With the regular season of the 2020 LPL Spring regular season coming to a close, Victory Five is the last team that will be covered. They will need to bring it back in the Summer if they want to even think of worlds.
Aliez is the young top laner for Victory Five. Joining the organization last year, he started Spring out with 87, the academy team of V5. In the summer of last year, he had already joined the main roster. This split he shared top lane time with Mole, but the team ended up deciding on Aliez. With a decent amount of heroes in his champion pool, Aliez can often time answer other top laners. However, Victory Five haven’t played much around the top side, leaving Aliez on an island. Aliez’s mechanics are on point, but his map awareness and rotations need help, as he commits a lot of unforced errors. Luckily for Victory Five, this is a repairable problem.
One of the players to join Victory Five in the last off-season, this has been Xiaohan’s first good opportunity. Despite being the LPL for quite some time, Xiaohan has always been on the bench. Rotating between JD Gaming’s bench and their academy team, Victory Five picked him up in December of last year. With a love for assassin junglers, Xiaohan made his name in the LDL on the likes of Rengar, Kha’Zix, and Nocturn. However, moving into the LPL, you are expected to play a lot more for your team, as assassin junglers start to fall out of favour. While he does have a single game on Ekko, Xiaohan hasn’t been back to comfort in a while. Unable to keep up on the other junglers, Xiaohan has struggled to help bring Victory Five ahead.
One of the returning players, Mole has become a core part of this roster. With Xiaohan and Max being temporarily unable to play due to quarantine, Mole had to flex around quite a bit. From Qiyana top, to Varus bot to Syndra mid, Mole played it all this split. Sadly for Mole, his flexing around did little more than show off his diverse champion pool, as Victory Five failed to win a series this split. As one of the more experienced players on this roster, Mole is one of the veteran voices on the team. Despite a few good independent performances, Mole did have the easiest split. Being flexed around where the team needed him, his is currently listed as a top laner for the team since March 29, despite Aliez playing most of the matches after March 29.
Another familiar face, Y4 is another player that has been around for a while. Formerly an RNG substitute, he used to play when Uzi wanted time off. Acting as Uzi’s sub, Y4 picked up good experience but needed to move on if he wanted to continue his career. After a brief stay with LGD, he got picked up by Victory Five when they joined the LPL in 2019. After a mediocre year one, he returned to the roster this year. As the team started to dabble in mixing and flexing the players, Y4 found himself playing the support role in their last 3 matches. However, when we return for Summer, he is expected to return as a bot lane carry.
Another returning player from their 2019 roster, Max rounds out the bottom side of the map. When COVID-19 broke out, Max had to stay in quarantine for an extra while. In his absence, the team was forced to play Clx, their substitute mid laner, in the support role. Even after his return, he was absent in the last 3 matches, as Y4 took on the support role. While this change probably is temporary, Max’s former carry could be competing with him for the spot of starting support in the summer. Known for playing mostly tanks supports, Max has been known to bring quite a few unorthodox picks, like the Pantheon, into the support role. Lissandra, Volibear, Lux, and Shen are also heroes that Max has played as supports. Will his shenanigans be enough for him to maintain his role in summer?
Victory Five had a bad split. In fact, the worst split in LPL history, finishing at 0:15. With Max and Xiaohan having extra quarantine time, the entire team had to change everyone around. Thing is, Victory Five are fine with that, as most of their players are flex players anyway. Problem is, in such a stacked region like the LPL, having a jack of all trades but a master of none isn’t the best for the team. And in Victory Five’s case, all of their players fit that category.
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