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League of Legends: SK Telecom T1 fall short in debut at KeSPA Cup – Final Placements

Published: 2/Jan/2019 12:17 Updated: 2/Jan/2019 15:40

by Joe O'Brien

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The new season of Korean League of Legends kicked off with the KeSPA Cup, which took place from December 18-31.

Though Season 9 doesn’t officially begin until January 2019, the KeSPA Cup saw a number of organizations debut their new rosters ahead of the LCK season, with Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1 star-studded squad among the most keenly anticipated.

One of the most stacked teams in the league on paper, SK Telecom T1 were being touted as potential World Champions before they’d even played a single game.

he tournament started well for SKT, who rolled through APK Prince and bbq Olivers convincingly to reach the playoffs. However, they stumbled against much-fancied outfit DAMWON Gaming in the quarter-finals, crashing out with a 1-2 defeat.

If history is anything to go by, there’s no need for SKT fans to worry. Despite being the most successful organization in League of Legends, SK Telecom have never won the KeSPA Cup, even in years in which they went on to dominate both their domestic league and internationally.

LoL EsportsAll eyes are on Faker’s new SKT as a big favorite for the coming year.

Ultimately, it was LCK Summer runners-up Griffin, one of the only LCK teams not to have made a change coming into the new year, who swept through to win the trophy without dropping a single game.

Korea’s strongest League of Legends teams will be back in action when the LCK returns on January 16.

KeSPA Cup 2018 final placements:

  • 1st
    – Griffin
  • 2nd
    – Gen.G Esports
  • 3rd/4th
    – KT Rolster
  • 3rd/4th
    – DAMWON Gaming
  • 5th/8th
    – GC Busan
  • 5th/8th
    – Kingzone DragonX
  • 5th/8th
    – Afreeca Freecs
  • 5th/8th
    – SK Telecom T1
  • 9th/12th
    – SANDBOX Gaming
  • 9th/12th
    – Jin Air Green Wings
  • 9th/12th
    – Seoul
  • 9th/12th
    – bbq Olivers
  • 13th/19th
    – MVP
  • 13th/19th
    – Hanwha Life Esports
  • 13th/19th
    – Winners
  • 13th/19th
    – REVERSE Gaming
  • 13th/19th
    – Brion Blade
  • 13th/19th
    – APK Prince
  • 13th/19th
    – ES Sharks
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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 2:00

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 open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Dignitas vs FlyQuest next at 5pm PT / 8pm 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 vs 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