T1 wins 9th LCK championship, beats Gen.G in LCK 2020 Spring finals

By Melany Moncada

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Apr 25, 2020

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T1 won the 2020 LCK Spring Split championship.

T1 destroyed Gen.G in the finals to take home its ninth LCK title. With this victory, T1 extends its record for team with the most LCK titles and takes home the top prize in the region for the third split in a row, having won both the spring and summer splits in 2019. 

Faker and T1 stomp Gen.G in the finals

Analysts favored T1 ahead of the finals because of the consistency shown by the team throughout the split. T1 defeated Gen.G twice in the regular season and they made it  clear that it was personal. Mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has been vocal about his desire to defeat jungler Kim “Clid” Tae-min, who left SK Telecom T1 following the 2019 World Championship. So far, Faker has gotten the better of Clid in head-to-head matches.

Gen.G targeted the jungle champion pool, forcing Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan into alternative picks like Graves in game one. Cuzz was more than happy to take this champion and outplay Clid at every turn. Gen.G kept targeting Cuzz, but eventually had to adapt to compensate for Park “Teddy” Jin-seong’s Varus.

Throughout the series, Gen.G drafted itself into a corner. The team opted for compositions that couldn’t get any kind of edge over T1’s draft. Gen.G’s biggest mistake was trying to beat T1 at their own game, rather than forcing them out of their comfort zone. This plan failed three consecutive times.

T1 did nothing out of the ordinary. Cuzz played around the neutral objectives and didn’t force any team fights. If there was something to fight for, T1 engaged. If there wasn’t, the team farmed and waited.

Gen.G’s approach to the series was questionable, as they failed to read the opponent or counter any of T1’s moves.

The star of the series was Cuzz who walked away with MVP title for the series. In the top side, Kim “Canna” Chang-dong joined the list of royal roaders, the group of players who have won an LCK title in their rookie season as a starter. Cuzz is part of this list after winning with Longzhu Gaming in 2017.

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