The Korean National Team of League of Legends (LoL), looking to win its first gold medal since the sport was added to the program for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, defeated Vietnam in an exhibition match behind a strong performance from jungler Jin-hyeok “Kanavi” Seo.
The Korean national team swept Vietnam 2-0 in straight sets at the Hangzhou Asian Games LoL Team Trials at the ibex studio in Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do, today (Nov. 11) afternoon.
With Jung-hoon “Chobi” Jeong in the mid lane instead of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyuk, one of LoL’s biggest stars, the Korean team dominated Vietnam from the start of the first set. Vietnam’s aggressive play in the early game, led by Doduikan “Levi” Doduikan on Kindred, took its toll, but Seo “Kanabi” Jin-hyeok on Kha’zix stepped in on the bottom lane to balance the game.
Taking the initiative, the team opened up a gold gap with a clean run, starting by taking the first dragon, and won a simultaneous engagement on top and bottom around the 12-minute mark. After gaining a buff by taking the baron at the 21-minute mark, the team extended their growth gap and destroyed the nexus at the 22-minute mark to take the first set.
In the second set, Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok’s Nidalee dominated the game. Seo demonstrated good upper body communication with top laner ‘Zeus’ Choi, who chose Renekton, to neutralize his opponent’s upper body. After a number of line interventions 토토 to rapidly widen the growth gap, the team opened up a 15,000 gold gap in 15 minutes with Seo’s strongly grown nidally, eventually destroying the nexus in 17 minutes to close out the first trial with a 2-0 victory.
“I was nervous at first because it was my first tournament in Korea, but my teammates played well, so it worked out,” said Seo “Canavi” Jin-hyuk in a post-match broadcast interview.
The team will play their second exhibition game against the Chinese Taipei National Team tomorrow (Dec. 12) at the same time and place.