The reigning Taiwanese champions, Flash Wolves, are the first team to officially secure their slot for the 2017 League of Legends World Championship in China.
During a period of South Korean dominance, the appropriately nicknamed ‘Korean Killers’ confirmed their Worlds attendance after beating Raise Gaming in a tiebreaker to decide who would top the LMS regular split.
True to form, Flash Wolves emerged from the match victorious to end the Summer Split in first place. FW are heavy favourites to secure Taiwan’s No.1 seed for the international competition once more.
We get our last victory, and also get the tickt for Worlds!!
Thanks for your support. See you in LMS Summer playoff!! pic.twitter.com/EDiTEFEv9G
— Flash Wolves (@flashwolves2013) August 6, 2017
Flash Wolves ended the Summer Split strongly, after a torrid start to their pre-worlds campaign. Their defeated adversaries, Raise Gaming, finished their debut season in second place, but are not yet assured a place at the World Championship.
To join Flash Wolves at the World Championship, Raise Gaming will need to defeat AHQ e-Sports Club or J Team. Raise may yet get their hands on the LMS Summer title if they can then defeat Flash Wolves in a rematch.
Flash Wolves will be hoping to improve upon their recent international showing at the forthcoming World Championship, after disappointing results at last year’s event and the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational.
After returning from MSI 2017, Flash Wolves experienced a post-tournament hangover; going 0-4 in their first two matches of the Summer Split. The team would bench their star jungler Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan for a breach of in-house rules soon after.
Karsa, renowned for his jungle to mid lane synergy with Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang, was forced to sit on the sidelines for after intentionally disconnecting from a competitive LMS game.
By quitting an inevitable defeat early, Karsa violated Riot Games on-stage competitive rules for intentional disconnection. Within the LMS, and indeed every major competitive region, a player should never leave a match until the victory or defeat message appears on the screen.
All eyes were on the LMS’ reigning champions to see whether the move would dent the hopes of World Championship qualification, but the Flash Wolves bounced back to stamp their mark on the Taiwanese region. LMS fans will be hoping the reunited and resurgent squad provide a stronger international showing when the World Championship gets underway on September 28th.