The second stage of this week’s South Korea League games kick-started, which is set to continue until the conclusion of the BLAST R6 Major Atlanta. Now, it’s upon the teams to secure their place in the year’s second Six Major.
The concluding phase of the first stage in the South Korea League was accompanied by various teams revamping their team line-ups. Spear Gaming, a former APAC North organization, let go of their Rainbow Six Siege roster, which was subsequently taken over by WEBL. They weren’t alone, PANTHERA’s spot saw a replacement with Before & After.
The league now presents a reformed look with all the teams except DPlus, SANDBOX Gaming, and Talon Esports altering their player roster, compared to the first stage.
Here’s everything that transpired on the first game day of the South Korea League Stage 2!
DPlus toppled by LAVEGA Esports
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Following their brief participation in the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen, LAVEGA Esports had a successful first game, beating the Stage 1 winners of DPlus.
A brilliantly led defensive display on Skyscraper had DPlus seemingly in control of the situation with a 5-1 lead over their opponents.
However, the crucial Round 7 saw LAVEGA Esports’ Jang “dmaly” Hyun-jun secure a 1v3 situation.
After putting the match point on the scoreboard two rounds later, the Six Sweden Major semi-finalists pushed their opponents into a corner. Despite being in a tough spot, LAVEGA Esports won the remaining five rounds, securing two valuable points.
WEBL marks their first win
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WEBL had a promising start in Rainbow Six Siege with a maximum overtime victory against Beyond Stratos Gaming. This result positions the team second in Group A, sending DPlus to the bottom of the rankings for the time being.
Jeong “Napz” Tae-yeon was the standout, with a SiegeGG rating of 1.45, nearly doubling Seok “INNO” Dae-won’s 0.77, who was the team’s second-best-rated player.
Napz’s pivotal contribution to WEBL’s victory was his 17 kills in 15 rounds and three clutches during the regulation time. Also noteworthy is that Napz quadrupled his kill count during the South Korea League 2023 Stage 1 group stage.
SANDBOX Gaming gets off to a strong start
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Among a day filled with closely contested matches, SANDBOX Gaming required just ten rounds to clinch victory against TALON Esports.
TALON Esports began the game strongly with two round victories before Hwang “Arukaze” Hyeon-jin turned the tide for SANDBOX Gaming with an ace in the third round. Following his five kills, SANDBOX Gaming secured six of the match’s seven rounds.
Arukaze rose to prominence once again, completing a 1v3 clutch in the game’s final round while playing with Zero. With a SiegeGG rating of 1.62, he was the best-ranked player on the server, closely followed by Jiheon “GoodBoy” Lee, who had a SiegeGG rating of 1.47 and a KOST of 90%.
Before & After launches with a win
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Before & After celebrated the commencement of their journey with a victory over BlossoM, who are yet to clinch a win in the South Korea League 2023.
Initially, BlossoM seemed set for their first win as they took the initial two rounds. However, Jaewon’s clutch in the third round set the stage for their team’s comeback. His perfect shooting of Mute’s thrown C4 alongside the use of stun grenades marked a turning point in the game.
In the end, Before & After secured a 7-5 win after dominating the second half of the game with a 5-1 lead.