Three-time League of Legends World Championship winners T1 are at risk of not qualifying for this year’s worlds after crashing out of the LCK Summer Playoffs.
Falling at the hands of Afreeca Freecs despite being overwhelming favourites, T1 – who won the 2020 Spring Split and finished fourth in the Summer regular season – will now have one last chance to qualify for Worlds in the regional qualifiers. It will need to win two – potentially even three, depending on results – best-of-five series to nab the LCK’s third and final spot at Worlds. This would also only see T1 enter Worlds at the Play-in stage.
Despite being crowned LCK champions in the Spring, T1 has failed to keep up that form, which has led to criticism – some of it extremely brutal – by the team’s fans. T1 also made the decision to bench Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, arguably the greatest LoL player of all time, in week eight of the Summer Split in favour of 17-year-old Lee ‘Clozer’ Ju-hyeon.
Faker’s benching caused such a backlash that T1’s CEO had to release a statement warning fans to stop harassing the team or legal action would be taken against them.
2020 LCK SUMMER WILD CARD – Game 03 vs AF
이번 여름 아쉽게도 여기서 마무리하게 되었습니다.
끝까지 응원해주신 모든 분들께 감사드립니다.
— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) August 26, 2020
Faker was subbed in for the second game of the Afreeca Freecs series after T1 went a game down, however his impact was not enough to prevent defeat.
Gen.G, DAMWON, and DragonX remain in the Playoff bracket with Afreeca Freecs. The winner of Playoffs and the team with the highest amount of LCK points will earn themselves a spot in the group stage of Worlds, with the winner of the regional qualifier that T1 will now compete in getting the final Worlds place.