MSI 2022 Semis Recap: T1 Stomps G2 In a Swift 3-0 Series & Moves On To Meet RNG
Revenge is a dish that is best served cold, they say and T1 did just that in the semifinals of the Mid Season Invitational 2022 (MSI 2022). The second semifinal of the MSI 2022 was between Korean juggernauts T1 and European kingslayers G2 Esports. It was payback from T1 to G2 Esports for all the times it had upset the Korean squad at Worlds. G2 Esports seemingly crumbled under the brute force game style of T1 and the best-of-five series, which everyone hoped would be neck and neck, was one-sided and swift.
Now, after this dominant showing on the Summoner’s Rift, T1 will take on Royal Never Give Up (RNG) from China in the MSI 2022 Finals tomorrow on 29th May. It is a battle of the eastern teams yet again as both the western teams have already been sent packing after coming close to the finish line but not making it all the way.
T1 which had previously dropped games to G2 proved that it was the stronger team when it came to best-of-threes and best-of-fives. Rasmus "caPs" Borregaard Winther who was the playmaker primarily responsible for G2’s victories at MSI 2022 was silenced completely in this series. First blood king Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski was also missing for most parts of the matches.
Faker plays Tristana mid-lane
The drafting from T1 looked very interesting with the team opting to go for an attack-damage carry champion in the middle lane for Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok. It locked in an ability power champion in Gwen for Choi "Zeus" Woo-je while Moon "Oner" Hyeon-joon played his comfort pick Viego. In the bottom lane, Lee "Gumayusi" Min-hyeong and Ryu "Keria" Min-seok played Xayah and Renata against Victor "Flakked" Lirola Tortosa and Raphaël "Targamas" Crabbé.
G2 surprisingly opted for Galio in the mid-lane which caPs piloted and paired with Jarvan IV for Jankos. It rounded its team comp by locking in Gangplank for Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik and Aphelios and Pyke.
A total of five kills fell across the map in under 4-minutes and it became evident that the match was going to be messy. G2 Esports was winning team fights with its comp but Faker’s Tristana was snowballing very hard.
G2’s objective control was also very poor since T1 picked up four towers and a dragon and the European squad was struggling to pick them up. After a scrappy fight on the bottom side of the map, T1 broke open G2’s base and secured an inhibitor. The first match was over in 24 minutes as T1 extended its gold lead by also securing Baron Nashor and another dragon.
Yone gets locked in
One of the wind-brothers, Yone, was locked in by T1 and Faker also got his hands on his infamous LeBlanc in the second match of the series. caPs died first, courtesy of a four-man rotation, and soon after, Oner made use of T1’s vision domination and killed Flakked out of the blue. G2 Esports tried to answer T1 by making a play on the top lane but it did not work out accordingly as Zeus averted disaster. At 16-minutes, the European roster had matched its opponents in terms of kills on the board by picking up isolated members of T1 across the rift. After Gumayusi went ballistic and killed multiple members of G2, T1 comfortably took down Baron Nashor, without coin-flipping it. Following this, T1 closed out the game by taking down four members of G2 and eventually its Nexus.
A quick, dominant series by T1
In the third match of the series, G2 picked up the first blood by killing Gumayusi because of a play that was mistimed by the Korean squad. However, T1 was quick to punish a greedy Flakked who had stayed back in the lane without resetting.
At 15 minutes, T1 was ahead by almost 10K gold and the team’s kills had entered double digits. T1 was getting kills at its will and it was complete domination by Oner’s Lee Sin yet again. With four towers, a dragon, and Rift Herald in its pocket, it looked pretty convincing that T1 would whitewash G2 in a 3-0 series in its home soil.
It was sad to see Flakked using the Miss Fortune ultimate to kill Shelly and create some breathing space. With every passing minute in-game, it was evident that G2’s plans were falling through. After killing most members of G2 Esports, T1 marched down G2’s base and took down the nexus in under 21 minutes.
The final series of MSI 2022 is going to be electrifying and really bloody with two very strong eastern teams playing to claim their rightful trophy. It was very clear, from the start, that T1 and RNG would be the two teams to beat at this tournament. In the middle, G2 Esports popped off and heightened audiences’ expectations but sadly, its run came to an end at the semifinal.