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T1 fires League of Legends coaches Daeny and Zefa

The two world champion coaches spent just seven months with T1.

T1 has fired its two League of Legends head coaches Daeny and Zefa after just seven months with the organization. 

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“We are making this change at this point in an effort to reinvigorate our team’s chances of success with eight games remaining,” T1 said in a statement via the team’s Twitter account.

After winning Worlds 2020 while spearheading the DAMWON Gaming coaching staff last year, Daeny and Zefa had been brought onto the T1 coaching staff for the 2021 season in hopes of turning the organization around. In 2020, T1 had missed the League of Legends World Championship for just the third time in the organization’s history.

Now, after five weeks of play in the 2021 LCK Summer Split, T1 sits in fifth place with a record of 5-5. The team ranks behind Gen.G, DWG KIA, Nongshim RedForce, and Afreeca Freecs in the LCK standings. Together, the duo of coaches posted a win-loss record of 17-13 across T1’s matches this year. In terms of individual games, T1 has put up a win rate of 57 percent in 2021. 

“We still have high hopes to finish strong in the LCK and earn a spot at Worlds,” T1 said in its statement. 

T1 has not made an announcement as to who will lead the League team’s coaching staff moving forward. T1 will return to the LCK stage in just a few hours, as the team is set to kick off this week’s slate of games against longtime rival KT Rolster. 


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