China has won the not so legendary Return Of The Legends tournament, played in Hong Kong from August 4th – 7th. Four regional teams were pitted against one another. Each team only allowed to play former champions from those regions.
We’ve already covered the bad production. Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better. In fact, if you do some simple google searches you will discover there are no published match statistics. Still, here are the results and one or two interesting facts.
Return of the Legends Tournament Set Up
It was a knock out tournament. There were two semi finals, and one final. Team Twaiwan/Honk Kong defeated Europe and progressed to the finals to play China. Meanwhile, China defeated North America.
Despite poor advertising and even poorer broadcasting, the legends had a lot of fun, choosing champions sometimes not seen on the professional scene. They let the chips fall where they may as China won the tournament without dropping a game.
Return of the Legends Surprises
HotshotGG played a Garen, much to the joy of his twitter followers. The legend had been playing him in North American solo queue for weeks and undoubtedly loved spending time on the champion on the big screen.
There was a lot of prize money up for grabs. €33,000 may not be what the pros of the top leagues earn, but it’s not small cash even when split five ways. The fact that Garen even made an appearance, perhaps shows that HotshotGG was more concerned about giving something back to the fans, and this is laudable.
Team Mainland China are, perhaps, surprise champions, beating Team Taiwain 2-0. The team consisted of CaoMei, Fzzf, Misaya, Ruo, and WeiXiao. They certainly showed much more team work practice and efficiency than the other players who showed up.
Return of the Legends Broadcasting Success?
I should be clear that the broadcasting challenges which Return of the Legends faced, are all on the ESL side of things. Hong Kong’s went off without a hitch, although it could be argued that better agreements between broadcasting parties could have been established.
Will Return of the Legends Return?
It’s hard to say how the tournament went down in China and Asia. If it does want to continue, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t, then it needs to sort out how to broadcast games to Europe and North America.
What goes on in Hong Kong interests plenty of fans. Particularly when it involves the players that used to stream League of Legends so ardently. I really think with a little bit of work and much better marketing, the tournament could be a major success. This should be true both in the eastern and western parts of the world.
I for one will always remember the appearance of Garen, played by one of the first streamers who ever taught me how to play League of Legends. It’s a shame he never made the final. Then maybe Nidalee would have made an appearance.
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