Only one day remains before the 2021 LCK Spring finals. Both DWG KIA and Gen.G swept their opponents 3-0 in the semifinals, and they both head into the finals with a unified goal: Becoming LCK champions and punching a ticket to MSI. Looking ahead into the finals, we at Inven Global decided to bring the preview of how the competition will look like.
DWG KIA: Khan/Canyon/ShowMaker/Ghost/BeryL
If you think about how this team performed around this time last year, many would’ve laughed off at the sentiment of this team becoming the best in the world. They finished 5th in the overall standings; ShowMaker was constantly flamed by the community for his underperformance, Canyon did not perform as nearly as well as he does now, and even with Ghost joining their team mid split, their bot lane was the consistent weak point of the team that continued to plague them.
However, they decided to flip their internal switch and ascend to Super Saiyan God. Starting from 2020 LCK Summer, winning became almost too easy for this team. Canyon’s not only able to outjungle every single one of his opponents, his use of the team’s laners is unparalleled. Ghost-BeryL shed the title of being the weakest point of their team a long time ago, and has shown consistency that made them the immovable rock that the team needed.
Newly joining the team this year was Khan. Before the split, many have predicted that he’s a downgrade from Nuguri. This sentiment went away very quickly, as whether he’s on tanks, bruisers, or even support champions in the top lane, the consistency and the level of versatility that he has shown this split was unparalleled.
This split, however, their split run has not been one without hiccups. They lost to Fredit BRION 0-2, and also to Gen.G 1-2 during the regular split. Furthermore, Gen.G looked as if they’ve significantly improved their form in recent days, where they absolutely dominated T1 in the semi-finals 3-0. While many experts (including myself) are predicting DWG KIA’s finals victory, I have a feeling that the series itself will be a lot closer.
Gen.G – Rascal/Clid/Bdd/Ruler/Life
Gen.G’s roster, ever since its creation back in 2019, has been dubbed “The Fellowship of the Ring”. On paper, all five of these players were powerhouses in their own right, and in their 2nd year as a team, their goal this year is to ‘become the best team in the world’.
Despite looking formidable on paper, they always fell short when things really mattered; towards the endgame. They lost 0-3 to T1 in the 2020 Spring finals, lost to DRX 2-3 and finished 3rd in the 2020 Summer Playoffs, and lost to G2 Esports 0-3 in the quarterfinals of 2020 Worlds. Such a pattern repeated itself too much to write off as just coincidence.
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