SK Telecom T1 in contact with Peanut
SK Telecom T1 have contacted Han “Peanut” Wang-ho according to a report from Inven. The team followed the official procedure, which entailed securing permission from his current team, KingZone DragonX.
Peanut’s contract officially ends Nov. 18, and teams are unable to officially sign him until then. However, other teams have made offseason moves, with Hanwha Life Esports signing two former bbq Olivers players.
SK Telecom T1 may have reached out to other junglers, but this move holds huge significance. The team housed Peanut during 2017 and reached the World Championship finals, losing to Samsung Galaxy 3-0. Following their parting of ways, the two parties have fared worse in 2018.
SK Telecom T1 struggled during the 2018 LCK Spring and Summer seasons, and they owed their qualification to the gauntlet to a strong spring showing and to favorable circumstances during the summer. However, Gen.G eliminated them in the first round of the gauntlet 3-2.
As for Peanut, he initially fared well as KingZone DragonX won the LCK spring title and reached the 2018 Mid-Season Invitational finals. However, the team was unable to outperform Afreeca Freecs during the summer season, sending them to the gauntlet. In the end, they too fell to Gen.G in a brutal 3-0 sweep.
The reunion could bode well for SK Telecom T1. Their current jungler, Kang “Blank” Sun-gu struggled in 2018 (unlike Peanut), and many identify him as one of the main reasons for SKT T1’s downfall. In contrast, Peanut helplessly watched his team fall apart down the stretch.