T1 eliminated from MSI 2023 by underdog BLG

By Melany Moncada


May 20, 2023

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T1 has been eliminated from MSI 2023 after being defeated by underdog Bilibili Gaming.

T1’s MSI 2023 run has been cut short by BLG. The LCK’s second seed couldn’t recover from the defeat against JD Gaming and ended up taking its second defeat of the tournament in the loser’s bracket. The demoralizing defeat marks the end of the season for the team that now has its eye on the 2023 LCK Summer Split.

In the final days of the tournament, T1 failed to adapt to the opponents while their individual performances decayed. This is an ongoing trend for the squad, which is considered one of the best in the world. T1 starts strong and loses steam over time. It happened in the 2023 LCK Spring Split finals, and it happened again at MSI.

While it is still considered an upset, BLG’s victory comes after a solid performance against Gen.G. BLG has been gaining momentum in the tournament and is looking to take its final revenge against JDG on Sunday. Much of the credit goes to top laner Chen “Bin” Ze-Bin, who is technically the MSI defending champion after winning the tournament in 2022 with RNG.

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T1 out leaves to LPL teams at MSI 2023

For the first time in history, MSI will have two LPL teams contending for the championship title. It is the 2023 LPL Spring Split finals rematch. BLG has the opportunity to take a title after JDG denied them the domestic championship.

Considering BLG’s massive improvement, practically overnight, it is possible for them to take the win on Sunday. It would make for a great story at a time when fans are gathering behind the underdogs. In 2022, DRX took the world by surprise when they won the 2022 World Championship. 2023 could be the year when yet another underdog takes the gold home. Regardless of the result, LPL fans will be happy to add yet another title to their domestic trophy case.


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