Today in 2022 LCK Summer: Week 4, Day 2
2022 LCK Summer BeryL DRX DK

Today in 2022 LCK Summer: Week 4, Day 2

DRX and LSB improved to 5-2 while DK and HLE were left wondering what just happened

The 2022 League of Legends Champions Korea summer season is well underway, with games happening five days a week. For fans that don’t have time to watch all the action but want to know what is going on, we at Upcomer are here to provide a daily recap of each day’s games. Here is what happened today in the 2022 LCK summer season.

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DRX upset DK

Just like in the 2022 LCK spring split, DRX and DWG KIA came into this match to see who would take sole possession of third place in the LCK standings. Both teams came into this contest with 4-2 records. DRX were coming off a loss to T1, and DK came into this match just after beating Nongshim RedForce.

Game 1’s draft was spicy from the side of DK as their superstar jungler Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu decided to give the newest champion in League, Bel’Veth, a spin. But DK’s old support, Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee, made even more waves in Game 1 by showing up with his off meta pick, Amumu. Just two minutes in, the DRX bot lane scored first blood. A few minutes later, BeryL roamed into the mid lane to set up a kill on his former mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su to extend DRX’s lead. And then BeryL went into the top lane and helped kill Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon.

Thanks to BeryL, DRX had complete control of the game and took Game 1 easily in just 31 minutes.

Game 2 saw both teams revert back to standard champion picks with DK’s bot lane picking up the ever-so-lethal combo of Lucian and Nami. The bot lane priority worked out for DK as they managed to get an early lead with a kill in that let Lucian slowly ramp up. A drawn-out fight around the second Rift Herald 16 minutes in let DK AD carry Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil pick up two more kills putting him at a 4/0/0 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) before the 20-minute mark. With a fed Lucian, DRX had to simply let DK take control or die for their efforts. In the end, DK took control and DRX died as deokdam picked up player of the game for his 7/0/4 Lucian and pushed the series to Game 3.

Learning from their mistake from Game 2, DRX picked away the Lucian and Nami combo from DK while also putting jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon on Poppy. Things got off on the wrong foot for DK as a gank in the bot side before 10 minutes turned disastrous; DRX were able to turn around what seemed to be first blood into three kills of their own. The early lead for DRX paid dividends as they turned that advantage into an 8,000-gold lead. After a couple of missteps around the 30-minute mark, DRX were still too far ahead. Another Baron allowed the team to finally take the rest of DK’s base and take the series 2-1 to move to 5-2 on the season.

LSB take down HLE

With DK’s loss, Liiv SANDBOX actually found themselves in a position to leapfrog them in the standings. Thanks to a nice three-series win steak of their own, LSB also entered their Thursday matchup with a 4-2 record. Their opponent was Hanwha Life Esports, a team that has only been able to scrape together a single series win, which came in a three-game series against Fredit BRION, a team that has only won a single game which actually came against HLE.  LSB came into this series as heavy favorites.

HLE brought out a classic bot lane combo in Game 1 with the duo of Kog’Maw and Lulu, which was met with the current metagame gods, Nami and Lucian. In a clash of new school vs. old school, the bot lanes were actually evenly matched. But HLE did take the game in a slugfest thanks to a clutch Baron steal by HLE’s jungler Kim “OnFleek” Jang-gyeom 30 minutes into the game that allowed HLE to immediately clean up LSB and take Game 1.

After being smacked in the face, LSB shook it off in Game 2. Three minutes in, LSB scored first blood in the bot lane. Two minutes later, LSB scored another two kills in the bot lane that allowed the game to tip in LSB’s favor. And it wasn’t just the bot side. LSB were winning everywhere on the map. Game 2 was a quick one with Lee “Prince” Chae-hwan ending the game 9/0/9 on Jinx and LSB striking down HLE’s base in just 25 minutes.

Game 3 was more of the same from LSB and they showed that Game 1 was just a fluke. The final game of the series played out in a manner one would expect from two teams with almost opposite records. LSB once again found first blood before the five-minute mark into the game. Credit to HLE for trying to claw their way back and evened up the gold at the 12-minute mark. But the rest of the game was all LSB and in another sub-30-minute game, LSB used HLE as a footstool to put them into a tie for third place in the 2022 LCK summer standings with DRX.

What’s next in the 2022 LCK summer season

The 2022 LCK summer split carries on its Week 4 action with perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the entire split as T1 take on Gen.G in a battle that could decide the first seed heading into playoffs. Also, Kwangdong Freecs take on KT Rolster in a battle for positioning. The action kicks off on Friday, June 8 at 4 a.m ET.

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