LCK Summer Promotion: something old, something new
Griffin will be the new team joining the LCK for the 2018 Summer split, as MVP manage to secure the second spot in the Promotion tournament.
Four teams entered the Promotion tournament. MVP and Kongdoo Monster (KDM) were the two bottom teams in the LCK Spring split. On the other hand, Griffin and Ever8 Winners managed to top the standings in Challengers Korea. The four teams entered a dramatic clash for the two spots in LCK Summer.
The tournament started with a reverse sweep. MVP managed to turn a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 victory versus Ever8. Na ‘Pilot’ Woo-hyung had a stand-out performance and was the MVP for MVP in that match.
In the second match, Griffin stomped KDM with a decisive 2-0 victory. The bot lane for Griffin was the most impressive, especially support and solo queue star Son ‘Lehends’ Si-woo.
In the loser’s bracket, Kongdoo finally managed to find some success. The match was tied 1-1, but a bad draft on Ever8’s side led to the eventual win by KDM (picking both Braum and Ornn in the first rotation isn’t generally a good idea, especially because Braum hard counters Ornn). Overall, the game level wasn’t very high. Thus, Ever8 Winners were out of the tournament.
In the winner’s bracket, Griffin continued their recent success. Even though MVP got the lead in the series, it was their turn to get reverse swept. Griffin’s winning streak reached 16 series in a row, after a decisive 3-1 victory against MVP. Park ‘Viper’ Do-hyeon’s Kai’sa again showed up big time, as MVP obviously underestimated either the player or the champion. Nevertheless, this meant we have a new name in the LCK – Griffin.
The last match of the tournament was a Bo5 between MVP and KDM. This was probably the most intense game of the tournament. After a five-game clash, MVP ended up returning to the LCK, after they defeated Kongdoo 3-2. The fans were especially happy that stars like An ‘Ian’ Jun-hyeong and Jeong ‘Max’ Jong-bin along with the other members of the legendary MVP team, will remain as part of the LCK. For Kongdoo, this was the usual trip back to Challengers, although they came close to remaining in the LCK.