T1 have announced the departure of Lee “Forev” Sang-don from their Dota 2 roster. The move was revealed across social media Wednesday.
금일부로 T1 DOTA2에서 활동한 Forev 이상돈 선수와 상호협의하에 계약을 종료하게 되었습니다. 이상돈 선수의 새로운 도전을 응원합니다.
— T1 (@T1) July 30, 2020
Forev joined T1 as the first member of the organization’s dramatic entrance to Dota 2 in 2019. The veteran player was a huge get for the South Korean team taking its first steps into a new game. Long known as a dominant force initially in StarCraft, and most famously League of Legends, T1 picking up Forev, arguably the most famous South Korean Dota 2 player ever, was a natural fit.
[T1 DOTA 2 Team Announcement]
T1 is excited to finally announce our new international roster for the @DOTA2.
— T1 (@T1) March 3, 2020
However, T1 has had mixed results in a crowded and hyper-competitive Southeast Asian scene. While easily able to dominate Tier Three tournaments, the lineup struggled as it moved into Tier Two, losing to the likes of Geek Fam and TNC Predator in their most recent outings.
The removal of Forev may mark a move towards a more unified team identity for T1 – The squad’s remaining roster are Singaporean, and the organization had employed both Korean and Singaporese speaking coaches to aid in communication.
Forev leaves behind a short but memorable legacy with T1, as a potential start to a new era of Korean Dota 2. However, with his removal it’s likely T1 will now focus its efforts more generally on the SEA region.
The full announcement post is available on T1’s Twitter account.