KINGZONE DragonX opened week seven of the LCK with a quick 2-0 victory over SK Telecom T1.
Although KINGZONE were the overwhelming favorites in tonight’s opening bout, SKT had not been completely written off. With the introduction of patch 8.4, some fans thought SKT could maybe find a surprise win in a similar fashion to a few lower ranked teams in the western leagues days prior. Sadly for SKT fans though the reverse occurred. It was KINGZONE who looked to have the better grasp over the new patch.
To start the series KINGZONE drafted Jayce top lane as a counter to SKT’s Trundle. SKT had drafted Trundle as a counter to Sion. But to both SKT and viewers surprise, Sion had a different destination—the mid lane.
KINGZONE top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha had a wonderful time in lane as Jayce, as he could easily poke out Park “Untara” Ui-jin. Trundle had no ranged attacks to fight back with. Khan’s top lane lead slowly spread to the rest of KINGZONE, who benefited from all the pressure emitted from their top laner.
A couple of kills and a slight gold lead was all it took for KINGZONE to take over the game. With better objective control, and overall superior teamfighing, KINGZONE swept through SKT to claim a win in game one.
Simply put, game two was the Han “Peanut” Wang-ho show.
On Olaf, a champion who rose up the jungle tier list with patch 8.4, Peanut single handily snowballed the game in favor of KINGZONE. Able to procure a couple early kills onto SKT mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Peanut used his early gold lead to take over the entire map.
SKT couldn’t walk through any unwarded part of the map safely as there was a risk of the appearance by Peanut’s fed Olaf, who would proceed to run them down on sight.
SKT’s only bright spot was their bot lane duo, who won their lane. But every attempt by SKT’s duo to get a kill in lane was nullified by KINGZONE mid laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong’s Galio, who would come into the lane to save his teammates.
Far behind on gold and without single member ahead, SKT had no way to stop the collapse of their nexus against the KINGZONE infantry led by Peanut’s unstoppable Olaf.
Still sat comfortably at first place in the LCK standings, KINGZONE won’t play again until the end of week seven when they face Kongdoo Monster on March 11.