The second week of the 2022 LCK Spring Split will end with a match between the fan favorites: T1 and one of the dark horses in the league, Liiv SANDBOX.
When T1 takes on Liiv SANDBOX for the first time in 2022, it will be with high expectations of winning. T1 has gotten off to a perfect start this season with three straight wins so far. These wins include dominance against DRX, Kwangdong Freecs, and a closer match against Fredit BRION which ultimately went in the favor of T1.
For Liiv SANDBOX, this will be a big test to a young squad and a chance to bounce back after two rough losses to Kwangdong Freecs and NS RedForce, respectively. Liiv SANDBOX started out the season strong by beating DRX, but since then the team hasn’t been able to deliver on Summoner’s Rift.
T1 will without a doubt be the hardest opponent so far this season for Liiv SANDBOX, which means that the young team will have to pull on an extraordinary performance to win. It will be with a lot of focus on the young mid laner Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon, who played for T1 last season and has learned from Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok himself.
Now Clozer will go up against Faker in a real match and have the chance to prove his worth. If Clozer can perform, then Liiv SANDBOX might have a chance to deliver a big upset. If this isn’t the case, then it seems like an uphill battle for Liiv SANDBOX who seem outmatched in every other position on the map.
Looking at both teams so far this season, it seems like T1 has really found the groove and continues to perform as a team despite a long offseason. The team is perfectly led by Faker, who allows the younger players to shine.
Both bot laner Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong and jungler Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon have been on a terror so far this season and are showing how great their individual talents are. The mechanical level of these young T1 players will be hard for Liiv SANDBOX to match, which is why this best-of-three could turn into a one-sided affair.
T1 vs. Liiv SANDBOX rosters
- Top – Choi “Zeus” Woo-je
- Jungle – Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon
- Mid – Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
- Bot – Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong
- Support – Ryu “Keria” Min-seok
Liiv SANDBOX roster:
- Top – Kim “Dove” Jae-yeon
- Jungle – Kim “Croco” Dong-beom
- Mid – Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon
- Bot – Lee “Envvy” Myeong-joon
- Support – Kim “Kael” Jin-hong
T1 heavily favored to take down Liiv SANDBOX in LCK 2022
Looking at the players, results, and momentum this season, it’s no surprise that T1 will enter this best-of-three as a huge favorite. The difference between the teams is so great that the odds on T1 almost seem astronomically small. To gain any money from T1 winning, it’s necessary to look at a 2-0 result. Because of this, there will be a lot of pressure for T1 to perform and not even drop a game. Since it’s a best-of-three, the chance of Liiv SANDBOX taking a game is there even though a lot indicates that this series will be over in two games.
The LCK clash between T1 and Liiv SANDBOX takes place on Sunday, January 23.