BRION upset DWG KIA in second week of 2021 LCK Spring Split

BRION had great individual performances and clean macro gameplay.

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Fredit BRION pulled off a huge upset against the 2020 League of Legends world champions DWG KIA today in the second week of 2021 LCK Spring Split.

The MVP vote for the first game went to mid laner Kim “Lava” Tae-hoon for his impressive Orianna performance, which included scoring a kill against ShowMaker’s Twisted Fate during the laning phase. Lava used Orianna efficiently to control the pace of the game and finished with a KDA of 1/1/10 alongside 73-percent kill participation.

In the second game, jungler Eom “UmTi” Seong-hyeon used Graves to bully DK around the map, securing early kills and converting them into a huge advantage. His Graves was impeccable, finishing the game with a KDA of 9/1/5 and 87-percent kill participation.

This was DK’s first loss since July 11, 2020 when they dropped a series against DRX, according to Korizon’s Ashley Kang. With all odds against them, BRO managed to overcome this obstacle and take down the reigning world champions.

The series began with a great draft from both teams. DK secured strong picks such as Olaf, Twisted Fate, and Aphelios, while BRO picked up Kai’Sa and Alistar. Both DK and BRO were farming up early, avoiding encounters and just focusing on getting as much experience and gold as possible.

After picking up a couple of kills in some mid-game skirmishes, BRO moved around the map as a unit. They secured the Baron and used it to push in DK before finishing the game after a 35-minute teamfight.

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In the second game, BRO picked up three of the five champions from the first showdown. They used the same tactic, focusing on getting a lot of experience and gold by safely farming early on. Once everyone got a couple of items, they went to secure neutral objectives and put a timer on DK’s win conditions.

With an item and dragon lead, BRO went to acquire the Cloud Dragon Soul. DK tried to stop them but were unsuccessful and lost the game and series in convincing fashion.

Due to a 0-2 start to the season, BRO remain in 10th place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split standings for now. This victory should boost their morale, though, and help them improve their place in the standings.

BRO’s next matchup is against Nongshim RedForce on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5am CT.

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