Two LCK giants will face off during the fifth week of the 2021 LCK Summer Split, but the teams are currently in very different spots on the leaderboard.
It will be first-place team Gen.G taking on the legendary T1 in a best-of-three. Despite previous achievements, T1 is currently struggling to get a foothold this split and is stuck in sixth place with a 4-4 record. Gen.G is looking sharp at the stop of the standings with a 7-1 record.
Gen.G will be entering this match after taking its first loss of the split to DWG KIA in an 0-2 fashion. This loss definitely showcased that Gen.G has weaknesses and can be beaten if enough pressure is being put onto the Gen.G carries. T1 will have to do the same to stand a chance, which starts by being aggressive in the early game to try to punish the Gen.G play style.
Gen.G will try to control the lanes and slowly build up leads. Gen.G has succeeded with this style for a long time and is good at setting the pace in its favor. The usual strategy is to put bot laner Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk on a hyper carry and then win in team fights. This will likely be the same approach against T1, so bot laner Park “Teddy” Jin-seong and support Ryu “Keria” Min-seok have to perform this time around.
If T1 fails to perform in the bot lane, there’s always a chance to shut down Gen.G through mid or top. It won’t be as easy, since Kim “Clid” Tae-min will likely be all over the map as it has been seen so far this split. The 21-year-old jungler has been performing well on Volibear and Diana, so T1 should consider banning him out.
With the shaky form T1 is currently in it’s hard to predict who the team’s carry is going to be. The obvious choice would be Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, but even he has been a shadow of his former self recently. To win, it will have to be a team effort from T1 and the players will be forced to throw away all insecurities and just go for it.
The start to the summer split has been very good for Gen.G and will grant them a natural edge in this matchup. Despite taking its first loss to DWG KIA recently, Gen.G is still looking like one of the strongest contenders for the LCK trophy. T1 is still struggling to find consistency and will likely struggle further against Gen.G’s structured play style. T1 has been shaky in team fights and with overall coordination, which is something Gen.G is masterful at punishing.
A win for Gen.G will give fairly low odds of 1.43, while a win for T1 gives odds of 2.62. Even though it’s rare to see such high odds on a team like T1, it could be a risk to go with T1 in this match.