SK Telecom T1 was on a slippery slope after the 2017 Worlds. But in a matter of weeks, the South Korean League of Legends squad has improved from 1-5 to 4-5, working its way back up the standings thanks to the help of a talented-as-hell rookie jungler.
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Yesterday was the final clash of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, a climactic rematch between Samsung Galaxy and SKT T1. Before the games started, Riot Games put on a massive opening ceremony including a giant trophy, a live performance of Worlds theme "Legends Never Die," and a freaking dragon.
After this week's League Champions Korea matches, the reigning world champions of SKT T1 have gone 0-8 in the last two weeks. It's an unprecedented slide for a team that has been the de facto best in the world. SKT T1 is a three-time world champion, whose roster includes not just the god of mid lane Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, but a long list of superstars.
Last weekend marked the final week of playoffs for every region in the League Championship Series, and in South Korea, a classic rivalry played out in grandiose fashion. KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 have been locked in a heated rivalry for years -- their parent companies even feuded prior to League's competitive inception -- and the production of their final spring match paid homage to that legacy.