League of Legends

CLG’s Rush quitting League and streaming for military service

Published: 8/Nov/2020 12:06

by Luke Edwards

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One-time NA LCS MVP and ex-Cloud9 jungler Lee “Rush” Yoon-jae has announced he will be stepping down from LoL to complete his mandatory military service in South Korea.

As per Korean law, men are expected to complete at least one year of military service by the time they reach 28 years of age.

Special exemption is allowed in certain circumstances. Tottenham Hotspur soccer player Heung-min Son was given permission to forego his service after he led South Korea to gold in the 2018 Asian Games.

Unfortunately for fans of Rush, he’s not allowed to do the same.

Rush playing for Cloud9
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Rush represented Cloud9 in 2016.

Rush quits LoL for military service

On his Twitch stream on November 7, Rush announced his intention to quit League to complete his military service upon the expiry of his contract with CLG.

“This is my last month playing League of Legends, not even my last month, I’m probably going to be playing for a week, to let people know that I’m leaving,” Rush explained. “And also, fulfilling the CLG contract. Then I will quit [both] streaming and League of Legends, to serve for military.”

Whether Rush will return to League when he completes his conscription is unknown. He reached first place on the SoloQ ladder of the South Korean server in each of the 2014, 2015 and 2018 seasons.

Rush came to North America in 2014 as the new starting jungler for LMQ, who later rebranded as Team Impulse. Known for his aggressive early-game play and insane Lee Sin mechanics, Rush quickly became a fan-favorite and was NA LCS MVP for the 2015 Summer Split.

This play against CLG, where he straight up walks through the enemy vision to get a kill under tower, is one of his most revered.

Despite TIP crashing out in the semifinals of playoffs to eventual champions CLG, Rush’s form earned him a move to C9 to replace Hai ‘Hai’ Du Lam as the starting jungler. After a quiet spring split which saw C9 lose to TSM in the quarterfinals, he was relegated to C9 Challenger, replaced by William ‘Meteos’ Hartman.

Rush had a brief stint with LCK juggernauts KT Rolster, but he was mostly an understudy to jungling great Go ‘Score’ Dong-bin. He moved back to NA for an LCS stint with Echo Fox, before becoming a streamer with CLG.

FIFA

Banned FIFA pro Kurt breaks silence and accuses EA of creating “toxic community”

Published: 24/Feb/2021 17:01

by Jacob Hale

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Kurt Fenech is one of the most well-known names in FIFA, despite his ban from the EA SPORTS franchise putting him completely out of action in FIFA 21.

The Maltese star was, at the peak of his career, one of the greatest FIFA players in the world. Not only that, but he always had his fair share of fanfare following him, as one of the most outspoken critics of the title on top of his insane skill.

During the FIFA 20 season, tensions started to heat up between Kurt and EA, before he was finally banned in February 2020 for breaking their Code of Conduct. As a consequence of his ban, he is not allowed to play any EA games at all.

After trying out FIFA competitor PES for a short while, Kurt went almost radio-silent on the YouTube front, not uploading for months and barely addressing his ban — until now.

Kurt at FIFA event before ban
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Kurt has always been one of EA’s most vocal critics.

In a February 23 YouTube upload, Kurt revealed that he is still completely banned from FIFA and has not been able to play this entire time.

In the video, he also says that the handling of his ban has been “ridiculous” and questioned their stated commitment to mental health awareness.

Kurt goes on to specify that his ban came as a result of EA saying that he fostered a “toxic community” around the game — but suggests that it’s got even worse since. He also passes the blame on to EA themselves, saying that they are the reason for toxicity within the community, having failed to take action against users who actually violate terms of service.

“This is where I do take issue,” he said. “They told me I created an unhealthy community. Over the past year without me, what changed? It’s more toxic than it’s ever been! I know who is [responsible]. It’s not me… It’s they themselves.”

Kurt goes on to explain that he won’t make excuses for the things he has said and done in the past leading up to his ban, but tells EA that they need to take some responsibility too.

Finally, he commends 14-year-old Anders Vejrgang, the FIFA star who went on an insane 536 match unbeaten run in FUT Champs as one of his favorite sources of entertainment, but now his streak is gone Kurt “doesn’t know what’s left.”

Though Kurt says he would love to come back, there’s no word yet on if or when that could ever happen. He did try to a few times on Twitch immediately following his initial ban, though we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.