On the first day of MSI 2022, the higher rated teams all won in turn. The only surprise was in the match of RED Canids when the representative from Brazil suddenly defeated PSG Talon – a “customer” at international League of Legends tournaments. Even in their match, PSG did not earn any kills and suffered defeat after 28 minutes of play.
The higher rated teams all win, except for the surprise named RED Canids
However, if PSG made the League of Legends community lose 1 Super Beast, then RNG, despite winning, became the focus of criticism. Because, a lot of people still don’t like the fact that teams have to fight with ping 35. Even with the difference in level and experience, it is difficult for Istanbul Wildcats to beat RNG if the LPL representative moves to Busan.
But the community still thinks that RNG is being biased. The reason is that in the image projected from RNG’s game room, many people can’t see the referee’s silhouette, as well as do not have a face-to-face camera, and some players also sometimes don’t wear headsets according to competition regulations. of LoL in particular and Esports in general.
The photo of RNG’s game room made the League of Legends community angry
When the “king” is a victim of power and influence
In the current League of Legends, LPL is the area that can be said to have the most influence. Because, for the 2021 season alone, RNG and EDward Gaming have helped the LPL completely dominate the LoL platform. In particular, their defeat in the final is DWG KIA – representing the Korean “great rival”.
RNG and EDG help LPL dominate in the 2021 season
And perhaps, needless to say, besides Tencent – Riot’s parent company is currently a Chinese corporation, a large amount of revenue from Riot’s views, skins, … comes from LPL. Therefore, it is not too difficult to understand when Riot creates all conditions for RNG to attend MSI 2022. Although initially, as Doinb himself said, LPL teams may consider dropping MSI 2022 because of the tight schedule along with strict epidemic prevention regulations in the land of billions of people.
And now, “Royal Legion” is a “victim” of its dominance and influence on League of Legends and on Riot. With the fact that RNG is being accused of being biased above, this team is being heavily attacked on all fronts. And many fans, especially LCK fans, did not hesitate to insult the RNG players. Although basically from the beginning, perhaps RNG did not calculate that they would attend MSI 2022 online, but maybe they would choose to drop the prize – both preserving their reputation and not breaking the rules. epidemic prevention, and had time for the players to rest before entering the harsh schedule. Because, at that time, ASIAD 2022 had not yet decided to postpone the tournament.
Doinb revealed the terrible schedule of the upcoming LPL Summer and commented that LPL teams can completely consider dropping MSI 2022
But is it reasonable to criticize RNG alone?
The presence of the LPL, is something that Riot and certainly the fans of LoL in China are looking forward to, both in terms of expertise, meaning and other factors. Therefore, it can be said that the LPL is an area that cannot fail to participate in MSI 2022. And when Riot decided to make a series of priorities for RNG to compete online, although this affects other teams, typically is the “ping 35” incident, then the explosive conflict is understandable.
The “ping 35” case has been causing great frustration in the LoL community
A series of comments aimed at RNG, even accusing RNG of cheating
Therefore, the character that must be criticized first is Riot. In fact, if Riot accepts the loss of a large profit from the LPL if RNG is absent, then everything is considered okay. In return, they now have to find a way to solve the frustration in a large number of League of Legends fans. It is because of their priorities for RNG to be present at MSI 2022, which seems like a good thing but leaves Riot in a dilemma.
Next, Riot will have to deal with the criticism aimed at the RNG players. Leaving aside the fact that RNG can (or is at risk of) cheating, the team’s players don’t deserve to be criticized for what they themselves have to do in a passive position. RNG definitely wants to attend MSI in Busan too, but they can’t go against the country’s regulations. And maybe, not only RNG, but anyone will take advantage of every advantage they have, to win and RNG simply do what everyone else does.
Whether RNG played cleanly, or whether the “3 nos” (no headsets, no referees, no close-up cameras) was intentional or not, no one will know. One thing is for sure: RNG is a “victim” for the power and influence of the LPL in the village of League of Legends and Riot itself. Because, participating in MSI 2022 of RNG, until now, the benefits have not been seen, but certainly the reputation of this team and their players has been greatly affected.