Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, one of the most revered players in the history of competitive League, has decided to return to pro play and sign with Bilibili Gaming for the 2022 competitive season. If you’ve ever watched this bonafide legend in action, you know that this is about as big of a deal as it gets.
Uzi is a member of the LoL pantheon, and the news of him retiring definitely came as a crushing blow. Fortunately, it seems that his health issues are now a thing of the past which is why he has decided to start a new chapter of his (already illustrious) career under the Bilibili Gaming banner.
And, needless to say, we can’t wait for this seasoned veteran to step foot on stage and once again style over his opposition! Now, before we delve any deeper into what the future might hold, we first need to talk about one very important thing: expectations. Simply put, they’ll need to be tempered as Uzi, insanely talented though he is, will need a bit of time to get back into the swing of things. His break wasn’t all that long (about a year and a half) but is nonetheless an important factor, one that warrants mentioning.
And that, in short, is precisely why a good number of people are doubtful of his ability to still compete at the highest of levels. Fortunately, the kind of talent he has doesn’t diminish in a few months’ time — he’s one of a kind. Whether he’ll be as dominant as was the case in the past still remains to be seen, but he’ll nonetheless be able to put on a show and give Bilibili a fighting chance against the likes of Edward Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, Top Esports, and LNG Esports.
Of that, you can be certain.
A Stacked Line-Up
Chen “Breathe” Chen, Wei “Weiwei” Bo-Han, Chu “FoFo” Chun-Lan, and Liu “Crisp” Qing-Song will all round out Bilibili’s 2022 roster. It goes without saying, but this is a mighty capable roster, one that could, by all means, leave a mark in the forthcoming season.
Better yet, Bilibili has signed former Beyond Gaming marksman Chiu “Doggo” Tzu-Chuan, so if things don’t pan out with Uzi for whatever reason, they’ll have an absolutely stellar back-up ready and waiting.
All in all, the 2022 competitive season is looking mighty exciting! Moreover, if things pan out “as expected,” we’ll witness a much fiercer fight at the top than ever before!