The longest losing run in professional League of Legends has come to an end. V3 Esports of the LJL won their first game in 356 days earlier today, breaking a 39-game losing run dating back to the 2021 season.
When V3 Esports was knocked out of the playoffs in the 2021 LJL Summer Split, the team was eliminated from the playoffs by AXIZ. That three-game win marked the beginning of a historic comeback for V3, who would not return to the LJL stage until the 2022 Spring Split. When they returned to pro play, though, they failed to win all 21 of their spring games.
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Despite a winless run in the first half of the year, the team maintained its roster throughout this year's Spring and Summer Splits. With an additional 15 losses in the bag to open the Summer Split, the V3s lost 39 games before defeating AXIZ, the team they originally defeated last summer.
V3 won the game by a total kill score of 19-4, with AD carry Dresscode putting his team into 18 of their 19 kills on the day. Despite the huge difference in kills, V3 had to make an effort to reclaim the gold lead after a teamfight victory near the Ocean Drake.
After winning the LJL Summer Split that season, the team has accumulated a match record of 20-52 in the LJL, all but one of those victories coming in 2021.
V3's historic-for-all-the-wrong-reasons-losing streak might be safely untouched for a while, considering it took a significant effort to set the original record of a 34-game losing run set by VaeVictis Esports of the LCL back in 2019, who were kicked out of the league due to an unacceptable level of competitiveness before the 2020 season.
The PCS SEM9, who have lost nine games in a row, and Gravitas of the LCO, who are currently on a 20-game losing streak.