On Sep. 5, T1 announced that they would be participating in the 2022 LoL World Championship with Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong as interim head coach. The original head coach, Choi “Polt” Seong-hun, will serve as the general manager for all LoL teams in T1. Along with this change, T1 named Kim “Sky” Ha-neul a coach. Sky will work alongside Bengi and coach Kim “Moment” Ji-hwan.
In the announcement, T1 CEO Joe Marsh mentioned that this change has nothing to do with the results of the 2022 LCK summer finals. “I will make the calls that give our team the best chance to win Worlds,” he said. About Bengi, he said, “In the past few years, I have seen Bengi grow as a coach, and his knowledge will be invaluable to the team. More importantly, his experiences, lessons, and approaches from playing under the greatest League of Legends coach of all-time during his run on SKT T1 will prove to be useful as he begins his journey as the interim head coach.”
Bengi started his coaching career in T1 back in 2017, after his retirement as a player. He then left the team to do his military service and returned to the team in 2020. Bengi coached the T1 Challengers team for a year, where he led the team to the spring championship. In 2022, Bengi started coaching T1’s primary team. As a player, Bengi has won three world championships with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok.
Sky has been a coach of T1 Rookies and has been working in T1 Esports Academy with Park "Untara" Ui-jin since 2021. In the announcement, Joe Marsh said, "Sky has proven to be an outstanding coach through his efforts at T1 Esports Academy," and emphasized that Sky "has been a big brother and mentor to many of the players."
Recently, T1 played in the 2022 LCK Summer Finals against Gen.G and lost 0-3. They will be heading to the group stage of Worlds 2022 in October.