T1 vs DRX, 2022 LOL World Cup Final…Korea’s first showdown in five years
T1 and DRX, Korea’s leading game teams, will face off in the 2022 LoL World Championship final.
It is the first time in five years that a team that played as a Korean national team has faced off in the LOL World Cup final since the match between Samsung Galaxy and SK Telecom T1 in 2017.
T1 and DRX beat Jingdong Gaming (China) and Gen.G (Korea) 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship (LOL) at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on the 30th and 31st (Korea Standard Time).
This is the fourth time in the history of the 12th LOL World Cup that Korean teams will face off in the final. In 2015, SK Telecom T1 and the KOO Tigers competed in the final, and in 2016 and 2017, SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy took the final stage for the second consecutive year. In 2022, T1 and DRX stood on the final stage of the LOL World Cup. South Korea will produce the first LOL World Cup winner in two years following Damwon Kia in 2020.
T1, who received the second seed from South Korea, won 3-1 in a set score after a slugfest against Jingdong Gaming, China’s first seed, on the 30th.
T1 gave up the first set first. T1, which exchanged kills until the second half, lost because it failed to stop Jingdong Gaming’s jungler “Kanabi” Seo Jin-hyuk’s Viego. T1 vs DRX
In the second and third sets, T1 changed the atmosphere by operating mid-liner “Faker” Lee Sang-hyuk’s Rise as a secret weapon. Lee Sang-hyuk’s Rise became a guide for his teammates as he took the center of the operation in the second set. In the third set, he also won a solo kill against Jingdong Game’s top liner “369” Bai Jiahao’s Lenecton, bringing the outcome of the match.
T1, who won two sets in a row, unilaterally drove from the beginning of the fourth set and won a huge victory by about 20 kilometers.
T1, who beat Royal Never Give Up (China) in the quarterfinals and even caught Jingdong Gaming in the semifinals, continued his record of never losing against the Chinese team in the LOL World Cup five-round match.
T1 will return to the final stage five years after losing to Samsung Galaxy in the 2017 LOL World Cup final. Midliner ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyuk made another record by making seven appearances in the LOL World Cup and reaching the final five times.
Lee Sang-hyuk, the only player to advance to the final four times among all the LOL World Cup players, broke his record again through this tournament.
DRX, which is writing a growth drama in the LOL World Cup, will also beat Gen.G, who was the No. 1 favorite to win, and will be on the final stage of the LOL World Cup for the first time.
In the semifinals against Gen.G on the 31st, DRX gave up the first set and took three sets down to win 3-1.
DRX was defeated in the first set, swayed by Gen.G’s organized play. However, in the second set, he succeeded in counterattacking with “Deft” Kim Hyuk-kyu’s Caitlin. In the third set, “Jeka” Kim Gun-woo’s Akali played an active role of 7 kilograms, bringing the atmosphere.In the end, DRX, which led with a set score of 2-1, won a great victory in the fourth set of the Dragon area battle, shaking off Gen.G’s pursuit and confirming its advance to the finals.
DRX, which has been on a roll from the play-in stage, enjoyed the joy of reaching the final stage of the LOL Cup for the first time since the foundation of the LoL team.
DRX’s long-distance dealer “Deft” Kim Hyuk-kyu will be on the final stage of the LOL World Cup for the first time in his 10 years as a player. Supporter “Beryl” Cho Kun-hee, who advanced to the LOL World Cup finals for Damwon Kia in 2020 and 2021, will be on the LOL World Cup final stage for the third consecutive year.
The final between T1 vs DRX will be held at 9 a.m. on November 6 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.