LCK’s Afreeca Freecs found their first win on the fourth day of the group stage with a dominant performance against the VCL team Phong Vũ Buffalo.
In a game they needed to win, Afreeca found the better early game as two skirmishes in the top lane went 2-1 in their favor, giving both Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng's Swain and Lee “Mowgli” Jae-ha's a good start. The Korean team was able to keep up the pressure, taking down the outer bot towers to open a growing gold lead, and looked much better in the mid-game. A 3-0 fight 22 minutes in allowed them to take the baron, which they used to start picking the map clean and break in the PVB base.
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Three minutes later, Afreeca was pushing from all sides, and after a desperate engage by PVB yielded no kills, the LCK team took four kills in return, leaving them free to take the base.
It was do or die for Afreeca, who were faced with the prospect of not only having a 0-3 record at Worlds, but also likely being eliminated in the groups - something that has not happened to a Korean team since the change of the group format in 2014. They looked a lot cleaner in this game, making full use of their good start. For Phong Vu Buffalo, this is a hard loss, but the Vietnamese team will be able to take two days off before facing their opponents again on Monday.