The LCK Summer Playoff Tournament had it all, shock, style and some serious strength. The LCK Playoffs were played in a gauntlet style bracket, similar to the EU LCS Qualifier and NA LCS Qualifier Tournaments, all games played were a best-of-5 series apart from the ‘WildCard’ which was a best-of-3. This tournament took place over August and sent a team to the 2016 LoL World Championship!
LCK Summer Playoffs 2016 | LoL Worlds Qualifiers facts
- 08/08/2016 – 08/20/2016
- 5 Teams
- Format: Gauntlet (4 Rounds)
- Mode: Round 1: Best of 3 | Rest is Best of 5
- Winner get first LCK slot to LoL Worlds 2016
ROX Tigers won and qualified for LoL Worlds 2016 as LCK Seed #1
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- 1st place: ROX Tigers
- 2nd place: KT Rolster
- 3rd place: SK Telecom T1
- 4th place: Samsung Galaxy
- 5th place: Afreeca Freecs
Samsung vs. Afreeca Freecs 2 : 0
The first stage of the tournament was a best of 3 series and the participating teams were 4th place, Samsung, and 5th place, Afreeca Freecs, during the 2016 LCK Summer Split. Afreeca Freecs were an often underestimated team but as they were able to take down a few of the stronger performing teams over the split they were a constant threat. Samsung didn’t back down during the series and often pressured which left Afreeca Freecs with few options after the earlier stages of the game, this is how Samsung took the 1st game of the series and quickly followed by dominating a large portion of the 2nd game before taking away the win.
Winner: Samsung (2:0)
Playoffs Round 1 (Bo5)
KT Rolster vs. Samsung 3 : 0
Heading into the first match Samsung were looking fairly good, they managed to hold their own during the earlier stages of game 1. As the middle stages of the game rolled around KT managed to make some space and build a significant lead. As 40mins passed KT were in a dominating position and took over the game, making quick work of Samsung and ending by 45mins.
Game 2 of the series was in Samsung’s favour for the earlier stages as they managed to take a small lead however they were unable to make anything significant happen and KT began their recovery; this lead to them destroying the middle stages of the game and building a 5k gold lead by 22mins. This quickly grew into a 10k lead by 30mins where KT ran rampant and abruptly worked through the Samsung base. 1 final fight at 33mins had KT securing the Samsung base along with the 2nd game.
Heading into game 3 and Samsung had better early game control but KT took first blood and managed to equalise the game by 20mins. Samsung kept up strong objective control and managed to maintain a lead once again until 26mins where KT took control of the game. At 29mins a significant fight breaks out that pushes KT into a power position in which they gain control of the map. This lets them relentlessly pressure through to the later stages of the game where they start to knock on the base of Samsung. 39mins in and KT take Baron along with holding a 10k lead after winning another fight, this sets them up to rush the Samsung base and close out the game by 42mins.
Winner: KT Rolster (3:0)
Playoffs Round 2 (Bo5)
SK Telecom T1 vs. KT Rolster 2 : 3
Game 1 quickly went in favour of KT Rolster as they took a 6 kill lead at 14mins but SKTT1 kept the gold close through to the middle stages of the game. The middle stages of the game was back a forth but both teams stayed relevant until SKT pulled ahead at 38mins by taking a big team fight and following up with Baron. SKT made quick work of sieging and burst into the KT Rolster base by 41mins and ended by 42mins.
The 2nd game quickly went in favour of SKTT1 as they took an early lead and gained objective control, this lead to them gaining a huge lead during the middle stages of the game as they sat with 7 kills and only a single death. With a 9k lead they sieged with baron at 24mins and a fight quickly broke out which gave SKTT1 the opportunity to finish the game by 26mins.
Heading into game 3 and KT Rolster managed to build a fairly significant lead. After going 5:0 by 15mins they began to pressure, this let them dominate the middle stages of the game where they took a 28min baron. They quickly followed up with this by breaking into the SKTT1 base by 32mins where a fight broke out and KT Rolster managed to close the game out by 33mins, it was a risky finish.
The 4th game of the series had KT Rolster pushing a small lead by 15mins. This early lead set them up to take a 5k lead by 22mins which translated to a comfortable middle stage. KT Rolster was unable to do much for the next 10mins but they found a fight at 34mins where they extended their lead to nearly 10k. KT Rolster was constantly looking for fights but they finally found a big one at 39mins which let them take the game by 41mins.
The final game of the series had KT Rolster build a lead as a big fight broke out around 15mins. This let them quickly take control of the middle stages of the game where they built a 5k gold lead by 25mins and began to siege. Coming up to 30mins and KT find another fight which pushes them close to a 10k lead and secures the later stages of the game for them after they come out on top of multiple fights and build a 15k gold lead after taking a 45min Baron. This let them quickly close out the game at 47mins and taking the reverse sweep of the series.
Winner: KT Rolster (3:2)
Playoffs Final Round (Bo5)
ROX Tigers vs. KT Rolster 3 : 2
Both teams were battling it out constantly and stayed relatively even during the earlier stages of the game but as 20mins passed Tigers quickly gained a lead and turned on the aggression. At 25mins Tigers began to siege and took a few kills, this lead to them taking a 26min baron and finding even more kills to extend their lead to a 10k advantage. This let them take a fight in the base of KT Rolster at 28mins and finish just a minute later with an 18:2 kill score.
The 2nd game quickly went in favour of KT Rolster as they took their 4th kill by 15mins where another fight broke out and they extended their lead even further. Using their small lead they took quick control of the middle stages of the game but Rox Tigers were putting up a good fight. Around 24mins KT Rolster found a fantastic fight which pushed them to a 5k gold lead. KT Rolster managed to weave around their opponents to extend their lead until a fight broke out in the Rox Tigers base at 38mins where KT took their 22nd kill of the game and pushed for a 15k gold lead and the win by 40mins.
Heading into game 3 and both teams stayed even until 15mins where Rox Tigers manage to take a gold lead through objectives. This is extended through the middle stages of the game where Tigers find a fight at 22mins and push a 5k gold lead, quickly following up with a 23min Baron. By 25mins and Rox Tigers are sieging the base of KT Rolster, after a phenomenal fight the Rox Tigers manage to push for a 10k gold lead. This lets them set up for a 2nd Baron at 30mins where they follow up with relentless sieging and coming out on top of a fight at 33mins which allows them to push for a 34min win.
The 4th game of the series start off in favour of Rox Tigers as they took first blood but KT Rolster made quick work of this after taking 4 kills of their own by 10mins and taking a 2k gold lead. This let them secure the earlier stages of the game and head into the middle stages of the game with a 5k lead and 8 kills by 15mins. They quickly extended their lead to 9k by 20mins and ruled over the rift. Rox Tigers took a 28min Baron but KT Rolster quickly took 4 kills afterwards. Now with an 8k lead at 30mins the KT Rolster team managed to find a few fights and take their 10k gold lead back, letting them safely take Baron at 36mins. They quickly followed up by taking the win around 37mins.
The final game of the series and tournament had KT Rolster taking a small lead during the earlier stages of the game but a huge fight broke out around 13mins where Rox Tigers flipped the gold around and took a small lead of their own. The game was even by 26mins as both teams sat on 4 kills, this quickly fell apart for KT Rolster as they had their Baron stolen and Rox Tigers took a lead off of it. This lead led to them quickly sieging into the base of KT by 35mins and following up at 38mins where they took an advantageous fight at 41mins and quickly closed out the game.
Winner: Rox Tigers (3:2)
Rox Tigers managed to come out on top of their series and earned their place at the 2016 World Championship, it was a long series and a well-deserved win after a phenomenal Baron steal.
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