Faker won four times or DRX’s Rebellion
T1 and DRX will compete for the championship cup of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship (LOL World Cup). Attention is focusing on whether T1 and captain “Faker” Lee Sang-hyuk will sweep the myth of winning four times or whether DRX will be the main character of the first championship.
In the semifinals of the 2022 LOL World Cup held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on the 31st of last month, DRX overturned expectations and beat Gen.G 3-1 to confirm its advance to the finals.
In response, T1 and DRX, who beat Jingdong Gaming, China’s only semifinal team, and won the final ticket first, will face off in the final match at the San Francisco Chase Center on November 6 (Korea Standard Time).
It is the first civil war between League of Legends Korean League (LCK) teams in five years since the match between Samsung Galaxy (winning) and SKT T1 in 2017.
No matter who wins, South Korea will be at the top of the LOL World Cup again following 2020 (Damwon). It will also become a country that has won seven out of a total of 12 championships from the first competition in 2011 to this year.
The next thing I’m interested in is whether T1 and Lee Sang-hyuk will write a new history of winning four times.
T1 advanced to the LOL World Cup for the first time in 2013 and won the championship. In 2015 and 2016, he won consecutive championships, marking the first consecutive championship in LOL World Cup history. In 2017, he reached the finals, but lost to Samsung Galaxy and remained in second place. Since then, he has not been able to reach the final stage for five years, but he has been aiming for the championship with his strongest strength this year. Faker
If T1 wins the final, it will lift the fourth summoner’s cup, and T1’s franchise star Lee Sang-hyuk will also be the unprecedented hero of four LOL World Cups.Faker
If DRX catches T1, it will set a record of winning the LOL World Cup for the first time.
No one expected DRX to die hard. This is because he advanced to the LOL World Cup with difficulty as the fourth seed of LCK and was evaluated as weaker than Gen.G., T1, and Damwon.
However, he wrote a growth drama during the LOL World Cup and is poised to overcome the championship. In the round of 16, he took the top spot in the group among strong players: LEC (European) No. 1 seed Rogue and LPL (China) No. 2 seed Top e-Sports, and surprised the world by achieving a reverse sweep to defending champion Edward Gaming in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he beat LCK No. 1 seed Gen.G 3-1 and continued his “Miracle Run.”
Attention is also being paid to the showdown between ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyuk and ‘Deft’ Kim Hyuk-kyu, who represent T1 and DRX, respectively.
Lee Sang-hyuk and Kim Hyuk-kyu, who were born in 1996, began their professional careers in 2013. The two players, who were divided into SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy, had no chance to meet at LCK as Kim Hyuk-kyu moved to LPL team Edward Gaming in 2015. In the 2015 final, when the “Mid-season Invitational” was first held, Edward Gaming, which includes Kim Hyuk-kyu, won the championship with a 3-2 victory.
The two players who met many times when Kim Hyuk-kyu returned to Korea in 2017 had Lee Sang-hyuk’s T1 beat Kim Hyuk-kyu’s Hanwha Life e-Sports 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2021 LOL World Cup.
Lee Sang-hyuk and Kim Hyuk-kyu, who met four times in the LCK regular league in 2022, have a record of 4-0 (8-0 based on the set), far ahead of Lee Sang-hyuk.