Recently, foreign media ESPN published an article entitled “FNC’s 2008 Global Finals Imprint: Pain of Belief”. This paper introduces the psychological gap that FNC, which is highly expected by Western audiences, has to taste the pain caused by belief after its defeat in the final.
In Incheon-Wenhe Stadium, Korea, golden confetti flies from the sky. FNC watches their rival IG team and becomes the world champion of a new generation of hero League in front of itself.
Unlike in the past few years, FNC’s crowds did not stretch out in chairs or on tables and shed tears from their hearts. All the players were just standing there in a daze. Their faces were full of bewilderment, mystery and frustration. Rekkles, the leader of the team, stared at the cold night sky in November. The rising smoke and falling golden rain cast a shadow on his vision. The picture of the IG team from China sweeping 3-0 may be stimulating his mind.
Before the final of the 2018 Heroes League World Championship, everyone thought it would be an unpredictable, even-handed game. The two teams have played each other in the group stage, and all three matches are exciting, tense and come and go. In fact, the FNC from Europe won two of these three games, and they are in absolute psychological advantage.
However, everything was reversed in the finals. This is the shortest World Cup finals in history. The total length of the three matches does not even exceed 85 minutes. In terms of the length of a single match, no match lasts more than 33 minutes, and even the longest second game is forced to prolong due to a wave of IG team waves in the highlands. IG’s suppression on the grandest stage of the event was like playing with his prey. TheShy, the team’s superstar and singles player, spent most of the series playing amusement games with his friends. He crossed the tower and rushed into the enemy line one after another, even though it seemed totally unreasonable. Forcing FNC members to panic and surrender their lives and flashes.
It was a happy but painful final. All Western audiences who want to witness the birth of the first non-Asian team to raise the Summoner’s Cup are as foolish as the FNC players. Every message and rumor that the whole World Championship has shown points to the fact that FNC is not only capable of winning the world championship, but also that with the successive outings of RNG and KT, they have become the biggest favorites to win the cup. After all, in the last two matches of the group stage, they completely destroyed the IG team.
On the pre-competition media day, FNC members sat in a row on the stage and looked down at the media group in the LoL Park venue. The topic of entering the finals was not accompanied by relaxation and smiles. FNC’s World Championship experience was not a Cinderella story beyond expectations. They were back-to-back European champions in spring and summer. They are not content to be the best Western team in the history of the Heroic Alliance, but are ready to be the strongest in the world.
“I came here to win.” Rekkles on media day said. This is his unswerving sole objective.
However, with the firm trust in this team, the consequences are the pain and disappointment after the defeat. What the previous World Championships did not use was that Western audiences were no longer satisfied with the home team’s spiritual triumph of “doing well” after being eliminated. This time they really believed that the FNC could bring victory to Europe. In Incheon Wenhe Stadium, even though the number was inundated, fans waving European flags and wearing FNC orange uniforms did not stop cheering or abandon the belief that the team could turn the tables around even when the team was 0-2 behind. That’s why IG’s spiritual impact on FNC after nailing down the coffin cover in the last inning is even stronger than that of losing to C9 in the semifinals or failing to get out of the group.
The FNC is the first team to bring real hope to Western audiences since South Korea began its domination of the game in 2013. Until then, fans had never expected the European and American teams to win the world championship, and it was already a luxury to reach the semi-finals. Perhaps, if all the favorable conditions such as time, place and people come together, they may be able to reach the final before meeting RNG and SKT. But they are used to being a spectator after the fourth round.
But this time, for the first time since 2012, the FNC has made a brilliant performance in the world championships. They not only reached the final, but also have unlimited possibilities to win the championship. The LCK Empire has collapsed. RNG, one of the most popular champions in the world championship, is out in the eight-to-four stages. Three European and American teams in the top four show that this year may be a year belonging to LCS. Every EU fan is looking forward to their heroes climbing to the top of the world in Incheon. Contrary to expectations, this beautiful vision has vanished in minutes. In the first game, the FNC was caught in an endless cycle of errors, and the situation quickly got out of control. The whole BO5 was over before the European audience could shake their minds. The expectation that the home team will win the championship for a whole week has not left a deep impression on us yet.
In fact, FNC’s trip to Korea World Championship still has many things to be proud of for its fans. They swept the C9 in the semi-finals and knocked down the last world champion IG twice in the group stage. They showed their resilience in the eight-in-four knock-out competition, and even when they did not perform well against another Chinese team, EDG, they still made it easy to advance with one catch-up. For the FNC itself, this is undoubtedly a full season, with two domestic league champions, intercontinental champions, MSI top four and countless individual awards.. This list continues, and even after the final defeat, they can still walk away, because they are now the greatest. Western teams.
However, while they are on their way home from the plane and waiting for the weeks before the start of the 2019 season, the players may have to suffer more from being eliminated than before. Sometimes, in a state of blankness and sluggishness, the turbulence in the heart may be more painful than falling from a chair when uncontrolled emotions erupt.
It was possible to win everything, only to make FNC hurt deeper. The cup that was within reach is now far away from the Milky way.
This is a team that doesn’t want any excuse for “defeat and glory”. They don’t want to be the so-called “best Western team in history”.
They just want to be the best team in history.