Doubelift explains why he’d rather play Invictus Gaming than SK Telecom T1 at MSI - Dexerto
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Doubelift explains why he’d rather play Invictus Gaming than SK Telecom T1 at MSI

Published: 16/May/2019 14:19 Updated: 16/May/2019 15:11

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has revealed that he’d rather face tournament favorites Invictus Gaming at the 2019 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational than Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s SK Telecom T1.

In a recent interview with Travis Gafford, the Team Liquid star gave a surprising assessment of which team he’d prefer to face in the MSI semi-finals.

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Invictus Gaming have dominated the competition so far at MSI. The reigning World Champions entered as the favorites and demonstrated exactly why in the group stage, winning nine of their 10 games to finish with the best record of any team at an MSI ever.

SK Telecom T1, meanwhile, came in with a point to prove following both their own poor season and the shortcomings of South Korea internationally in 2018. Their own route through the group stage was marked by some notable defeats, losing to G2 Esports twice and being beaten by IG in an international-record time of 16:01.

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Riot GamesInvictus Gaming are the favorites for the title after a dominant group stage.

SK Telecom did get some measure of revenge against IG by handing them their first defeat in the very last match of the group stage, but more significantly from Doublelift’s perspective, they were dominant in their matches against Team Liquid.

Against Invictus, meanwhile, Doublelift felt TL put up a better fight.

“I think SKT’s a way harder match-up for us. When we played against IG both games were really close, people are gonna remember that we lost them but how we lost to them was a very close game, we lost off of one team fight, that’s it.”

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Doublelift thinks that his team being able to play Invictus closer than SK Telecom T1 is due to Invictus not being well-practiced against the style that Liquid play.

“Against IG, I think a lot of the plays that we were going for they actually have no experience against. In China they’re more used to being challenged on some of the stuff that they go for, where we are willing to just trade, and also the stuff that we go for they just aren’t ready, they’re just not thinking about it.

“I like our match-up against IG a lot, and I hope they choose us.”

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[discussion of TL vs IG begins at 3:30 for mobile viewers]

The interview took place before the matchups for the MSI semi-finals had been decided, but Doublelift’s wish has since come true, as Invictus Gaming did in fact select Team Liquid for their semi-final match. SK Telecom will instead play G2 Esports.

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Breaking the group stage curse

This Mid-Season Invitational is particularly notable for Doublelift as he’s finally broken a long-standing personal barrier. Despite being hailed for most of his career as one of North America’s best players, internationally he’s never made it out of the group stages of a big event.

With Team Liquid’s victory over G2 Esports on the final day of the group stage, Doublelift has at last broken that streak of disappointments. Earlier in the interview, however, Doublelift revealed that he gets little satisfaction from the result so far, as “it’s not enough”.

This isn’t the first time Doublelift has broken such a streak. For the first half of his career he was unable to secure domestic wins, with “Doublelift’s trophy case” becoming a meme for its emptiness. After first winning the NA LCS in Summer 2015, however, Doublelift is now the most successful player in North America, surpassing Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg for the title with Team Liquid’s win this Spring.

Doublelift has a long way to go if he’s to achieve a similar turn-around internationally, but taking the first step of finally reaching the playoffs could prove to be another landmark moment in his career.

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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.