Without a doubt, the Korean League of Legends championship, the LCK, is not only the competition with the highest average level and the most coveted in the world to play but it is also a veritable hotbed of talent. Being a Korean player is a kind of quality mark which allows many of them to find space even outside their national borders: those arriving in Europe, as Kim “Malrang” Geun-seong did recently with the Rogues, those in China, like Park “Viper” Do-hyeon in EDG , or like the many who have landed in North America. Yet six of the last eight international events of the Riot Games competitive title have been won by a Chinese representative, always able to “hide” from everyone’s eyes during the various national splits and then almost quietly conquer one of the two international League of events. Legends.
The era of China
Whether it was the Mid-Season Invitational, the mid-season event, or the Worlds, the world championship that closes the competitive year, up to 2018 China had won only one international event, the first MSI disputed in 2015 with the victory of the Edwards. Gaming in the final against the T1s, at the time SK Telecom T1. Four years ago, at the end of the undisputed domination of the Korean teams, and in particular of the T1s, with two consecutive MSI titles and five world titles in a row between T1 and Samsung Galaxy, the era of China began instead, sporadically interrupted twice by the European G2 Esports in 2019 and from Koreans Damwon Kia in 2020: for the rest three world championships, 2018, 2019 and 2021all with three different teams, and three MSI titles, for a total of six international titles.
The Chinese style
The main difference with Korea, at least at the Worlds, is that China always manages to send and impose different teams on global events, an indication of how highly competitive the Beijing scene is, albeit with a different style. If their Korean neighbors in fact aim for a more methodical reading of the map and the game and focused on taking advantage through structures and objectives, Chinese teams typically focus on putting pressure on the lanes from the start looking for eliminations on opponents that can give them an increasingly suffocating advantage of presence on the map, capitalizing everything in subsequent teamfights.
RNG in history
This is how the RNG won 3-2 in the MSI 2022 final held in Busan, Korea. broadcast in Italy by PG Esports and followed by an average of over 8,000 spectators and a peak of more than 13,000 people simultaneously, to which, however, the Chinese representative had to participate remotely due to problems relating to Covid. With this victory, the RNGs enter history by right, becoming the first team to win the international competition three times, with midlaner Li “Xiaohu” Yuan-Hao and support Shi “Ming” Sen-Ming always present and protagonists, overcoming the T1s, once again defeated in front of their audience. A sort of curse, considering that T1 have won three world championships and two MSI in history, all always far from Korea.
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