SK Telecom T1 are the sixth team to qualify for the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. SKT punched their ticket by blanking DAMWON Gaming 3-0 in the LCK Summer Playoffs, earning a grand finals rematch against Griffin, and earning enough points to secure them a spot at Worlds.
Much like the Round 2 series against SANDBOX Gaming, the deeper the series progressed, the stronger SKT became and the weaker their opponent’s mentality got — but there was never a close game where DWG could taste victory. Perfect synergy between Kim “Clid” Tae-min’s Sylas and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s signature LeBlanc banked seven of the 12 kills for SKT this game, shutting down Heo “ShowMaker” Su’s Qiyana into irrelevancy. Clid continued to be a beast of a Sylas in game 2 as well, this time snowballing SKT’s bot lane to put his team on match point.
By the time game 3 rolled around, DWG had barely any will to fight. Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon’s Gangplank kept dying top to SKT’s Renekton giving away three deaths before the 6-minute mark, while Lee “Effort” Sang-ho’s Pyke made sure DWG’s bot lane has no prospects of having even a decent mid game to show for. The match ended shortly after minute 27, with the scoreboard reading 27-5 in kills and +16K gold for SK Telecom. Besides the five kills, DAMWON took zero map objectives.
SKT are now on a seven-game win streak in the playoffs and are coming into the finals as favorites — which wasn’t really the case last split when they also had to play Griffin. Even then, SKT managed to 3-0 Griffin without much effort, punishing their unorthodox bot lane Pantheon strategies, so the regular season champions now have wonder what chance to they stand when they’re about to face a full-power SKT.
The final to decide the champion will be played on Sunday, August 31. The third and final LCK seed for Worlds 2019 will be determined through the Regional Qualifier, September 3-7.