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LoL Betting Odds: DAMWON -555.56 at BetOnline | Griffin +344 at BetOnline
LoL Betting Lines: DAMWON -1.5 at -135.14 | Griffin +1.5 at +102
When: April 8, 2020 at 28:00 KST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch


The second-to-last competitive week in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) 2020 Spring Split will kick off on Wednesday with a clash between DAMWON Gaming and the reigning LCK runners-up, Griffin.

DAMWON Gaming did not make any roster changes in the off-season, which was quite unusual given that every other team in the LCK made at least one swap. Nevertheless, Heo “ShadowMaker” Su and co. have held their ground against the new-look teams and are now set to enter the playoffs for the third consecutive split.

The young squad entered the 2020 season as an enigma of sorts. On one side, their sheer talent and potential for growth made DAMWON potential LCK frontrunners, but on the other, many believed they still needed time to develop into a true Korean esports powerhouse.

The truth is that DAMWON sit somewhere in between, as they sit tied-fourth in the league standings with an 8-7 record. While they are guaranteed to finish in the top eight and avoid relegation, they are still two wins short of securing a spot in the playoffs.

With Griffin, DragonX and SANDBOX Gaming as their final three opponents of the split, it is crucial for DAMWON to win here. Failure to do so could put them in an unenviable position where they need to upset DragonX and hope Afreeca Freecs fail to secure more than two wins.

While the pressure is on, DAMWON’s morale must be higher than ever following their 2-0 triumphs over Hanwha Life, Afreeca Freecs and T1 in Week 7. That bodes well for their bout with Griffin, who sit bottom of the LCK standings with a terrible 3-12 record to their name.

The 2019 LCK Summer Split runners-up and LoL World Championship quarter-finalists began their 2020 journey with a solid top-eight finish at the KeSPA Cup, to which they added a mediocre 2-2 run through the opening two weeks of the LCK Spring Split. It all went south from there, as Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong and his crew failed to win another match up until last Sunday when they edged past APK Prince (2-1).

Sitting two wins and big a chunk of map percentage outside the top eight, Griffin need to win all of their remaining fixtures against DAMWON, Afreeca Freecs and Hanwha Life in order to avoid relegation. That will be no walk in the park, but the bottom side can give themselves a fighting chance with a win over DAMWON this Wednesday.


Emotions will be running high in this David versus Goliath fixture. While Griffin are fighting for survival, the surging DAMWON Gaming will settle for nothing less than a win as they chase a playoff berth.

DAMWON and Griffin met during Week 3 of the 2020 LCK Spring Split, where we saw the former edge out a 2-1 win. Although that result might suggest Griffin can force a three-map series this week, it’s hard to find a solid argument in favour of the underdogs.

The main issue is not so much the difference in individual quality between these two sides, but rather the fact that Griffin have looked progressively worse throughout the season. DAMWON, meanwhile, have improved markedly over the course of the campaign and won eight straight maps in their last four matches, which includes a 2-0 win over T1 last weekend.

An upset win is always something to consider in an online contest. However, if DAMWON enter this match with the same fire they have shown in the past two weeks, this match should end in a complete stomp.

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