Last Week of the LCK Regular Season
It’s been 9 weeks of intense LCK action, and we’ve seen a surprising amount of upsets occur so far. It’s been a good split for every League of Legends betting fan out there. Teams like LSB and KT have managed to surpass a lot of expectations, securing their playoff spot 7 weeks into the tournament, something they couldn’t achieve in the spring split. On the other hand, teams like Nongshim RedForce and KDF failed to make any significant improvements and failed to reach the top-6, ending summer with worse results than split.
Now as the 2022 LCK Summer Split regular season is coming to an end, the best 6 teams that’ll make it into the next stage of the tournament will try to keep up their form throughout the last few days of competition. Let’s take a quick look at the standings so far:
- Gen.G (15-1)
- T1 (14-2)
- Liiv SANDBOX (11-5)
- DWG KIA (9-7)
- KT Rolster (9-7)
- DRX (9-7)
- Kwangdong Freecs (6-10)
- Fredit BRION (3-13)
- Nongshim RedForce (3-13)
- Hanwha Life Esports (1-15)
Today we’ll be going over a match between 2 of the 3 teams tied for 4th place, KT and DRX. The most interesting thing about this matchup is that these two squads seem to be going in opposite directions. First you have DRX, a team that has been considered one of the best Korean teams hanging in there, just below Gen.G and T1 this year. Then on the other side you’ll see KT, a team is rising in the standings and there is no sign of them slowing down.
DRX is Running Out of Gas
It’s somewhat disheartening to see that a team formed by the likes of Pyosik and Deft struggled throughout the majority of the regular season and almost didn’t make playoffs. Their inconsistency has been their biggest issue, and it has a lot to do with their patch adaptability. It’s fair to say that Pyosik might be the main culprit of this. As a player that needs his lanes to play around him, the last couple of patches have been rough on Pyosik as right now the best way to play almost every game is as an enabler.
This is very obvious during the earlier stages of the game, where you can see him unable to coordinate with the rest of his team about what’s the right time or place to skirmish. He is often getting invaded due to his counterparts always grouping early to either invade or pick fights. Unless DRX starts making huge changes in how they play their game, they are heading right into the playoffs as the weakest team of all 6.
Aiming Carried KT to the Playoffs
It’s undeniable what Aiming has done for KT throughout the regular season. Yeah, Life has been a very important piece of the KT Rolster too, but it’s Aiming the one that ends up doing the dirty work in their games. The 22-year-old Korean player holds the highest 31.3% DMG% as an ADCz, which puts him first in the LCK, and 3rd in the whole world, which is very impressive. While Aiming is far from being a rookie player, he has demonstrated that he still has a lot of room to grow.
I think that as long as Aiming can keep up a steady rate of improvement, the chances of KT making it to the playoffs semifinals are quite big. DRX and Damwon seem to be lost when it comes to finding ways to get better, while LSB and KT have been on the rise throughout the whole regular season.
KT Rolster vs DRX Game Information
- Date: Thursday, August 11
- Time: 7:00am ET
- KT Rolster vs DRX Live Stream: Twitch.tv
KT Rolster vs DRX Predictions
The biggest thing to take into consideration is that even though DRX is on a 2-game winning streak, they have lost 5 out of their last 6 matches against top teams. In fact, they have only beaten 1 of the teams sitting in the top-5. They have failed to take down LSB, KT, Gen.g, and T1, with their record against the last two going 0-8. We can no longer think of DRX as one of the top teams like we used to do before.
KT already scored a victory over DRX in week 5, and it was a decent one. There is a reason why KT is considered the favorite team coming into this match. Their games are just much cleaner overall. DRX seems to be relying on getting an early advantage through a surprise play or the perfect draft. Aiming and co. shouldn’t break a sweat against a team like that.
Make sure to stay tuned in as the regular season comes to a close because we’ll be covering the rest of it and sharing our esports picks for the upcoming LCK playoffs when they kick off on August 17!