The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) accomplished the ultimate 5 video games of Spherical 1 earlier than occurring an indefinite hiatus. Gen.G took over sole possession of first place after T1’s loss to Afreeca Freecs. In the meantime, KT Rolster ended the primary half of the season with an ideal sport over Griffin. We check out the place issues stand heading into the break by trying on the high story traces up to now in Korea.


Gen.G took care of enterprise of their match and have been rewarded with some assist from the Afreeca Freecs later within the night time. Gen.G’s 2-Zero win over SANDBOX Gaming mixed with AF’s 2-1 win over T1 give Gen.G sole possession of first place after Spherical 1.

Although they’ve been the most effective crew within the LCK through the first half of the season, Gen.G didn’t appear to be it in sport one in opposition to SB. The groups traded goals fairly evenly within the early sport, as SB prioritized Rift Heralds whereas Gen.G opted for drake stacking. SB picked up an early three kills for one commerce at 10 minutes, however Gen.G took the primary significant gold lead of the sport with a 4 kills to zero battle win simply earlier than 20 minutes.

With early drakes and a gold lead, Gen.G have been in a position to convert their early energy right into a Cloud Soul. Though it’s the weakest of the Souls, they most likely ought to have been in a position to make use of that and their scaling benefit to shut out the sport. In any case, they have been taking part in in opposition to a crew with Lee Sin, Volibear help, and AP Nautilus mid. None of these are recognized for his or her scaling.

As a substitute, SB discovered a choose a late choose and turned it into Elder Drake, Baron and swung the sport from a 4k Gen.G gold result in a 3.5k lead for SB. Happily for Gen.G, that gold distinction is usually irrelevant at 45 minutes into the sport and SB weren’t in a position to finish the sport with each buffs. Gen.G acquired one other likelihood at a battle and capitalized, first choosing off Cho “Joker” Jae-eup earlier than choosing up Baron and Elder Drake. With each buffs and a Yuumi on his again, Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk’s Ezreal mercifully ended the sport with a pentakill in SB’s base.

Sport two, nonetheless, was a reminder of how good Gen.G could be. Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong’s Sett kicked off the sport with a dive on substitute high laner Han “Lonely” Gyu-joon to choose up First Blood. As a substitute of buying and selling goals, Gen.G took no matter they wished on this one, together with each Rift Heralds and all 4 elemental drakes. SB solely mustered a single kill and turret take all the sport. It didn’t damage that Gen.G had one of the crucial lopsided drafts of the yr — they have been in some way allowed to get each Ornn and Sett on blue aspect.

Gen.G might be unhappy {that a} break comes now to interrupt their momentum. Their solely collection loss was an in depth 1-2 in opposition to T1 in week two, and their 17-5 total sport document can be tops within the league. Every time the LCK resumes, Gen.G will shut out week 5 in opposition to the second place DragonX.


T1’s match might be one to recollect for Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, however it most likely received’t be for the remainder of his crew. The best League of Legends participant of all-time picked up his 2000th kill within the LCK in sport two of the collection, however T1 fell to Afreeca Freecs 1-2 to drop to a tie for second place.

Sport one of many collection was a comparatively straightforward one for T1. The crew targeted on shutting down Track “Fly” Yong-jun’s Sett, and so they did it nicely. Though AF opted to maneuver him mid lane to attempt to defend him within the shorter lane, Fly was focused repeatedly and struggled to a horrible 0/8/5 efficiency. It was an important sport for Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan, who participated in 20 of T1’s 22 kills and secured each early drakes and Rift Herald for the crew. Faker’s 9 kills put him on the precipice of historical past.

At 31:24 into sport two, Faker’s Zoe picked up a kill on Son “Jelly” Ho-gyeong’s Sett to turn into the primary participant in LCK historical past with 2,000 kills. It was a momentous event, and Faker’s ability photographs helped T1 win the battle two kills to zero. The one downside? AF have been up 10okay gold and already secured the Infernal Soul. Regardless of Faker’s greatest effort and 4/1/Zero efficiency, T1 acquired rolled 16 kills to five. Very similar to T1 in sport one, AF managed sport two from begin to end, ending in simply over 34 minutes.

Sadly, there could have been a bug that contributed to AF’s win. Although T1 have been already down considerably on the time, Kim “Canna” Chang-dong’s Ornn seems to have bugged out throughout his final in the course of a drake battle. It’s unlikely that it modified the end result of the battle, a lot much less the sport, however it was notable nonetheless. Vandiril explains on this video:

Sport three within the collection was dead-even till 31 minutes. As a lot as Faker held T1 in sport two, his teleport flank was the start of the tip for T1 in sport three. He and T1 collapsed on Fly’s Ornn, finally killing him, however within the course of allowed Jin “Mystic” Seong-jun’s Varus to free fireplace and earn two kills for AF. AF then grouped at Baron, picked up kills on the T1 members making an attempt to disrupt, and picked up the target.

From there, AF’s superior crew battle reached late sport standing on equal footing and dictated the remainder of the sport. T1 tried to disrupt a Baron begin by AF and have been slaughtered, permitting AF to finish instantly afterwards. Mystic completed 6/1/5 and dealt a game-high 25.5k injury.


KT Rolster could not have had the begin to the break up they wished, however they’re one step nearer to a playoff berth after they ended Spherical 1 with an ideal sport win over Griffin.

As a lot as an ideal sport means one crew performed rather well, it additionally often means the opposite crew performed actually poorly. That was undoubtedly the case on this one, particularly throughout First Blood. KT Rolster had 4 members on Rift Herald, however Griffin determined to return contest it. Choi “Sword” Sung-won’s Mao’kai walked up 1v4 and died immediately. There was no crew coordination by any means and Sword donated Vel’Koz an early 400 gold.

However KT nonetheless must be given credit score. Kim “bonO” Gi-beom’s Lee Sin was lively, coming bot with Rift Herald to choose up a kill and take all the turret plates in a single fell swoop. KT additionally took drakes early and sometimes, attending to their Mountain Soul simply after 24 minutes. Positive, the sport was mainly already over by then, however continued sensible performs are what led them to that time.

As for Griffin, they drafted a composition that all the time has the potential to get dominated early. Once you draft Maokai, Azir, and Ezreal as your most important carries, it’s no shock that you just lose all around the map. Scaling doesn’t matter in case you can’t get there, and Griffin most definitely didn’t. Even with an Elise, Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong has by no means been often known as a excessive quantity ganking jungler and did little to launch strain in his lanes.

This was one more in a worrying pattern of Korean groups simply rolling over and folding when dropping early. Hopefully, the time without work will enable for extra experimentation in scrims to get out of the passive funk that appears to be current on plenty of groups within the league.

Spherical 2 of the LCK Spring Break up has been postponed till additional discover due to the elevated unfold of the coronavirus. The LCK may finally undertake a web-based format, just like the one that’s now rebooting in China with the LPL. Till then, groups will proceed to scrim on-line till Riot Korea are comfy resuming the season.

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