At the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, the Korean League of Legends (LoL) national team advanced to the finals by defeating their biggest enemy, China.
On the 28th, the national team won against China with a set score of 2:0 in the semifinals held in a best-of-three format at the main stadium of the Hangzhou Esports Center in China.
With this, Korea defeated China on the Asian Games stage for the first time in five years after losing 1:3 to China in the final of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, which was a demonstration event five years ago.
On this day, ‘Chovy’ Jeong Ji-hoon (22, Gen.G), who is in better condition, replaced LOL’s famous ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyeok (27, T1) as the mid laner. ‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk Park (25, Jingdong Gaming) defeated China’s ‘Elk’ Zhao Jahao (22, Bilibili Gaming) was cut.
‘Ruler’ Jae-hyuk Park recorded a double kill in the large-scale battle that followed at around 15 minutes. At around the 28th minute, Seo Jin-hyeok ‘Kanavi’ took out Zuoding ‘Night’ (23, Jingdong Gaming), followed by Tianye ‘Meiko’ (25, Edward Gaming) and Zhao Lijie ‘Jiejie’ (22, Edward Gaming). .
Then, ‘Ruler’ Park Jae-hyuk went deep into China’s base and caught the other two players, giving Korea the first set.
Korea, which started strong in the first set, struggled with China’s counterattack in the early part of the second set. However, around 15 minutes after the start of the game, Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and “Chovy” Jeong Ji-hoon achieved 3 kills.
In the end, ‘Zeus’ Choi Woo-je (19, T1) secured the victory by getting a solo kill against ‘Bin’ Chen Zebin (20, Bilibili Gaming) and receiving dragon buffs in succession. Afterwards, Korea focused on targeting China’s base with ‘Chovy’ Jeong Ji-hoon at the forefront and finished the game in 36 minutes.
Korea, which has secured at least a silver medal, will begin its first official gold medal challenge in the finals on the 29th. The opponent will be the winner of the semifinal match between Taiwan and Vietnam scheduled to be held this afternoon.
Hyewon Lee, Donga.com
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