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Hanwha Life Esports began the season in sprightly form with a win in their opening match but their season went downhill from then on. They have lost their next three matches to move to 1-3 for the season, currently at seventh position on the standings.
DWG Kia have, rather surprisingly, split their four matches to date. They had started with two losses in their first three matches but came back to win their previous fixture. As a result, DWG Kia are now fourth on the table with a 2-2 record.
This DWG Kia team is one to watch for. They are arguably the best team in the world, and so even splitting their four matches is a loss for them. Against this Hanwha Life Esports team, I would expect DWG Kia team to be simply too strong.
SamD, Hanwha’s bot laner, has produced an average of 2.91 kills per map. Karis, Hanwha’s mid laner, has chipped in with the same kill tally, averaging 2.91 kills per map. These are solid returns considering Hanwha have won just four of 11 maps to date.
Incidentally, Hanwha Life Esports’ jungler and top laner are also producing the same kills. Jungler OnFleek and top laner DuDu have both produced 1.73 kills per map, which leaves them with some work to do to produce enough kills on a reliable basis.
Overall, I would expect Hanwha to be competitive but these returns are not going to improve much considering how god DWG Kia are in the lanes. Their defense is excellent, which means there will be plenty of work to be done for Hanwha to generate kills.
Deokdam has not taken much time in settling in nicely for his new team. He has led the kill rate with 4.7 per map. His other metrics include 2.1 deaths 4.2 assists and a KDA of 4.24 with a creep score of 330.8. These are terrific numbers by any measure of comparison.
However, their mid laner ShowMaker has been in typically efficient recent form, with averages of 2.8 kills, 1.5 deaths and 5.3 assists per map at a KDA of 5.4 along with a creep score of 335.9. Some of these numbers are even better than Deokdam in the bot lane.
This is DWG Kia’s strength: they have reliability and consistency across lanes, which makes them incredibly hard to stop right through. Canyon has produced an average of 7.1 assists per map, which for a jungler, is simply sensational. This is their style, which provides success at an enviable rate. There is some work to be done for the rest of the split though.
Kwangdong Freecs (-133)
Kwangdong Freecs, a newly named franchise, has not started well in recent times. In fact, they are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with a 1-4 record. In fact, they have won just two maps throughout this event, and own a 2-8 map record.
Fredit Brion have an identical season record of 1-4, but a slightly different map record. In terms of maps, they have won just three of 12 maps to date, which leaves them with plenty of work to be done in order to make a push for the top six of the LCK.
Neither of these teams have a lot of confidence and strength in their favor, which makes for an interesting dynamic in the lanes. The betting decisions now come down to other factors, such as strength of personnel and offensive firepower. On these factors, the edge belongs to Kwnagdong Freecs because of their experience through their roster.
Teddy has produced the most kills for his team, which is currently at a low 2.6 per map. That is one of the reasons his team has struggled right from the outset. You cannot have such a low offensive kill tally this deep into a competitive LCK season.
Kwangdong Freecs need help right through their roster. Over in the mid lane, Fate has produced averages of 1.4 kills, 1.7 deaths and 3.3 assists at a KDA of 2.76 along with a creep score of 285.8. That is not too compelling for a mid laner because you would want better.
Another reason for their struggles this season has been the inefficiency across other positions, including the jungle, where Eliim has managed returns of just 0.9 kills, 3.2 deaths and 4.2 assists at a low KDA of 1.59 with a creep score of 151.2. Improvement needed.
The fact that mid laner Lava is the team’s most prolific offensive weapon is an immediate indicator that more is needed from the team going forward. Lava has managed 2.42 kills with 1.92 deaths and 3.42 assists per map at a KDA of 3.04 and a creep score of 340.25.
In the bottom lane, Hena has produced returns of 1.83 kills, 2 deaths and 4 assists per map at a KDA of 2.92 along with a creep score of 340.83. Like Kwangdong Freecs, even Fredit Brion need some help urgently and desperately in order to be more relevant.
Fredit Brion are not a top tier team in the LCK, and that will likely continue. But in order to put up some more wins, they need more kills. And to generate more kills, they need more consistency and aggression in the lanes. How do they achieve that?
Gen G (moneyline)
KT Rolster have not been in bad form this season. They have split their four matches, which means they have won two and lost two so far in this split. That record has put them fifth in the LCK standings.
However, they will be up against one of the best in the league on Saturday against a strong Gen G team that not lost a match yet after five attempts. Gen G are at the top of the league, and are likely to stay there, which means that Gen G are the obvious candidates for a win.
You can even consider Gen G to win in straight maps. While that improves your pay out, it also exposes you to more risk. If you are willing to take that on, then it makes sense because Gen G have been in unstoppable form this season so far.
Aiming has been in fantastic rhythm in the bottom lane this season. He has generated team-leading metrics across the board, including 4 kills, 1.44 deaths and 3.78 assists per map at a KDA of 5.38 and a creep score of 343.22.
The next most prolific offensive player is their mid laner Aria, who has generated 2.78 kills, 1.67 deaths and 4.22 assists at a KDA of 4.2 with a creep score of 263.22. If these two continue their form or even improve slightly, there could be some good things for KT Rolster on the horizon in the short to mid term of the LCK.
Even top laner Rascal has produced the same kill rate as their mid laner, which basically means the lanes have been well patrolled by this KT Rolster team. It will be interesting to see how that changes against Gen G, who have more firepower and almost impenetrable across the lanes of Summoner’s Rift.
The simple answer is not many in the LCK can stop either of these two players, at least from an offensive standpoint. Chovy has been in terrific form in the mid lane, with returns of 4.42 kills, 1.42 deaths and 6.75 assists per map at a KDA of 7.88 and a creep score of 326.25.
Ruler has been excellent in the bot lane as well. He has been even better in terms of producing kills. In total, he has generated 4.5 kills with 1.42 deaths per map along with an assist rate of 5.58 and a terrific KDA of 7.12 with a creep score of 315.58.
These two have been major influential reasons for the success of Gen G so far in this split. If this continues, it will be hard to see too mnay teams stopping this train of an offensive outfit. Overall, the strength of Gen G in the lanes far outweighs that of KT Rolster.
NS RedForce (moneyline)
In the final LCK game on Saturday, DRX will be looking to upset the might of NS RedForce. DRX had started the split with three straight losses but have since picked up two consecutive wins that have pushed them to the middle of the table, currently at sixth on the LCK standings. They have a 4-6 map record so far in spring.
NS Redforce, on the other hand, have been in fantastic form after starting the split with a loss. Since then, they have won three straight matches to move to third on the LCK standings with a 3-1 record. They are going to be serious challengers going forward.
This one is perfect for another bet on NS Redforce. That is because they have momentum, confidence, skill and experience right through their roster, especially after some late additions to their squad during the offseason. I would not be betting against NS Redforce.
If you have followed the LCK for a while now, you may have noticed that Pyosik continues to be reliable. But as a jungler, his contributions are often limited. That is where he needs his peers to stand up and be counted, especially in the mid and bot lane. Pyosik is leading his team in kills so far this split, producing 2.7 kills with 2.5 deaths and 3.7 assists per map at a KDA of 2.56 and a creep score of 173.8.
Deft in the bottom lane has been decent without generating prolific results, with 2.6 kills, 2.3 deaths and 3.9 assists per map at a KDA of 2.83 and a creep score of 316. Zeka has been DRX’s most proficient and efficient player through this split. He has managed 1.9 kills with 1.4 deaths and 4 assists at a KDA of 4.21 and a creep score of 319.4. For a mid laner, these are good numbers because of a high K/D ration and other contributions too.
That is an impressive trait from NS Redforce that they have not had to rely on any individual to produce, whether it be in the lanes or even in the jungle. For example, mid laner Bdd has managed 2.73 kills, 2 deaths and 4.82 assists at a KDA of 3.77.
Top laner Canna has managed 3.64 kills, 2.27 deaths and 4.45 assists at a KDA of 3.56 while bot laner Ghost has produced 2.18 kills, 2.09 deaths and 5.27 assists at a KDA of 3.57. This just shows that the team can rely on several avenues for kills as well as efficiency.
|LCK 2022 Spring Split Information|
|Teams||Hanwha Life Esports vs DWG Kia, Kwangdong Freecs vs Fredit Brion
KT Rolster vs Gen G, DRX vs NS Redforce
|Location||Offline event, conducted in Korea (LCK)|
|Time||Friday, January 28 at 2.00 AM EST onwards|
|How to watch||LCK official Twitch channel|
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