Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang recently acknowledged in an interview that Chinese and South Korean League of Legends players share a rigorous training regimen. A former member of FunPlus Phoenix, who helped his team win Worlds 2019 by defeating G2 Esports in the finals, discussed the squad’s exhausting preparations for the tournament. The mid laner said that FPX would play for 14.5 hours a day and only get 5.5 hours of sleep.
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FPX trained for 14.5 hours straight, playing solo queue between the hours of 10:30 night and 3:30 am and again between 9:30 am and 1 pm. Between meals, and again in the evening, they practiced for a total of six hours per day.
The difference between the West and the East is further explored in this timetable. Many people believe that the Eastern areas are more successful internationally since they have more opportunities to compete in games. There’s not much of a counterargument given that Doinb and FPX dedicated over 14 hours a day to gaming.
Many athletes have commended the Western way of working, despite the cultural differences. Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in, speaking on November 14th, said that the heightened quality of life in North America had prevented player fatigue. Nonetheless, he stressed that Western players need to “put in at least 90 percent of the work the Eastern players are putting into the game” if they want to compete well on the international stage.