Team WE’s rookie jungler, Yang ‘Heng’ Cui-Heng, forced a pause in a crucial set against Weibo Gaming after falling ill on-stage. Heng, who played for Young Miracles in the LDL before joining Team WE, had a lot to prove on a team that was previously struggling. However, illness got the better of him in game 1, and he had to pause to collect himself.
Despite his illness, Heng managed to deliver a stellar performance in games 2 and 3, outperforming veteran jungler Karsa in both games. Heng even picked Lee Sin, one of the game’s most complex champions, in games 2 and 3, and still managed to run over the competition. Unfortunately, this loss might be the one that locks Team WE out of the playoffs.
The Competitive Landscape of the LPL
The LPL is the most competitive League of Legends pro league in terms of securing a spot in the playoffs, with 17 teams competing for 10 spots. With WE having been dead last at the end of 2022, the team’s performance this split has been a massive improvement.
Building a roster comprised of leftover players from top teams, longtime WE mid laner Shanks, and rookie jungler Heng, the fact that this set against Weibo Gaming was even close shows incredible resolve from Heng and the rest of the players on Team WE.
This isn’t the first time this year that a player has decided to play despite not feeling their best. Earlier this year, DRX’s deokdam played despite having a visible injury on his left arm.
In conclusion, despite Yang ‘Heng’ Cui-Heng’s illness, he managed to deliver a remarkable performance in games 2 and 3 of Team WE’s set against Weibo Gaming. This split has been a massive improvement for the organization, and the fact that this set was even close shows incredible resolve from Heng and the rest of the players on Team WE.