The four teams participating as LCK representatives in the 2022 League of Legends World Championship showed a cautious but unquestionable appearance.
League of Legends Champions Korea (CEO Sang-heon Oh) invited the Gen.G, T1, Damwon Kia, and DRX players to participate in the Worlds at LCK Arena located in Roll Park, Jongno-gu, Seoul on the 22nd and had a place to listen to their votes.
At this event, the four teams said, “We will improve our condition by focusing on every game,” rather than directly expressing their determination to win. He expressed his caution about the Chinese LPL teams that had shared the Summoner’s Cup, the championship cup of the Worlds for the past 9 years, but also expressed his confidence that if he adapts well to the field, it is worth dealing with.
The 2022 Worlds Cup will kick off with a play-in stage on September 30 (Korean time) at the Arena Esports Arena in Artes Pedregal, Mexico City, Mexico. The group stage and quarterfinals will be held at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York, the quarterfinals will be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and the final will be held at the Chase Center in San Francisco on November 6th.
■ Gen.G’s ‘Score’ Coach Dongbin Ko “I am happy to participate in Worlds”
Director Ko Dong-bin, the head coach of Gen. G., who participates in Worlds with the No. 1 seed in the LCK while winning the 2022 LCK Summer Championship, said, “I am happy to stand on the stage with the No. 1 seed.”
Coach Koh Dong-bin, who did not have a chance after participating in the 2018 Worlds at the end of his career as a player, said, “Even when I was playing as a player, I always wanted to stand on the stage of Worlds.” I’m happy to be on stage as a singer.”
When asked, “Are you confident that you will be able to stand on top this time?” Jung “Chovy” Jung-hoon, who will be performing at the fourth Worlds this year, sparingly replied, “It’s still too early to tell. After that, if we are confident in our team, good results will come out, and I will try not to be vigilant on my own.”
■ T1 ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyeok “The Worlds is a stage that tests me”
After the LCK Summer Finals, T1 made a change by raising Seong-Hoon “Fault” Choi as the LoL division general manager and Seong-Woong “Bengi” Bae as acting coach.
Acting coach Bae Seong-woong, who participated in the press conference for the first time as a commander, said, “After the summer was over, there was a problem with communication, and we decided that the continuous play from spring to MSI to summer seemed to have had a negative impact on the players.” “I gave the players enough time to rest and I thought it was necessary to have time to talk to each other,” he said.
“Faker” Sang-hyeok, who will be on the stage for the 7th Worlds this year, said, “I think this year’s Worlds will be a stage to test myself just like last year. All of this is to increase concentration during the practice process.”
■ Damwon Kia Director Yang Dae-in “I want to surpass Gen.G and T1”
Damwon Kia, who won Worlds in 2020 and runner-up in 2021, has never made it to the LCK final this year, but will stand on the stage with the 3rd seed.
Daein Yang, head coach of Damwon Kia, said, “It’s good to go up to the Worlds this year, where the best teams in the world gather.” “It is true that Chinese teams are strong, but if they make it through the round of 16, they are more likely to face LCK teams. I want to surpass Gen.G and T1, which I have never won.”
Group B of the Round of 16 group, to which Jingdong Gaming, G2 Esports, and Damwon Kia belong, is being evaluated as the group of death. ‘Canyon’ Gunbu Kim said, “Even in 2020, when we won Worlds, we were in the same group as Jingdong Gaming.” He said, “He has a solid power and good teamwork. It’s going to be a tough match,” he said.
■ ‘Play-in start’ DRX “The goal is to meet the Korean team”
DRX, who participates in Worlds as the 4th seed in the LCK, will start playing at the Play-In Stage in Mexico. The first match of the play-in stage will be played against RNG of the MSI winning team, LPL, on September 30th at noon Korean time.
‘Song’ Manager Sang-soo Kim said, “The confidence of the players has increased as they passed the LCK representative selection, so if they continue to the play-in stage, they will be able to increase their adaptability.” Because the style is different, if we can respond tailored to the opposing team, good results will come out.”
‘Def’ Kim Hyuk-gyu said, “Every year, I feel that ‘now is the most important’, so nothing changes this time. I will show you,” he said.
Jang Dong-jun, Reporter at Hankyung.com Game Talk