The VCS arena is making a strong comeback and attracting a large audience thanks to the positive changes from the tournament and the participating teams.
Vietnam Championship Series (VCS) is Vietnam’s largest professional League of Legends tournament. Over a decade of establishment and development, VCS has made a great influence on the Vietnamese e-sports industry and has become a premise for other Esports tournaments in the country.
In addition, the teams from the VCS region also resonated in the international arena. Starting from the achievement of defeating Dignitas of the legendary Saigon Jokers team at Worlds 2012 to the fever that shocked the world LoL community that GAM 2017 created. And most recently, Saigon Buffalo – a young team with an average age of less than 19 but excellently finished in the top 6 position of MSI 2022.
VCSA no longer holds the top 1 position in recent years
However, it can be seen that the VCS tournament is gradually losing its inherent attraction and position. This is most clearly shown through the number of live views when the matches with 200-300 thousand views appear less and less, maybe only in the decisive matches will they reach that threshold of views. This decline stems from many reasons such as: low expertise, lack of competition, lack of prominent media activities, the emergence of other Esports tournaments… and especially, it is impossible not to mention. to the difficulties that the Covid 19 pandemic causes for teams and tournaments.
Entering the summer of 2022, the VCS Tournament has had many new developments and is highly appreciated by the community for the quality of the tournament, even Teacher Ba – who has been with League of Legends for many years, also commented that Summer 2022 VCS will is the most watchable tournament in the history of Vietnamese League of Legends. Obviously, this statement is not wrong when looking at the attractiveness and coverage of VCS after the first 3 rounds. So what is the factor that has brought the tournament that seems to be falling back to such a strong revival?
Fierce competition, no longer two-horse races
In recent years, the development of VCS has always followed a scenario that GAM Esports will compete with a certain team for the championship and the remaining teams will only play a background role. However, at VCS summer 2022, the strength of the teams seems to be very unpredictable when the weakly evaluated teams show a completely different face.
For example, SBTC Esports, although only reached the top 5 last season, successfully defeated the champion of GAM Esports and the runner-up Saigon Buffalo to temporarily climb to the top of the rankings or Team Whales – a newly promoted team but let In the first two weeks of the game, I saw a very impressive performance.
SBTC Esports had a victory over the champion of GAM Esports
Although it is just the beginning, the teams have shown their determination to win one of the two tickets to represent Vietnam in the 2022 World Finals. This will certainly be a strong catalyst. making the competition between the teams more attractive and intense than ever. Besides, the teams also always show caution because just one mistake will cause them to receive bitter fruit and be at a disadvantage in the top 4 race in the group stage.
8 teams are all very determined to win tickets to Worlds 2022
Quality players, with the appearance of foreign soldiers
Entering VCS summer 2022, all teams have an even lineup including stars that can shine at any time. Besides, the underrated players also cause many surprises, such as the underrated players such as Nper (SBTC Esports), Glory (Killerqueen) have proven themselves completely “doing”. salad” has mastered names such as “Captain” Levi or “God of War” Kiaya.
SBTC Esports top laner Nper made Kiaya “sweat” when he repeatedly performed solokills
In particular, this is also the first season with the presence of Korean foreign players Poss and Least from the Cerberus Esports team. This will generally increase the competition and skill of the players. In addition, the return of “old men” like Yijin or Dia1 also makes the colors of the teams’ gameplay more diverse.
The lineup includes 2 foreign soldiers of Cerberus Esports
VCS’s combat “specialties” give way to highly specialized matches
In the past, VCS was known as an area with bloody gameplay, constant fighting and often “fight on all fronts” situations. However, when entering the VCS summer 2022, the teams all used control and reasonable combat to win. This is most evident in the number of kills in each game that has been greatly reduced compared to previous seasons.
Teams had tactical moves and fights
The reason for this change is because the teams are equal in terms of force, player skills are not much different and there is a coaching staff behind the scenes to support. Since then, the professionalism of the matches has been enhanced and the viewers have been able to witness extremely attractive matches.
Excitement even outside the game
If in the VCS Spring 2022 season, Teacher Ba’s SBTC Esports, despite being in the top 5, has excellently won the “content trophy” thanks to funny memes and videos posted on the fanpage. Through the summer of VCS, the teams have shown their investment behind the scenes when the teams’ fanpages are not afraid to joke around and interact with funny content.
In addition, the players also showed that in addition to their gaming skills, they also have the ability to “scramble” extremely hard. This is shown in the trash talk and post-match interviews when trash talk “kings” such as Dia1, DNK, Froggy, etc. are ready to attack and mock their opponents. , Mic check videos, behind the scenes are also invested by the teams to bring the team’s image to the audience in a better way.
The trask talk part is the “not crispy” trend of Saigon Buffalo
In short, there are so many converging factors that make VCS Summer 2022 one of the most attractive tournaments ever of the country’s League of Legends. Hopefully, the tournament will continue to keep these advantages to become more and more attractive and an indispensable spiritual food for the gaming community in general and League of Legends in particular.