DWG KIA has made a good start in the playoffs of the League of Legends Championship Korea (LCK). The organization beat KT Rolster 3-2 in the quarterfinals and will have T1 ahead in the semifinals. The series against KT was marked by different factors and one of them was the substitution of Jang Ha-gwon «Nuguri«. Noh Tae-yoon «Burdoll» returned to the starting lineup despite not having a leading role in the regular phase, a move that surprised fans. Recently Yang Dae-in «Daeny«, DK coach, explained in an interview to InvenGlobal why he did it.
As Daeny has stated, the change from Burdol to Nuguri was marked by the metagame. «In the goal current, is more important than the bottom lane get the first important object that is not the top laner. Nuguri is a very good player, but I think Burdol is a better fit for the goal. The team also played around the bottom lane during the spring-split» expressed the DWG KIA coach. The former T1 player’s last match was on March 27, in DK’s loss against Gen.G. Also, in said series he was replaced by Yoon Yong-ho «PIT«, currently top of ThunderTalk Gaming.
Nuguri returned to DWG KIA for the summer-split after choosing to rest during the spring-split. The decision of the top was marked by his time at FunPlus Phoenix, where he was twice consecutive champion of the League of Legends Pro League (LPL). However, the section that marked the movement of the South Korean player was that of World’s: FunPlus fell in the group stage despite being one of the big favorites to win the Summoner’s Cup.
Nuguri’s return was not a radical improvement in DWG KIA. The 2020 world champions placed fourth in the regular phase with a 10-8 record. Instead, in the spring the result was slightly better with a third position and a record of 11-7. The team’s performance throughout the league, where they have had significant losing streaks, prompted DK supporters to call for Daeny’s resignation as head coach. However, the team is now fighting for a spot in the finals. In the case of losing the semifinals against T1, the club will opt for the ticket to World’s in the regional tournament.