Leading the charge to the LCK Summer Split playoffs are Gen.G Esports and T1

Aug 20, 2022

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The LCK Summer Split is nearing the end of its run.

There are currently four games left in the LCK Summer Split group stage as we enter the sixth week of play. The top six teams that advance to the playoff bracket will be determined by this. In terms of the top six, Gen.G Esports and T1 are now tied for first place in three different ways. Following closely behind are DWG.KIA, SANDBOX Gaming, KT Rolster, and DRX.

Kwangdong Freecs, Nongshim RedForce, Brion Esports, and Hanwha Life Esports complete the list. Even though these groups include the bottom four of the LCK Summer Split, they will still be crucial in the next days and weeks. Because only the top six teams advance to the playoffs and the top two teams advance directly to the semifinals, everyone who finishes between the third and sixth seed will be trying to play their cards as carefully as possible.

Who is the LCK’s top player?

In a tweet by LCK:



“[#LCK Summer Week 5 Standings]

This Summer Split is absolutely flying by! ✈️✈️

Check out the LCK Summer team standings and POG standings at the halfway point in the regular season!”

*The tweet included photos*

Contents of photo 1: POG POINTS Standing Weeks

1. AIMING700
1. ZEUS700
3. RULER600
3. PRINCE600
5. CHOVY500
5. PEANUT500

Contents of photo 2: STANDINGS

WEEK 5ChangeW – LPointsStreak
1. GEN9-1+ 163W
2. T19-1+ 145W
3. DK↑1 7-3+103W
4. LSB↓17-3+ 61W
5. KT↑25-502W
5. DRX5-503L
7. KDF↓14-6-72L
8. NS2-8-126L
9. HLE1-9-125L
10. BRO1-9– 151L

Gen.G and T1 are currently tied for first place, making it difficult to determine which team is the strongest in the LCK. T1 has the upper hand in the head-to-head matchup after upsetting Gen.G two weeks ago. Gen.G is still at the top right now, though barely. There are still three games left for both clubs before another matchup on July 30 that may determine who will earn the top seed for the playoffs. Additionally, the winning team will be able to select its opponent from the opening round as a result.

T1’s opponents this week, Kwangdong Freecs and Brion Esports, must be defeated before they can face KT Rolster the following week. As the only team to end T1’s perfect record in the LCK, their rematch versus KDF will be one to watch. You can anticipate T1 to put on a show and make it difficult for Gen.G to hold onto their top-seed position after defeating both Brion and KT in the previous weeks. In relation to that, Gen.G has so far defeated every team it has faced, including SANDBOX Gaming, Hanwha Life Esports, and DRX.

Naturally, T1 prevailed the last time these teams faced off, with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok winning his 500th match in the LCK. His Lissandra in games two and three allowed T1 to overturn Gen.early G’s triumph in the opening game of the series. Gen.G, who had an almost perfect record until that hiccup, has only been defeated by T1, thus it will be intriguing to watch who prevails in the rematch.

The potential quarterfinal match-up

Some of the biggest names in LCK history are presently making their way through the trenches in the mid-table match-up, making it a true duel. The first name off the list is DWG.KIA, which is tied for third place with SANDBOX Gaming. As they aim to return to the top of the LCK, the Worlds 2020 champions have not had a stellar season thus far. DWG still has a lot to overcome if they want to be able to break into the top two after losing to Gen.G, T1, and DRX in previous weeks. Depending on how the matches before that go, they might face T1 on August 13 and Gen.G on August 8 in two potentially explosive matchups.

In a tweet by LCK:



“QUADRAKILL for deokdam! #LCK”

They will need to prevail in each of their remaining games, which also includes a challenging matchup later this week against DRX. Some of the most crucial games to determine their standing in the group stages will be those against Nongshim RedForce, Hanwha Life Esports, KT Rolster, SBG, and Kwangdong Freecs. Speaking of SBG, they overcame their spring split form by going on a resurgence run and recording significant victories. Although their upcoming games don’t appear promising, the club has shown it can pull off a few upsets when it counts.

Additionally, you shouldn’t write out teams like DRX and KT Rolster, who have a good chance of making the playoffs. DRX still has a number of important games left, particularly against DWG and Gen.G. Now would be the ideal time to make a late charge to the top if they were planning to do so. The same is true for KT, who also has important games coming up that might change how the LCK Summer Split plays out.

Drama in the near future?

In a tweet by LCK:



“#LCK x #StarGuardians continues on during Summer Week 6! 🌟

Check out the Week 6 match schedule and our ✨Star Guardian✨casters’ choices for must-watch matches!”

The distinction between the top six and the bottom four is clear as the summer split group stages come to an end. For the following four weeks, teams like Kwandong Freecs, Brion Esports, Hanwha Life Esports, and Nongshim RedForce will engage in the battle of their lives. Only KDF and Brion have championship points out of the four teams in the bottom, which will work in their favor when it comes to the LCK Regional Finals.

Next week, KDF and Brion will both compete, but there are also their individual matches to watch. After sweeping the first series, KDF will be looking to defeat T1 twice. They risk sabotaging T1’s efforts to qualify for Worlds 2022 by doing this. This week, Brion will compete against T1, and if they can surprise the Spring champs, it might be really bad news for T1.

As the playoffs approach, the LCK Summer Split will resume for the remainder of the week.

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