Gen.G recovers with sweep against DRX after two consecutive losses against DWG KIA and T1
GEN(7-1) vs T1(4-4) (7/9/21)
Following their loss to DWG KIA on July 4th, Gen.G again fell 0-2 to T1 on day 23 of the LCK Summer split. Despite repeated draft picks on both teams, T1’s oppressive focus toward the top side of the map proved too much early on for Gen.G’s Kwanghee “Rascal” Kim.
T1’s draft in Game 1 opted for Chang-dong “Canna” Kim’s Jayce to succeed. Sang-hyeok “Faker” Lee’s proactive teleports on his champion Twisted Fate gave T1 the edge to come out on top in the minute-long dance around the third dragon fight. Gen.G attempted to stem the bleeding, but the spotlight off T1’s Ziggs meant the Yordle had breathing room to wreak havoc with his satchels on Gen.G’s base. T1 won with 14 kills to Gen.G’s 6.
Game 2 resembled an accelerated version of the first. T1 continued its aggressive playstyle with Nidalee and Renekton picks in the jungle and mid. This combination yielded a historical 0% win-rate over seven games this split, but Gen.G still needed to bide their time against the lethal cougar and crocodile, and capitalize on mid game opportunities.
Instead, just 9 minutes into the start, both teams opted to send all their players topside to contest the Rift Herald. Gen.G secured the objective, but at the cost of Faker’s Renekton slicing and dicing through their frontline. The remaining survivors mobilized around their top turret, but T1 carefully picked them off in a five-man dive. The added pressure of Min-hyeong “Gumayusi” Lee’s repeat Ziggs cemented a sensation of deja vu, and T1 won 18-2 in the kill-count.
Despite the end results, Gen.G remains first place at 7-2 in the current LCK Summer split standings, with DWG KIA trailing at 7-3.
GEN(7-2) vs DRX(1-8) (7/13/21)
On day 25, Gen.G delivered a decisive 2-0 against DragonX as the opening match. Although the results were much-expected for the players clad in gold and black, their victory was equally cause for celebration, given Gen.G’s prior two losses that ended a then-perfect split run.
In Game 1, DRX’s freshly signed midlaner, Ho-young “Jett” Bae, coordinated with his jungler to snatch a few early kills. But tragedy struck them as Seong-hoon “Kingen” Hwang’s Gnar missed a few windows for his crucial Mega Form to contribute. Gen.G began to pull away as Jae-hyuk “Ruler” Park’s perfectly timed Cleanses enabled Aphelios’ Infernum weapon to blaze through DRX like wildfire.
Again, Game 2 seemed to roll over the momentum from the first. DRX opted for a Ziggs strategy reminiscent of the match with T1. But a few failed Rift Herald sieges meant the small bomberman would only be confined to minion-clearing. Ruler’s Varus performed some flashy outplays with his Piercing Arrows, and Bo-seong “Bdd” Gwak’s Azir brilliantly set up a four-man Emperor’s Divide for a convincing sweep against DRX. Gen.G ended 26 to 10.
With this win, Gen.G distances itself at first-place 8-2, and Nongshim Redforce is now tied with DWG KIA for second.