The 2019 LCK Regional Finals will continue this Thursday, September 5 when SANDBOX Gaming take on Kingzone DragonX for the chance to face DAMWON Gaming in the decider.
KZ won through the first round with a 3-1 result against Afreeca Freecs, while SANDBOX earned a slot in the second round as the fourth-placed team in the LCK Summer Split playoffs.
The eventual winner of the regionals will represent the Korean esports community at the LoL World Championship alongside SK Telecom T1 and Griffin.
-151.52 at BetOnline
SANDBOX Gaming started off their LCK Summer Split campaign with very solid results, which helped them climb to the top of LCK standings only five weeks in.
By the end of week six, SANDBOX held onto a respectable 9-3 record, yet they hit a rough patch, which slowed them down in the weeks that followed.
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Failing to keep up with the tempo of other Korean heavyweights, SANDBOX dropped down from the throne and finished the season third with a 12-6 record, barely one win behind Griffin and DAMWON (13-5).
Finishing third meant SANDBOX earned their spot in the playoffs, where they got crushed by the eventual champions SKT T1 (0-3), meaning winning the regional finals is their last shot at claiming the 2019 World Championship ticket.
+110 at BetOnline
By finishing third in the spring, Kingzone DragonX entered the summer split with high ambitions, hoping they can once again contest the top spots. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned for Kang “Hirai” Dong-hoon and his crew.
Kingzone DragonX started off their summer campaign with a perfect 2-0 record in week one, but failed to keep up the tempo in weeks that followed.
A couple of strong performances mixed with disappointing results pushed Kingzone DragonX to third place by the end of week six and further down to seventh place by the end of week eight, where Kingzone DragonX remained for the rest of the season.
Despite failing to qualify for summer playoffs Kingzone DragonX fortunately won enough Championship points in spring to earn a ticket to regional finals, where they will have one last shot at redeeming themselves and possibly even qualify for World Championship 2019.
SANDBOX vs Kingzone betting predictions
Kingzone DragonX and SANDBOX Gaming met each other four times throughout the whole 2019 season, sharing two wins each.
There was little to separate the two sides in their head-to-head clashes, yet there was a huge gap between them when it came to competing with other teams.
That was far more obvious towards the end of LCK regular season, more specifically in the last four weeks, when SANDBOX Gaming produced a 3-2 run, whereas it was Kingzone DragonX who disappointed with a 1-4 record to close out their summer split campaign.
Kingzone DragonX might have underperformed towards the end of the season, yet they have shown some bright points in round one of regional finals when they defeated Afreeca Freecs.
With that in mind, we could imagine the upcoming fixture will be a close one that can go into five maps. However, when push comes to shove, we have to side with SANDBOX, who looked very solid throughout the whole season.
SANDBOX to win – -151.52 at BetOnline
Over 4.5 maps – +150