Week 2 brought us some great games, and we’re expecting the 2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3 to do the same.
Game 1 between KT Rolster and Kingzone DragonX was a sight to behold. It’s not often that you see two top teams go for 34 kills, especially in the LCK. Besides the great action, we also got to see some surprises and results. But, at the same time, it was quite disappointing to see SKT limping, although it’s probably only because we’re expecting too much from them. At the very least, they’re looking a lot better than they did last year. Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” surely appreciates his new teammates because they are giving him something that he didn’t have last year, a sense of security and not the urgency to carry the entire load on his shoulders.
Team Griffin continue to soar and it seems like there’s no stopping them. It feels like it’s safe to say that we can expect them to perform at a very high level all the time, including the 2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3.
SANDBOX Gaming is another team to keep an eye on. They showed in their series against SKT that they’re not backing down from any challenges.
With that said, here is our preview for the 2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3.
2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3 Schedule
|2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3 Schedule|
|Wednesday (January 30, 2019)|
|DAMWON Gaming||09:00||SANDBOX Gaming|
|Afreeca Freecs||12:00||Jin Air Green Wings|
|Thursday (January 31, 2019)|
|Team Griffin||09:00||SK telecom T1|
|Friday (February 1, 2019)
|Kingzone DragonX||09:00||DAMWON Gaming|
|Jin Air Green Wings||12:00||Hanwha Life Esports|
|Saturday (February 2, 2019)|
|Afreeca Freecs||09:00||KT Rolster|
|Team Griffin||12:00||SANDBOX Gaming|
|Sunday (February 3, 2019)|
|SK telecom T1||12:00||Hanwha Life Esports|
2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3 — Must-Watch Team and Player
It was a bit tough for me to choose between Kingzone DragonX and Damwon gaming due to the fact Kingzone have shown great resilience in the 2nd week of this split while Damwon was the complete opposite. Kingzone’s He Won-seok “PawN” was a completely different player last week and it will be very interesting to see if this was just temporary or if he will continue with his excellent performance.
Their first series of the week against DAMWON Gaming will be telling of how far along they are. Not to mention, seeing Kim Kwang-hee “Rascal” go against Jang Ha-gwon “Nuguri” will be a welcome treat.
Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu is starting to ramp things up, and as bad as he performed against SANDBOX Gaming, we’re thinking it was more of a team problem than his individual performance. Personally, I would love to see him playing Lucian and Kai’sa this week.
Kingzone will also get to play Gen.G this week, and judging by how badly Gen.G has performed so far, it’s set to be a free win. It also doesn’t help that their jungler, Han Wang-Ho “Peanut”, has said himself that he hasn’t been performing the way he’s wanted.
Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon (DAMWON Gaming)
Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon has gone through a roller coaster these past two weeks. The first week of the split he was clinical and bested some of the best top laners that LCK has to offer. While on the second week of the split, it seemed like we were watching a completely different player and it was quite painful to see.
Looking into the first week, he was very comfortable with Vladimir and and as soon as his opponents saw that he excels on this champion they have immediately banned him and unfortunately that has crippled his gameplay. So far he has failed to impress on Akali, Irelia and Urgot, champions that are the bread and butter of the current meta. If Damwon wants to have any chance of proving themselves to be contending champions, Nuguri has to perform much better on these champions, otherwise, he will be the weakest link and every team will play against their top laner and make Nuguri’s life even harder.
This week he has the potential to show the world that he is not limited only to Vladimir and that he can perform even with champions like Akali, Urgot, and Jayce. It is important to note that it’s still early in the split and that these may have been just bad games for him, so these two next series, my eyes will surely be focused on the top lane.
2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3 — Must-Watch Matches
Griffin vs SKT T1
Griffin has started 2019 furiously and has yet to show any remorse for their opponents. Their victories have been swift and clean thanks to their decision making and also the stellar performances of Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong and Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon. It’s worth noting that Chovy has a KDA of 84, which means he has died only once. The performance of Tarzan in the first week of the split was nothing short of breathtaking as he knew exactly where he had to be at all times.
On the other hand, Kim “Clid” Dong-ha has been crucial for the early success of SKT and has helped Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok carry the team. Kim “Khan” Dong-ha and Park “Teddy” Jin-seong have been performing great these past few series and playing against Griffin will be a great test for them. It is worrisome when you think that SKT couldn’t defeat Sandbox gaming and that the same fate is awaiting them against Griffin. Faker thrives in challenges like these, but the inexperience of Clid can cause SKT the series.
I am going to pick Griffin this match, just because they are hot right now and SKT are still trying to understand how to play with each other.
Betting: Team Griffin to win at 1.28 odds. (10bet)
Kingzone DragonX vs Damwon Gaming
One of the teams to watch this week, Kingzone DragonX must pass the test against DAMWON Gaming.
PawN and Deft are definitely not the type of players that belong at the bottom of the table and they have proven time and time again that they have what it takes to solo carry and we don’t expect anything different this series against Damwon. Although, if we’re being honest, the key to this matchup is not those two, but rather, Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee and Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan.
If Rascal and Cuzz can shutdown Nuguri, DAMWON Gaming will struggle. To do that, we can expect Kingzone to ban out Vladimir and their luck by allowing him to play something like Akali, Sion, Jayce or Urgot.
DAMWON Gaming has a lot of unresolved issues on their roster. IN particular, Heo “ShaowMaker” Su is one of them. He put up a great fight on the first week, but he couldn’t sustain it the following week.
Either way, as much as we’d love to see Nuguri and ShowMaker prove us wrong this series, there’s just no way that they’ll be able to overpower Kingzone as a whole. Even if PawN himself doesn’t have a good game, Deft is good enough to carry the team on his own and lead Kingzone to a victory.
Seeing the way things have developed this past week we can clearly expect some great action. The emergence of Griffin as top dogs isn’t quite unexpected while the relatively good start of SKT is something that fans of the three-world-champions have been waiting for months now. The poor performance of Jin Air Green Wings may be just a prelude of what is yet to come or will they bounce back like Kingzone DragonX?
It is also very interesting to see how Gen G and KT Rolster will react to their poor start. Gen G will be facing directly KT Rolster and this will be a series that both teams see as a must-win series.
What are you looking forward to seeing the most in the 2019 LCK Spring Split Week 3? Will KT Rolster or Gen.G finally recover from their poor start? Will SKT assert their dominance? Or, will Team Griffin continue their run? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.