RNG won the MSI last weekend and even if in Europe, the competition had problems excited, audiences increased considerably compared to last year (a peak of more than 19%). The Chinese organization made history by winning the tournament for the second consecutive year and can now boast of being the only structure that has raised the Cup 3 times (2018, 2021 and 2022).

In the networks and on the analysis platforms, some have also talked about a Reverse Grand Slam to congratulate coach Zhu Ken Zhu Kai, who remains in an incredible streak of won tournaments. But what is this inverse Grand Slam story?

Grand Slam and Reverse Grand Slam, where does it come from?

The Grand Slam is an expression found in several fields. To name a few, we could talk about tennis (win the 4 great tournaments in a row). Chaining a victory in the Open of Australia, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year is something exceptional. Such action has not happened since 1988 and thanks to Steffi Graf, one of the most famous tennis players in the entire history of sport.

If we return to the world of League of Legends, the Grand Slam consists of winning 4 specific tournaments in the same year: the Spring Split of a major league (LCK, LPL, LEC or LCS), the MSI , the Summer Split and the World . This feat had never been achieved before, not even for the best of all, Faker . On the other hand, we invent the notion of Grand Slam reverse , which corresponds more or less to the two-year-old Grand Slam. It consists of winning these 4 trophies but outside order and during two competitive seasons .

How did the RNG coach handle this famous Reverse Grand Slam?

When announcing that Zhu Kenzhu Kai, the RNG coach, has achieved a reverse Grand Slam, some will frown… How is it possible if the team did not win the World Cup last year? The answer is simple: Kenzhu’s Reverse Grand Slam is only related to his person. The coach was playing in 2021 at Edward Gaming (EDG) with whom he won the World Cup and in the meantime he has changed equipment. That is why he managed to chain 4 great victories:

LPL Summer 2021 (EDG) *
World Cup 2021 (EDG)
LPL Primavera 2022 (RNG)
* MSI 2022 (RNG)


Kenzhu is not the first to achieve this action

What Kenzhu has achieved is great, very great, and no one can take it away. However, we must restore the truth: despite what has been said by certain rumors in social networks, the Chinese is not the first to achieve this feat! In 2015-2016, SKT had an incredible series of successes, winning the 2015 LCK summer split, the 2015 World Cups, the Spring Split of the 2016 LCK and the MSI 2016. Several players had been part of the adventure:

Bang (ADC)
Wolf (Support)
KK0ma * (coach) What is true, however, is that Kenzhu is the first to achieve this feat in the Chinese League (LPL) and the first to do so with two different teams **.

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