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Doublelift hits out at “clown show” LCS following production complaints

Published: 20/Jun/2020 12:05

by Daniel Cleary


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has hit out at the LCS, doubling up on backlash from fans over the broadcast quality and production.

The League of Legends Championship Series, or ‘LCS’, is the premier North American franchised league for Riot’s popular MOBA title. However, following the start of the 2020 summer split, viewers claimed to notice a drop in production quality.

While the LCS broadcast crew is still yet to return to their studio, due to the ongoing health crisis, they attempted to make some improvements for the second half of the season, although it did not go down too well.

Screenshot of analyst desk from LCS broadcast
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The new LCS analyst desk changes have not gone down well with viewers.

For Week 1 of the action, Riot introduced a new in-game overlay for the broadcast and added a studio backdrop for their webcams, to replicate the look of their original analyst desk.

Unfortunately, many viewers and League personalities were unhappy with the changes and called for them to revert back to the simpler graphics that were used in the 2020 Spring split instead.

Among those who voiced their frustration was TSM star Doublelift, who pointed out some of the issues with the latest changes, following his win over Immortals on June 19.

The popular Marksman player vented in a series of tweets and claimed that the LCS production team had made “every wrong decision” in terms of the broadcast, resulting in the regular season matches becoming “worse to watch.”

He added that the consistent mistakes with the in-game overlay, highlighting the wrong replay or item builds, along with some of their featured segments were not a good look for the broadcast, calling it a “clown show” in its current state.

He also explained that Ovilee May, who was seemingly left out of the talent lineup for the 2020 season, had a much better understanding of how to improve the league’s broadcast.

“Ovilee has 10x better understanding of what’s funny/entertaining than the boomer running LCS which is prob why she’s not on broadcast this split,” he explained.

Other League personalities such as popular streamer IWillDominate also commented on some of the broadcast’s flaws, highlighting that the in-game overlay was showing the LCS Academy logo for the match between CLG and Golden Guardians.

However, following the backlash in Week 1, the LCS released a statement on June 18, revealing that they will be implementing some more changes to improve the quality of the livestream going forward.

They announced that they would be addressing some of the major issues with plans to “scale back” some of the changes made to Friday Night League as well as improving the clarity on the in-game HUD to make it more appealing.

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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


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.

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.