Nongshim RedForce destroy DWG KIA in Ghost’s return to starting roster, climb to second place in 2021 LCK Summer Split

Even though DWG KIA reverted to their previous roster, it wasn't enough to take down the emerging rookies.

Nongshim RedForce took down the 2020 world champions DWG KIA in an intense 2-1 series in the 2021 LCK Summer Split.

Going into the series, DK reverted to their original roster that won Worlds, with Ghost coming back to the starting roster instead of Malrang. ShowMaker and Canyon also reverted to their main roles after experimentation through the past couple of series. While this change helped DK secure the first game of the series on a high note, they collapsed as the series progressed.

The MVP votes for NS were picked up by top laner Rich. He used Lee Sin and Gwen to demolish Khan during the laning phase, before transitioning to the mid-game with a huge gold and experience lead.

The first game opened up with a dominant playstyle from DK. With Ghost back on the roster, they looked unstoppable in the first game of the series, taking down their opponents with ease. NS looked hopeless, with no way of coming back into the series after such dominant execution from their opponents. DK looked impeccable, managing to secure the Dragon Soul 23 minutes in, and went into the second match with high hopes.

In game two, NS changed their draft and after a series of early game skirmish wins, managed to build an insurmountable lead. DK looked lackluster and failed to take down a single tower. They also managed to obtain only one kill against NS, who looked completely revitalized compared to the opening match.

In the third match, NS picked up key champions that helped them equalize the series. Aphelios, Thresh, and Lee Sin were picked up once again by the rookies, who wanted to finish the series on a high note. While DK adjusted their draft, going for aggressive champions such as Nidalee and Renekton, it didn’t matter in the end as they failed to secure any meaningful leads early on. NS had total control of the game, picking up most neutral objectives, before winning the game and the series 2-1.

Related: Here are the 2021 LCK Summer Split standings

NS (5-2) will return to the Rift on Sunday, July 4 with a match against Hanwha Life Esports. The team led by Chovy looked lackluster this split and should prove no challenge for the emerging rookies from NS led by Peanut.

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