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t1 msi lck spring split 2022

T1 becomes the first team to qualify for MSI 2022; four players tested positive for Covid-19

LoL Teh “GravityWillFall” Wi-Liam

T1 breaks records and heads to the top of the LCK leaderboards after the Spring Split grand finals.

It has been a perfect start to the season for T1 as the three-time world champions cruised to a 3-1 victory over Gen.G Esports in the LCK Spring Split grand finals. This win makes it twice now that T1 has gotten the upper hand over Gen.G with their last meeting occurring in the 2020 Spring Split grand finals. They will now prepare to head down south to Busan next month for the Mid-Season Invitational 2022.

After missing out on MSI last year and the year before due to the pandemic, T1 will be looking to lift their third MSI trophy with the last one in 2017 against G2 Esports. Heading into the second-biggest Riot Games tournament in League of Legends, T1 have been in sensational form, becoming the first team in LCK history to go undefeated during a split. They also went on to break another record of theirs being the longest unbeaten streak, which stood at 14-0 but no longer.

They also had a near-flawless run in the playoffs, only dropping one match in two best-of-five series. In all fairness, Gen.G was the second-best team heading into the grand finals and unfortunately, they were no match for T1's aggressive gameplan. While Gen.G did manage to take the second match of the series, the momentum was very much in T1's favour as they swept the third and fourth games with ease.

However, some bad news has since fallen onto the team as several members have since tested positive for Covid-19 after the grand finals. This includes four first-team players like midlaner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, support player Ryu "Keria" Min-seok, toplaner Choi "Zeus" Woo-je, and jungler as well as grand finals MVP, Moon "Oner" Hyeon-joon. Joining them is another member of the staff, Kim “Moment” Ji-hwan.

The team will be in quarantine until April 9 as per the South Korean government guidelines. They will also be treated at the team's accommodations as per the announcement from their official Twitter. Luckily for them, with the LCK being the first league and region to finalise their MSI representative, they will have another month to prepare with the LAN only starting on May 10.

It also helps that many other regions are currently going through their respective playoff games. The LPL is now in its final four while the LEC will be finalised this week with only three teams left. As for the LCS, there are still six teams remaining with favourites like Team Liquid, 100 Thieves, and Cloud9 still in the mix. 

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Teh “GravityWillFall” Wi-Liam
A failed pro-am gamer turned into a filthy casual with an unhealthy obsession for streetwear and sneakers.

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