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Brawl breaks out on stage after NBA 2K League match

Published: 11/Apr/2019 9:31 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 10:21

by Calum Patterson

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A number of players became involved in a fracas on stage following an NBA 2K League match between Hawks Talon and Celtics Crossover, after Celtics’ Albano ‘oFAB’ Thomallari pushed Talon’s Randolph ‘Rando’ Moreno.

What is the NBA 2K League?

With 21 teams, all associated with an NBA franchise, the 2K League is the esports equivalent of the main basketball league, even using a draft system to recruit new players.

The matches are played at the NBA 2K League studio, and are streamed online on Twitch, and soon YouTube too, where thousands of fans tune in to watch the five-on-five 2K action.

Twitter / NBA 2K LeagueA pushing match ensued after the actual match was finished, at the NBA 2K League studio.

But, those thousands of fans got more than they bargained for on April 10 when a fight almost broke out on stage after an upset win by the Talon’s over the Celtics.

As the players went to shake hands after the match, Celtics’ oFAB appeared to deliberately avoid shaking Rando’s hand, barging into him instead, and then turned to push him away.

As things became heated, another Celtics player, Ahmed ‘Mel East’ Kasana tried to jump in, as league staff attempted to keep the two sides at a distance from each other.

It was the Hawks’ debut match in the regular season of 2019, and their NBA 2K League journey certainly got off to a fiery start.

The brawl which occurred while likely be disciplined behind the scenes, and the players have made little mention of it on social media after the fact. Desk host Phil ‘EE’ Visu also avoided going into too much detail when they came back from the break, simply saying “a lot happened” in the match.

The match itself, which was perhaps somewhat overshadowed by the events after, saw them take down Crossover 68-58, a surprising result given their performance at the Tip Off event, the curtain raiser for the regular season. This is their first season in the NBA 2K League, while Celtics competed in the inaugural season in 2018, finishing 9th.

League of Legends

Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.