Bengi Booted Off Vici Gaming's League of Legends Team

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It's long been rumored that China is where Korean pros go to let their careers die, and it seems that the region has claimed yet another victim in the form of Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong, defending World Champion and former jungler for SK Telecom T1. The CEO of Vici Gaming, his most recent team, revealed on stream that the organization's League of Legends team has decided to part ways with Bengi after a disastrous season, a move that may spell the end for the world-renowned player. 

The announcement doesn't do the entire story justice, as new information soon came to light that indicated the process by which Vici eliminated Bengi was perhaps a bit less professional than what would normally be expected. Inven Global reported that Vici Gaming CEO Lu "HunTeR" Wenjun was demoted down to the team's general manager around the same time that a rather drastic team meeting was rumored to have occurred. The meeting was between the staff and players on Vici's League of Legends side, and was meant to address the team's incredibly poor performance over the last split. Per the Inven report:

According to TeD, VG held a team meeting where they did a ballot among themselves to pick a player who performed the worst - and they unanimously chose Bengi, leading him to be kicked out of the team.

In other words, Vici lost a round of Survivor that his job was at stake in. Where his career will take him from here is unknown, but he's already experienced some pretty dramatic highs and lows in the last year, as he went from winning the World Championship to losing in the LPL's relegation tournament in the course of a single split. Vici Gaming looked like one of the worst teams in the LPL, and it's quite difficult to point out a single cause for why that was. On paper, the team is perfectly acceptable, and it was hoped that the combination between Bengi and his former teammate Easyhoon would be enough to propel the team to the success it's managed to dodge for years in a row now, but that never turned out to be the case. Bengi had almost no synergy with the team during a season that absolutely demanded that from its junglers, and the team ended up relying on Easyhoon to hard carry them every game...again. Obviously, that strategy didn't pay too many dividends, and Vici Gaming ended the split in the LSPL, China's secondary League.

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