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After a horrible 2018, SK Telecom T1 are back on top of the LCK. The line-up behind GOAT mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok swept regular season champions Griffin to win their first LCK title since 2017.
Many expected the series to go the other way around, with Griffin playing a style they themselves defined as the “future of LCK”. Griffin dropped only three series the entire Split and beat SKT both times they met. With Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong the most threatening mid/jungle in the league and with unmatched early game team-wide, the regular season champions were looking favored going into Saturday.
When the clock counted down, however, an uncharacteristically shaky Griffin stepped on stage. The #1 seed locked a Taliyah/Pantheon bot lane to the horror of all solo queue players, but its execution was not on par. Son “Lehends” Si-woo’s Pant ults were questionable at best and contributed to an early 1-0 lead for SKT.
Griffin were even worse in game 2, making multiple individual and team mistakes, and SKT double their lead comfortably, dropping just three kills total and winning the game with 11K gold lead before the 30-minute mark.
Game 3 wasn’t much better and must have left Griffin fans disappointed. Lehends and Viper locked another Taliyah/Pantheon bot lane, only to see it set behind by an early gank from Kim “Clid” Tae-min. In the few 5v5 skirmishes that broke out, Grififn brought none of their signature cohesion and fell easy victim to Faker and co.
With the win, SK Telecom are locked for Mid-Season Invitational, making a strong argument that they are back to their old, Worlds-winning form