With the final week of the regular season comes the finals OP 5 as well. As teams use their last chance to gain some momentum going into playoffs, The OP 5 is filled with quite a few surprising players. With that being said, it’s time to take a look at who made the final OP 5 of the spring split. As always, if you missed last week’s OP 5, you can check it out here!
Top: Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon (DAMWON Gaming)
Making his return to the OP 5 at the end of the regular season is DAMWON’s star top laner Nuguri. As a result of some great play, Nuguri was able to pick up three MVP honors in the final week. In general, the week served as a great reminder as to how big of a threat Nuguri can be.
With a decent amount of momentum heading into the playoffs, DAMWON will look to Nuguri to lead them on a deep run. If Nuguri can repeat his performance from this week, SANDBOX Gaming could be in trouble.
Jungle: Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan (Kingzone DragonX)
As the season progressed, there was one player who continued to improve and look more impressive. That player is Kingzone’s jungler Cuzz, who makes it into the final OP 5 of the Spring Split. This week, Cuzz played a huge role in Kingzone’s victory over Griffin as he was able to completely shut down Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong in the early game.
If Kingzone wants continued success into the playoffs, Cuzz will have a huge role to play. If Cuzz can continue to have successful early games, Kingzone could be a dark horse contender for the LCK title. After living in the shadow of Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, the upcoming playoffs will be the chance for Cuzz to prove himself once and for all. Will he succeed? Or will he crack under the pressure?
Mid: Heo “ShowMaker” Su (DAMWON Gaming)
Making his debut in the OP 5 is DAMWON’s mid laner ShowMaker. While ShowMaker has been mostly under the radar for the Spring Split, his performance in the final week of the regular season has been great, as he beat out Gen.G’s Song “Fly” Yong-jun and KT Rolster’s Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong.
With a nice wave of momentum going into the playoffs, ShowMaker will look to be a difference maker for DAMWON as they find themselves in the first round. If he can continue his great play, DAMWON could easily make a deep run.
ADC: Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu (Kingzone DragonX)
While he missed out on the MVP award in controversial fashion, Deft is no doubt the MVP in the eyes of most fans. His play this week continued to be amazing as Kingzone beat Griffin in their only game of the week. While he was unable to lock up the MVP award in their victory, they were able to lock in 3rd place in the standings.
Heading into playoffs, Kingzone looks great, all their players have stepped up and made huge improvements as they appear to have a decent chance to make their way into the finals. While Deft was able to relax a bit to end the regular season, it is now time for him to show how hard he can carry once again. While he won’t have to hard carry the team to victory alone again, the team will be looking for him to be the difference maker. Will he be able to make a deep run into the finals? Only time will tell.
Support: Son “Lehends” Si-woo (Griffin)
Taking the finals OP support of the Spring Split is Griffin’s Lehends. Additionally, Lehends also becomes the first support to take this honor for the third time. Despite a 1-1 week to end the regular season, Lehends had a great performance all around. With some great plays on the likes of Galio and Alistar, Lehends gave the rest of the league a great reminder as to how lethal he can be on initiators.
Waiting in the finals thanks to a bye, Lehends and the rest of Griffin will look to right the wrongs of last season and win a title. With all the pressure in the world on them, will they be able to succeed?
As always, with all the great players, it’s hard to fit everyone in. Here are some honorable mentions for the tenth and final week of action:
Starting things off this week will be mid laner Heo “PawN” Won-seok (Kingzone DragonX). His recent return to form has been great to watch. With a level of play that has been reminiscent of his time on EDward Gaming, PawN has been stepping up big time. As such, he deserves an honorable mention for his great play against Griffin this week.
To finish off the OP 5 for the Spring Split, an honorable mention goes out to jungler Kim “Moojin” Moo-jin (Hanwha Life Esports). Due to being on the bench for most of the season, Moojin had to make a great argument for becoming the starter next season with his play in the last week of the regular season. Luckily for him, with a few MVP honors to back his performance, Moojin did exactly that. However, whether it was enough is yet to be seen, but for now, Moojin gets an honorable mention to end the split.
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