Longzhu Gaming (7-6, 16-16 match record) kicked off Week 8, Day 1 of League of Legends Champions Korea with a 2-1 comeback victory over bbq Olivers (4-9, 11-19 match record) on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea.
Bbq started out with an early lead thanks to a few ganks in the top and bottom lanes, amassing a 2,000 gold lead before the 10-minute mark. While Longzhu managed to find kills of its own to even things up, it eventually fell by the wayside after some poor positioning and teamfight execution. Bbq used a 4-for-0 teamfight win, led by a triple kill from mid laner Kang "Tempt" Myung-Gu's Jayce, to wrestle away control of the game. It then snowballed from there until it locked up the win with a decisively clean ace 30 minutes in that allowed bbq to waltz into Longzhu's base and take Game 1.
Game 2 followed a completely different script than the first. While bbq started off with a quick lead early, Longzhu managed to stick around with farm leads in most lanes. Bbq, sensing the need to break the monotony after things were still basically tied at 25 minutes, forced a fight by going for the Baron. This backfired tremendously, however, with Longzhu picking up a massive 4-for-0 teamfight win after AD carry Kim "PraY" Jong-in's Ashe shredded bbq for a triple kill. After securing the buff, Longzhu catapulted ahead, earning a 7,000 gold lead by the time the buff expired. The game lasted another 10 minutes, but Longzhu finally took another 4-for-0 at 35 minutes to lock up the win and force a Game 3.
Game 3 was one of the most one-sided affairs seen in the LCK this split. Jungler Lee "Crash" Dong-woo dominated the early game with his Graves to lead the way for Longzhu, picking up four early kills on his way to a final 11/2/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists) by the 12-minute mark. Bbq didn't get its first kill until almost 14 minutes into the game, showcasing the stranglehold that Longzhu had on the game. By the time this 26-minute route was all said and done, Longzhu owned advantages of 24-to-4 in kills, 10-to-0 in towers, 2-to-0 in inhibitors, 2-to-0 in Barons and 2-to-0 in dragons.
Longzhu Gaming will try to continue its winning ways when it takes on the ROX Tigers on Thursday at 4 a.m. ET, while bbq Olivers will face SK Telecom T1 on Saturday at 7 a.m. ET.