Korean Imports, Rox Tigers Roster, & Why Longzhu Struggles

And now what fertilizer to use when growing and importing your Esport players.

  • At the LA Intel Buzz Workshop Noah Whinston says, previously it costs about $175k to train and create a LCS ready player and $75k to sign a LCS ready player from another team. But now those costs are leveling out to be even so more teams are looking for undiscovered talent to train them to be LCS ready. Jack Etienne adds, in addition to being a top tier player it doesn’t work unless they also fit with the team and can handle the circus life. This is why having a JV team is expensive but still worth the long term investment.
  • As of this week, 5 of the best League of Legends players in the world are now free agents, former Rox Tigers players Smeb, Pray, Gorilla, Kuro, and Peanut. But Tim Sevenhuysen brings caution to teams who think scooping up top tier Korean talent will give them instant success.
  • Tim writes that “culture is one of the most prevalent explanations floated for this perception [that Korean imports are most desirable. As] Korean culture implies great respect for elders and authorities than Western culture. It is by no means that all Korean players have inherent respect for their coaches. It is necessary for a coach to be able to inspire respect from the players. Many LCS coaches are relatively inexperienced in Esports. More LCK coaches have long histories as players, coaches, or both [which] can command more respect. [Teams] must accept that in most cases, patience will be necessary before Korean imports can produce results.”
  • Tim is correct, patience is necessary for success when importing Korean teams and Noah is correct that it is cost effective to be patient with building up a player for years instead of a quick trade transition.
  • Regardless if players are imported from Korea, traded from another team, or trained from the ground up… all scenarios require patience for the player to blend into the team to become apart of the whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. All Star rosters of individuals don’t win World Championships, cohesive teams win World Championships.
  • Case in point, Korean based, Chinese owned, Longzhu Gaming who was just acquired by Chinese retailer Suning Commerce Group whose 2015 revenue was $19.5B, no big deal, has an all star roster who judging by the numbers, should be more successful than they are but they barely made the relegation cut this year. Reinforcing the fact, you have to have the right ingredients that work well together because no matter how good sushi, ice cream, pizza, Kit Kats, and scrambled eggs are, when you blend them together, their whole is less than the sum of their parts.

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