After a stressful season, at the present time, a number of major regions are holding ceremonies to summarize the past year of League of Legends in their area. Notably, it was the LCK Awards 2023 when once again, a team from the land of kimchi, T1, excellently won the recent World Championship. Of course, every award is controversial and the LCK Awards 2023 is no exception, especially with the precedents this award created last year.
The LCK Awards 2023 voting list only includes players from 3 teams: T1, KT and Gen.G
This year, the LCK Awards seems to be just a race for 3 teams, including Gen.G, T1 and KT Rolster. Overall, these are also the 3 teams with the best results in the LCK this year. However, this is what raises a concern: Any player on these lists that is selected will cause controversy. Because the voting format of the LCK Awards has never been transparent and causes a lot of frustration. A typical example is that Zeka only really stood out from the Quarterfinals of Worlds 2022, but in the end won the Player of the year award.
Zeka caused controversy with the Player of the year 2022 award last year
Some viewers even did not expect T1 to win at the LCK Awards because of its controversial nature. Among them, there is an opinion that clearly points out the inadequacy in the lack of transparency in the award’s evaluation criteria: “If you look at the whole year as a whole, Cuzz is a worthy player for the Forest of the Year position. But what if Looking at the two LCK finals, it has to be Peanut. While if it’s based on Worlds 2023, it’s Oner.” This is probably also a fairly common opinion for other positions, especially Mid Lane with the participation of Chovy, Faker and Bdd.
“The weird thing about the LCK Awards is that you never know what standards they have to judge. For example, for this category, throughout the year it will be Cuzz, the two LCK finals will be Peanut and Worlds will be Oner “
Many viewers also seemed confused and waited to see how LCK would “self-destruct” after last year’s controversial awards show.
There are also people who hope that LCK will bring back the true meaning of the award, which is the whole year, not just Worlds
The boredom of LCK audiences in particular and world League of Legends fans in general about the LCK Awards comes from the awards themselves, which have shown unfair evaluation in the past. And most likely, in 2023, T1 players will have to fall into the situation of being “snubbed” like Zeka encountered last year after receiving the LCK Awards. And at that time, T1 was the team that received the most support from the audience.