It’s no exaggeration to say that T1’s recent journey to winning the 2023 World Championship was a real “nightmare” for audiences who love LPL. The reason comes from the fact that T1 defeated all the seeds of the LPL region to win this prestigious title. They defeated Bilibili Gaming in the Swiss round and LNG Esports (LNG), JD Gaming (JDG) and Weibo Gaming (WBG) in the qualifying round.
T1 surpassed all 4 seeds of the LPL region to win the 2023 World Championship
T1’s victory has had a significant impact on both the LCK and LPL regions in the upcoming season. With the LCK region, success thanks to T1’s persistence with a squad has caused many teams to change the way they operate and recruit players. Therefore, many 2-year and 3-year contracts have appeared during the current transfer period in LCK.
Peanut recently joined Hanwha Life Esports with a contract said to be 2 years even though he is also a “veteran” in the LCK.
On the LPL side, the story becomes quite gloomy again after Worlds 2023. Recently, former Team WE coach (now WBG streamer) revealed that LPL teams are having many difficulties when recruiting Korean players. “Many Korean players will not choose to join the LPL next year. Why? Because LPL teams are not meeting their salary requirements. The sponsors for many LPL teams have now run out of funding,” former coach Assassin shared on live broadcast.
When talking about LCK teams, former coach Assassin revealed that it will be almost impossible for LPL teams to recruit Korean players next season.
Indeed, in recent years, recruiting quality Korean players is considered the fastest way to upgrade the strength of the LPL side. JDG is considered a typical example with the successful recruitment of star Ruler from Gen.G. This contract helped JDG win 2 LPL titles and 1 MSI championship in 2023.
The addition of Ruler in 2023 has helped JDG win 2 LPL titles and 1 MSI championship
However, T1’s recent victory has somewhat reduced the attractiveness of the LPL region for Korean players. If what former coach Assassin shared above is correct, then LPL will also lose its advantage in terms of compensation compared to LCK teams. Up to now, many Korean players choose to stay in the LCK instead of going to the LPL to compete.
ShowMaker was once rumored to join EDG but in the end he chose to stay with DK
Therefore, it will not be too surprising if LPL teams appear to be “out of breath” compared to their LCK opponents in the international arena next season. This is probably also an opportunity for LPL teams to reconsider their development methods. T1’s success comes from believing in young talents instead of buying stars and the LPL side should learn from this.