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List of all Winners of the LCK
|Split||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|2022 Summer Split||Gen.G||T1||Liiv SANDBOX|
|2022 Spring Split||T1||Gen.G||DWG KIA|
|2021 Summer Split||DWG KIA||T1||Gen.G|
|2021 Spring Split||DWG KIA||Gen.G||Hanwha Life Esports|
|2020 Summer Split||Damwon Gaming||DRX||Gen.G|
|2020 Spring Split||T1||Gen.G||DragonX|
|2019 Summer Split||SK Telecom T1||Griffin||Damwon Gaming|
|2019 Spring Split||SK Telecom T1||Griffin||Kingzone DragonX|
|2018 Summer Split||KT Rolster||Griffin||Afreeca Freecs|
|2018 Spring Split||Kingzone DragonX||Afreeca Freecs||KT Rolster|
|2017 Summer Split||Longzhu Gaming||SK Telecom T1||KT Rolster|
|2017 Spring Split||SK Telecom T1||KT Rolster||Samsung Galaxy|
|2016 Summer Split||ROX Tigers||KT Rolster||SK Telecom T1|
|2016 Spring Split||SK Telecom T1||ROX Tigers||KT Rolster|
|2015 Summer Split||SK Telecom T1||KT Rolster||KOO Tigers|
|2015 Spring Split||SK Telecom T1||GE Tigers||CJ Entus|
|2014 Summer Split||KT Rolster Arrows||Samsung Galaxy Blue||Samsung Galaxy White|
|2014 Spring Split||Samsung Galaxy Blue||Najin White Shield||Samsung Galaxy Ozone|
|2014 Winter Split||SK Telecom T1 K||Samsung Galaxy Ozone||KT Rolster Bullets|
|2013 Summer Split||SK Telecom T1 2||KT Rolster Bullets||MVP Ozone|
|2013 Spring Split||MVP Ozone||CJ Entus Blaze||SK Telecom T1 2|
|2013 Winter Split||Najin Sword||Azubu Frost||KT Rolster B|
|2012 Summer Split||Azubu Frost||CLG Europe||Najin Sword|
|2012 Spring Split||MiG Blaze||MiG Frost||Xenics Storm|
History of the LCK
Known in 2012 as the League of Legends Champions, the LCK started out as the league to watch for years to come. From 2012-2014 there were even three splits per season in this tournament, 16 teams took part.
For the 2015 season, the format has changed significantly: The winter split was removed, and the number of teams was reduced to 10. The LCK is also using a franchising system since 2021, which has eliminated the relegation tournament and the Challengers Korea League since then.
The LCK won all world championship titles between 2013 and 2017. It was only in 2018 that the LPL (China) managed to secure the first Worlds title for the region with Invictus Gaming. This means that the LCK is still the region in LoL Esports.
The ten teams play a double round robin in best-of-3 format to determine the starting spots for playoffs. The best 6 teams take part in the playoffs, the top 2 teams qualify directly for the semi-finals.
In the playoffs, the top 6 teams play in a best-of-5 format to reach the final. The LCK uses single elimination, which means that if an upper bracket team loses a best-of-5, there is no second chance.
The winner of the Spring Split playoffs advances to the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) tournament and earns the most championship points.
In the summer split, the playoffs are the same, the winner automatically qualifies for the world championship (worlds), the remaining seeds qualify for worlds based on the most championship points or the regional qualifier tournament.