With a supreme display of force, T1 defeated G2 Esports in the second semifinal of the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational 3-0 on Saturday, May 28. In doing so, the LCK champions have secured a battle with Royal Never Give Up for the MSI trophy on May 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM CEST.
WELCOME TO THE #MSI2022 FINAL:@T1LoL sweep the Semifinal series against @G2esports! #MSI2022 pic.twitter.com/hw2ZKzFANF— LoL Esports (@lolesports) May 28, 2022
Outclassed and inexperienced
G2 were outclassed today, but that is okay: the new iteration of the team is still in its development stage, and this MSI experience can only help them before Worlds 2022.
All G2 members were heavily outperformed, and they stood no chance. All lanes were crushed, and G2's strongest suit, teamfighting, couldn’t come to fruition. Caps was not given any space to perform, and his unique skills were silently negated.
During Game 2, there was light at the end of the tunnel, but T1 crushed G2's hopes of a comeback, and the 3-0 was inevitable. T1 were just better everywhere—even in the fiesta, where the LEC prevails.
T1 in a series > Bo1 T1
It was clear: even my grandma knew that T1 would perform better in the bo5s. The team dropped many games in the LCK, but due to their bo3 format, they always climbed back, finishing with a 18-0 regular season score in bo3s.
T1's adaptability is their strongest asset. Tou may surprise them once, but there is no way you could fool them three times. After their dominant split in the LCK, they were always the favorite to win it all, and they proved it today.
T1 is the best team in the world— CarlosR ocelote (@CarlosR) May 28, 2022
it's beyond insane I dont think we've ever seen a team this good
Draft doesn't matter here.
One of T1's weaknesses is their inability to draft compositions properly. However, it doesn’t matter since they can obtain insane gold leads in the early game.
The losses against G2 and Evil Geniuses in the Rumble stage were a good example of T1’s drafting issues, but that was just a fluke. Trust me: if those games were a series, T1 would come back and win them as they did today.
T1's drafting was way better today, even bringing a Yone top and a Tristana mid. They can dive deep into their champion pools, and we might see unknown pocket picks against RNG at this rate.
Knowing how to draft isn't important guys, T1 just loses most drafts and relies on sheer player skill to carry almost always. pic.twitter.com/jWif0ogusI— LS (@LSXYZ9) May 23, 2022
As predicted from the start, the strongest teams will meet at the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational Finals. T1 and Royal Never Give Up deserve their places in the final after their dominant performances throughout the competition.
From laning to individual brilliance and macro play, both teams are evenly matched, and the finals should give us the best gameplay League of Legends has to offer before Patch 12.10 changes everything we know about the game.
Due to China's COVID-19 restrictions, RNG won't be at Busan’s BEXCO Center for the final. It will be awkward to see one team playing on stage, cheered by the home crowd, while the other competes in their office in a scrim-like environment. You choose who has the advantage.
This is going to be EPIC! @LCK#LPL #RNGWIN #MSI2022 pic.twitter.com/5jsTRCRzcO— LPL (@lplenglish) May 28, 2022