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Angry T1 LoL fans start protest outside team’s HQ in Korea

Published: 8/Nov/2020 13:58 Updated: 8/Nov/2020 17:20

by Luke Edwards


A group of angry T1 fans have ordered billboard vans to be stationed outside the team’s HQ in protest against the signings of their rumored new coaches.

At the beginning of November, T1 support player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho accidentally leaked a private conversation on his stream. The conversation stated that T1 had signed former StarCraft II pro Choi ‘Polt’ Seong Hun and LCK caster Nick ‘LS’ DeCesare as their new coaching team ahead of the 2021 season.

Fans are frustrated that the team has brought in Polt due to his lack of experience working in League of Legends. Meanwhile, LS has deleted his Twitter account after fans sent him abuse about parts of his personal life.

T1 has since issued a statement pleading their fans to be patient. But it did nothing to confirm nor deny the rumors, and failed to extinguish the anger and frustration parts of the T1 fanbase are feeling.

T1 fans send billboard trucks to the team HQ

In response, a group of T1 fans has rented a truck that has traveled through the streets of Seoul and parked outside the team HQ, bearing messages of disgust towards the management.

billboard vans with messages for t1 owners
Messages included: “We, SKT T1 fans, demand a clear and detailed explanation from top management” and “No future for a team that shuts out devoted fans.”

One message said, “The players are not your cash cows,” while another criticized the “rumor that an unverified head coach and a controversial coach will be hired for T1.”

It’s been a tough couple of years for T1 fans, especially relative to the team’s domination of seasons 5 and 6. However, this year wasn’t nearly so successful. After losing 3-0 to Gen.G in the LCK Worlds regional qualifiers, the org sacked former head coach Kim to rebuild for the new season.

Speculation over Kim’s replacement has been rampant, especially with fans desperate to see League GOAT Faker win at least one more Worlds before he retires.

Faker wearing SKT jacket and jersey
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Faker is arguably the most recognizable player in League of Legends.

While Polt has no experience working in League, LS coached Challengers Korea side BBQ Olivers through the 2019 spring split, and also worked with LCS side Gravity in 2015.

T1 has only qualified for Worlds once in their last three attempts, so fans are desperate for the team to perform well this year.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.