With the LCK Summer split taking place on the 25th, Daily eSports has conducted a series of interviews with arguably the currently strongest 3 teams in LCK, writes Daily eSports’ Nam Yun-Seong.
With its triumphant return from the Mid-Season Invitational, SK Telecom T1’s head coach Choi Byung-Hoon shares a much humbler goal than before as his team enters the summer split of League of Legends Champions Korea.
“We managed to win LCK Spring and followed it up with the MSI championship, but the Summer is still hard to call,” he told Daily eSports in pre-split interviews conducted with coaches of the LCK’s top teams. “Our goal right now isn’t winning the summer split but winning a spot to worlds. It would be great if we could win the summer split like 2015, but there are so many wild cards this season, I can’t guarantee anything. Seeing as the top five can make it to worlds, we simply want to make it to the postseason.”
He also added that with the quality of play of the LCK, he expects his team to “be fighting for the mid card as well.”
ROX Tigers is coming off a somewhat disappointing second place finish to the spring split after losing just twice during the regular season. ROX and KT Rolster are expected to be particularly strong again, but ROX coach Jeong “NoFe” No-Chul said the promoted teams seem to be impressive, too. (And that was before ESC EVER beat CJ Entus 2-0 on Wednesday)
“I think the X-factor will be KT’s tendency to become stronger during the Summer split,” NoFetold Daily eSports. “I think the top 3 will be KT, us, and SKT, but there are still teams that haven’t been fully analyzed, so it’ll be hard to say except for the fact that LCK got better. I also think this season’s promoted teams ESC Ever and MVP are much better than last season’s SBENU or Kongdoo, which will make the games crazy.”
KT Rolster is a team with a tendency to become stronger in the summer split. Still, head coach Lee Ji-Hoon shows concerns regarding SKT T1’s dominance.
“I expect SKT T1 to continue to be dominant in the summer split,” Lee said. “Even though they had little time to practice due to their schedules, by the end of Round 1, they’ll be acclimated to the new patch and make it to the finals. We also have been practicing not to fall behind, but there are still some parts that need fixing with all the changes. We’ll use Round 1 as scouting games and have our cards ready to play in the middle of the season.”
Lee finished by commenting on the newly promoted teams, saying that they “will grab the attention of the summer depending on how they play with the rest of the LCK.”
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.