Tomorrow, on Apr. 14 17:00 KST, the best match of the 2018 League of Legends Spring Split worldwide will start. In the LCK Finals, Kingzone DragonX and Afreeca Freecs will face off for the LCK Spring Championship and the right to represent their country at the Mid-Season Invitational.
The favorite, Kingzone DragonX has been the clearly strongest team in the Regular Season of the Spring Split, having won 16 out of their 18 matches with an 83% winrate overall. Afreeca Freecs took the second place by tiebreakers with KT Rolster biting on their heels with the same 13-5 record. These three teams, Kingzone, Afreeca and KT, have been the clear favorites of the Spring Split.
Due to the peculiar way the Playoffs are run in South Korea, Kingzone, as the winner of the regular season, went straight to the Finals of the Split. Afreeca was seeded straight into Round 3, while KT went to Round 2, where they had to wait for the winner of Round 1 and defeat them to advance further.
While KT Rolster did win against SK Telecom T1, the winner of Round 1, they lost convincingly against Afreeca, leading the latter to advance to the Finals.
Both analysts and South Korean pros consider Kingzone to be the strongest team of the season. Their roster, Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan, Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong, Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon is an intimidating roster to say the least.
While their results speak for themselves, the star power on the Afreeca roster is severely missing when compared to the star-fueled thunder KT can bring in any given match. Kim “Kiin” Gi-in, Park “Summit” Woo-tae, Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha, Lee “Spirit” Da-yoon, Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng, Ha “Kramer” Jong-hun, and Park “TusiN” Jong-ik, while definitely known in the scene simply cannot match up in a positive manner.
There’s nothing we would like more than Afreeca Freecs surprising us, analysts, fans and everyone else and putting up a serious fight against the favorites. We do love an underdog story, after all. Unfortunately, it’s not considered too likely that it will actually turn out that way. Whatever the outcome of the Finals is, Afreeca Freecs will definitely do their best, just like they have been doing throughout the regular season.
April 14th, 17:00 Korean Standard Time, Twitch.tv or YouTube. Be there!