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Jin Air Green Wings defeat SK Telecom T1 in longest professional game ever played

by Sean Wetselaar Jan 20 2018
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The Jin Air Green Wings have defeated SK Telecom T1 2-1, in a match that saw Game 3 conclude after 94 minutes and 36 seconds of play — making it the longest professional game ever played, toppling a record that has stood since 2013.

Jin Air's miraculous victory included a base defense in which all three inhibitors had fallen. But with the help of Park "Teddy" Jin-sung's Sivir dealing amounts of damage that saw the LCK casters dub him "the fountain laser," they were able to push SKT back.

The match also obliterated previous world records for highest CS in a professional game. Teddy is the new record holder, finishing the game with more than 1,450 CS. Bae "Bang" Jun-sik also broke the previous record, ending the game with 972 CS. The previous record was set by Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen, who put up 946 CS in a Summer 2016 match against Origen.

Jin Air have long been known as a team that excels in the later stages of the game. The late game has previously been called "the Jin Air zone" by casters and analysts for the squad's incredible tendency to perform best in extreme late-game scenarios.

The previous longest game was between ahq e-Sports Club and Hong Kong Attitude in the 2014 LNL Winter Qualifiers in September 2013, a game which lasted 91 minutes and 21 seconds. As the game has changed since 2013, it seemed unlikely we would see a modern professional game break this record, particularly in Korea, a region known for its high levels of macro and team play.

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The match as a whole see SKT move into the second week of LCK play with a 1-1 match record. Their next match will be against their longtime rival KT Rolster in the first Telecom War of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Jin Air also move into Week 2 at 1-1. Their next opponents will be MVP on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Sean Wetselaar is a supervising editor for theScore esports. You can find him on Twitter.