SK Telecom T1 lost against Gen.G in the League Champions Korea regional qualifier Wednesday and has been eliminated from contention for the League of Legends World Championship. This marks the first time since 2014 that SKT, the three-time world champions, will not attend worlds.

After the team's loss against Gen.G Wednesday, SKT now has no way to qualify for worlds. The last time SKT failed to reach worlds, it lost to both Samsung White and NaJin White Shield in the 2014 regional qualifier.


SKT has made worlds every year beginning in 2015, winning the championship that year and continuing on to secure its third championship in 2016. ​​As the only team to have won three ​League of Legends World Championships, SKT had been known as one of the most dominant threats, sporting talent such as their ace mid laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok and bot lane duo Bae "Bang" Jun-sik and Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan. 


The 2018 competitive season shook up veteran teams from all regions, including a "cha​nging of the guard" in the NA LCS. After SKT struggled early in the season to separate from up-and-coming teams such as Griffin and Afreeca Freecs, the long-standing favorites proved to be no different.


The team's success over the years resulted in them quickly becoming fan favorites. This loss comes as a shock to some viewers as SKT will not be one of three teams to represent Korea as teams from across the globe compete for this year's championships.


Instead, it is now ​KT R​olster and ​Afreeca Freecs who will step up to fill SKT's place at Worlds. The two teams will be joined by one other who will be decided by the final rounds of the regional qualifier. Gen.G moves on to face Griffin in Round 2, and the winner will continue to play against KING-ZONE Dragon X to decide who will secure the final spot at Worlds.


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