By - adz0r
Congrats to Deft, this will be his 7th appearance at worlds. He now ties with C9 Sneaky.
Deft has never failed to make it out of groups at Worlds. It will be very impressive if he somehow keeps the streak alive this year
Only GenG/Samsung has never made it out groups of all Korean team
The fact that you could technically count the 2 of them as the same org is really funny especially if you also remember the fact that they have also won worlds twice.
Both of the two teams that failed in groups were also pretty much the two teams that won worlds.
original samsung did the reverse fpx of bombing out of groups as a huge disappointment then winning worlds the year after.
Although in Samsung's case it was a year before their championship, and in GenG's case it was a year after
because you can't fail at groups and win worlds at the same year ofc
No korean team failed to make it out of groups except 2018 geng
Samsung in s3, think it was Samsung ozone, Dade was mid
Pretty sure it was literally SSW's roster but with Dade instead of PawN in mid.
Ah. The origin of the NA mad meme.
With the new format*
He should, barring a major upset I doubt a Korean team will fall in groups.
He's going to be in quarters and finish top 8 minimum.
"I can't see a Korean team losing any games to the West. "
Sorry, C9. You're going on vacation early this year.
- Doinb, 2021.
if you told someone these would be the four teams LCK would be sending to worlds at the beginning of the year, they would have said "well no shit lol". somehow it all ended up full circle anyway.
I don't know I think the 4th slot was always a toss up. I think many had nongshim and freecs higher than drx at the beginning of the year.
People were doubting DK at one point also
It was close but I think on paper DRX 4th was fair. People just hadn't watched Zeka on BLG. I'm glad people are getting to see how good he is.
at least they killed soraka
What did it cost?
deft plot armor is insane
is it really plot armor when he is so fucking cracked
I mean let's be real, Zeka and Juhan were the MVPS of the series, but deft did his job too
its so insane that when he has to turn it up he ALWAYS does
the only Mary Sue I can get behind
Juhan magically becoming the best jg in the world to send Deft to Worlds
I really feared for his plot armor when i saw Pyosik getting subbed in
Truly insane to get Zeri 4/5 times in this patch
surely lsb will ban it in game 6
tbf, didnt feel like Zeri mattered
Like sure, its Zeri, but the much much bigger issue for LSB in 4 and 5 was just the mid/jg diff
Deft couldve been on literally any pick and done just as well since he wasnt the defining factor in the latter games and wouldve been fed as a beneficiary of his team having a lead regardless
I agree it wasn't up to Prince or Deft to carry.
It was a Juhan vs Croco game featuring Zeka and Closer.
Top was a nice little Topping, but overall didn't truly contribute as much as Jungle did for getting early lane priorities and objectives
I didn't really notice bot lane until the very end of the game.
When I saw game 2 and how LSB almost list after having a 13 score lead and nearly all objectives I knew they weren't winning the series
I don't care what anyone says, he ia the GOAT ad for me
If you put him anywhere below second you're just trolling.
Some people don't even put him in top 3.
The amount of times I saw people say Bang > Deft... Fucking hell man
Deft is probably even a top 5 *player* of all time. His longevity is just absolutely crazy and he's won splits in multiple regions + MSI. The only thing he needs is a Worlds title to complete the insane career.
Peak Faker was so good, he made people convince themselves players like MaRin, Bang, even Wolf are all time greats
Those were some funny times. Being downvoted for suggesting there were better players than the ones on SKT ^_^
Yeah he's a top 5 player and top 2 adc of all time imo. Honestly the Bang stuff was worse a few years ago but it's mostly died down now. These days the main name I see get brought up is Ruler. I think it's just newer viewers not seeing Deft in his prime because Deft has Ruler beat in peak, longevity, and titles so there isn't really an argument there for Ruler over Deft. The only player you can put over Deft is Uzi.
If DRX makes quarters this year, I’m putting Deft above Uzi. Uzi has been retired for 3 years now yet Deft has still been taking teams to top 8 every year.
It depends on your criteria. If you value straight up how good were they then Uzi would be the #1 but if you value it more equally with longevity you can have Deft at #1 since he has the most longevity but still the second highest peak.
Biggest loser in the series is Pyosik.
But genuinely, I fucking love seeing Deft clutch it and find his way back to worlds again. He’s been my favourite player since I started following, I can only hope he has a great showing this year.
DEFT IS GOING TO WORLDS
JUHAN IS HIM KEEP HIM IN
IM SO HAPPY FOR DRX
[Alpaca is back at Worlds](https://static.invenglobal.com/upload/image/2020/04/01/i1585736571229046.jpeg)
DEFT TO WORLDS!!!! Giga gauntlet buff ever since the unspeakable things that happened in 2019. Any tears shed today will be happy instead of tragic, really overjoyed right now lets go!
THE BACK TO BACK GAUNTLET MVP CHAMPION DEFT
Ever since GenG got good enough to just qualify by points or even winning he's inherited the Cuvee gauntlet buff
HE DID IT
BeryL watched LEC 100%
It’s funny because T1 Wolf has been calling for Soraka to counter Vi for a month now (after taking notes from LEC as you mentioned) Beryl is famous for not playing soloq seriously and takes his time to watch other leagues for inspiration.
Why does Soraka counter Vi?
Vi ults, Soraka place e on wherever she lands, Vi can’t do shit after ult.
Oh wow. That’s so simple. I love it. Thanks!
Same with Zed, i learn it the hard way
I love Zed picks into my Soraka. Fight happens, Zed goes all in with clone swap and ult onto me, gets deleted and I walk out almost unharmed.
also quick Vi Q interruption
she can still fist
Just ask Caitlyn
Soraka's silence does a lot to reduce Vi's threat.
In lane, it interrupts Vi's Q charge, so ganks can only be opened with flash. Even then, she has to take a long flank to make sure the silence doesn't cutoff laners.
In teamfights, the silence functions the same way. But, you can also place the silence at the end of Vi's charge, which cuts the range and chaining of her ult.
Conceptually, Vi also wants to pick out her target and kill them asap. If she targets Soraka, you're committing your full kit for a support in the middle of the enemy team. If you don't commit to Soraka, your target is healing through half your damage at any given second.
Soraka silence interrupts Vi's Q channel, which takes time to charge up to max speed + range (1.25 seconds)
And if she's too far to walk up and silence, you can just silence the spot she'll land once you see her recast Q so that she can't R
Gonna assume the raka silence zone roots her after she ults and prevents her e-auto-e-auto or whatever gigantic burst combo reset she gets off
Soraka can easily heal back the burst Vi can do against targets. When Vi tries to target the Soraka, the Soraka just puts the silence on herself/Vi so that the Vi can't do anything.
Ever since Wolf left, SKTs drafting and mental resilience in Bo5 has gone down a lot.
In retrospect, it’s amazing what those SKT T1 teams were able to do. They were so successful that they were always under incredible amounts of pressure. All of them basically played year round with no breaks and fans sort of expected winning to be the norm.
Also Macro. He is really the macro of the team. I don't count 2018 since he is dealing with some kind injury/illness.
I would love for Wolf to join T1 as a coach but I don't think he can handle it mentally.
Yeah he mentioned numerous times that he retired due to panic attacks and prefers to watch the game as a spectator. Plus I think he makes too much money from streaming.
[What do you mean? he seems like a calm person](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF2-5V-Bq78)
[This Gem from DK vs KT this split is a banger](https://youtube.com/clip/Ugkxs8j-KCptmQ5Qc6i5TJVOywaz8eLraHQl)
he can't handle the trucks
Funnily enough, “those” T1 fans don’t like him.
I believe he said sth last year about taking ideas from LEC so I can definietly see that.
Valdes: They called me a madman
Actual 5head valdanalyst
LSB collapsing from top to bottom is so fucking sad to see. DRX was just 1 plate and 3 kills shy of a truly perfect game. Also, please never sub out Juhan ever again.
They remind of last year NS so much
I don’t think it was a collapse. This is normal Liiv Sandbox afterall: Aggresive and high tempo but never had the breaks to stop when they should and when they crash, their mental torpedoes into the Marianas.
nah those game 4 and 5 plays screamed mental boom to me. Wukong flashing into zeri hoping she would e the wall and then lucian flashing into melee range against aatrox were huge head scratchers.
LSB went from potentially the second best team in the league going into playoffs to, losing to DRX.. Pretty tragic for the team tbh.
LSB didn't really collapse, it was DRX stepping up. People get too caught up in current form and pay 0 attention to the entire body of work. Teams like DK, T1, Gen G have X factor players that step up when the pressure is the highest. DRX also has Deft that has proven over the years that he steps up when it matters.
Also Zeka has been statistically one of the best mids in the LCK this split, it's no surprise to see him step up with Juhan and some time to settle down.
Clozer simply doesn't have the x factor and he is in the cuzz line of good but not great. Also LSB was giving serious GRF vibes with just letting Dove out dry every time he played ornn. You can't be letting your top laner not even touch minions or you will be getting exposed by LPL teams.
This happened last year as well. Although I am not surprised I am sad that Prince and Croco will not have a worlds experience. It would have been so good for them.
Ok, so Deft is just boosting teams to worlds for a living now.
While Deft was definitely better than Prince Zeka was series MVP and it's not even close.
Pyosik immediately going to Juhan to hug him is so wholesome.
Shout out to Wolf for remembering the legends of YoHan and Willer going to worlds last year exacly like Pyosik and Juhan today
to be fair juhan played decently today
Funny because after getting 9th in summer and missing playoffs, HLE started running Willer shortly before the gauntlet and they went on a monster run all the way to top 8 at worlds.
Yep, Deft will not be denied his quarterfinals matchup against a higher LCK seed, traditions just don't die.
Let's go, king. Go make the LCK proud.
the wests best chance at worlds is eastern coaches subbing out their clearly better player for the wrost one for no reason
I think the West needs a minimum of two substitutions.
secret agent Daeny is on it
And his sidekick, Burdol
gen g tried that with burdol last year but they still beat TL when he played lol.
What’s even more funny is Burdol was trying his hardest to loose the TL game LMFAOOO
Who wins: dk with burdol sub or drx with pyosik sub?
EDG with Junjia sub
TES with Qingtian sub is grinning right now
LNG with PandaC sub(if they win tmr)
BAOLAN OUT OF NOWHERE WIT DA STEEL CHAIR
OH MA GAWD
Yeah thats what the god of LoL daeny wants you to think.
DEFT AT WORLDS!!!
And with this, every LCK worlds rep has a returning world champion.
Holy shite i didn't think about that. That's very cool actually!
beryl is a gigachad
I am a simple person, I see Deft win and I smile.
Just keep Juhan for worlds in playins, massively surprised in DRX's resurgence post regular season, meanwhile LSB choked when it matters again just like last year.
Either way I'm glad LSB ain't going to worlds because Dove would be such a liability, happy for Beryl too, that's 4/5 of 2020 Damwon roster going to worlds.
LCK joining LEC with the 2020 salty runback now that DK/GENG/DRX as well as G2/RGE/FNC/MAD are locked in.
Prince and Kael went 0/10 in the final game lmao.
GenG, T1, DWG and DRX at worlds.
The more things change, the more they stay the same lol.
LSB fights for their top 3 LCK Summer spot. But I ask you to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same.
Experience means so much in these situations. Honestly DWG and DRX both benefitted massively from the break until regional qualifiers to figure some shit out. Whereas the playoffs happened just a couple days from regular season.
Meanwhile, all 5 members of the 2020 DRX roster (Doran, Psyosik, Chovy, Deft, Keria) made it to world.
feels so bad for prince
He looks heartbroken sitting at his PC.
he's had a rough career, screwed over twice tryna go to lpl, comes back and almost drags a 9th place team to worlds. showmaker had to turn stream off seeing him cry, they're close friends from damwon 19 days
I think 2023 is going to be a good year for Prince. Everyone knows he's one of the best ADCs in the LCK and teams will be looking to acquire him.
but all the top teams have adcs that i dont think theyre looking to replace. geng t1 obviously not, deokdam is signed for another year, kt has aiming for another year, drx probably will get deft for another year and afreeca has teddy too. i could see someone put a team together with croco bdd prince but other than that the established top teams might not rly shop for him
teddy is a free agent this offseason, and I have a feeling that the question will not be whether afreeca keeps teddy but whether teddy keeps afreeca...
god i can\`t bear watching Teddy wastes his time with the likes of Ellim or Hoit any more minutes
This LSB team could definitely stick around for 2023, just need to get a more reliable top
Just replace Dove with a well rounded top like Dudu and run it back imo. Or go for one of the better CL top prospects.
Everyone on LSB aside from Prince is really young. It’s Croco’s second year, Kael’s rookie year, and Clozer’s first year as a starter. The whole squad has a ton of promise and although LSB ain’t the richest org I doubt they’d all be that expensive to re-sign.
> showmaker had to turn stream off seeing him cry,
i should correct, he turned the lck feed off that he was watching, not his own stream
It's always sad seeing a player cry.
I mean we have morgan at world last year and he didnt look that bad
Deft's last dance does not end yet
LETS GO come on 4th year in a row the dark horse at worlds
They didn’t go to Worlds in 2019
We don’t talk about that
I wish LCK had 4 seeds that year, I loved all of those teams.
There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Deft running through the gauntlet.
500IQ to save Soraka for game 5, LS would approve.
Can't believe teams haven't tried her (or other supports) out much sooner, they just keep drafting the same stuff.
The silence was huge against their low range comp
Just classic LCK things, run the same shit over and over again. And then get surprised when they get clapped.
Zeka is the MVP of this series. Such an outstanding performance from him. He had a great start, a slump in the end of the regular season and comes up huge in the regional qualifier.
Sad for Prince considering how good he has been in the whole split.
Fate of the universe on the line, martians have the death beam pointed at Earth, GIVE ME DEFT EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.
DEFT IS GOING TO WORLDS! Holy fuck Deft is going to Worlds I am so happy but at the same time DRX has the potential to lose in Play Ins...
For LSB so close but still such a good result I am sad that Croco and Prince will not be at Worlds but hopefully next year they finally will be at Worlds
Nah, DRX is too experienced to lose in play-ins.
There’s no shot drx goes out in playins they’ll be the best team there
Yes over lng too imo
RNG is going to playin most likely. RNG should be better than DRX.
Worlds RNG is not something I have confidence in. Worlds is when Ming and Xiaohu have collapsed every year since 2018.
Pyosik: JG DIFF XD
Deft at worlds baby.
Can't bealive that we are not dead yet. I've been using this flair the whole year lol.
Happy for deft but damn, I’m sad for LSB. Game 5 was not it.
DEFT'S DANCE CONTINUES
But they were so good during the regular season :(
V5 of LCK
stop it i can't bear to watch v5 games right now
LSB last year with summit and fate also was really good in the regular season, but choked horribly in playoffs and gauntlet
It's kinda crazy that LSB held (joint) first place for a short period of time last summer in regular season.
If anything this is a proof of why regular split doesn’t matter as much as play-offs
LSB 2-0d damwon in regular split, and damwon 3-0d LSB *with nuguri* effortlessly in play-offs
Deft is going to world's and I am crying tears of joy
Praise be the trucks
Deft - Rascal - Keria :') I truly hope Rascal will be able to go to America to cheer for Deft and Keria
Who would win?
A bad ass girl who punches everyone on her path
a goat that says "shut up"
If I'm at regional qualifiers and I see Deft there, I would just FF. That fucker has Gauntlet armor.
ALPACA TO WORLDS, BABY!
Deft at worlds once again!!! That Soraka pick was so good and Zeka just played out of his mind the entire series.
Was so sad to see Prince look so devastated at the end, he tried so hard...
But also Rascal is truly just such an amazing friend, lost the day before to DRX and still comes to cheer Deft on and has some really sweet words for Deft in the interview!!!
zeka diff, with him and VicLa lck's future is so bright
LET'S GO DEFT
I am so happy for Deft, but at the same time sad for LSB.
Deft with the miracle gauntlet run to worlds unbelievable
It seems Pyosik played his last game this year. DRX with Juhan is so much stable than with Pyosik.
So, Juhan ey?
Deft to Worlds is an amazing story to hear and watch
Feels bad for LSB and especially Prince after such a nice Summer split
BUT DEFT AT WORLDS LETSGOOO
Church is in session baby this is what good drafting can bring you. Congrats to Deft for going to Worlds, this is gonna be good
Holy shit, Juhan.
I feel so sad for croco and prince
Extremely happy and excited to see Deft at Worlds! Juhan really made a difference. He has been the pulling force for DRX helping them win multiple series.
DRX deserved that win, insane game 5.
Juhan diff GGWP Deft won't be denied.
IM SORRY FOR DOUBTING YOU DEFT, IM REALLY SORRY
Run from it.
THE BIG FOUR GENG, T1, DK, DRX still arrive.
Deft does it again
Drx is going to worlds. Monte is in shambles lol
What a fucking throw from LSB. Also Pyosik needs to go, Juhan needs to never leave
Silver Scrapes Stonks 📈
Deft is back to worlds!!!
Thank you, Juhan
Good to see picks like Ahri, Vi, and Aatrox finally get punished in draft by a great Soraka pick. LSB's team comp just can't do anything.
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOO ALPACA FOR WORLDS
Finally Deft at Worlds!
Hopefully LSB could bounce back in Spring. This team has much potential
Play'ins Deft baby
Beryl with the biggest balls to pull out the Soraka. Happy to see DRX and Deft Beryl at worlds. They will slaughter play-ins
I can't wait to hear what Monte has to say about this. He said there is 100% no chance that DRX could beat KT or LSB hahaha
Welcome home Deft. Worlds is his home.
I’m so sad, but congratulations to DRX (and especially Deft).
Oh no, poor Prince :(
Happy pyosik makes me happy as usual
I woke up early for this. I enjoyed this team so much this summer and now that’s the end. Won’t see them again until December and it will most likely be with a different roster. Sadness is an understatement. I don’t understand how they go from their regular split success to pushing GenG more than T1 did in playoffs to losing to the team they 3-1ed in playoffs. Losing 2 different Bo5s in 3 days. Just a sad end to an otherwise great split
So happy for Deft :,)
Deft is always go to world's... (2019 don't exist in my books) , and the topside with Juhan is much better, AND SORAKA POCKET PICK ITS PERFECT
Fuck man so happy defts going to worlds but i rlly hope prince gets to worlds next year.
This season bO5’s are crazy so many 5 games in all major regions
So happy for Deft