FunPlus Phoenix's Doinb earns LPL MVP — to no one's surprise
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FunPlus Phoenix mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang has earned the League of Legends Pro League Most Valuable Player award for the 2021 summer split. The 24-year-old professional has been a top performer in the LPL this split, earning the second-most Man of the Match awards, after Top Esports’ Zhuo “knight” Ding.

Doinb finished the LPL regular season with the third highest kill/death/assist ratio in the entire league at 6.4. He also had the highest average earned gold at 313 per minute, according to Oracle’s Elixir. His team has also been atop the LPL standings for a majority of the split, finishing in first place and earning the No. 1 seed going into the playoffs.

Doinb’s MVP spring split

The South Korean player has had a renaissance this year, after missing the 2020 World Championships and an overall forgettable 2020 season. After winning the 2019 World Championships, both FPX and Doinb did not reach the same level of play or regular season standings as they had previously.

However, this season saw the team rise from the ashes and reach the top of the LPL again with a 13-3 series record. Additionally, three players earned all pro team accolades across the three tiers. Doinb earned first team all pro mid laner over another standout mid laner.

The MVP’s style of play did not change this split and his eclectic champion pool was well suited for this season’s meta;  traditionally top lane and roam heavy champions were viable throughout the regulars season. Doinb played 17 different champions with outstanding stats on his most played champions. For example, he had an average 20 KDA on Orianna in four games played and an over-70% win rate on Sylas and Lee Sin.

Doinb previously won the MVP award in the 2019 spring season with a similar LPL record and top finish.

The MVP of the split will take his accolades to the LPL playoffs on Aug. 21. He will face off against whomever makes it through the top bracket of the LPL playoff gauntlet.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.