League of Legends streamers Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera and Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp have been caught up in controversy, with the former pro claiming Tyler1 has been “slandering” him. Now, the ADC-turned-jungler has fired back.
Tyler1 and IWillDominate have been the subjects of a very public rift this week. Dom, a former pro jungler for Team Liquid, has slammed the solo queue star for “publicly slandering” him, saying the streamer’s “banter” in solo queue is outright toxic.
However, Tyler1 isn’t taking the claims laying down. The streamer replied to Dom’s remarks just hours after he sent them, saying his fellow jungle main is taking it the “wrong way.”
Sparks started flying on March 5 after a viewer in Dom’s Twitch chat asked whether the two streamers were on friendly terms with each other. Once upon a time they were, but things have changed in recent months.
“Am I still friends with Tyler? Absolutely not,” Dom asserted. “Why would I be friends with somebody like that? That would not make sense.
“Somebody goes live, publicly slanders you multiple times, lies, you play Twitch Rivals against them, the games you win [against] them they just permanently sh*t talk you, gets their community to sh*t on you permanently. Why would I be friends with someone like that?”
He said that Tyler’s conduct in-game, as well as out of it, has stepped over the line of being banter, to the point of being toxic.
“There’s banter between friends, like when me and Moe [Yassuo] banter, you can tell what banter is and when two people really dislike each other.”
However, Tyler1 has hit back at Dom. The AD-carry-turned-jungler said Dom was taking his “banter” too seriously, and his intentions were never to talk down to the former pro.
“Dom — no, he’s trolling,” he said. “I don’t even know what to say, he cannot be serious. It’s like when I sh*t talk in all chat, Dom, I don’t hate you. I’m not publicly slandering you, you idiot. You absolute idiot. You don’t need to get triggered, it’s literally banter.
“God, there’s a wrong way to take it, and then there’s a right way to take it. Like me and Nightblue right now are bantering right, and Nightblue is throwing it back, and I’m throwing it to nightblue, like I don’t know what to say, it’s so insane.”
The beef between the two streamers has spilled out into the public domain, with everyone taking sides. After a “hate thread” popped up on the subreddit ‘livestreamfail’, Dom stated he’s had to defend himself against “biased” pundits.
“I don’t think it affects me like it used to but it sure is tiring,” he said on Twitter. “Most people can’t be unbiased, or don’t care to, and just want to have an opinion which is partly because of the way Reddit works.”
Pretty much my conclusion is that most people can’t be unbiased or don’t care to and just want to have an opinion which is partly because of the way reddit works which is that the quicker you comment the more likely it is to be seen
— Christian Rivera (@IWDominateLoL) March 6, 2020
The two streamers don’t seem to be making up to each other any time soon, and while one could hope for the storm to pass over, their communities might be fighting tooth and nail for their favorite streamer for some time yet.