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LoL LCK Weekend

LCK’s Week 9 is here, time to preview and predict how the contests will play out. Here’s all you need to know about this weekend’s matches.

It’s Week 9 of League of Legends Championship Korea (LCK), time to preview and predict what will happen through the LoL LCK weekend’s matches (Friday to Sunday, March 19-21).

The Spring Season of Korea’s first league under this partnership will be contested in a round-robin group stage format, and streamed live on both the LCK official Twitch Channel and lolesports.com, as always.

Here’s how each team places in the current standings, with DWG KIA leading the pack:

Placement Team Games Win Rate Points
1 DWG KIA 28-7 80% +21
2 Gen.G 23-13 64% +10
3 Hanwha Life Esports 22-16 58% + 6
4 DRX 20-18 57% + 2
5 T1 21-16 53% + 5
6 KT Rolster 14-20 41% – 6
7 Nongshim RedForce 13-22 37% – 9
8 Fredit BRION 12-21 36% – 9
9 Afreeca Freecs 13-22 37% – 9
10 Liiv SANDBOX 11-22 33% – 11

Key Teams & Game Predictions

The Top 3 in the chart above will all play during Week 9. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, March 19

Afreeca Freecs (AF) vs. Nongshim RedForce (NR)
(1 a.m. PT / 4 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: We predict Afreeca Freecs to win this matchup.

They’ll play a better early game (considering their 71.6% rate of First Blood vs. 42.9% and a stake of beating First Tower of 54.3% vs. 31.4%). NR is the opposite, and often recovers or takes the lead ahead of minute 15.

You can still expect a tight fight in this matchup, as both teams currently have the same win rate. Also, both are at the bottom half of the standings, and both look to turn things around this week.

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T1 vs. DRX
(4 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: T1 is playing more aggressively than ever, so we predict a victory in this one against DRX.

With a CS differential at minute 15 of +21.8, compared to DRX’s -1.1, T1 would only stand a chance against Telecom if they leverage the game Dragon Priority.

Saturday, March 20

Liiv SANDBOX vs. Fredit BRION
(1 a.m. PT / 4 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: Liiv SANDBOX is expected to win this matchup, due to the team’s focus on objectives, which is BRION’s Achilles heel. As with the T1 x DRX match, Liiv’s strategy consists of securing Herald and taking down the First Tower as soon as possible.

KT Rolster VS. Gen.G
(4 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: KT and Gen.G matched in Week 1, where Gen.G outperformed in kills. So we say Gen.G’s overall dominance (KDA, CS, Gold, Objectives) will get them another win.

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Sunday, March 21

DRX vs. DWG Kia
(1 a.m. PT / 4 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: DWG Kia is currently at the top of the leaderboard, and we predict it will keep its top position after this matchup’s victory.

The frequent Taliyah ban (50% rate) won’t save DRX from its second match this week.

T1 vs. Afreeca Freecs
(4 a.m. PT / 7 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. GMT)

Our Pick: T1 and AF have similar play styles, so this game is the most challenging to predict. While T1 outperforms AF in overall numbers, AF can keep up thanks to it incomparable vision score.

The victory will go to T1 after securing Cloud Dragon and searching for team fights with Cuzz’s Hecarim.

Key Players of LCK Week 9

Fans love to see how the whole teams perform week after week, but it’s the MVPs that we wait to see. After all, they’re the rainmakers. So, who’ll be carrying their team during Week 9 of the LCK Spring Split?

  • Ghost (DWG Kia): The ADC took its team to the top of the Leaderboard with the highest KDA (6.4 – 176/59/202) and Multi-kill score (2 Pentakills, 1 Quadra, 3 Triples, and 27 doubles).
  • Ruler (Gen.G): Another Kai’Sa main, he’s both a champion and minion killer (#1 Most Kills in Game: 14 and #1 Farmer: 10.6 CSM).
  • HyBrid (KT Rolster): Paired with Ruler with 14 kills using Jinx, HyBrid could be the KT Rolster’s savior this week.
  • Faker (T1): Because there’s no LCK without the “Unkillable Demon King.”
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