Among the top names who are fighting at the LPL, SofM is a special case. He is the only name who has never won any tournament but is placed in the same league with legendary players, Tier S players.
But in contrast, SofM is also the only Tier S player who cannot yet enjoy the victor’s experience.
In the first half of 2020, the Chinese press suddenly mentioned the name of SofM, a person who has spent nearly 4 years with the top League of Legends in China. Although Suning’s achievement in the Spring Split was extremely bad, SofM was still posted on the homepage of a series of news headlines with all kinds of praises. It seems that hailing a star when they are at the top of their glory is like praising Phò Ma good-looking, so the panda’s media wants to “go upstream” a bit?
Probably not. In fact, during the four years of SofM’s battle in China, there was no shortage of praise words about him from experts, fans and players, despite the bad team performance that SofM wore. how come. But everything has a reason, and SofM has not been able to win the title despite wearing a cape called “The Reshaping of the LPL’s play” too.
Many people think that if it was not for the boring schedule of two adjacent Bo5 matches, Snake would have done a miracle with the ticket to attend the 2016 World Championship. The trio of TANK – SofM – Flandre was really showed a combination of rhythm and improvisation.
But then the results of Snake in the following seasons continued to slow down, and after the departure of TANK, the reason given by the LPL’s experts was because SofM had no good teammates.
In the documentary Unlocked: SofM released in 2016, LPL’s coaches all said that SofM has a very quick thinking and reaction ability, but in the end he is still a single player. “. Coach Snake points out more clearly: Being alone here is playing alone, meaning that SofM still maintains an independent direction for himself, and sometimes, he does not put himself in the position of the whole team. This seems to be due to SofM not paying much attention to the inner strength of the people next to him, a problem that is easy to understand from players who originate from single-rank try-hard experts like SofM.
Deadly situations in the opponent’s forest when the distance from the team is too far is the clearest evidence. But is SofM selfish? Definitely not, his problem, at first because of the language barrier, and later because of SofM and the other teammates, in both opposing directions, were unable to connect with each other.
With SofM, Snake has built a game around the mobility of the forest, when they own a timer that is more standard than the tool, SS’s gameplay is completely associated with big goals in the dark. of the map.
That’s the theory, but it’s not easy to operate. SofM may be the one who opened a new direction for the forest position at LPL, but once the road is cleared, there will be people coming in, the path that SofM explored was soon caught up by talented stars. another, and Snake’s prodigy once seemed to sink into the saturation level of many other junglers. Not to mention, Ning has Rookie, TheShy supports, Tian is supported by Doinb, obviously SofM’s juniors have a much better platform to promote the game of invading the forest, controlling people’s vision. seniors.
SofM cannot carry the team, Snake proposes himself, SofM is attacked by the jungle camp, his teammates also give up because he is busy … holding, SofM has to play the tank champion, the team carry cannot cause damage … Until LNG, the player is always set in the forest “self-arising”.
LNG / SS lived on SofM’s breath for too long
The first days in the Suning shirt were not much better, I missed JackeyLove, SN reluctantly had to put all faith in SofM. Top 11 LPL Spring 2020 is an unexpected result with a young team with SofM as the only star, Bin is just a young talent to immature, huanfeng shows poorly, SwordArt is over. peak and Angel is very fluttering, feels like SofM finally only changed uniforms, while SN is no different from a 2nd LNG.
But the hard end is the wisdom, the more the Worlds aspirations are challenged, the more SofM will wake up early, still with a lineup of players who stop at that “potential” level, players Go This forest has burst the vitality of SN in many ways, leading to the incredible makeover of the whole Suning collective in a blazing summer.
LPL Vietnam – The official fanpage of the LPL tournament in Vietnam, gave some statistics of SofM before the match with Victory Five, including 3 distinct highlights:
1. Trundle – A jungler who supports, is the most used and effective card by SofM.
2. Except for Graves, every jungler in the hands of SofM has the equipment of the Redemption Chain.
3. SofM’s KDA only ranked top 10 (4.1) in the list of players in the LPL, but the vision index ranked first (0.84 eyes / minute and 0.65 eyes / minute).
Trundle and Lee Sin “full tanks” are used by SofM with a tendency to support and achieve extremely effective. Photo: Fanpage LPL Vietnam
Knights’ Vow – Equipped with the unexpectedness of an infamous “Forest carry” ever since. Photo: Fanpage LPL Vietnam
Photo: Fanpage LPL Vietnam
In Suning’s top 4 achievements in the LPL Summer 2020 up to now, Bin and huanfeng are the two names that shine the most in terms of kills and ability to cause damage, finish the fight, while the throne their brightest star – SofM, plays like a second Support. Even with Graves – A typical carry jungler, his skill set is also used for the purpose … push, clean It is mainly for soldiers to defend and defend the defensive shields of enemy teams.
Another aspect that cannot be assessed with data, is the work behind SofM’s wings. Previously, if he didn’t have to practice, he would spend most of his time playing mobile games and climbing the Korean rank.
But now, SofM has had evenings playing solo with Bin, with the top picks. This activity obviously did not bring him much benefit, but it helped Bin a lot. The “extreme” performance of this young star is the clearest proof, a reputable senior volunteered to be a “green army” to train the general, not to submit a new one.
The aforementioned stories shape a paradox called SofM: when he began to step back into the spotlight scene by enabling other teammates to shine, the stature and influence of this player. become even more pronounced than ever.
SofM is less directly involved in teamfights, but under this first flag, Suning becomes more stubborn and filtered, they do not choke on Baron in a lack of vision and are baited by the enemy, because of the squad. SN’s always have enough tools to check the target, and just a little attention, you will see that Suning always tends to fight in areas where they can approach the enemy in a lot. different directions, and avoid fights in narrow terrain.
A typical fighting situation for SN in the summer split: They were the ones forced to fight, but before that, the SN team had gathered in two directions by the river near the mid and bottom lane to prepare to eat dragons, being in a passive position but SN still came back to the fight because of two factors: V5 put himself in the pincer area when going down the river, SofM and ANgel closed the only way back to the opponent’s green buff, SwordArt and Bin soon lay down enough to withstand most of the V5 members’ moves, while huanfeng was still in a safe and inaccessible area.
It seemed that V5 was profitable with a 2-on-3 phase, but SofM and huanfeng were still full of blood while both Galio and Graves were out of stance and blood, huanfeng was shot free from start to finish and the end result was a winning a fight phase, turning the tables for SN. The difference between SN Summer and Spring SN is that they always proactively anticipate every situation and quickly grasp the opponent’s mistakes.
Fans joked that “this fat boy is now an adult”, but to be honest, this is just a journey to explore a new road when the old way is worn out. SofM has finally learned how to share the burden, but must also emphasize that he eventually found the right teammates who can share that burden.
A star, literally, will only revolve around its orbit from millennium to millennium, even if it shines in the sky, it will not mean much to other stars. . But the sun is an exception, it is the source of light in the solar system, and it becomes a mythological symbol in the belief of mankind for one thing only: It is the light which it shares with its other star.
A play-off slot is something that will definitely come to SN sooner or later, and how deep you have to wait to recover, but for SofM personally, you are definitely having the most successful season since. after the 2016 Summer Split victory, and most importantly, this guy is enjoying the victory flavor to the full position on the chart and the shine of his teammates has been given his trust.