Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1 will not be at the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
SKT were eliminated from the Korean Regional Qualifier by Gen.G Esports, missing out on their last chance to reach this year’s World Championship.
This is only the second time in Faker’s career that he’s missed out on competing at the biggest event in League of Legends, also failing to reach it in 2014. Of the four times he has competed, Faker has won three titles and reached the finals of the fourth before falling to Gen.G themselves (then playing as Samsung Galaxy).
Despite his overwhelming success at the event, Faker has fallen short at the worst times in one respect. This year the World Championship will return to South Korea, having previously been held there in 2014. Unfortunately, the country’s greatest player has missed both opportunities to play the event on home soil.
Failure to qualify for Worlds is the last disappointment of an underwhelming year for SK Telecom. The team struggled in LCK Spring but managed to make it to third-place in the playoffs. In Summer, however, they never figured out their issues and failed to make the playoffs entirely.
So far, LCK Summer champions KT Rolster and circuit points leaders Afreeca Freecs have secured two of the three Korean spots at the World Championship. The final spot will be decided by the remainder of the qualifier, with Gen.G next facing Summer runners up Griffin, before the winner of that match battles Kingzone DragonX for the place.
The World Championship will kick off with the play-in stages on October 1, before the main event which will run from October 10 to November 3.