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Esports: LCK Summer Thursday matches

10 August 2022 05:17:14 EST
The teams taking part in the LCK Summer playoffs have already been decided

It has been confirmed which six teams will compete in the playoffs of the LCK Summer 2022 but there is one more round of regular-season action to determine the exact final placings.

Gen.G, T1, Liiv SANDBOX, DWG KIA, KT Rolster and DRX will all battle it out for glory in the playoffs and a potential spot at the League of Legends World Championship, while for Kwangdong Freecs, Fredit BRION, Nongshim RedForce and Hanwha Life Esports, their LCK Summer 2022 journey will come to an end this week.

And although we already know the overall playoff picture, teams are still playing for pride in the final week or will be trying to get a run going ahead of the playoffs.

On Thursday, three of the four teams in action in the regular season will be heading to the playoffs, which get under way on Wednesday 17th August 2022.

The winner of the playoffs will head to the World Championship and it is worth noting that the division's top two - Gen.G and T1 - will receive byes to the semi-finals.

DWG KIA should be too strong for Kwangdong Freecs

What

Kwangdong Freecs v DWG KIA, LCK Summer 2022

Where

South Korea

When

09.00am, Thursday 11th August 2022

How to watch

LCK Global Youtube channel, Twitch

Odds

Kwangdong Freecs 4.33, DWG KIA 1.20

Kwangong Freecs were the last team in LCK Summer 2022 to have their playoff hopes quashed, losing the final match of week eight 2-0 against DRX, who subsequently secured a top-six berth.

The Freecs led the way in gold for most of the second game, but failed to match DRX when it came to control of neutral objectives and go into their penultimate match of the regular season with nothing to play for.

They may have only just finished outside of the playoff positions but, whereas all of the top six have positive game differentials, Kwangdong's stands at -12.

They have also lost three of their last five matches in the split by a 2-0 scoreline and, with even less incentive than before, they could be out of their depth in this clash with DWG KIA.

Crowned world champions under the banner of Damwon Gaming only two years ago, DWG KIA remain a dangerous outfit in the LCK, having made the semi-finals of the Spring split earlier this year.

They have lost their last three assignments against teams set to be in the playoffs - Gen.G, Liiv SANDBOX and KT Rolster - but have been pretty reliable against the split's lesser lights.

And with that in mind, DWG KIA are still worth a bet at -1.5 on the match handicap at 1.80 against Kwandong Freecs.

DRX and KT Rolster could be tough to separate

What

DRX v KT Rolster, LCK Summer 2022

Where

South Korea

When

12:00pm, Thursday 11th August 2022

How to watch

LCK Global Youtube channel, Twitch

Odds

DRX 2.00, KT Rolster 1.72

DRX and KT Rolster are both heading to the LCK Summer playoffs, but will go into them as two of the weaker teams with 9-7 records to their names.

KT Rolster are only just ahead on game differential, on +4 compared to DRX's +2, and the teams are likely to be tough to separate, as highlighted by their prices.

DRX at least have form on their side having won both of their matches in week eight against Nongshim RedForce and Kwangdong Freecs but both of those sides are out of the playoff running and KT Rolster will represent a step-up in quality.

It is also worth noting KT Rolster are in possession of a talented bot laner in Kim "Aiming" Ha-ram, who is an outside contender for Player of the Season this campaign.

In their most recent match, they pushed highflyers Liiv SANDBOX close in a 2-1 defeat and four of their last five matches in the LCK Summer have been settled by a 2-1 scoreline.

DRX were the better side back in the LCK Spring, finishing fourth in the standings with KT Roslter missing out on the playoffs altogether, but the gulf between the teams has since narrowed.

And with that in mind the best way to play this one could be to back over 2.5 maps at 1.90.

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