6:05 PM ETEmily RandESPN FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintHow did the LPL era begin?The video trailer for China's upcoming League of Legends Pro League summer split begins with this question. Although many international fans may think solely of Invictus Gaming's 2018 League of Legends World Championship win, Chinese fans and the LPL faithful know differently. It began with Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao and Royal Never Give Up (or Royal Club, depending on what you believe an era to be). Uzi's retirement at some point this year was expected. For years he has been plagued by hand and shoulder injuries. Toward the end of the 2019 competitive season, prior to his appearance at the League of Legends World Championship, he gave an interview with his sponsor Nike, sharing that doctors had told him he had the arm of a 40- to 50-year-old, not the 22-year-old young man he actually was.
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