Uzi Announces His Return to Pro Play… In the Most Mellow of Ways
Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, one of the best AD carries who have ever taken flesh, will once again return to competitive LoL! It’s been a little over a year since this legend opted to retire because of his declining health, and, frankly, he’s been sorely missed in the LPL as well as the international stage.
Watching this prodigious marksman run circles around his opposition was always one of the chief delights of competitive LoL, and now — if things pan out as expected — we’ll get to see Uzi “do his thing” yet again. That, in itself, is a cause for celebration!
However, the most interesting thing about this is that he announced his return to pro play in the most mellow of ways. It was so chill and laid-back that most websites and news outlets didn’t even pick it up — it completely flew under the radar.
He’s Taking It Slow
Uzi will continue streaming LoL until his current contract with Royal Never Give Up expires. Once that happens (2022), he’ll trial with an LPL team and try to become a starting AD carry for one of the LPL giants (of which there are many).
Right now, though, he’s Diamond 1 in solo queue and still has a long way to go before returning to his old form. Still, the sheer fact that he’s healthy enough (and willing) to return to pro play will undoubtedly put a smile on many people’s faces. Whether he can still compete at the highest of levels, though, remains to be seen.
The LPL has no shortage of exceptional AD carries: Chen “GALA” Wei (Royal Never Give Up), Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang (FunPlus Phoenix), Tang “huanfeng” Huan-Feng (Suning), Yu “JackeyLove” Wen-Bo — to name a few. All in all, the LPL is stacked with talent, and Uzi will probably face an uphill battle if he intends to sign for one of the top-tier teams, all of which already happen to have beastly AD carries competing under their banners.
A return to RNG is off the table, seeing how they’ve supposedly kept him in “contract jail” this whole time. That leaves us with Invictus Gaming and, potentially, FPX. It’s still a bit too early to predict anything with confidence, but Uzi has the work ethic and talent to get back on the grind and once again accomplish greatness. Hopefully, he’ll have something big to announce in a couple of months!