There are less than 24 hours before the LCK returns to broadcast. This week I felt like I was playing Majora’s Mask: I was counting the days until I not only returned to see my peers in the media room but also saw LoL Park fans at full capacity. This is the first time since COVID started, so I can’t wait for the arena to be filled with cheers from the public.
Day one of LCK Spring 2022 Division kicks off with two matches: DRX vs. Liiv SANDBOX and T1 vs. Kwangdong Freecs and below is our preview.
After their appalling performances last summer, DRX has really spent the money to bring proven talents into their squad. They’ve balanced their roster quite well, with veteran bot lane Deft-BeryL balancing their younger top team of Kingen-Pyosik-Zeka.
On the flip side, LSB has built its roster around young rookie prospects. With promising names such as Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon, who enjoyed moderate success during her time on T1, and Kim “Croco” Dong-beom, who received high praise from LCK insiders, the LSB’s 2022 list definitely shows talent. Another notable member of this list is Kim “Dove” Jae-yeon, as he changed roles from mid to top.
On LCK Media Day 2022 last week, DRX head coach Kim “Kim” Jung-su said that “Deft & BeryL will be able to carry the squad once they are in the middle of the game. match”. The DRX bot lane is certainly their biggest win condition, and it remains to be seen whether the LSB rookie bot lane will be able to shut them down.
As a counterweight, LSB’s biggest victory condition will undoubtedly be their middle-of-the-jungle duo, their ability to gain early game leads and ultimately stop DRX’s scaling in the way of the low. Individually, Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon and Kim “Croco” Dong-beom have definitely shown their talent, but the synergy that exists between them has yet to be tested.
With the exception of their top lane, T1 continues to line up the same roster from 2021. After Kim “Canna” Chang-dong leaves, Choi “Zeus” Woo-je fills in his shoes as the starting top laner of the team. On the other hand, Kwangdong Freecs (the new brand of Afreeca Freecs) underwent multiple roster changes and found themselves in a situation diametrically opposed to that of T1: they only kept their top laner Kim “Kiin” Ki-in and replaced everyone.
While KDF’s roster isn’t a snap, T1 is heading into this match with an advantage in his team’s synergy, built throughout 2021. Nonetheless, KDF has enough firepower to keep it up. be nicknamed “the little T1” or “T1 2.0”, which might help them. to finally get rid of the nickname “Guardians of the LCK”.