(Editor’s note: The original version of this article mistakenly listed Han “Peanut” Wang-ho’s name, though it was not mentioned in the Fomos article. It has been updated to reflect that change.)
Three time world champions SK Telecom has dropped Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung and Lee “Duke” Ho-sung.
SKT announced it will not re-sign Bengi and Duke. It is unclear where Duke and Bengi are heading for the upcoming season, writes Fomos’ Park Sang-jin
Bengi is a three time world champion along side mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and has been part of SKT since 2013. Although he was more of a sub in the past few seasons, he is still considered one of the best junglers in history, and was part of all three of the victories against Samsung Galaxy in the finals of the 2016 world championship.
Mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, AD Carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, jungler Kang “Blank” Sun-gu and support Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan have all resigned with the team as well as coach Kim “KkOma” Jung-gyun and head coach Choi Byung-hoon
Although unclear, both Duke and Bengi are world champions with consistent performances, and much interest will surround where they might sign if they choose to sign with a new team.
UPDATE (9:59 p.m. ET): SKT has released a statement on Twitter about the moves. A translation is below:
“Hello, this is SKT T1. First off, we know many fans are curious as to what our plans are in terms of resigning players, and we apologize for the late announcement. As you have read, we have resigned (Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok,) (Bae “Bang” Jun-sik,) (Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan) and coach (Kim “KkOma” Jung-gyun,) as well as head coach Choi Byung-hoon.
(Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung,) who was the older brother figure of SKT since 2013, (Lee “Duke” Ho-sung,) who performed admirably during the 2016 season as the top laner, and (Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-hyun) who was recently added as additional coaching staff. We wish luck in all three of their future endeavors, and we will hold dear the time we have spent with them. We hope the fans cheer for the 2017 roster for SKT, and we will work hard to create evolution from change. Thank you.”
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