‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
I’ve heard a lot of excuses about why players from the North American region cannot succeed at an international level in League of Legends. Some of these excuses are valid; some are not. But what I don’t think people realize is that the greats, those few players who have both the talent and the drive will succeed regardless of circumstance.
The ROX Tigers had terrible living conditions but stuck together to become one of the best teams of 2016. In Korea, Dota 2 had a pro player pool of nine players and they were able to find tier 1 tournaments. This doesn’t even account for the lack of teams, tournaments or a server. In CS:GO, we have the Brazilians from KeyD Stars who eventually became SK Gaming. They had nothing but built their own infrastructure, own tournaments, got results, got sponsorship and eventually became the best team in the world in 2016. Rapha was one of the weakest mechanical players at the top tier of Quake. He is also known as one of the greatest players to ever touch that game, a huge feat when you consider how mechanically demanding that game was. In Street Fighter, both Xian and Infiltration came from incredibly small scenes, especially compared to Japan or America. Both went on to win EVO and become two of the best players to ever touch the game. In StarCraft 2, Mvp had injuries that made it painful to play, was stuck in a game where the norm was to practice 8-12 hours per day and was constantly playing his worst matchup or against bl/infestor. He still succeeded.
I’m not saying that excuses aren’t justified. Sometimes it really might be impossible. If CS:GO didn’t have so much investment, I don’t know of any way for someone like NiKo to get on a team good enough to win a Tier 1 tournament. But when it comes to NA, I can’t stomach it. The player pool isn’t so small to make it impossible to find good players. Korea did it three times in Street Fighter, CS 1.6 and Dota 2. There are plenty of teams and money, and the infrastructure is about as good as it gets.
Go ahead and list all of your excuses. But while you’re listing them a great player will find a way to get past them. All of the examples I gave all had problems and excuses a mile wide longer than a bunch of the stuff I’m hearing, but they still did it. The great will rise regardless of circumstance.