I am a huge fan of motivational things. Quotes, articles and images of people achieving the “impossible”. It’s not a surprise to most, seeing as I’m a generally loud and excitable person. When it comes to things that are supposed to make me root for the underdog or defeat the odds – I’m a fan and I will shout it from the rooftops. Or in this case, my desktop. It’s not just me. Throughout history, we have rooted for David instead of Goliath or for Average Joes over Globo-Gym. (Dodgeball movie reference**).

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So let’s compare this to League of Legends. I was thrilled to see that Origen reached semi-finals, despite the predictions of the analysts. They weren’t even expected to be there, people started to count them out only a few weeks into the split.

If there is even the slightest chance that a lower seeded team can beat a powerhouse team, I will always root for the underdog mainly because I’ve never met a human who hasn’t failed at something. No one wants to hear about someone who had every single thing go right for them. That would be the most boring story ever. What makes for a great story, is the climb to the top and the obstacles someone has to overcome to get there. It is said that the journey itself is more important than the reward. Your achievements will provide you with an abundance of happiness knowing that you were down and out and never quit. There must have been a time in soloq where your team was behind and all of the sudden something clicked and the tide began to turn. Let’s just say it was the underdog mentality that got you there.

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Origen was hanging on to 6th place for a few weeks and losing a game or two could have put them in a troubling position. Criticism started pouring in and everyone became an analyst. I’d read things suggesting that they should swap out players for others and that one player was single-handedly losing games for the team. I’m really glad they didn’t give up. Victory is that much sweeter after you’ve failed a few times – doesn’t everyone know that?

We are taught from an early age to work hard for a chance to achieve our goals and for anyone who is truly passionate just a chance is enough. Statistics on paper don’t always surpass heart and passion. I may be biased when it comes to Origen because I’m a staff member but I think they have the passion most teams lack. It’s almost as if they compete to satisfy their own hunger. In their first season, the boys beat the odds time and time again considering they were a brand new team. They won the 2015 EUCS Spring Playoffs, came second in 2015 EU LCS Summer Split & playoffs, won the regional qualifiers and competed in the 2015 World Championship. Although the start of this year has been unlucky, they ended their split in second place. They went from 6th place to the 4th seeding, ending the split in 2nd place with 70 championship points. Lately, legacy teams are being challenged by new blood – this is fantastic to see.

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In this way we remind ourselves of the human potential for excellence. Underdogs that succeed, are ordinary people that one day can become legends. When you’re an underdog, nothing is handed on a silver platter. This means you work hard. But when you succeed, you’re much more appreciative of what you have accomplished.

As an underdog, you have to believe that your failures will lead you to your successes. And that your efforts in something are never in vain, even when they don’t achieve the desired result immediately. You have to know that even when others don’t believe in your team’s ambitions and your perspectives that their opinions do not have to be your reality.

I’ve been the underdog before and I’m sure most people have, which is why I’ll always be cheering them from the sidelines.

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Image Sources: 1. Gamespot, 2. QuotesGram, 3. RedBull

 

11 comments
mosuvajofe
mosuvajofe

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Microfilius
Microfilius

Thats why I became OG fan :D 


But I must be critical to myself, I cheer for OG as I think they are underdogs but actually they have also been the favourites in the beginning on this season, for good reasons.

GL HF in the springsplit :D 



Tessa Freeman
Tessa Freeman

Always rooting for the underdog team.. makes for more exciting games

TessaFreeman
TessaFreeman

I agree, the underdogs are always the best teams to follow. It's always like a rollercoaster

Vicente Vixo Cuéllar
Vicente Vixo Cuéllar

Few days after the match between OG and G2 ended, i started to read the comments from the community about the games, some of them about cheering up, others about pure critisism, everyone talking about who outperformed or who didn't, PoE here PoE there, even i read someone said like "man og should bring asian guys to the team" or something like that, i mean... backthen after Fnatic team broke apart in 2014, i thought... man my favorite team it's not gonna be the same anymore... but then OG appears, with peke soaz and even amazing, and two new players that i didn't know anything about them which were zven and mithy (way later i knew that bae cyanide was around too hahja), creating a whole new hype. I can say, that watching this team grew up, evolve together, even after PoE comes in, has been pleasure. Being a fan it's obvious, you always want the best for your team, it's just my own opinion but, i rather a thousand times keep watching this team with these players keep growing up, keep evolving, than bring asian players cuz' i want this team to succeed as it is right now, i know you guys can do it and i'm sure i'm not the only one that thinks the same. Anyway, i wish you guys the best of the luck for the next split, as always cheering from the otherside of the screen throughout anything that comes in the future, keep the hardwork #OGWINS ~ Peace.

Ryan Kebo
Ryan Kebo

Just stay pure EU greetings from Malaysia

Vicente Vixo Cuéllar
Vicente Vixo Cuéllar

Few days after the match between OG and G2 ended, i started to read the comments from the community about the games, some of them about cheering up, others about pure critisism, everyone talking about who outperformed or who didn't, PoE here PoE there, even i read someone said like "man og should bring asian guys to the team" or something like that, i mean... backthen after Fnatic team broke apart in 2014, i thought... man my favorite team it's not gonna be the same anymore... but then OG appears, with peke soaz and even amazing, and two new players that i didn't know anything about them which were zven and mithy (way later i knew that bae cyanide was around too hahja), creating a whole new hype. I can say, that watching this team grew up, evolve together, even after PoE comes in, has been pleasure. Being a fan it's obvious, you always want the best for your team, it's just my own opinion but, i rather a thousand times keep watching this team with these players keep growing up, keep evolving, than bring asian players cuz' i want this team to succeed as it is right now, i know you guys can do it and i'm sure i'm not the only one that thinks the same. Anyway, i wish you guys the best of the luck for the next split, as always cheering from the otherside of the screen throughout anything that comes in the future #OGWINS ~ Peace.

SemorahLoL
SemorahLoL

@Origengg I've always admired you guys and have inspired me to excel in my own game. Not all heroes wear capes! Origen fan till I die!