T1 separates from Canna following a contractual dispute



After a few tumultuous weeks, T1 and Kim “Canna” Chang-dong have separated themselves, putting an end to a short-term contractual dispute between the League of Legends the team and the player.

The top laner, who held a starting position for most of the year, had signed a two-year contract with T1 in 2020 and was due to renegotiate his salary before next season.

A verbal agreement between Canna and former T1 COO John Kim, who died on July 16, had promised that if the two sides failed to come to an agreement on the salary, the player would be released from the squad as a free agent.

Canna had hoped to stay with the squad for 2022, but T1 reportedly claimed the player had requested a transfer “at least three times” during the year, hampering his chances of staying with the squad.

It was a “communication error”, according to Canna’s agent, which ultimately led to the player’s exclusion from the roster.

T1 General Manager Choi “Polt” Seong-hun commented on the claims at a press conference on November 22.

“According to the agency, they said we would release Canna as a free agent if we couldn’t come to an agreement on his salary, but the initial term was a mutual agreement,” Polt said. “If we don’t have a mutual agreement, the organization has the power to decide and execute. “

“While I haven’t heard all the details, I want to let everyone know that one of the teams we are discussing Canna’s transfer with has given him the best options,” Polt added.

What next for Canna remains to be seen, but according to a T1 declaration, he “will continue his career as a professional player in another team”.

Update November 25 at 5:30 am CT: Canna joined Nongshim RedForce. “Although it has been a bumpy road, we thank him for happily deciding to join us for 2022,” the organization said in a social media post.


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