The 2022 LCK Summer playoffs came absolutely swinging with a really fast paced interesting series. Liiv SANDBOX and DRX battled in a best of five series with both organizations ultimately looking for a chance to continue further in the playoffs bracket. At last, it was Liiv SANDBOX who achieved that feat with a 3-1 series victory, sadly sending DRX home and their journey now finished in the split. SANDBOX had ended their regular season on a high note with a five game win streak.
Now coming into the playoffs, they had the mental advantage on their side. Fans and viewers alike could see the absolute confidence in their gameplay as they easily took down DRX twice in a quick and efficient manner.
Croco’s Trundle was the key focus for SANDBOX coming into game one. With Kael’s Yuumi riding on top of this champion, he was able to run down into DRX’s frontline and break their defensive approach. Even while stepping as the main engager, he achieved a 6/0/7 KDA, assisting his team grab the first game.
Going into the second game, it was time for Prince’s champion pool to shine. The AD carry from SANDBOX was absolutely untouchable on the live server and was always able to catch enemy champions off guard mainly in skirmishes. DRX was not able to sustain the pressure created by his onslaught, making SANDBOX able to secure another victory on the board. Prince achieved a 10/0/6 KDA in this game.
Stuck in a win or sent home situation, DRX decided to go steady and pick scaling champions like Jax in the top lane and Azir in the mid lane for game three. The obvious approach absolutely worked as DRX was able to definitively close down SANDBOX’s rather unusual Skarner jungle pick, managing to deny all early game map objectives to the enemy team. On top of that, Kingen’s Jax and Zeka’s Azir were able to freely hit in most skirmishes, helping DRX grab their first win in the series.
With game four coming around the corner, it ended up becoming the longest recorded game of the 2022 LCK Summer Split. Both teams refused to give any space to each other, stretching out the game until the 51st minute, an incredible feat of resilience on the rift. It was a trade between the AD carries from both teams, with Prince and Deft looking for possibilities to somehow outmaneuver and outplay each other.
The stalemate was finally broken, thanks to SANDBOX taking down DRX’s Nexus after a well thought out late game team fight, securing their place in the next round of the playoffs stage.
Since Gen.G had the ability to choose their next opponent in the semifinals, Liiv SANDBOX will face them next on August 20th. LSB has had a great run so far this 2022 summer season, overcoming a lot of expectations and going against all the lol odds. Unfortunately for them, they are now going to play against the strongest contender for the LCK title and potentially the best team in the world, which might end their ruin.