DRX is now guaranteed 2nd place in the regular split standings.
On August 16, day 41 of the 2020 LCK Summer split came to a conclusion. Just as many predicted, Gen.G and DRX took their victories against Hanwha Life Esports and SeolHaeOne Prince respectively.
The fierce battle for 2nd place in the standings ended in favor for DRX. With a set score of 2:1, it was an unexpected fierce battle that left many at home watching confused. After SP took the lead in the series, they seemed to raise their level of focus to reverse sweep the series. Despite DRX looking shaky from SP’s aggressiveness, they were able to stay focused until the end to close out the series. Game 3 looked especially back and forth, as a clutch Elder dragon steal by DRX’s jungler, Pyosik, led to the destruction of SP’s nexus.
With this match victory by DRX, they cannot fall below 2nd place in the standings. With just one match for Gen.G and DRX each, DRX has 15 wins, while Gen.G has 13 wins, so the chances of the standings changing became zero. The possibility of DRX coming in first is still open, as the remaining match results will determine the fight for 1st place between DAMWON Gaming and DRX. DWG still has the advantage, as they still have two matches to play in the regular split.
Meanwhile, in the first match of the day, despite Gen.G defeating HLE to take their 13th win of the split, they were unable to rise to 2nd place because of DRX’s victory. Despite looking shaky in game 1 from HLE’s early aggressiveness from their upper lanes, Gen.G still managed to outclass HLE. Gen.G continued to ride the momentum from their comeback victory in game 1 to take the dominant victory in game 2.
While Gen.G is now unable to take the 2nd place spot, there was some good news for the team as well. The mid laner for Gen.G, Bdd, stood strong at the top of the POG (Player of the Game) standings with 1,300 points under his belt, widening the gap between him and the mid laner for DWG, ShowMaker.
Although both HLE and SP lost their series against their respective opponents, they proved today that they’re no pushovers. As the bottom teams, they’ve put up a performance against the top teams that almost turned into upset victories. However, their inability to close out games, a characteristic that many have critiqued to be their faults, has once again, proved to be their downfall.
2020 LCK Summer Split Aug. 16th Standings
Gen.G 2 : 0 Hanwha Life Esports
DRX 2 : 1 SeolHaeOne Prince
2020 LCK Summer Split Standings
1st DRX 15-2 (+20)
2nd DAMWON Gaming 14-2 (+25)
3rd Gen.G 13-4 (+17)
4th T1 12-4 (+15)
5th Afreeca Freecs 9-7 (+2)
6th kt Rolster 7-9 (-4)
7th SANDBOX Gaming 6-11 (-10)
8th Team Dynamics 4-12 (-13)
9th Hanwha Life Esports 1-15 (-25)
10th SeolHaeOne Prince 1-16 (-27)
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