League of Legends

Tyler1 reveals Team Liquid offered him a spot after his LoL ban

Published: 23/Sep/2020 15:02 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 17:09

by Daniel Cleary

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Twitch star Tyler ‘tyler1’ Steinkamp revealed that Team Liquid offered him the chance to compete as a League of Legends pro in the LCS Academy, following his infamous ban in 2017.

While Tyler1 is one of the most popular League of Legends personalities for his highly entertaining Twitch streams, there was a time when he was permanently banned from Riot’s MOBA.

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After receiving bans on 22 unique League of Legends accounts in the run-up to 2016, Riot Games issued him with a permanent ban from playing the game on stream, citing “a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse” as the reason behind their decision.

However, following his massive rise in other games like PUBG, Riot eventually lifted the ban in late 2017, which led to a record-breaking return stream for the star, catapulting him to where he is now.

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Tyler1 is one of the most-watched League of Legends streamers.

Despite his current success, Tyler1 revealed that he could have taken a different career path entirely after his League of Legends ban was lifted. On September 22, Steinkamp revealed that he was previously offered a spot on an LCS Academy roster.

While watching the Twitch Rivals tournament with fellow League of Legends streamer Julian ‘Tarzaned’ Farokhian, the pair discussed their previous team offers and Tarzaned revealed he had offers to join both CLG and Team Liquid’s Academy rosters.

Tyler1 followed up by admitting they had something in common, revealing he had also been approached by Team Liquid in 2017, “Do you what’s funny actually? TL wanted me to play for their academy too.”

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“No, I swear to god, it was a couple of years ago before I was even unbanned, but I was about to get unbanned,” T1 revealed, before he opted out of sharing further details on his stream.

He has recently attempted to make it to Challenger in both the Top and Jungle position but, as a bot laner, Tyler1 would have been consistently ranked as a Challenger on the North American ladder and was particularly known for his skills on his signature Draven pick.

Despite going toe-to-toe with LCS pros in his Solo Q matches, it is likely that Tyler1 declined the offer to continue pursuing his streaming career. His record-breaking Twitch return saw him shatter the platform’s concurrent viewer record, although it has since been beaten.

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With Team Liquid producing stars like Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra, who has risen from the academy roster, replacing Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng as the starting ADC and qualifying for Worlds 2020, fans can only speculate how Tyler1’s pro career might have turned out, if he was in that same position.

CS:GO

Shroud claims CSGO is “undeniably dying” after 100 Thieves pull out

Published: 18/Oct/2020 3:24

by Andrew Amos

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek’s CS:GO days might be long behind him, but the once-star of the Cloud9 roster has a grim outlook for the game’s future. He claims it’s “undeniably dying” as more teams like 100 Thieves pull out, especially in North America.

Shroud was once one of the Kings of North American Counter-Strike. That’s really where the 26-year-old got his start, playing professionally from 2013 to 2017.

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He spent most of his career on Cloud9, where he dominated the American scene. He made seven majors, won countless regional titles, and even took home some big global events like ESL Pro League Season 4 way back in 2016.

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Shroud was once at the top of North American CS:GO. Now, he believes the scene is dying.

However, since shroud moved on, so has the CS:GO scene. For the latter though, it’s moving towards a slow demise. CS:GO, in North America especially, is on its final legs according to many, shroud included.

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Shroud has claimed the FPS title is dying ⁠— not because of any external competition, although that could play a part ⁠— but rather through teams pulling out like 100 Thieves. As the competition thins, the room for improvement slims.

“There are [few] NA teams now. NA as a whole is not popular at all. You have EG, you have Liquid ⁠— and that’s it. The rest of [the competition] is European,” he said.

“NA just died in CS:GO, hard. In my opinion, that’s a very big L to the community, to lose NA. [The region] brought so much hype, so much excitement into the game and scene, so for that to be lost kind of sucks.”

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“It sucks for NA because you benefit off of each other. If NA as a whole is kind of sh*tty, then they won’t advance as quickly [compared to] if they were all really good.”

Shroud questioned the amount of money being pumped into the CS:GO scene. He claimed that there are still players in North America on over $40,000 a month, and he wonders whether that investment is worth it at all.

“CS is undeniably dying, but players are still getting paid like $40,000 a month. I don’t understand where this money is coming from and how it’s still pumping.”

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He also criticized NA’s practice culture as a big reason for their lack of international success. The region has only won one Major: Cloud9 at the Boston Major in 2018 without shroud. There was lots of potential, but NA teams didn’t have the right mentality.

“The amount of sh*tty scrims we used to get ⁠— oh my God. Half of our practice was a waste of time. Whether that’s our fault or the other team’s fault, it was so lame. All NA wants to do is win, even in practice, and winning in practice does nothing for you.”

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