T1 overpower APK in Ellim's debut

Faker outplayed APK on his signature Neeko pick.

T1 looked dominant today, even though League of Legends fans haven’t seen them in action for over three weeks due to the LCK’s hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. T1 went deathless in the first game, but the second match was filled with blood and chaos after a pause that lasted more than an hour.

They outclassed APK in both games, which was expected considering T1 are battling for first in the LCK standings while APK are at the bottom of the barrel.

Rookie jungler Choi “Ellim” El-lim made his LCK debut today in place of Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan, who had played in all of T1’s previous games this season. Ellim has been a substitute jungler for T1 since December 2018 and he received the Player of the Game award for the first match against APK after a perfect game on Jarvan IV.

The first game started with APK’s top side players overextending in the top and middle lane. T1 read them like a book and were ready to counter gank every time. This allowed T1 to snowball their early lead and keep extending their advantage to take an early 23-minute win without dying a single time.

The second game started with some déjà vu. APK tried to kill T1’s top laner but Ellim was there to back him up and got two kills again just like in the first game. APK’s plan to focus on the top side seemed to be their core tactic and T1 were prepared for it.

The match was then paused for around one hour after several technical issues in the mid game. But Chronobreak came to save the day, which allowed the teams to continue without having to remake the game.

APK tried their best to maintain the early gold lead and even brought the game to Dragon Soul point. T1 didn’t contest it but instead engaged on the zoned-out players. APK picked up the Ocean Dragon Soul but four players died in the process, which led to a clean win for T1.

APK should be proud of themselves, though. They put up a good fight in the second game against a team that’s fighting to be at the top of the standings. The online environment seems to be having a positive impact on APK.

With this win, T1 cemented their position in second place behind Gen.G. The rookie Ellim played well, but going forward, he’ll most likely be subbed in only for weaker matches to give him some playing time and prepare for international events.

You can tune in tomorrow to see T1 battle against the third-place team, DRX, on the official Riot LCK broadcast at 7am CT.

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Brax Joins T1 as Valorant Player and Content Creator

Korean-based T1 has signed Braxton “Brax” Pierce as a future Valorant pro player and content creator. He was formerly known as Swag during his Counter-Strike days and was once it’s biggest rising star.

Valorant is still months away from release, but expectations are high that it will be the next big esports shooter. T1 is planning ahead and the signing of Brax shows how serious they are. Apart from their famous League of Legends team, T1 currently have rosters in PUBG, Apex, Hearthstone, Fortnite, Overwatch, Dota 2, and Super Smash Bros. Brax will be their first Valorant player in their first foray into the tactical FPS world.

Brax retired from competitive CS:GO on February 28 saying, “I am no longer with Swole Patrol. I have decided to take a step back from competitive CS and although I may still stream CS in the future, my main goal is to await the release of Project A and put my ambitions of being the best in the world to fruition.” He also posted this on Twitter, “I’m excited to announce I will be joining T1 as their first Tactical FPS player ever. I’m eager to carry my knowledge and understanding of CS over to Valorant as we both look to build the best team in the world. I couldn’t be more confident that we will accomplish great things.”

With ambitions to be the best in the world, it makes sense for him to move from CS:GO to Valorant. In 2015 he was banned from all Valve events due to match-fixing when he was part of the iBUYPOWER team. Since then he has taken part in smaller events and has had a successful streaming career.

This will be the first time that Brax will play for an esports organization outside of North America. He’s previously played for Lazarus, iBUYPOWER, and Cloud9. It seems like a good move since T1 is one of the biggest brands in Korea and clearly has the ambition to expand into new territory with the latest games.

Valorant is an upcoming tactical shooter from Riot Games. It will be free-to-play and feature teams of five in an attacker vs defender scenario. While the game is set in the future, all the characters will come from real-world locations and cultures. The play will be focused on shooting, but characters will also have unique abilities to spice things up. It’s been described as a cross between Counter-Strike and Overwatch.

This move by Brax and T1 is a bit of a gamble considering that Valorant isn’t even out yet. There have been countless games that couldn’t live up to the hype and ended up fading away. However, Riot Games have a great reputation and seem to have done their homework for their new release. Brax was only 18 when he was banned by Valve and hopefully, Valorant will be a way to redeem himself.

Sources: Twitter, Dotesports

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T1 add a three-time Worlds winning coach and well-known Dota 2 players to their roster

Back in late January, the first signs of the T1 roster being confirmed were seen but it was only earlier today that the complete roster along with coaches and support staff was announced – with some rather big names joining in.

T1 effectively registered their team officially at the end
of January 2020, just prior to the ESL One Los Angeles qualifiers kicking off. However,
just a short time ago the team made another announcement, which confirmed their
unchanged roster as well as the support staff who would be joining the squad. The
team, as mentioned above, is unchanged from their recent qualifier attempts but
a host of new and famous names have been confirmed such as Pyo ‘MP’ No-a and
Nicholas ‘xFreedom’ Kelvin Ileto Lim.

MP, also known as MentalProtector, has had a long career in Dota 2, playing alongside the likes of MVP HOT6ix, MVP Phoenix, Immortals, Fnatic and Team Secret. While having been inactive for some time, MP joins T1 as one of two coaches, with the other being another well-known player, xFreedom. Having played alongside the likes of Jonathan ‘Loda’ Berg, Benedict Lim ‘Hyhy’ Hang Yong and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang at Team Zenith back at The International 2012, the player has since moved on to coaching roles in the SEA region.

The team also announced that Choi ‘cCarter’ Byoung-hoon would be joining as the Head Coach, while Hyujin ‘Xyun’ Choi would be joining the team as a Tactical Analyst. For those who may not know, cCarter has been a part of the SK Telecom T1, one of the most prolific teams in League of Legends Worlds for many years. Having won the Worlds title with SKT in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and with a second place finish in 2017, cCarter is extremely well-versed in taking teams into the championship position.

The next time we will see this T1 roster in action will be in mid-March when they will participate at the ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Jakarta Qualifier, where they will be fighting against the likes of Team Oracle, Tyrants Uprising and Boom Esports in hopes of reaching the April 2020 event.

  • Dominik ‘Black^’ Reitmeier
  • Muhammed ‘inYourdreaM’ Rizky
  • Lee ‘Forev’ Sang-don
  • Tri ‘Jhocam’ Kuncoro
  • Yixuan ‘Xuan’ Guo

It will be interesting to see what the likes of cCarter, MP and xFreedom can do to assist this T1 roster and if they will be able to finally break into the Dota 2 Pro Circuit in the SEA region.

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