On day 5 of the 2022 LCK Summer split, T1 defeated kt Rolster 2-1 and earned their second victory of the split. This was a series that could’ve gone both ways, and remained a nail biter until the very end. While KT showed promise this series, T1 managed to outscale and win the crucial teamfight that determined their victory.
The following is the post-match interview with the bot laner for T1, Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyung.
Thoughts on the victory?
It was a very close one against KT tonight, but I’m relieved that we won tonight. I’ll make sure to not make it so close and win next time.
The early game of game 3 was in T1’s favor, but then the tides turned for the mid game.
We did talk about how KT’s a pick comp prior to game 3. We did get picked off a lot, so the game didn’t play out the way we wanted for a bit.
T1’s match against Nongshim RedForce was also a long one.
Meta does play a part in it, but we did make a lot of mistakes. I think that drafting lots of late-game champions played a part in that trend as well.
What aspect of the current meta makes the games go late game?
It’s definitely hard to snowball with early leads in the current meta. There have been a number of games where they weren’t decided even with multiple Barons and/or Elder Drake. It’s hard to pinpoint at something specific, but we are preparing for those late-game scenarios as a team as well.
Some say that the recent patch made the bot lane unbalanced.
There are champions that are higher up in tier like Lucian, but I don’t think it’s completely unbalanced. The game feels playable and winnable on any champion.
Which aspects of your mindset have changed after your experience at MSI? How is it different from the Spring split?
My mindset is a bit different at the moment; I’m reminding myself of how it was back in Spring. There was that excitement of being the starting bot laner early in the season, and I was really passionate. I think those factors helped with the undefeated run in Spring, so I’m trying to remember my roots and showcase my passion inside the gameplay.
Having played Royal Never Give Up at MSI, how do you see the stylistic differences between the LCK and the LPL?
I think the bigger picture of things isn't too different. Once the players start playing at a higher level of gameplay, I believe that it’s a battle of skill inside the same set of answers. I’ll have a better understanding of the differences once I get to play LPL teams at Worlds.
Lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
After winning the Spring split, we’ve been looking pretty shaky since MSI. I know the fans are worried, but we’ll make sure to become a team that overcomes those obstacles and win the Summer split as well.
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