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League of Legends Worlds 2022 semifinals preview: T1 versus JDG

Published: 10:43, 29 October 2022
Riot Games
Can JDG keep China's hopes alive?
Can JDG keep China's hopes alive?

After three weeks of competition, the pool of 24 teams at League of Legends Worlds 2022 has been shortened down to four. The first of the two semifinal matches kicking off will be JDG vs T1. 

T1 is entering this match with one significant advantage and that’s in the bottom lane. The once-praised best bot lane in the world during the spring split has returned to form after a mediocre summer split. Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong and Ryu “Keria” Min-seok are peaking at the right time and have been the rock T1 expected them to be in the bottom lane. 

Like T1, JDG also has a mismatch in their favor in this League of Legends Worlds 2022! While T1’s Mun “Oner” Hyeon-jun is a serviceable jungler, JDG’s Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok is regarded as one of the best junglers in the entire world.  

If Kanavi can play the series uncontested, JDG’s win condition of having an oppressive jungler being able to press leads would be activated. With Mid and top lane being a wash between the two teams, Kanavi is the x-factor that can push JDG to the finals.

Unlike the other two quarterfinals matches, JDG and T1 did not struggle at all when it came to dispatching their Top 8 opponents. JDG drew the League European Champions Rogue in the first quarterfinal match 3-0 swept with no game going past the 30-minute mark. 

As for T1, they had a tougher opponent in the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational champions Royal Never Give Up. But anyways, they swept them 3 - 0.

LoL Esports The first Worlds 2022 semifinal! The first Worlds 2022 semifinal!

Both teams have looked nearly unbeatable so far at Worlds 2022. In the group stage, JDG only dropped a lone game to DWG KIA before beating them in the tiebreaker game.

As for T1, they did not need a tiebreaker game to get out of Group A as the first seed but they also dropped a game against Fnatic as they finished the group stage 5-1.

 


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