With the 2018 MSI Group Stage just around the corner, a certain photo of Kingzone DragonX has been getting a lot of traction in the Korean League of Legends community.
On the 7th (KST), through their official Twitter page, KZ uploaded a photo of the packaged/canned food that they brought from Korea. In the photo, there were multiple suitcases filled with Korean ramen noodles and other packaged goods such as canned tuna.
After seeing the photo, the fans reacted with various comments: "are they trying to open up a convenience store in Europe?" "They can probably last for another month after MSI finishes," "I thought France and Germany had tasty food," and "It's better to prepare food from home over risking possible issues that can come from eating unfamiliar food."
A good number of players who joined foreign teams always mentioned the same issue -- that they can't get used to the food there. And in actuality, food is one of the biggest problems that come from long-lasting international tournaments -- improper meals have resulted in teams underperforming.
In 2015, KeSPA directly took care of the LCK teams, bringing Korean food and other items to support the Korean teams. As a result, all three teams, SKT T1, KOO Tigers, and KT Rolster, made it to the quarterfinals. In addition, SKT T1, who had shown a large dip in performance during the 2016 MSI and Worlds before winning, revealed in an interview that "it's a huge hassle when trying to get used to foreign food during international tournaments." Through this example, many LCK teams saw the importance of bringing their own food when playing overseas -- thus a new trend was started -- as they found that unfamiliar food can have negative effects on a player's performance.
Will KZ's attempt to stay in their best condition pull through? We'll find out through the 2018 MSI Group Stage that will take place starting today.
■ 2018 League of Legends "Mid-Season Invitational" Group Stage - Day 1
Match 1 - Fnatic vs. Royal Never Give Up
Match 2 - EVOS Esports vs. Flash Wolves
Match 3 - Kingzone DragonX vs. TeamLiquid
Match 4 - Flash Wolves vs. Fnatic
Match 5 - TeamLiquid vs. EVOS Esports
Match 6 - Royal Never Give Up vs. Kingzone DragonX