Apdo and the Tragedy of League’s Shortest Professional Game

Apdo and the Tragedy of League’s Shortest Professional Game

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The shortest game in professional League
of Legends history is the story of a charming outlaw, unrequited love, a
heartfelt memorial (Casting) and the bitter fury of a game developer scorned. Jeon “Apdo” Sang-gil was once revered as one
of the greatest League of Legends players in the world. He conquered solo queue taking the top spots in both Korea and China all while
playing four positions at the same time. “The sick thing about Apdo is he can
play practically every single role in the game and be good enough to get
accounts super high up in Challenger. Now that’s not even the case for Faker.” But Apdo wasn’t trying to go pro Apdo was Elo boosting. Apdo would take your
money and boost your account all the way to the highest reaches of solo queue, all
while maintaining his own fantastic record. Obviously, Riot didn’t like that. Riot’s generally not a fan of when people mess with the competitive integrity
of their game, so whenever they gathered up enough evidence of Apdo’s Elo boosting
they’d ban him, but then Apdo would show up on a new account and the chase would
start all over again. The money was good, but there wasn’t any glory in it Faker had just come off his rookie season World Championship win. Meanwhile, Apdo,
the king of Korean solo queue was running and hiding from Riot. He wasn’t
getting a chance to test his mettle on stage against Korea’s best. So Apdo
gathered up a few friends from solo queue and formed Team Dark. Led by their
misfit hero they would compete in the Pandora Champions Winter 2013 to 2014
qualifiers and if they made it they would give Apdo a chance to show that he
had what it took to go toe-to-toe with the best players in the world. (Casting) But the day before the offline qualifiers, Riot banned Apdo from playing in professional
tournaments for two years, and banned his main account for 1,000 years. That’s not a joke. He’s literally banned from playing League of Legends until the year
3013. Allegedly this had to do with a girl who came to
Apdo for Elo boosting, but when she developed feelings for him he turned her
down and she turned him in. Team Dark was forced to play without Apdo, and though
they made it into Champions, it just didn’t seem like their hearts were in it
anymore. They’d lost Apdo, their charismatic
solo-queue rebel leader, and without him they kind of fell apart. In their second game against Samsung Ozone, Team Dark went full meme. (Casting) They drafted an all-jungler composition
in honor of the then-recently-retired Korean jungler CloudTemplar. (Casting) Plus, Team Dark spelled out “Let’s Go Gank” if you read out the first
characters of their banned Champion’s names. Team Dark’s comp was never supposed to be
in a lane, so Samsung Ozone went just as memey. They drafted all AD carries and
bruisers, designed to push lanes and take towers as fast as possible. (Casting) They annihilated Team Dark in just over eight minutes. (Casting) Three days later, KeSPA and OGN disqualified Team Dark for intentionally throwing their matches. And as far as anyone knows, none of those players ever played pro League of Legends ever again. Team Dark probably had it coming if you think about it. The highest level of League of
Legends competition in the world is maybe not the best place for your
memorial meme comp. But Team Dark didn’t care. They’d just lost Apdo, and while he’d
eventually return to solo queue, he’s still banned from playing under his own
name until the 31st century. His teammates’ careers were forever
ruined, but they were also just solo queue randos. For his part, Apdo streams on
other accounts now, and says he’ll pay Riot $100,000 to get his main one back.
But Riot has every right to take apart Elo boosters. These days Apdo mostly
streams from China, after winning a contest that saw him take first place in
the solo queue rankings there and also resulted in the single greatest picture
in esports history. But Apdo’s competitive ban ended in 2015. There’s no reason he couldn’t try out for a pro team right now, but Apdo doesn’t care.
He doesn’t want to play in Riot’s system. Once upon a time he was the greatest midlaner in the world. But now, he’s just a guy playing League
of Legends with a plate full of money.

35 thoughts on “Apdo and the Tragedy of League’s Shortest Professional Game”

  1. He earns more money doing this than joining the professional system with lots of rules and regulations. He's a smart man

  2. apdo isnt a guy "just playing league of legends" he's still arguably the best player in Korea and China lol… he still demolishes soloq with his safe TF

  3. It's funny how riot thinks boosting account messes with the integrity of competitiveness and still they are spineless when it comes to feeders and trolls

  4. Imagine this guy in LCK. Korea would have two gods in the midlane. SKT might not even have a dynasty. Madara and Hashirama of Korea.

  5. the gangplank galio garen ban was a thing faker would do to avoid banning strong champs in soloQ. They show up first in alphabetical order on the korean client.

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