League of Legends Worlds 2022: DRX Triumphs Over T1 3-2


In a thrilling conclusion, League of Legends Worlds saw the underdog DRX win the international championship in San Francisco this weekend. The beautiful opening ceremony at The Chase Center showcased just why League Worlds is called the Superbowl of Esports. The artist line up of Lil Nas X, Edda Hayes, Louis Leibfried, and Jackson Wang was a brilliant show of talent and production as the hype continued to build around Worlds 2022. In case you missed the incredible Worlds conclusion, don’t worry, we’ll get you up to speed.

The ongoing storyline of T1’s Faker trying to secure his Worlds win again after his last in 2016 while DRX’s Deft had a ten year journey to reach Worlds set up the stage for a tough battle between the two teams. T1 took Game 1 pretty easily with very little resistance as they were able to secure a 10k gold lead above DRX and take out all three inhibitors and finish the game fairly quickly.

In game 2, DRX came crawling back even though T1 had some incredible team fights with Keria leading a 2v3 team fight and coming out on top. DRX was able to drag out the game and win the second game. Game 3 saw a similar match speed as DRX seemed to have finally woken up and gave T1 a run for their money. T1 was able to steal Baron from DRX twice, which led to their victory for Game 3.

Game 4 saw DRX finally securing a Baron kill for themselves with T1 failing to steal it and proceeded to send the grand finals into an exhilarating Game 5. Honestly Game 5 was anyone’s game with even performances from both teams. DRX wiped four members of T1 but T1 came back to steal their Baron yet again. However, DRX secured the next Baron and while Faker did try to take down their Nexus solo during that Baron fight, he was punished for it and DRX was able to utilize the Baron buff to push into T1’s base and win Game 5, securing Worlds for them.

Worlds 2022 was an incredible story rewarding the underdogs for giving the behemoths T1 a nail biting run in the finals as DRX won 3-2 over the more experienced team. The Chase Center was fully sold out in attendance and the viewership broke peak records as Twitch had 2.8 million viewers and YouTube had 1.7 million on Riot Games’ official channels. Riot broke their previous record of 4 million viewers last year by a new record of 5.1 million, according to Esports Charts.

Congratulations to DRX for an incredible 2022 League run and we look to both DRX and T1 for more incredible things in the 2023 season. For more League of Legends news, stay right here at IGN.

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