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These are still early days in the summer split, but both Rare Atoms and OMG wouldn’t want to go down two games right at the start. On Thursday, one of their streaks will extend. That said, in a 17-team pool, opportunities to bounce back are aplenty. If the spring split is any indication, both these sides have some work to do to climb up the ladder.
Rare Atom finished 8-8 and were ninth at the end of the regular split, while OMG ended with an underwhelming 6-10 record, including three back-to-back losses that had them finish 11th. In terms of where they finished, there is very little to choose from. The odds are so close that you wouldn’t really be making an outlandish pick by choosing either side to nip the game.
Betty’s offensive proficiency helped land 6 kills, 0 deaths and 8 assists to crush Rate Atoms in their second game after quickly going 1-0 down. He was well complemented by Zdz in the mid lane, while QiuQiu played the support role to perfection, leading the way with 12 assists. Betty’s 13.2k gold count was the highest among all the Anyones Legend players.
In comparison, Strive’s 2 kills were the highest for Rare Atom in the second game. Overall, Rare Atom were beaten in 25 minutes in the second; the first took slightly longer; 29 minutes. What they would need to learn from that loss is to give themselves a better chance of staying in the contest for longer.
Like Rare Atom, OMG were handed a reality check by eStar, who beat them by a 2-0 game. More than the loss, the convincing manner of defeat will hurt them. In game-1, eStar ended with a 12k gold advantage, this was pegged at around 11k in the second. In game-1. They OMG managed just 9 kills to eStar’s 22; the second too ended with a similar score line.
If they had to pick out positives from the defeat, Creme’s performance in the second game, where he landed 4 kills, 4 deaths and 2 assists is something to look back on with great interest. Jerry’s eight assists in the second game too pointed to signs of promise; something they can work with going forward.
Ultra Prime have begun with a dominating win; Bilibili have begun with a loss where they went down fighting. So this promises to be a keenly contested tussle on paper, at least. Ultra Prime finished 12th in the spring split with an underwhelming 5-11 record; Bilibili ended four spots higher at eighth with a 9-7 record.
The opening game results may have a bearing, but the bigger factor at play while deciding the odds has still been their performance in the spring. On this count, Bilibili are ranked favourites for this match.
Bilibili’s Spring Split Star Missing; Opportunity For New Hero To Emerge
Bilibili have been plagued by a high death rate that has all but canceled out any offensive proficiency they may have gained through their kill percentages. Factoring in this, Uzi held the best record in the spring split, managing 5.11 kills, 2.89 deaths and 7.78 assists, along with a KDA of 4.46 and creep score of 359.44. He played only nine games in the spring, winning four of them.
One of those came in a memorable 2-1 result over Ultra Prime. However, the veteran ADC won’t be around this time. This means it is an opportunity for someone else to stand up and deliver.
Gen G begins the Summer Split looking to sustain momentum from their second-placed finish in the spring. They were just slightly off the pace to toppers T1, finishing with 15 wins and three losses. Five of those wins came back-to-back to end the regular split.
KT Rolster were in the mid-table jostle for much of the split, but a slip up towards the end led to them finishing seventh, just outside playoff contention. They eventually ended with seven wins and 11 losses. Comparing both their records in the spring split leaves you with little doubt as to who the punters are favoring for this one. Go ahead, hinge your bets on Gen G to make a winning start to their Summer Split.
Gen G has managed to do something that was considered unthinkable by many. That is to get mid-laner Ji-hoon “Chovy” Jeong commit to them for a second year in a row, something that has never been pulled off previously. Much of this has played out the way it has because of Gen G’s success in the spring split. Overall, he has a phenomenal record with the team.
A success rate of 70.6% across 34 matches tells you of his impact. Dig deeper, and you’d notice among those who featured in the spring split, Chovy’s kills were by far the highest. Overall, he managed 4.24 kills, 1.44 deaths and 5.97 assists, along with a KDA of 7.08 and creep score of 311.44. In many ways, Chovy’s retention ensures he remains in Korea, a region he has been a part of throughout his League of Legends career.
KT Rolster will be hoping to channel their performance from the 2022 Spring Split, where they beat Gen G by a dominating 2-0 score line which ended their winning streak. The key to that win was the performances of Aiming and Aria.
Aiming finished the split with the most prolific record. He landed 4.28 kills on an average, along with 2.14 deaths and 4.12 assists, along with a KDA of 3.92 and creep score of 337.84. Aria did his bit when it came to kill participation right through the season. Just a look at his bare numbers won’t help quantify his impact though.
DWG KIA will start as overwhelming favorites when they take on Fredit BRION. Third in the spring split, DWG KIA finished with 11 wins and seven losses. Fredit BRION had a sharp slide towards the second half of the split, leading to them finishing with more losses than wins – 8-10 – overall. This has led to a few roster changes and rejig of roles.
Like their signing of 21-year old mid-laner Dang “TLong” Thanh Long to its Challengers team. This makes him the first player from Vietnam to compete in the LCK Challengers. Tlong has previously been part of BRO Academy since January this year. Just being part of the Challengers team gives him a great opportunity to make it to the main squad for the summer split, even if such a move may not play out immediately.
Fredit BRION made history earlier this year when they made the LCK Spring playoffs for the first time ever in their LoL history. To get there, they topped DWG KIA, one of the strongest teams in the league, by a 2-0 margin. BRION have developed a reputation of being dark horses and have repeatedly taken down big teams. Last year, they beat DWG KIA twice.
So they’ve had the wood over them in recent times. In the spring split, BRION were at the receiving end of some horror luck with covid-19, which even had them forfeit a couple of games. Hopefully, there won’t be such dramas this time around.
DWG KIA have parted ways with top laner Yoon “Hoya” Yong-Ho. It may come as a surprise, given top laner Nuguri returned in April from a break that appeared to have stretched for longer than expected. Prior to that, he was with LPL’s FunPlus Phoenix.
While Burdol was DWG KIA’s starting top laner for much of the spring split earlier this year, Hoya featured in four series, including three games in the semifinal series against Gen.G.
|LCK-LPL 2022 information|
|Teams||KT Rolster vs Gen G, Fredit BRION vs DWG KIA, Rare Atom vs Oh My God, Ultra Prime vs Bilibili Gaming|
|Time||Wednesday, June 16 at 8am CET onwards|
|How to watch||Official Twitch channel|
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