T1 defeat SANDBOX, end 3-game losing streak in 2021 LCK Spring Split

The team used Cuzz and Teddy as starters today.

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T1 took down Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 today in the 2021 LCK Spring Split. This was a crucial win for T1 because it stopped their three-game losing streak.

Following their previous losses, T1 brought Cuzz and Teddy into the starting lineup for the first time this split today. And both players earned the MVP votes after their spectacular performances. Teddy was crucial in the first game on Xayah, finishing with an 8/4/12 KDA and 87-percent kill participation. Cuzz secured the second MVP vote after his Udyr performance, showcasing how strong the pick is in the current meta. He used the champion to roam effectively early on and snowball his lanes.

This League of Legends series saw former bottom lane partners Teddy and Effort face off for the first time on opposite sides of the Rift. The first game was close throughout the entire match with both teams trading blow for blow and objective for objective. Teddy’s positioning in teamfights was the decisive factor, though. He stayed behind his team and dealt a good amount of damage to the opposing team. While FATE from LSB tried to take him down a couple of times on Viktor, he was unable to do so and eventually fell alongside his team in a 42-minute match.

After Teddy’s superb performance in the first game, Xayah was banned in the first round of LSB’s second draft to force him onto another pick. Teddy quickly found himself picking Kalista, a champion that he’s had strong performances with in the past as well. Meanwhile, T1 took away the Udyr pick and Cuzz used it to control the flow of the game, securing all neutral objectives aside from one Herald. His role in teamfights was crucial, landing stuns on the entire opposing team and giving his squad enough time to do damage.

While LSB put up a good fight and were close to turning things around after a devastating four-man Gnar combo, T1’s Keria landed a beautiful Neeko combo to stop LSB from wiping his team. Following this teamfight win, T1 secured the Elder Dragon and finished the series 2-0.

This win might be exactly what T1 needed to get back on track. While they have a long way to go before they’re able to contest the top teams in the LCK, T1 are taking the necessary small steps to improve.

Following this win, T1 (2-3) are in seventh place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split. Their next matchup is against Afreeca Freecs on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2am CT.

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