LCK 2020 Spring Split Review

2020 Spring LCK End of Split Review

The LCK was hit with a few surprises this year as they were among the first leagues to follow in the LPLs steps and play the league online during the COVID-19 situation. We missed a week and the standings began to shift once the split started back up. We have our first look at the Playoffs with Gen.G securing a spot in the Finals, T1 securing a Semifinal bye, and DragonX securing the Quarterfinal bye. How did the rest of the league fare? Let’s get into it.
If you’re new to LCK make sure to check out our power rankings here!

2020 LCK End of Split Standings

1st Gen. G
2nd T1
3rd Dragon X
4th KT Rolster
5th DAMWON Gaming
6th Afreeca Freecs
7th APK Prince
8th Hanwha Life EEsports
9th SANDBOX Gaming
10th Griffin

 

2020 LCK Playoff Positions

Kt Rolster will take on DAMWON Gaming in the first round to decide who will face DragonX in the Quarterfinals. The winner then moves on to play T1 in the Semifinals and then on to Gen.G in the finals.

It is extremely surprising to see KT in the Playoff race given their standing last season and their poor run at the beginning of this one, but they aren’t the only feel good story!

2020 LCK Spring Split Observations

Good Stories

T1 were actually looked down on and were expected by many to finish lower in the standings even considering their long tenure in the league. Faker and gang blew away expectations and have set themselves up nicely to fight for another LCK title. Seems the Coach swap worked out well for them.

Gen.G weren’t the most unexpected winners of the tournament but they showed pure dominance almost every series, it’s hard to say exactly how close T1 and DragonX are skillwise in comparison, but Gen.G have to be favorites no matter who they find themselves up against in the finals.

KT Rolster was one of the most exciting stories to follow, they used to compete for titles, they used to be a world class organization but they have fallen off in recent years. The second half of the Spring Split though they managed to turn it all around and quite honestly, I can see them making top 3 in this playoff bracket. The only problem with finding some faith in the org usually comes back unrewarded.

Bad Stories

Griffin find themselves relegated, and while that doesn’t mean as much seeing as how the LCK announce that they will be franchising come 2021, that still ruins their reputation even more since their internal controversy and this kinda just feels like their reckoning. A majority of the players weren’t considered bad by any means and it is a little surprising they didn’t finish higher even given the controversial start to the year.

SANDBOX Gaming was set up for success from the beginning and just failed at every outlet to prove that. I expected them to make Playoffs in 5th place, and while there were some surprises along the way surely this roster could have gotten away with a 6th place finish? It was not so this year and it would be surprising to see them back for the franchised league.

Afreeca Freecs may not come to everyone’s mind when talking about failures this split, but if you watched the split progress you could see how hard the Freecs tried and failed. They managed to finish 6th which given the competition isn’t entirely awful, but with small adjustments to their drafts and in game decision making, they certainly could have contested for a Playoff bye.

LCK 2020 Spring Playoff Expectations

In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t seem like KT, DAMWON, DragonX, or T1 can truly challenge Gen.G in a Best of 5. That being said, T1 has the best chances and given they make the finals, it could be a hell of a series. KT are the clear Dark Horse in the whole thing, even though they managed to finish above DAMWON history and statistics remain on the side of DAMWOn in their first round match. No matter the winner before semifinals, it should be expected that DragonX or T1 will move on to challenge Gen.G only to fall just shy of the title.

The games begin 1am MST April 18th, make sure to check in to see if KT actually have what it takes to challenge the top teams, and check back here in case you miss out on the action!

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Cameron Carr

23 April 2020

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