Mark your calendars and clear your schedule: the LCK returns on June 5, as the Korea e-Sports Association releases the full summer schedule on Twitter.
The first match of the split? It’s the Jin Air Green Wings facing off against KT Rolster, a rematch from the promotion tournament finals, where both teams avoided relegation to CK Summer league. What’s more, this is the competitive return of Kim "PraY" Jong-i, whose short-lived retirement came hot on the heels of Korea’s elimination from MSI.
This season’s schedule was expertly crafted to make sure we get to see the top teams of the spring split in action at the best times. Fresh from their disappointment at the Mid Season Invitational, SK Telecom 1 are in action June 7. Although licking their wounds from international competition, SKT will be looking to start the season strong against the Spring Split’s last-place team.
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Griffin had held an undefeated record for much of last season, only to be humbled by SKT, once in the regular season, and once more in the finals. Their season starts on June 6, with the team hoping to replicate their unprecedented start to the Spring series against the Afreeca Freecs.
However, to see a rematch of last season’s playoff final, you’ll have to wait till June 22, when SKT and Griffin meet in what’s sure to be a grudge match. Win or lose, the teams will meet again on July 28, week nine, likely with their playoff aspirations already determined.
The LCK was, for many years, the league to watch for the very best in League of Legends competitive play. After not even making the semifinals of Worlds 2018, and crumbling at MSI, Korea is not the undefeatable powerhouse it once was. But the LCK is still an incredible spectacle, with world-class players playing at an incredible standard, and well worth watching.
Remember if you want to catch these matches, all dates and times are in Korean Standard Time, so that means they’re on at 1:00 am PST for those in NA. One thing that hasn’t changed about the LCK it's super late time slot, making it the perfect late night twitch stream to catch before bed.