Before the playoffs 2020 Summer LCK War, many people believe that T1 will turn on the championship passive like in previous seasons and play successfully. However, in reality, the opposite, T1 lost to Afreeca Freecs and had to find CKTG 2020 ticket through the regional qualifying. This may be an opportunity for T1 but it is also a challenge for this team, especially in the context Faker There are no happy memories of the regional qualifiers.
Faker had many sad memories in the regional qualifiers
Since 2013 (not including this year), Faker has only missed the Worlds twice in 2014 and 2018. Coincidentally, both “Demon King” lost tickets due to failure to qualify. area.
After the 2013 Worlds Championship, SKT T1 did not change the roster and continued to dream of dominating major tournaments. This is only true in the OGN winter season when they have the championship title, to two more important tournaments, the OGN spring and summer, SKT T1 K is completely defeated. This caused Faker and his teammates at that time to completely lose in competition for accumulation points with Samsung Blue.
SKT T1 K was equal to Samsung White but lost the tie-break and had to play in the regional qualifiers
They then also failed to win the second ticket of Korea when they lost 0-3 to Samsung White in the tie-break match. This caused Faker and his teammates to find tickets to Worlds through the regional qualifiers. Although Faker’s SKT T1 K was already in the final match, he could not win against Najin White Shield and missed the chance to reach Worlds 2014.
Faker’s dismayed face after losing to Najin White Shield
The story of 2018 made the fans of Faker and SKT T1 even more heartbreaking. That year they were completely empty-handed in the race for the LCK title, even ranked 7th in the group stage of the summer split and received no cumulative points. Their only chance to dream up to Worlds that year was to make it through the regional qualifiers thanks to a meager 30 points accumulated from finishing fourth in the Spring Split.
In the 2018 LCK Summer Split, SKT T1 only took 7th place and could not attend the playoffs
However, the nightmare named Gen.G (formerly Samsung Galaxy, the team that defeated Faker at CKTG 2017) came back and this team eliminated SKT T1 from the regional qualifiers with a score of 3-2. This result also makes SKT T1 absent from CKTG 2018. That can be said to be the year with the worst performance in Faker’s career.
The second time Faker missed the Worlds, strangely came from failure in the regional qualifiers
And the regional qualifying obsession returns to Faker again this year. In a season where DAMWON Gaming suddenly performed extremely well, DragonX sublimated because there were so many talented faces, Gen.G was still an annoying opponent, T1 was unusually inferior. The defeat of Afreeca Freecs the previous day is probably the first difficulty in T1’s upcoming difficult journey.