On Day 3 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split, we saw Fredit Brion (BRO) return to the stage, and go up against Afreeca Freecs (AF). As for the second match, we saw another match between two titans of the LCK: T1 and Damwon KIA (DK).
Afreeca Freecs stops Fredit Brion’s momentum
Riding off a 2-0 win against Liiv Sandbox in Day 1, BRO looked to carry that momentum into their match against Afreeca. However, Afreeca wanted to stop the momentum from BRO and looked to pick up a win in their first match.
Game 1 saw a more classic LCK match we’ve gotten used to from the past. A more controlled, objective-focused, late-game composition. By 25 minutes, there had only been 5 kills between both teams, with 3 of them going to BRO. However, one failed team fight from Afreeca led to BRO securing the dragon, an ace and a baron.
BRO used these advantages to secure more turrets, before backing off to regroup once again. One push down the mid-lane later saw a failed defence from Afreeca, which led to BRO securing Game 1. While not as big a stomp compared to their first game, BRO showed how controlled they can be. With more momentum going for the team, they looked to go 2-0 once again in their second series for the 2021 LCK Summer Split.
In Game 2, BRO had a promising start to the game. By 15 minutes, the team had secured 5 kills to the 1 kill of Afreeca, as well as the first two drakes. It looked like BRO might have secured another 2-0, but Afreeca had other plans. Kiin, Afreeca’s top laner, was slowly scaling up as the game went on with Gwen, a very powerful champion in the current meta. Not only that, but one team fight near the dragon pit saw Fly, Afreeca’s mid laner, pick up a triple kill on BRO.
While BRO was able to pick up the infernal soul, Afreeca picked off the rest of the team and secured baron. Towards the end of the game, Kiin looked unkillable on Gwen with how much he scaled throughout the game. At the end of it, Afreeca got a victory in Game 2 with a 17-7 kill score and brought us to Game 3.
Game 3 was even more controlled than Game 1. While in Game 1 there had only been 5 kills by 25 minutes, Game 3 only had 3, with 2 of them going to Afreeca. Outside of that, however, Afreeca had secured 3 drakes, with 2 of them being infernal drakes. In a span of 5 minutes after, Afreeca picked up the infernal soul, and later on the baron. Equipped with all the tools they needed, Afreeca used them efficiently, and closed out the series with a 2-1 victory over BRO, stopping their momentum.
DK deny T1’s momentum
Once again, Day 3 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split saw two absolute titans battle it out on the rift. T1, looking to return to the dominant form they once boasted during their dynasty. DK wanting to defend the LCK title, and most definitely angry after their loss in the Midseason Invitational finals.
DK’s anger showed in their performance in Game 1. While T1 managed to find some early drakes, Khan and Showmaker found a lot of advantages against their lane opponents. Even during team fights, while T1 found big engagement thanks to their support, Keria, DK was able to turn them around. As the game continued, DK gained more and more advantages, eventually closing out Game 1 with a win.
In Game 2, we the return of Sejuani in the jungle, a power-pick before carrying junglers became the meta. We even saw Canna, T1’s top laner, manage to pick up Gwen. With how powerful she is, T1 looked to answer back with a win over the 2020 Worlds champions, and bring the series to Game 3. It looked like the draft paid off, as all members of the T1 put on stellar performances on the champions. Despite DK gaining a very early lead, T1 clawed the game back into their hands. There were multiple near-death experiences, but the team showed why they carried the T1 name.
In Game 3, DK finally decided that Keria’s Gragas was too much to deal with, and banned it away. Not only that, but Showmaker took a backseat in this game, and played a more supportive role by picking up the Karma. With Showmaker on this strong support champion, DK was intent on placing putting their other players in the carry spotlight. Khan on Akali, Canyon in Xin Zhao, and Ghost on Kai’Sa. All three of these players, buffed with Showmaker’s Karma, and protected by Beryl’s Rell, were intent on carrying DK to a win.
A strong early game from T1 looked like DK would lose their first series back after MSI. However, thankfully for Damwon fans (and sadly for T1 fans), Damwon turned the game around with hero plays from Khan. As DK continued clawing more advantages for themselves, winning team fight after team fight, they closed out the game with a win.
While Damwon may have won the series, credit should still be given to T1. Their performance so far showed that the team is on track to becoming the dominant team the fans know they can be. With it being only the first week of the LCK, fans should be excited to see how the legacy organization performs as the split goes on.