LoL coach Saintvicious under fire after mocking depression as “a made up excuse”

Published: 8/Dec/2018 13:51 Updated: 9/Dec/2018 13:30

by Calum Patterson


Update, December 9 08:29 am EST: FlyQuest have now confirmed Saintvicious’ resignation, along with an apology statement from the now former head coach.

Original article below.

Twitch streamer, and League of Legends caster and coach, Brandon ‘Saintvicious’ DiMarco has come under fire after claiming that mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and ADHD are “made up bullshit.”

Saintvicious is a well known figure in League of Legends, currently the coach of NA LCS team FlyQuest, and also streams regularly on Twitch.

During a stream on December 8, Saintvicious answered a question from chat about mental illness, specifically depression, and his answer surprised viewers.

He said that having experienced “depression” in his own life, he was able to cure himself by ‘fighting his way out of it’.

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“I have been in points of my life where I’m like ‘depressed’ or down. But then I just woke up one day and I’m like ‘I’m going to fight my way out of this shit, because I’m being a little weak bitch.”

He goes on to claim that it’s not an illness, and also mentions other mental health issues like anxiety and ADHD, calling them “made up bullshit.”

His comments were later shared to Reddit, where users blasted Saintvicious for his view on depression and mental health.

User dispoable writes “The problem is he’s totally willfully ignorant to all of those topics. What he had was some bad days but depression, anxiety, and ADHD is empirically proven to be real things.”

Another commenter was surprised that this was the stance Saintvicious took since he claims he too has suffered from depression.


Saintvicious has a popular stream with over 180,000 followers on Twitch, but even many of his fans and viewers were not in agreement with his stance, with one writing in chat “lost all my respect” and another saying “I don’t see what’s wrong with getting help.”

Mental health has been a major issue within the gaming community particularly, and so it is surprising to hear a prominent esports coach voice this opinion, clearly angering some fans.

At the time of writing, Saintvicious has not responded to any of the backlash or attempted to clarify his comments.


Dafran creates $1000 Rust challenge on OfflineTV server

Published: 25/Jan/2021 2:43

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dafran created what he described as “the ultimate puzzle” on the OfflineTV Rust server, and it’s proven to be difficult, so he’s promised the first person to finish all three phases would receive $1000.

Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca has produced some quality content on the OfflineTV Rust server. He’s done everything from wipe out campers to win a helicopter flight and even won 20,000 scraps.

It’s no surprise since he’s one of the most skilled shooters on the server. However, Dafran has taken a leaf out of his new book as a peaceful farmer. Instead of always gunning down foes and raging, he’s spent a lot of time building things, too.

He recently teamed up with another streamer to build what he’s described as “the ultimate puzzle.” It consists of three puzzles or phases that need to be finished in succession. It doesn’t look like much from the outside. However, it’s proven to be quite a challenge. Nobody has finished it yet.

Unfortunately, a mountain of bodies piled up at the base, and the spirits of those trying to complete it are at an all-time low. So, Dafran decided to team up with the puzzle’s co-creator and give people an extra incentive.

Twitch streamer Dafran is now a farmer
Dafran shocked the world when he stopped streaming to become a farmer, but it’s good to have him back.

“You have to complete all three puzzles,” he said. “Watch this. Watch this. Yeah, there’s a competition. We’ve created the ultimate puzzle. UAE44 will donate $1000 if you finish all three puzzles.”

“This jump puzzle is only the first puzzle, and no one has completed it yet,” he added proudly. “Look at all the dead bodies! No one has completed it yet. NoraTheExplorer is the first one, and she went up there and jumped up there on those.”

He was referring to a large wooden structure attached to the top of the building. It sounds like she made it all the way up, which is impressive. But unfortunately, she didn’t make it any further.

Now that there’s a financial incentive in the mix, it’s only a matter of time before someone finishes the puzzle challenge.

It will be interesting to see who manages to finish it, and how they manage to do it. It’d take a combination of determination, grit, and slick movement.

However, to weed out cheaters and hackers, those attempting it will need to stream their efforts and prove they finished it fair and square.