Rarely any League of Legends team had that much influence on the entire eSports scene in one country as Team World Elite or Team WE had in China. Officially, Team World Elite is the first eSports organization that was based in China and since their foundation, they have been building their legacy through different competitions.
Team World Elite first appeared in the Warcraft 3 competitions but over the years, they expanded their eSports divisions to other competitions such as StarCraft II, Dota 2, and of course League of Legends. It was actually Warcraft 3 that set them on the path of becoming one of the most powerful eSports organizations in China.
However, with the rise of their League of Legends teams, their Warcraft 3 team fell almost into oblivion as LoL became their main and the most successful franchise. Just like any other team in all eSports competitions, Team World Elite has faced their fair share of problems that at some point threatened to dismantle the entire organization. However, thankfully, that did not happen and Team World Elite is one of the biggest and the strongest teams in the Asian region when it comes to the League of Legends competitions.
Team World Elite History
In 2011, Team World Elite announced that they have launched their League of Legends team and they also announced that their LoL team will be based in Shanghai, China. Before becoming Team World Elite or Team WE, this organization was known as World Elite. In many aspects, this organization has been the pioneer of eSports in China that set forth the standards that every team after them had to follow.
Back in the days, when Team WE was known for their performances in Warcraft 3, they hosted some of the best players from that time such as Li ‘Sky’ Xiaofeng. However, since 2011, the main focus of this organization is their League of Legends team. When Team WE announced the launch of their team, they also announced that Ayaya, Yu ‘Misaya’ Jingxi, JoKer, Wu ‘YJTM’ Songjun, and Cui ‘if’ Yi have signed contracts and that they will be their first League of Legends roster.
That year proved to be very successful for Team World Elite as they managed to win several tournaments and this was unexpected because they were competing just for a couple of months before they won their first title. The next year saw several original members leaving the team and among them were YJTM and if. They were soon replaced by Feng ‘FZZF’ Zhou-Jun and Ming ‘ClearLove’ Kai.
This change in roster did not affect their results because they managed to win several tournaments in 2012 as well. The only difference between 2011 and 2012 was the fact that the tournaments they won have become much bigger and more significant. In 2013, they participated in more tournaments than any of the previous years but won fewer titles. That year, Misaya announced that he is retiring from eSports and the team brought in Teng-Yang ‘Ruo’ Tian-Xia and Chen ‘sukiM’ Zhi-Yuan as his replacements.
The following year proved to be the most difficult for the team so far. Their good performances and good results have almost disappeared and the team attempted to solve that problem by making changes in the roster. However, since they made almost a dozen changes in the team during that year, their results started to suffer and they had only one good tournament that year. At the end of that year, they were far away from the implications of their name. Their problems continued during 2015 as they had a lot of issues finding the permanent or even stable lineup for their team.
At that moment it looked like Team WE is focusing more on finding the right players for the team than on achieving good results and having proper training. This is not something unusual. Almost all teams in eSports had to go through these kinds of stages where they only two outcomes are ‘make-it’ or ‘break-it’. Following year did not bring much success as well for the team. That proved to be the toughest year for Team WE so far because eSports news reports were filled with stories about the potential dismantling of the entire organization.
Luckily that did not happen as the team managed to pull out of those problems and find a stable lineup for their team. As a part of their campaign to reinvent the team, they decided to change the name and eventually we got Team WE. Because of that, the results they had in the competitions started to improve significantly.
So far, 2017 has become their most successful year in history when it comes to their League of Legends competitions. In an extremely difficult tournament, Team WE managed to win the trophy at the 2017 Rift Rivals – Red. Besides that, they also succeeded in winning the trophy in the 2017 LPL Spring Split Playoffs and they are on a good path of achieving that in the Summer Split as well.
As we have mentioned before, 2016 was not good for them when it comes to results and their best results from that period were third place in the 2016 LPL Spring Split Playoffs as well as the fourth place in 2016 LPL Summer Split Playoffs. The year before that, Team World Elite managed to win the trophy at the 2015 NEST by beating Snake eSports in the final match. That year, they also had their best result in the international competitions and that was the second place at the IEM IX World Championship Katowice.
During the first couple of years when they were breaking into the League of Legends scene, they managed to win several minor tournaments such as Enter the Dragon in 2012, International e-Culture Festival 2012, HAN Pro League, IEM Season VIII – Shanghai in 2013, IEM Season VI – Guangzhou in 2011 as well as Tencent Games Carnival 2011.
Over the years, Team World Elite had a lot of problems with finding the right players for their team. That is probably the reason why they are currently hosting a ten-man roster for their League of Legends teams. Besides that, they also have two temporary substitute players who are ready to step in at any given moment.
Currently, Team WE feature two players that play in the mid lane position and those two players are Ke ‘957’ Chang Yu and Zhou ‘LaoZhou’ Chao. Besides that, this team also features two players that currently fill in the position of mid lane players and those two players are Su ‘Xiye’ Han Wei and Ke ‘ZBB’ Zhi. It seems that having two players for these positions is actually the team’s policy because there are also two players that are currently playing in the position of AD Carry and those players are Jeong ‘Raison’ Soo Bin and Jin ‘Mystic’ Sung Jun.
Unlike the first three positions that we mentioned, the position of jungler in Team WE is filled by only one player Xiang ‘Condi’ Ren Jie. Besides these seven players, Team World Elite is also featuring three support players and they are Yoon ‘Zero’ Kyung Sub, Nam ‘Ben’ Don Hyun, and Ke ‘Conan’ Yi. Besides these three support players, the team also has two temporary support substitute players and they are Liu ‘Ahrl’ Xu-Dong and Li ‘Sicca’ Li Hao-Yu.
As everybody knows, coaches also have a very big role in every team. Because of that, Team WE currently features some of the best coaching names in the entire regions, Kim ‘HooN’ Nam-hoon who is their head coach as well as Young ‘Homme’ Sung-young who is also a coach and an analyst in the team.
Total Prize Money Won
As an organization, Team WE did not earn a lot of money from the tournament’s prize pools when compared to some other teams. In total, Team WE has earned $1,705,368.61 from the prize pools with their League of Legends team winning almost 70 percent of that amount ($1,192,439.71). When it comes to the players who earned the most while playing for this team, their former player, Li ‘Sky’ Xiaofeng has earned a little over $130,000.
However, the amount that Team WE earned from the prizes is not the real amount that they have earned during all these years. Team WE, despite all their problems, has been and still is one of the biggest and most important teams when it comes to the sponsorship deals. Currently, this team has sponsorship deals signed with GIGABYTE, Doyou.tv, Niupu, Zhangi tv, i-Rocks and several others.
Many have claimed that their earnings from the sponsorship deals have surpassed the earnings from the tournaments a long time ago. With such a huge historical importance for Chinese eSports, Team World Elite will remain one of the biggest teams in history, at least in the Chinese region. Besides that, it is really impressive to see that people in the team’s management still have the will and the motivation to keep this organization going after all these years.