On Day 5 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split, we saw DWG KIA take to the stage again after winning against T1 in their first match. This time, the 2020 Worlds champions faced off against KT Rolster, who lost in their match against Nongshim Red Force earlier in the week. Meanwhile, in the second series of the day, DRX were looking to pick up a win against the Afreeca Freecs, after coming up short against Gen.G.
Game 1 saw DK draft a very aggressive composition. Most notably, Showmaker picked up Akali, who’s been showing a dominant performance so far all across the globe. With such an aggressive team, DK looked to get in KT’s face and pick up early advantages against them. However, it was KT that secured the advantages, with both Doran and Dove getting massively ahead. Many team fights that looked promising for DK were turned around in KT’s favour, thanks to the two solo laners, most especially Dove. Using their advantages, KT closed out Game 1 with a win over the LCK titans.
With Game 1 secured, and in dominant fashion as well, KT was comfortably in the driver’s seat of the series. However, DK had other plans for the team, as Showmaker did a runback of Game 3 in their series against T1. He once again sat back, and took a more supportive role for his team, picking up Karma for the mid lane. KT looked to abuse this, with Dove picking up Akali for himself. DK answered this aggressive pick by swapping the lanes early on, with Khan on Gangplank going in the mid lane, and Showmaker moving to the top lane.
At the start of the game, it looked like this swap didn’t pay off, KT picked up an early 3k gold lead, and a 5-0 kill score by 15 minutes. As the game went on, KT grew their lead, securing even more kills to two of their carries, Dove, and Noah, who was on Senna. Using this lead, they took objectives for their team, taking the baron, leading to more turrets, and eventually the ocean soul. By the end of it, KT’s lead had grown too much for DK to handle, and KT closed out the game with a 2-0 over the Spring Split champions.
Afreeca sweeps DRX 2-0, giving them 0-2 start in Week 1
KT wasn’t the only team looking to make roster changes, as DRX put in Destroy, their substitute top laner. Not only that, but they also put Kingen, their starting top laner, in the mid lane. This meant SOLKA sat out in Game 1 of the series, as DRX looked to pick up their first win with this experimental team.
Unlike KT, it looked like DRX’ roster changes didn’t pay off, as Afreeca picked up advantages in all the lanes across the early, and the mid-game. By 25 minutes, Afreeca picked up 8 kills to DRX’ 2, as well as 3 turrets, the baron, and the infernal soul. Towards the end of the game, Afreeca managed to 2-man the elder dragon, which led to a game-winning push on the mid lane.
Game 2 saw the return of SOLKA to the mid lane, and Kingen goes back to the top lane. During the draft, DRX picked up three heavy-hitting carries: Gwen, Jinx, and a more non-meta one, Kindred. SOLKA even picked up Viktor, who is a very strong control mage, regardless of how early, or late into the game it is. With all of these champions, DRX looked to answer back in Game 2, and bring the series to a third game.
Once again, Game 2 was more objective-focused, with barely any kills happening until the mid-game. By 25 minutes, there had only been 3 kills, with all of them going to Afreeca. However, Afreeca managed to pick up 3 towers and secured an almost 4k gold lead at the same time. Their ADC, Leo, proved to be a problem on the lethality Varus, a strong ADC champion in the current Meta.
At the end of it, Afreeca managed to grow their lead even more. Despite how strong Gwen may have been, the team was able to deny any significant advantage towards DRX.