Ale is currently one of the best performing top laners of the 2023 LPL Spring Split, but he is still not confident in the face of the LCK.
The comparison between LCK and LPL never seems to end but it seems that one way or another, the LCK is always marginally better than the LPL in some way. This is like the fact that the LCK is an old giant and the LPL is just a welcome rich newcomer.
The quality of players is always the most controversial thing because there was a time when the salary that an LPL player received was incredibly high, attracting a lot of players from the LCK. Now that’s different, LPL has applied a ceiling salary and has been greatly affected since the epidemic, LPL’s salary fund is no longer as huge as it used to be. So the difference in player quality becomes even more obvious.
However, recently, it was LPL player EDG Ale who admitted that no LPL top laner can beat the LCK top laner: “Honestly, LPL top laner doesn’t. can’t compare to LCK top We can’t beat them, the difference is too big.
I’m not saying that because I lost in scrims. It’s true that we lost in scrims, but I’m just telling the truth. Zeus at the age of 19 has become one of the top top laners in the world. How many years have we been playing? None of us can match him.”
This is also the painful situation that needs to be solved by the LPL when they lack the quality young players that the LCK has. It is the consequence of the long-term investment in this area with short-term investment by adding foreign players, “taking a break” and making them forget to focus on the next class.
However, saying that, but “the time to create heroes”, LPL clearly also had “focal” faces like the explosive performance of YSKM – Tieu TheShy at the beginning of the LPL Spring 2023 season. Young players like YSKM still have a lot of potential to exploit and that’s an opportunity for the LPL to “turn around”.