EU LCS side Team Vitality has spent the last month training in Korea and have even spent a day training alongside LCK side Afreeca Freecs.
On 22 May, the team’s official twitter account shared a picture of the roster alongside Afreeca Freecs’ players. The same picture was shared on the Afreeca Freecs account.
As a part of our Korean Bootcamp, the Vitality League of Legends team had the chance to share the day with @Freecs_LoL!
It was a really great experience and hopefully we’ll meet again at Worlds Championship!
팀 비탈리티를 따뜻하게 맞이해준 한국의 친구들 정말 고마웠습니다 😍 pic.twitter.com/OiZUzs498X
— Team Vitality (@Team_Vitality) May 22, 2018
This is the first public exchange between these organizations and could be beginning of a trend.
By teaming up, Team Vitality gets a look into the Korean system and Afreeca Freecs gets the international experience they so desperately need.
Bootcamping in Korea isn’t uncommon. Organisations from the NA LCS and EU LCS frequently ship off their squads to Asia to train ahead of a new split.
Teams certainly benefit from these experiences. However, it is unclear just how much exchange actually takes place between foreign and local teams. However, in this case, the two sides are believed to have spent an entire day training alongside each other.
It comes as little surprise that Team Vitality have paid a visit to one of LCK’s strongest sides, in hopes of pushing up the standings in the Summer Split.
The team finished the Spring Split in fourth place, the same result they had for the past four Splits.
The EU LCS is franchising in 2019 and the teams are getting ready for the change. The teams that are moving forward are not confirmed yet, so the Summer Split is more important now than ever.
About Afreeca Freecs
Afreeca Freecs, created in 2015, had a remarkable Spring Split in the LCK. The team in black and blue made it to the final where they lost 3-1 to King-Zone DragonX.
In recent times, Afreeca Freecs increased their roster size to ten and opted for longer training hours. These changes improved the overall performance of the team and ultimately took them to the final.
Many Korean teams are now following Afreeca’s training model and bringing more players in to the organisation. Possessing two complete rosters allows the team to increase the amount of training that can be performed on a weekly basis.