After having the worse split of LPL history, Victory Five had to make changes for the Summer Split. Four out of five starting players are no longer on the roster, as a nearly full relaunch happened. Most of the new players were fairly unknown quantities. Yet, to the surprise of many, the relaunch seems to be a success. The team currently sits in second place, just behind the undefeated TOP Esports. Today’s article will discuss the changes made for Summer.
Biubiu joined in the Top Lane
After a while with the Suning family, Biubiu joined the new Victory Five. While he was never a standout top laner, he has always shown up in team fights. He does tend to struggle during the lane phase, so he is often relegated to playing weak side. This fits his playstyle perfectly and fits well into the new lineup. He isn’t the primary carry for the team, and he doesn’t have to be. Biubiu’s job is simple, play for the late game and show up to team fights. His performances so far have been very solid, proving to be a reliable top laner.
Weiwei is V5’s new jungler
Another face from the Suning family, Weiwei joined over the mid-season as well. Weiwei was Suning jungler last year, but he shared time with H4cker, and the team had other struggles. In the spring of this year, he moved to the carry role but was benched when Huanfeng joined the team. So now, he has a new opportunity to impress as the starting jungler of Victory Five. And so far, he has done an impressive job. In a league full of aggressive junglers, Weiwei manages to hold his own quite well. And without the problems that plagued Suning last year, Weiwei has the ability to shine, returning to his previous role.
SamD emerged as a new star
Coming into this split, SamD was the biggest question mark. With barely any competitive experience; his five games with Suning-S was his biggest tournament experience before joining the LPL. However, SamD has silenced any critics and has answered all the questions. Currently sitting with four MVP’s, he is tied for third in the MVP standings. While his partner in crime has also done his fair share, SamD has come to play this split. He has helped guide his team to Five Victories so far this split. In the Spring Split, teams with eight wins or more made it into playoffs. Can SamD continue to impress and bring Victory Five into playoffs?
Ppgod brings the heat in the bot lane
Rounding out the roster, Ppgod was the final addition to Victory Five. Previously with the FunPlus family, Ppgod never got to shine on the main roster due to Crisp being a world-class support. However, he has been consistent with his performances with FunPlus Phoenix Blaze, the academy team, so it was only a matter of time before he joined the LPL. So far, his split with V5 has been incredible. Primarily playing engage supports, with Thresh being his favorite, Ppgod and SamD have been dominating veteran players in the bot lane. His aggressive playstyle fits perfectly alongside SamD, making them one of the most entertaining bot lanes to watch.
With all that said, how strong are Victory Five? So far, they have defeated Dominus, OMG, Vici, BLG and RNG. While only one of these could be considered a top tier team in the LPL right now, their victories have been convincing. Mole, the one returning player and the team’s veteran player, coming to his own in the mid lane, the road to playoffs is looking good so far. Last split, eight wins were necessary to make it in, and V5 are three matches short, with 10 matches left. While only time will tell where Victory Five will end up, things are looking better than ever for the newly-formed team.
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