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Stomped to oblivion: T1 walk past G2 to secure MSI 2022 finals ticket

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. 

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. 

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. 

Finals expectations

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. 

Yohan Markov is among the most prolific of all analysts and writers covering League of Legends esports. A long-time veteran of the scene, Yohan has the in-depth knowledge of LoL required to break down the biggest pro games, combined with the lengthy experience covering Riot Games and its many regional leagues needed to break down what's happening and why in the LoL esports world.