T1’s seal breaking is getting closer to reality. T1, which finished the regular season in fifth place after a slow start to the summer season due to the departure of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, is on the verge of knocking off the top-ranked KT Rolster in the second round of the playoffs after defeating DePlus Kia in the first round. Only one set away from victory.
T1 dropped the first set against KT in the second round of the ‘2023 LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Summer Season Playoffs at Roll Park in Jongno-gu, Seoul on Tuesday, but won the second and third sets to take the set score 2-1.
The third set was a nerve-wracking affair in the early going. KT’s Moon “Cuz” Woo-chan grew well, hindering the growth of his opponent’s jungle. In the sixth minute, Kim “Gi-in” Ki-in drew the “Zeus” top lane well and Moon “Woo-chan” Moon grabbed the top lane to take the lead. Taking control of the line, KT built their first dragon stack.
That was short-lived, as it was T1’s time from around the 9-minute mark. A hanta engagement took place in front of the Herald of the Canyon, and KT picked up Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, but it proved costly as he gave up two kills. T1 took the messenger as well. Around the 13th minute, they built their first dragon stack.
Unlike the one-sided dominance of the first and second sets, the third set was a back-and-forth battle. At around the 16th minute, a battle broke out on the bottom side, and T1 took the win and slowly gained momentum. Even ‘Gi-in’ Kim was caught in the top lane.
T1 took advantage of the initiative and built a second dragon stack to pull ahead. At around 21-minutes, T1 managed to get a baron kill, and they were able to get away with it in the ensuing skirmish to widen the gap. The gold gap was now over 4000.
KT didn’t have enough strength to reverse the tilted balance. They tried to make a breakthrough, but were blocked by T1 time and time again. At around the 28-minute mark, T1 overwhelmed KT with a 16-6 kill advantage. After taking a breather, T1 charged into KT’s lane at 31-minutes and destroyed the nexus at 32-minutes to take the game 2-1. 메이저사이트