Should emerging regions be the new Scouting Grounds?

What are the pros and cons of recruiting wildcard players? Can emerging regions become a source of top-tier talent for the best League of Legends teams in the West?

by Daniil Volkov

Image Credit: Riot Games

Up until a few weeks ago, no one has heard about Sergen “Broken Blade” Çelik. Now, he’s the starting top laner for TSM, and his stream racks up an average of 10,000 concurrent viewers. He didn’t just come out of nowhere either. Broken Blade hails from the Turkish Champions League (TCL) where he’s well-known for his mechanical prowess and carry-oriented mindset.

Of course, it’s too early to call him a success story. The NA LCS is a different beast than the TCL, and Broken Blade has yet to prove he can fill Hauntzer’s shoes and perform under the spotlight. But the fact that a North American powerhouse was willing to take a chance on a wildcard player opens up a conversation on whether other teams should follow this example. After all, emerging regions could act as great scouting grounds if you approach them from the right angle.

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Daniil Volkov