Mata departs from KT Rolster, becomes a free agent

One member of the Korean super team has bowed out. Will another follow?

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KT Rolster’s superstar support Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong is leaving the organization to pursue offers from other teams, ending a two-year stint with the organization.

Mata joined KT in 2016 from Royal Never Give up as part of a Korean dream team alongside Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu from EDward Gaming. The team was formed with one ambition in mind—win everything they possibly could.

안녕하세요, kt Rolster입니다.지난 2년간 kt Rolster의 서포터로 활동한 'MATA' 조세형 선수가 구단과의 합의 하에 계약을 종료하고, 자유계약 선수로 전환되었음을 알려드립니다.최고의 선수 중…

Posted by KT롤스터(Rolster-Story) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sadly, in that two year period KT failed to really achieve much. It was only in the 2018 Summer Split that the superstar lineup finally managed to reach their potential by winning their first LCK title.

The team then went to Worlds as the number one seed, falling to eventual World Champions Invictus Gaming in the quarterfinals 3-0 after entering the tournament as one of the favorites to win the Summoner’s Cup.

Mata, a World Championship winner with Samsung Galaxy White back in 2014, surely won’t be a free agent for long. While he could be picked up by another LCK team for the 2019 season, there is nothing stopping him from a potential return to the LPL or even a move abroad to the EU or NA LCS.