Yagao can be considered a case of “black sheep” in the LPL when there are not many fans but very charming with “rising” League of Legends teams like BLG going to MSI 2023.
Yagao is not the type of player who shines very brightly, nor does he have a special appearance to attract fans, Yagao is the most ordinary type of special people, so he is often overshadowed in the aura of his teammates. . However, this “old man” when he wanted to rest in a mid-range team also “unintentionally” turned them into the runner-up of the LPL Spring 2023 and then “accidentally” fought until the final of MSI 2023 after “destroying”. ancient” 2 LCK representatives returned home. So Yagao has “rested” bad yet?
No matter how much the LPL community detracts, the truth is that Yagao has always been JDG’s first choice for many years playing in this top LPL team. Yagao is not a mutant player, he is extremely stable. Many people may underestimate this stability but to be able to do so is not easy. Specifically, during the past 5 years, LPL has produced or imported many mid laners, but JDG is loyal to Yagao and continues to hold the position of the leading Esports organization in the country of billions of people.
Yagao himself also knows that he is not popular with fans, admitting that the nickname is always called “sleepy”. However, he doesn’t seem to mind the fan’s attitude. The funny thing is that even when Yagao won the MVP of the 2022 LPL Summer General Finals, it was not recognized by the fans.
Sometimes LPL fans are so overpowered that when Yagao joined JDG in the 2022 World Finals Semifinals (LPL’s best performance last year) they were still looked down upon. Not only Yagao and his teammates feel sorry for not receiving attention from the country, but other League regions also find it difficult to accept the abandonment that LPL has for JDG.
Originally, after Worlds 2022, Yagao also intended to retire, but still had Bilibili Gaming in contact. Yagao really left JDG because he didn’t want the title pressure anymore, so when he accepted the BLG, he also rated this team as “mid-range”, just calling it “earning some retirement money”. But then Yagao was not “satisfied” when he was dragged by Bin and Elk from the final of LPL Spring 2023 to the final of MSI 2023.
Yagao probably never appeared in the comparisons and votes with Chovy or Faker but somehow eliminated both the first and second teams in the LCK, sending Faker back to his country to enter the finals with the team. ex-JDG recruitment. This is also the first time Yagao has fought in the final at an international tournament and although he couldn’t win against a strong opponent, JDG, the journey he went through with BLG really made people re-evaluate his strength. sleepy” Yagao.