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 this Thursday in the 2022 LCK summer season.
NS upset LSB
Heading into this Week 7 matchup, the fourth-place Liiv SANDBOX squad looked to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the playoff field, as they had what should have been a layup of a series against the bottom-dwelling Nongshim RedForce. With just a 2-19 record, NS weren’t playing for much this late into the season, but it’s not like they had much to lose, either.
NS’ season has been a disaster; they had the veteran talent to make a postseason run, but just couldn’t put it all together. In a bittersweet fashion, they finally seemed to click in this series. Game 1 didn’t start that way, though; with sloppy decisions across the map, both teams traded small leads back and forth. NS finally opened the game up after a clutch team fight at the fourth dragon, leading to a baron power play in classic LCK fashion. With NS in the driver’s seat, LSB tried to fight back by stealing the next Baron, but it didn’t matter. LSB were wiped in that fight and NS ended the game right after to put them up 1-0 in the series.
PROVIEW: A happy Bdd makes the big Emperor's Divide play for a TRIPLE KILL! #LCK pic.twitter.com/SoNPkwNYJ5
— LCK (@LCK) July 28, 2022
LSB got their wake-up call in Game 1, but they were still asleep to start Game 2 as NS secured an early game lead through first blood. However, the first big team fight of the game near the first Rift Herald was a massive win for LSB — their mid laner Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon picked up a double-kill on Sylas to even up the gold. The game was on a knife’s edge for the next several minutes with NS slightly ahead. Unfortunately for them, that didn’t last long; after a 29-minute baron fight turned sour, NS couldn’t pull off the 2-0 sweep as LSB’s star bot laner Lee “Prince” Chae-hwan was able to secure the Baron steal, clean up the rest of NS with a triple kill and take down the nexus to force a Game 3.
"Go mid? Where? Here? Where? Here?
Is our win here? Here?" 🤣🤣
Listen in to a high-spirited @NS_RedForce as they break their 8 match loss streak! #LCK pic.twitter.com/SZXWP88pMQ
— LCK (@LCK) July 28, 2022
NS once again jumped out to an early lead in the series-deciding game, but they were able to push that lead this time. NS’s mid laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong picked up a triple kill around the second dragon, helping NS balloon their gold lead to 5k just 15 minutes in the game. NS finally realized their potential, taking the clean Game 3 win and pulling off the upset.
Gen.G take down DRX
Outside of their series against T1, Gen.G has only lost a single game all season; even with the losses to T1, their game record still stood at 23-3. Meanwhile, their latest opponent in the 2022 LCK Summer split was the now middle-of-the-pack DRX squad, who have fallen hard from their auspicous start earlier this year.
Gen.G wasted no time in Game 1 as they jumped out to a 3k gold lead just 11 minutes in. The team was simply outclassing DRX in every lane as every member of Gen.G has a CS advantage over DRX. Despite only a one-kill advantage, Gen.G had a near 4k gold lead at the 18-minute mark. The game finally got some action as team fights started to break out past the 20-minute mark but Gen.G won them all. Gen.G with the power of dragon soul, Baron and a 10k gold lead easily beat DRX in Game 1.
Gen.G once again started to outclass DRX in the laning phase in Game 2. Although DRX had a little more fight in them in the early game, Gen.G still jumped out to a 2k gold lead just five minutes in with some clutch play by Gen.g’s bot laner Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk who was able to turn around a losing two versus two skirmish in the bot lane into a double-kill to put Gen.G up. The lead in this game was even bigger than Game 1. Gen.G were up 8k gold at just 14 minutes in; at 20 minutes that lead had grown to 12k. The game was not competitive as Gen.G scored the 2-0 once again.
Week 7 Day 3 of the 2022 LCK summer split kicks off on Friday, July 29 with two more games on the schedule. Fredit BRION goes up against Kwangdang Freecs while DWG KIA will take on KT Rolster. Matches start at 4 a.m ET live on the LCK Twitch channel.
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