MVP took down SK Telecom T1 on Wednesday's slate of League Champions Korea games, claiming a 2-1 series win in Seoul.
There's no way to sugarcoat this. SK Telecom (0-3) is not looking good. Subbing out its entire regular starting lineup apart from top laner Park "Thal" Kwon-hyuk is baffling, especially considering MVP (2-2) could be an easier matchup for the main roster than the likes of Gen.G and Afreeca Freecs from Week 1. Nevertheless, the subs showed some promise, particularly AD carry Han "Leo" Gyeo-re, who played well in Game 1 as Vladimir, something fellow SKT AD carry Bae "Bang" Jun-sik hasn't shown thus far. Unfortunately the rest of the team failed to follow the same pattern of change. If SKT's coaching staff thinks a complete roster overhaul is what the team needs to be competitive, a loss to MVP should act as a valuable, yet disheartening learning experience. Still, the fact that mid laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok was left on the bench for former NA LCS talent Choi "Pirean" Jun-sik is rather mind blowing, showing that all is not well in the SKT camp.
MVP, meanwhile, managed to pick up a win -- but against a team of substitutes, it was a bit disheartening to see the litany of errors that took place. MVP has shown difficulty adapting to opponents' drafts, which was on display in Game 1 when MVP's AD carry-less composition tried to scale into the late game against a top lane Nasus. In addition, MVP's players have made baffling decisions, whether it's bad positioning, questionable ultimate usage or even strange itemization. See mid laner An "Ian" Junk-hyeong's Lulu in Game 1 purchasing an Ardent Censer, which only benefited a jungle Xin Zhao. Nevertheless, MVP's veterans, particularly AD carry Na "Pilot" Woo-hyung, who carried Game 3 on a surprise Kalista pick, showed resilience, bouncing back from a Game 1 loss to pick up two convincing games in a row.
SK Telecom looks to pick up its first series win of the season against Griffin at 4 a.m. ET on Friday, followed by MVP squaring off against Jin Air at 7 a.m. ET that same day.