As you know, on the morning of the first day of December, the League of Legends community once again had the opportunity to “bloom” when the Esports Awards were announced and T1 once again “reached the top” of the world. Specifically, Faker won the Esports Athlete of the Year award and “Faker: A Decade of Greatness” specially produced by Riot for Faker also won the Esports Content of the Year award. Along with Faker, T1 also won the highest award – Esports Team of the Year. These are the most noble categories of the eSports industry in 2023.
Faker and T1 won all the highest awards in the Esports industry
However, the achievements of T1 and Faker are not really convincing to some people, even in the League of Legends community. Accordingly, many opinions say that this year T1 has gone empty-handed in most of the tournaments they participated in. Except for the two LCK finals (and losses), at MSI 2023, T1 was eliminated in the Semifinals of the loser’s bracket after being defeated by Bilibili Gaming. Meanwhile, JD Gaming – the team that won 3/4 of the tournaments they participated in – did not win the prize.
Many opinions say that JDG deserves more
Even the famous LCS streamer said so
However, according to the argument of some opinions, JDG simply won the domestic tournaments and MSI 2023 – a tournament that also has international stature but in terms of scale is much lower than Worlds. Not to mention, T1 itself also had an extremely convincing journey to win the championship. In the past year, they lost to BLG once and JDG once. And at Worlds 2023, the “debt” has been fully paid in a more convincing way.
But many viewers think that T1 deserves more when Worlds is clearly a more meaningful tournament than domestic tournaments and MSI.
Not to mention, with the sublimation of T1, Worlds 2023 has broken many records in terms of views and spread globally, not just in League of Legends. Faker himself has proven how talented he really is, not only in leading T1 to victory but also in performing extremely well against his opponents at this year’s Worlds.
The World Championship final is the match with the highest views in the history of World Championships
Of course, every title will be controversial to a greater or lesser extent. However, T1 tried their best at the recent Worlds, and they deserve to be rewarded for the team’s efforts.