The South Korean region emerged victorious last year at League of Legends Worlds after DAMWON Gaming crushed the competition. With the LCK back in the fray, the first objective on any team’s list will be winning the LCK Spring Split to qualify for the Midseason Invitational.
Before the start of the season, DAMWON signed an agreement with Kia Motors and will from now be known as DWG KIA. The reigning champions are credited by bookmakers as the heavy favorites to win the split, with their strongest rivals being T1, Gen.G, and Hanhwa Life Esports.
DWG KIA Face T1 in an Early LCK Spring Split Derby
The most anticipated match of the entire Spring Split will be played on Friday when DWG KIA meets T1. The reigning champions are in excellent form after winning Kespa Cup earlier this year and punters can only hope for odds of 1.30 for a DWG victory. DWG players have the quality and now also the experience and the results to justify the favorite status in spite of facing an iconic opponent.
Having said this, T1 is a formidable squad and the power of Faker can’t be underestimated. We trust the most successful South Korean team in history to win at least one game and GG.bet offers odds of 1.90 on them to accomplish this.
KT Rolster and Liiv Sandbox Begin Their Race for the Playoffs
The top six teams in the LCK will advance to the playoffs and KT Rolster and Liiv Sandbox are projected to be on the outskirts of the leading pack. Under these circumstances, they can’t afford any missteps early on and a match against a direct rival is particularly important. KT Rolster has dominated the series before their rivals rebranded, yet are still seen as the underdogs with odds of 2.10 by Luckbox.
The same bookmaker offers odds of 1.75 on Liiv Sandbox, but we prefer to side with the underdog in this series. The early game is critical when these two teams meet, as they rarely recover from poor starts.
Afreeca Freecs Expect Easy Victory over Fredit BRION
Afreeca Freecs are expected to fight for the final playoff spot and they can’t afford to drop points against a team viewed by many as one of the weakest. Fredit BRION has just gotten promoted to the LCK, but is looking like the weakest team in the league, with bookies offering odds of roughly 70/1 for them to win the Spring Split. In this particular series, they start as underdogs and get odds of 2.60, while Afreeca are priced at 1.50 by Unikrn.
Risk-averse punters should refrain from backing the favorites to cover the -1.5 handicap and simply bet on their win. That’s because Afreeca has the tendency of dropping matches and win series by narrow margins.