While the LPL is on pause due to the Coronavirus outbreak, here is a look at each team participating in the tournament. Today’s team will be World Elite, who are looking to start a new cycle with new talent.
The young top laner joined WE during the off-season, coming from JD Gaming. On his previous team, he was a substitute for Zoom, a powerhouse in the top lane, so he was often left on the bench. Moving over to WE, Morgan will be getting his first real chance to show his skill. In the few matches that Morgan did play for JD, he performed well and many questioned if he should just be a substitute. Morgan is a very promising rookie, with a record of performing well.
After a successful first split, Beishang is returning to Team WE. Joining the team last year, despite the team not looking the best, Beishang performed well. With a very aggressive style, Beishang leads WE in the early game. That said, we countered in the early game, Beishang tends to get lost and fall even further behind. While revamping a part of the roster, WE decided to give Beishang another shot. WE fans will hope that their trust wasn’t misled.
Another player from Griffin’s previous youth squad, Plex joined LNG last summer. Having quite a few good performances, Plex was benched for FenFen for an unknown reason for the playoffs. With LNG acquiring Maple, Plex decided to move on and join WE. He had played previously with Morgan, with both players representing South Korea at the IeSF world championship. On route for his second split in the LPL, Plex will look to replace Xiye, who was the previous mid laner for many years.
Having joined WE last year, Jiumeng never got a true chance due to Mystic being their carry. In the shadow of the veteran player, Jiumeng trained with the team, building up synergy with the support, Missing, who will be returning in 2020. While there isn’t much to go by, Jiumeng had an ok performance in the Demacia Cup but failed to do much in their week one game. With much to learn and even more to prove, Jiumeng will relay on synergy with his support in 2020.
Missing is currently the player that has been with the team the longest, despite only joining WE in summer 2018. Brought in to take the place of Ben, Missing was first paired up with Mystic. The pair performed well together, as Mystic’s farm for the late game style meshed well with the calm and collected style of Missing. Preferring to play the disengage style, Missing will happily take Braum or Morgana. Now paired with another young player that he helped to train, Missing is the second piece of the bot lane puzzle that team WE put together.
A team with a very extensive history, World Elite spent the last two years as gatekeepers. If you lost to WE, you wouldn’t make playoffs, but if you beat them, you probably would. Starting in 2019, WE started to look to revamp their roster, picking up a new support for Mystic. 957 retired and Beishang joined to replace Condi. With Mystic’s and Xiye’s contract expiring at the end of 2019, WE came full circle, putting an end to a cycle that started in 2015 when they both first joined. WE are playing the long game, putting their trust in young, promising players to form their next cycle.
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