The future of China’s oldest organization LoL is as bleak as their results.
Even with the easiest opponent, Team WE couldn’t win – not even a single game. That’s what happened last night (August 14) when WE lost 0-2 to Ultra Prime on the last day of the 2022 Summer LPL group stage. Say UP is the most likely opponent for WE right now because two teams are sharing first and second place in the table…from bottom to top. As a result, WE lost all 16 matches that lasted from June 14 to yesterday.
WE won only seven games and lost the remaining 32 games with a coefficient of -25. In theory, they still have the right to be “proud” when compared to Victory Five – the organization that has had two LPL seasons Spring 2020 & Summer 2021 all lost with 1-32 and 3-32 results respectively. But this is still something few dare to think about before the 2022 season starts. Playing the role of one of the organizations that create Chinese esports in general and the billions of people national League of Legends in particular, WE launched a professional team in March 2011.
Since then, they have never missed a major tournament in China and have achieved many achievements – including winning the LPL Spring, winning the Rift Rivals and reaching the Semi-Finals of the Mid-Season Invitational ( MSI) with the World Finals in 2017. After that top season, WE took four years to find their identity. With a young and potential squad, this team finished third in the 2021 LPL Summer and almost got a ticket to Worlds last year after losing 1-3 to LNG Esports.
WE not only did not add, but decided to “sell blood” before the 2022 season. Specifically, the organization broke up with Breathe, Elk and Missing and only kept Shanks (LPL 2021 Best Rookie) and beishang. . Bringing in a bunch of subs on other mid-tier LPL teams, WE accepted 15/17 in the 2022 LPL Spring with a 4-12 record. Then came Summer, the results were even worse as we saw.
It was WE who ruined their own future
In a vlog posted a month ago, head coach assassin called all the players and himself “trash” for not knowing how to win. Although at that time, WE was only 1/3 of the way to the group stage of the LPL Summer 2022. Many people said that it took V5 two seasons to set an “unprecedented” record to have the motivation to transform into one. the power of Chinese League of Legends – top 3 LPL Spring and fourth place LPL Summer 2022 group stage. However, that case is completely different because V5 is owned by Ninjas in Pajamas – a famous, long-standing and rich organization. of Sweden – pour money in. As for WE, they don’t have enough money to buy enough stars to teach a brand that has been famous in the past – at least in the current context.
Seeing how WE led to more than 8,000 gold but still lost to UP in game 1, fans have the right to question the future of the League of Legends team. Is the organization still interested in the long-standing MOBA or will it conduct a “blood change” in the pre-season 2023 transfer period? The answer will only be known by WE. But at least for now, we know they’ll be forced to play the spectator role for the fifth consecutive Worlds season as the LPL “loser”.
Final results after the group stage of LPL Summer 2022