‘Faker’ is back, and T1 is back in form

T1, with “Faker” Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk back after a 31-day absence, shook off a slump and delivered a near-perfect performance.

T1 swept the Guangdong Freecs 2-0 in the ninth week of the regular season of the 2023 LoL Champions Korea (LCK) Summer League at the LCK Arena in Jongno-gu, Seoul on April 2. T1, who had a dismal 1-7 record since Lee “Sang-hyuk” Lee took a break, announced their return to form by breaking the opposing nexus in the 23rd minute of both sets on the day.

Most of the attention was focused on the performance of Sang-hyuk, who made his return after a month’s absence, playing Jace in both sets. While he didn’t have any super plays, the fact that he was able to take the initiative in the mid lane without being pressured by his opponent’s mid jungle of Geras-Rell was a plus for the team.

It’s worth noting that the team’s performance quickly picked up once Lee Sang-hyuk returned. In the first game, the top laner and the bottom laner did a great job of gaining points and quickly took the lead. What stood out even more was the speed with which the team made bold plays to widen the gap after gaining the advantage, especially when the opponent tried to take Lee’s jace around the 20th minute of the first game, the team responded by taking out two opponents and taking the baron, and the team’s attempts to quickly hunt down the baron while the opponent was overhauling in the second game were reminiscent of T1’s nickname, the Baron Bandits. 토토사이트

Banpik also showed that they were quick to adapt to patch 13.14. With the 13.14 patch being the patch that will be played for the upcoming playoffs and Rold Cup qualifiers, how well a team adapts to it is a key question. T1 showed that they’ve adapted well to the patch by winning both sets on the day, with a banpick centered around Athrox, a key card in the 13.14 patch.

Of course, it’s too early to declare that T1 is back to full strength just yet. Their opponents, Guangdong, are undefeated in the second round, so they’ll have to be tested again against a stronger team. However, in terms of performance, it’s clear that T1 has regained some semblance of the form they showed when they were at their best. It will be interesting to see if T1 can make another ‘miracle run’ with Sang-hyeok in the rest of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs.

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