Hanwha Life Esports secured their spot in the 2021 LCK Spring Split playoffs today after taking down Afreeca Freecs in a clean sweep, bouncing back from a 2-0 loss to Gen.G last week.
The MVP votes for both games today went to Chovy, who had a tremendous impact on this League of Legends series. He used Aatrox and Viktor to annihilate his opponents, reaching 250 CS at 20 minutes in the second match while also having high kill participation from the mid lane.
AFS showed up in the early game of the first match and were able to trade evenly with HLE. But once the mid-game phase began, they started losing ground in every lane. HLE capitalized on their opponent’s mistakes and snowballed off their lackluster map coverage. After a couple of dominant fights, HLE picked up the first win of the series in convincing fashion.
The second match was even more one-sided with HLE having a better early-game performance. With both solo laners ahead, they snowballed the game out of control, closing out the second match and the series.
Following this victory, HLE (9-5) remain in fourth place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split standings. Even if they were to lose their four remaining matches, they’ll still get a playoff spot based on the current standings. While that likely takes a load off of the players’ shoulders for the upcoming matches, it’s difficult to picture them relaxing since a higher place in the standings will guarantee a better spot in the playoffs.
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