The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) regular season has concluded for the Summer Split, and Gen.G’s players are headlining the 2022 Summer LCK Awards.
The team are top of the rankings at the end of the regular season after facing their demons and finally defeating T1 in the last game of the regular season.
The League revealed the award winners on Tuesday (16 August), with two players sharing the Player of the Split award: Park "Ruler" Jae-hyuk, Gen.G’s bot laner, and Lee "Prince" Chae-hwan, bot laner for Liiv SANDBOX.
Gen.G sweep most Summer All-LCK team wards
Four members of Gen.G have made it into the All-LCK 1st Team: jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, bot laner Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, and support player Son “Lehends” Si-woo.
Choi “Zeus” Woo-je, T1’s top laner, is the only player outside of Gen. G to make it into the All-LCK First Team.
Most of T1’s members were inducted into the All-LCK 2nd Team, namely: jungler Mun “Oner” Hyeon-jun, mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, and support player Ryu “Keria” Min-seok.
Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon, top laner of Gen.G, and Prince, bot laner of Liiv SANDBOX, also made the All-LCK 2nd Team for the Summer split.
Inducted into the All-LCK 3rd Team for the Summer are: top laner Kim “Rascal” Kwang-hee and bot laner Kim “Aiming” Ha-rang of KT Rolster as well as jungler Kim”Croco” Dong-beom, mid laner Lee “Clozer” Ju-hyeon, and support player Kim “Kael” Jin-hong of Liiv SANDBOX.
The LCK’s Rookie of the year award was also given to KT Rolster's Lee “VicLa” Dae-kwang. Meanwhile, the Coach of the Year honours was given to Gen.G Coach Go “Score” Dong-bin.
Gen.G were known as the team in the LCK that almost always takes second place, but never a regional title.
While their gap against T1 isn’t too big, their team are in great form and have the potential to win the team’s first-ever regional title in the LCK Summer Playoffs.
T1, on the other hand, are already the most decorated team in LoL history, having won three World Championships — two of which were in back-to-back years — owing largely to the greatness of Faker. The team also have two Mid-Season Invitational championships and several LCK titles under their belt.
The South Korean phoenix made history in Spring of this year after executing a perfect LCK Split.
The team, however, failed to secure the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational title after losing against three-time back-to-back MSI champions Royal Never Give Up of the Chinese League of Legends Pro League (LPL).
This seems to have shaken T1’s resolve and the faith of their fans in their home country, who turned against the players to the point where the organisation filed a lawsuit against T1 haters, specifically those who constantly harass Faker (and go overboard in the process).
T1 ended the Summer Regular Season in second place but still have a chance to win the Summer Split title in the Playoffs.
Gen.G., T1, along with four other teams, namely Liiv Sandbox, DWG KIA, KT Rolster, and DRX, will be battling it out for a secured slot at the 2022 League of Legends World Championship and the regional title.
The first match of the LCK Playoffs kicks off with a match between Liiv SANDBOX vs DRX on Wednesday (17 August).
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