T1 Gets Knocked Out of ESL One Fall 2021 by PSG.LGD
T1 is out of the ESL One Fall 2021: Bootcamp Edition after the Southeast Asian (SEA) squad was defeated by PSG.LGD in the lower bracket playoffs. Both teams displayed resolute gameplay throughout the three-game series, but PSG.LGD's drafting was a bit better than their rivals, giving them an advantage on the map. The Chinese squad drafted around its carry, Wang "Ame" Chunyu, who performed exceptionally well in all three encounters, enabling PSG.LGD to win 2-1. After winning the previous ESL event, T1 exits the ESL One Fall 2021 in fourth place, taking home $25,000 USD.
T1 vs PSG.LGD: Match recap and highlights
In game one, both teams were continuously fighting against each other. A safelane Slark with a support Io helped PSG.LGD take constant fights, while 23savage also chose to fight more rather than farm with his Sven. The teams managed to find equal kills in teamfights, but PSG.LGD was successful in wrapping the game up in 42 minutes, thanks to Ame's artful teamfighting execution.
In game two, T1 built up a strong lead with constant pickoffs. Karl's first item on his mid Viper was Boots of Travel, which enabled him to be extremely mobile. PSG.LGD was unable to give a direct fight to the enemies, so they relied on Ame's Arc Warden to split push the map. T1 didn’t let the game drag out as they won in 37 minutes.
In game three, T1 again decided to pick 23savage's Medusa as the hero in the opening phase. It was PSG.LGD's perfect response this time, picking an Anti Mage for Ame, who had a fairly free Anti Mage game in the later phases. While the SEA squad did incredibly well by taking some of the enemy barracks, they were unable to finish the game due to the enemy's split pushing. As a result, the game dragged on and PSG.LGD won in 47 minutes.
Here are some highlights of the series.
PSG.LGD has not had its rising star, Cheng "NothingToSay" Jin Xiang, with them in the event, but their coach, Zhang "xiao8" Ning, has done a fantastic job filling in. Despite not having the same gameplay execution as NothingToSay in the mid lane, he still provides his teams with solid drafts in which Ame is the focal point and the other four players play around him.
While T1 looked sloppy at first in the ESL One Fall 2021 event, they popped in the playoffs. The team showed some impressive gameplay against Alliance and beastcoast but ended up losing to the Chinese giants of PSG.LGD.
ESL One Fall 2021 will now have PSG.LGD face off against Virtus.pro in the lower bracket final. On 29th Aug 2021, this series will be held, followed by the winner facing Tundra Esports in the grand final.