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Unique Strategy Doesn't Completely Throw Off Gen.G
2018 LCK Summer Split
Match Recap

Gen.G closed out Wednesday's action in League Champions Korea with a 2-1 win over Hanwha Life eSports in Seoul.

You have to give credit where it's due. The scouts and coaches for Hanwha Life eSports (2-2) have certainly been busy watching other regions. Specifically the European League Championship Series, as that region's signature Heimerdinger bottom lane and gold-funnel towards the Kai'Sa compositions were utilized by Hanwha this series. The Heimerdinger didn't work out so well, though that might not have been the fault of the pick itself, but Game 2 saw AD carry Gwon "Sangyoon" Sang-yun take Kai'Sa with smite into the middle lane surrounded by three support champions in Lulu, Braum, and Morgana. To say Sangyoon snowballed was an understatement, as he picked up an early quadrakill at 12 minutes before exploding ahead, picking up almost every kill en route to a perfect 14/0/1 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) for 100 percent kill participation while dealing a whopping 18,300 damage, more than half of his team's total damage. Unfortunately, these wacky strategies took its toll on the other members of HLE who looked uncomfortable in their new roles, but that one glorious win should serve as a warning to the rest of the league: never underestimate Hanwha's ability to cheese you to death.

On the other end of the meta spectrum was Gen.G (4-0), which ran traditional team compositions in every game, placing AD carry Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk on Ezreal three times in a row to devastating effect. Ruler, along with support Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in, dominated the bottom lane with ease, showing that Hanwha simply couldn't hang with them. With a strong bottom lane and the rest of the team playing well, Gen.G showed just why it is so dangerous. Not only would Gen.G outplay you in teamfights or in the laning phase, but its aggressive shotcalling gave it constant tactical high ground, forcing Hanwha into mistakes. While its Game 2 loss will sting, the rest of this series was as clean as can be for Gen.G, which continues to prove that it belongs at the top of a highly competitive LCK.

Gen.G will challenge KT Rolster at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday, followed by Hanwha Life eSports facing Afreeca Freecs at 7 a.m. ET that same day.

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