Last month, LGD Gaming was voted in as the sixth and final Intel Extreme Masters San Jose League of Legends team with an incredible 50% of the fan vote. Now, with the main event only a few days away, LGD will soon be representing the entirety of the Chinese League of Legends scene at the SAP Center - do they have what it takes to win the trophy?
Vengeance and passion
LGD Gaming have a reputation for being something of a powerhouse - but their performance isn’t the most predictable. This year alone they came sixth in the LPL Spring Split, second in the LPL Spring Playoffs and fifth in the LPL Summer Split. A 3-2 victory against Qiao Gu in the LPL Summer Playoffs finally earned them a much-deserved first place finish as well as qualification to the 2015 League of Legends World Championship. However, despite being one of the favorites to win, the team never made it out of the group stages, finishing third behind KT Rolster and Origen in Group D.
Intel Extreme Masters San Jose will not only give LGD an opportunity to exact revenge on Origen but also a chance to prove themselves on the international scene. There’s also a few big names on the roster to back them up, including top Korean ADC Seung-bin "Imp" Gu and Ho-jong "Flame" Lee, who won the Intel Extreme Masters Season VII World Championship during his time with CJ Entus Blaze. However, will all this be enough to see LGD Gaming take the title?
A roster on the rise?
The LGD Gaming roster hasn’t seen any significant changes since 2014. Will this relative stability help them pave their way to victory at the SAP Center?
Top: Ho-jong "Flame" Lee, Cheon-ju "Acorn" Choi
- Flame: Won the Intel Extreme Masters Season VII World Championship with CJ Entus Blaze
- Flame’s LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 18 | Wins: 8 | Losses: 10 | Win Percentage: 44.4% | Kills: 2.83 | Deaths: 2.83 | Assists: 8.17 | KDA: 3.88
- Acorn: Korean Rumble aficionado, played with Samsung Galaxy Blue before joining LGD Gaming in December 2014
- Acorn’s LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 42 | Wins: 26 | Losses: 16 | Win Percentage: 61.9% | Kills: 1.98 | Deaths: 2.43 | Assists: 7.71 | KDA: 3.99
Jungle: Yongquan "TBQ" Zhu, Lisheng "Xiaoxi" Wei
- TBQ: Originally known as "Quan" but started playing under the name of "TBQ" at the beginning of the 2015 season
- TBQ’s LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 54 | Wins: 28 | Losses: 26 | Win Percentage: 51.9% | Kills: 2.3 | Deaths: 2.87 | Assists: 8.69 | KDA: 3.83
- Xiaoxi: First joined LGD’s starting lineup during week seven of the 2015 LPL Summer Season
- Xiaoxi’s LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 6 | Wins: 6 | Losses: 0 | Win Percentage: 100% | Kills: 3.33 | Deaths: 1.33 | Assists: 11.17 | KDA: 10.88
Mid: Zhen "GODV" Wei
- Joined LGD in May 2014 under the name of "We1less"
- LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 60 | Wins: 34 | Losses: 26 | Win Percentage: 56.7% | Kills: 4.8 | Deaths: 2.4 | Assists: 5.98 | KDA: 4.49
ADC: Seung-bin "Imp" Gu
- Top Korean ADC, won 2014 World Championship with Samsung White
- LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 60 | Wins: 34 | Losses: 26 | Win Percentage: 56.7% | Kills: 5.57 | Deaths: 2.73 | Assists: 6.08 | KDA: 4.26
Support: Bo "Pyl" Chen
- One of LGD’s longest serving members, having joined in September 2012 after having played for Canis Lupus Campestris and HanGong Clan
- LPL Summer 2015 and LPL Summer 2015 Playoffs statistics: Games: 56 | Wins: 33 | Losses: 23 | Win Percentage: 58.9% | Kills: 0.86 | Deaths: 2.98 | Assists: 11.29 | KDA: 4.07
Watch LGD Gaming in San Jose!
There are still tickets available here if you want to watch these titans of Chinese League of Legends up close and personal at the SAP Center! Furthermore, don’t forget you can also help increase the event’s prize pool by taking part in Amazon’s crowdfunding initiative - find out more here.