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August 15, 2023

Leading up to Worlds (1 minute read)

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By Hong Lau

Our loyal audience and readers will know that I’m an avid / ambassador of esports. More specifically, I am a lover of League of Legends and its professional scene. I think the most beautiful thing is that you have five athletes (yes, I said it) all control their character and play towards a common goal.

It’s not different from basketball when you talk about having five players, and each “position” can do different things. What I mean by that is yes, at a fundamental level, there are five positions, and they traditionally do something specific (Top Lane is usually a tank that can engage and soak up damage, think of a lumbering centre that can rebound and block shots). At the same time, the jungle can be either something that can do a lot of damage or do utility stuff (think Dirk vs Serge Ibaka). Typically your mid-lane is like a small forward; very versatile and can do many things for the team. I hope by now you get the point I’m making!

I write this article to say that we are entering the most exciting time of the year for League fans worldwide. World 2023 is less than two months away, and we have locked in some of each country’s representatives; we have some teams competing at this very moment to solidify their spot in the bright lights.

I won’t do a recap on teams, but I will say China and Korea will always dominate and continue to look strong. I think JDG, BLG, and if they have quality (which they should), T1 and Geng should be your early favourites. This year will be special for all Korean players representing a Korean team or those playing in a different region, like Ruler, Emenes, and Kanavi. That is because the tournament is being held in Korea, and the final stage is in Seoul. I would love to attend. Unfortunately, I don’t have the capacity to attend this year.

With all the changes and controversy around the profitability and declining viewership of League of Legends in the Western world (North America and Europe), I don’t know how many others we will have representing our regions.

So enjoy it’ll be an incredible show, and if you don’t watch it give it a try - Because legends never die