Meet the Worlds 2022 Groups: Korea’s LCK

Published:Mar 8, 202416:50

Korean groups want to get again to the highest after their defeat at Worlds 2021.

Whereas LCK has had a troublesome time competing in opposition to the LPL within the current worldwide finals, apart from a Damwon victory in 2020, this yr appears to be like to be the right alternative. They're sending two groups that received Worlds beforehand and one of the crucial potent first seeds that got here out of Korea in shut reminiscence.


  • Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon
  • Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon/Lee “Juhan” Ju-han
  • Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo
  • Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu
  • Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee

Except for a second place at MSI 2018, beneath the title Kingzone DragonX, DRX hasn’t been all that profitable on the worldwide stage, nor their ends in LCK had been all that spectacular. Even this Summer season, they solely completed in sixth place and needed to qualify for Worlds by Regionals, with an upset win over the favorites for the spot, Liiv SANDBOX. In comparison with the opposite Jap fourth seed, RNG, they aren’t as robust, nor are they actually a Worlds contender.

DRX gamers are additionally those who struggled probably the most individually. BeryL and Pyosik had some tough video games, with the latter getting subbed out for Juhan within the final Regionals series. And BeryL’s decline since his Worlds victory on Damwon appears to proceed. We noticed him make quite a lot of unforced errors this break up, which result in his excessive dying numbers. Mix this with a weakside high laner, Kingen’s most performed champions are blind choose Gnar and Ornn, the staff solely appears to be like to 2 gamers that want to hold a hefty load.

After spending two years in China and an above-average Spring, Zeka emerged within the Summer season Cut up as a participant that may carry video games from the mid lane. He has an aggressive champion pool in comparison with different LCK mids, likes to play melees like Akali, however he's additionally competent on traditional mages like Azir. Then there's Deft, most likely on his final match earlier than he has to finish his obligatory service. If there are any positives from DRX qualifying over LSB for the Korean followers, it could be watching him at Worlds one final time. Regardless of his staff’s and his help’s not-so-great break up, Deft was the most effective ADCs in LCK. He confirmed a number of completely different picks throughout Summer season, however the one fixed was that DRX at all times performed round him.

  • Gamers to observe: Zeka, Deft


  • Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon/Noh “Burdol” Tae-yoon
  • Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu
  • Heo “ShowMaker” Su
  • Web optimization “deokdam” Dae-gil
  • Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu

As soon as the World Champions anticipated to construct a dynasty, DWG KIA has struggled to get again to their finest after a disappointing 2021. They began out the yr dropping their bot lane duo Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun/BeryL and their high laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, and even with Nuguri again on the staff, they're having a tough time replicating their success from the final two years.

The principle a part of the wrestle is that their high facet doesn’t appear to be at their peak degree. Nuguri returned from his brief stint at LPL, the place he needed to take care of some psychological well being points, and he's undoubtedly on the similar degree he was in 2020. We noticed him share time along with his sub Burdol, who additionally wasn’t all that spectacular. He additionally performed quite a lot of tanks, which wasn’t profitable, and solely in the direction of the tip of the season began to get extra carry picks.

Mid/jungle duo of Canyon and ShowMaker hasn’t been essentially unhealthy, simply lower than the requirements we anticipated. Canyon particularly has been making quite a lot of errors he used to by no means did, and even when he was taking part in nicely we didn’t see a lot of these “jungle canyon” video games. ShowMaker has been possibly one of the best of those three, he was nonetheless good at getting counter picks in draft and capitalizing on them. His champion pool continues to be one of the crucial greater ones in LCK, he performed quite a lot of Corki and TF whereas not many did.

Then there's the brand new bot lane duo. Kellin and deokdam are two younger prospects who shined on their preliminary season at Nongshim RedForce, and DWG KIA introduced them over as a duo with extra potential to hold video games. Whereas they didn't present this potential absolutely but, it’s not precisely their fault because the staff tends to go away them because the weakside. Nonetheless, the expertise of this duo could be very obvious, as we noticed them present rather more in a weaker staff. Contemplating DWG KIA obtained a bunch with groups who don’t have probably the most bot facet targeted groups, it might be one of the best alternative for them.

  • Gamers to observe: Canyon, ShowMaker



  • Choi “Zeus” Woo-je
  • Mun “Oner” Hyeon-jun
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
  • Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong
  • Ryu “Keria” Min-seok

There isn’t a lot want to speak in regards to the historical past of T1 as a corporation, besides possibly a reminder that they haven’t received any worldwide tournaments since MSI 2017, which they received as SK Telecom T1. Coming into 2022, it regarded like this may be the yr they'd change this, as they received the LCS Spring Cut up with out dropping a single Bo5. However ever since their loss on the MSI Finals, T1 hasn’t been that dominant power.

Most of their issues appear to stem from their bot lane. Previous to the MSI of final yr, Gumayusi/Keria was seen as one of the best bot lane on this planet by many of the followers, with many arguing about Keria being one of the best participant. On this break up, nevertheless, neither participant is taking part in at that degree. Keria is on a tear looking for one thing that works as he has 23 distinctive picks simply in Summer season. Whereas Gumayisi shouldn't be solely top-three or 4 in LCK ADCs rankings, he has the bottom harm share after 15. He didn't play too many Sivir video games this Cut up so there's a likelihood he recovers with the brand new meta, however we must see.

Faker additionally didn't have one of the best break up. Except for his Azir and Corki video games, he usually shied away from carries and was on the extra supportive roaming champions he favored in recent times. Even when he was on Azir, he wasn’t as lane dominant as different high mid laners, and his map play wasn’t as environment friendly.

The remainder of the T1 high lane was the brilliant spot for them this Summer season. Many of the video games they received had been by high diff or jungle diff. Whereas Oner wasn’t as spectacular as he was in Spring, he's nonetheless the most effective junglers in Korea, and he nonetheless goes for Lee Sin when put in powerful spots, even when not many others do. Then again, Zeus was one of the best high laner within the league; most likely no contest. We noticed him win so many video games by himself on his consolation choose Gnar, however he additionally had many extra picks in his pocket, from Yone to Zac.

  • Gamers to observe: Zeus, Oner


  • Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon
  • Han “Peanut” Wang-ho
  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon
  • Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk
  • Son “Lehends” Si-woo

Gen.G as an org has inherited quite a lot of historical past from the earlier Samsung Galaxy franchise. Nonetheless, they haven’t discovered probably the most success ever because the change. Earlier than this Summer season, their peak was the primary place end within the LCK 2020 Spring common season and a string of Finals losses. For 2022, they introduced in 4 new gamers and constructed a brand new staff round their long-time ADC, Ruler. Whereas the most important title in these acquisitions was the mid lane prodigy Chovy, all of them proved to be nice additions as they solely final one series all Cut up whereas profitable the league.

Of all 5 on the roster, solely the highest laner, Doran, hasn’t been one of the best participant in his place throughout the Summer season Cut up. However that doesn’t imply he wasn’t any good. Doran was content material on getting counter picks after which chilling in his lane because the weakside king. Whereas he largely went for the traditional Gnar choose, we additionally noticed him play champions like Akali and Akshan.

The remainder of the staff break up into two good supportive gamers and two of one of the best carries in LCK. Each Peanut and Lehends are gamers with nice champion swimming pools and pocket picks. We noticed Peanut go for picks like Morgana and Skarner, whereas Lehends terrorized the league along with his Singed help. There aren’t many higher gamers for offering house for his or her carries.

And simply as we talked about carries, this was the yr Chovy lastly managed to recover from that final hurdle and win his first title. His cs per minute numbers had been decrease as we had been in a extra roam heavy meta, however he nonetheless led the league with hard-to-reach stats, whereas additionally bettering his map motion and his late recreation teamfighting. As spectacular as Chovy was, Ruler was the principle man on this break up. He had 5 champions he performed greater than two video games on with a 100% win price. Plus we noticed him dominate on Lucian/Nami, whereas different areas and even different ADCs in LCK struggled to put it to use.

With this five-man group, Gen.G is possibly one of the best likelihood LCK has to interrupt the LPL dominance.

  • Gamers to observe: Chovy, Ruler

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