have had almost its entire roster leave in the last week. These changes come after newly joined head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho was suspended by Riot Games for his participation in the Griffin Kanavi situation. While the outlook for DragonX doesn’t seem great, Cuzz has seen consistent results with 2nd and 3rd placements in the past few LCK seasons.
T1, formerly known as SK Telecom T1, has not been able to duplicate its success from before 2017. With a history of winning three world championships, the team deviated with a loss to now-disbanded team Samsung Galaxy at the 2017 World Championships. However, the Korean lineup has not come close in recent years, missing the world championships entirely in 2018 after placing 7th in the 2018 League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) Summer Split.
After a complete revamp of its roster, it still failed to find success at the most recent international event, where it lost to European esports organization G2 Esports in the semifinals.
Roster changes for success?
Clid played a key part in T1’s success in the past season, and Cuzz will have big shoes to fill. While DragonX have found many top half bracket placements in the past splits, the team’s performance in the 2019 LCK Summer Split was disappointing. Cuzz will have talented players to work with, but he will have to step up.
T1 will also have to find a replacement in coaching staff if they do not end up re-signing kkOma. Is the new T1 roster a contender for the championship title in the upcoming season? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your League of Legends coverage.
Ethan Chen is a writer with over 3 years of experience covering esports, gaming, and business.