[LCK Today] Potential LCK match of the year in week 1? Gen.G defeats DWG KIA 2-1 after a hard fought battle

On day 5 of the 2022 LCK Spring split, Gen.G fought a long hard battle against DWG KIA to take the match victory 2-1 in the 2nd match of the day. It was a nail-biter series that remained unpredictable until the very end; it all came down to one teamfight to decide the winners of the series.


Gen.G had a great start in game 1. With Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon’s Gwen solo killing Yoon “Hoya” Yong-ho’s Camille in lane, Gen.G had full control of the game in the early game. However, DWG KIA kept stacking up dragon stacks, and was biding their time for their opportunity. One teamfight victory by DWG KIA led to them picking up the Hextech soul, which put them back in the game.


Around the 29 minute mark, Gen.G managed to catch Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu’s Nautilus, which led to them starting the Elder dragon. This led DWG KIA to start the Baron Nashor, but Gen.G captured the dragon quickly enough to position themselves to contest Gen.G for Baron. However, the wombo-combo from Diana-Samira completely dismantled Gen.G, resulting in a landslide victory for DWG KIA. With momentum on their side, Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil’s Samira demolished Gen.G once again, and DWG KIA led the series 1-0.


Game 2 was a very back and forth game for the most of the game. Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu’s Jarvan IV successfully got his lanes ahead through ganks, which allowed Heo “ShowMaker” Su’s Kassadin and deokdam’s Jinx to scale well. However, the heavy poke from Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon’s Corki led to a successful dive, which brought back the momentum back to Gen.G.

Due to Gen.G picking up massive bounties, Gen.G quickly overtook the gold lead by a milestone. The game remained pretty even from that point on, where Gen.G was able to knock down DWG KIA’s Nexus turrets. On the flip side, Kellin’s Thresh hooks and the jaw-dropping kiting from deokdam’s Jinx kept DWG KIA’s hopes up. Eventually, Gen.G managed to win the Elder dragon teamfight, tying up the series 1-1.


In the final game of the series, Son “Lehends” Si-woo picked Singed as a counterpick to Kellin’s Yuumi. It marked the first time in the LCK where Singed appeared on the rift in the Support role. While Gen.G misplayed early to allow DWG KIA get a slight lead, Lehends managed to feed a double kill to Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk’s Samira. However, DWG KIA brought the game back once again by killing Singed and Samira, and with DWG KIA having an edge in teamfight with the power of Kellin’s Yuumi, they gained massive leads over Gen.G.


After realizing that they cannot win teamfights through the war of attrition, Gen.G's game plan was to chain their CC to burst DWG KIA down. The execution was difficult, but Gen.G managed to do it to near perfection. After an ingenious Baron sneak by Gen.G, they managed to execute their plays almost flawlessly in the dragon teamfight that followed, earning themselves a hard fought victory against DWG KIA.

Meanwhile, in the first match of the day, Fredit BRION picked up a 2-1 victory against Hanwha Life Esports. Fredit BRION took a dominating victory in game 1, while HLE pulled a heist victory in game 2, as the flank from Kim “Karis” Hong-jo’s Akali pulled off a hero play in the late game. In game 3 of the series, Um “UmTi” Sang-hyeon’s Xin Zhao successfully ganked his lanes on Xin Zhao; before anyone knew it, Fredit BRION had a 5,000 gold lead. From that point on, Fredit BRION slowly and methodically pushed their leads, eventually destroying HLE’s Nexus in under 35 minutes.

2022 LCK Spring Split day 5 results


Fredit BRION 2 - 1 Hanwha Life Esports

DWG KIA 1 - 2 Gen.G


2022 LCK Spring split standings


1st T1 2-0 [+3]

1st Gen.G 2-0 [+3]

3rd DWG KIA 1-1 [+1]

3rd Nongshim RedForce 1-1 [+1]

5th Hanwha Life Esports 1-1 [0]

5th Liiv SANDBOX 1-1 [0]

5th KT Rolster 1-1 [0]

5th Fredit BRION 1-1 [0]

9th Kwangdong Freecs 0-2 [-4]

9th DRX 0-2 [-4]

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