T1 defeat Gen.G to win LCK 2022 spring in historic undefeated season
T1 win the LCK 2022 spring in a historic undefeated run
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T1 defeat Gen.G to win LCK 2022 spring in historic undefeated season

T1 are also the first team to qualify for MSI 2022

T1 defeated Gen.G 3-0 to win the League of Legends Champions Korea 2022 spring title in a historic undefeated season on Saturday, giving T1 their tenth LCK title. They are also the first team to qualify for the Mid-Season Invitational 2022 in Busan, South Korea.

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The match took place in the Korea International Exhibition Center or KINTEX in Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, approximately 14 miles from Seoul, South Korea.

Pre-match content saw the CEO’s of T1 and Gen.G, Joe Marsh and Arnold Hur respectively, calling in to wish their teams good luck, Gen.G content creator Tim “Nemesis” LipovΕ‘ek being invited as a special guest analyst, a hype video to serve as the intro to the match and Chun “Caster Jun” Yong-jun’s energetic opening to start the event.

Series recap

Game 1 had Gen.G starting out a little bit more proactive, eager to prove they could match the undefeated T1 and kept the game close for about 24 minutes. However, as in every match T1 has played this season, they fought back and punished every mistake Gen.G made. The game broke open when Gen.G secured a Baron, but T1 bot laner Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong secured a quadrakill to swing the game to T1’s favor.

The contest for an Infernal Drake went badly for Gen.G at 29 minutes, with T1 wiping them out before marching down mid lane to close the game without hesitation. 1-0 to T1 and Gumayusi ended the game 10/0/2 on Caitlyn.

Gen.G were not going to take that loss lying down. Game 2 was close once again for the first 20 or so minutes, with a slight advantage towards T1 in gold. Even when T1 secured Baron early, Gen.G never gave up and still found crucial picks in big teamfights thanks to mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon’s Ahri.

After securing the Cloud Soul, the game dragged on with Gen.G securing the Baron at 34 minutes. They wiped T1 in a proceeding fight near the Elder Dragon and took the game to tie up the series at 1-1.

Game 3 saw T1 not being too happy about the previous loss and they came out swinging, focusing their ire on Gen.G top laner Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon. T1 lead the early and mid game by constantly picking off Gen.G members and it looked like it would be easy third game for them, but a heroic Baron steal by Gen.G jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho at 29 minutes kept Gen.G in the game.

Gen.G continued to hold on and even secured the Ocean Soul. It looked like Gen.G might have been able to pull off another miracle comeback like their fifth game against DWG KIA in the semifinals, but T1 denied them by winning a huge fight at the Baron pit at 36 minutes and promptly took the game. Match point for T1, 2-1.

Gen.G tried something different and picked Akshan top lane for game 4. However, T1 started off stronger from the get go once more, but this time they didn’t let up. They continuously pressured and battered Gen.G without giving them room to breathe. By 21 minutes, T1 led with 16 kills to Gen.G’s 3 and a 10k gold lead after they secured the Baron.

Unlike game 3, T1 did not allow Gen.G any avenues for potential comeback plays, and with jungler Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon going 9/0/7 on Veigo, T1 trounced Gen.G in the final game and sealed a historic season for them and the LCK. 3-1 to T1.

Faker wins his tenth LCK title

T1 mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok won his tenth LCK title along with T1, being their longest-serving player.

“My teammates did a fantastic job today so I think I got carried to be honest, but it’s been a while since I’ve won the LCK title so it feels awesome to be on top of the LCK again,” Faker said in the winner’s interview translated by Jeesun Park. “It’s been a while since we’ve played in front of a large crowd so it was really good and my teammates loved it as well.”

MSI 2022 starts on May 10 and the other regions will be determining their representatives as the dates draw closer. T1 are tied with the LoL Pro League’s Royal Never Give Up as the most successful teams at MSI with two titles each.

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