LCK 2024 Spring Teams To Keep An Eye On

02 Jan 2024
Tit Krajnik 02 Jan 2024
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  • LCK 2024 Spring kicks off on January 18, 2024
  • Most teams have changed their rosters
  • T1 and Gen.G are expected to dominate
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The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) 2024 Spring is set to kick off on Thursday, January 18, welcoming 10 Korean LoL esports teams fighting for spots in the playoffs. According to the LoL esports betting odds, this split won't serve any major surprises; however, there are a few teams every LoL fan should keep an eye on.
  • T1 – The Reigning LoL World Champions
  • Gen.G – Looking To Reclaim The LCK Throne
  • Dplus KIA – A New Era
  • KT Rolster – Potential Is There
  • Hanwha Life Esports – The New "Super Team"

T1 – The Reigning LoL World Champions

T1 are and have always been considered one of the best Korean League of Legends esports teams, and they will carry that tag heading into the LCK 2024 Spring.

Despite not winning a single LCK trophy last season – losing both finals to Gen.G – T1 ended the year in fashion and claimed the LoL World Championship 2023 title. As a team that solidified its status as the best in the world just two months ago, T1 deserve some respect, especially considering they've kept the roster intact.

Winning LoL Worlds doesn't automatically guarantee success; however, T1 have been a force to be reckoned with for the last two years, and there's little to suggest they won't be as potent in the 2024 season.

Gen.G – Looking To Reclaim The LCK Throne

Gen.G were the kings of LCK last season. They placed second in both regular seasons yet went all the way to claim back-to-back LCK trophies. Beyond the domestic success, Gen.G also showed up internationally, placing fourth at the Mid-Season Invitational and reaching the quarterfinals of the LoL World Championship 2023. 

For the 2024 season, Gen.G have made a couple of roster changes, adding a new jungler, support, and top laner. Seeing Gen.G replace three players brings up a few questions, namely how will they gel, however, on paper, Gen.G look as dangerous as ever.

With Kim "Kiin" Gi-in, Kim "Canyon" Geon-bu, and Son "Lehends" Si-woo linking up with Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon and Kim "Peyz" Su-hwan, Gen.G have the talent to do well – not only domestically, but also on the international stage.

Dplus KIA – A New Era

Dplus KIA had a very disappointing season in 2023. The Korean powerhouse ended the two LCK Playoffs in fifth place and crashed out of LoL Worlds 2023 in ninth-11th.

It marked the second season in which Dplus KIA failed to deliver and their worst season since Dplus KIA entered the LCK. So, it's normal to see Dplus KIA make some changes for 2024.

For the LCK 2024 Spring, Dplus KIA added three new players in top laner Hwang "Kingen" Seong-hoon, jungler Choi "Lucid" Yong-hyeok, and ADC Kim "Aiming" Ha-ram. Although solid additions, those raise some question marks.

Losing jungler Canyon will be felt, especially if Lucid doesn't manage to fill the shoes early on. Even though Lucid is a talented player, replacing Canyon will not be an easy task, and it will definitely take some time for this new roster to gel.

On a more positive note, Dplus KIA have a strong foundation which can earn them good results. Aiming is an excellent ADC and if he can find a strong synergy with star mid laner Heo "ShowMaker" Su, Dplus KIA can make it far.

But there's also a world where this project falls apart.

KT Rolster – Potential Is There

KT Rolster spent the 2023 season playing third violin to Gen.G and T1, consistently finishing behind the two domestic rivals. However, despite two LCK bronze medals from 2023, KT Rolster are never to be underestimated.

For the 2024 season, KT Rolster signed the 2022 DRX jungle-ADC duo Hong "Pyosik" Chang-hyeon and Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu, promoted a promising top laner Lee "PerfecT" Seung-min, and acquired the experienced support Cho "BeryL" Geon-hee.

Keeping mid laner Gwak "Bdd" Bo-seong was probably the right call, and surrounding him with talented individuals – some of whom have pre-established synergy – could lead to excellent results.

Like many other teams with new players, KT Rolster will likely need some time to gel. But don't let KT Rolster's potential slow start discourage you from believing in this project.

Hanwha Life Esports – The New "Super Team"

Hanwha Life Esports have assembled a new "super team" for the 2024 season, acquiring some of the top talent from the region. 

After convincing ADC Park "Viper" Do-hyeon to stay for one more year, HLE spent big to acquire ex-Gen.G trio Choi "Doran" Hyeon-joon, Yoo "Delight" Hwan-joong and Han "Peanut" Wang-ho, and mid laner Kim "Zeka" Geon-woo.

On paper, Hanwha Life Esports have one of the scariest rosters in the LCK, but as with any superteam, this has the potential to fall apart. This also explains why HLE aren't expected to do as well as T1, who enter the 2024 season with a pre-established synergy.

Still, that doesn't take away from the fact that Hanwha Life Esports can take over the league if things fall into place.

LCK 2024 Spring kicks off on January 18, 2024.