Finally, after 2 weeks since MSI’s heartbreaking conclusion for the region, the 2021 LCK Summer Split finally began. If you haven’t watched the intro for the Summer Split, go watch it below. Day 1 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split saw Fredit Brion (BRO) face off against Liiv Sandbox (LSB) in the first match. For the second match, we saw legacy organization T1 go up against Hanhwa Life Esports (HLE).
Fredit Brion win the opening match over Liiv Sandbox
Match 1 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split was a match some people might look over. While there might not be any legacy names on either roster, there should be one thing worth remembering. Fredit Brion, 10th place at the time of the match, swept 2020 Worlds Champions, Damwon Gaming. That result alone showed that BRO was a team worth paying attention to for the rest of the spring split, as well as the upcoming summer spit.
In Game 1, BRO pretty much dominated the match-up. A 3-buff start for Umti, BRO’s jungler, put Croco, LSB’s jungler, very far behind in the early game. Slowly, BRO gained more and more advantages, finding multiple good team fights and trades. The game even saw a quadra kill from their mid-laner, Lava, which gave BRO the mountain soul. Eventually, they closed out the game with one last team fight, going up 1-0 in the series.
Game 2 was a different story, as early lane pressure from Summit, LSB’s top-laner, put the enemy top-laner, Hoya, very behind. LSB used this pressure well, securing both the outer and inner towers in the top lane before 20 minutes. However, instances of Summit getting caught out, as well as hero plays from Lava saw BRO taking the game into their hands. If the quadra kill from Game 1 wasn’t enough, a big flank from Lava earned him the pentakill against the enemy team to end the game.
T1 sweeps HLE in 2-0 victory
As for the second match on Day 1 of the 2021 LCK Summer Split, T1 looked to return to their former dominant form. Most importantly, Faker looked to return to the form that gave him his “GOAT of League of Legends” status. And what better way than to do it against one of the best mid-laners in the LCK: Chovy.
While the Church of Chovy may exist, it looks like Faker was intent on living up to his words. In both games, T1 showed what would happen if you gave them a lead. Despite a promising team composition from HLE, T1 gained a lead in the mid-game, and it only went up since. Their jungler, Cuzz, and their top-laner, Canna, put on a quality performance. Even Keria found critical members on the HLE line-up, thanks to his skills on Leona.
Meanwhile, in Game 2, Cuzz picked up Diana, a very aggressive champion, and one of its firsts in a while. While HLE came close to finding advantages against the 3-times Worlds champions, it was not enough. Just like in Game 1, T1 found a lead, and almost never let it go. Considering the line-up on HLE’s roster, T1’s win over them shows a lot of promise. We may finally see the organization that once boasted its dynasty in the LCK.