Hanwha Life Esports convincingly beat DRX 2-0 today in the 2021 LCK Summer Split.
This win was crucial for the team led by mid laner Chovy, who’s failed to find success so far during the split. DRX, on the other hand, remain winless after this match with seven losses, marking one of the most disappointing season starts for the organization.
Both teams have fallen to the bottom of the standings after looking to contest for the LCK title last split. With both squads trying to push past their poor form, HLE managed to get a huge edge over their counterparts in both games today, picking up two clean wins with a playstyle reminiscent of their 2021 Spring Split run.
The MVP votes today went to HLE’s Chovy and Deft, two formidable players who had stellar performances in this series. The mid laner used Nocturne in the first game to roam around the map and pick up easy kills against his opponents, who kept overextending and getting caught. The AD carry played Kalista in the second game to demolish the opposing bottom lane, finishing the match deathless with a KDA of 8/0/9.
The first game of the series opened up with decisive play from HLE. They went for aggressive plays all around the map, winning most skirmishes in the process. They used their small gold lead to pick up Rift Heralds alongside drakes to snowball the match before grouping up for teamfights. Once they did that, they steamrolled through DRX’s composition that had no answer to HLE’s aggressive playstyle. After a 30-minute teamfight win from a powerful initiation by Chovy’s Nocturne, his team led the series 1-0.
Going into the second match, DRX adjusted their draft to counter their opponents. But that didn’t help them since HLE just picked up other champions to steamroll through DRX again. Once again using an aggressive playstyle, HLE won a lot of skirmishes early before transitioning to the mid game with a gold lead and securing the series victory 2-0.
HLE (2-5) will return to the Rift on Sunday, July 4 with a match against Nongshim RedForce (4-2), led by Peanut. HLE will need to replicate their performance from this series if they want to have a chance against their strongly favored opponents, who have looked excellent this split. It’s unlikely that HLE will be able to pick up a win against them, but if they do, it should boost their morale going into the next week.
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