DRX completed a Cinderella miracle run becoming the first team from play-ins to World Champions as they won the Worlds 2022 trophy after taking down T1.
DRX is the first team to start from the Play-In stage in Mexico City and not only make a World Finals but claim the title. The LCK fourth-seed placed first in their Play-In groups upsetting defending MSI Champions Royal Never Give Up. They continued their domination by placing first in Group B. The team came up against the LEC Champions Rogue, VCS Champions GAM Esports, and LPL Representatives Top Esports. DRX made the miracle run known by reverse sweeping defending World Champions Edward Gaming and upsetting tournament favorites in LCK Champions Gen.G. They fought T1 in a bloody five-game series and took the victory.
DRX Worlds 2022 Roster
- Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon
- Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon
- Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo
- Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu
- Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee
Heading into the finals, the tournament focused on a rivalry old as the game itself. Two of the veterans in League history, T1’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and DRX’s Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu not only started their careers at the same time but also attended Mapo High School at the same time. Should Faker win, it would be his fourth. Should Deft win, it would be his first. In the end, Deft took it home and earned his first title.
This is not only a historic victory for Deft but also for his teammates. Deft’s support, Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee, earned his second world title and also became the first player outside of Faker to attend the World Finals three times in a row. For top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon, jungler Hong “Pyosik” Chang-hyeon, and mid-laner Kim “Zeka” Geon-woo, this marks their first Worlds win.
The series had one standout player as Kingen earned the MVP of the series. Kingen had a standout performance dominating T1 on his signature Aatrox play. He performed against the World’s best toplaners and showed his worth versus the best.