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LCK: Week 4 Power Rankings

After a week without League of Legends to celebrate the Lunar New Years, LCK is back with another week filled with action. In the week back however, it was much of the same, as this week saw little movement in the power rankings. Regardless, let’s see how the teams did this week in their return from the break! As always, if you missed last week’s power rankings, check them out here.

10.Jin Air Green Wings (-)

0-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

What is there left to be said about Jin Air after another 0-2 week? The team lacks any positives, from team cohesion and their draft to their individual play. It’s simply impossible to find any positives for the team to build on. With their recent play it’s even questionable if the team would be able to take a game off a team from the CK let alone an LCK team. There’s really not much left to be said for the team, as the sadplane.jpg moves on to another week. Perhaps the org can take their time in CK to rebuild and come back stronger.

9.Gen.G (-1)

0-2 vs Hanwha Life Esports
1-2 vs SK Telecom T1
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Gen.G continue their struggles as they stay near the bottom of the standings for another week. While the team showed some signs of life in their game 1 victory over SKT, they looked terrible the rest of the week. While everyone has struggled, the biggest culprit for Gen.G’s results has to be jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, who has not lived up to the expectations placed on him at the beginning of the season. While Peanut should’ve been one of the best players on the team, he has often been the weakest link. Until Peanut can return to his previous form, Gen.G will more than likely stay at the bottom of the standings despite the efforts of ADC Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk.

8.Afreeca Freecs (+1)

0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
0-2 vs Griffin
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Afreeca come into week 4 with their full roster ready to play. While it was nice to see some normalcy in their starting lineup, it may be a curse in disguise as the bot lane of Kim “Aiming” Ha-ram and Son “Jelly” Ho-gyeong did not look great. Overall the team has looked better than Gen.G but with the team’s current state, it’s hard to see them making any late push for a playoff spot. Especially with the continued struggles of mid laner Son “Ucal” Woo-hyeon, who was expected to be a key player for the team. With another rough pair of matches in week 5 against SANDBOX Gaming and Hanwha Life Esports, the struggles are set to continue for Afreeca.

7.KT Rolster (-)

0-2 vs Griffin
1-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Out of the bottom tier teams of the LCK, KT Rolster has shown the most promise thus far. However, the team is still filled with issues across the roster. First off, while the team is now set on Jeon “Zenit” Tae-gwon as the starting ADC going forward, his play still leaves a lot to be desired as it’s clear that he can’t keep up against the top ADCs in the league. Along with that, top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho continues to struggle to play at the level expected of him; despite this, Smeb continues to see play while sub top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon has proven himself in recent starts. In the long run, if KT’s individual performance can improve, they still have a shot at making a run to the playoffs, but for now, the middle of the standings remain out of reach.

6.Kingzone DragonX (-)

1-2 vs SK Telecom T1
0-2 vs Hanwha Life Esports
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Without the Frostmancy hotfix in effect, Kingzone showed the world the true power of the build as four members of the team had a sightstone. With their amazing vision control as a result, they were able to take a win off of SKT. However, for Kingzone that’s all the positives for the week. Otherwise the question of “are they a good team” strays further towards a convincing no. A huge reason for this continues to be the inconsistent performance of mid laner Heo “PawN” Won-seok. If Kingzone want any chance at becoming a top tier team in Korea, PawN needs to be able to perform at a consistently high level. Thankfully for Kingzone, the team continue to struggle, as such they remain 6th in the power rankings.

5.DAMWON Gaming (-)

2-0 vs Afreeca Freecs
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

As it turns out, despite their record coming into week 4, DAMWON is actually fairly good at League of Legends. With amazing play continuing to come from the solo laners of Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Heo “ShowMaker” Su, the team has continued to look great. On top of that ADC Sin “Nuclear” Jeong-hyeon continues to make his case for top ADC in the region. Hopefully the team can keep their level of play up as a key match against Hanwha Life Esports awaits them. With a victory against them, DAMWON cement themselves as a top team in Korea. However, with a defeat DAMWON will cement their spot in the middle of the standings with Kingzone waiting for a chance to move up the standings. Whatever happens, next week will be crucial for DAMWON.

4.Hanwha Life Esports (-)

2-0 vs Gen.G
2-0 vs Kingzone DragonX
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

The gatekeepers of Korea continue to dominate the lower tier teams with another 2-0 week. With this week’s victories, Hanwha continue to improve as a team and lock in 4th place in the standings. With some of the best play in their career from the likes of Park “Thal” Kwon-hyuk and Kim “bonO” Gi-beom, the team continues to surprise fans with their roster’s performance. Now the team looks forward to a huge matchup coming up against DAMWON. Hanwha will have a chance to fully distance themselves from the tag of mid tier team with a victory. This match will mean more than just the result for the team, will they be able to come through with the victory? Only time will tell.

3.SANDBOX Gaming (-1)

2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
2-1 vs KT Rolster
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

Despite another 2-0 week for SANDBOX they still drop a spot in the power rankings. This is due to a noticeable drop in play in both matches. The team as a whole looked lost at various points against KT Rolster and had shaky victory against Jin Air in game 2. With that being said, SANDBOX are still a top tier team and a contender. With ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun dominating and making a case for MVP of the season and jungler Kim “OnFleek” Jang-gyeom continuing to impress, it’s hard to count out this team. However, if they continue to have issues in the mid game and beyond, the better teams in Korea will easily punish them. As such, SANDBOX find themselves at number three in the power rankings for the time being.

2.SK Telecom T1 (+1)

2-1 vs Kingzone DragonX
2-1 vs Gen.G
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

With a pair of 2-1 victories, SKT move up to 2nd in the power rankings to end week 4. Despite the losses, SKT looked fairly clean for most of the week. This week, the solo lanes were able to show everyone why they were praised as players. Top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha was absolutely dominant in game 3 against Kingzone while also playing great in general across other games. Meanwhile mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok dominated the entire week and deleted opponents on Zoe as Faker was finally off tank duty. Now the team looks forward to the classic telecom wars matchup against KT Rolster. While they’re the favorites on paper, the telecom wars always leads to some surprising results. Regardless of what happens, it’ll likely be another exciting match.

1.Griffin (-)

2-0 vs KT Rolster
2-0 vs Afreeca
Courtesy of: LCK Flickr

What is there left to be said about Griffin after another 2-0 week? Not much, except how amazing they are at League of Legends. Mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon continues to amaze fans with spectacular plays across the map and jungler Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong continues to absolutely dominate the jungle. Meanwhile ADC Park “Viper” Do-hyeon keeps showing off his champion pool with four different picks. With a few easy weeks coming up, Griffin will likely start looking ahead all the way to week 7, where they’re set to face off against SKT and SANDBOX. With the other top teams continuing to level up, week 7 will likely be the last chance for Griffin to lose a series before the end of the split.

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Featured image courtesy of LCK flickr.

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