With the final week of action complete and teams looking towards their future, where did everyone end up in the final power rankings of the season? Find out in the week 10 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 (-)
0-2 vs Griffin
The final week of the regular season was a case of good news, bad news and even more bad news. First, the good news, Jin Air was able to make history and break a record. Next, the bad news, they broke the record for the worst record in LCS history by becoming the first team to go winless with a 0-18 record. And finally, some more bad news, the previous owner of the record was also Jin Air in the Spring Split with their 1-17 record, bringing their season record to an absolutely abysmal 1-35.
Now the team looks towards the ever-familiar relegation tournament. Will Jin Air survive once again? And if they do, how will the team improve for next season?
9.Hanwha Life Esports (-1)
1-2 vs Afreeca Freecs
0-2 vs Griffin
So close, yet so far away. After putting themselves in a great spot to avoid relegations, Hanwha will have to unfortunately still look towards the relegation tournament. While KT Rolster’s victory in the final week of action could be considered an upset, Hanwha did themselves no favors with their performance in the final week. Going forward Hanwha will have a lot of important decisions to make regarding their roster. After yet another mediocre season it may be time to blow the roster up and start from scratch yet again. But for now, the focus will be on survival as the team prepares for relegation.
8.KT Rolster (+1)
Current record: 6-12
1-2 vs SANDBOX Gaming
2-1 vs Kingzone DragonX
Despite a rough season, KT was able to help Go “Score” Dong-bin end on a high note as old man Score was able to end on a win with his iconic Hillbilly Gragas. There will be more about Score in the future. But for now, the focus stays on KT and their future. Despite their rough season, there is something to build on. Top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon has shown that he is the future with his performance to end the split while mid laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong is still capable of being a top mid laner in the region. With a solid solo lane tandem to build around, the future is bright for KT.
7.Kingzone DragonX (-)
1-2 vs KT Rolster
With their loss to KT, Kingzone ended their disappointing season on a low note. Despite all the potential of the team heading into the second half of the split, internal issues have destroyed all of it. Hopefully, the roster will stick together heading into the next season with an organization that will better support it. If they can stick together, the roster can still be a top team as seen at various points this split. If not, the story of this Kingzone roster may become one of the biggest “what if’s” in recent history. So for the sake of some great League of Legends, hopefully this roster sticks together.
1-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
Despite a better result this split, Gen.G was unable to sneak into a playoff spot after a close loss to DAMWON Gaming, putting an end to their hopes for Worlds and their season as a whole. With the end of their season, it’s time for Gen.G to look ahead to the future. With an amazing bot lane tandem in ADC Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and support Kim “Life” Jeong-min to build around and mid laner Lee “Rich” Jae-won showing a lot of potential, Gen.G can be an amazing team going forward. For now, Gen.G will watch the rest of the season from the sidelines.
5.Afreeca Freecs (-)
2-1 vs Hanwha Life Esports
Despite the up and down season, Afreeca was able to sneak into the playoffs after their victory over Hanwha Life Esports. With some solid play from the likes of top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in, Afreeca looks solid going into the playoffs. Despite this, their run may be cut short with a showdown against SK Telecom T1 to start things off. While Afreeca may not make Worlds this year, they should have a great shot next season with a set starting roster and hopefully an upgrade in the bot lane. But for now, they need to focus on the small chance they have of making Worlds. Can Afreeca be the Gen.G of this season? Only time will tell.
4.SANDBOX Gaming (-)
2-1 vs KT Rolster
1-2 vs SK Telecom T1
Despite being in contention for the top spot going into the playoffs, SANDBOX fell short and find themselves in third going into the playoffs. Along with that, their loss to SKT leaves the team in a rough spot with SKT likely being their first opponent in the playoffs. While their recent match was fairly even, SKT did look better overall. As such their possible rematch in the playoffs will mean a lot in terms of momentum as it could also end up becoming the final match of the gauntlet.
3.SK Telecom T1 (-1)
0-2 vs DAMWON Gaming
2-1 vs SANDBOX Gaming
Considering the scary spot SKT were in as they entered the final week of play, the team and fans should be glad that they were at least able to secure a spot in the playoffs. While they were outclassed by DAMWON Gaming, SKT was able to make it to the playoffs after a close match against SANDBOX Gaming and an amazing performance from Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on Azir. With how inconsistent SKT has been in recent weeks, it’s hard to imagine them defending their title. However, they remain a huge threat and could easily steamroll through the playoffs. It will all depend on which SKT shows up.
Current record: 13-5
2-0 vs Jin Air Green Wings
2-0 vs Hanwha Life Esports
With an easy week and two quick 2-0 victories, Griffin secured their spot in the finals and for the first time in the organization’s short history, a spot at Worlds. Despite some bumps in the road, Griffin has made the right call throughout the split as rookie top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon has fully adapted to competitive play and has become more integrated into the team. While the team has locked in a spot at Worlds, they’re still looking towards finally winning an LCK title as well. With some great teams like DAMWON Gaming and SKT looking to challenge them, will Griffin finally have what it takes to win it all?
1.DAMWON gaming (-)
Current record 13-5
2-0 vs SK Telecom T1
2-1 vs Hanwha Life Esports
While DAMWON wasn’t able to lock in a spot in the finals, they were able to take one prize from the last week of play as jungler Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon was able to lock in sole possession of 1st in the MVP standings. Along with that, a convincing victory over both SKT and Hanwha will give DAMWON a lot of momentum going into the playoffs. With how competitive the league has been this split, it’s still fairly safe to say that DAMWON are one of the major favorites to win it all this split.
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