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Three Keys to Victory: Afreeca Freecs vs MVP

LCK’s playoffs start with a wild card series between Afreeca and MVP! What are the teams’ win conditions? 

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Cover MaRin: Having a player of MaRin’s caliber is always a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can be sure that their top laner will be winning in almost any given matchup. But it’s also true that you need to invest resources to get him going. The key thing here is that MaRin doesn’t necessarily need ganks—after all, he’s more than capable of winning the lane on his own. But form of presence from Spirit would work wonders in dissuading the enemy jungler from camping Afreeca’s top laner.

Take Over the Jungle: Beyond hasn’t been doing well lately. His 5.6 CS per minute might look impressive but when you take a glance at his 2.6 KDA and 69.5% kill participation, it’s clear that MVP’s jungler doesn’t provide as much impact as he needs to. And while that’s unfortunate for his team, it can become the cornerstone for Afreeca’s strategy. Of course, they will first need to get lane priority either in the top or middle parts of the map. But after that, it should be all too easy for Spirit to make Beyond’s jungle into his own.

Start Team Fighting: There’s no denying it—Afreeca’s team fight is in a league of its own. This veteran lineup has what it takes to even put teams like kt Rolster or Samsung Galaxy on the back foot. It comes as a no-brainer that Afreeca should play to their strengths and force around objectives to drag MVP into devastating skirmishes.


Camp MaRin: In similar fashion, MaRin is the undisputed ace of Afreeca Freecs. But his overly aggressive playstyle often marks the start of his downfall, as MaRin makes himself an easy target for the enemy jungler. While focusing on him might be a telegraphed strategy, it’s clear that MVP ADD will need at least some help to keep Afreeca’s superstar top laner down.

Win the Draft: I know, I know. Every team should aim to outdraft its opponents. But in MVP’s case, they have all the necessary tools to blindside Afreeca in champion select. In particular, ADD’s wonky champion pool has already caught many seasoned top laners off guard, and Max’s carefully planned counter picks often secure decisive advantages. There’s no doubt that these two will be instrumental in forming a winning team composition for MVP.  

Stall in the Early Game: While it’s true that Afreeca are scary in late game team fights, MVP are no strangers to 5v5 battles themselves. On the other hand, their early game has been looking shaky as of late. Even if it means playing passive and giving Afreeca small advantages here and there, MVP need to get to the stages where their teamwork and synergies matter most.

What do you think will be the deciding factor in this game? Let us know in the comments!


Daniil Volkov

I craft narratives around League of Legends and cover LCK, NA & EU LCS.

Three Keys to Victory: Afreeca Freecs vs MVP

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