Same High School Alumni Clash’, 4th Challenge Faker vs. 1st Final Deft
Mapo High School alumni “Faker” Lee Sang-hyuk and “Deft” Kim Hyuk-kyu will face off in the LOL World Cup final. Lee Sang-hyuk will try for the fourth time and Kim Hyuk-kyu for the first time.
T1 and DRX will face off in the final of the 2022 League of Legends World Championship (hereinafter referred to as the 2022 LOL World Cup) at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California, on the 6th, Korean time. ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyuk is about to add his fourth winning career. “Deft” Kim Hyuk-kyu, who stood on the final stage for the first time, will challenge for the championship.
T1 has won three LOL World Cups. And he took on his fourth challenge to win the current 12th LOL World Cup. T1 won its first championship at the 2013 LOL World Cup.
SKT T1, the predecessor of T1 in Meta at the time of frequent line swaps between the top and bottom liners, succeeded in a 3-0 victory over China’s Royal Club on the final stage. “Faker” Lee Sang-hyuk won both the league and the LOL World Cup stage trophies in his debut year, signaling that his time has arrived.
With Lee Sang-hyuk at the center, T1 will be reborn as the strongest team. In the two LOL World Cups held in 2015 and 2016, T1 won two consecutive championships. In season 5, “Lee Ji-hoon” Lee Ji-hoon, who played an active role through Azir along with Lee Sang-hyuk, played as a six-man and helped the team win.
T1 showed its potential once again in the season 6 LOL World Cup. T1, who faced the Rocks Tigers in the semifinals, struggled with the opponent’s Miss Fortune and Ash Bottom combination, but succeeded in advancing to the finals by winning 3-2 after a close match. After that, he met Samsung Galaxy and beat them 3-2 in the final, winning the championship for the second consecutive year.
The following year, in 2017, T1 lost to Samsung Galaxy on the final stage and failed to achieve the milestone of winning three consecutive championships. For the next four years, he did not appear to have anything to do with the LOL World Cup final stage.
T1, who failed to advance to the final after losing the semifinals of the 2021 LOL World Cup against DK, advanced to the final by beating LPL’s strong players such as RNG and JDG in this year’s LOL World Cup. If T1 wins the final, it will hold its fourth career championship record, and Lee Sang-hyuk, who spent all his time with T1, will also succeed in achieving the milestone of winning the LOL World Cup four times.
DRX, which joined the LoL World Cup as the fourth seed of LCK and started its schedule from the play-in stage, is emerging as the strongest dark horse of the tournament. In the group stage, he proudly topped the group stage competition between Rogue, the first seed of the European LEC, and TES, the second seed of the LPL.
By beating EDG in the knockout stage quarterfinals and Gen.G in the semifinals, the team succeeded in advancing to the LOL World Cup finals for the first time since its foundation. Deft Kim Hyuk-kyu, who made his debut in 2013, will also make his first LOL World Cup final.
Kim Hyuk-kyu, who made his debut in 2013, is a member of Samsung Blue and will succeed in advancing to the LOL World Cup for the first time in the 2014 season. He beat C9 to advance to the semifinals, but failed to advance to the finals after losing to his brother’s team, Samsung Galaxy White. Kim Hyuk-kyu, who later moved to EDG of China’s LPL, succeeded in advancing to the LOL World Cup in both 2015 and 2016, but failed to record more than the quarterfinals.
Kim Hyuk-kyu, who returned as South Korea’s kt Rolster, will go straight to the LoL World Cup as the first seed by winning the LCK trophy in 2018. KT, which passed the group stage first, failed to advance to the next round after losing 2-3 to IG in the quarterfinals.
Kim Hyuk-kyu, who had no relationship with the final stage, finally faced the opportunity in 2022. DRX, who participated in the LOL World Cup as a fourth seed and started his schedule from the play-in stage, showed progressive growth during the LOL World Cup and ranked first in the group stage.
In the knockout stage, he beat defending champion EDG and LCK summer season winner Gen.G in turn to advance to the final. Kim Hyuk-kyu will challenge his first LOL World Cup winning career with “Jeka” Kim Gun-woo and his teammates who support him to join the world’s best mid-liner through this tournament.