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The Monte & Wolf Show
Last Free Nation
The Monte and Wolf Show is the only weekly League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) podcast, hosted by Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles and Wolf Schröder.
Aug 28, 2023
LCK's FOUR Worlds teams / LCK finals and regionals / 2023 year in REVIEW
Monte and Wolf wrap up the LCK finals and regional qualifiers, discussing in detail each team from Korea that will be attending the League of Legends World Championship. While KT might not have ended their season as we'd hoped, they still cruised to a third seed for Worlds and can redeem themselves on home turf. Dplus KIA proved their mettle by defeating a lackluster Hanwha Life, but revitalized Showmaker means a much higher ceiling for the team consisting of three former world champions. The guys wrap up their final show of the year with reflections on the entire season of LCK and their hopes for Korean rosters at Worlds!
Aug 14, 2023
KT: CHAMPIONS or FAILURES? / Telecom war REMATCH / HLE destroyed
KT's choice to select T1 as their first opponent failed spectacularly, but they've fought their way through the loser's bracket for a telecom war rematch in order to make the grand finals. GenG lock their spot in the finals and a chance to get their third consecutive LCK title. Hanwha Life fizzle in their two matches, quickly exiting the bracket with a weak fourth-place finish. Monte and Wolf round out the show with their final predictions for the remainder of playoffs, and surely there won't be a razor cake this time!
Aug 7, 2023
LCK playoff PREVIEW / Can Faker FIX T1? / KT locks FIRST SEED
The LCK regular season ends with KT Rolster in first place after Gen.G stumbles in a loss to Brion in their final match. Faker returns to the T1 lineup, which revitalizes his teammates and leads to two relatively straightforward wins. Will the GOAT be able to salvage T1's playoff hopes and help his team qualify for the world championship? With Dplus KIA in bad shape, T1's odds look better than many might believe. Wolf updates Monte on his traitorous MVP vote and they discuss the upcoming playoff match-ups.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 31, 2023
LCK ALL-PRO: who DESERVES it? / It''s BROVER for Brion / END of the season
It's BROVER for Brion fans this week as the team reverts back to their classic late-game throws and all but runs themselves out of the playoff race. Things look brighter for Liiv SANDBOX as they seem to be coming together at the right time to grab the final playoff seed with stronger performances from Clozer and Willer. Wolf and Monte discuss their choices for all-pro rosters in LCK as well as Kiin's campaign for MVP. Will Faker's return to T1 yield playoff success or will Hanwha Life's upgrade at the jungler position with Grizzly allow them to make a deeper run?
1 hr 24 min
Jul 24, 2023
LCK teams lose MILLIONS each year / KT vs GenG REVIEW (feat. Arnold Hur)
Arnold Hur, CEO of GenG, returns to the Monte & Wolf show to discuss the new "sporting financial regulations" (SFR) that function as a soft cap and luxury tax for LCK teams. They talk about the necessity of these new rules to curb spending when the economics of the current ecosystem leave teams losing millions of dollars each year with few ways to generate sufficient revenues without digital goods or media rights deals. Arnold presents some of his ideas for growing audience in League of Legends and methods to create new revenue streams for teams so that the LCK and other league can flourish for years to come. Monte and Wolf round out the show by breaking down the dominant KT win over GenG and the latest on the MVP race with Kiin and Peyz.
Jul 17, 2023
The race for LCK FIRST PLACE: previewing GenG vs KT / Peyz vs Kiin for MVP
The long-awaited match between GenG and KT arrives this week as the race for seeding in the LCK playoffs continues, but is KT capable of dealing GenG their first loss of the Summer? T1 rebounds after a tough first week without Faker, but still falls to Dplus KIA fielding a new support, Bible. Monte and Wolf
1 hr 14 min
Jul 10, 2023
T1 IMPLODES with Faker's injury / Coach Bengi QUITS
T1's hopes of winning Summer dwindled this week as they announced that Faker would be on a break for a minimum of two weeks to heal his arm injury. To make matters worse, head coach Bengi left the T1 organization mere hours before their important match against GenG. What hope remains for T1 fans this split and how could this news affect T1's qualifications for Worlds and Faker's play in the Asian Games? KT continue to roll over their opponents with eight straight wins and increasingly deep champion pools, so Monte and Wolf sing their praises. Frustration with BRO continues to mount as they cannot ever seem to close out their leads in games.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 3, 2023
Clid OUT Grizzly IN at HLE / Faker injury issues? / BROLIEVERS unite!
Accusations of sexual harassment via text have caused HLE to bench Clid and put their challenger jungler Grizzly into the main roster, but has he lived up to expectations from his promising amateur career? Wolf breaks down the latest updates on Faker's injury that he's been suffering from this summer split and speculates on how it might be affecting his current performance. The guys discuss the nuances of OKSavingsBack BRION's recent performances and how they are much better than their record implies, especially if they can close the damn game when they have a lead. Finally, they touch on some of GenG's concerning weaknesses in a team that has yet to be defeated and speculate on KT's continued rise to the top of the LCK standings.
1 hr 6 min
Jun 26, 2023
KT CRUSHES the competition / Can T1 regain their edge?
KT smashes both Dplus KIA and T1 to complete a clean sweep in their toughest week so far in the Summer Split and cementing themselves as the best Korean team in this meta. With Bdd enabled with some of his best champions currently in the meta pool, Cuzz displaying uncharacteristic consistency, and Kiin's dominance in the top lane, what in the future could slow KT down? Monte and Wolf discuss and diagnose the faltering T1 and Dplus KIA while also speculating that Doran and Peanut's uneven performance might cause GenG some trouble down the road.
1 hr 7 min
Jun 19, 2023
This is DPlus KIA's META / Previewing the TELECOM WAR
This week Monte and Wolf do a deep dive on Dplus KIA and discuss how patch 13.11 and this meta should play to their strengths, especially as a team with numerous flex picks. Showmaker and Canyon will have to prove themselves against KT and GenG after beating up on the teams in the bottom half of the standings. The telecom war arrives again, but this time it should be KT prevailing through the power of Kiin and Bdd as they return to comfort champions like Jax, Renekton, Taliyah, and Azir. Finally, they examine the woes of reigning world champions DRX and how Beryl and Croco are sabotaging this roster.
1 hr 9 min
Jun 12, 2023
KT's PROPHECY for winning Summer / LCK roster change review
KT's encouraging performance at the start of the Summer and potential advantages on the upcoming patch foreshadow their dominance for the upcoming split. GenG and T1 return from MSI and immediately rematch finals, with a harrowing comeback for Chovy and his squad earning a narrow victory. Monte and Wolf review the roster changes made around the LCK and discuss if Teddy will be able to boost Liiv SANDBOX's performance compared to their finish in the Spring.
1 hr 9 min
Apr 3, 2023
Are we destined for a TELECOM WAR FINAL? / Goodbye to HLE
T1 dispatches GenG in a tightly-fought series where Gumayusi and Faker turned in spectacular performances to advance their team to the grand final. KT kicked Hanwha Life out of the LCK playoffs convincingly, although Viper did manage to drag his team to relevance in the best-of-five. Monte and Wolf also discuss their hopes for the remainder of the playoffs heading into the final and how they hope we have a telecom war between KT and T1 with both teams going to MSI!
1 hr 2 min
Mar 27, 2023
T1 and KT's EPIC telecom war / Reviewing LCK's playoff start
The first round of the LCK playoffs ends with the surprising upset of Dplus KIA by Hanwha Life as Showmaker and Canyon struggle to perform. The telecom war delivers a thrilling series with T1 standing triumphant over KT, but Kiin and Bdd are almost able to topple Faker in a 50 minute long game five. GenG dispenses with Hanwha Life easily, setting up an exciting final four that will be continued next week. Monte and Wolf analyze all the matches, teams, and preview next week's continuation of the bracket!
1 hr 13 min
Mar 20, 2023
TOP 3 LCK players in each role / Playoff previews / T1 simping
The end of the regular LCK season is upon us, so Monte and Wolf rank their top 3 players in each position to celebrate their performances. The usual simping for T1 kicks off the show, followed by discussions about the playoff match-ups and which teams should make the deepest runs in the bracket.
1 hr 22 min
Mar 6, 2023
Dplus and KT are BACK in action for playoffs / HLE's upcoming gauntlet
Dplus KIA springs back with improved form from Showmaker and Canna coupled with an emphasis on Canyon's early-game junglers like Lee Sin, Elise, and Viego. KT defeats GenG for the second time with creative use of Twisted Fate, while Liiv SANDBOX slips down the standings and appears to be the weakest of the playoff-eligible teams in the LCK. Hanhwa Life faces an intimidating gauntlet of top-tier opponents and falls at the first hurdle in their match against Dplus. T1 continues their streak of dominance and passes the eye test with flying colors as the best team in the world. Can anyone dethrone them on their road to another Korean title?
1 hr 8 min
Feb 27, 2023
T1's form is BETTER than their undefeated Spring 2022 / KT falls apart
T1 appears to be far and away the best team in the world with resounding wins over KT and Liiv SANDBOX, a trend in setting the meta with Keria using ADCs as supports, and incredible coordination. KT stumbles this week after some strange team compositions were used that appeared to mimic their opponents' picks instead of playing to their own strengths. Hanhwa Life appears to be on an upswing, albeit against weaker opponents, as they cultivate a conventional teamfighting style. Dplus crushes KT and appears to snap back into form with Showmaker putting up his best week since the start of Spring.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 20, 2023
T1 and GenG's explosive SHOWDOWN / Is Liiv SANDBOX the 3rd best LCK team?
T1 and GenG's rematch kicks off the second round-robin of the LCK Spring Split with plenty of action in a sloppy series that could have gone either way. Liiv SANDBOX enters the conversation as a possible third-best team within the LCK after a poor start to the season, improving over time and with a standout jungle performance by Willer. Dplus KIA continue their struggles with Showmaker publicly discussing his burnout and raising questions about whether the team can revive their performance in time for playoffs. Is KT for real? The coming two weeks should provide answers about Korea's most unpredictable squad.
1 hr 6 min
Feb 6, 2023
UPSET week at the LCK shakes up the league / HLE's stylistic evolution
It's upset week at the LCK! Hanwha Life secures a crucial win against T1 on their path to developing a style while Gen.G destroys Dplus KIA. Keria finally goes to far with his experiments with ADC at the support position by failing at Twitch when facing Nongshim. Has Liiv Sandbox sneakily become a top 4 team in the LCK, and which players are most responsible for their success?
1 hr 14 min
Jan 30, 2023
T1 and Dplus epic showdown / Are Keria's crazy ADC supports the new meta?!
Monte and Wolf analyze and discuss the high-stakes match between Korea's two best teams: T1 and Dplus. How does Dplus need to improve for the rematch in the second round-robin? They also debate the current bot lane meta and whether Keria's new wave of ADCs as supports with lethality builds will spread across all major regions. Other conversations include the baffling performances of Hanwha Life and DRX, if KT and Gen.G are on the same skill tier, and how Brion looked against weaker opponents.
1 hr 17 min
Jan 23, 2023
Was T1 or Dplus BETTER in LCK Week 1? / GenG defends a title without Ruler
Who are the early frontrunners for the LCK Spring title? Monte and Wolf discuss the promising starts of T1 and D Plus KIA, how Peyz's debut looked for Gen.G, why KT should be able to make playoffs this split, the disappointing first matches of HLE, which LCK rookies to watch out for, and more.
1 hr 16 min
Aug 29, 2022
Gen.G SLAPS T1 in LCK finals / Which other Korean teams will make WORLDS?
Monte and Wolf discuss the LCK finals between Gen.G and T1, why Gen.G had such an advantage heading into this series, Chovy and Ruler finally winning their first domestic title, shadow boxing match-ups in the Korean regional qualifier, predicting DAMWON KIA to make it straight to groups at Worlds, and more..
1 hr 3 min
Aug 24, 2022
DAMWON's SNEAKY drafts vs T1 / It's TIME for Chovy's coronation
Monte and Wolf discuss the upcoming conclusion of the LCK quarterfinals and semifinals, the surprising cleverness of DAMWON KIA's drafts vs T1, eating the KT razorcake once again, Liiv SANDBOX's difficult matchup vs Gen.G, previewing the LCK finals, and more.
1 hr 25 min
Aug 15, 2022
LCK Playoff predictions / Is KT the most DANGEROUS quarterfinal team?
Monte and Wolf discuss the upcoming LCK playoff match-ups, give their eulogies for the teams who have finished playing in 2022, explain why KT and Liiv SANDBOX may outperform expectations, whether T1 is in trouble, make playoff predictions, and more.
1 hr 18 min
Aug 14, 2022
LCK Summer 2022 in memoriam (bonus clip)
Now that the summer season is done, we can reflect on the teams who couldn't quite reach the playoffs.
Aug 8, 2022
Gen.G's time to win is NOW / Which 4 LCK teams should go to Worlds? S1E7
Monte and Wolf discuss the second regular season banger between SKT T1 and Gen.G, Bible's addition to DAMWON KIA, whether KT or Liiv SANDBOX is the better team to send to Worlds, the latest bug issues in the LCK, and more..
1 hr 22 min
Jul 25, 2022
DRX defeats DAMWON AGAIN / How is Fredit Brion WINNING against T1?
Monte and Wolf discuss the bottom of the LCK and Fredit Brion's improvement this week against tough opponent, why Nongshim Redforce is so depressing, another victory by DRX over DAMWON, shadow-boxing the upcoming T1 vs Gen.G banger, and more.
1 hr 16 min
Jul 18, 2022
Deokdam's DEATHLESS week for DAMWON / LCK's chronobreak heartache
Monte and Wolf discuss the pause and chronobreak drama with T1 vs Hanwha Life, KT's 2-0 week and Aiming's ability to hard carry the team, the solid drafts but unpredictable play of Kwangdong Freecs, DAMWON KIA playing through bot lane, DRX stumbling without Kalista, and more.
1 hr 23 min
Jul 11, 2022
T1 TOPPLES Gen.G / Can DAMWON ever live up to their potential?
Monte and Wolf discuss the epic battle between T1 and Gen.G, pocket picks of various jugglers, DWG's potential, and more.
1 hr 19 min
Jul 4, 2022
Gen.G CEO would change THREE things about LCK / T1 LOSES (feat. Arnold Hur)
Monte and Wolf are joined by guest Arnold Hur, CEO of Gen.G, as they discuss the formation of the 2022 Gen.G roster, how he signed Chovy, the successes and struggles of the LCK, T1's win-streak finally broken, the strengths of Gen.G in summer, and more.
1 hr 59 min
Jul 3, 2022
Will DAMWON ramp up by the end of summer? / DRX contends with the top 3
Monte and Wolf discuss DAMWON's tough losses against T1 and GenG, why GenG is already the LCK Summer favorite, how T1 improved from week one to two, the draft swap bug plaguing LoL worldwide, Deft's final season as a pro on DRX, the joys of watching Liiv Sandbox, and more.
1 hr 17 min
Jul 1, 2022
Is T1 still the best in Korea? / DWG and GenG perfect in LCK Summer
Monte and Wolf discuss T1's performance at MSI, Nuguri re-joining DAMWON KIA, the surprising skill of DRK and KT, GenG's strengths in the durability meta, the contenders for LCK playoffs, and more.
1 hr 32 min