What might be the game of the week in the South Korean LCK between Gen.G and T1 ended in a nail-biter. On paper, it was hard to predict a winner before the games started since both teams have looked strong to this point in 2021. But in the end, Gen.G came out victorious despite losing in the first game.
Another W in the bag against @T1LoL but did we expect anything different?😏
The hot streak continues and we’re looking to complete another perfect week and keep the streak rolling against HLE on Sunday!🔥 pic.twitter.com/NSwtbJa8m0
— Gen.G Esports (@GenG) January 21, 2021
The match started out with full dominance from young T1 bot laner Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong. Gumayusi has been T1’s starter since the LCK season kicked off earlier this month, and he has been a beast so far. After dominating games against both Hanwha Life and DWG KIA earlier in the season, Gumayusi continued against Gen.G. The 18-year-old bot laner got all of T1’s kills, which resulted in a 9-1 scoreline on Aphelios and an opening win.
Going down 0-1 against T1 is usually a death sentence, but Gen.G managed to turn things around in game two with a quick, 27-minute victory. Both mid laner Gwak” Bdd” Bo-seong and bot laner Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk bounced back and posted the carry performances that fans are used to from them.
Setting up Gen.G’s carries was support Kim “Life” Jeong-min who had one of his best performances in a long time. Life was placed on Jarvan IV in games two and three, which ended up paying off big time. The rather unusual support pick took T1 by surprise and enabled Life to pull off some game-winning engages. Through clean team fights, Gen.G pulled ahead in game three and secured the victory.
After taking down T1, there is no longer any doubt that Gen.G will be the biggest threat to world champions DWG KIA. So far, Gen.G has played almost flawlessly en route to a 3-0 score at the top of the LCK leaderboard.
For now, it’s unknown if Gen.G is actually strong enough to beat DWG KIA but fans won’t have to wait much longer. The LCK’s top dogs will clash on January 27 and the winner will be in a great position to push for the trophy. Entering the match, Gen.G might be the favorites after DWG KIA lost in a wild upset to Fredit BRION. The new LCK team managed to take down the defending world champions in two games, leaving DWG KIA in a weird position. It also means that Gen.G is now the only undefeated team in the LCK.
The Gen.G lineup didn’t change much for the 2021 season. After performing well in 2020, Gen.G has put a focus on adding young talent to the squad who will practice alongside some of the most experienced players in South Korea. These young additions might see play during the LCK season.
The Gen.G 2021 roster: