Jian "Uzi" Zi-hao is easily one of the best players in China's League of Legends championship series, the LPL. But on the international stage, he's frequently come up just short of the title. With a commanding win in today's 2018 Midseason Invitationals, Uzi seems to have started his campaign to topple the regional hierarchy of League of Legends.
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Yesterday was the final clash of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, a climactic rematch between Samsung Galaxy and SKT T1. Before the games started, Riot Games put on a massive opening ceremony including a giant trophy, a live performance of Worlds theme "Legends Never Die," and a freaking dragon.
After this week's League Champions Korea matches, the reigning world champions of SKT T1 have gone 0-8 in the last two weeks. It's an unprecedented slide for a team that has been the de facto best in the world. SKT T1 is a three-time world champion, whose roster includes not just the god of mid lane Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok, but a long list of superstars.
Last weekend marked the final week of playoffs for every region in the League Championship Series, and in South Korea, a classic rivalry played out in grandiose fashion. KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 have been locked in a heated rivalry for years -- their parent companies even feuded prior to League's competitive inception -- and the production of their final spring match paid homage to that legacy.