The Chinese Mid laners have not really proved their worth in the Worlds arena even though they enjoy very high salaries in the LPL.
The transfer window at the end of the 2022 season is coming very close and attracting the attention of the League of Legends community worldwide. Among these, the LPL area is of great interest. A large number of transfer rumors regarding regional teams have been reported in various media. According to everyone’s thoughts, the LPL teams will drastically reform to reclaim the glory that was taken away by the LCK at the last 2022 Worlds.
In this moment, one of the factors mentioned is the salary of LPL players. As you know, the teams in this region, especially the top teams, are not afraid to spend money to own top stars. Not only the transfer fee, these players are also promised very high salaries. That sometimes makes it difficult for the teams themselves to build up their forces because the LPL is one of the areas that applies a ceiling salary for players.
However, high salary does not mean quality, especially when LPL teams step out into the international arena. LPL media said that the Chinese Mid lanes contribute too little in the international arena, if not almost zero, despite their “heavenly” salaries.
In all of the Worlds so far, no mid laner from the LPL has ever been able to win. The LPL teams that have brought home the World Championships are all Korean nationals. Specifically, those people include Rookie (2018), Doinb (2019), Scout (2021). Angel is the 2nd Chinese Mid laner to reach a Worlds Finals (after Corn of Starhorn Royal Club). And both Angel and Corn are just runners-up.
If moving to Top Lane, only Flandre is the Chinese toplaner who won the World Championship (2021). The rest, similar to Mid, the topplaners who reached the World Championship are all from the LCK region despite playing for teams in the LPL (TheShy, GimGoon).
At Worlds 2022, neither Yagao, Knight nor Xiaohu could bring success to LPL teams even though they were highly appreciated. The new season is coming and these names will most likely appear on the transfer market. But no matter what the future, they will need to work harder next year if they want to prove to the audience that they are worthy of the benefits that the host team has brought.
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