League of Legends monolith T1 has announced that it has parted ways with general manager Choi ‘Polt’ Seong-hun. The news comes just over a week after the team failed to recapture the Summoner’s Cup in the LoL Worlds 2022 Final.
“Today, we part ways with ‘Polt’”, the announcement posted to Twitter reads. “We truly appreciate his contribution to the team and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Polt joined T1 in late 2020, overseeing both T1’s LCK and LCK CL teams. Despite having only his extensive Starcraft 2 experience to initially lean on, Polt became a core part of the effort to bring T1 back to Worlds after it failed to qualify in 2020.
At the end of the 2021 Summer Split, Polt took on more responsibility after T1 let go of coaching duo Yang ‘Daeny’ Dae-in and Lee ‘Zafa’ Jae-min, before officially moving into the role of head coach at the end of 2021.
While in the role he presided over T1’s record-setting 18-0 performance during the Spring Regular Split, and helped guide the team to an LCK title in the 2022 Spring Playoffs.
However, by the time LoL Worlds rolled around, Polt had been relieved of his coaching duties by T1 legend Bae ‘Bengi’ Seong-woong, returning to his original role. Many believe the shift was a result of mounting fan pressure throughout the Summer, though T1 CEO Joe Marsh commented at the time that fan sentiment had not affected the decision.
Off the back of an incredibly difficult past year, Polt’s departure from the organisation altogether will certainly be unsurprising for some. Now, with Bengi still the interim head coach, it looks like T1 will have to undergo a major rebuild behind the scenes during the offseason.