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Cloud9 owner Jack updates fans on Sneaky benching situation

Published: 22/Nov/2019 23:24 Updated: 22/Nov/2019 23:50

by Scott Robertson

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The ongoing situation with face-of-the-franchise Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi and the Cloud 9 League of Legends team has dominated the LCS offseason. Top laner Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie and owner Jack Etienne both shared details on what’s led to the current situation.

For the first time in half a decade, Cloud 9 will take the rift in 2020 without their established veteran Sneaky in the bottom lane. Sneaky revealed during a Tuesday, November 19 stream that he was benched from C9’s active roster.

During that stream, he spoke candidly about the situation, claiming that teammates and management both wanted to move forward with a new bot laner. Sneaky made it clear he was not happy with how the situation played out, especially the detail regarding C9 asking him to compete for his spot.

Sneaky’s teammate and positional opposite, top laner Licorice, had a short stream on November 22, and shed light on the atmosphere within Cloud 9.

According to Licorice, there were “team-wide” issues regarding communication and review. Specifically, he mentions that their review sessions were focused more on what the team as a whole could improve on, which he admits was as much of a strength as a weakness. According to him, no one would take on responsibility.

When the NA top laner spoke to the organization about changes to be made for the upcoming year, he prepared for the idea of teammates or himself being removed and expected it would be him.

One of Licorice’s larger complaints was that when Cloud 9 announced the acquisition of bot laner Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, they made no mention of the fact that Sneaky hadn’t decided his future. 

Just hours after Licorice streamed, C9’s owner Jack Etienne took to Twitter to lay out the situation with Sneaky. Etienne said that no C9 official announcement had been made because the iconic player asked the organization not to while he considered his options.

Etienne laid out those four options for all the fans to see, for the sake of transparency: continue playing for C9, be traded to a team of his choice, retire as a pro but stay with the team, or retire independently.

In a follow-up tweet, Etienne doubled down on the fact that if Sneaky desired to continue playing for Cloud 9, he would have to fight for his starting position, and said that this rule applies to every player on the roster.

If Sneaky wished to be traded, a trade would have to be made relatively soon, as other LCS organizations are currently in the thick of the offseason, and spots will fill up fast. He would no doubt go on and have a very successful streaming career if he were to retire, but ultimately, what he does next is up to him.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.