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The Road to Worlds: Majiinbae Player Profile

When you’re preparing a lineup for a tournament, it’s good to find a starting point. For most players the natural starting point is the three best decks at the time, X/Y/Z. After much deliberation and overthinking, a lot of players get scared off the lineup because of the idea of this nameless X/Y/Z boogeyman player who is just better than they are. Who will outplay them at every turn and ALWAYS top deck the perfect card. I’ve always found this notion to be a little ridiculous, and in this article I’m going to seek to quell some of these fears. Let's start with this nameless, faceless, omnipotent X/Y/Z boogeyman - his name is MajiinBae, and he’s actually really nice once you get to know him.

Majiin might be one of the newest players who have qualified for Worlds, starting their Legends of Runeterra journey with the release of Targon late last summer. With a solid background in card games, Majiin hit the ground running, quickly identifying weakness in the meta and topping the Monuments of Power Seasonal with Pirates/Mistwraiths/Draven Ezreal. The meta at the time was widely dominated by Go Hard and Feel the Rush, and without any of the power decks in his lineup, Majiin was unable to make it to the Top 4 to secure an invite. Now at the time, we didn’t know that the Top 4 was necessary to secure an invite to the yet unannounced World Championship. Since that announcement, I’ve seen players take less pride in a Top 32 accomplishment because it means they fell short of their personal goal of securing an invite. But with no such information, a Top 32 was as good as gold and Majiin took it as a sign to all in on Runeterra. He started streaming and taking ladder seriously, hitting rank 1 and moving from #21 on the Monuments of Power power rankings all the way to #3 when he topped again during Cosmic Creation.

Having not realized his full power yet, Majiin topped the Cosmic Creation Seasonal with Shen Fiora/Aphelios/Lee Sin - putting his Twisted Fate in his Aphelios deck instead of bringing TF/Fizz. Another slightly substandard lineup, though certainly more in line with the top end of the meta than his previous Seasonal. Then, sometime in testing between the swiss rounds and top cut, Majiin went super saiyan. He realized he was a Buu among 31 Krillins. Walking into top cut with the X/Y/Z lineup of TF/Fizz / Aphelios / Lee Sin, Majiin would go on to win the Cosmic Creation Seasonal after confidently declaring on Twitter that he was going to do so. It’s not uncommon to see players joke about the 0-2 drop, but the only thing Majiin dropped was the gloves.

After confidently declaring that he was going to win the Seasonal and making good on that promise, Majiin revealed his true intentions; to become a streamer and make beginner friendly content on his YouTube channel and Mastering Runeterra podcast. The glint of the competitive monster we saw on the day of the Top 32 went dormant, and Majiin became a very approachable and humble champion. Seeking to grow the community even more and make room in the spotlight for others, Majiin started throwing large tournaments of his own, boasting larger than normal prize pools for grassroots events. 

Recently at the Guardians of the Ancient Seasonal, Majiin came in swinging with a full on X/Y/Z lineup of Draven Ezreal/Dragons/Nasus. He appeared on the main broadcast a few times, easily cleaning up mirror matches left and right and really embracing the boogeyman we got a glimpse of during his Seasonal win. It’s become clear that Majiin isn’t content to sit on the sidelines, and while he may be ok with sharing the spotlight, he’s not one to be pushed out of it. And now he has a unique opportunity in front of him - the chance to become the first 2 time Seasonal Champion in the world.

But if we push the theatrics aside for a moment and really get down to the core of it, Majiin is solid. I meant it when I said he’s one of the scariest X/Y/Z players out there, and going into the World Championship he’s currently on course to set the bar when it comes to the best lineup. It’s easy to talk yourself into X/Y/Z if there’s a faceless boogeyman you might not have to run into out of 1024 players, but come the round of 64 players, you’re going to have to think really hard about whether or not you are confident you can beat MajiinBae in a mirror match. And even IF you somehow manage that, is it really worth the possibility of getting dissed on the next track?

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