T1 Players Test Positive For Covid-19 Days After Winning LCK Spring Split

T1 Players Test Positive For Covid-19 Days After Winning LCK Spring Split

Written by 

Jack Marsh


4th Apr 2022 17:27

Life is never all highs, is it? Just as T1 pulled off the impossible with a flawless LCK Spring Split run and take home the Playoff championship trophy, four members of the starting roster have tested positive for coronavirus, just a month before Korea hosts the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational.

T1 Complete Flawless Run In LCK Spring Split

Trophies are no strangers to Lee "Faker" Sang-Hyeok and his T1 teammates over the years, as the League of Legends GOAT candidate continues to reign supreme in the LCK. However, ten years after his debut and the T1 dynasty kicked into first gear, T1 pulled off the impossible by going undefeated in the entire LCK Spring Split.

Since demolishing Freecs in their opening fixture of the year, T1 has now gone twenty straight games without a loss, beating Worlds 2021 runners up DAMWON Kia, twice, and Gen.G in the Playoffs final to secure a never-before-seen flawless LCK split.

The final versus Gen.G was a typical display by the LCK giants, with MVP Moon "Oner" Hyeon-Joon putting on a cutthroat display to allow no oxygen for a comeback, whilst Lee "Gumayusi" Min-Hyeong also chipped in with a range of un-replied-to kills.

T1's victory also came as Faker's tenth LCK regional championship, the most titles won by an individual in Korean League of Legends history. 

However, the organisation's ventures in the LCK playoffs didn't come without a price.


Four T1 Players Test Positive For Covid-19 Following LCK Playoffs

Following their success at the LCK Spring Playoffs, Faker, Oner, Choi "Zeus" Woo-Je, and Ryu "Keria" Min-Seok have all contracted Covid-19, slightly jeopardising their chances of appearing at MSI 2022.

The organisation confirmed that the starting quartet has all tested positive for the virus, and will "be quarantined until April 9th following the government's quarantine guidelines." 

All four players, alongside Coach Kim "Moment" Ji-Hwan, will be quarantined at the T1 headquarters in Seoul until their quarantine is over and they can resume preparations for MSI 2022.

MSI doesn't kick off until May, allowing the team ample opportunity to recover, although the camp will have to test negative to be able to play in the event, meaning T1 will be keen to stop the spread of the virus within the backroom team.

MSI is set to go ahead in Busan, South Korea, despite the country recently seeing over 230,000 new cases of the virus in a single day, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. With other regional finals such as China's LPL Playoffs being postponed due to the virus, MSI is currently walking a coronavirus tight-rope.


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