T1 lost to DePlus Kia 0-2 in the second round of the League of Legends Champions Korea Summer 2023 at the LCK Arena Gran Seoul in Jongno-gu, Seoul on Saturday. T1 fell short in both the first and second sets. Following the first set, in which they were able to turn around a favorable match at the end, they showed an incredible defensive performance in the second set, even though they were at a disadvantage. In a post-match interview, acting head coach Im “Tom” Jae-hyun talked about the game and his plans for the next match.
▶T1 Acting Head Coach Im “Tom” Jae-hyun
“We lost both the first and second sets, but especially in the second set, I was very happy that the players didn’t give up until the end, even in a tough situation where the snowball rolled early on. In the case of the first set loss, we weren’t very conscious of the Barons at the time when our opponent was strong. I think that played a big role in our defeat. In the second game, I think my opponent’s jungler and support did a good job with the design.
As for Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, he’s not playing solo ranked this week and is focusing on healing. Next week, I’ll be practicing on my own and checking the condition of my arm, and then the team will announce when I’m ready to play. I haven’t started the solo rankings yet, so I’ll do a little bit next week and then decide based on the results.
In terms of participation, I think the first thing is for the player to play the game and see if he feels okay, so I don’t think I can say anything about participation right now. His condition may worsen as he practices, so I think it’s best to wait and see.
I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on Yoon “Pobi” Sung-won because he’s a rookie. I want him to be confident when he walks the way he does now. I want her to play with confidence. If the last play of the first set was a mistake, it’s a mistake, but we need to check what we did well before that. We didn’t really talk about what was cut. In the locker room, the players shrugged it off and said we’ll do better in the next match, which gave us a lot of confidence.
Even though we lost 0-2 today, I think it’s a process and we’re getting better. We’re not going to get down on ourselves because we lost today, we’re going to prepare well for the rest of the games and try to make it to the playoffs.” 메이저놀이터순위