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Esports Betting Tips June 23rd – League of Legends

Published: 23/Jun/2018 0:28 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Joe O'Brien

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This week’s betting tips focus on the elite tiers of League of Legends competition.

We’ve teamed up with Rivalry.gg to provide weekly insight on some of the big matches in esports that might be worth betting on for those looking to add an extra dimension to their viewing experience.

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The League of Legends Summer season has arrived, bringing with it an entirely new landscape in which greats may fall and newcomers may rise. In the turbulence of a massive meta shift, we’ve picked out some key matches from the LCK and the NA LCS.

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Play It Safe

NA LCS

Echo Fox TO WIN vs Golden Guardians

When: Sunday June 24th, 23:00 UTC

Odds: 1.30 vs 3.03 – Bet HERE

Safety is in short supply in League of Legends right now. The current patch is perhaps the most drastic departure from the classic fundamentals of the game that it has seen in several years, and teams are still trying to figure out how to adjust. Legends find themselves benched, impromptu role swaps abound, and a new status quo has yet to settle.

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In such a setting, looking for a favorite in which to have faith is more difficult – uncertainty usually favors the underdog, as more variables are introduced that could undermine the structures that previously made the favorites reliable.

Even the current uncertainty can only tip the scales so much, however, and in this match we may find a favorite with enough advantages to maintain confidence.

Echo Fox has both a historic and contemporary edge over Golden Guardians. Echo Fox were one of the strongest teams in the NA LCS for most of Spring, topping the regular season but for a tie-breaker while the Guardians languished in last. In Summer, they’re one of two teams to have gone undefeated in the opening week.

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Echo Fox is better as a team, stronger man-for-man, and seems to have adapted better than the Guardians. If there is a safe option in the current LoL climate, this is likely it.

Feeling Lucky

LCK

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Jin Air TO WIN vs SK Telecom T1

When: Sunday June 24th, 08:00 UTC

Odds: 2.14 vs 1.57 – Bet HERE

Once the most feared team in League of Legends, SK Telecom’s fall in 2018 has so far been quite thorough. The team has suffered slumps before, but never have they looked as weak as they do now, and even the greatest player of all time, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, so transcendentally skilled that he has at times in his career been referred to simply as “God”, cannot pull them through.

In fact, in the turbulence of the current meta, Faker has even been withdrawn from the squad entirely at times. This isn’t the first time that Faker’s starting spot has been shared, but previously it occurred in periods of dominance. Meanwhile, AD Carry Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik has also spent time on the bench.

That the team isn’t permanently fielding the core carries of the team, historically, speaks to the disarray they find themselves in.

Right now, SK Telecom sits winless in LCK Summer, a 0-4 match record through which they’ve only won a single game. So too does Jin Air, a 0-5 record, also with just a single game won.

At least one of these teams will have tripled their games won by the end of this match, and gotten their first series victory on the board.

It’s instinctive, perhaps, to trust in the legends on the SKT side to turn things around eventually, and this would seem a logical starting point. It’s worth remembering though, that those greats may not even be played, and even when they have been in the game they haven’t delivered yet.

Jin Air is certainly no secret great underdog just waiting for its chance, but only legacy separates SKT from them right now. Until SKT show they can win, they’re a good candidate to bet against when the odds offer up an underdog.

Wildcard

NA LCS

FlyQuest TO WIN vs 100 Thieves

When: Sunday June 24th, 00:00 UTC

Odds: 2.47 vs 1.44 – Bet HERE

As we’ve already stated, it’s a turbulent time in League of Legends. The meta shift is so great that even all-time great players are finding themselves replaced by players that didn’t even play their role as it was previously. Many teams are still trying to figure out exactly how they’re going to approach the game, or even what their starting squads should look like.

In chaos, however, there is opportunity. When things are more structured, and a hierarchy better established, it becomes easier to discern which teams should win, and heavy favorites are more reliable. In the current confusion, however, not only are their more variables that could lead to upsets, but it’s hard to even select which teams should be the favorites and which the underdogs.

This is especially true in the NA LCS, in which each team has so far only played two games. It’s hard to say how the meta will affect different teams, and there’s limited evidence to go on so far.

The odds suggest FlyQuest to be a heavy underdog, and based off of the Spring Split that would be a fair assessment. 100T reached the finals, while FlyQuest never even made the playoffs. In Summer so far, however, both teams are winless.

At 0-2 for each it’s early to make concrete assumptions, but FlyQuest arguably had the tougher opening week, facing both Echo Fox and TSM – the only teams to end the week undefeated. A loss may still be a loss, but on the other side there’s no evidence yet that 100 Thieves are still the powerhouse of Spring.

If you’re a better looking to take a bit of risk for greater reward, now might be a fantastic time to bet on the outsiders, as odds based on historic achievements lag behind a new reality in which nothing is certain.

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Entertainment

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.