South Korea’s T1 has become the most decorated team in the history of the LOL Cup with its fourth title.
The LOL+ World Cup final between T1 and Weibo Gaming (WBG) took place at the Gocheok SkyDome in Seoul, South Korea, starting at 5 p.m. on April 19. T1 comfortably won the title, defeating WBG by a convincing 3:0 scoreline. It’s been seven years since 2016.
The online support was just as intense as the excitement at Seoul’s Gocheok Dome and Gwanghwamun, the venue for the event. The live stream of the final, broadcast by the YouTube channel LCK (League of Legends Champions Korea), had more than 1 million concurrent users at the start of the match. During the second and third sets, the number of concurrent users exceeded 1.4 million.
The opening ceremony kicked off with a bang, as Newzine took the stage to perform this year’s Rold Cup theme song, “Gods. The world went wild for Newzine’s performance, which looked like something out of a game.
After conceding an early kill at the start of the first set of the main game, T1 recovered with a counterattack from mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk and jungler Moon “Owner” Hyun-jun. This, coupled with a strong performance from top laner Choi “Zeus” Woo-je, allowed them to take the first set.
The second set was a continuation of the first, with ‘Zeus’ Woo-jae dominating WBG to widen the gold gap, and continuing the momentum, ‘Owner’ Moon Hyun-joon and ‘Kumayushi’ Lee Min-hyung joined forces to close out the set.
The third set was a close one. They clinched the victory in 25 minutes, less than 30 minutes. With champion picks like Moon “Owner” Hyun-joon, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, Akali, and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok, WBG was unable to stop them at all and were left without their ultimate. Showing great teamwork in every engagement, T1 completely dismantled WBG and took the final three sets to seal the win.
WBG, who were highlighted by Kang “The Shay” Seung-rok’s performance in the previous quarterfinal match, were ultimately defeated in the finals after failing to mount a single decent fightback.
‘Zeus’ Choi Ji-jeong was named the MVP of the Finals. He outplayed his opponent’s top laner in every set. Even when he engaged his opponent, his sharp attacks and precise movement made him a threat.
“At this time last year, I was thinking that my opponent had won this award, but I just kept working hard, thinking that my chance would come,” said Choi “Zeus.” “Thanks to the support of the fans, I was able to stay motivated and have fun practicing. I will try to remain the best in the world today and become the best again from tomorrow.”
In addition, captain Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk won his fourth career title with T1. With this victory, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk and T1 have won the most titles in their history. This is the fourth time since 2013, 2015, and 2016.
“Above all, I’m grateful that I was able to play in front of so many people,” said Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyuk. “I will use today’s experience to improve, learn and grow. Thank you for your support so far. I will continue to work hard for the fans. Also, my teammates worked so hard and I’m so grateful,” he said, breaking down in tears.