Afreeca Freecs is the first and so far, the only team eliminated from the race for the LCK playoffs. Liiv Sandbox, Fredit Brion and KT Rolster are one defeat away from suffering the same fate. Nongshim Red Force are in a slightly better position as they only need to win one of the last two games to qualify. Action resumes on Thursday but two of the most exciting games of the week are Liiv Sandbox vs Afreeca Freecs and DRX vs Gen.G on Friday.
Liiv Sandbox vs Afreeca Freecs – Afreeca’s Last Stand
Afreeca Freecs have very little to fight for except pride, in the last match of the regular season. They will meet a highly motivated team that kept its dreams alive by mounting incredible comebacks against Fredit Brion. Liiv Sandbox also have the advantage in the head to head games, winning the last two series to nil.
Afreeca might be eliminated from the playoffs race, but it is still the team with the highest number of first blood scored. Playing without pressure should allow them to unleash their full power and play even more aggressively early game. We like their chances to prevail, but we expect a hard-fought victory decided by the odd match. Unikrn offers odds of 3.40 on Afreeca Freecs to defeat Liiv Sandbox by 2-1.
DRX vs Gen.G – Past Performance Favors the Underdog
DRX and Gen.G have qualified for the playoffs, but they are likely to finish the regular season in the second and fifth places. In the final games of the season they can try new strategies and experiment with new champions. This brings a certain level of uncertainty to the outcome of the Friday derby.
Gen.G have recently defeated Damwon KIA, which is no small achievement. The head to head record is nevertheless, favoring their opponents, with DRX dominating the series in recent years. They are currently mired in a three-game losing streak but have the quality to cause an upset. Luckbox heavily under-prices DRX, so we benefit from odds of 3.40 if we back them on Friday, March 26.