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How JackeyLove became the heir to Uzi’s throne

Published: 6/Jul/2020 10:45 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 11:08

by Shane King

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With legendary AD Carry Jian ‘Uzi’ Zi-Hao recently retiring, League of Legends has a vacancy for a new king of the bot lane and Yu ‘JackeyLove’ Wen-Bo looks to be the heir to the throne. 

There are plenty of superstar AD Carries competing at the top level of LoL, but perhaps the best candidate to fill Uzi’s sizeable shoes is Yu ‘JackeyLove’ Wen-Bo. At just 19-years-old, he already has an LPL victory and a World Championship under his belt.

JackeyLove was signed by Invictus Gaming in 2016 but he was not eligible to play in the LPL at this time due to age restrictions but he could compete in the regional NEST tournament. During this run, he managed to take down Uzi’s RNG on his way to winning the whole tournament at the age of 16.

But despite a supersonic rise after making his LPL debut in 2018, JackeyLove was cast aside once IG started to show cracks. He spent much of the 2020 Spring split without a team, but a move to TOP Esports finally got him back on the rift. Immediately, JackeyLove demonstrated what he’s capable of, helping TOP to the LPL final and to a Mid-Season Cup victory over the best of China and South Korea.

But, questions still remain. Can Jackeylove manage to carry the weight of expectation from all the Chinese fan base and follow in Uzi’s footsteps? Only time will tell.

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BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch

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Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

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Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.