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Faker reveals why he’s “not worried” about a low seed in LCK playoffs

Published: 19/Aug/2019 20:26 Updated: 21/Aug/2019 14:01

by Scott Robertson

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Lee “League of Legends LCK Summer Playoffs will benefit SK Telecom T1.

Following a 2-1 series win against SANDBOX Gaming to close out the 2019 LCK Summer Season, Faker sat down with Ashley Kang with Korizon Esports to talk about the game and the upcoming playoffs.

In a video uploaded to Korizon Esports YouTube channel, Faker explains his position.

Faker expressed a bit of disappointment on his end for the regular season, seemingly frustrated that he didn’t win as many MVP awards as he wanted (he finished the season tied for 10th with 600 points). He was also disappointed that he didn’t see as many highlights of his uploaded online as he wanted. 

When asked whether he would prefer to play Afreeca Freecs or Gen.G, Faker said he doesn’t mind playing either, but acknowledges that the team has performed better against Gen.G. But Gen.G would fall to DAMWON after this interview, so SKT will play Afreeca in round one of the arduous King of the Hill style bracket.

Surprisingly, Faker is actually looking forward to the long run. When asked about their lower playoff standing, and if it will affect their confidence, he says it may actually benefit SKT. 

“We will play earlier and not get rusty on stage,” he told Kang.  Faker believes playing all the way through playoffs will help recover their performance and get back on track, and is important for their Regional Finals and Worlds performances.

For Faker and SK, this summer has proven to be a lot more difficult than their spring season. This past spring they finished second at the end of the season, and won back-to-back 3-0’s against Kingzone DragonX and then number one team Griffin to claim the Spring Playoffs championship. 

A first place finish in the Summer Playoffs means an automatic trip to Worlds, but even just making it to the finals means SKT would finish first in Championship points.

Riot GamesFaker with SKT teammates during the 2019 MSI semifinals

During the interview Faker also acknowledged that he wanted to see more individual effort from each player on SK. “The most important thing will be for individual SKT players to put in an effort to become even better,” he told Kang.

Finally, he thanked the fans who stayed in the arena so long to watch their match despite the long pause that occurred during the second game.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm