Pyosik’s Creativity Might be the Answer
Throughout the first few weeks of the summer split, DRX’s highlight has to be their creativity, especially when it comes to Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon champion pool. From Kindred and Poppy, to Hecarim, the 22-year-old jungler has managed to surprise their opponents constantly, though it doesn’t always end in his favor. This is mostly because Pyosik heavily depends on how the rest of the team is performing, when Zeka and Beryl back him up, he can be one of the deadliest junglers in the league, but if DRX is having a slow game, he looks lost most of the time.
In one of his last games against T1, Pyosik picked Hecarim, a champion that only works when ahead of the enemy team. And to a lot of people’s surprise, DRX was absolutely dominating T1 throughout the early game, and it was mostly thanks to Pyosik’s aggression. After Zeka managed to burn Faker’s flash, we saw Pyosik and BeryL take a few trips down to the mid lane where they managed to pick up a few more kills on the legendary T1 mid laner.
While game 2 of the series wasn’t close at all, DRX demonstrated that they do have a clear idea on how to catch their opponents off-guard in the early game. But there is one important thing that this team is lacking, consistency. While it looks fancy to pull-off unorthodox picks, consistency is one of the most important traits in a league like the LCK. Teams like Gen.G, T1, and Damwon don’t rely on surprising their opponents as they win mostly through smart play and sometimes individual skill.
Kingen’s Ornn is a Threat
Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon is a player that might go under the radar for a lot of people, but this split he’s shown to be a very solid top laner, especially when he gets to play Ornn. DRX’s top laner maintains a 4-0 record and a 39 KDA while playing Ornn, which is something hard to do even if he was playing against the weaker teams in the league.
Alongside Kingen, and Pyosik, Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo is another of the DRX members that have shown a lot of improvement recently. He is leading in DMG% at 30.8, he also is #2 in the CSM ranks with 9.2, just behind Chovy. His playstyle is one of the main reasons that allows DRX to get the early leads they’ve been getting in most of their games and it seems like Zeka and Pyosik are a perfect fit for each other.
While we can still talk about DRX’s bot lane, I don’t think that it’s going to be very relevant against Damwon. Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu is definitely a good player, but he is far from being a determining factor against Deokdam and Kellin. The strongest part about DRX is their top triangle, and they are going to try and generate advantages through their solo laners and Pyosik, not the bot lane.
Nuguri, Canyon, and Showmaker Have a Mission
The Damwon trifecta has the objective of containing Zeka in the mid lane and not allow Pyosik to get an early lead against them. As long as they are able to do that, Damwon should have the upper hand in this match. We have already talked about how Canyon and Showmaker are an absolute threat as a duo, and while Pyosik and Zeka are a great combo too, the Damwon players are much more consistent at getting early leads.
Nuguri is another topic because he still hasn’t answered many of our questions regarding his role for the team. His numbers look good, but sometimes he looks a bit disjointed from the rest of the team, which can be a problem especially against DRX. He’s been dying a lot in isolation, meaning that he is playing far upfront when he isn’t supposed to do so. Luckily for him, Kingen is not the kind of top laners that precisely punish others for that, he is more of a team player and his champion pool reflects that.
I expect Deokdam and Kellin to have a field day, though it’s going to depend a lot on what kind of bans they end up drawing. We recently saw Damwon’s ADC get his hands on Zeri three games in a row, which is unthinkable because he demonstrated to be an absolute monster with this champion during the spring split. He might end up falling in one of his comfort picks like Ezreal, which isn’t bad at all, though it’s going to take him some time to ramp up while the rest of his team carries the early game.
Damwon vs DRX Game Information
- Date: Thursday, July 7th
- Time: 4:00am ET
- Damwon vs DRX Live Stream: LCK – Twitch
Damwon vs DRX Predictions
Last split, DRX took only 1 game out of the 5 they played against Damwon. The only encounter they won Zeka ended up having one of his best performances, awarding him the MVP of the game. Other than that, the games looked pretty one-sided towards Damwon, and let’s not forget that DK is now a much stronger team with Nuguri, at least in theory.
Like I mentioned before, this is going to end up being a matchup between the 2 top triangles. And from what we’ve seen so far, DK is starting to ramp up, especially Canyon and Showmaker, which means this should be an easy match for Damwon. Our 2022 LCK Summer Splits esports picks are on a roll and we plan to keep the ball going.
Considering just how dominant Damwon is against weaker teams, you can place your league of legends bets on them having a decent kill advantage over DRX. We could also go for DK -1.5 Map Advantage but it would be too risky especially because DRX is such a wildcard in some of their games.