Korea’s LCK continues to offer great entertainment as we enter the sixth week of the competition. Gen.G and T1 continue to lead the league with almost perfect records, but that was not unexpected. The big surprise came from the teams following them on the table. Let’s take a look at what’s so surprising about that.
After some disappointing results, DRX, Kwangdong Freecs and Nongshim RedForce found themselves almost out of the playoffs race. Liiv SANDBOX and kt Rolster capitalised on their mistakes and secured some advantages that will help them fight for a Worlds 2022 slot at the end of the season.
LCK Week 5 recap
T1 faced Hanwha Life Esports in the first match of the week, and the game created some controversies. Gumayusi couldn’t play with the runes he selected in the second game due to a bug, but the referees refused to remake the game. In the third one, Oner had two Smite spells due to another bug, and a Chronobreak was in place, infuriating the T1 fans.
LCK announced that Gumayusi should have warned the referees about his runes earlier, and it was his responsibility, and T1 won the series anyway, leaving this discussion for the end of the season.
Gen.G continued to show good form against Liiv SANDBOX, taking an easy 2-0 victory. Following that, kt Rolster took down DRX in an incredible series. DRX started with a solid win thanks to Pyosik’s 3-0-6 Poppy, but KT answered with an 8-0-6 Aphelios from Aiming in the second one. Finally, Aiming played another perfect game on the third one with Zeri, and kt Rolster made it to the playoffs zone in LCK.
Although they had some disappointing results this season, DWG KIA easily crushed Kwangdong Freecs. The first game was 13-1 in 34 minutes, and the second was 11-4 in 27. Following that, Fredit BRION reached their first win of the season against NS RedForce with an unbelievably solid performance, finishing the series 2-0. Liiv SANDBOX found a 2-0 victory against Hanwha Life, closing the week for themselves 1-1.
kt Rolster started with another excellent performance against Kwangdong Freecs. Cuzz and Aiming were on fire against KDF, bringing the 2-0 victory to their side. T1 struggled less than they did against HLE in their second game of the week. DRX failed to get something from T1 while Gumayusi played Draven twice in the series.
We were expecting two 2-0 series on Sunday, and we got it. DWG KIA crushed Fredit BRION’s hopes as they were trying to get back in the top two race, and Gen.G defeated the already weak NS RedForce. SnowFlower made a comeback in LCK playing for NS, but he wasn’t enough to stop Gen.G obviously.
However, there are four weeks of competition left before the playoffs start. kt Rolster and Liiv SANDBOX look advantageous, but DRX, Kwangdong Freecs and NS RedForce decide to take matters into their hands any second now. Visit Luckbox to follow LCK matches live, and sign up now to grab your 100% bonus before placing your bets.
LCK 2022 Summer Standings
Check out the current standings before moving on to the schedule:
LCK Week 6 schedule and betting odds
Check out the schedule below:
Sunday, July 24
Kwangdong Freecs (2.70) vs Liiv SANDBOX (1.40) - 10:00 CEST
Hanwha Life Esports vs Gen.G - 13:00 CEST
T1 is looking for a 2-0 week against these weak opponents, but one of the games has a meaning for them: the only team that was able to defeat T1 in LCK this year, KDF. The same goes for Gen.G, and if they can defeat Liiv SANDBOX on Friday, they will further widen the gap between the first place and the followers.
Fortunately for Liiv SANDBOX, DRX will face DWG KIA on the same day as they play against Gen.G. One of their rivals will take an enormous hit while they will probably lose a game against Gen.G. Aside from that, NS RedForce probably can’t match DK on Wednesday, but they will look forward to defeating kt Rolster and getting closer to the playoffs.