With Monday's release of the League Champions Korea spring split schedule, the beginning of the professional League of Legends season just feels a little closer. And there's plenty of reasons to be excited. Two of last year's teams, Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy, are back under the new banners of Kingzone DragonX and KSV Esports, respectively. There are questions about what to expect from SK Telecom T1 after losing in the grand final of last year's League of Legends World Championship.
With a little over a week until the madness begins, here's a look at three matches we're excited to watch in the LCK's opening week.
3. Afreeca Freecs vs. KT Rolster, Jan. 17
Both the Afreeca Freecs and KT Rolster have worlds aspirations coming into the season. Both have made strong acquisitions in the preseason, with Lee "Rush" Yoon-jae joining KT Rolster and Kim "Kiin" Gi-in joining the Freecs. Both teams have reasonably light early-season schedules, and this game could be a fun test to see who has the better beginning synergy.
2. SK Telecom T1 vs. Rox Tigers, Jan. 17
Across the entire offseason, fans have wondered about SKT after its devastating defeat in the world finals at the hands of Samsung Galaxy. Although SKT won't get a chance for revenge just yet, the perennial powerhouse opens against one of its recent rivals with a chance to get off to a good start.
1. Kingzone DragonX vs. KSV Esports, Jan. 16
There might not be a better way to open the season. KDX, formerly Longzhu Gaming, was one of the most hyped teams going into worlds last year before being dismantled by Samsung Galaxy on the champions' road to the Summoner's Cup. KDX should be hungry for revenge against the team now known as KSV, and the results of this contest could have implications for the rest of the spring split.
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