SK Telecom T1 managed to overcome sloppy and silly play with a 2-0 sweep over MVP on Wednesday to kick off Week 3, Day 2 of League of Legends Champions Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
An eventful Game 1 began with a wacky draft phase as SKT gave Cassiopeia to top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon while mid laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok was given Lucian. Huni struggled early on as MVP ganked him several times for kills, accruing a 3,000-gold lead by 10 minutes. Throughout the mid game, SKT clawed its way back, thanks largely to Faker's massive CS (creep score) lead and overall kill pressure. MVP (1-4, 2-10 match record) failed to use its early lead as SKT took over late with its hyper scaling teamfighting composition, pressuring the map through its solo lanes. Huni managed to recover from the horrendous start by flame horizoning his lane opponent at 37 minutes while Faker was a monster on the Purifier, dealing a game-high 20,800 damage while posting a 6/0/2 KDA (kills/deaths/assists). After Faker picked up a triple kill at 38 minutes, it was all but trivial for SKT to push into MVP's base to take Game 1 in 39 minutes.
SK Telecom (4-1, 10-4 match record) took over Game 2 after picking up first blood and first tower gold, leading to a 3,000-gold lead at 19 minutes. MVP stayed strong, however, using its pick/siege composition to find occasional kills and chain that into towers while SKT's splitpushing/pick comp couldn't do much in response. MVP's grasp of the game wasn't complete, however, as despite several Baron secures, SKT consistently collapsed for follow-up kills. MVP pulled ahead with a Baron secure around 26 minutes, but it couldn't do enough to keep SKT from pulling it back late. With split-pushing from substitute top laner Park "Untara" Ui-jin's Fiora, SKT forced MVP into difficult decisions, including a fateful Baron call that gave MVP its third Baron kill at 41 minutes. Despite giving up the Baron to MVP, SKT went for broke, picking up four kills before marching into MVP's base and closing out a sloppy and silly 42-minute win for the 2-0 sweep.
Assuming coach Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun lets the team leave the house this week after the sloppy performance, SK Telecom takes on the Afreeca Freecs at 4 a.m. ET on Sunday, while MVP face Longzhu Gaming on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET.