With the team’s positions in the standings still up for grabs, many players continue to stand out in their matches for Week 4. With this week, there are finally some repeat players earning a spot on the OP 5. Which players made a repeat appearance for the Summer Split? Which players will make their first appearance? Let’s find out right now!
Top: Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon (DAMWON Gaming)
Nuguri’s quest to becoming the best top laner in Korea came to a completion in Week 4 as DAMWON Gaming took on Kim “Kiin” Gi-in and the rest of Afreeca Freecs. Up against his final challenge on the way to being the best top laner in Korea, Nuguri was simply dominant with Jayce (8/1/9) and Vladimir (7/2/9) on the way to a 2-0 victory over Afreeca.
With his status as the best top laner in Korea cemented, the question now becomes how long he can maintain the title. With all the improvements Nuguri has made since joining the LCK, the title is his to lose now. Will he be able to defend his title and lead DAMWON to the finals? The second half of the split begins now and now it’s time for Nuguri to show how far he can take this team.
Jungle: Kim “OnFleek” Jang-gyeom (SANDBOX Gaming)
Another week, another new OP jungler as OnFleek takes the honors for this week. With some easy matchups this week, OnFleek absolutely dominated and took over the game. With an incredible KDA of 13 across the four games, OnFleek looked unstoppable this week. His amazing week netted him a MVP award as well for his performance on Lee Sin (4/2/7) in Game 1 against Jin Air Green Wings.
With the top spot in the standings still within reach, SANDBOX will have a tough challenge ahead of them with DAMWON Gaming. If SANDBOX wants to win, OnFleek will have to play a huge part in that. If he struggles, then SANDBOX could find themselves losing distance from Griffin for first place.
Mid: Heo “ShowMaker” Su (DAMWON Gaming)
Joining his teammate Nuguri as the first repeat appearance in the OP 5 for the Summer Split is DAMWON’s mid laner ShowMaker. Much like Nuguri, ShowMaker had an amazing week as well on a variety of champions. With some amazing games on the likes of Corki (6/1/8) and Vladimir (4/0/10 and MVP), ShowMaker was also a key playmaker for the team.
While ShowMaker hasn’t quite taken the title of best mid laner in Korea, he is still one of the best there is. With the second half of the split coming up, he’ll have a great chance to make up for some earlier failures and take the title of best mid laner.
ADC: Park “Teddy” Jin-seong (SK Telecom T1)
It’s been a while but the OP ADC for Week 4 is SKT’s Teddy. With only three deaths this week, Teddy was back to his dominant ways as he destroyed KT Rolster and Gen.G with Varus. Along with his three games on Varus, Teddy also had an amazing performance on Kalista (5/0/7), scoring himself a MVP award in Game 1 against Gen.G.
While SKT has a long way ahead of them to take back their spot on the throne, this week was a good start. As long as Teddy and the rest of the team can maintain their level of play from the week, they could find themselves back fairly quickly.
Support: Son “Lehends” Si-woo (Griffin)
Joining the DAMWON solo laners as a repeat OP player of the week is Griffin’s support Lehends. With some great games on the likes of Lux and Yuumi this week, Lehends and the rest of Griffin continued their winning ways in dominant fashion as expected. With a MVP performance on Tahm Kench (2/0/10) to add on to an already impressive week, Lehends continues to grow the gap between himself and other supports in the league.
Much like the rest of Griffin, however, the question becomes whether he can consistently perform at this level. The pressure is on for Lehends and the rest of Griffin to finally win a LCK title, will they falter again or will this finally be the split?
As always, with all the great players, it’s hard to fit everyone in. Here are some honorable mentions for the fourth week of summer action.
Starting things off this week is SK Telecom T1’s star jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min. With SKT having a great week, a lot of the praise needs to go to Clid as always, who plays a huge part in SKT’s success in the early stages of the game. With some solid games on the likes of Jarvan IV and Xin Zhao, as long as Clid can keep up his recent performance, SKT will be just fine.
To finish off the honorable mentions this week is another jungler: DAMWON Gaming’s Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu. While the DAMWON solo laners have been rightfully receiving praise for their great play, it’s important to give some praise to their jungler as well. With the huge role Canyon plays in helping Nuguri and ShowMaker gaining leads early, he has proven to be just as important of a player. With a MVP performance on Jarvan IV (3/1/17) against Afreeca to further highlight it this week, Canyon has earned an honorable mention.
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