2020 LCK Off-Season News | kkOma Joins DAMWON, T1 Signs New Coaches
The 2020 LCK off-season hasn’t been all that exciting when compared to the LEC and LCS, but that doesn’t mean things won’t change (towards the more chaotic end of the spectrum) over the coming days and weeks. As a region, the LCK is far more consistent. Mind-blowing signings and unexpected twists certainly happen from time to time, but things are a lot more subdued come off-season.
Still, with Korea once again being the strongest region in the world (primarily because of DAMWON), we can expect things to shift around quite a bit over the next month or two. This time around, we have a couple of very interesting coaching staff changes pertaining to two of the most popular organizations in the LCK: DAMWON Gaming and T1.
The Grand Return of Kkoma
It was only a matter of time. After a fairly short (and relatively unsuccessful) stint with LPL’s Vici Gaming, Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun — the most revered and accomplished coach in the history of the game — has decided to return to the LCK and take on the role of head coach for DAMWON Gaming.
This, while pretty exciting, definitely came out of nowhere. Why DAMWON would make such a huge, impactful change after winning the 2020 World Championship is anyone’s guess. It seemed as though they had things “figured out” and were poised to go on yet another mind-blowing run come 2021. Still, kkOma is definitely a coaching behemoth, and pairing him with DAMWON’s already stellar roster is a surefire recipe for success. It’s not like they’re lacking in any regard, but having someone as experienced and respected as kkOma leading the charge will go a long way in securing yet another successful season. DAMWON already did incredibly well without him, so having kkOma aboard will only make them ever more dangerous and capable.
Frightening stuff, really.
T1 Rounds Things Out
With kkOma becoming the head coach of DAMWON Gaming, Yang “Daeny” Dae-in and Lee “Zefa” Jae-min — DAMWON’s previous coaches — were forced to find a new team to find home. With such respectable resumes, however, they were pretty much guaranteed to land someplace big. And sure enough, they’ve signed with T1, the team kkOma won multiple World Championships with.
Funny how life works out sometimes.
Coaching T1 is quite a daunting task (in no small part because of its hardcore fanbase), but at least it’s also a point of prestige. If you’re working for the most respected and successful LCK organization around, you must be doing something right. Fortunately, Daeny and Zefa have more than enough experience and should be able to push T1 back into the limelight.
The 2020 LCK off-season is shaping up to be quite an exciting one! Stay tuned as we’ll bring you more coverage over the coming weeks.