With some very hyped matchups in Week 3, many teams moved around in this week’s LCK power rankings. As teams continue to improve and adapt, let’s see where teams are this week and what they could work on going into the Lunar New Years break. As always if you missed last week’s power rankings, you can find them here.
10. Jin Air Green Wings (-)
0-2 vs Afreeca Freecs
0-2 vs Hanwha Life Esports
Sadplane.jpg is slowly becoming the official logo for Jin Air Green Wings after another tragic 0-2 week. It’s hard to say much about the squad as they have yet to show any potential or any solid play in general. At this rate, it truly seems impossible for Jin Air to pick up a win at any point during the split and relegations is also beginning to seem likely.
Perhaps it’s what the organization needs to fix their issues in the roster so that they can become a top team in the future. But for now, the split is becoming a lost cause.
9. Afreeca Freecs (-2)
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
0-2 vs KT Rolster
Afreeca Freecs continue to struggle as their inability to have a solid bot lane pairing continues to cause issues. This time around, the team had usual jungler Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon in the support position. While his surprising AP Support Jarvan was impressive, the team was not through the week. Although they picked up a fairly easy victory against Jin Air, they were taken care of with ease by KT Rolster. While Afreeca continues to have troubles in the bot lane, it’s hard to see them move out of the bottom of the standings. As such, their power rankings reflect that as they drop to 9th.
Going into the Lunar New Years, Afreeca needs to focus on and figuring out who they’ll be playing in the bot lane going forward. Without a consistent bot lane, it’s hard to see Afreeca making a push to playoffs.
8. Gen.G (+1)
2-1 vs KT Rolster
1-2 vs Kingzone DragonX
Despite what their record might show, Gen.G were not great this week. While they were able to pick up a hard-fought victory over KT Rolster, their play against Kingzone was abysmal. Luckily for the team there were some positives.To start, top laner Kim “Roach” Kang-hui looked solid and could potentially act as a second carry for the team behind ADC Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk. Secondly, speaking of Ruler, he continues to be an absolute beast in the bot lane, completely dominating most games.
Going into the New Years break, Gen.G will have a lot to work on. Most notably, if jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho can begin performing at a top level again, the team becomes a lot better. On top of that, if Roach can continue improving, the team could become a solid two-threat team as opposed to their current state as a single threat team. Time is ticking for Gen.G – they need to adapt now or else their split is all but over.
7. KT Rolster (+1)
1-2 vs Gen.G
2-0 vs Afreeca Freecs
Despite another 1-1 week for KT Rolster, they managed to move up a spot in the power rankings as the squad looks more and more promising. With substitute top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon and jungler Eom “UmTi” Seong-hyeon starting for the week, the team looked much better. On top of that, it appears the team has found their starter in the bot lane with Jeon “Zenit” Tae-gwon, who had a solid week.
Going into the New Years break the team needs to focus on further improving their individual play as they’ll have a very rough few weeks ahead of them. Because if they want a chance to take a few wins, it’ll start from their individual play against some of the best in the region.
6. Kingzone DragonX (-)
2-0 vs DAMWON Gaming
2-1 vs Gen.G
Is Kingzone a good team? That’s the question everyone LCK viewer has been asking since their 2-0 in Week 2. While the team went 2-0 once again this week, their performance keeps the question unanswered. While the team looked decent in their victory over DAMWON, their recent performance against Gen.G was simply terrible. With two performances on both ends of the scale, the true nature of Kingzone is yet to be revealed.
As such, Kingzone enter the New Years break with a simple goal. Fix up the inconsistencies in their game and come back showing the world that they’re actually a good team. But for now, the mystery of Kingzone will remain unsolved as they stay in 6th place on the power ranking.
5. DAMWON Gaming (-1)
1-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
0-2 vs Kingzone DragonX
After another disappointing 0-2 week, DAMWON continue to fall in both the standings and power rankings. While the team looked good in very close defeat at the hands of SANDBOX, their defeat by Kingzone left a bad impression on fans. With the high expectations set on the team at the start of the season, their recent underperformance has been rather unfortunate.
However, going into the New Years break, DAMWON will have a much needed chance to regroup and a fairly relaxed Week 4 as they’re set to face Jin Air Green Wings and Afreeca Freecs. The season isn’t lost yet for DAMWON, but if they lose in Week 4, it very well could be.
4. Hanwha Life Esports (+1)
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
0-2 vs SK Telecom T1
Hanwha had a solid test in Week 3 against SKT. With a victory Hanwha would’ve cemented themselves as a top team in the league. However, with their 2-0 loss against the super team, Hanwha is still stuck as a mid tier team in the region. While an quick 2-0 victory over Jin Air keeps the team in a decent spot on the standings, it’s hard to say how well they’ll do come playoffs.
Going into the break, Hanwha will need to improve individually as it’s clear that they’re still unable to match up well against other top teams. If they’re unable to show improvement upon their return in Week 4, Hanwha might need to accept their fate as a mid tier team.
3. SK Telecom T1 (-)
0-2 vs Griffin
2-0 vs Hanwha Life Esports
While SKT was destroyed by Griffin to start the week off, the team did show how good this team could be with their own destruction of Hanwha Life Esports. Behind the amazing play of jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min, the team looked great in their victory as even mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok showed off some of his old aggressive play.
Now going into the break and a telecom war match coming soon, SKT will spend this time trying to find some consistency in their play. If they can always play like they did against Hanwha, SKT will find themselves in the finals fairly easily. However if their play is more like their loss against Griffin, the season could prove to be fairly tough.
2. SANDBOX Gaming (-)
2-1 vs DAMWON Gaming
1-2 vs Griffin
SANDBOX’s undefeated streak has come to an end after their loss to Griffin. However the week still brought a lot of positives. For starters the team was actually able to take a game off of Griffin, something other teams were unable to do. On top of that, the team looked good in their hard-fought victory over DAMWON. With standout players leading the way like ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun, it’s clear that SANDBOX is gonna be a huge contender for the Finals.
For now, the team goes into the break with a lot of positives to work off of. As long as they continue to improve, especially in their late game decision making, the team will only get better from here on out.
1. Griffin (-)
2-0 vs SK Telecom T1
2-1 vs SANDBOX Gaming
Despite maintaining their perfect record, Griffin suffered two tragedies this week. First they lost their perfect game record as the team dropped a game in their victory over SANDBOX Gaming. Meanwhile on an individual level, the prodigy mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon died 2 times in their match against SANDBOX.
Apart from those tragedies, there’s not much to be said for Griffin and their continued dominance of Korea. With some easier weeks ahead after the New Years break, Griffin should be fairly close to clinching a spot in the playoffs. As such there may be a chance the team begins to experiment more with team comps and strategies. However, considering all the talent on this team, it’s hard to see that affecting them that much.
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