South Korea Is Killing It At The League of Legends World Championships
Three teams showed up to represent South Korea at the League of Legends World Championships and so far all three teams are killing it. SK Telecom T1, ROX Tigers, and Samsung Galaxy have all three made it into the semifinals.
While several teams from different regions of the world showed how much they had progressed in the past year, including teams from South America and Eastern Europe, it was the teams from South Korea who really shined. The championship began with 16 teams from all over the world. After many the South Korean teams have defeated every one of them.
The Winning Secret
What is behind the success of the South Korean players? In an interview with The Score, player Cho “Mata” Se-hyeon of RNG gave his theory why the Chinese teams were not able to go farther in the Championships. “I think with our team included, that the Chinese teams are not ready to win yet.”
Se-heyon went on to say that most teams focus too much on the bottom lane, and it costs them the top lane. He believes this creates a weak spot that some teams are skilled at exploiting, which is what happened during RNG's match against ROX Tigers.
Another issue that could be holding RNG back is a language barrier. According to a recent interview with Yahoo Esports, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao admitted that he struggles with his Chinese. “We need to work on communicating. “I'm not really fluent in Chinese yet,” said Zi-Hao, noting that a high communication level is required for the position he plays.