Worlds 2022 becomes a milestone that makes LPL have to re-evaluate the quality of the region after being at the top for so many years.
Worlds 2022 ended in a surprising way for the LPL. The fans did not think that the region that brought the most powerful army to the US, left with the top 4 position in the end. More importantly, they lost completely to their LCK rival and were in danger of their opponent regaining dominance in the professional League of Legends arena.
On the eve of the tournament, the LPL community repeated a chorus that “the region possesses the strongest force in history”. This is not wrong in theory when EDG and RNG both hold the world championship. In addition, JDG and TES showed stable performance throughout the 2022 season.
Importantly, after so many years, the LPL is more appreciated than the LCK at Worlds. In addition to Gen.G, the remaining 3 teams, T1, DK or DRX are not appreciated compared to the representatives from China. Not to mention, the media in the country of billions of people has repeatedly criticized Faker and T1. Sohu, QQ, 163 all agree that “Demon King” cannot reproduce the glory in the country of chess.
Then, the actual battle at Worlds 2022 made the LPL wake up when the teams could not reach the finals. RNG was eliminated from the quarterfinals, and JDG also failed miserably in the semifinals when they were defeated by T1 with a score of 3 – 1. After 4 years since 2018, this is the first time that the Chinese region cannot be present in the tournament. Final.
In 2020, Suning lost to LCK’s DWG in the finals. However, this is still considered an impressive achievement, causing the LPL to raise its eyebrows. Because, SofM and teammates play hard, fight hard.
At Worlds 2022, the LPL completely collapsed before the LCK. T1 won EDG, RNG and JDG respectively. More importantly, all 3 brought the title of king to America. And yet, DRX, the No. 4 seed in Korea, also makes RNG, TES or EDG salt face.
With LoL in China, the neighbor opponent is a thorn in the eye. Accordingly, it is unacceptable to be completely “smitten” by the LCK representatives. To be more precise, the pride with the LPL is gone after Worlds 2022.
Even QQ has an article expressing helplessness when witnessing the battle of the LPL in the United States. Then, the Chinese news site bluntly said that the region was not worthy of the number one position in the LoL world. Because, how can there be any number 1 tournament with only 1 representative in the semifinals of Worlds 2022?
And yet, at present, the Chinese media is also starting to dissect the reasons why the LPL had a bad 2022 Worlds. Then, the problems of selling, poor middle rank, irresponsible players were peeled off. There are even many opinions calling for Uzi to come back and save the professional League of Legends in China. In other words, the current domestic star cast is still not capable of raising the regional level.
After MSI 2022, LPL automatically became the number 1 tournament in the world of League of Legends. Because, they have everything every region wants, strong representatives, talented players and noble titles. However, they collapsed at Worlds 2022. And that is the price LPL has to pay for excessive arrogance.