T1’s incredible undefeated season finally came to an end this morning at the hands of G2 Esports.
After an undefeated season, T1’s winning streak comes to an end following their loss to G2 at MSI 2022. . Both teams faced each other in the MSI Rumble stage opener and needed to win to extend their undefeated record. While G2 were yet to lose in 20 games, T1 had not lost in 26. So, their defeat to G2 marks their first official loss in a professional League of Legends series in 2022.
The LCK champions began their streak in the 2022 spring split with an 18-0 record in the regular season. Even though they dropped 7 games, they failed to lose any series. The team powered through the spring playoffs with a 3-1 win against Gen.G in the finals.
T1 entered the MSI 2022 as favourites to top their group and win the entire MSI 2022. They certainly lived up to expectations in the group stage with dominant wins against all teams faced and a 6-0 record.
How T1 lost their winning streak against G2 in the MSI opener
T1 kicked off the MSI Rumble opener against G2 with a good start in bot lane. While they went for a split push composition, G2 stuck with a team fight Yasuo-Diana composition.
Moreover, T1 killed Raphaël "Targamas" Crabbé early and kept a steady 2,00 gold lead. They extended their gold lead in just 11 minutes with a Rift Herald charge in bot lane. The team kept on increasing their lead as Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong Tristana quickly shredded through G2’s towers.
However, G2’s team fight draft proved to be the perfect answer to T1as they finally found the fight they needed in the 26th minute. T1 decision’s to reengage at the baron pit was a costly one as G2 immediately turned on them and picked up the baron. With the baron buff, G2 levelled out the gold and took down several towers and an inhibitor turret. G2 extended their newfound lead with another team fight win in the baron pit and secured their third dragon. They closed out the game after a successful siege to T1's base in the 39th minute.
Even though G2 looked shaky in the early game, they stuck to their team fight composition and shocked T1 in the end.
We hit them with the EU meta, a lot they didn't see in Korea. A lot of the picks were very common in EU but not in Korea, so kind of them catching them off guard. We knew we could stabilize the game and we would be pretty good in the 5v5."
While T1 lose their winning streak record, they still have several games to play in the MSI 2022 rumble stage and will look to bounce back. They face PSG Talon in the last match of the first day of Rumble.