LCK Playoffs kick off with a BO3 wildcard match between Afreeca Freecs and MVP! Which team will make it to the semifinals?
Afreeca Freecs are a force to be reckoned with. When they’re ahead, Afreeca push their lead with relentless aggression, confident objective control, and devastating team fighting. But it’s also true that this team can get reckless with its shot calling. It often seems that Afreeca don’t have a late game plan other than going for a 50/50 Baron.
After a strong showing in the middle of the season, MVP found themselves on a downswing. This lineup still has the strategic prowess and a strong sense of teamwork but their individual performance is lacking, and the team often crumbles when it comes to executing plays. When you’re playing in the most competitive league in the world, these misplays can—and will—cost you the game.
Top Lane Matchup: There are few top laners that have the same level of fame as Afreeca’s MaRin. With a 3.1 KDA and 9.0 CS per minute, MaRin is an unstoppable force in lane and a fierce initiator in team fights. On the other hand, MVP’s ADD was never known for his laning. Sure, he can hold his own against most top laners, but his 2.4 KDA and 7.7 CS per minute are still nothing to boast about. ADD might be able to match MaRin in the mid/late stages of the game, but getting to those might prove to be a tall order for him.
Jungle Matchup: While MVP Beyond has had some standout performances throughout the season, his latest showings have been… uninspiring. With a 2.6 KDA and 5.6 CS per minute, he doesn’t have nearly enough of an impact in-game and often needs help from his teammates against enemy junglers. While Afreeca’s Spirit isn’t exactly a monster, he still has a formidable 3.6 KDA and 5.0 CS per minute. Spirit knows how to play the map and provide pressure for his laners, which gets him a win in this matchup.
Mid Lane Matchup: These mid laners are very similar in what they bring to the table for their teams. Generally, both Ian and Kuro are decent in lane but their real strength lies in team fighting and making plays together with their allies. Even though Kuro overtakes Ian in KDA (3.7 to 2.6) and CS per minute (8.7 to 8.0), it’s a lot closer than you might think. Still, Kuro’s on an upswing and Ian’s recent showings have been incredibly shaky. Another advantage to Afreeca.
Bot Lane Matchup: The MaHa and Max duo has always been renowned for its exceptional synergy and skirmishing power. With 3.4 and 2.9 KDAs, they still display their strengths on some occasions, but other aspects of their play took a turn for the worse and the duo has been losing lane more often than not. Luckily, Kramer and TuSin aren’t the most dominant bot lane either but Kramer overtakes his opponent with strong team fighting and a massive 5.6 KDA. Even though TuSin doesn’t look as impressive with his 3.3 KDA, he’s more than capable of holding his own against Max. A lead for Afreeca Freecs once again.
You just can’t have three losing lanes against Afreeca. MVP need to be very careful about their laning phase if they hope to make it to the mid game and make use of their teamwork. But even then there’s no guarantee that they won’t get run over by Afreeca’s devastating team fighting. A 2-0 victory for Afreeca Freecs.