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League of Legends Champions Korea is the primary competition for League of Legends esports in South Korea. Contested by ten teams, the league runs two seasons per year and serves as a direct route to qualification for the annual League of Legends World Championship. Buy Lck Merch Here
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The league was formerly named League of Legends Champions before undergoing a major restructuring in late 2014, which saw a change in the competition’s format and a rebranding to its current name. OGN reserved exclusive broadcasting rights of the league until 2016 when rights were split with SPOTV Games.
In 2019, Riot Games took over the broadcasting of LCK. In 2021 the LCK franchised, and Challengers Korea (CK) and the LCK promotion tournament were discontinued.
The LCK is considered one of the strongest League of Legends competitions in the world, with teams from the league winning the World Championship a record seven times, including five consecutive titles from 2013 to 2017
Pre-LCK era (2012–2014)
Following the launch of South Korea’s League of Legends server in December 2011, cable broadcaster OnGameNet launched the country’s first major League of Legends tournament in March 2012. Named The Champions Spring 2012, the tournament ran from March to May and was contested by a total of 16 teams. MiG Blaze was crowned the competition’s inaugural champion after defeating their organizational sibling team MiG Frost in the finals.
The Champions Summer 2012 followed later that year, with a rebranded MiG Frost, now known as Azubu Frost, claiming the title themselves. Azubu Frost, along with NaJin Sword, went on to represent South Korea in their first appearance at the League of Legends World Championship in October.
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