Saturday, January 22

LPL

SwordArt Returns to Weibo Gaming for 2022
LPL, NEW ISLAND

SwordArt Returns to Weibo Gaming for 2022

Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh has just pulled off what can only be described as the “heist of the century;” this venerable support will once again return to the LPL and compete for Weibo Gaming (formerly known as Suning). His one-year stint in LCS, therefore, has netted him millions upon millions of dollars and, one could argue, didn’t affect his stock in any negative way.You gotta give it to the guy: he made the perfect series of career moves and is now bearing the fruits of his labor. He didn’t exactly blow anyone’s mind during his time with TSM, but that certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying — he simply didn’t mesh all that well with the way the boys in black and white wanted to play the game. He’s an aggressive playmaker at heart, whereas TSM gravitated towards a more reserved style of play...
LPL Legend Uzi Returns to Pro Play, Signs With Bilibili Gaming
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LPL Legend Uzi Returns to Pro Play, Signs With Bilibili Gaming

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 ...
2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb Strikes Again, LvMao to LNG, Xiye Back to WE, Tian to TES
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2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb Strikes Again, LvMao to LNG, Xiye Back to WE, Tian to TES

The 2021 LPL off-season has been incredibly exciting and is slowly but surely coming to its end. Legendary mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang is back with another batch of roster leaks — a frequent occurrence, one that we’ve all become accustomed to! Fortunately, we also have numerous official signings to report on, so it’s a fairly varied “mix” this time around!Not that anyone’s complaining: we’ve witnessed many massive twists and turns and could use a breather right about now! In any case, we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s begin! /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading ...
LPL FREE AGENCY BREAKDOWN – 2021/22 LPL ROSTER UPDATES
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LPL FREE AGENCY BREAKDOWN – 2021/22 LPL ROSTER UPDATES

To round off our off-season Roster Tracker and Updates, we have the LPL, with yet another explosive transfer window. Plenty of teams are still holding the cards close to their chest, but from what we’ve seen thus far, we are in for a hectic off-season roster re-shuffle.LPL OFF-SEASON ROSTER CHANGES 2021A lot of players became Free Agents at the end of the season, thus spicing things up in the most competitive league in LoL Esports. Here are all the important LPL roster transfers for this off-season. Let’s go through the key transfers spicing up this off-season.DOINB, LVMAO TO LNGAfter a disappointing Worlds 2021 run, Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang left FunPlus Phoenix. The mid laner played for the organization in the last three years, and won the 2019 Worlds Championship with the team. Doinb earned ...
2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb to LNG, TheShy to Weibo, Xiaohu Swaps Back to Mid
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2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb to LNG, TheShy to Weibo, Xiaohu Swaps Back to Mid

The LPL off-season is far from over; there’s a surprising number of teams that still haven’t finalized their rosters, although we’re pretty sure they’ll announce their last signings over the next few days. This time around, we have a batch of exciting new leaks, most of which come from very accurate sources and, believe it or not, mid lane legend Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang — a venerable behemoth who has just signed with LNG Esports.Doinb has leaked so many roster changes and player signings this off-season he might as well be considered an esports reporter — one with incredible accuracy and the best possible sources: the players themselves. The fashion in which he leaks things also warrants a mention: he’s as relaxed and mellow as possible, talking about these things with the utmost informality....
2022 LoL Off-Season | Cryin, TheShy, and Maple Are All Free Agents
LPL, NEW ISLAND

2022 LoL Off-Season | Cryin, TheShy, and Maple Are All Free Agents

Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang, Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok, and Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei have all parted with their former teams and are currently free agents exploring their options for 2022. We’re talking about three exceptional players here, individuals who would no doubt serve as a boon to any team they might sign for. And, well, that is precisely why we can’t wait to see where they’ll end up next! Out of the three, Maple is arguably the best performer at this current time; TheShy has regressed a fair bit since his golden days and Cryin, while undoubtedly talented, has shown a myriad of weaknesses that — at the highest of levels — can be easily exploited by the competition in the 2022 season. Be that as it may, both TheShy and Cryin have accomplished great things both in the LPL and on the internati...
FunPlus Phoenix to Part Ways With Tian and Nuguri
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FunPlus Phoenix to Part Ways With Tian and Nuguri

To say that FunPlus Phoenix failed to deliver at this year’s Worlds would be putting it mildly. So, frankly, it should come as no surprise that Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang have decided to part ways with the organization and look for greener pastures.The loss of two such legends will no doubt affect FPX in a myriad of ways, none of which are particularly positive. Still, they’re a big brand (with ample financial backing) so finding suitable replacements shouldn’t be too hard. Filling in for Nuguri and Tian will be no easy feat, but we know for a fact that the LPL is stacked with stupendously talented players and, in case none of them “fit the bill,” FunPlus Phoenix can always import someone from the LCK — it certainly wouldn’t be the first time.Where these two veterans w...
Edward Gaming Go the Distance With DWG KIA, Win 2021 Worlds
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Edward Gaming Go the Distance With DWG KIA, Win 2021 Worlds

The 2021 LPL Summer Split champions Edward Gaming have accomplished the seemingly impossible: they’ve beaten DWG KIA and, in doing so, have won 2021 Worlds! To call this a seismic upset wouldn’t even begin to cut it! And yet it’s so well-deserved.Getting even a single game off of DWG requires an immense amount of preparation and, above all else, immaculate execution. Only a select few have managed to pull it off, and the fact that Edward Gaming did so three times within a five-game series speaks volumes about their inherent talent and (surprising) ability to thrive under pressure. Beating the LCK giants in any sort of context seems nigh impossible, let alone in a World Championship finals with millions upon millions of fans watching from across the globe — most of which didn’t give EDG muc...