Afreeca Freecs have qualified for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.
KT Rolster’s epic five-game victory over Griffin in the 2018 LCK Summer Finals secured the 1st seed. Afreeca has the most circuit points of any remaining team, and thus, has qualified as the 2nd seed from LCK.
This will be the first LoL World Championship appearance for the organization.
This past spring, Afreeca Freecs met Kingzone DragonX in the Finals but fell short 3-1. The situation was much direr in summer — Afreeca Freecs had to play GenG in the Wild Card Playoff. If they were to succeed, they would have to face Kingzone DragonX, Griffin, and KT Rolster in a playoff gauntlet from hell.
Afreeca Freecs found redemption in the 2018 LCK Quarterfinals, defeating Kingzone DragonX 3-1 and advancing to the Semifinals. Despite falling short against Griffin 3-2, Afreeca finished the season with more championship points than Kingzone DragonX.
Kingzone DragonX’s elimination in the Quarterfinals also meant that KT Rolster would qualify for worlds regardless of the result in the finals. Afreeca had done KT Rolster a favour; now it needed one in return.
Afreeca posted the team’s reaction to KT’s victory, and their subsequent Worlds Qualification, on Twitter:
아프리카 프릭스가 LCK 스프링과 서머 시즌에 획득한 써킷포인트를 통해 월드챔피언십 진출이 확정되었습니다.
남은 기간동안 열심히 연습하여 좋은 경기를 선보이겠습니다. 롤드컵 진출을 함께 응원해주신 모든 분들께 감사드리며, 선수들에게 응원 부탁드립니다.
— Afreeca Freecs LoL (@Freecs_LoL) September 8, 2018
Afreeca Freecs will join KT Rolster at Worlds as a representative of South Korea. Griffin will head to the top of the 2018 LCK Regional Qualifier Gauntlet.