RunAway has announced it will attempt to secure a franchise spot in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). The South Korean esports organization is most well known for its overwhelming success and multiple first-place finishes in the Overwatch Contenders scene, with its entire Season 2 roster joining the Vancouver Titans.
RunAway in League of Legends
“We would like to ask for your support so that RunAway can grow into an esports brand that gives pleasure and impression to fans who love esports. Thank you for always being the strength of RunAway,” the team wrote in a Twitter post.
The RunAway organization entered League of Legends in November 2019 after partnering with the Asura Gaming roster. The team boasted names like former SANDBOX Gaming jungler Kim “Crush” Jun-seo and MVP mid laner Lee “Edge” Ho-seong. Since the organization had performed well in other esports titles, many expected a similar trajectory.
The lineup started off strong after winning both of their games in Group 2 of Bracket A. However, things did not go their way in the Challengers Korea Spring Promotion Qualifiers. RunAway was defeated 2 – 0 by Nine Tale, and the team disbanded with this elimination.
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LCK franchise slot
Asura Gaming continued competing under its original name in the Challengers Korea 2020 Spring Split. This team hasn’t been successful either, featuring a dead-last finish with 3 wins and 11 losses. The Summer Promotion tournament will decide whether RunAway can retain its Challengers Korea spot. The organization will compete against the Jin Air Green Wings, along with the two top teams from the Qualifiers on May 28.
The RunAway management goes on to state that obtaining an LCK franchise slot will be a great opportunity to grow its brand. However, the organization currently does not compete in any esports leagues that require a buy-in. As such, the team is looking for domestic and foreign investors to help fund this possible venture.