League of Legends: Gen.G swept T1 3-0 to win their first LCK Championship

Newsroom Aug 31, 2022

Gen.G crowned League of Legends LCK 2022 Summer Split champions Rule r, and Chovy dismantled T1 for a 3-0 finish.

Overview:

  • This was a surprising and anti-climatic final as Gen.G swept T1 3-0 comfortably.
  • Ruler and Chovy are two of the best players in the world within League of Legends.
  • This is a massive achievement, and there is no doubt that Gen.G will be one of the favorites to clinch the League of Legends Worlds 2022.

Gen.G, a South Korean League of Legends (LoL) squad, did what was previously believed to be impossible for them, winning the 2022 LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Summer Split following a 3-0 victory against regional powerhouse T1 on Sunday (28 August). In addition to being the first time Gen.G has ever defeated T1 in an LCK playoff final, this triumph also represents their first-ever LCK championship title.

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After years of largely first-runner-up finishes in the LCK and never winning a world or regional championship, Gen.first G's trophy hoist rocked the stadium as the players sobbed upon hearing of their triumph. Most Gen.roster G's consists of seasoned athletes, notably Han "Peanut" Wang-ho, who shared T1 championships with Lee "Faker" Sanghyeok.

LCK after winning the league. Picture Courtesy: LCK

However, several of the other players, like Choi "Doran" Hyeon-Joon (5 years), Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon (5 years), Son "Lehends" Si-woo (8 years), and Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, had never won a championship title before (7 years). The squad won matches against KT Rolster, Hanwa Life Esports (HLE), DAMWON KIA (DWG KIA), Brion Esports (Brion), Nongshim Redford, and Kwangdong Freecs over the summer (KDF). After losing to T1 in Week 4 to end their winning run, the LCK underdogs quickly rebounded by defeating DRX.

On weeks 5 and 6, Gen.G continued to triumph, utterly dominating matches against Liiv SANDBOX, Nongshim Redforce, and HLE. The eventual victors carried over their revived winning run into weeks 7 and 8, as they defeated DRX once again, ultimately defeated T1 2-0, and then picked up victories over KDF and DWG KIA. After defeating Brion, Gen.G finished the split in top position with a 17-1 record. Additionally, they were the first LCK team to earn a spot in the LoL World Championship in 2022. The 2022 Summer All-LCK teams recognized all of the members of Gen. G, with Peanut, Chovy, Ruler, and Lehends earning spots on the All-LCK First Team.

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In the meanwhile, Doran was named to the All-LCK Second Team. The ruler was also selected as one of the Summer's Players of the Split, while Gen.G coach received Coach of the Year honors. Dong-bin, go "Score." Gen.G maintained their outstanding performance in the playoffs, defeating Liiv SANDOX 3-1 on their route to the Grand Final, so the praise was unquestionably well earned. The most successful team in League of Legends (LoL) history, T1, has won three World Championships, two of which were in back-to-back years, along with two Mid-Season Invitational crowns and several LCK championships.

The South Korean powerhouses created history in the Spring of this year by performing a flawless LCK Split. Still, they could not win the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational championship after falling to China's Royal Never Give Up of the League of Legends Pro League (LPL). The LCK Spring Champions weren't as unbeatable in the Summer, finishing the regular season in second place with a 15-3 record, which seemed to have weakened T1's determination.

Gen.G's march to victory

Gen.G's march to victory. Picture Courtesy: LCK

With Sejuani in the jungle, Azir in the middle, and Zeri in the bottom lane, Gen.G had a dangerous team in the opening game. However, they could execute a few exchanges in team battles and objectives. T1 struggled against Gen.Azir-Zeri G's combo. The odds were completely in Gen.favor G's as they aced T1 in the river after the Spring champions secured the Baron, thanks to a brawl in the Baron pit.

After then, T1 could not turn around since Gen.G had accelerated the game and gained additional kills and turrets along the way. After a drawn-out 38 minutes, Gen.G won the opening game with a 15-6 kill advantage. In the second game, the LCK underdogs made some of their most original selections, pairing the newest bot lane champion Nilah with the Legendary Singed support pick Lehends from Spring.

T1 attempted to counter with a Zeri-Yuumi selection. Still, Gen.play G's and draught proved to be better as they stunned everyone with a commanding performance, preventing their opponents from taking any resources off the map. Gen.G won the second game in under 26 minutes with a 14-2 kill advantage, advancing their side to match point as T1 quickly became out of control.

To counter T1's Ahri-Vi and Sivir-Lulu combos, they borrowed a leaf from T1's playbook in the third game and stole Zeri and Yuumi before finishing their draught with Renekton, Xin Zhao, and Azir. T1 began aggressively seizing objectives and winning a few battles in desperation to win the game. However, Gen.G maintained the lead and exchanged several kills and other goals.

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Both teams moved over the map in search of skills and vision. But Gen.Zeri-Yuumi G's choice, which Renekton and Xin Zhao defended, proved fatal to T1, unable to mount any counterattacks in the middle to end of the game. And with a 10-3 kill advantage after a tight 34-minute match, Gen.G won the third game to win the LCK Summer Championship and the top prize of US$149,949.

Peanut won the LCK Summer Finals MVP award and $3725. T1 was forced to accept second place and a consolation prize of US$74,975. The first and second seeding of the LCK at Worlds 2022 are Gen. G and T1. To win back the Summoner's Cup for the LCK area, they will compete against 22 other teams from 11 other regions.

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