T1, despite an iffy start into the 2021 LCK Summer Split, was one of the best performing teams at this year's 2021 World Championship, pushing DAMWON KIA to 5-games and even exiting group B in first place.
After rumors of the star ADC heading to the LEC and LCS, we have confirmation that Teddy has found a new team – in the LCK. Where is he going and how long will he stay?
Update November 22, 2021:
Teddy Signs with Afreeca
Teddy left T1 earlier this month, cutting his contract a year short. He has shown throughout 2021 that he is still one of the best ADCs in the LCK, which was why he managed to find a new squad. He's going to be joining the 2022 roster of the Afreeca Freecs.
Alongside him will also be former T1 jungler Choi "Ellim" Ellim and T1 support Ryu "Hoit" Huseong. Seems like Afreeca decided to take on quite a few players off the T1 Challengers roster with some experience in Teddy.
Why Might Teddy Switch Teams?
Throughout the 2021 season, the star ADC had to share his spot with up-and-coming ADC Lee “Gumayusi” Min-Hyeong. Halfway through the summer split, T1 decided to go with the younger player as their starting ADC, leaving Teddy as a backup.
In the 2021 LCK playoffs, Teddy did play a few games and showed off his skill and prowess in the bot lane – meaning he is far from washed up. He’s still one of the best ADCs out there, deserving of a starting position.
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At the 2021 World Championship, T1 also chose to start Gumayusi for their games, leaving Teddy once again as a backup in Iceland. Therefore, the player is looking for new opportunities elsewhere.
Where Could Teddy Play in 2022?
It seems like Teddy got offers from teams in the LCK, LCS and LEC. As mentioned, he is still an insanely good ADC and at 23-years-of-age, he is far from old. Therefore, he should be able to find a team for himself in the upcoming season.
Which teams exactly have put in offers is still unknown, but there are multiple rosters in each region that could be looking for a star ADC. Teddy has experience on the international stage, he’s won the LCK with T1 and is best known for his 90-minute fiasco game back when he was still on Jin Air.
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Update November 15, 2021:
T1 and Teddy Part Ways
On November 15, 2021 T1 tweeted out that the org and Teddy came to an agreement to terminate his contract a year early. Originally, the ADC was signed until November 21, 2022, but he is now free to explore other options for the 2022 season.
He helped T1 to 3 LCK Championships during his time as a starting ADC. He helped T1 make it to the 2019 and 2021 World Championship, getting no further than the semi-finals.
Today we part ways with 'Teddy' through a mutual agreement. We truly appreciate his contributions including 3 LCK Championships and being part of the Semifinals at Worlds. We wish him all the best in the future.— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) November 15, 2021