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League of Legends Worlds 2022: DRX make history after reaching semifinals

Published: 11:14, 24 October 2022
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DRX beats EDG in a five-game masterpiece!
DRX beats EDG in a five-game masterpiece!

After their victory against Edward Gaming in the quarterfinals of the League of Legends Worlds 2022 championship, DRX became the first fourth seed to reach the semifinals!

The South Korean team is the first-ever fourth seed to go to the League of Legends  World Championship semifinals. Fourth seeds have previously only gone to the quarterfinals, including Royal Never Give Up this year and Hanwha Life Esports in 2021. We can only thank Riot Games  for introducing the fourth seed system!

DRX beat EDG in a five-game thriller! Everything comes down to the last game. EDG thought that the Sejuani pick was the most important, so they chose her for their jungle, while Deft chose Ezreal, hoping to forget about the unsuccessful backdoor attempt. This game had the closest gold differential of any game – the two teams were even through 15 minutes.

Zeka's performance on Sylas improved even more after he solo killed Scout's Akali four times. While Aphelios was shutting down Sylas, EDG retaliated. But, after Hong "Pyosik" Chang-Hyeon took the Ocean dragon's soul, DRX wiped out EDG and won the game. DRX advanced to the semifinals, where they will meet Gen G.

Fourth seeds were first introduced to Worlds in 2020, where they were claimed by the LPL’s LGD Gaming and the LEC’s MAD Lions. Both teams, though, failed to make it to the knockout stage of the event.

This year, RNG was close to achieving the feat, but they were swept by Faker and his crew in the quarterfinals.

Riot Games DRX advance to LoL Worlds 2022 semifinals! DRX advanced to LoL Worlds 2022 semifinals!

That being said the team is still comprised of several rookies so the quality of their best-of-five performances is still up in the air. However, if everything aligns this team could be the one to get Deft that Worlds title he has hunted for his whole career.

The victory on Sunday was especially meaningful for DRX's Kim "Deft" Hyuk-kyu, who was making his second Worlds semifinals appearance since Worlds 2014. After completing a reverse sweep, the player burst into tears, having attained a personal milestone.


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