The LCK is South Korea’s premier League of Legends tournament that commences on January 16th with 10 teams competing in a double round robin with each game being a best of 3. The top 5 teams will advance to the playoffs with the winner securing a spot at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
The teams competing:
- Afreeca Freecs
- DAMWON Gaming
- Hanwha Life Esports
- Jin Air GreenWings
- KT Rolster
- SANDBOX Gaming
- SK Telecom T1
In my opinion the most interesting game in week 1 will be when Afreeca Freecs face off against SK Telecom T1. For years it had become standard procedure for SK Telecom to dominate the LCK and perform strongly at every International event, however last season we seen this shake up a bit.
Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster ended up being the biggest representation for the LCK at Worlds at SK Telecom provided a massive shock to the scene by completely failing to qualify for the biggest event of the year.
Afreeca ended up advancing all the way to the Quarter Finals before they were knocked out, meaning they finished with a 5th-8th placing. This is the perfect time for SK Telecom to come back swinging and prove that their era isn’t over yet.
If they can come out in week 1 and beat Afreeca, it will without a doubt send a signal to the LCK and rest of the world that they’ve taken time over the off season to perfect their craft and push for more Championships.
With this being said, Griffin are actually #1 in power rankings for the upcoming season. Last year they were a rookie team that came close to winning to winning the 2018 Summer Split but fell short in 2nd place.
Griffin play against KING-ZONE and Jin Air Greenwings in the opening week, with how they performed last year it would came as no surprise if they ended the week with a 2-0 record.