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Invictus Gaming Demolish SKT in Record-Breaking Victory

Isaac McIntyre  | 
Seung-lok “TheShy” Kang and defending world champions Invictus Gaming sealed a 4-0 start to the Mid-Season Invitational with a record-breaking win over Korean representatives SK Telecom T1. (Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)

Seung-lok “TheShy” Kang and defending world champions Invictus Gaming sealed a 4-0 start to the Mid-Season Invitational with a record-breaking win over Korean representatives SK Telecom T1. (Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)

Invictus Gaming have emphatically crushed SK Telecom T1 in the first meeting between the two teams at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. The 16:01-minute win by the Chinese representatives set the record for fastest victory at a League of Legends international event and established a clear favorite to take home the MSI crown.

The current world champions, iG have been spoken about as MSI contenders leading into the event, but everyone was in agreement that one team stood in their path: SKT. Armed to the teeth with superstar players like Jin-seong “Teddy” Park and Dong-ha “Khan” Kim, the Korean team had the international pedigree to put themselves in the conversation for invitational champions.

After the day two clash between the two eastern heavyweights, Invictus Gaming have proven there is a spacious gap between first and potentially second at the Riot-hosted event. Adding the SKT domination to their 33:10-minute win over Team Liquid earlier in the day, iG now move to a 4-0 record to start their MSI campaign.

There may be a glimmer of hope for Korean fans, however. After SKT mid laner Sang-hyeok “Faker” Lee revealed his side had not practiced the emerging strategy of picking Sona-Taric in the bot lane, Teddy and his support Se-hyeong “Mata” Cho elected to bring it out against Invictus Gaming.

While it wasn’t the sole reason that SKT were run over in one of the fastest professional games ever recorded, it certainly didn’t help. Teddy and Mata finished with a collect 1/4/7 statline and never had a chance to show their capabilities against the world champions.

There was also another record set in the 16:01 match between the two title favorites. Just 37 seconds into the match, Tae-min “Clid” Kim killed Eui-jin “Rookie” Song in the jungle. It set the new world record for fastest kill, breaking the time set in the Phong Vu Buffalo vs Bombers game just a week ago.

For some, the brutal defeat may show that SKT aren’t the returning powerhouse everyone believed they would be. Riot shoutcaster Trevor “Quickshot” Henry is one in that camp. He suggested if the Korean representatives struggle against Team Liquid in the third day of play, it may drop SKT to fourth place in the MSI power rankings.

For SKT, potential redemption lies in the third day of play. The Korean representatives face Team Liquid (2-2), before coming up against Europe’s G2 Esports (3-1) later in the day. iG have an easy road ahead of them tomorrow, as they face Flash Wolves (1-3) and hometown sweethearts Phong Vu Buffalo (0-4) to potentially stay undefeated three days into MSI.

Isaac McIntyre
Isaac McIntyre
Isaac 'Everin' McIntyre is an Australian esports journalist, primarily covering the European Championship and stories and narratives about League of Legends around the world. He played an embarrassing amount of Summoners Rift games with a locked camera before figuring out it was completely optional.