Both teams entered this Friday’s matchup needing a victory, yet it was the young DRX squad taking down Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and T1 in a tight three-game set. Jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon once again impressed and led the pace. Now with another win behind it, DRX continues its climb up the LCK ladder.
This was an interesting series as it featured two LCK titans fielding young, unproven rosters. With players like Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon and Jeong “BAO” Hyeon-woo on the side of DRX, and Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong and Choi “Zeus” Woo-je on the side of T1, fans are seeing a wave of young Korean players race to prove themselves.
Pyosik Paving the Way for DRX
As the last remaining player from last year’s roster, the onus has fallen on Pyosik to lead this young roster, which doesn’t have a single player over the age of 20.
It was often Pyosik creating the spark for DRX, using pressure in the top side to snowball advantages. Pyosik was constantly invading the enemy top side jungle, picking off camp after camp like a thorn in Choi “Ellim” El-lim’s back.
Pyosik played two out of the three games on his signature Kindred, dominating in each one. The 20-year-old constantly got the better of Ellim in the jungle, and his Lamb’s Respites while fighting were game changing.
More Struggles from T1
For T1, mistakes plagued them this series. At times the team looked uncoordinated and indecisive, and the drafts were once again disappointing to many.
Star support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok had an incredibly up-and-down series against his former team. Playing engage-heavy champions Rell and Rakan, there were moments when Keria literally won fights by himself with opening engages, and there were moments where he single-handedly lost fights with poorly decided-on initiations as well.
17-year-old top laner Zeus had an arduous time against DRX, constantly being the victim of a Kingen’s lane kingdom. But T1’s drafts certainly didn’t do any favors for the young rookie, with the constant late-round Renekton picks basically begging Pyosik to bully Zeus out of lane. Plus, Ellim’s three Olaf picks were completely impactless, and while Kingen and Pyosik worked together to dominate their side of the map, Zeus was often left on an island to die.
For T1 fans, seeing these drafts being ruined by late-round Renektons, and first-pick Olafs just hurts. It hurts seeing Ellim pick Olaf three times in a row, and it hurts seeing Zeus relegated to Renekton duty, essentially sentencing him to Kingen’s lane kingdom.
The one player who was continually a bright spot for T1 was Faker, whose Azir and Orianna play was steller. Faker was constantly dominating while also saving his teammates butts, and T1’s game two win was largely the result of Faker’s Azir.
DRX Establishing Themselves
With this win, DRX is really beginning to establish itself as a formidable threat in the LCK. While many counted them out against the likes of DAMWON KIA, Hanwha and Gen.G, DRX is proving that this new roster can actually compete with anyone in League of Legends.
DRX improved to 6-3, and is currently tied in for second place the standings with Hanwha and Gen.G. In the coming weeks, DRX will look to further prove itself in matches against Afreeca Freecs, Hanwha and KT Rolster.
T1 fell to 4-5 and now sits sandwiched between Afreeca and KT Rolster in the standings. T1 will look to rebound in its upcoming games against Liiv SANDBOX, Nangshim RedForce and DAMWON KIA.