LCK teams establish their dominance
Defending champions Damwon KIA took down this year’s favorite FPX in the opening game of the day. Kim “Khan” Dong-ha was the star of the game as he was dominant from the get-go. He pulled out Graves in the top lane, which FPX couldn’t handle. In the end, it was a one-sided affair, with Damwon KIA ending the game without dropping a sweat.
Hanwha Life Esports was also able to win their game against European representatives Fnatic. Unlike Damwon KIA’s game, Hanwha had a sluggish start, with Fnatic dominating the early game. Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau garnered an early lead in the game as he stole the majority of Hanwha’s jungle camp. However, Fnatic’s bot lane could not match Hanwha’s bot lane and fell significantly behind. Despite some back and forth in the mid-game where both teams traded kills, Hanwha was able to close out the game eventually.
T1 were the clear favorites in their match against DetonatioN FocusMe, and it went as expected. T1 played aggressively right from the start, and DFM had no answers. Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon was running rampant on the map and was able to secure numerous kills. The game ended game within 20 minutes and was the shortest one of the day.
Finally, GEN.G was able to seal the deal against LPL’s fourth seed, LNG Esports. GEN.G drafted early game champions with Renekton in the top lane and Xin Zhao in the jungle while picking comfort champion Zoe for Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong. Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee and Kim “Clid” Tae-min combined to put a solid performance in the early game, which saw GEN.G getting a significant lead. The game snowballed entirely in favor of GEN.G, and LNG was never able to get a footing. GEN.G secured all four drakes and ended the game with eight kills in their bag to LNG’s only one kill.