SKT was denied by Gen. G for a spot in Worlds Championship 2018, what’s next?
Now that SKT is officially out of Worlds 2018, fans are still hoping for them to make a come back next year at 2019. SKT has represented the South Korea multiple times already. However, this is the second time that they weren’t able to win the crown in their own hometown. Back then at 2014, Worlds was held at Seoul World Cup stadium and it was also the last time they missed it. That loss somehow fired up SK Telecom T1, especially their midlaner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and managed to bag the Worlds trophy twice. That means two Worlds titles and two MSI championships consecutively.
Since Faker’s debut in 2013, he has become the face of League of Legends. Even outside esports, his name is known for as he has a large number of commercial film prospects and general media coverage. SKT’s last participation in Worlds was last year 2017 and there was a booth dedicated to Faker. It is beside SKT’s official merchandise tent.
Is SKT relying too much on Faker?
On the last decisive game of the first round in the regional qualifier, Gen. G baited Faker by leaving Akali open. Akali is one of the most broken midlaners as she can assassinate anyone and effectively split push lanes. It may look like a mistake at first, but they actually wanted Faker to play Akali. After that, Faker’s Akali will have to face Gen.G midlaner Lee “Crown” Min-ho’s Lissandra. Lissandra is known to be a great counter for Akali since she has different kinds of CC almost all of it is AoE which can easily pin down Akali. Using Lissandra’s early-game wave clear, Crown was able to pressure the mid lane and assist two kills on SKT Jungler Kang “Blank” Sun-gu.
It was then when they knew this game would be over in favor of Gen. G. Team Gen. G secured their spot against SKT with a 3-2 on a Wednesday. With that, will they be able to bounce back stronger like they did before?