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SKT Telecome T1 get ready to take on Cloud9. Photo via

SKT and Cloud9 Advance to Worlds Quarterfinals

Oct 11, 2016
SKT Telecome T1 get ready to take on Cloud9. Photo via

The 2016 World Championship group stages wrapped up Sunday, sending forward North America’s Cloud9 as well as the two-time world champion SK Telecom T1.

The defending champions were the first to qualify, sweeping three games to a 5-1 total record and Group B’s first seed. The Korean powerhouse definitely looked much sharper in the second week, perhaps solidifying themselves as the tournament favorite.

On the other hand, Cloud9, with the hope of North America levied on their shoulders, would have a much different path. After struggling through losses against SKT and Flash Wolves, C9 would pull back to .500 following a long-winded victory over I May before relying spectating the game to decide their fate.

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Flash Wolves and SKT would then duke it out. With a win, the former would head to a tiebreaker with C9 for second place, but they unfortunately would fall victim to SKT’s fifth win of the group stage.

Both C9 and SKT will join six other qualifying teams in the knockout-based quarterfinals, slated to take on Samsung Galaxy and Royal Never Give Up, respectively.

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David Demarco
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, David has been an avid fan of the NFL since since the late 90’s, which led to his desire to become a local sportswriter throughout high school. Things would change when he finally gave League of Legends a chance at the end of Season 4, in which he instantly became fascinated with the professional scene watching the NA playoffs. Apart from League, he enjoys watching Counter Strike, Halo and Overwatch. He’s also written for GosuGamers, Denial eSports and Renegades.
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