T1 Zeus: from shadows to Worlds Finals MVP

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When it came to League of Legends, T1’s journey in 2023 was full of ups and downs. But Choi “Zeus” woo-je, the team’s top laner, never gave up.

A lot of bad things happened this year. The worst was when T1 midlaner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok hurt his wrist during the Summer split. Without Faker, the team’s performance was very bad, and they only went 1-7 without him.

The problems got worse when they lost their head coach in the middle of the season, Bae “Bengi” Seong-woong. Despite these problems, T1 showed amazing strength and skill, which led to their win as the 2023 Worlds champions. Zeus, their top laner, was named the Finals MVP.

Zeus’s sneaky rise through the stars

Weibo Gaming’s support was hit by Faker’s amazing Emperor’s Divide, which predicted Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk’s flash and pushed him toward T1 in the semi-finals. Mun “Oner” Hyeon-joon, T1’s jungler, was hit by Faker’s Resonating Strike. Dragon’s Rage by Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song’s Tahm Kench Midlaner for WBG The double range in the bot lane with T1’s help totally shut down Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao’s backline, letting him win the fight. Because of Ryu “Keria” Min-seok’s great assist plays, the team is full of very talented people.

But Zeus’s efforts were often overshadowed by those of the other super-stars. Even though his numbers were still better than normal, he wasn’t the first person most people thought of when they heard the word “T1.”

Even though he got the fewest MVP points on the team, no one noticed how well he did in the group rounds of the LCK 2022 and 2023 Spring split. The 2022 split playoffs and the LCK Spring 2023 playoffs both followed the same plan, with no MVP points in the split playoffs and one in the spring playoffs.

In the first half of the LCK Summer group rounds, T1 lost to KT in a match for second place. Zeus honestly told the press after the game that KT’s toplaner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in “was ahead of him the whole time,” which was mirrored in his -25 assist and -180 DPM difference.

Also, during the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational, he did something stupid that hurt his reputation. He made a big mistake in a very important game against BLG that hurt T1’s chances of winning the playoffs, which they lost 1-3.

The return of Faker and T1’s redemption story

Zeus and T1, on the other hand, had a big change in the second half of 2023. The change in luck came when Faker came back from hurting his wrist in August. Because of how well he played, Zeus got the most MVP points for his team during the 2023 LCK Summer split and the most MVP points during the playoffs.

His victories went beyond the LCK. He won a gold medal at the Asian Games, which let him avoid Korea’s required military service.

His skill in the top lane was shown off even more during T1’s World Championship run. One of the best top laners in the LPL was Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin from BLG in the Swiss rounds. In the semifinals, it was Bai “369” Jia-Hao from JDG, and in the last match of the year, it was Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok from Weibo Gaming. His play against these tough opponents was a big reason why T1 won, and he was named Worlds Finals MVP for that.

In the interview after the 2023 Worlds finals, Zeus talked about how humble he felt about what he had done and the trip he had been on. “At a young age I accomplished a lot. I have a lot to live and things can go wrong, so I won’t get too confident and will keep trying to do better,” he said.

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