T1 and Hanwha Life Esports opened Week 5 of the 2022 LCK Summer Split yesterday and ran into a slew of unexpected technical difficulties, where T1 players encountered more than one in-game bug.

Game one ran smoothly, with T1 closing it out in a 32-minute victory headlined by Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s mid lane AP Seraphine.

Game two, however, saw pauses in the early game. T1 bot laner Lee “Gumayusi” Min-hyeong flagged that he had the wrong runes equipped on Ashe due to a bug.

The issues continued into game three, where a referee pause and judgment ended in a chronobreak, which collectively resulted in long delays throughout the broadcast.

Timeline of in-game bugs and pauses in T1 vs. HLE match

T1 vs HLE game 2 pause screen
Screenshot by Amanda Tan/ONE Esports

Game 2 – 4:09

  • Start of pause
  • T1 lead by 300 gold at 6.9K to HLE’s 6.6K
  • Both teams are tied in kills at 2-2
  • Gumayusi reports that he has the wrong runes

“So apparently Gumayusi has the wrong runes, but we didn’t recognize it early enough, so I don’t think we’re going to redo just because the game is already four minutes in,” English caster Max “Atlus” Anderson said on stream.

Game 2 – 4:27

  • End of pause
  • Game resumes without chronobreak

Hanwha Life Esports wins in 36:45 to tie up the series 1-1.

Game 3 – 7:26

  • Start of pause
  • T1 lead by 3,900 gold at 14.2K to HLE’s 10.3K, 5 kills to zero
  • Casters report that the pause was initiated by the referee and not the players, due to a discrepancy in Oner’s Smite cooldown at 2:46

Game 3 – 2:50

  • End of pause
  • Game chronobreaks back to 2:50 in-game time, restarting from Oner’s Xin Zhao invading HLE’s top side jungle

Game 3 – 18:19

  • HLE bot laner Jo “Cheoni” Seung-mo pauses to use the washroom, then the game resumes

T1 win game three in 30:27 to take the series 2-1 against HLE.

Why Gumayusi’s Ashe runes were perhaps not optimal in game two

T1 vs. HLE game two draft with Gumayusi on support Ashe
Screenshot by Amanda Tan/ONE Esports

In game two, T1 drafted Seraphine and Pantheon, two champions that can be flexed in mid and support. Against Azir in mid, however, Seraphine is the obvious choice, because Pantheon will get severely punished in lane against a long-range champion.

At the end of picks and bans, it was confirmed that support player Ryu “Keria” Min-seok was going to be playing Pantheon at bot.

This meant that Gumayusi would be running support Ashe, which Keria first practiced in solo queue during the 2022 Mid-Season Invitational. The Pantheon player would take the farm, while Ashe built support items.

Support Ashe typically runs Arcane Comet as her keystone rune, but recent pro builds put her on Hail of Blades, which can be procced by her Q, Ranger’s Focus. She starts with Spectral Sickle then buys Imperial Mandate as her Mythic item, and completes Manamune if the game hasn’t ended by then.

Support Ashe players never Lethal Tempo, as it isn’t compatible with her poke support build, which could be why Gumayusi flagged the bug. Only conventional AD carry players do, building marksmen items like Immortal Shieldbow and Rageblade that synergize with LT’s bonus attack speed.

Hanwha Life Esports will face ⁠Liiv SANDBOX on July 15, while T1 take on DRX on July 16. Fans can watch the 2022 LCK Summer Split on the official English and Korean Twitch LCK channels.

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