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TotalBiscuit to be first non-player inducted into Esports Hall of Fame

Published: 20/Oct/2018 17:14 Updated: 20/Oct/2018 17:15

by Calum Patterson

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The late John ‘TotalBisuit’ Bain, a legend in the esports community who sadly passed away earlier in 2018, is to be the first non-player inducted into the Esports Hall of Fame, ESL announced on October 19.

TotalBiscuit, who also went by ‘Cynical Brit’, was a game critic, YouTuber, and professional esports caster, but retired in May of 2018 as he suffered from bowel cancer, first diagnosed in 2014.

He began as caster for games such as Starcraft II and gained popularity through his YouTube channel, where he would play, review and discuss all manner of games, from AAA titles to small indie releases.

His series “WTF is…?” was one of his most celebrated, where he would discuss new releases and explain his thoughts and first impressions – for example”WTF is League of Legends” or “WTF is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?”

But before YouTube fame, his involvement in gaming largely revolved around casting and hosting at esports events, and remains one of the most influential figures in the esports industry.

In recognition of his contribution and impact, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will induct TotalBiscuit into the Esports Hall of Fame during ESL Hamburg 2018, at the end of October.

From forming WoW Radio to his numerous YouTube shows and podcasts, TotalBiscuit was widely respected for his vast influences across the gaming community and his prominence also shaped the esports scenes around him. While he was never a player himself, countless events were managed, sponsored, commentated and produced by this true supporter of the sport. Aside from driving people towards esports titles such as StarCraft 2 and Dota 2, he even formed a professional StarCraft 2 team himself – Axiom.

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His contributions to the industry are immeasurable and as such we are honored to induct him into the Esports Hall of Fame as the first non-player. His legacy will live on.

TotalBiscuit passed on May 24, 2018, and is survived by his wife, fellow YouTube personality Genna Bain and step-son Orion. He and his wife would have celebrated their 11 year wedding anniversary on October 20, 2018.

Source: ESL

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Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin

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Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

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The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.