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IG made up his mind five years ago that they must win the world series. The team, which was suggested by Wang Sicong, a famous Chinese playboy, fought on the front line at the beginning of the heroic League game, but they did not achieve much success. So they decided to sign South Korea’s super new Song Yijin. But he also has a widely known name, professional player Rookie.
Rookie is one of the first batch of Korean aid introduced by LPL. It was called Korean Exodus. After losing to South Korea for two consecutive years to become second place, it seems that China is desperate for the first place. IG signed Rookie to accomplish this great goal.
In the next five years, it will be a long, frustrating and arduous five years for IG, even for the whole LPL area. But the journey ended today with IG sweeping Fnatic 3:0 to win the 2018 World Championship of the League of Heroes. This is the first time the summoner trophy has been captured by China, the largest and most important competition area.
Five long years
如果你还不了解Rookie这名选手的话，我建议你好好研究一下。当他效力于kt Rolster Arrows的时候，年仅17岁的Rookie就已经获得过LCK联赛的冠军了。最后他与IG签下了一纸长约。
If you do not know the player of Rookie, I suggest you study it carefully. When he played for kt Rolster Arrows, Rookie, 17, had won the LCK league. Finally, he signed a long contract with IG.
Rookie broke into a world championship in its first year of IG. In the same year, he and KaKAO, another Korean star player, led IG into the group match. Who are their opponents? Fnatic from EU LCS.
Rookie and IG collapsed in their first game against Fnatic, and were eventually eliminated with the last place in the group. But they are not the only team out of LPL. LGD, like IG, came out of the last team. EDG was highly expected to win MSI after that year, but was swept away by Fnatic in the 1/4 finals. After that, the whole LPL area fell into a cliff abyss.
EDG and RNG almost missed the group stage in 2016, and in the quarter-finals, the two teams combined to win only two small games. Last year was not too optimistic. The timing and location were perfect: the World Championships were held in China and the Finals were held in the great Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Both RNG and WE broke into the top four. It could be said that the Summoner’s trophy was close at hand. But they both lost to the Korean team and had two Korean teams play a Korean Derby in the Bird’s Nest.
This tortuous history makes IG’s victory today seem significant.
Sacrifice and triumph
To be honest, without EDG and RNG’s traditional strengths, IG can’t win the championship alone. Their success reached its peak step by step on the shoulders of giants by learning from the LPL team’s defeats in previous years.
In 2015, the LPL team did not accurately understand the prevailing line changing tactics. In the next year, LPL failed to expose the weakness of the middle road test. Finally, in 2017, LPL fully understood the version, but their on-the-spot adaptability and critical execution were not enough for them to win all competitions.
LPL’s team analyzed their failures and weaknesses one by one and eventually overcame them, in exchange for IG’s victory today. IG is unstoppable in the spring and summer games. But they still lost to their deadly enemy: RNG.
RNG also paid tuition fees in a recent defeat. It is possible that in a parallel world, RNG is the team with the trophy on hand. But IG learned from the defeat of RNG how to style LPL. In the BO5 of the three elimination competitions, no matter what the style of their opponents is, they all play their own style. They defeated KT, a team that was strong and strong in the early days. They also defeated G2, who was proficient in the late operation of Europe and America. In the end, they also beat Fnatic, a team that knows all kinds of tactics and can switch styles at will.
In the last two BO5, only one game is longer than 30 minutes. IG’s fierce playing made the world see the style of LPL.
What does this mean?
The significance of this Summoner’s trophy to LPL and IG is beyond words. For IG, this trophy means that they started their journey from S1. Five years ago, they made up their minds to fight for the championship and this year’s tortuous championship. It’s no coincidence that Rookie was still on the starting list of Korean aid that flooded LPL. He persisted in learning Chinese, and won the love of Chinese fans. He comes from Korea, but now China is his home. And today, he brought home something that no LPL team had ever won before: the Summoner’s Cup.
But this is not his credit. On the stage of the finals, every athlete stands out. TheShy’s performance on the road is undoubtedly a monster level. Ning and Baolan have been helping Rookie exert pressure on the middle road. And in the final match, China’s new star JackeyLove came out. Jackey Love has been labeled invisible at critical moments throughout the year, but at this critical moment, his 13/0/7 Casa helped IG win the game.
For China, this means that the biggest competition area of the Heroes League is at the top of the world. A few years ago, the regret of the RNG two defeat final made up for it today. LPL alliance has become the strongest tournament in the world in the first year of history. IG proves that LPL’s fierce and reckless style and rushing style can win all competitions.
No single team or division can win the finals better than IG and LPL. Thanks to IG, even in the darkest days, we should not forget their initial intention and stick to their own tactics. Congratulations on IG! Thank China for giving us a world champion at last!