T1 open up sixth week of 2021 LCK Spring Split by sweeping Nongshim RedForce

The team used a roster without Faker in their victory today.

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T1 convincingly beat Nongshim RedForce 2-0 today during the sixth week of the 2021 LCK Spring Split.

Going into this League of Legends match, no one knew which roster T1 would use due to their constant lineup changes throughout the split. After a sweep last week against Liiv SANDBOX, T1 used the same roster with rookie Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon in the jungle.

The MVP votes for this match went to Oner and Clozer. The rookie jungler used Lillia to take over the first game with his aggressive playstyle, which T1 lacked over the past couple of series. Clozer used Lucian to dominate the laning phase and demolish NS in teamfights of the second game. While he had some misplays throughout the game, his superb mechanics and positioning helped him achieve a 6/1/6 KDA.

The first game of this series was the Oner show. The 18-year-old rookie used Lillia to snowball the game for his team, securing early kills with his aggressive playstyle and then transitioning into a huge mid-game threat.

He was the catalyst of T1’s success in this game, allowing them to secure most dragons and win the crucial teamfights in the late game. After a Baron teamfight that T1 won, they finished the first game of the series on a high note.

The second game looked much more one-sided with T1 having a 4,000 gold lead by 15 minutes. They seemed to be much more confident in their plays and were on a clear path to victory. After an aggressive play by NS in the bottom lane, T1 turned on them and grew their lead by 3,000 gold in the span of 30 seconds and took over the game, finishing the series in dominant fashion.

Following this victory, T1 (6-5) remain in fifth place in the 2021 LCK Spring Split. Considered one of the strongest teams in the offseason, T1 have failed to live up to those expectations so far. Multiple T1 players have expressed their opinions that there’s a lot of added pressure due to having constant roster changes. But today’s win should boost up their morale heading into their match against DWK KIA on Saturday, Feb. 27. Tune in at 5am CT to see which roster T1 will use to challenge the current best team in the LCK.

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