For SK Telecom T1, the release of commemorative skins for winning the League of Legends World Championship is nothing new, as the team has done this three times now. Still, Friday’s release of the latest batch of SKT world championship skins is a meaningful moment.
After three world championships, SKT will receive its third championship skins series on Friday, according to the team’s Twitter account. In coordination with the release, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, and Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan will all use their skins during streams Friday to celebrate the occasion.
The skins chosen were for the six players who attended worlds in 2016. Faker chose Syndra, Bang chose Jhin, Wolf chose Nami, Kang “Blank” Sun-gu chose Zac, Lee “Duke” Ho-seong chose Ekko, and Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung chose Olaf for their champion skins of choice.
The championship skins are part of a series that Riot partakes in every year after that year’s worlds, where the game developer consults the champions about what they would like to have represented in their choice of theme. The color schemes are largely based off of the team’s official colors, and as such 2016’s skins are mostly red and gold.
This year’s skins, which went live in the League of Legends PBE two weeks ago, were accompanied by a video production from Riot that revealed the team’s journey in creating the skins after some heavy criticism from the previous year. Riot invited SKT to its headquarters to discuss the skin’s designs, themes, and recall animations to fully reflect the wishes of the champions themselves.
This year’s skins have been met with great praise by the team. Bang said he felt “happier than I did when I worlds” upon seeing his skins. Wolf and faker both liked the skins but lamented their own part of the process, saying they wish they would have performed a little different.
This will be SKT’s third championship series as it has now three world championships under their belt. Previously they have chosen Jax, Lee Sin, Zed, Vayne, Zyra, Azir, Ryze, Elise, Alistar, Renekton, and Kalista. This year’s celebratory bundle will also include a special ward skin modeled after SKT’s coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun as a tribute. KkOma recently said he hopes to have enough championships so SKT can have a skin for every champion.
UPDATE (4:42 p.m. ET): According to Rioter Katana in a Reddit thread, the SKT skins will be released Wenesday, and clarified that the SKT tweet was to announce the pros giving a sneak peek during their stream. The headline has been altered to reflect the new information.
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