South Korea’s LCK has eliminated all but two teams from the Summer playoffs, with SK Telecom T1 set to clash with Griffin for the title.
The final will take place on Saturday, August 31, and feature a rematch of the Spring final which Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SKT took convincingly. Faker seeks his eighth title in the domestic championship, while Griffin are chasing their first.
SK Telecom have had a rollercoaster of a Summer season. Having won the Spring title, the team came back from a semi-finals finish at MSI to a very poor start in LCK Summer, starting the split with a 1-5 match record.
Things suddenly clicked for the team in week four, however, and SKT went on an undefeated streak of nine matches, putting them firmly back in contention for the top seed. A surprising loss to Hanwa Life, however, followed by a defeat against DAMWON, almost ended their playoff hopes.
Though they ultimately went through, SKT started in the first round of the gauntlet, something Faker said he wasn’t worried about – and for good reason, it turned out, as after a 2-1 win against Afreeca, SKT dominated the best-of-fives, with convincing 3-0 sweeps against SandBox and DAMWON to reach the final with massive momentum.
Waiting for them is Griffin, who are hoping to seize the opportunity to escape from the shadow of past failures. For all of their domestic success in regular seasons, Griffin have always fallen short in playoff series when it mattered most.
In 2019 Spring, Griffin also held the top spot in the playoff gauntlet, only for SKT to come through and sweep them aside to claim the title. Prior to that, Griffin reached the final in 2018 Summer, their debut split, only to lose in five games to KT Rolster. They subsequently lost to Gen.G in the Regional Qualifier, missing their chance to go to Worlds.
Griffin will at least make a World Championship appearance this year, as both finalists are already guaranteed to qualify – the winner will take the top seed, the loser the second seed on championship points.
The result of the LCK final isn’t just about domestic glory, however, as how this crucial match goes will very much shape the narrative for both teams heading into the biggest event of the year.
Here’s everything you need to know to catch the LCK final between two titans of the most successful region in League of Legends history.
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The final team representing the LCK at this year's World Championships will be decided by the Regional Qualifier, featuring Kingzone DragonX, Afreeca Freecs, SandBox, and Griffin. The full list of teams already qualified for Worlds can be found on our dedicated page.