On the 17th, at the Gangnam Nexon Arena, Afreeca Freecs and SK Telecom T1 each secured a victory over their opponent in the '2018 LCK Summer Split Round 2 Day 24'. Afreeca Freecs had put an end to their losing streak by taking down the No.1 LCK team, Griffin. As for SKT T1, they moved up the ladder boards to 7th place by taking down MVP.
The first series featured AFs and GRF. Looking at the recent performance of the two teams, many expected Griffin to come out on top. However, the opposite was the case.
It was as if GRF was playing in the palms of AFs. In game 1, against the No.1 team, GRF, AFs didn't give out a single tower or kill. And although GRF is known as a strong teamfighting team, AFs was to overcome them.
Game 2 ended in a similar fashion. With Kiin leading the team with Kled in teamfights and Spirit making good usage of his Kindred ultimates, AFs was able to take dominating victories on both sets of the series.
In the following series, the 7th and 8th placed teams clashed against each other. Both teams matched in strength and starting from game 1, the match was long and hard-fought. Although MVP had a large lead in terms of kills, the global gold differential remained about even. In addition, SKT had secured both Baron Nashor and Elder Dragon in the late game. However, MVP withstood SKT's attack during the duration of the buff and was able to fight SKT in the direction that they wanted. In the end, MVP took the 1st set.
During the early game of the 2nd set, SKT took small but many leads to put themselves in an advantageous spot. However, MVP didn't go down without a fight -- they bought a lot of time to scale into the late game and strongly resisted SKT's push. ADD's Kennen applied immense pressure on Thal's Gnar. But in the end, SKT T1 was able to secure the Baron and proceed to destroy all three enemy inhibitors.
For the 3rd and final set, Bang was put on Ezreal. In every small and large teamfight, Ezreal picked up kills and assists -- allowing him to hit his power spike, fast. Without much effort, SKT secured the Baron and widened the global gold differential to near 10K. With the difference in strength between the two sides, SKT was able to take down MVP in game 3 for their 2nd win of the series.
Series 1: Afreeca Freecs vs. Griffin < 2-1 >
Game 1: AFs (W) vs. GRF (L)
Game 2: AFs (W) vs. GRF (L)
Series 2: MVP vs. SK Telecom T1 < 2-1 >
Game 1: MVP (W) vs. SKT (L)
Game 2: MVP (L) vs. SKT (W)
Game 3: MVP (L) vs. SKT (W)
▣ 2018 LCK Summer Split Standings
1. Griffin 8-2 (+9)
2. Kingzone DragonX 7-3 (+7)
3. Gen.G Esports 7-3 (+5)
4. Afreeca Freecs 7-4 (+7)
5. Hanwha Life Esports 6-4 (+6)
6. kt Rolster 6-4 (+5)
7. SKT T1 4-6 (-4)
8. MVP 4-7 (-7)
9. Jin Air Green Wings 2-8 (-11)
10. bbq Olivers 0-10 (-17)