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LCK Summer Week 4 Power Rankings

WIth a fairly quiet week without any surprising results, the power rankings lacked any huge movements. With a short break thanks to Rift Rivals, let’s see where all the teams find themselves heading into another week of LCK! As always, if you missed last week’s power rankings, you can find them here!

10.Jin Air Green Wings (-)

Current record: 0-8
0-2 vs Griffin
0-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Another week, another 0-2 for Jin Air. Facing the two top teams this week, Jin Air was at least able to put up a fight against SANDBOX in Game 1. However, as with most of their games this split, Jin Air ended up throwing away any early game leads they were able to build up on their way to another loss. 

With their return to relegation all but assured at this point, it might be time to start looking towards the future. For Jin Air, the smart thing to do is build a roster around ADC Moon “Route” Geom-su, who has been the best player on the roster. But for now, the struggles continue as Jin Air remains at the bottom of the power rankings.

9.KT Rolster (-2)

Current record: 2-6
0-2 vs SK Telecom T1
0-2 vs Afreeca Freecs
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Slowly but surely, KT has finally rejoined Jin Air in the relegation zone thanks to another 0-2 week. Despite the addition of ADC Kim “PraY” Jong-in to the roster, it simply wasn’t enough to drag KT out from the bottom of the standings. While KT still has a chance to avoid relegations with Hanwha right above them with a record of 2-6 as well, their current performance makes that possibility an unlikely one at best.

Will the stars of the roster pull it together and help KT avoid relegation? Or will KT make a second trip into relegation as the roster falls apart even more? As the KT roller coaster continues to drop, will it go back up at any point this split? 

8.Hanwha Life Esports (-)

Current record: 2-6
1-2 vs Kingzone DragonX
0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Joining teams at the bottom that will have to return to the drawing board in the off-season is Hanwha as they remain at 8th in the power rankings. While they have solid players in all positions, it’s simply not enough as the team hasn’t been able to find any wins. At this point, it’s simply an issue of individual players being outclassed more often than not with the key example coming from the bot lane tandem of ADC Gwon “sangyoon” Sang-yun and support Kim “key” Han-gi who simply can’t match up against the top tier bot lanes of the region.

With a short break thanks to Rift Rivals, will the team be able to fix their issues and win enough to avoid the risk of relegation?

7.Gen.G (-1)

Current record: 4-4
0-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
0-2 vs SK Telecom T1
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite a promising Week 3, Gen.G struggled once again as they finish Week 4 with another 0-2. As mentioned previously, the main issue facing Gen.G this split has been inconsistency. While Gen.G had a solid showing against SANDBOX in Game 1, they struggled massively the rest of the week. 

While the team’s struggles have been shared by the entire roster, some key players that have been the most inconsistent have been top laner Lee “CuVee” Seong-jin and jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho. For most of Gen.G’s victories this split, it’s usually thanks to one of these two players having a great performance. If either player can become more consistent, Gen.G could be a legitimate contender for a playoff spot. 

6.SK Telecom T1 (+3)

Current record: 3-5
2-0 vs KT Rolster
2-0 vs Gen.G
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

While it was against fairly weak opponents in KT and Gen.G, SKT looked great this week with Kim “kkOma” Jeong-gyun on stage with them once again. On top of that, the team’s drafts seem to have improved as well with more importance being placed on strong, aggressive early game champions.  

While questions around the team’s reliance on jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min’s early game performance remain, Week 4 was a hopeful sign that perhaps SKT has fixed their issues as the team looks to defend their title as champions. The real challenge won’t come for a while as SKT has two easy weeks ahead of them. Will they be ready to compete against the top teams of Korea again? Only time will tell. 

5.Afreeca Freecs (-)

Current record: 4-4
0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
2-0 vs KT Rolster
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite a 1-1 week, Afreeca was able to hold on to their spot in the power rankings. However, despite their early success, Afreeca’s struggles against the top teams of the league mean that their hopes of making a return to worlds are much smaller than before. 

Luckily for the team, the short Rift Rivals break could be exactly what they need to reset and get ready for the next half of the split. With a fairly young roster (top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in being the oldest at 20 years old) Afreeca will definitely benefit the most from this break and as a result, hopefully Afreeca will still have what it takes to push past the top teams and ensure they find themselves in the playoffs. 

4.Kingzone DragonX (-)

Current record: 5-3
2-1 vs Hanwha Life Esports
0-2 vs Griffin
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Much like Afreeca, Kingzone holds on to their spot in the power rankings after a 1-1 week. However, they’re in a similar situation as Kingzone has also been struggling against the top teams recently. However, with a roster filled with veteran players such as ADC Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu, they should be able to stay composed and continue to push ahead.

For Kingzone, the team dynamics have changed since last split as the team is no longer reliant on Deft to carry the team. This has been thanks to their solo laners in top laner Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee and mid laner Yoo “Naehyun” Nae-hyun continuing to improve each week.

3.SANDBOX Gaming (-2)

Current record:7-1
2-0 vs Gen.G
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite a 2-0 week, SANDBOX falls a spot in the power rankings. With a close game against both Gen.G and Jin Air, SANDBOX did show some signs of struggling through the week. While SANDBOX was able to fight back and come out of it with a perfect week, their struggles have allowed teams to jump above them in the power rankings.

Despite this, a short break thanks to Rift Rivals could help the team make a come back and fight for their spot at the top of the power rankings back fairly quickly. With a big matchup against DAMWON coming up, it will be a good chance for fans to see if SANDBOX has begun struggling or if it was just an off week.

2.Griffin (+1)

Current record: 7-1
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
2-0 vs Kingzone DragonX
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Another perfect week for Griffin as the team continues to defend their spot at the top of the standings and move up a spot in the power rankings. While there was never any doubt that Griffin can perform well during the regular season, their real challenge will come in the playoffs once Griffin needs to prove that they can dominate just as hard when it matters the most.

For now, as long as the team can maintain their strong performance through the first half of the split, Griffin will continue to be a contender for the title. But fans and analysts alike are simply waiting to see them maintain their performance in the playoffs.

1.DAMWON Gaming (+1)

Current record: 6-2
2-0 vs Afreeca Freecs
2-0 vs Hanwha Life Esports
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

With another 2-0 week, DAMWON takes the top spot in the power rankings this week. Despite their spot in the standings, DAMWON has been amazing recently and has looked like the best team in Korea. 

Their success has been thanks to top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su who have both become some of the best players in their position. Along with the team as a whole playing well together, DAMWON looks like a clear to win it all through the first half of the split. Will they be able to maintain their level of play and finish off the split strong, or will they falter much like last split? 

 

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LCK Summer Week 5 Power Rankings • The Game Haus July 16, 2019 at 6:02 am

[…] After a very successful Rift Rivals, the ten teams of the LCK return to action as they begin the final push towards the playoffs and Worlds. Which teams moved up and which teams dropped? Let’s find out right now with Week 5’s edition of the LCK Summer power rankings! As always, if you missed last week’s power rankings, you can find them here! […]

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