In recent days, the transfer information of the professional League of Legends village has caused a lot of stir. Of course, this includes posts from the teams themselves or rumors spread by knowledgeable people in the regions. Among these, there is information that has been confirmed and become true, but there is also news that is just causing discussion.
The future of this squad is a big question mark
In particular, the reigning World Championship 2023 champion – T1 is receiving the most attention. Many people have even begun to discuss the prospect of T1 missing this player or parting ways with that player. But in reality, it can be considered quite unlikely that T1 will let this squad disband.
Current and future lineup
It can be said that T1 has the best young players in the LCK in particular and the world of League of Legends in general. In the context of fewer and fewer talented people in the region and the world, “selling rice seeds” after just one successful World Championship is somewhat hasty. Furthermore, although Faker is still the most important pillar, he also needs names talented enough to share responsibilities.
T1 certainly does not want to lose this group of talented players
Furthermore, the re-recruitment of coach KkOma shows that T1 still really desires glory. Therefore, parting with the current star lineup will hardly guarantee them victories. Especially when the new team form becomes even more difficult when other teams also start to “strengthen their strength”. There won’t be too many options for T1 as the top teams will also find ways to retain their talent or spend money to recruit stars. Not to mention, not everyone can be suitable and successful with T1, even established names in the professional League of Legends industry.
Cohesion and Faker
It cannot be denied that when players move to other teams, there will still be team callers and players with the same role as Faker at T1. But there is one issue that players can consider: Faker is unique. Continuing to fight for new glory with Faker may be more feasible than moving to another top team and expecting to play with quality team callers.
The stars have played together for many years under Faker’s command
Not to mention, the current stars have been playing together for a long time. If transferred, the future will immediately be bet. And sometimes, effort or skill is not enough to win. A typical example is Gen.G in Spring 2022. They have Peanut call team and 5 members are all highly skilled. But in the end, it wasn’t until the finals of LCK Summer 2022 that Gen.G truly showed an effective investment, at least in the domestic tournament.
LCK’s salary ceiling rules
In fact, the LCK’s salary cap regulation may initially be understood as a difficult problem for teams to sign superstars, but in fact it gives T1 an advantage. That is: if on a certain team for 3 years, the player will receive a 30% reduction when calculating the salary ceiling. If there are 5 or more LCK championships or 3 or more international titles, the calculation will be reduced to 50%.
The salary cap rule with initial terms may be considered favorable for Faker
Thus, if we include the contracts that were completed before the regulations were officially applied (possibly in 2024), almost all T1 players have been with T1 long enough (all from 3 years old). years or more). Furthermore, they also have a 2023 World Championship championship “as capital”. Being able to compete for more titles in the future is completely possible with this squad and then the salary cap will no longer be a problem.
But if the current T1 disbands, the “loyalty” element will no longer exist. And moreover, no one is sure that the players will continue to win titles on other teams. Therefore, perhaps the players themselves will have to consider carefully about their future.
But in fact, all T1 stars can benefit if they continue to stick together here
Of course, the choice still depends only on the T1 players. But certainly, whether they go or stay, fans will have a lot to discuss and the teams themselves will have to prepare very carefully for the new 2024 season.