In Worlds Every year, each champion has their own story, their own journey. And today we will look back at the journey of the “former kings” right before they were crowned Worlds champions.
2015 – SKT T1
In the summer of 2015, the LCK only had SKT and the “rest”, because SKT destroyed the tournament with an overwhelming result of 17-1 in the group stage and unbeaten in the playoffs. With a lineup of superstars who are at the peak of their form, SKT to CKTG also has no worthy opponent when only losing 1 game during the tournament.
It can be said that SKT that year was one of the strongest squads in the history of League of Legends in the world, winning the championship was a sure thing at hand.
2016 – SKT T1
In the 2016 LCK Summer Split, SKT, despite being strong, did not hold the unique position as before. Position in the standings both group stage and playoffs are below ROX Tigers. Even the group stage lost even ESC Ever, it can be said that SKT’s performance is now relatively unstable, making a lot of fans “fidgety”.
But when it came to the Worlds, SKT “revealed the original” in the bo5 matches, continuously defeating heavyweight opponents such as Royal Never Give Up, ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy to defend their championship.
2017 – Samsung Galaxy
In the summer of 2017, Samsung Galaxy had a very rough time in the LCK. Right from the group stage, the season ended with the top 3 but was destroyed 3-0 by SKT in the playoffs. It seemed hopeless, but this team won 2 pairs of bo5 to win the “salvage ticket” to CKTG 2017.
At Worlds, a miracle happened to Samsung Galaxy when they crushed defending LCK champion Longzhu Gaming with an overwhelming 3-0 score. Then it ended the reign of SKT with a world-shocking 3-0 result.
2018 – Invictus Gaming
Not only the summer but the spring of 2018 Invictus Gaming played extremely well, ending the group stage of both seasons with the same result of 18-1, only 2 defeats against Royal Never Give Up. The result is even more impressive when this is the first season that super AD carry JackeyLove plays in the LPL. The rest of the team from Duke, TheShy, Ning to Rookie and Baolan performed well, making Invictus Gaming a very strong team “just shy of Royal Never Give Up”.
Then to Worlds, somehow Invictus Gaming “dodged the bad” not meeting Royal Never Give Up anymore, the playoffs beat a series of heavyweights like KT Rolster, G2 Esports and finally Fnatic to take the throne. enemy Worlds.
2019 – FunPlus Phoenix
Having just changed the format of the competition (from 2 groups to 1 group) in the group stage, FunPlus Phoenix has shown an amazing performance when reaching the top 1 in both spring and summer. Although the spring playoffs were a bit weaker, they lost 3-2 to JD Gaming, only finishing 3rd after beating Topsports Gaming with 3-1. But back in the summer, the “circus” was no longer “comedy” when the entire team played with very high form, destroying LPL monument Royal Never Give in the summer final with 3-1.
As for the Worlds, many viewers have not forgotten, the way to the throne of FunPlus Phoenix is not too difficult to pass the group stage easily, winning all 3 rounds of playoffs with a result of 3-1 or 3- 0.
Although the tournament has not yet started, after watching Top Esports performance since spring, especially last summer’s LPL final, many viewers have considered Top Esports as the number 1 candidate for this year’s World Championship. They think Top Esports will be like many other champions – crushing the domestic league and destroying the Worlds.