We’re T1, Genji wins two sets, the match is tied 1-1…the ‘breaking of the seal’ begins for the final.
T1, who entered the playoffs as the fifth-ranked team in the regular season, shaken by the injury absence of star player Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, dropped the first set to the mighty Genji but took the second to tie the series 1-1. With the score tied at 1-1, T1 began its final “seal breaking” push for the final.
T1 broke a 1-1 tie with a dominant two-set victory over Genji in the winner-take-all match of the third round of the ‘2023 LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Summer Season playoffs at Roll Park in Jongno-gu, Seoul on Wednesday.
After a nervous start, T1 took the first dragon stack at around the five-minute mark, and the first messenger as well. T1 stacked objective after objective, and the two teams engaged in small skirmishes, but no kills. Both teams were playing cautiously. 안전놀이터
At around the 9-minute mark, the Genji trio headed to the top lane and picked up the first kill on Zeus, but T1’s ‘Owner’ Moon ‘Hyun-joon’ Moon offset the damage by cutting off ‘Phase’ Kim ‘Soo-hwan’ Kim through the bottom gang. A small skirmish broke out on the bottom and the teams exchanged kills.
T1 took the early lead with a second dragon stack. However, Genji’s strikes were just as fierce. At around the 15 minute mark, Genji picked up a kill on Moon-hyun-jun in front of the messenger. Meanwhile, T1 capitalized by destroying Genji’s mid first turret. T1 managed to build a third dragon stack without much engagement at 17-minutes.
At 20-minutes, T1 managed to get a Baron kill, but gave up two kills in an open engagement. From there, Genji launched a full-scale counterattack. In front of the dragon, they picked up Moon-hyun-jun and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok to extend their kill lead to 8-2. T1 tried to get the fourth soul dragon, but Moon and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok were disconnected, giving the dragon to Genji.
T1 had the early advantage, but ZENZY quickly caught up and balanced the power. The gold gap became similar. At 27-minutes, T1 managed to pick up a fourth Spirit Dragon, then a Baron, and a three-kill sweep in an open hantar engagement. They quickly took the initiative that had been slipping away.
With the momentum in their favor, T1 charged straight into Genji’s lane, destroying the nexus at 29-minutes to level the game at 1-1.