The 2022 League of Legends Worlds Finals recap

Deft and Faker posing for the Worlds Finals hype video

The 2022 Worlds Finals are here, and only two teams are left. On one side there’s T1 and Faker, who want to win the fourth title in the franchise’s history. On the other side, there’s DRX and Deft, who want to win the first title in the organization’s history. Who can come out on top in the Chase center?

For DRX and Deft, this has been a long time coming. This is the first time that Deft had ever made it to Worlds Finals, the closest he ever got before was back when he was eliminated in the semifinals by Samsung White in 2014. It was finally his chance to make history and lift the trophy for the final time.

For Faker and T1, it’s also been a long time coming for the team. Surrounded by younger players, Faker has a chance to lift his fourth Summoner’s cup after being defeated by Samsung White in 2017. As one of the oldest players in Korea, can he defeat his childhood friend and high-school classmate in Deft to lift his fourth Summoner’s Cup? It’s time to find out.

READ MORE: The 2022 League of Legends Worlds Semifinals recap

2022 Worlds Finals results:

  • T1 > DRX
  • T1 < DRX
  • T1 > DRX
  • T1 < DRX
  • DRX > T1

The “Last Dance” comes true during the Worlds Finals.

DRX lifting the Summoner's Cup after winning the 2022 Worlds Finals
(Credit: Marv Watson/Riot Games)

Against all odds, and with doubts following them since play-ins, DRX are the 2022 World Champions. The main story coming into this series was Deft and his chance to lift the Summoner’s Cup, but it was a team effort from start to finish.

In the top lane, Kingen had monster performances on Aatrox in the final three games, carrying his team to victory. Beside him was the mid-laner for DRX, Zeka. Throughout the tournament, both of these players leveled up their play beyond the point where everyone had ranked them. They showed up on the final day of the tournament ready to take anyone on.

Spoiler alert, they did. Zeka had flanks on Azir and Sylas that disrupted team fights and kept DRX the first two games, and Kingen took on the role in the last three games. If these two hadn’t shown up the way that they did, the series would have gone very differently.

The one player who stood out the most was Pyosik, the jungler for DRX. Not once, not twice, but three times he had major objectives stolen from him, but he was able to keep his mental fortitude and perform well for the team. After the series in the press conference, he said that it was thanks to his team that he was able to stay so strong mentally, and he was able to stay in the game because of them.

Of course, there is no way to talk about finals and not mention Deft. He had talked about retiring before the tournament started, his team was doubted everywhere they went, and after seven long years, he finally lifted his first trophy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium when it all finished, that’s how much this series mattered to everyone involved, no matter if you were a T1 fan or a DRX fan.

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Worlds Finals are over, what’s next?

Now that the 2022 League of Legends competitive season is over, it’s time for the offseason to start. The official start of the offseason is on November 22nd, 2022. That’s when players can officially change teams and rosters can be finalized. There are a lot of rumors flying around about who is going to go where, but until the 22nd, nothing can be official.

Until then, if you missed any of the action from the 2022 League of Legends Worlds Finals, you can find all of the vods at lolesports.com.