Esports Giant T1 Announces a Roster Update – Acquisition and Departures

Aug 20, 2022

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KOREAN Esports organization T1 announced a roster update for their already strong line up for DotA2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) and Overwatch. Look at the possible outcomes from these.

Starting with the recent departure of Overwatch Esports athlete DADA earlier this week. On a social media post by T1’s official Facebook page they posted:

“As of today, the contract has been terminated under mutual consultation with ‘DADA’ player Jung Chan-young of the T1 Overwatch Contenders team.

Thank you for your efforts, and I will cheer for your future challenges.

Today we part ways with ‘DADA’ through mutual agreement.

We appreciate his contributions to T1 and wish him all the best.”

-T1 via Facebook

Despite the departure of DADA, T1 explicates how the decision was a mutual agreement between them and the athlete. They expressed dearly the contributions of DADA to T1 wishing him all the best.

The roster of T1 DotA2 (Defense of the Ancients 2) team after this is as follows:

Kuku – as Offlane player

Topson – as Midlane player

Whitemon – as Hard Support player

Ana – as team Carry player

Xepher – as Support player

This announcement was publicly released just a day after a DotA team departure of 2 mighty athletes from T1. The post contained:

“All good things come to an end.

Today we announce the departure of ‘Karl’ and ‘Gabbi’ from our DOTA2 roster.

Thank you for everything you’ve done and we wish them all the best for their future!

#T1WIN #T1Fighting

-T1 via Facebook

The consecutive player departures however does not mark the end of the roster updates released earlier this week as 2 additions are welcomed by T1, for DotA and Valorant respectively.

On two separate posts T1 welcomed Topson, while welcoming Ana as well.

The first announcement mentioned:


“We’d like to officially welcome the newest addition to our #DOTA2 roster, Topson (stand-in) & Ana.💚💜

Please support us as we prepare for TI11’s SEA Qualifier ❤️🤍

#T1WIN #T1Fighting #T1DOTA2”

– T1 via Facebook

A second post welcomed and confirmed the entry of acclaimed player Topson into the T1 DotA team roster, an epic addition as mid lane player.


We’d like to officially welcome the newest addition to our #DOTA2 roster, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen (stand – in) & Anathan “Ana” Pham.

Please support us as we prepare for TI11’s SEA Qualifier 

#T1WIN #T1Fighting #T1DOTA2

– T1 via Facebook

T1 teams have been known to be very strong competitors in the Esports games in which they play and contend. Mighty contenders worthy of attention and really worth rooting for especially that the SEA qualifiers are up at hand very soon. These changes will definitely affect the outcomes from qualifiers and then after, but the SEA qualifiers will be the best peak into future possible outcomes.

As much as support for the departing players may diminish support for the T1 teams they leave, the incoming players bring in a rally of personally gained support from previous engagements and teams. The massive support for T1 may vary this time around yet these changes may seem negligible.

The persisting question in every fan, supporter, or rooter are these, will the new players have chemistry with the team? Will these changes affect the over all performance of the rosters? How far can the new rosters with new players get in terms of victory and accomplishment? 

In hindsight we can see just how great T1 has performed in the previous years. Their domestic performance in the Korean LoL championships are good evidence on just how good they are not only at playing but curating athlete composition to achieve optimal winning results.

Here are their Korean LoL Championship accolades:

Winners (10 times): 2013 Summer, 2013 – 14 Winter, 2015 Spring, 2015 Summer, 2016 Spring, 2017 Spring, 2019 Spring, 2019 Summer, 2020 Spring, 2022 Spring

Runners-up (twice): 2017 Summer, 2021 Summer

T1 exemplary performance is not limited to local but includes international accolades, victories.

League of Legends World Championship

Winners (thrice) : for the years 2013, 2015, and 2016

Runner up : for the year 2017

Mid Season Invitational

Winners (twice) : for the years 2016 and 2017

Runners up : for the year 2015, and the most recent 2022

Intel Extreme Masters

Winner : for the year 2016

With all these changes and historical victories in mind T1 is surely stirring up the Esports universe for both contenders and fans alike.

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