DePlus Kia Youth wins ‘LCK AS Academy League’

8 million won in prize money

DePlus Kia Youth takes home the ‘LCK AS First Half Academy League’ trophy.

The Korea Esports Association (KEA) announced on March 23 that DePlus Kia Youth won the ‘LCK AS First Half Academy League’ trophy.

The tournament was held at the Gwangju eSports Stadium, with T1 Esports Academy Rookies, DPL Kia Youth, OK Savings Bank Brion Academy, and DRX Shinhan advancing to the playoffs.

DPLUS Kia Youth advanced to the finals with a 3-0 victory over DRX Shinhan. OK Savings Bank Brion Academy defeated T1 Esports Academy Rookies to reach the final.

The final was a full-set affair. OK Savings Bank Brion Academy took the first set, while DePlus Kia Youth took the second. OK Savings Bank Brion Academy then won the third set, but DePlus Kia Youth came back to win the fourth set and evened the set score.

The last team to smile was DePlus Kia Youth, who showed composure in the final set to win the title. With this victory, the team is back at the top of the table after a year in the Academy League in the first half of 2023.

Jung Tae-hyung ‘Freeber’ said, “We won today thanks to the good work of the other teammates. In particular, I would like to thank Kwon ‘Jae-hyeok’ Kwon and Setwon ‘Garden’ Setwon for their steady performance, and I would also like to thank the coaches, managers, and secretariat for giving me the opportunity to grow. I will do my best to use this opportunity as a springboard to play in the LCK.”

The winner, DePlus Kia Youth, took home the trophy and KRW 8 million in prize money. Runner-up OK Savings Bank Brion Academy received 3 million won. Third-place finishers T1 Esports Academy Rookies and DRX Shinhan 토토사이트 received KRW 1 million each.

The tournament can be replayed on YouTube and Afreeca TV, and more information can be found on the official website, LCK Academy Series social media accounts, and the official social media accounts of the Korea Esports Association.

The LCK AS Academy League is an official league of the LCK that features academy teams affiliated with LCK teams and is organized by the LCK Corporation and the Korea Esports Association, and provides a place of challenge and experience for prospective players who dream of making their professional debut by holding two annual open tournaments, tryouts, and academy leagues.

The 2024 LCK Academy Series will kick off the second half of its schedule on Monday, June 24, with registration for the fourth installment of the Open Tournament.

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