LCK Playoffs: Previewing the Spring 2020 Playoff Matches

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We preview all the playoff action as LCK gets ready to crown Spring Split champion.

The LCK is  getting ready for their playoff run after finishing the regular season earlier this week. With five teams still in the hunt for the LCK title, we break down which teams will be facing off and which one will likely end up the champion.

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The first matchup at the bottom of the bracket is fifth seed Damwon Gaming against fourth seed KT Rolster. The teams were pretty close in the standings with Damwon finishing 9-9 and 22-21 while KT Rolster went 10-8 and 24-22. The two teams split a pair of regular split matches with KT taking the most recent matchup.

It’s good to see KT have success after a dismal 2019 where they had to face demotion and play in the Summer Promotion Tournament. On the other side of the match-up, Damwon had a successful 2019 with a trip to Worlds where they made the quarter-finals. Either way this should be a good battle between one of the premier organizations in the LCK and one of its newest upstarts.

The winner of that series will play third seed DragonX, who enters playoffs on red-hot dragon fire as winners of seven matches in a row, the best streak in the LCK. DragonX has an identical 14-4 series record with the top two seeds, but the team fell short due to the game record (31-15) to end up as the third seed.

They do have 2-0 series records against KT and Damwon, while splitting two series with the top seeded LCK team. However, there is one team that might be able to best them for a third time this spilt and that is the second seed to be revealed in just a few words.

That second seed is another other than T1. Despite the identical 14-4 record as Dragonx and the one-seeded team, T1 went 30-14 in games alongside having a 2-0 record against both DragonX and the top0seeded team.

Though they only managed to split their series with both Damwon and KT Rolster including losing the most recent edition of the “Telecom War” by a 2-0 score during the Week 8 series. However, this is still a T1 team in the playoffs which means the buff could be ready to activate as they seek out a third straight LCK title.

Waiting for them at the top of the ladder is the top seed Gen.G. After finishing outside of the playoffs in both splits in 2019 Gen.G had some big signings in the off-season bring in Rascal, Clid, and Bdd to bolster the lineup. It’s worked so far as they sit in the one-seed for the playoffs with a 14-4 record (and 31-13 game record) during the spring.

While their fans are hoping this might be the year Gen.G gets back to the international stage, they only have a 1-3 series record against DragonX and T1. So even if they are the top seed, it isn’t a guarantee that this team is way better than the others. However thanks to that all-star lineup they should be the front-runners to win the LCK.

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I do think that anyone of the top three teams could win the LCK and not have it be a shock. Thought it’s going to be an entertaining run most certainly worth watching. Plus if this is a preview of the three teams the LCK sends to worlds, I would be confident the region would do well at the tournament.