LCK Spring Week 1 Review

LCK Week 1 Review

The Korean League of Legends scene is often referred to as one of the most competitive even in recent history as the LPL and LEC have begun to make names for themselves on the international stage. The first week has concluded and as the games for the second week start up we need to talk about the events of the past week. Before you do make sure to check out this page to get a better idea of where the LCK teams look to be at.

LCK Week 1 Matches

T1 vs Damwon Gaming

Though the teams traded 1-1 T1 lead by Faker managed to upset the Super Team in DWG. Cuzz managed to show up huge in the series for T1 but Effort was a big part of their struggles as a team. Damwon turned to BeryL instead of Hoit to try and clinch the series in the third game but some Nuguri misplays gave T1 the upper hand they needed to close out game 3, 2-1.

KT vs Gen. G

KT was able to take game one of the series but ultimately teased their fans yet again and fell the next two games to Gen. G, anyone hoping for KT to show up this time around is going to be a tad upset after this one. Gen. G dominated the draft and just had the better players all around and took it 2-1.

Sandbox Gaming vs APK Prince

Nobody was hot on APK Prince coming into this one and Sandbox Gaming outperformed themselves on an individual scale as well as a macro scale. APK has some highlights from this week but certainly not from this game that they lost 2-0.

Griffin vs Afreeca Freecs

2-0

Afreeca Freecs pulled off the 2-0 in a series they really shouldn’t have on paper. Both victories were on the longer side and even for Korea a 51 minute game is just too long for any game. Tarzan was outjungled from the get go and the team is going to need more from him if they are to get far this split.

Hanwha Life Esports vs T1

Surprising enough Hanwha Life took this series 2-1 but their average win time was 11 minutes longer than T1’s sole win in the series. It’s a little too early to tell but a win here for Hanwha Life is going to go a long way for not only morale but for standings too.

DragonX vs KT

Again, KT baited fans with a game 1 victory but fell short in game 2. In a tied series KT failed to recover and DragonX pulled off a relatively lackluster win, but a win 2-1 all the same.

APK Prince vs Damwon Gaming

Damwon Gaming, and Nuguri specifically, sprinted out of the gates and beat APK at every turn, except they didn’t and Nuguri had to specifically carry DWG out of a massive deficit with a backdoor in game 1 in order to come back from APK’s immaculate early game macro. Game 2 was a different story with Canyon asserting dominance over Flawless and allowing Nuguri to get too big to kill as they finished the series 2-0.

Gen. G vs Griffin

It’s only week one sure but Griffin got a combined game score of 1 win to 4 losses. Gen. G picked up the opposite scoreline and all signs point to Griffin having suffered the scandal losses they did and Gen. G having some seriously experienced members that got the 2-1 victory for the team.

Afreeca Freecs vs Hanwha Life Esports

The Freecs managed to handily win over Hanwha Life and stop their streak before it could start. Hanwha still managed to pick a game off but it wasn’t enough to keep their momentum going and they fell short of a convincing week 1 losing 2-1.

Sandbox Gaming vs DragonX

Another long series that didn’t end necessarily the way it was expected to. Sandbox fell apart at all the wrong times and while this is a solid 2-1 victory for the DragonX squad and a demeaning loss for Sandbox, Sandbox should still be favored over DragonX in the long run.

LCK Week 1 Standings

  1. Freecs 2-0
  2. Gen. G 2-0
  3. DragonX 2-0
  4. Hanwha Life Esports 1-1
  5. T1 1-1
  6. SANDBOX 1-1
  7. Damwon Gaming 1-1
  8. KT 0-2
  9. Griffin 0-2
  10. APK Prince 0-2

The LCK has some excruciatingly long games which turns into excruciatingly long series which turn into some excruciatingly long days, but I’d be remiss if I said it wasn’t solid League of Legends game in and game out. Tune in Wednesday-Sunday at 1am MST to watch the games live on Twitch and YouTube, and don’t forget to check back here each week for updates on the games you may have missed!

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Cameron Carr

13 February 2020

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