Cloud9 Coach Calls League of Legends Tournament Format Unfair After West's Poor Showing in Worlds 2021

Cloud9 head coach Alfonso 'mithy' Aguirre Rodríguez vented out his thoughts about the current professional scene format of League of Legends after their 3-0 loss against Korean team Gen.G in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Worlds 2021.

Mithy's target for venting was the current scenario of teams from the West (both North American and European teams), wherein they only get to scrim with the teams in those regions. For him, it's 'unfair' since teams from other regions have a much wider range of possible scrim opponents.

He said:

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“I think that the way the whole league system is designed is extremely unfair. The Korean teams get to scrim against LPL, LJL, all those teams, and we’re stuck with EU or NA teams. For a Western team to do well, we’d have to boot camp in Korea for a while and then do a tournament there. But that’s very hard because we have to play a lot of useless games in Spring Split for example when we could be boot camping.”

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Cloud9 Coach Dubs Current League of Legends Tournament Format As Unfair After West's Poor Showing In Worlds 2021

The coach's thoughts came after the Western's team poor display in the knockout stages of Worlds 2021. Only Cloud9 and European team MAD Lions made it to the top 8 of the tournament, while the other six were comprised of teams from China and Korea.

This is also the third time where both Western regions will have no representatives in the semifinals, with 2014 and 2017 as the first two Worlds where it happened.

The only Western team to win the Summoner's Cup was in the first season, where Fnatic won the tournament without any Asian competitor. Since the second season up until this year, all champions were and will be from Asia.