The moment Longzhu Gaming was eliminated by fellow League Champions Korea competitor Samsung Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the League of Legends World Championship, the LCK playoff format came under international scrutiny.
The SK Group is everywhere, including the obvious to a League of Legends fan: esports, under the branch of SK Telecom.
Behind Jian “Uzi” Zi-hao’s beaming smile and group bow with his team to a roaring Chinese crowd, Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong stared sternly into the distance, packing up his keyboard.
As soon as the crowd began to chant, all five members of the Taipei Assassins jumped up and down in the booth.
At 15 minutes, G2 Esports’ Luka “PerkZ” Perković had a perfect Special Delivery across the top side river into the Baron pit.
When League of Legends fans talk about Samsung Galaxy, there’s an immediate scramble to separate post-Exodus Samsung from the two teams of 2014.
Between talk of teams and matches at the League of Legends World Championship, proposed format changes in North America and Europe have dominated community discussion in the West.