"The Fnatic" Philosophy

Back at it again with some more LoL knowledge, and this time a new reason as to why you should never give up when your team is playing from behind.

There are 67 million people playing the game, and around 27 million who are playing daily.  If you're one of these people and are taking the game seriously, you've probably, at one time or another, followed the professional scene.  The pro scene is split into several top competing regions: North America, Europe, China, South Korea, Southeast Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau) as well as other competing regions like Latin America, Brazil, Oceania, Japan and Turkey.

Each region has a team, or teams, that have consistently shown results throughout the years.  One such team would be Fnatic from Europe.  Known for several successful esports teams in CS:GO, DoTA 2, HotS, SMITE and of course League of Legends, an organization of this size must demand results from their teams.  One of the most memorable moments in general LoL history was when legendary mid-laner Xpeke took the backdoor to the enemy nexus, narrowly surviving on Kassadin with only 39 HP, and defeating SK Gaming at an international tournament.

This type of play is admirable and important in a game like League of Legends.  In a game that can consume the player with their own ego and the stubbornness to identify unusual win conditions, sometimes the boldest plays can be the ones that make you go down in history as the one who pulled it off.  Xpeke saw the opportunity and went for it.  The backdoor attempt is now even called an "Xpeke" or "the Xpeke" in similar cases.

Being it deemed a "cheesy" way to win a game that has been engraved in every professional LoL players mind, players have adapted over the years to take extra precaution when leaving their nexus open. You have to understand that sometimes it will come down to that very last hit.  As many times that you watch your nexus get rolled over (or when you are rolling over the enemy nexus) there will be close team fights and nexus defenses that can completely change the game and give the losing team a fighting chance.  This has been accepted in the league community as "throwing" but it can't happen unless the defending team is pushing back, so there is a degree of credit that the defending team deserves.  Here's a short and dramatized nexus defense captured by YouTuber 'ThePureSpeed':

Now I bet that the red team felt very silly for not respecting the Sivir's damage.  In most cases like this, you normally are able to take down the nexus simply from the numbers advantage.  At the same time, the red team could have easily coordinated an attempt to focus down the Sivir and secure the win.  Instead they didn't, ended up dying to the late game Sivir pressure (Ricochet can crit, people!) and threw the game away.

There's something to be said for an individuals' make-or-break decision making.  When you are understanding the risks of an unusual way to win the game, no matter how bold it may seem, you're taking on the responsibility of the game.  You can win it, and you can just as easily lose it if you aren't playing smart (don't backdoor the nexus against champions with several teleports).  At the same time, you may find yourself on the defense and in a situation where you're 1v5ing.  You could be the Sivir in the video above; you save your nexus with barely any life and allow your team to re-spawn and have a chance to win the game.  With both of these opportunities in mind, one should never count their team out until they've played boldly.  When you find yourself in a large deficit it may be your only option!
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