Week 4 of the 2018 LCK Spring Split ended with a lot more hope for SKT fans than they did before. With two straight wins, SKT were able to bring themselves up from the brink of being at the last position to number 6 on the ladder. That’s an impressive gain, and although it still leaves us wanting, seeing that the team we’re talking about is SKT, it’s still something.
Kingzone DragonX has been playing drastically better, and they easily shutdown the team we thought would be their main rival – kt Rolster. They ended kt Rolster like it was child’s play for them, which leads us to think that they may just be the main contenders for the seasonal victory in the 2018 LCK Spring Split.
KSV, on the other hand, just went down by a whole lot. They were right on top but couldn’t hold their position. If this continues, they’ll lose all their chances of making it to the finals, because with SKT looking fresh, and the rest of the LCK tryharding more than ever before, it’s going to get increasingly difficult for KSV to make a return.
If anything, Longzhu, or Kingzone, are looking even better than they were last year, and that’s saying a lot. They’ve taken the entire region by storm once more and aren’t showing any weaknesses that their competitors can exploit. Right now, Kingzone are our favorite team to win the Spring finals, unless SKT pull out another miracle from their sleeves.
Peanut and Cuzz make a great duo when it comes to jungling, and it’s difficult to deal with both of them. This is especially true since the matches are best of 3, unlike the EU and NA LCS. They’re easily able to sub out, and while most top teams have more than one jungler, the strat seems to be working the best for Kingzone.
Khan has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. He’s the best top lane in the 2018 LCK Spring Split by a huge margin, and a heavyweight when it comes to the inclination between loss and defeat for this team. He isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, so we can expect Kingzone to keep going like they are now.
SKT have probably been the most disappointing esports team in history during this season. Sure, they lost Worlds, but how could that possibly lead to such a slump? It’s easy to conclude that Huni and Peanut were necessary for the team’s success, and not the other way around.
Now, Blossom is looking to make a difference in the team. Blank hasn’t been doing so hot – but let’s not be so quick to blame him. He’s a reactionary player, and during the previous season, he never really played first. He always observed Peanut vs. his enemy jungler, and then knew exactly what he needed to do to succeed. This year, him playing first has had him throw plenty of games. However, with Blossom around, things could go back to the way they used to be – especially since Blossom is young and aggressive, just like Peanut.
With SKT’s recent roster changes, things might take an upwards approach for this team. It’s only a matter of time before we find out whether if the new players Pirean and Leo will be beneficial to the team or not.
Faker throughout all this, has been playing consistently and has rarely made any consequential mistakes. SKT might find more success if they turned Faker into the team carry, but perhaps kkOma might know more about that than we do.
Afreeca Freecs have been a strong team since the beginning of the season and are now looking like they might break it to the semi-finals, if not the finals themselves. They’ve managed to defeat some formidable opponents, but this week they’re against the current kings of the LCK themselves. If they somehow manage to defeat KZ, which we doubt they’ll be able to, this team will begin to rise to new heights.
Their match against JAG will also be an important one, since it covers the other end of the spectrum. JAG is by no means an easy matchup and will determine exactly where AFS stands right now.
KSV vs. KT Rolster
KSV may have been defeated more times than they’d like, but they’re still in third place, right behind KT. Their position is similar to that of KT Rolster, who were humiliated in week 4 by Kingzone. They might not be the top team, but they’ll fight tooth and nail to stay as close to the top spot as possible.
That means that those two titans will be going at each other like their lives depend on the outcome. The real stakes aren’t so far off either – KSV need to defend their honor as the current Worlds champions, while KT are desperate to make an international appearance this year. Of all the teams, it was KSV (then known as SSG), that prevented them from attending Worlds last year. This is a chance at vengeance as much as it’s a chance to solidifying their position on the top of the ladder of the 2018 LCK Spring Split.
Our take on this match is that KT Rolster will win just due to the sheer performance boost they’ve gone through this split. It’s quite possible that they’ve noticed how they can crack KSV’s playstyle open. It doesn’t help KSV that they haven’t bee performing much lately.
Betting: KT to win at 1.70 odds (ArcaneBet)
Kingzone vs. AFS
Make no mistake; if AFS win this match, them and Kingzone will be in a tie for the first place in the LCK. We’re assuming both teams will win their other match with ease, with AFS being against JAG and KZ fighting against BBQ Olivers.
For now, we’re thinking that Kingzone will be able to hold their own against AFS. As great as AFS play, Kingzone’s performance last week left us in awe. If they play in a similar style this week, we don’t think that AFS will give them anymore problems than KT Rolster did.
Betting: Kingzone to win at 1.32 odds (GGbet)
There’s much to look forward to as the 2018 LCK Spring Split hits its second half. It’ll continue to get more and more exciting as we approach the playoffs stage. We’re expecting and hoping that SKT will be able to make some fantastic plays this week and take a 2-0 victory, further enhancing their position and boosting their confidence. Surely, kkOma will have done something with his trusty notepad and gifted mind during last week.
Do you think SKT will be able to make a change in Week 5 of the 2018 LCK Spring Split? What effects do you think the roster changes will have on them? Let us know in the comments below!