The SK Telecom T1 management has an interesting method of motivating its League of Legends roster to perform exceptional when preparing for crucial games.
For its hyped-up face-off with KT Rolster in the sixth week of the Spring Split, the team’s sponsor company bribed the players with a secondary prize purse that would be granted if and only SKT came out victorious.
“As we were preparing for the KT match, the company put a money reward on the line, which I think gave the players motivation,” team-coach Choi “cCarter” Byung-hoon told OSEN in an interview. “I want to thank the players and the coaches for their hard work.”
As it turned out, the strategy worked in the team’s favor. SKT annihlated KTR on the weekend by claiming the first game with ease, Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon leading from the front with an overwhelming Gangplank in the top lane. KTR, however, answered back by starving the League of Legends champions in the second game and systematically taking objectives to level the series with a tally of 15-6.
Undeterred by the defeat, SKT rallied in the third game by switching its starting lineup. Kim “Profit Joon-hyung made his LCK debut by playing a dominating Rumble in the top lane. He was accompanied by Kang “Blank” Sun-gu, who replaced Yoon “Peanut” Wang-ho in the jungle with Graves for an unblemished streak of 8-0.
Despite the important victory, the SKT coaching staff was not too pleased with the team’s performance. According to Choi, the players “made many mistakes” and had to work around issues to manage victory.
“We focused on the early game vision and movement, which is why we had a tough time against KT (last time),” he explained the team’s strategy. “So we prepped Kim “Profit” Jun-hyung and Kang “Blank” Sun-gu. Both players were maintaining good form. We picked Zilean in Game 3 because he still lanes well against a poking composition.”
The management is confident that with continued wins and effort, SKT has a great chance of “making it to the finals” of the split.