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With the International 2019 well underway, but no South Korean players left in the competition, it was about time for a big organization to reignite the fire in the region. 

SK Telecom T1, the most successful League of Legends organization of all times, boasting three Worlds titles with the LoL ambassador Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok playing under their banner, have officially announced their entrance to the Dota 2 world. The player to headline their roster is Lee “Forev” Sang-don.

Back in 2013 through 2016 Forev was a part of the memorable MVP Phoenix South Korean team that surprised the scene with their unconventional playstyle. Forev, Kim “QO” Sun Yeob, Kim “Febby” Yong-min,  Pyo “MP” No-a, Park “March” Tae-won and Kim “DuBu” Doo-young were writing history for the South Korean Dota with their runs at TI5 and TI6. Unfortunately, the korean Dota 2 players have never been able to drag enough attention upon themselves in a country where League of Legends is king. The earlier generation of South korean stars gave some of the best coaches of the present days of Dota 2. Lee “Heen” Seung Gon was on Team Liquid’s side when they lifted the TI7 Aegis of champions, Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae is with Team Secret since 2016. So, although everyone is now scattered around the globe, the South Korean Dota still has a huge impact on the competitive scene. 

TI9 will be over at the end of this week, on the 25th of August, and in its aftermath, the pro scene will undergo the yearly big shuffle, perhaps that’s the time when more details on the SK telecom T1 roster will come to light.

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