- Is there any value in taking anyone other than Griffin?
- Can Faker and his new all-star squad rise up to the occasion?
- Best pick to win the LCK Spring Split
Griffin came into the LCK Spring Split as the co-favorite to win outright tied with the newly formed Korean superteam, SKT T1. After the first few weeks of domestic play, the odds have greatly shifted with Griffin taking sole lead.
Now as the odds-on favorite to win the LCK Spring Split, the pressure will be on for them to perform now more than ever. Griffin is a team that has failed before while all eyes were on them, but will that be the case again in the LCK Spring Split?
First, let’s take a look at the updated odds table.
Odds to Win LCK Spring Split
|Teams||Odds to Win LCK Spring Split|
|SK Telecom T1||+375|
|Hanwha Life Esports||+10000|
|Jin Air Green Wings||+100000|
*Odds taken 2/7
Griffin Under Pressure; Will They Make Diamonds?
After falling short in the 2018 Summer Split, Griffin come into the 2019 with the pain of missing Worlds fresh on their mind.
Starting out the LCK Spring Split with a perfect 6-0 record with only one game dropped, they are simply on another level than any other team in the LCK.
There really are no holes in their game. Coming into the split, it seemed like Griffin Jungler Tarzan may be the one to keep an eye on, but after the first few weeks it appears that everyone on Griffin is just plain nasty.
Heading into last week’s match against Sandbox Gaming, Griffin mid-laner Chovy held an unprecedented 104 KDA, leaving some to draw comparisons to the League of Legends GOAT, Faker, which is pretty much the highest praise you could give a League of Legends player.
With wins over the best teams in the LCK and only one game dropped, it is very hard to imagine Griffin not coming out on top of the LCK Spring Split.
Though my hopes were high for SKT T1 heading into the first split of 2019 with their new look roster, I’m starting to have doubts that they’ll be able to put it all together in time to challenge for the title this split.
Following a year of heartbreak for the Korean region, it looks like once again they have a powerhouse roster that can compete with the best in the world. The LPL beat the LCK in every major tournament last year, and it looks like Griffin may lead the charge for the LCK in their 2019 redemption tour.
Griffin Can’t Crumble
The only thing standing between Griffin and the LCK Spring Split championship is themselves. If they are able to fully remove what happened last year from their minds, then they should cruise to their first LCK title with relative ease.
When all is said and done, I fully expect Griffin to be the last team standing in the LCK Spring Split.
There are some good teams that can maybe win a game off Griffin every now and then, but beating them in a win or go home series may just prove to be too much. Expect Griffin to take the first split in the 2019 LCK season.
Pick: Griffin (-175)