DRX Are Champs! Denying Faker His 4th Worlds Championship

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The LOL Worlds 2022 Grand Finals concluded in a very gut-wrenching action. Both DRX and T1 gave their best to give us the Worlds 2022 grand finals that we deserve.

Even though they attended the same high school, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok made their LCK debuts at the same time almost ten years ago. Although the international success between the two has varied greatly, both players have now carved out their routes to becoming pillars of the professional League of Legends scene.

However, the pair finally faced off in the World Championship finals, bringing together two LCK teams in the championship round for the first time since 2017. Another nail-biting five-game series ensued, as a result, capping out the 2022 season and giving the team—which was already the favorite at this year’s Worlds—another victory.

DRX finished off the miraculous run by defeating T1 3-2 in a series where it appeared, at various stages, that T1 would win handily. However, as was the case throughout their entire run, DRX thrived off of players’ and fans’ misgivings, inspiring them to surpass all expectations and, in the end, win the Summoner’s Cup.

A Dominating Synergy

The bot lane has been a point of emphasis for several teams during the Worlds tournament. While some have focused heavily on champions like Sivir, Caitlyn, and Yuumi, others have turned their focus to the top half of the map in search of those with more potential for frontline play.

However, one tactic that helped T1 and DRX advance to this finals battle was making the most of their bot lanes. To restrict one another’s access to resources, the teams targeted the bot lanes’ arsenals throughout each draft round of the series. Varus stood out as a significant issue, irrespective of the squad it was selected for.

In game one, Gumayusi was in charge of the Arrow of Retribution, and within the first 10 minutes, he established the tone for what would later turn out to be the most contentious decision in the series. Gumayusi stepped up with his own Smite—an empowered Q—that snatched the objective and significantly derailed their opponents’ momentum, even though T1 had struggled early on to handle Pyosik’s roaming and almost gave DRX the first drake for free.

Both teams decided to liven up their bot lanes for game two, bringing out the odd pairings of Varus/Heimerdinger and Ashe/Lux, which could tie the series for T1. The cross-map help from Heimerdinger of BeryL allowed DRX to tie what had previously been a significant gold deficit. Deft’s Varus emulated the importance of Gumayusi in game one. They quickly took use of this advantage by locking down the opposition team in the Baron pit to give his team its first series victory.

Varus remained on the winning teams of the swapped victories between the teams, despite the champion not having a significant impact in games three and four. This was highlighted by yet another Gumayusi snipe, this time on a game-winning Baron. As T1 approached the match point, Aatrox, a fellow Darkin, was given higher priority for DRX in Varus’ place. Kingen successfully piloted this selection, developing into a raid boss who, under just refusing to perish, declined to see DRX’s streak end after four games.

At the crucial moment when both teams’ matches were on the line, Caitlyn eventually entered the Rift under the control of Deft while Gumayusi again fired back with Varus. Lux has been one of the most frequently banned champions at Worlds up until Lux was banned, so DRX was forced to find another support alternative. Their response was BeryL’s Bard, a champion with a 75 percent career victory percentage through 12 games.

When it seemed as though T1 would never recover, Gumayusi once more grabbed the Baron—the third time in this series he had done so with an enhanced Q—and gave them the boost they required to regain the lead. DRX battled back by obtaining the Mountain Soul and Elder Drake, but they were rewarded for their outstanding Worlds performance by doing so since they knew victory was within their grasp and jumped at it headfirst.

History Was Made

Since 2014, Deft has not advanced past a Worlds semifinal. He had been halted at the quarterfinals every year since, gazing up at what might have been but wasn’t. However, the veteran was able to win the Summoner’s Cup for the first time in his nearly ten-year career this year and make it to the semifinals and finals.

Alongside him were four players who each had a chance to excel in this series after overcoming challenges thrown their way during the 2022 LCK season and the uncertainties surrounding them as they started their Worlds run. After finishing their fantastical run and securing their position as the current League of Legends world champions, they all leave San Francisco.

T1 ended the year having restored themselves as a force in the professional League, complete with an undefeated Spring Split run and a second-place finish in the Worlds finals, even though they may have been defeated in the process.


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