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League of Legends: LCK Semifinals Preview

With a quick quarterfinal out of the way, the fight for the Spring Split title has dropped down to three teams. At the end of the road, Griffin awaits the winner of the semifinal matchup between Kingzone DragonX and SK Telecom T1. Who will move on to the finals and face Griffin? Let’s take a look and find out.

Kingzone DragonX: New Tricks Up Their Sleeves

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In a convincing 3-0 victory over DAMWON Gaming, Kingzone DragonX were able to prove a lot of people (including me) wrong. While ADC Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu still played a huge role in their victory, it was still a team effort. Top laner Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee held his own as Kingzone was able to effectively shut down Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. On top of that, mid laner Heo “PawN” Won-seok had some of his best games in a long time as he was able to absolutely dominate, ending the series without a single death.  

Now the team moves on to SK Telecom T1 in the semifinals with some new surprises up their sleeves. The most notable of the surprises came from Deft, who played Morgana in game 2. Despite his poor performances on mages and bruisers in the past, his performance was just fine as he and support Park “TusiN” Jong-ik played perfectly on their way to a game 2 victory.

If Kingzone can maintain their level of play heading into the semifinals, SKT will definitely be sweating as Kingzone could have a shot at winning it all.

SK Telecom T1: Returning to the Promised Lands

Awaiting Kingzone DragonX in the semifinals is SK Telecom T1. As a whole, the teams looked like the best team in the league to finish off the season. But as SKT knows, playoffs are a whole different story.

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With all the high expectations on the super team since the start of the season, the entire roster has been constantly stepping up their play. Top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha has been amazing when given the opportunity to carry the game on the likes of Fiora and Vladimir. Meanwhile, the bot lane tandem of ADC Park “Teddy” Jin-seong and support Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong have been quietly dominating the game in a talented roster. Finally, there’s mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min, two players that have been playing perfectly in their roles on the team and still taking over games when given the chance.

While Kingzone has continued to look better and better, this series is still SKT’s to lose. Apart from any possible collapses from their roster, SKT should still have a fairly easy time taking the series and moving past the semifinals.

Predictions:

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Despite the continued improvements of Kingzone DragonX, it’ll be an uphill battle for them. Unfortunately for Kingzone, most of their roster is outclassed by their counterparts on SK Telecom T1. While Deft will always be capable of singlehandedly carrying Kingzone to victory, SKT simply appears to be too big of an obstacle to surpass. With that being said, it’ll be a very entertaining series and Kingzone will likely have what it takes to take a game off SKT.

In the end, however, I see SKT taking the entire series 3-1 and moving on to face Griffin in the finals.

 

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