Supporter Caitlyn, who first appeared in the league on the 26th, was just a preview for Joker Pick. Just two days later, the best Joker pick came out. One-deal champ, Kalista, who is strong against laning based on her quick mobility, came out as a support for the first time in the LCK.
Regarding the joker pick that surprised everyone, T1’s eldest brother Sang-hyeok ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok commented, “It was a pick prepared for sure,” and foreshadowed the participation of surprise champions, saying, “There are many picks that other players can show off.”
Lee Sang-hyeok led the 2-1 victory while playing as Kassadin in the 3rd set of the 1st round match against Spring Deplus Kia in the ‘2023 LOL Champions Korea (LCK)’ held at the LCK Arena in Jongno, Seoul on the afternoon of the 26th.
T1, who won the game on this day, which was called the preview league match, took the lead while winning 4 consecutive wins, pushing Dplus down to 2nd place.
After the match, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, who had an official interview with Riot Games with POG in the third set, calmly expressed his feelings about the victory, saying, “I’m not satisfied with my personal performance, but I’m glad I won.” 메이저놀이터
Since the 2020 season, the match between T1 and Dplus has been called a new rivalry and has drawn attention from fans. When asked about the preparation process for this game, which he faced with the lead position, he said, “No matter who the opponent is, I didn’t prepare a lot. Prepared as usual. Regardless of the opponent, I think our play is important.”
When asked about the background of Kalista’s first support in the LCK, who possesses control of the field of vision, quick mobility, and various useful skills, Lee Sang-hyeok said, “Our team’s players have a very wide range of champs. Kalista was, of course, a pick that was prepared. Other players also have a lot of picks (to show),” making them look forward to the appearance of another surprise pick.
Regarding the choice of ‘Keria’ Min-seok Ryu, who uses Joker Pick a lot, “Anyway, since Min-seok is a superstar, he has a lot of self-appeal. He thinks he talked to the manager and coaches well because his own Ph.R. is important. In the case of a pick, it can be said that it is everyone’s work because the players and the coach coordinate and decide.”
In the beginning of the 3rd set, Graves suffered damage from a surprise line gank, but T1 managed to recover through the intervention of ‘Owner’, and Kassadin of ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok Lee once again intervened in the line to get a triple kill. I grabbed the angle. Dplus, who suffered heavy damage at the beginning of the game, couldn’t overcome the aftermath of being pushed back in the bot and mid confrontation.
Regarding the triple kill situation in the third set, Lee Sang-hyeok said, “I decided that if we had a fight at this time, we could benefit a lot. The opponent came in aggressively, so I thought I could catch them all.”
Lee Sang-hyeok said, “I will prepare hard for the next game, Hanwha Life,” and “Thank you to the fans who cheered hard today. I will work harder so that I can produce good results like last spring.” The interview ended with thanks and determination.