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LCK Summer Week 5 Power Rankings

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!

10.Jin Air Green Wings (-)

Current record: 0-10
0-2 vs Afreeca Freecs
0-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Is it fair to say that it’s sad at this point? There really isn’t much to say at this point. Jin Air’s early game is great, but that’s really all they have going for them. Will they ever win a match this split? Unless they can make some huge improvements very quickly it’s very unlikely we’ll see Jin Air win a match this split. With that being said, see you in relegations yet again, Jin Air.

9.Hanwha Life Esports (-1)

Current record: 2-8
0-2 vs SK Telecom T1
0-2 vs Gen.G
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Hanwha continues to regress as they drop to 9th in the power rankings. While some players such as support Kim “key” Han-gi has had some solid games through the split, the team’s performance as a whole was simply not enough. While the roster has solid players all around, they have simply been outclassed against most teams individually and together as a team. 

With the second half of the split beginning, will Hanwha be able to turn it around and avoid relegations? As things currently stand, it’s hard to see Hanwha taking games off the top teams unlike KT Rolster,  the only other team at risk of taking the second relegation spot. As such Hanwha will need to at least beat Jin Air one more time along with KT as well. Otherwise, Hanwha will be joining Jin Air in relegations

8.KT Rolster (+1)

Current record: 2-8
1-2 vs Kingzone DragonX
0-2 vs SK Telecom T1
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite the 2-8 record and yet another 2-0 week, KT has been able to show the occasional sign of life. While it’s hard to see KT actually winning a whole series against one of the top teams, it is still possible. For now, that’s all they need to keep the hope of avoiding relegation alive. With that being said, the struggles of some players like top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho continues to be a huge concern for the team’s chances going forward. 

While they’re not out of trouble yet, KT still has the best chance out of the bottom three teams. Will they be able to survive or will they find themselves back in relegation?

7.Gen.G (-)

Current record: 6-4
2-0 vs Griffin
2-0 vs Hanwha Life Esports
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite a convincing 2-0 victory over Griffin, Gen.G stays put at 7th in the power rankings due to their performance against Hanwha. Despite being a better team overall and being in a good position, Gen.G took a long time to close out both games against Hanwha. Their performance against Hanwha brings some concerns about the Gen.G’s consistency going forward which could be a huge issue.

While Gen.G is still in contention for a playoff spot, their performance going forward will decide their fate. If they perform as they did against Hanwha once again, Gen.G will likely miss the playoffs. However, if they can perform as they did against Griffin, Gen.G will have a fighting chance at making the playoffs this split. 

6.Griffin (-3)

Current record: 7-3
0-2 vs Gen.G
1-2 vs Afreeca Freecs
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

After an amazing performance at Rift Rivals along with the rest of the LCK representatives, Griffin came back to Korea and ended up falling short as they finish the week 0-2. While the team is still tied for second in the standings, their performance this week was still worrying considering the slow collapse by Griffin last split. 

While Griffin should be able to come back from a rough week, they need to do it fast. Unlike the last split, Griffin doesn’t have the same lead over the rest of the LCK and as a result, could still drop out of a playoff spot. The pressure is on Griffin, will you recover or will the fall continue once again? 

5.SK Telecom T1 (+1)

Current record: 5-5
2-0 vs Hanwha Life Esports
2-0 vs KT Rolster
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

SK Telecom continues their slow rise back to the top as they’re bumped up another spot to 5th in the power rankings. After a great performance at Rift Rivals that showed they’re still a threat and a top team, SKT dominated this week against lower-tier opponents. While they have an easy week coming up with matches against Jin Air and Gen.G, they won’t be as lucky afterward. 

While the work is still not finished for SKT as they sit outside a playoff spot at 7th in the standings, they should be able to make it in with their recent level of play. Since they haven’t faced any of the top tier teams in a while, SKT will need to prove that they can still face off against the other top teams of Korea. The real challenge is coming up for SKT it’s time for them to sink or swim. 

4.Afreeca Freecs (+1)

Current record: 6-4
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
2-1 vs Griffin
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

After some struggles in past weeks, Afreeca came back with a solid 2-0 week featuring a victory over Griffin. With their 2-0 week, Afreeca also showed that they can face off and hold their own against the top teams. While they’ll have to continue proving it as the split goes on, their win over Griffin was a good start. 

Much like SKT, Afreeca still have a very tough schedule ahead of them. While they were able to make it back into a playoff spot with their recent 2-0 week, they’ll have to play at an incredibly high level to keep their spot in the playoffs. For them, a lot more is at stake than just a spot in the playoffs as the playoff spot also represents their spot in the Gauntlet and their potential spot at Worlds. Will Afreeca maintain their spot? Only time will tell. 

3.SANDBOX Gaming (-1)

Current record: 8-2
0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

With a second straight loss to DAMWON, SANDBOX drops another spot to 3rd in the power rankings. Luckily for SANDBOX, they receive the consolation prize of sole possession of 1st in the standings thanks to a 0-2 week for Griffin. Now the question becomes whether they can maintain that spot.

Luckily for SANDBOX, while they have struggled against DAMWON in recent matchups, SANDBOX is still in a good spot right now. As long as they maintain their current form they should be able to beat enough top teams to maintain their top spot in the standings. With it, SANDBOX could find themselves in a solid spot to make Worlds this year.

2.Kingzone DragonX (+2)

Current record: 7-3
2-1 vs KT Rolster
2-1 vs DAMWON Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

After being one of the stars of Rift Rivals along with DAMWON, Kingzone came back to the LCK with a great 2-0 week. While both games ended 2-1 in favor of Kingzone they still looked fairly dominant. After their recent struggles, ADC Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu provided a great reminder to the world that he is still the star of the show as he put the team on his back against DAMWON. 

With Deft on the top of his game again and the rest of Kingzone continuing to improve and dominate at times as well, Kingzone continues to be one of the favorites to win it all this Split. While they’re not first in the standings, Kingzone should still have an easy time in making it into the finals.

1.DAMWON Gaming (-)

Current record: 7-3
2-0 vs SANDBOX Gaming
1-2 vs Kingzone DragonX
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

While DAMWON ended the week with a 1-1 they maintain the top spot of the power rankings for the time being. With a hard week against other top teams in SANDBOX and Kingzone, DAMWON was able to come out swinging and dominate SANDBOX while having a very competitive match against Kingzone. With the solo laners of top laner Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su continuing to have amazing splits, DAMWON is still in a solid spot.

However, the fun doesn’t end here for DAMWON as they face another tough week coming up with a showdown against Griffin and a rematch against SANDBOX Gaming. If DAMWON can come out with a 2-0 week, then they should be able to jump up to first in the standings and establish a solid hold on first in the power rankings as well.

 

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