The upcoming Worlds 2022 finals contains many interesting stories, among them we have DRX Deft – One Last Ride for this Korean super AD carry.
The real earthquake has happened, DragonX has officially entered the finals of Worlds 2022 after destroying the No. 1 seed of the LCK region in the civil war match in the semifinals. The 3-1 victory is really a worthy result for what the DRX team has shown, especially Deft when this may be the last Worlds of the talented super AD carry who has turned upside down. League of Legends arena for the past decade.
Along with that, DRX also set an unprecedented record that it may be a long time before a team can replicate that is the achievement of a team participating in the Play-In Round being able to participate in the match. finals of Worlds. So how did the magical journey of “alime boys” – Deft from “rescued ticket” to compete for the World Championship 2022? Let’s find out the journey of the male lead in the fairy tale at Worlds 2022 about the power of friendship.
DragonX had a rather slow start to the Summer Split of the LCK tournament when it finished the group stage with 6th place. This result was just enough to help DRX qualify for the Playoffs and it was not surprising that Liiv SANDBOX With Prince’s destructive form, he easily won against a DRX who was extremely out of rhythm when he had to constantly change between two junglers, Pyosik and Juhan.
Thanks to their stable performance in both seasons, DRX still has enough points to qualify for the regional qualifiers and compete for a 4th ticket to Worlds in the lower bracket. Deft and his teammates will have to win at least two consecutive Bo5 matches to have a chance to qualify for Worlds 2022. And once again, Deft’s regional qualifier buff is activated, the form of a super ADC returns. , Deft helped DRX get through the narrow opening in exactly the same way HLE got to Worlds 2021 with two breathtaking 3-2 wins over KT Rolster and the team that took them down before Liiv SANDBOX.
Coming to Worlds 2022, DRX is not expected too much when most fans consider this to be the weakest of the 8 teams from the two regions of the LPL and LCK. After the results of the draw, DRX is expected to appear in Group C and we Vietnamese fans have dreamed of a place in the top 8 when the opponents in the table are considered the lightest. could be for GAM, the 2022 VCS Summer Champion.
DRX started the journey at Worlds 2022 from the warm-up round in Group B with rivals RNG, MAD Lions, SGB and two other not-so-famous representatives from the Wildcard region. On the first day of competition, we watched a pair of extremely focused matches, a great Sino-Korean war opening for Worlds 2022. Both DRX and RNG gave viewers a relatively dramatic match. with fierce fighting situations. In the end, Deft and his teammates were the better team and got the win.
With a rough start, after an important victory over a direct competitor in Group B, DRX found its own meta and began to destroy the rest of the opponents in the table. SGB, IW, Isurus and MAD Lions were destroyed by the 4th seed from the LCK region, respectively. Zeka and Deft’s signature DRX wins, Zeka destroyed all mid lanes other than Sylas and Akali while Deft’s laning completely outperformed the ADCs in Group B, even GALA. Thereby excellently taking the first place in the group and the main road to attend the main event of Worlds 2022 in Group C later.
Deft and DRX continued their journey at Worlds in Group C with three teams: Rogue – the 1st seed of the LEC region, Top Esports – the 2nd seed of the LPL region and GAM Esports as the champion of the VCS region. . Since the time of the draw, everyone thinks this will be the most unpredictable group of Worlds 2022 when the teams have not too much difference in qualifications, although TES is highly appreciated, but no exception. the possibility that they will be a sacrificed team like how FPX swam home from Iceland at Worlds 2021.
And a surprise happened in the first leg when the reigning runner-up of the LPL Summer 2022 had to receive two consecutive defeats against RGE and DRX. While it’s not DRX, RGE is the team that tops the group with 3 wins, Deft and his teammates are temporarily in second place with two wins and of course GAM is the team that has no points in Group C. .
The bright spot of DRX still comes from the pair Deft and Beryl who are in extremely stable form and Zeka constantly shines with Sylas. Pyosik after the warm-up period in the warm-up round also warmed up with a performance of Graves carry without a scratch that destroyed TES, making fans somewhat assured of DRX’s performance in the second leg.
The second leg of Group C really had surprises when in the second match, TES lost to Levi’s 16-button combo Karthus and GAM Esports. The direct competitive team was suddenly defrauded, DRX won the next two matches against RGE and GAM with the trio of Aatrox, Ashe and Heimerdinger to complete the sacrifice ceremony for the 2nd seed of the LPL region despite TES has only played 4 out of 6 matches in the group stage. Deft and his teammates then went on to have a tie-break with RGE for the top spot in Group C and DRX didn’t miss the chance to finish the group stage with the top spot.
The lucky draw did not bring Beryl back with the top wing that won the championship at Worlds 2020 but sided with Deft when DRX will have to face EDG – the old team of this super AD carry. Compared to 3 quarterfinals 1, 2 and 3, quarterfinal 4 between DRX and EDG is considered to be much more balanced and the match was really tense. EDG had a win in the first two games when DRX couldn’t make good play with Zeka’s Orianna in game 1 and was overturned when the soldier saved EDG in game 2.
Just one game away from his plane ticket when he couldn’t use another hand attack in game 2, Deft began babbling to Beryl, Zeka, Kingen, and his longtime teammate Pyosik about the power of friendship. Deft convinced everyone that this could be his last competitive season and as long as we fight and trust each other, victory will come.
And indeed the DRX did. At the beginning, Deft’s Draven gave his teammate – Meiko only 1 ax and the remaining axes were given to the other members of EDG. The remaining two games besides Deft, the members of DRX showed great macro ability, Zeka solo killed Scout 4 times and turned EDG into the former king with an extremely emotional 3-2 victory. Deft shed tears as he had to wait 8 years to once again make it to the semifinals of Worlds. Their next opponent is Gen.G.
Gen.G is not only rated higher than DRX in all aspects of competition, but the number 1 seed of the LCK region also completely outperforms DRX in terms of confrontation history in 2022 with an overwhelming score of 8 -0. The opening game was extremely difficult for Deft and his teammates when they had to receive a defeat very similar to their previous defeats in the LCK. A destructive defeat in the laning phase, Kingen couldn’t be better than Doran with his combative qualities, the bottom lane was also an advantage for Ruler and the mid jungle couple Chovy Peanut showed extreme horror makeplay ability.
It seemed that the scenario of the semi-finals of the civil war would be one-sided like the previous defeats, but it did not. Deft and his teammates came back strong in the next 3 games with the excellence of all 5 members, not Zeka or any individual shining. Kingen opens fights and makes a good background with tanky champions like Gragas and Ornn solo kill Doran, Zeka ganking around the map is still better than Chovy soldiers with Ahri and Galio, Deft and Beryl are still stable and use skills like usually. And this Pyosik is really strange, the two Kindred out matches of Peanut’s Graves and the god Viego in game 3 sent Gen.G home.
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A win without any complaints about the performance, both Pyosik and Zeka are showing how skilled they are while Deft is still calmly handling in all situations and real DRX deserves to be in the final.
This will be Deft’s first Worlds final after a decade of playing professionally. This is really a memorable milestone for the most talented ADC that Korea has produced. Maybe League of Legends really owes Deft a World Championship trophy. However, will the fairy tale continue to be written when Deft will have to face the person who has always been considered the villain of his professional career – Faker in the upcoming finals? The answer will be available by the end of this week.