South Korean esports organization MVP announced it has disbanded its League of Legends team following it being relegated during the 2018 season. With this news, their entire roster has also been released from the organization, with no news on the future.
그동안 MVP팀을 응원해주신 e스포츠 팬분들께 안타까운 소식을 전해드립니다.Team MVP 리그 오브 레전드 팀의 해체를 결정하게 되었습니다.지난달 MVP 리그 오브 레전드팀 소속 선수 및 감독 코치진과 상호합의하에 전원 계약종료 및 해지를 하였습니다.열심히 활동해 준 선수단의 노고와 끝까지 MVP팀을 응원해주신 팬분들께 진심으로 감사드립니다.
A poor performance
MVP qualified for the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) in 2016. This came after the team achieved 2nd in the 2016 Challengers Korea Spring Split Playoffs and defeated Kongdoo Monster during the Summer Split Promotion. Unfortunately, the team has never managed to attain any placements in the LCK’s upper half bracket. The closest was a 5th place result during the 2017 LCK Spring Split, but MVP lost to KT Rolster in the 2017 Spring Split Playoffs.
However, the team saw even worse results afterward, with an 8th place finish in the 2017 LCK Summer Split. MVP then placed second to last during the 2018 LCK Spring Split and repeated that result in the Summer Split, which sent them to relegation. While DAMWON Gaming was able to save themselves, MVP lost to Challengers Korea organization Team BattleComics, which was later acquired by SANDBOX Gaming.
An unoptimistic MVP
After relegation, MVP was sent back to Challengers Korea. There the team changed their entire roster, with some of the same coaching staff. However, the team placed 6th during the Spring Split and 7th at the Summer Split. With only 6 wins and 22 losses in total during the 2019 Season, the organization was most likely not optimistic about making it back to the LCK. As such, it is not worth the upkeep costs for little to no chance.
MVP still has teams in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, multiplayer online battle arena Honor of Kings / Arena of Valor, Overwatch Contenders, and PUBG. Will MVP ever return to League of Legends, or does the LCK have larger barriers now? Let us know about your opinion, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your League of Legends coverage.