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Biofrost explains why leaving TSM in 2017 was the best thing he’s done

Published: 21/Nov/2019 4:49 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 6:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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Returning Team SoloMid superstar Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang has revealed that leaving the NA organization where he won three back-to-back championships may have been the best thing he’s done in his League of Legends career.

Canadian support Biofrost was a relative unknown when he was first announced as TSM’s replacement for outgoing veteran Bora ‘YellOwStaR’ Kim, who had struggled to click with bot laner Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng in LCS 2016 Spring.

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TSM had finished second behind arch-rivals Counter Logic Gaming that season, just months after poaching Doublelift for the new star-studded roster they had built around Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, and the org was looking for a change.

As it turned out, the young 19-year-old they plucked from relative obscurity on Dream Team would be the key to TSM’s return to the North American throne.

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The roster, which was rounded out with European jungler Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen and enigmatic top laner Kevin ‘Hauntzer’ Yarnell, forged a dynasty with three consecutive first-place finishes, and three championship titles.

Riot GamesBiofrost forged an LCS dynasty with Bjergsen and Doublelift in 2016 and 2017.

For many, the 2016 and 2017 iterations of TSM was one of the strongest rosters the LCS had ever seen, both on Summoner’s Rift, and in popularity through media, the long-standing TSM: Legends series, and regular all-access content.

After two consecutive 9th-12th place finishes at the World Championship, which franchise owner Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh had made the NA team’s main aim, however, Biofrost, Svenskeren, and Doublelift were released from the roster.

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According to Biofrost, who soon found a new home with CLG at the start of LCS franchising, the roster change was the best thing that could have happened to him in his competitive League of Legends career.

“When you change teams, you gain a lot of perspective, and when I was first on TSM I came in as a rookie with four veterans, and it was hard to establish myself,” the now-rusted on star, who made his 200th LCS appearance last split, explained.

Riot GamesBiofrost says he had to find himself away from TSM before he could return.

After winning everything with a pantheon of superstars, Biofrost said that he needed time to be a leader on his own team, and step out of the limelight of global megastars like Doublelift and Bjergsen, before he could really find himself.

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“When I left, I was able to play with different players, gain new perspectives, and really search for what I want to do as a player. It was very helpful, as a person I feel like I also have grown. I don’t know if it was just age, but I feel like a more well-rounded person now.”

Now, the 23-year-old is stepping back into the darkened grey and white of the Los Angeles organization, two years after originally being shown the door.

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“Well, I’m back on TSM now,” he said. “It’s been two years since I left, and it just feels really strange that I’m back. I do feel a lot older now, too, and it feels kind of fitting that I’ve come back to TSM. I did really want to come back.”

Riot GamesBiofrost has spent the past two years leading CLG post-franchising.

There are a few concerns that the support star has, however. He’s worried that he may not be able to reach the same heights that he did in the three-time championship roster he first made his name. And he’s worried about the fans.

“To the hardcore TSM fans, hopefully, you’re keen to welcome me back,” he said, acknowledging that not every transfer between longstanding LCS rivals TSM and CLG has been welcomed with open arms in the past.

“I know I had a lot of good memories with TSM, and hopefully, I’ll make many more.”

For mobile viewers, the related segment begins at 1:46.

Biofrost is reportedly set to be joined in the bot lane by Worlds quarterfinalist Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup, who is set to leave Splyce after a four-year tenure representing the Vipers in the European Championship.

TSM’s major bot lane shift isn’t the only changes the LCS will see ahead of 2020 either, with Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen reportedly taking Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi’s place in Cloud9’s duo lane, while Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam heads to Evil Geniuses.

The former C9 support will be joined in a new fledgling superteam by MVP jungler Svenskeren, and former SKT world champion Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers in the Championship Series with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.