On September 22 (Vietnam time), there were results of the draw for the League of Legends (League of Legends) group at the upcoming Hangzhou ASIAD. Accordingly, the two teams that Vietnamese LoL fans are most interested in in the group stage, Vietnam and South Korea, both fall into groups that can be said to be extremely “easy”. As for Vietnam, fans even think about the “silver dream” that is very bright at this ASIAD.
Vietnamese fans thought of the “silver dream” after the League of Legends ASIAD group was announced
However, there is still one point that makes League of Legends fans feel disappointed, which is the fact that Korea will almost certainly meet the host team China in the Semi-finals. Because, until the Semifinals, Korea’s opponents only included Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and the Quarterfinals was Saudi Arabia. These are three opponents that are almost incomparable to Faker and his teammates, both in terms of level and trust from fans. Meanwhile, China is already waiting in the Quarterfinals and their opponent, whether Thailand or Macau, is not something to worry about.
There will almost certainly be a “big war between China and Korea” in the Semifinals
But experts and LPL fans do not believe in the home team’s ability to pass the Semifinals. According to a survey conducted with 24 experts and famous KOLs of the League of Legends community (such as Fionn, Jankos, YamatoCannaon, commentator Wolf…), only 9 people believe that the home team will win the gold medal. Meanwhile, 15 people chose Korea. LPL fans themselves also painted a scenario: “LPL only wins the Bronze Medal”.
62.5% of people surveyed chose Korea to win the gold medal in League of Legends at ASIAD
Famous figures in the League of Legends industry participated in the survey
The reason for this most unpredictable scenario comes from the fact that if Chinese Taipei wins against their opponent in the Semi-finals, they will automatically advance to the finals and will almost certainly be in the top 2. Meanwhile, If China loses to South Korea, they will have to compete for the bronze medal.
A completely possible scenario at ASIAD is that China competes for the bronze medal in League of Legends
The fact that LPL is underrated comes from the players, when the two pillars of JD Gaming (JDG) in LPL are Kanavi – Ruler (both playing for the Korean team). Meanwhile, it is certainly difficult for Jiejie or Elk to compare with the opposing duo. Not to mention, 369 also lost to Zeus at Worlds 2022 while Chovy and Knight are currently “one nine one ten”. Both of these Mid Lane players rarely perform well in international tournaments. But Knight has an advantage as he has erased his “empty streak” in the international arena after winning MSI 2023.
JDG’s key couple are members of the Korean team – Ruler (left) and Kanavi
Of course, all predictions are for reference only as the match has not yet taken place. But it can be said that, despite being the home team, LPL is facing many difficulties in its upcoming important tournament.