With the season officially over for more teams as their run at the League of Legends World Championships came to an end. Some players were simply unable to show what they’re fully capable of in their short time at Worlds. Who were these players? Here are three that will come back to Worlds 2020 better and stronger than ever.
Chu “FoFo” Chun-Lan (J Team)
While the Taiwanese region of LMS came into their final Worlds as their own region, the expectations for all the teams were low. However, one bright spot in an otherwise grim group stage came through the play of FoFo. In the weakest of the four groups, FoFo had a great performance and truly stood out against the likes of Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang and Marek “Humanoid” Brázda.
With the LMS merge taking place for the upcoming season, it would be a wasted opportunity for FoFo to follow the rest of the region. With his limited showing at Worlds, FoFo could have a realistic shot to head over to the LPL in China and compete at a higher level. If he were to make that move and still make it to Worlds, he could be a legitimate world-class mid laner after a season against better competition.
Tim “Nemesis” Lipovšek (Fnatic)
Through Fnatic’s run up to the quarterfinals, Nemesis had a fairly solid performance all around. With a long career still ahead of him, Nemesis will only get better as he continues to compete against some of the best mid laners in the world in the LEC. While Nemesis has already shown that he is capable of keeping up against some of the best in the world like Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, he could easily follow in the footsteps of former Fnatic mid-laner Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther in becoming the best mid laner in the west.
For now, Nemesis will have a long offseason to improve. As long as he doesn’t take a step back, his next performance at Worlds could make him a legend.
Xie “Langx” Zhen-Ying (Royal Never Give Up)
For the first half of the season, RNG’s biggest weakness was in the top lane. With Liu “Zz1tai” Zhi-Hao even having to return from retirement to help the team, RNG was still able to make a respectable run through the Spring Split. However, with Langx joining the team from Suning for the Summer Split, the team’s top side worries were gone. With a strong team around him, Langx was one of the best top laners in China during the Summer and ended up taking the second seed for Worlds with the rest of RNG.
At Worlds, Langx had a solid performance despite most of the team’s resources being given to ADC Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao. While RNG were unable to make it out of group stages, the future is still looking good for the team and RNG should still make it to Worlds again next year. Once they’re back, expect Langx to have an even better performance.
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