Why SKT are the favorites to win the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational

The 2019 Mid-Season Invitational is already under way and the favorites to win the tournament have yet to play due to the format of the tournament.

The three teams that have been guaranteed a spot at the main event — Invictus Gaming, SK Telecom T1, and G2 Esports — are currently waiting for the other teams who they’ll be playing against in the coming days. All three are very well deserving of their seeds. Invictus Gaming are the reigning Worlds champions. Meanwhile, G2 Esports have made Europe their playground this past season, winning the inaugural LEC Spring Split without so much as breaking a sweat. But, as dominant as those two teams have been, they’re not the favourites to win the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

Playing with a passion and hunger that was so evidently missing last season, SK Telecom T1 are the scariest and most dangerous team at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

Here’s why:

SK Telecom T1 Made Short Work of Team Griffin

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Beating a team as good as Team Griffin warrants commendation, but absolutely destroying them should strike fear into anyone who comes across SK Telecom T1 at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

When the LCK Spring Split started, Griffin was demolishing every team and it seemed that nothing could stop them, their macro and also individual play was just on another level, while SKT was still struggling because of their revamped roster. The impressive run that SKT made during the playoffs was nothing short of a miracle, the more they got closer to the Finals, the better they got and when they finally faced Griffin, despite the fact that they had the best player of all time Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in their Mid lane, it was expected that Griffin would win the series. However, Faker and his new teammates had different plans, and they won in style by not losing a single game throughout the series.

The only close game in the entire series was the first game, where SKT won due to the incredible performance of Faker on Ryze, where he went 5/1/4 and was a pivotal player since minute one of the game.

The next two games weren’t even close since Griffin was still tilted from losing the first game and couldn’t get back on their feet.

That kind of performance should make the other teams at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational quiver in fear.

Faker Finally Has Help

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As brilliant of a player as Faker is, he can’t do it alone, and this season, its eems like he’s finally gotten the help that he absolutely needs.

SKT is an organization that wants to compete at the highest level and will not accept anything less. When the last season proved to be a failure by their standards, it was shopping time, and as usual, they managed to get top tier talent that was available == Lee “Teddy” Sang-ho, Kim “Clid” Tae-min, the legendary Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong, and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha.

Clid was a coveted player by the entire league, and SKT knew that by adding fresh blood like him, they would secure a great player that will help them in the long run.  Teddy was a player that was already proving himself as a player that could carry the burden of being the ADC of SKT, while Khan has been dominating the Top lane for quite a while and it was more than certain that he wouldn’t need a long time to acclimate and help his squad reach the former glory. However, the most important signing was Mata, because in him they received an experienced Support that knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level.

Faker might be the greatest player of all time, but he needs help. This season, he’s finally got it.

Faker Is Free To Do as Faker Does

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With the addition of the abovementioned players, Faker is finally free to do what he has done in the past, and that is only worrying about carrying, while not trying to make up for the mistakes of his teammates. This was an issue that plagued the Korean giant for the past season. But, with the addition of Khan, SKT has secured their Top. Also, taking into consideration that Khan has a very aggressive playstyle, he dominates most of the laning phase and gives Faker a lot of room to breathe and secure a lead early game.

Teddy Gives Faker Some Serious Help

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Should SK Telecom T1 win the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, it won’t be all on Faker. It would be a team effort. But, among his other teammates, it’s probably Teddy who would deserve the credit the most outside of Faker.

Why? Because he is their late-game insurance policy. More importantly, he’s hungry, and is exactly the kind of partner that Faker needs to get back to the top once again.

Bae “Bang” Jun-sik used to be that player. However, all of his previous success made him complacent. As a result, he was no longer as eager to prove himself. That’s just not going to fly on a team like SK Telecom T1. On the other hand, Teddy is as hungry as any player can get. He’s probably the hungriest player on the squad, which is saying something when you’re teammates with the uber-competitive Faker.

When you have someone like Faker, winning comes easy. When you pair him with someone like Teddy, who is as stable of a late-game damage-dealer as they can, well, you’ve got a recipe for a historically dominant squad.

SK Telecom T1 haven’t made history yet. At least, not with their current lineup. But, don’t be surprised that, by the end of this season, SK Telecom T1 have reestablished their position at the top of the League of Legends scene, and that will start with a huge win at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.

Final Thoughts

Of course, even though SK Telecom T1 are the heavy favourites, we can’t just quickly dismiss the other teams. Invictus Gaming remain the World champions, after all. At the same time, G2 Esports have proven themselves to be quite the dangerous team. There’s also Team Liquid as well, who, despite being a relatively minor threat to the top dogs at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational, have the talent and skill to match any team on a good day. 

With that said, color us just as excited as you are as we await for the final legs of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational to kick off in a few days.

Who do you think will win the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational? Will it be SK Telecom T1? Do you agree that they are the team to beat the tournament? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.

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