The League of Legends Scene
Anticipation for the World Championship
The League of Legends scene is abuzz with anticipation as the World Championship approaches, and for T1, this tournament could be their swan song. According to one of their players, this might be the team's last dance.
A Challenging Summer Split for T1
T1 has had a challenging Summer Split leading up to Worlds 2023. Their playoff chances in the LCK were uncertain at one point due to an arm injury sustained by Lee 'Faker' Sang-hyeok. However, Faker returned just in time for the end of the regular season, sparking a dramatic turnaround for T1. They managed to reach the Summer Finals but ultimately lost to Gen.G in the title decider.
Experienced in the World Championship
T1 is no stranger to the World Championship, having won the title three times in the past (2013, 2015, and 2016). However, Worlds 2023 holds a special significance for the team. It will be their first World Championship in South Korea since missing out on the 2014 and 2018 events.
Opportunity for Redemption
Last year, T1 came agonizingly close to winning the World Championship but fell short in a dramatic final against DRX. This followed their runner-up finish at MSI earlier in the year. For bot laner Lee 'Gumayusi' Min-hyeong, Worlds 2023 presents an opportunity for redemption. However, he also hinted at the possibility that this might be T1's final appearance as a team.
The Uncertainty of T1's Future
Gumayusi expressed his desire to win the tournament with his teammates, especially since it would be T1's first Worlds in Korea. He hopes that this year's competition will make up for their previous runner-up finishes.
The uncertainty surrounding T1's future has been fueled by rumors of potential roster changes. Gumayusi, top laner Choi 'Zeus' Woo-je, and support Ryu 'Keria' Min-seok all have contracts expiring at the end of the season. Jungler Moon 'Oner' Hyeon-joon has one more year on his contract, while Faker recently extended his deal until the end of 2025.
T1's Optimism for Worlds 2023
Despite the doubts and challenges, Gumayusi believes that T1 has what it takes to win Worlds 2023. He acknowledged the team's history of finishing as runners-up but remained optimistic about their chances this year.
The Last Dance for T1
T1 will bypass the Worlds 2023 Play-In Stage and start the tournament from the Swiss Stage, which begins on October 19. As the team prepares for their last dance, fans eagerly await their performance on the biggest stage in League of Legends.