Week 9 of the LCK approaches and here is the exclusive Esprts.com preview for the Day 1-4’s matches. Will SBENU SONIC BOOM finally be able to get a win? Will Kongdoo ever get a win? Or will ROX Tigers keep up the perfect performance?
Check all the match previews bellows.
Longzhu vs. Kongdoo Monster – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
The Matchup between Longzhu & Kongdoo Monster in Round 9 Day 1 of LOL LCK will take place on the 9th of March 2016 at 5pm KST Time.
Longzhu has a roster that is stacked with talent and experience. Even their bench is made up of big names like Expession and Frozen. The team boasts great individual mechanics, however, have yet to form an identity to efficiently allocate resources and designate a carry. This has often resulted in some very awkward team fights and groupings that have had mixed results.
On the other hand, the newly formed Kongdoo Monsters are performing poorly. Their attempts at playing the map is a great example of how they are still a growing team. Their intentions are without a doubt correct; however, the team need to improve their warding, shot calling and rotations in order to execute their plans correctly.
The laning phase should go in favour of Longzhu as Kongdoo do not have the same caliber of players. This should snowball favorably and lead to an easy (2-0) victory for Longzhu.
Predictions: Longzhu 78% | 22% Kongdoo Monsters
Jin Air Green Wings vs. KT – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 1 – Preview
The matchup between Jin Air Green Wings & KT in Round 9 Day 1 of LOL LCK will take place on the 9th of March 2016 at 8pm KST Time.
You’re 50 minutes into a fair game of league. Both teams are evenly matched and hesitant in engaging as the victors of the fight would ultimately win the game. A fight breaks out. Top laners are diving the backline, the jungle is attempting to control the fight, mid laners are mechanically weaving damage through everyone while the ADC displays insane mechanics. A nail biting fight. But who will win?
This is the scenario facing Jin Air vs. KT. Both rosters are very evenly matched and standing in at the top three of the LCK ladder. Jin Air needs the win to maintain their second spot position, while KT need the win to tie-second place with Jin Air.
Both teams display very similar play styles. With a lot of emphasis on top lane carry and aggressive jungle plays but also strong objective control and team fighting. What brings the game together for both teams are their clean-cut team fights. But it is far too difficult to tell who will come out on top.
The laning phase is going to be crucial for the outcome of this match-up. It’s going to be make it or break it for Jin Air’s TrAce and KT’s Ssumday as they both snowball extremely hard if they ball gets rolling.
Prediction: Jin Air Green Wings 51% | KT Rolster 49%
CJ ENTUS vs. Samsung Galaxy – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
The matchup between CJ ENTUS vs Samsung Galaxy in Round 9 Day 2 of LOL LCK will take place on the 10th of March 2016 at 5pm KST Time.
CJ ENTUS are currently (5-5) Whilst Samsung Galaxy are sitting on (6-3) as such their next couple of games could not be more important. Picking up a game here could mean the difference between a 5th place or a 3rd place finish to the split. While both teams are seen as mid tier teams, they both posses the individual talent, experience and coaching staff to play like a top tier team.
The first thing I think of when it comes to CJ ENTUS and Samsung Galaxy are their bloody good ADCs. A fed Kramer and CoreJJ has always been a prerequisite to any of the teams’ wins.
In order for Samsung to win, they are going to have to exploit CJ’s new mid laner Bdd, who has had some hick-up moments in his recent games. However, this being said, CJ is still a very strong team and a contender for the top five spots on the ladder. With the veteran experience of MadLife, Shy and Kramer and rookie talent, this match should be a blood bath.
Prediction: CJ ENTUS 55% | Samsung Galaxy 45%
SBENU SONICBOOM vs. ROX Tigers – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 2 – Preview
The matchup between SBENU SONICBOOM & ROX Tigers in Round 9 Day 2 of LOL LCK will take place on the 10th of March 2016 at 8pm KST Time.
The ROX Tigers are without a doubt the best team in the world right now. With a wild style, controlled aggression, coupled with beautiful coordination in both team fights and skirmishers, have toppled over every single Korean team.
The Tigers should easily trample over SBENU SONIC BOOM, who have yet to grab a win against any other team. They’ve tried everything from meta to cheese, but this demotivated team is simply not matching the gameplay needed for the Korean LCS, let alone face a top caliber team like the Tigers.
The Tigers should grab an easy (2-0) victory over SBENU, improving their impressive run to 10-0.
Predictions: SBENU SONIC BOOM 1.5% | ROX Tigers 98.5%
Afreeca Freecs vs. SK Telecom – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 3 – Preview
The matchup between Afreeca Freecs & SK Telecom in Round 9 Day 3 of LOL LCK will take place on the 11th of March 2016 at 5pm KST Time.
Afreeca Freecs are coming off an intense (2-1) victory against SKT. During the break when the score was (1-1), Afreeca’s head coach Kang Hyun-jong lifted the teams spirits, encouraging them to play their heart out, that they have ‘nothing to lose’ against the reigning champions. And they did just that.
SKT are still undoubtedly still a very solid team, maintaining strong fundamentals of what makes a good team: ward control, team fight cohesion, high individual skill caps and so forth. The team is also supported by a fantastic support team and coaching staff.
Again, SKT is expected to come out as the victors in this match-up. However, we cannot completely rule Afreeca in this equation. If Afreeca are able to break-even during the laning phase and pull off a clean cut team fight to end the game. They might, just might be able to pull off a victory.
Predictions: Afreeca Freecs 20% | SK Telecom 80%
Jin Air Green Wings vs. Kongdoo Monsters – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 3 – Preview
The matchup between Jin Air Green Wings & Kongdoo Monsters in Round 9 Day 3 of LOL LCK will take place on the 11th of March 2016 at 8pm KST Time.
Losing Jin Air’s star players Chaser and GBM was a huge blow to their team at the start of the season. However, they have done an excellent job in revitalizing their team cohesion and coming out of this split as a top tier Korean team.
Jin Air’s strength lie in their top laner dominance, translating a fed top laner into strong team fights during the mid game.
The rookie team of the split on the otherhand, the Kongdoo Monsters, are lacking in all aspects of the game. Their laners are weaker, team fighting is sloppy and their individual players are not on the same level as Jin Air.
Overall, Jin Air should claim an easy (2-0) W.
Predictions: Jin Air Green Wings 84% | Kongdoo Monsters 16%
KT Rolster vs. Longzhu – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 4 – Preview
The matchup between KT Rolster vs Longzhu in Round 9 Day 3 of LOL LCK will take place on the 12th of March 2016 at 5pm KST Time.
Collide Longzhu’s brute of individual mechanics against the well-rounded and coordinated KT Rolster. Will Longzhu be able to create obscene map pressure just by winning their lanes? Or will KT Rolster be able to hold their own and secure objectives?
Both line ups present high levels of aggression and individuals with the potential to carry the whole team on their shoulders. The main game changer of this match will be Score and Chaser’s jungle and how both teams allocate their resources to mitigate the carry top laners.
KT are notably the most objective focused team in the LCK. They are able to fight well around objectives and group with a high level of team cohesion and coordination. Longzhu will need adequate vision control and minion wave control before approaching objectives like Dragon. If they fail to do so, KT should easily be able to take the game with a single team fight.
Predictions: KT Rolster 55% | Longzhu 45%
Samsung Galaxy vs. ROX – LCK 2016 – Week 9 – Day 4 – Preview
The matchup between Samsung Galaxy & ROX in Round 9 Day 3 of LOL LCK will take place on the 12th of March 2016 at 8pm KST Time.
To be quite honest, there isn’t much to say. A mid-tier team against a top-tier team. If Samsung was to begin their sentence with “we’re good at …” ROX would reply with “but we’re better”.
ROX have perfected their game play. There should be no surprises that Samsung can produce to swing the tide of the game. Any sloppy play that Samsung makes will undoubtedly be punished swiftly by the Tigers.
Even if Samsung is able to take an early lead, small gold leads will not be a deciding factor as to who wins the game. To be fair, it would take Samsung’s line up MORE gold, to do the same damage as ROX. That is how efficient they are with their gold and damage out put.
Predictions: Samsung Galaxy 30% | ROX Tigers 70%