T1 stumbled in the semifinal match against JD Gaming and is now relegated to the loser’s bracket at MSI 2023.
Things are heating up at MSI 2023. The top four, consisting of eastern teams only, saw its first massive clash in the semifinals, with T1 facing tournament favorite JDG. While many expected JDG to be the winner, T1 put up a good fight and took the series to game five.
Now, the LCK’s second seed fell to the loser’s bracket, where it will face the winner between Bilibili Gaming and Gen.G. Out of the two opponents, BLG is perhaps the easiest one since the team has shown clear weaknesses. If T1 ends up facing Gen.G again, it would be the rematch of the rematch, as it’d be the fourth time these teams play a best-of-five series in the year so far.
Not all hope is lost for Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and the young T1 squad. The series against JDG came down to the wire. It was decided by the small moments that both teams knew how to exploit. The general consensus seems to be that T1 didn’t really play their best game against JDG and that, on a different day, T1 might have taken the series.
MSI 2023 finals schedule
We have three more days left of competition before the 2023 MSI champion is crowned in London. BLG and Gen.G will play for the final chance to continue in the competition on May 19. The winner advances to the next round to face T1.
The winner of the second semifinals advances to finals, where JDG awaits. At this point, and based on what we’ve seen so far in the tournament, it could be either Gen.G or T1 advancing to finals. The LCK teams are in good form this year and thirsty for a win.