T1 and Gen.G open up LCK Spring 2020 with reverse sweeps

T1 and Gen.G open up LCK Spring 2020 with reverse sweeps

The League of Legends 2020 season is now in full swing. The Korean league debuted its 2020 season with a doubleheader that surely delighted fans all over the world. LCK organizers decided that games on-stage will not host audiences until further notice, due to the global novel corona-virus threat. Nevertheless, both best of three series delivered quite a spectacle for viewers hungry for Korean League of Legends

T1 survive Damwon Gaming in three games

For the first match of the season, T1 survived an onslaught from Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Damwon Gaming. T1 played relatively less clean and crisp compared to previous iterations of the squad. However, with the departure of key players and coaches, many analysts predicted a rough start for T1.

In Game 1, Nuguri’s Mordekaiser gave T1 a major headache all throughout the game. Not a single T1 member could stop him from pressuring the side lanes. In teamfights, it was a guaranteed kill for Damwon. The only way they could stop him was to disengage from the rest of Damwon whenever he ults a member of T1, to ensure a 1 for 1 trade. Damwon even played recklessly in critical times but with a strong finish finally secured the win.

Damwon Gaming esports loss SK Telecom T1
Source: Twitter DWG

In the next two games, Damwon Gaming secured substantial leads in the early to mid game but were unable to finish off T1. Particularly in Game 2, Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan and Lee “Effort” Sang-ho successfully repelled multiple engages from Damwon and made successful engages of their own. In Game 3, T1 built a sizeable lead gold-wise and objective-wise but uncharacteristic indecisiveness allowed Damwon a window back into the game, thanks to Nuguri’s Kayle outscaling the entire enemy composition. They only managed to secure the win by out-teamfighting Damwon in the final moments of the series.

It might not be the best way to win but in the early stages of the split, gaining confidence is of utmost importance. A win is a win, after all.

Gen.G recovers from shocking Game 1 loss against KT Rolster

Similar to the first match, the much anticipated Gen.G roster lost their first game against a rebuilt KT Rolster team. Park “TuSin” Jong-ik made life difficult for Gen.G’s bottom lane all game long. Additionally, Kim “bonO” Gi-beom went toe to toe with Kim “Clid” Tae-min. Fortunately for Gen.G, they came right back to their senses in Game 2. Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk pulled out a curveball with a Kalista pick and with Gwak “bdd” Bo-seong’s Zoe securing priority in the mid lane, Clid stole jungle camps to his heart’s desire the rest of the series. In Game 3, Gen.G secured the series through immense bot lane pressure, thanks to Ruler’s Miss Fortune and Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu’s playmaking Bard.

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