Over the past many years, specifically from 2020 until now, LPL has almost no longer been able to compete with LCK on an international level. The only year where they somewhat regained their position was 2021, but also in an extremely controversial way. Specifically, Royal Never Give Up won MSI 2021 when they were allowed to compete online. Meanwhile, Edward Gaming was said to have “benefited” a lot when DWG KIA had to play all their cards to win against T1 in the Semifinals.
LPL dominated 2021 but left behind many controversies
Then after EDG’s championship, LPL officially lost its throne at Worlds and even in extremely forgettable ways. Specifically, in 2022, they bring 4 representatives and are considered extremely strong. Doinb even commented that all 4 LPL representatives were as strong as a seed 1. But in the end, the final match was an “LCK civil war” between T1 and DRX. In 2023, the situation is even more tragic when there are 3 LPL representatives in the Semifinals but this region is still empty-handed. Even all 4 powerful representatives only won 1 game against the defending champion T1.
T1 won all 4 LPL representatives, losing only 1 game
According to commentator Joker, the most important reason why LPL is falling behind LCK is the region’s League of Legends community. Accordingly, the male commentator explained on the occasion of the end-of-season transfer: “If the teams do not change, fans will be angry because the teams do not change and have bad results. But if you change, then they will only criticized because you only swap with old players from other teams without any chance of winning a title. If you give opportunities to rookies, they will think you are a waste of time of other players, ruining their careers because the rookies are so bad.”
LPL commentator Joker commented that it is difficult for teams in the region to change because of public pressure and lack of good enough rookies to implement reforms.
In fact, LPL has almost not introduced any promising new faces for a long time. This year’s JDG consists of players who are very familiar to the audience. BLG, WBG or LNG are similar while EDG even used “veteran” Uzi again and he was also the “carrying team” factor. Meanwhile, LCK in recent seasons has introduced new faces. For example, the young stars of T1, Gen.G’s Peyz or KT Rolster’s Aiming are also very notable factors.
Even EDG has to rely on Uzi’s ability to “carry the team”.
LPL is still very strong and is still the main counterweight to LCK. But no one knows when the current LPL stars retire or get older, who will be able to replace them.