LeBlanc picked for the first time this LCK split in match between HLE and LSB

The pick isn't favored in the current meta and is avoided by most competitive mid laners.

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While most League of Legends competitive mid laners default to champions such as Syndra, Orianna, Seraphine, or Zoe, Hanwha Life Esports’ Chovy always looks to bring out non-meta picks and show off his mechanical skills.

In today’s match against Liiv SANDBOX, he picked up LeBlanc, a champion that was forced out of the meta after the latest item rework and hasn’t made an appearance in the 2021 LCK Spring Split until today. HLE won the series 2-1 against LSB with Chovy popping off on Azir and Sion in the other two matches of the series.

The MVP votes were picked up by Morgan and Chovy today. The top laner used Mordekaiser in the third game to counter the opposing Irelia, falling behind in laning phase, but redeeming himself in teamfights. Chovy’s Azir performance gave him his 10th MVP vote of the split after he took over the match with his mechanics.

The showdown opened up with a great performance from LSB. Even though they are sitting in the last place in the standings, they showed signs of life with their performance today. They acquired a gold lead early on and maintained it until the late game. But once HLE picked up the Elder Dragon, it was lights out for LSB.

In the second game, Chovy’s LeBlanc kept his team afloat early on. Even though he was doing great in the mid lane, it wasn’t enough. His opponents built a tremendous 11,000-gold lead and equalized the series.

In the last game of the series, LSB acquired an early gold lead once again, but their composition was much weaker compared to HLE’s. Once the match reached the teamfight stages of the game, LSB fell as their opponents ran over them with their tanky composition.

Following this victory, HLE (10-5) remain in third place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split standings. They are locked for playoffs, but they need to maintain composure to win the remaining games. Each win can be crucial in giving them a better seeding into the playoff bracket. They have three remaining matches against KT Rolster, Fredit BRION, and T1.


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