South Korea is 1 of the 4 regions that have access to 3 seeds for the LoL World Championship 2016 and they’ve made phenomenal use of them. Rox Tigers, who came out on top of the LCK Summer Playoffs, managed to take the 1st seed for their region and as they also came out on top of the entire summer split they’re definitely fit for it. SK Telecom T1 made their way to the LoL World Championship 2016 through holding the most Championship Points in LCK 2016 and it’s definitely well-deserved as they were the 2nd place team during the summer split but it was a close call as they came in 3rd during the LCK Summer Playoffs. The final team to be announced, the 3rd seed for the region, was Samsung Galaxy who managed to work their way through the LCK Regional Worlds 2016 Qualifiers and come out on top after some extremely convincing matches. All of the teams that have earned a ticket to the World Championship 2016 from this region have proven time and time again that they’re extremely hard working and well performing teams; all of these teams are going to be feared on the World Championship 2016 stage as their region is often considered the best and most competitive.
During the World Championship 2016 all of these teams are going to be tried and tested. They’re going to need to come out on top of each of their respective groups during the ‘group stage’, this means they’ll need the win a high majority of their games to proceed into the knockout stage. Their groups could be extremely challenging and they’re being drawn on September 10th so make sure you find out who they will be placed against! Once they’ve made their way to the knockout stage they’ve got the final stretch, the most challenging stretch. Not all of the team can make it to the finals so each of these teams is going to be challenged by the best teams from all of the regions around the world. Korea is well known for their fantastic performing Esports teams, will they be able to prove themselves once again?
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Qualified by: Winning the LCK 2016 Summer Playoffs.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group A.
Achievements: 1st place 2016 LCK Summer Split, 1st Place 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs, 1st Place 2016 LCK Spring Split.
Rox Tigers currently hold a phenomenal track record throughout the entire year, they’ve regularly come in 1st place and have put up formidable fights when they’ve come in 2nd. ROX have shown that they’re able to adapt quickly, work away at their opponents and find some slim opportunities to work their way back into a lead. They’ve shown over the entire year that consistency is something they live by, they’ve rarely had bad performances and even when they’ve fallen they put up some extremely strong fights. After working their way through the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs they were granted the no.1 seed for South Korean and they’ve shown that they’re the no.1 team in the region, regardless of how many fans SKTT1 might have. Sure, SKTT1 were able to 2:0 ROX during the Summer Split but that was the only set of matches that they lost, they dropped a single game to Samsung Galaxy but other than those 3 they’ve got a clean record. The other competing teams in the region took significantly more losses; most of them took twice as many. Rox Tigers have an extremely dedicated staff and team that are eager to make an impact during the 2016 World Championship, similar to 2015, but this time they’ve made even more improvements. During the 2015 World Championship the Rox Tigers were under the name ‘KOO Tigers’ and they were able to systematically take down each and every single one of their opponents until they made it to the finals. This is where they fell to SKTT1, this year they’ll be looking to place higher than them or place at the top. Make sure you keep an eye on the Rox Tigers as they’re one of my favourite teams this year.
Rox Tigers – World Championship 2016 Roster
- Top: Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho
- Jungle: Han “Peanut” Wang-ho
- Mid: Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng
- ADC: Kim “PraY” Jong-in
- Support: Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon
Qualified by: Highest Circuit / Championship points in the LCK 2016.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group B.
Achievements: 1st Place Mid-Season Invitational 2016, 1st Place 2016 LCK Spring Playoffs, 1st Place 2015 League of Legends World Championship.
SK Telecom T1 has been a constantly formidable team, they’ve always had a roster that is stacked with talent and they’ve always had the ability to thrive. They’ve often been the cause of other team’s troubles as they’ve been so difficult to overcome however this year they’ve been a little less dominant. They took a total of 5 losses over the course of the Summer Split and although it’s not bad it could have certainly been better. SK Telecom T1 only dropped 2 games against 1 team, Afreeca Freecs. This came as a surprise to many caster, fans and possibly even the team because Afreeca Freecs were a team placed 3 positions lower than SKTT1 on the ladder. This wasn’t the most concerning thing however because SKTT1 managed to come out on top of the majority of teams and still won the vast majority of their games. It should cause a little concern as we’re heading into the World Championship though, there’s an iconic game that was played years ago where a team from one of the major regions lost to a WildCard team; if this were to happen to SKTT1 then things wouldn’t look promising for them at all. They’ve got a lot to strive for here, they’re the defending champions and they’ve already taken the title twice. If they were able to rule over this tournament once again it could begin reshaping the competitive scenes in other regions and push the entire ESport forwards. This will be extremely challenging for them as they’ll be facing off against the best teams from each region and they’re going to be tested by them all. SKTT1 are going to need to avoid any inconsistency if they want to make their way back to the top, this is always more challenging to fix than it sounds because it needs to be done by each individual player. SK Telecom T1 got off a bit lucky earning their place through Championship Points because their inconsistent matches could have brought a gauntlet run down for them, once they enter the groups stage they’re going to want to hold nothing back.
SK Telecom T1 – World Championship 2016 Roster
- Top: Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong
- Jungle: Kang “Blank” Sun-gu
- Mid: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
- ADC: Bae “Bang” Jun-sik
- Support: Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan
Qualified by: Winning the LCK 2016 Regional Qualifiers.
Groupstage: LoL Worlds 2016 Group D.
Achievements: 1st Place 2016 LCK Regional Qualifiers, 4th Place 2016 LCK Summer Split, 4th Place 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs.
Samsung Galaxy has constantly been tested, they were unable to come out in the top 3 during the 2016 LCK Summer Split and they ended in the exact same position after the playoffs. This held them back and kept them in an extremely difficult situation, they needed to overcome the team that place 2nd in the 2016 LCK Summer Split and 2nd in the 2016 LCK Summer Playoffs. It might not seem like much a gap between 4th and 2nd place but it’s pretty substantial. Working their way through the LCK Regional Qualifiers, the LCK Gauntlet, is extremely challenging and it would be for any team in any region to work through it. Once Samsung had secured their place at the top it was official that they deserved their ticket, they managed to conquer some of their opponents in quick fashion and in the finals against Kt Rolster they put on one hell of a show. The series ended up going to a 5th game and if you really want to see what talent this region has then I suggest you look through that series. South Korean League of Legends teams are often considered the best in the world because even their lower placed teams have regularly beat strong teams from other international regions, Samsung have a great opportunity to show the world how strong they are and they’ve got the ability to represent their region in front of millions of viewers. Oh, it should also be mentioned that Samsung Galaxy were the only team during the 2016 LCK Summer Split to repeatedly beat the top position contender and no.2 seed for their region, SKTT1. This means that when the going gets tough Samsung get tougher, this is exactly what they’re going to need as they head into the World Championship to contend positions and work their way through the group stage against the best teams from regions all around the world.
Samsung Galaxy 2016 – World Championship Roster
- Top: Lee “CuVee” Seong-Jin
- Jungle: Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong
- Mid: Lee “Crown” Min-ho
- ADC: Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
- Support: Kwon “Wraith” Ji-min
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