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KT Rolster is a Korean StarCraft professional team. Its current roster contains 16 players. The team was formerly known as KTF MagicNs.
- Created in December 1999
- Changed name to KTF MagicNs in March 2001
- Changed name to KT Fingerboom in August 2009
- Changed name to olleh KT in August 2009
- Changed name to KT Rolster in August 2009
KT Rolster (formerly KTF MagicNS) is one of the oldest progaming teams and longtime rivals of SK Telecom T1. Founded as KTF MagicNs, they became KT MagicNs near the end of the 2008-2009 Proleague Season, changing their sponsor from subsidiary KTF to parent company KT. At the end of the season they changed to KT Fingerboom for a little while before settling on KT Rolster (short for Roller Coaster).
Since their sponsor is rich, KT is famous for buying many strong players, leading many to compare it to the football club Real Madrid. In their first Golden Age, KTF's roster featured greats and Starleague champions such as YellOw, Reach, Nal_rA, Sync, TheMarine, Chojja, and Goodfriend. Despite their star-studded lineup featuring many Starleague finalists, they were unable to defeat their rival SKT in the 2005 SKY Proleague Grand Finals. Soon, many of KTF's top players began aging and a rapid decline ensued. Many were forced to enter the Air Force, such as YellOw and Reach, while others simply retired. During this time, KTF Coach Garimto tried to make a comeback into progaming, but was met with failure.
During these dark days for KTF, a new star began to rise: Flash. Soon, he began to carry the team on his shoulders, with little support from 815, Lucifer, Tempest, Sair, and Hery. KTF managed to finish in a middling position thanks to Flash's meteoric rise, including his win of the 2008 Bacchus OSL; this led to the nickname "KTFlash," since Flash would often have to win both his match and the ACE match for KTF to win. Soon, however, KTF began to flex its financial muscle again, acquiring MSL champions Luxury and fOrGG, both of whom had defeated Flash convincingly in individual leagues--EVER2008 OSL and Arena MSL, respectively. Unfortunately, this deadly combination was never to materialize as both Luxury and fOrGG slumped and Flash was again forced to carry KTFlash on his shoulders.
Only until 2009 did KT finally begin producing homegrown talents such as Violet and later Stats, thanks largely to the coaching of H.O.T-Forever. Luxury and fOrGG would also sporadically perform well, usually when the other did not, but this was enough to begin easing some of Flash's burden. Upon the beginning of the 2009-2010 Proleague Season, something finally clicked as Flash, Violet, and Luxury led KT to a 10-1 record. Throughout the 2009-2010 season, incredible play by Flash, supported by wins from Violet, Stats, Luxury, and fOrGG, led KT to a #1 position at the end of the regular season. Though Luxury was forced to retire in the Match Fixing Scandal, severely weakening KT's Zerg line, they were still able to eke out some wins with Hoejja, 815, and FireFist serving as snipers in ZvP and ZvZ.
As of 8th August 2010, KT has become the new champion of 2009-2010 Shinhan Bank Proleague after defeating their longtime rival and defending champion SK Telecom T1 4-2 in the Proleague Grand Finals, with wins by Violet, Stats, Tempest and Flash over Canata, Bisu, s2 and Hyuk respectively.
Notable Former Players
KT is a South Korean telecommunications company. Originally, the team was named after KTF, a subsidiary of KT, that specializes in cellular phones.
The team is also sponsored by ZOWIE GEAR, a gaming gear company. Working with KT Rolster to produce gaming gear products such as mice, headsets, keyboards and mouse pads for e-sports.
- KT also has a Special Forces team in addition to their StarCraft team.
- KT also sponsors a number of sports teams, including a professional basketball team known as KT Sonicboom.
|2nd||2011-2012||SK Planet Proleague Season 1|
|1st||2010-2011||Shinhan Bank Proleague 10–11|
|2nd||2011||Shinhan Bank Winners League|
|3rd||2010||GyeongNam STX Masters Cup|
|1st||2009-2010||Shinhan Bank Proleague|
|1st||2010||Shinhan Bank Winners League|
|3rd||2009||Shinhan Bank Winners League|
|2nd||2008||Proleague Rivals Battle|
|2nd||2005||SKY ProLeague Grand Final|
|3rd||2005||SKY ProLeague Round 2|
|2nd||2005||SKY ProLeague Round 1|
|2nd||2004||SKY ProLeague Round 3|
|2nd||2003-2004||LG IBM MBC Team League|
|2006 Round 1||7-3||Goodfriend||6-3||Nal_rA||3-3||ChoJJa||5-3||Hery||2-3|
|2006 Round 2||3-7||Hery||4-3||Reach||2-2||ChoJJa||1-4||Nal_rA||1-2|
|2007 Round 1||11-11||Hery||9-7||Nal_rA||10-10||ChoJJa||5-5||Flash||7-3|
|2007 Round 2||10-12||Flash||10-8||Nal_rA||1-9||815||8-2||Hery||4-7|
|08-09 Rounds 1-2||10-12||Flash||19-7||Tempest||3-8||Luxury||9-11||FireFist||3-4|
|08-09 Round 3 (WL)||7-4||Flash||18-6||Violet||1-1||Luxury||12-8||HoeJJa||5-7|
|08-09 Round 4||4-7||Flash||6-5||Violet||6-0||Luxury||1-8||fOrGG||2-4|
|08-09 Round 5||8-3||Flash||11-3||Violet||6-3||815||5-2||Luxury||4-2|
|09-10 Round 1||10-1||Flash||11-1||Violet||7-0||Luxury||7-2||HoeJJa||1-2|
|09-10 Round 2||7-4||Flash||11-2||Violet||6-6||Luxury||1-4||HoeJJa||2-2|
|09-10 Round 3 (WL)||10-1||Flash||19-3||Stats||7-3||HoeJJa||3-3||fOrGG||8-7|
|09-10 Round 4||6-5||Flash||10-3||Stats||6-1||HoeJJa||1-4||fOrGG||5-5|
|09-10 Round 5||5-6||Flash||6-7||Stats||5-4||HoeJJa||2-2||fOrGG||4-1|
|10-11 Round 1||3-6||Flash||9-1||Stats||5-5||Action||4-5||fOrGG||4-4|
|10-11 Round 2||4-5||Flash||9-1||Stats||6-3||Action||3-5||Violet||3-5|
|10-11 Rounds 3-4 (WL)||17-2||Flash||24-5||Stats||25-9||Action||14-10||Crazy-Hydra||7-4|
|10-11 Rounds 5-6||9-9||Flash||8-8||Stats||10-9||Crazy-Hydra||7-9||Action||6-6|
|11-12 Round 1||4-3||Flash||5-0||Stats||5-1||Crazy-Hydra||3-2||HoeJJa||1-3|
|11-12 Round 2||5-2||Flash||6-0||Stats||4-2||Action||2-2||Wooki||2-1|
|11-12 Round 3||3-4||Flash||4-2||Stats||2-4||Crazy-Hydra||4-0||Wooki||2-3|
|Cacia||이동원 Lee Dong Won||Zerg||-||-|
|Action||(Teamless or Personal Sponsorship)||김성대 Kim Seong Dae||Zerg||2132.38 pts||2166.67 pts|
|BarrackS||황병영 Hwang Byung Yung||Terran||2029.82 pts||2040.95 pts|
|Crazy||(Teamless or Personal Sponsorship)||임정현 Lim Jung Hyun||Zerg||2148.7 pts||2173.23 pts|
|Flash||KT Rolster||이영호 Lee Young Ho||Terran||2288.22 pts||2443.36 pts|
|HoeJJa||고강민 Koh Kang Min||Zerg||2089.34 pts||2140.55 pts|
|Motive||원선재 Won Seon Jae||Protoss||-||-|
|Mind||박성균 Park Sung Gyoon||Terran||2105.47 pts||2199.64 pts|
|NoroO||노경래 Noh Kyung Rae||Protoss||-||-|
|PerfectMan||김태균 Kim Tae Gyoon||Protoss||2003.94 pts||2040.41 pts|
|pinOkiO||유성엽 Yoo Sung Yoeb||Zerg||-||-|
|Stats||KT Rolster||김대엽 Kim Dae Yeob||Protoss||2174.22 pts||2237.9 pts|
|Violet||KT Rolster||우정호 Woo Jung Ho||Protoss||2104.36 pts||2197.9 pts|
|Zest||KT Rolster||주성욱 Joo Sung Wook||Protoss||2056.93 pts||2137.29 pts|
Articles and Interviews
- End of the Line. A Team Liquid Final Edit by Arrian, detailing the history of KT and its trouble finding continued success and team identity.