Inchon, Korea. Yu Wenbo took a little step forward. He could even see the air he exhaled on this refreshing night. They slowly blended into the smoke left by the fireworks show just finished and sublimated into the most beautiful night scene. The fireworks display is a blessing to the IG team who won the 2018 global finals.
His sneakers were covered with silver and gold confetti, which sparkled with the smooth black stage beneath the trophy rack. When the award ceremony was over, Jackey Love and his assistant Baolan, as well as the middle singles player Rookie, carried the summoner’s trophy together. The three men who grabbed the trophy stumbled under the weight of the greatest glory. They trotted all the way to surpass their teammates and were intoxicated with the joy of victory.
After a while, JackeyLove’s hands still stuck on the trophy. He put the trophy on his right shoulder, and his body shook gently with heavy weight. Next to him is Ning, the IG winner with his own trophy, the most valuable player award in the finals, who was interviewed by Yushuang, the official LPL host. Ning was happy throughout the interview, and Jackey Love, who was slightly shorter, seemed a lot calmer, but his shaking body and insecure feet showed that he was trying to contain the adrenaline-induced excitement. Jackey Love holds the cup tightly for fear of being robbed – when Yu Shuang asks him questions, he even has to put the microphone on the cup. Although Jackey Love’s stature is dwarfed by the huge trophies, he is confident that he will not let go if he does not have to.
In the days after the final of the global championship, when we all started to review, we sorted out our ideas, the audience’s feelings and reactions, and analyzed every moment when IG quickly completed its 3-0 sweep to win the championship. Maybe the focus was on Rookie. This foreign aid from South Korea, unlike those who came to China just to get money, fell in love with the land and decided to stay, dedicated to winning glory for LPL and IG, and became the core of this king’s teacher. I know this is a valuable narrative point, but today our story is not about Rookie.
This is a story of a young AD called China’s next hope. Following the footsteps of legendary player Uzi is regarded as the heritage of China’s AD, but once again it has been slandered for its poor performance in the league. But he finally found his foothold on the greatest stage of the heroic League and won the first global championship trophy for LPL. This is the story of JackeyLove.
Even for many LPL-focused analysts and loyal viewers, it’s hard to believe that this is Jackey Love’s rookie year. In fact, long before his first appearance in this spring, he became part of the LPL as an IG trainee. Although IG’s way forward has been stumbling and even mired throughout the 2016 and 2017 seasons, talk about “Jackey Love is the next generation of genius AD in China” is beginning to emerge, just as people talk about Bdd in the off-season of 2015-2016. However, unlike Bdd, Jackey Love has actually shown himself to the outside world in the NEST Cup in 2016, although he has not been able to play in the League due to his age, and IG has also won the first place by his performance. He sat there – still a quiet boy sitting between Baolan and Rookie, but his name began to be mentioned frequently, and people saw him as the rising hope of a new generation of LPL AD. With IG’s every move, at the age of 17, the voice of Jackey Love’s campaign for IG reached its peak. People say that as long as Jackey Love comes on, IG will be able to get rid of the nightmare of not winning the championship for so many years.
JackeyLove’s official debut was a famous RNG team. In his first LPL debut in IG, he did not meet legendary AD player Uzi, but RNG’s powerful downstream substitutes, Able and Y4’s rotation, also made Jackey Love suffer. The most classic scene of the game was Ming Bullhead’s pre-judgment flashing, and the background of the highlight moment was Jackey Love. People began to question the strength of the Highly-Advertised genius AD. Some even thought that he was not as good as the same fledgling Adle, who was famous for his “script operation” claimed by Faker in Korean dress ranking. This less glorious start was accompanied by his youthful attributes, which he frequently displayed in subsequent competitions: impulsiveness, easy grasp, aggressiveness in operation and positioning.. Although Jackey Love has been able to contribute some exquisite operations to the ultimate output, with the return of Uzi and the gradual improvement of iBoy, the spotlight Shing on him. It wasn’t so bright at first.
Jackey Love is still a popular topic among fans and analysts, but he talks more about him in a disappointing tone. He’s really talented. He’s brought a big upgrade to IG’s downline. The experienced Kid and the fierce Ning also provide a more solid guarantee for IG’s wilderness. Nevertheless, even if IG swept through the spring with eighteen consecutive wins and only one defeat to RNG, Jackey Love’s brilliance was undoubtedly overshadowed by Rookie in the team and TheShy in the last single. Although his performance in the second half of the regular season, especially in the game of revenge RNG and direct dialogue Uzi, improved people’s evaluation of him and began to admit that he was in line with IG’s final position of winning the championship jigsaw, he was far from reaching the level of brilliance on the LPL stage compared with the two singles star players in the team. .
Nightmare is coming. In the spring playoffs, IG was the league’s top player in the semi-finals, waiting for the RNG team to climb all the way up from the first round. Under the horror rule of the regular season, it is believed that IG will take the lead in occupying a place in the final and win the championship trophy by beating the winner in the other half of the zone, becoming the best choice to represent LPL in the MSI season Invitational tournament. Although the news of TheShy’s injury cast a shadow on IG’s way forward, the sitting of Duke, a former world champion, still made IG popular with most people – and we all know the rest. In that horrific BO5 battle, Jackey Love made perhaps his most disastrous performance so far. His policewoman became the prey of Kasha’s mad predation, and his Xia was shot through against A by Verus. Jackey Love is not as lucky as iBoy. His first playoff trip became a sacrifice to Uzi.
After being defeated by RNG and Uzi in BO5 again in the final of the summer match, people began to think that this was just a normal situation for IG and Jackey Love, and that the failure of the spring match was not accidental. Jackey Love said in interviews more than once that the team was focusing on the psychological problems that might exist in the team before and during the team’s 8 global finals. Indeed, IG is an emotional team. Once they are defeated, they tend to show a continuous retrogressive trend for a period of time. But as long as one of the team members performs excellent operations, the team atmosphere can grow by tens of times. Compared with the beginning of the spring competition, IG has greatly improved team cooperation and 5V5 League battle, and their psychological state has become the top priority they need to improve. On the last day of the team’s group match, IG lost two consecutive games to FNC, losing the chance to be top of the group.
“At the beginning of the group competition, we all felt that everything was going well.” Jackey Love said, “We weren’t ready for the second round and lost two key matches. It’s a big mental blow, but every player can adjust back and prepare for the next game. Now we are not only in the final, but also win the championship. We believe that the mentality of our team will be more stable in the future.
After FNC quickly swept C9 3-0 in the semi-finals, IG members had already waited on a small platform near the main stage of Guangzhou Women’s University Stadium. FNC people stepped onto the platform to meet IG. In the course of taking the photos of the battle, FNC made grimaces one by one, as if trying to swallow up their opponents with gesture. It is worth mentioning that the photographer reminded IG’s team members to respond with more aggressive shapes and expressions. Everyone tried their best, but it seemed to have no effect at all. They are amiable, not arrogant, confident but not arrogant. IG players know that they are happy to be in this position, they are grateful, but their eyes are firm. They have been the last hope of LPL, and they have come to this point. Nothing has been defeated and glorious, but they have never gone ahead.
Jackey Love, standing at the edge of the trophy, did not hesitate to face Rekkles’aggressive momentum. He just smiled and whispered. But after a few days in Inchon, he was as daunting as a hawk who washed away the lead and haze. After comparing the rising stars of LPL with his teammates, and after being criticized for failing to meet people’s standards and expectations at critical moments, and after repeated setbacks and failures, he finally made himself the focus of the big stage.
He is called JackeyLove, a 17 year old rookie world champion.