League of Legends Worlds 2023 concluded over the weekend, with Korea's T1 claiming a historic fourth title. But while the team might have lifted the trophy together, the only prize that one member really wanted is something they can't have.
One of League of Legends' longest-running traditions is the creation of a collection of cosmetics inspired by the winners of each year's world championships. Each player earns a cut of the revenue from their skin, and the only catch is that their cosmetic has to be for a character they played at least once during the tournament itself.
Enter Keria, T1's support player, whose only goal (beyond lifting the trophy, I assume) was to get a skin for his favorite character, Lux. Putting to one side the fact that Lux has some of the most plentiful skins in the entire game (the current count is 17), Keria seems to have been pretty single-minded about his choice, should he win the tournament.
The catch, of course, is that he didn't get a chance to play Lux a single time. A quirk of the way in which LoL's pick-and-ban drafting system works means that Lux was never a high-enough priority pick for the team. Keria's lane partner, Gumayusi, is quoted as having suggested that, had things worked out very slightly differently, they had a meta-relevant way to pull Lux into play, but high-level tournaments mean that you often don't get to play what you want.
Keria's disappointment was on display a few hours after his win. Unable to sleep, he jumped on stream, where esports journalist Ashley Kang translated his comments about his skin. Keria told viewers that "I only thought about making a Lux skin. I never thought about any other skin." In a meeting with Riot to discuss what each player wanted for theirRead more on gamesradar.com