LCK Power Rankings – 2017 Spring Split

Here are my LCK preseason power rankings. (You can go read my more in-depth projections for the NA LCS and EU LCS, as well.)

These rankings are meant to project the final standings of the 2017 spring split, based on my expectations of how these rosters will perform over the next few months. My criteria include:

  • The skill levels of the five players;
  • How well the players’ strengths, weaknesses, and play styles fit together into a cohesive unit; and
  • The players’ expected ability to communicate and coordinate their play, based on language, past team play performances, and quality of coaching staff.

I won’t be diving into full discussion like I did for EU and NA, but if you have questions about my thoughts on specific teams you can always reach me on Twitter or Ask.FM.

Rank Team Top Jungle Mid ADC Support
1 SK Telecom T1 Huni/Profit Peanut Faker Bang Wolf
2 KT Rolster Smeb Score Pawn Deft Mata
3 Samsung Galaxy CuVee Ambition Crown Ruler CoreJJ/Wraith
4 Longzhu Gaming Expession Crash Fly/Bdd PraY GorillA
5 Afreeca Freecs MaRin Spirit Kuro Kramer TusiN
6 MVP ADD Beyond Ian MaHa Max
7 Jin Air Green Wings ikssu/SoHwan Umti Kuzan Teddy SnowFlower/Raise
8 Kongdoo Monster Roach Punch Edge SSol GuGer
9 BBQ Olivers Crazy Bless Tempt Ghost Totoro
10 ROX Tigers Lindarang/Shy SeongHwan Mickey Sangyoon Key

True Sight 015 – Are Longzhu Gaming Korea’s Second-Best Team? with Emily Rand

Emily Rand, staff writer for theScore eSports, joins me totells the story of Longzhu Gaming’s Spring split to date, including their 9-man roster.


  • 1:25 How are Longzhu using their large roster?
  • 3:03 How well has Longzhu been performing?
  • 5:25 Have there been play style differences between Longzhu’s two “lines”?
  • 8:15 Who have been Longzhu’s standout performers?
  • 10:33 How might Fury’s arrival affect Longzhu’s play style?
  • 13:13 Who has been the better Top laner, Expession or Flame?
  • 16:26 Are Longzhu the second-best team in Korea?
  • 19:04 Complete LCK gold spent percentage difference standings.
  • 20:07 Which two players need to step up for Longzhu to climb the standings in the second half?

Music by Bradley Rains

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Chaser: Free Agent Jungle Superstar

Korea has a long lineage of superstar Jungle talent. Players like KaKao, Spirit, Dandy, and Bengi are international household names. After the 2015 exodus of Korean talent to China and elsewhere, the LCK Jungle talent pool was heavily depleted, with three of the four players I just listed leaving the Korean scene.

Other players stepped up, trying to fill the void. One stood out above the rest: Chaser of the Jin Air Green Wings. Now he has declared free agency, and may be following his better known compatriots overseas, or perhaps simply looking to find a better chance to win at home.

What makes Chaser worthy of comparison to the great names I’ve listed? Let’s start with his Summer split stat line.

Continue reading at Unikrn →

True Sight 002: “How much has the gap narrowed between Korea and the rest of the world?” with PapaSmithy

I ask Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith of OGN: “How much has the gap narrowed between Korea and the rest of the world?”

Share your reactions and opinions using the hashtag #truesightpodcast on Twitter.

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True Sight 001: “Is KT Rolster’s Jungler, Score, a stud or a sidekick?” with Emily Rand 1

In the first episode of the True Sight podcast, I ask Emily Rand of “Is KT Score a stud or a sidekick?”

Share your own opinions of Score in the comments, or use the hashtag #truesightpodcast on Twitter.

To learn more about Score’s history as a player, read Emily’s recent article at

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