The third week of the 2021 LCK Spring Split will kick off with a match between T1 and NS RedForce.
NS RedForce entered the season as a newcomer, but has still managed to secure a 3-3 record after the first three weeks to get a decent spot in the middle of the standings. The same can’t be said for T1, which is currently sitting on a disappointing 2-4 record and will need to bounce back this week to stay in contention for the trophy.
The legendary organization isn’t living up to expectations at all so far. T1 has been experimenting a lot with its 10-man roster, but it hasn’t paid off quite yet. T1 is giving young players such as bot laner Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong and mid laner Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon a chance to prove themselves, but with very mixed results. To bounce back from its current eighth-place spot in the LCK, T1 must beat NS RedForce before the playoff spots get out of reach.
It’s unknown which players T1 will use for this match-up, but it seems like the legend Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok himself will need to step in soon to get his troops back on track. There is also a chance that T1 will give young top laner Choi “Zeus” Woo-je his debut after recently turning 17 years old. Up until now, the top lane has been controlled by Kim “Canna” Chang-dong, but he hasn’t been performing especially well.
NS RedForce will enter the match with a lot less pressure on its shoulders since the team isn’t expected to compete with a team like T1. This allows former T1 jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho and the rest of his squad to play the underdog role, which suits them perfectly.
NS RedForce managed to take down KT Rolster in a 2-0 fashion to end the last week, so the whole team will be able to enter this match with great confidence. KT Rolster has proven itself as a hard team to beat in 2021, so NS RedForce is definitely showing marked improvement. With that said, NS RedForce is still struggling with inconsistency and that is what T1 has to punish.
T1 vs. NS RedForce rosters
- Top – Kim “Canna” Chang-dong / Choi “Zeus” Woo-je
- Jungle – Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan / Choi “Ellim” El-lim / Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon
- Mid – Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok / Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon
- Bot – Park “Teddy” Jin-seong / Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong
- Support – Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
NS RedForce roster:
- Top – Lee “Rich” Jae-won
- Jungle – Han “Peanut” Wang-ho / Lee “Juhan” Ju-han
- Mid – Park “Bay” Jun-byeong
- Bot – Seo “deokdam” Dae-gil / Hwang “Wayne” Seo-hyeon
- Support – Kim “Kellin” Hyeong-gyu
T1 favorites to beat NS RedForce despite bad form
While T1 has struggled to find wins so far in 2021, the team is still a big favorite to win the match against NS RedForce. On paper, T1 still has the stronger lineup and bigger diversity with its 10-man roster. NS RedForce has pulled off several upsets already, so T1 can’t underestimate them. T1 is expected to bounce back during this match, but NS RedForce won’t make it easy.
Despite recent form, a win for T1 only gives odds 1.41 while it’s possible to catch an odds of 2.68 for believing in NS RedForce.
The match between T1 and NS RedForce takes place on February 3.