SK Telecom T1 to miss World Championship 2018
Following their defeat against Gen.G in the Korean Regional gauntlet 3:2, SK Telecom T1 are out of contention for a spot in the League of Legends World Championship 2018. This is the first time since 2014 that SK Telecom T1 have missed Worlds.
The best-of-5 SK Telecom T1 played against Gen.G was hotly contested, and it came down to a Game 5 where Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s Akali was kept in check by Lee “Crown” Min-ho’s Lissandra and by Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin’s Gangplank. Combined with Haru’s onslaught on Kang “Blank” Sun-gu in the jungle (securing tempo advantage from the start, following a failed invade attempt by Blank), it was all doom and gloom for the four-time World Champions.
Although SK Telecom T1 did better in the matchup than they did in the 2017 World Championship finals (when Gen.G was still named Samsung Galaxy and won the big trophy against Faker’s squad), it was not enough. Not only do they miss the grandest stage in League of Legends for the first time in four years, they have managed to miss it twice when South Korea hosts the event (with 2014 and 2018 being South Korea hosted).
Gen.G can still represent Korea, but they have work ahead of them. Griffin await them on Thursday, Sep. 13 at 10:00 CET / 1 a.m. PT, and Kingzone DragonX will face the winner of the bout on Sep. 14. Should Gen.G fail to return to Worlds, it would be only the second time since the inception of the LCS that the two finalists of the previous year would not qualify to the show (the first time being Royal Club and Samsung Galaxy White missing the big event in 2015 after headlining the finals in 2014).