We’ve all seen those gorgeous Secretlab chairs the League of Legends pros have been competing on at Worlds 2021. We’ve also all squirmed at the price tag when we’ve subsequently gone to check them out on the brand’s website. ‘It’s just a chair,’ we tell ourselves, vindicating our decision to not launch our wallet at the screen.
I however have had the very good fortune of being able to spend some time trying out and reviewing the exact model we see on stage – the Secretlab Titan EVO 2022 – minus the fancy Worlds trim, so it’s only right that I take you through the experience of playing soloq in a pro-grade chair so you too can imagine picking up a fat W while feeling like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.
It’s another day, and the dawn of yet another caffeine-fueled attempt to get through my promos. It’s taken five attempts, but I am once again one win away from escaping my current LoL ranks tier. I pick my favourite champion, completely ignoring the fact that it is terrible into the enemy composition, and patiently wait as we load onto the Rift.
While waiting for the minions to spawn, we opt for a level one invade – they’ll never see it coming. As it transpires, our foes had already placed a cautionary ward, catching us out on our approach. Mission failed, we’ll get ‘em next time.
As the lane begins, our Yasuo-playing midlaner gets off to a shaky, but ultimately expected 0-3 start – it looks like I’ll have to carry the game again. For the first few minutes, our lane remains nice and sturdy, much like the structural integrity of the Titan EVO 2022. While my CS’ing perhaps isn’t quite up to the level of Jeong ‘Chovy’ Ji-hoon, I remain even with my opposing laner.
However, my peaceful PvE experience doesn’t last long, as the enemy jungler rudely barges into our lane for a gank. In my panic, I freeze up like a possum playing dead, hoping that my support will magically get me out of this torrid situation. Fortunately, the jungler decides to throw themselves under our tower to try and pick me off, dying in the process and giving me double buffs. “He’s too tanky,” they write in all-chat.
Indeed, the enemy gank fell apart at the seams – something which I’m confident the Titan EVO 2022 won’t do based on the quality of its upholstery’s stitchwork.
Thanks to the Titan EVO 2022’s spacious seat, I comfortably play my part in acing the enemy team
After snowballing the lead gifted to us by the enemy jungler, we get the better of our opposing laners and eventually take down their tower as we transition into the midgame. Fast-forward several minutes of playing ping pong with minions in the mid lane and getting randomly picked off while overextending into the enemy jungle, it’s time for a Baron fight. The dance around the Baron pit sees plenty of posturing between the two teams – though thanks to the chair’s incredible lumbar support system, I know I have the advantage here.
After a suitable number of ultimates had been whiffed, the fight begins for real. Over the next few moments, my butt cheeks remain clenched like two Malphites slapped together. However, thanks to the Titan EVO 2022’s spacious seat evenly distributing the weight of my rock solid glutes over its signature cold-cure foam, I am able to comfortably play my part in acing the enemy team, and securing the big purple worm.
From there the game is putty in our hands. After repeatedly ramming it down mid lane, we finally brute-force a game-deciding fight which goes in our favour. As the enemy Nexus explodes, I flex my fingers, ping out a customary ‘GG EZ’ into /All chat, and sink my head back into the Titan EVO 2022’s outrageously soft memory foam headrest as the Victory screen flashes up.
I stare at my monitor as my ranked icon changes. I have ascended to the most important rank tier of all – Gold IV – securing my Victorious skin for yet another LoL ranked season. I am a king, and the Titan EVO 2022 is my throne.
The Secretlab Titan EVO 2022 truly is an amazing piece of kit. Having previously used a considerably-cheaper racing chair, I couldn’t imagine how much of a step-up Secretlab’s offering would be – it’s just a chair, right?
From unboxing to assembly, Secretlab has clearly put the time into crafting a quality product
But having thoroughly trialled the Titan EVO 2022 for the past couple of weeks, I can safely say that from the moment I opened the box I knew I was in for a vastly superior experience. From unboxing to assembly, Secretlab has clearly put the time into crafting a quality product, and getting even the smallest details just right. Where my previous chair lasted me two years before falling apart, I’m confident that this one could last ten.
With ergonomics a more important design consideration than ever for brands iterating on racing-style chairs, the Titan EVO 2022’s solution finally makes it a viable option if most of your day is spent sitting down. Secretlab says that “up to three times more pressure [is] loaded on the discs in your back when you sit, compared to when you stand,” which is only increased when you’re trying to carry four League of Legends teammates on the Rift.
Rather than the pitiful pillows commonly found attached to this style of chair, Secretlab has put together a board of ergonomics specialists – consisting of “academics and experts in the fields of biomechanics, orthopedics, and more” – to help produce its fully-adjustable, integrated solution. So far, I’ve already noticed a massive improvement in my posture while seated, and much of the discomfort I’d been feeling in my back from long days working from home has started to ease off.
Ultimately, I’m certain that the Titan EVO 2022 will continue to have my back, no matter how long my working days are, or how heavy my team is.
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