It seems that this once very promising young player from VCS will continue to be absent in the new season.
Perhaps many VCS viewers still remember that in 2022, a young VCS player was exported to the LCK region, joining the LCK Challengers tournament in the team shirt of Fredit BRION (currently OKSavingsBank Brion). At that time, this player became the first name in Vietnamese League of Legends to play for a team in the LCK region – something that no one has ever done before. That player is Tlong, playing in the Mid Lane position.
Tlong is the first VCS player to compete in the LCK region
But clearly, the LCK Challengers shirt is still too much for this player and his time playing in the lower division of the LCK really did not leave too much of an impression. Even with the LCK CL tournament not being regularly broadcast or easily searched on platforms, the VCS audience is even more unclear about Tlong’s situation. There is only one piece of information: in early 2023, Tlong left the LCK and returned to Vietnam after the 2022 season ended.
But he returned to VCS as soon as the 2022 season ended
Recently, on his stream channel, commentator Hoang Luan analyzed Tlong when he was still struggling to find a place at VCS. Accordingly, the male commentator who is the most knowledgeable about Vietnamese League of Legends today said: “Tlong went to LCK, practiced here but could not advance to Korean Challenger. Tlong himself also said that he reached Grand Master but then fell down the rankings.” That means Tlong’s skills are not excellent. Simply like many VCS players, with high ping, they can reach Grand Master and even challenge Korea. But if Tlong plays in Korea and can’t get there, that means he’s skilled. “Insufficient capacity”.
Commentator Hoang Luan commented that Tlong does not have enough skills to compete in the LCK or even the VCS
In fact, when VCS had not yet had their Korean accounts locked by Riot, players like Kiaya or Levi even reached the top Korean Challengers with elo scores of 1000 or more. Or like Zeros, even though he only makes content, he still gets to compete in Korean Challenge regularly. And worth mentioning, these players all have to play with bad ping, if not extremely bad, to get to Korean Challenger.
Kiaya went to Korean Challenge with lag
Korean Challenger has long been considered a common direction for players who want to “step into the light”, joining areas with a high level of League of Legends. However, even though he has access to the world’s top level League of Legends but does not have enough skills to advance, Tlong can probably only blame himself.