Hanwha Life Esports beat KT Rolster 2-1 today in the second week of the 2021 LCK Spring Split.
The MVP votes went to Deft for his Kai’Sa performances in the second and third games. He made a comeback possible in the second game when KT were ahead and used his impressive mechanics to be a reliable damage dealer for his team.
This League of Legends match began with an impressive draft by KT. They picked up Taliyah and Samira, two of the strongest picks in their respective roles right now. But HLE responded with a Twisted Fate pick for Chovy. He used the champ to stop KT’s early attempts to gank lanes with his ultimate and teleport summoner spell, keeping the game state even for both teams.
When the teams started exchanging blows, KT came out ahead with some neutral objectives. After building up a gold lead, KT picked up the Baron and a kill on Chovy, which was enough for them to push the mid lane and finish the first game.
Following this loss, HLE adjusted their draft, giving Lucian to their star mid laner instead of Twisted Fate. While KT managed to shut him down quite well and were on track to pick up the second win of the series, Deft came up clutch and saved the day during the mid game with his Kai’Sa mechanics.
After HLE stopped the bleeding, they picked up the slack and started securing some dragons and towers. They were answering every move made by KT with equal force. In a surprising turn of events, KT decided to go for the Baron, which wiped them off the Rift and gave HLE the lead they needed to equalize the series.
HLE’s previous game win also gave them a huge morale boost going into the third game, where they simply overwhelmed KT from the early game. The Twisted Fate pick for Chovy proved to be impactful on the entire map, allowing HLE to run off with neutral objectives. After starving KT out of gold or experience in all lanes, HLE ended the series with a 30-minute win.
With this victory, HLE (2-1) has climbed to second place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split, tied with DRX. Their next matchup will be a huge test, though. HLE will face the unbeaten Gen.G on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 5am CT.
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