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Gen.G continues its domination of T1 with LCK blowout




T1 is the defending world champion and a fierce opponent for most teams, but Gen.G doesn’t seem to care about any of that.

In what has become a regular occurrence, Gen.G blew past T1 in a match-up between the top two teams in the LCK, Korea’s top pro League of Legends competition. And while it’s easy for fans to joke about Gen.G being the kryptonite to T1, fans of T1 surely aren’t laughing anymore.

Will T1 ever beat Gen.G again?

The latest drubbing of T1 was one of the most dominant yet. A 2-0 sweep is often impressive, but Gen.G’s performance in the first game of this series was doubly so. Gen.G very nearly managed a rare feat in all of pro play by coming close to a perfect game. To almost accomplish that against the reigning world championship team is absolutely impressive.

Gen.G outpaced T1 with 13 kills to none in the game. Gen.G completely dominated in objectives, taking all four dragons and the only herald. The only accomplishments T1 managed were a pair of outer towers. But that didn’t mean much compared to the 10 towers Gen.G broke down en route to victory.

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – OCTOBER 27: T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok poses at the League of Legends World Championship Semifinals Stage Features Day on October 27, 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Riot Games)

Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon was the tip of the Gen.G spear, putting together an impressive 7-0-2 scoreline in the game. Equally impressive was the lack of success allowed to his mid lane opponent, star player Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, who had an unimpressive 0-2-0 score on aggressive assassin LeBlanc.

Faker was far from alone in bearing responsibility for his team’s struggles. T1’s inability to control play through the bottom lane was evident throughout the brief series, and the jungle was an absolute bloodbath for the team.

The one thing T1 can still fall back on is its international success, which continues to be far greater than what the modern version of Gen.G has been able to achieve. But if T1 can’t figure out how to get around their Korean rival, that success will be difficult to repeat.

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