Legacy is the best word to describe what T1 has achieved throughout the years in the history of League of Legends. 3 World Championships, 2 MSI titles, 10 OGN/LCK titles, first and only team to have a perfect regular season in the LCK. T1 has done it all, and they don’t seem to be slowing down.
They are currently on a 20 series win streak and we might see this number go up throughout the MSI. The team features some of the youngest League of Legends prodigies. T1’s top laner Choi “Zeus” Woo-je is 18 years old and is already considered the best top laner in the world. Their ADC Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong is on the path towards surpassing his distant cousin Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and becoming the best League of Legends player we’ve ever seen.
We are witnessing history in the making as T1 is looking to take over the world with a roster composed mostly of players that are still considered rookies and are in the 18-20 age range. Faker is 25 years old and is the oldest player on the team by quite a lot. T1 built the perfect team with the right amount of veterancy and leadership from Faker, and the youth and raw skill from the rest of the team.
We could go over T1’s spring journey through the regular season and playoffs as we’ve done with other teams. But T1 is a special case as what they’ve achieved this season is not a result of one split’s effort. All the players have been under the T1 wings for almost two years, but this is the first time that all 5 of them play on the main roster. T1’s most recent achievements are a result of years of preparation, they’ve formed and helped these rookies reach their peak, and they’re coming for everything.
In the spring split, all of the T1 players except Oner made the All-Pro team, and Keria won the MVP of the split award. And you might ask, T1 already won 3 world championships, what else is there for them to do? Well, be ready, because this lineup consisting of 5 prodigies will show us that T1 hasn’t even reached its final form yet which I believe league of legends betting fans will be very excited for.
The amount of raw power that T1 holds is both a blessing and a curse. There are only so many resources you can funnel into certain players in a League of Legends match. Some teams only really benefit from giving everything to their star player. It’s easy to see why T1 is a different case as every single one of their players is worthy of being the star player. But T1 is very aware of their limits, we’ll often see them drafting strop top side compositions. Zeus and Oner are incredibly reliable when it comes to getting early advantages and Faker is always capable of enabling this.
T1’s bot lane is the strongest one we saw during the LCK spring split. One would automatically think that is only due to Gumayusi’s skill, but in reality, it was Keria doing most of the hard work. T1’s ability to turn games around was pristine. They always managed to come back from big deficits in just a couple of map movements, it was amazing to watch. They didn’t rely on picking strong early game champions and winning through the laning phase, T1 didn’t find that to be necessary. T1 orchestrated plays in the mid-game, with little room for error, that would end up putting them in a huge lead.
Keria and Faker were the main enablers for the rest of the T1 to shine. Faker could pop off on picks like Ahri and Leblanc, but we could also see him on picks like Vex and Ryze, roaming and giving his sidelanes any possible advantages. Drafting against T1 is one of the biggest challenges any team can face as they don’t have any visible weak spots in this phase.
Player to Watch: Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
It’s hard to pick a single player to watch in the T1 lineup as every single one of them excels in their role. T1’s Keria became the first Support player to win LCK’s regular-season MVP award. This split he also won his first LCK title after playing in the league for over 2 years. If we based everything on domestic success, we could say that Keria is already the best support in the history of League of Legends, but it doesn’t work like that. We saw him reach the semi-finals at the 2021 World Championship and he was one game away from getting into the grand finals. We have to see how different he will perform with this roster at this year’s MSI.
Keria will be one of the main protagonists at 2022 MSI as he is able to play a different array of champions and shines at working together with Oner and Faker. T1 will be playing in Group A where they’ll face DetonatioN FocusMe, Saigon Buffalo, and Team Aze. T1 shouldn’t worry too much about the group stage as it’s obvious they’ll advance into the next stage with ease.
The exciting part begins as soon as T1 gets to face the stronger contenders for the title, Royal Never Give Up and G2 Esports. We already covered both of these teams so be sure to check it out. The 2022 MSI is almost here so stay tuned because we are covering everything related to the event, including our esports picks!