Recently, the LoL community in general and LCK fans, especially DWG KIA fans, had the opportunity to celebrate when the Korean media confirmed that Nuguri would return to the “old home” in Summer 2022. If this deal is successful In fact, this will be an extremely valuable addition to both DK and Korean LoL itself. During the many years since the tournament was first held, the LCK has never experienced such a shortage of talented toplaners as it does now. Even names that used to be very good in the past like Doran or Rascal have more or less lost their form in the last Spring of 2022.
Korean site Korizon confirmed Nuguri will return in DK shirt
Also at the last LCK Spring 2022, DK officially became the former king in the second match of the playoffs when he finished 2-3 against the runner-up Gen.G Esports. In particular, game 5 can be seen as an extremely bitter defeat for DK when they took the lead in terms of kills, towers, money… for most of the match. With such a huge difference, if it was the previous DK, surely the opponent could only give up. But this time, ShowMaker and his teammates collapsed because they were “overturned” by Gen.G.
Highlights GEN vs DK – Game 5 _ Semifinals 2 _ LCK Spring 2022
With Nuguri’s return, DK will regain the upper wing that won the 2020 World Championship together after defeating SofM’s Suning. But at this point, can only Nuguri solve all of DK’s problems?
Hoya/Burdol are only minor problems
One major problem is that DK this season, like many other teams in the LCK, doesn’t have a quality topplaner. In previous seasons, DK has Nuguri – a player who, although young, has proven his talent in creating mutations and turning the game around. Nuguri left, DK immediately picked up Khan in the opposite direction from FunPlus Phoenix. Khan is a name that is too seasoned with experience and skill.
Nuguri and Khan are both topplaners who have proven their talent
And after Khan also left, neither Burdol nor Hoya had anyone to replace. Both of these players have never been considered too quality. Burdol used to be a trainee at T1 and is famous for his god Akali. But if you lose the “cabinet” champions, Burdol has a lot of difficulties to support the team. Remember, during the time Burdol or Rascal at Worlds 2021, Gen.G had a lot of difficulties in matches with Team Liquid and LNG Esports.
Coach Daeny once said that names like Hoya or Burdol are difficult to keep up with teammates and are DK’s weakness.
As for Hoya, the former Griffins star has never been a great player. Even, Hoya’s career was relatively uneventful when in just over 2 years, Hoya changed teams 3 times. But among these, the Hoya-era GRF was no longer the so-called “Supernova” team. While Fredit BRION is just a mid-range team in the LCK.
But the truth is that Hoya and Burdol are basically just DK’s solution when they don’t have the right players. And deep down, these two names are just the smallest and most obvious problems at DK in the last Spring of 2022.
These 2 top laners are just DK .’s solution to the situation
The bravery of the champion and the anxiety named ShowMaker
But the bigger concerns of DK, may be the problems that Nuguri alone cannot solve. It is ShowMaker’s performance and champion’s bravery. As mentioned above, DK failed bitterly because Gen.G “turned the bet” on 10k gold in game 5 and this is something that during DK’s reign, they never let it happen. Even with T1 having regained their form at Worlds 2021, DK did not give Faker and his teammates the opportunity to “turn the bet”. And that shows, DK changed the lineup and they also lost the champion spirit.
DK at Worlds 2021 is the team that doesn’t give the opponent the opportunity to “flip” when they have a big difference in the lead.
In this Spring, DK has been flipped at least twice and both in 2 big battles. In the first leg against T1, in game 3, Canyon’s magical moves helped DK take the lead a lot, even hitting the 4th tower of T1. But in the end, just a hasty phase, DK was the team that failed in the end. They no longer have the calm, cold finish of the opponent as before.
Highlights DK vs T1 – Game 3 _ Week 3 Day 5 _ LCK Spring 2022
And next, there is the most obvious problem: ShowMaker’s slumping performance. It is hard to blame the roster change when the name attached to the midlaner born in 2000, Canyon is still there and still plays very well. But ShowMaker has shown a loss compared to 2 other names, 1 is senior Faker and the other is Chovy. ShowMaker didn’t go to the lane to win Chovy, but it had a poor influence on the game. And out of the 4 midlaners that have participated at Worlds 2021, ShowMaker is just above Bdd who went down with the whole Nongshim RedForce team.
At the present time, ShowMaker can hardly be compared with Faker
In the past, when DK played around the top, ShowMaker and Nuguri/Khan were the main damage. This Spring, the meta changed, but ShowMaker still has plenty of resources. Only, he was no longer himself when the invisible pressure of defeat at Worlds 2021, having to keep the throne in the LCK in the new season, the change of DK lineup… had a big impact on him. ShowMaker’s performance and competitive mentality.
Too many factors, too much pressure caused ShowMaker to drop without brakes in the last Spring of 2022
And these two key issues, Nuguri alone may not be enough. The other players of DK, and ShowMaker themselves, must improve themselves between now and the start of Summer 2022. And if the problem remains the same, then Nuguri, if it regains its previous form, is just another person who shares the nickname “golden spine” with Canyon.