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Faker misses out on Worlds 2020 after T1 lose to Gen.G in LCK qualifier

Published: 9/Sep/2020 16:26

by Daniel Cleary

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Legendary League of Legends player, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, and his T1 squad have missed out on a Worlds 2020 slot following their defeat to Gen.G in the LCK’s Regional Qualifier.

Having won three Worlds titles in 2013, 2015, and 2016 respectively, the iconic T1 organization has always been one to watch in the run-up to the last event of the year.

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The final Worlds qualification match of 2020 was the LCK Gauntlet clash between T1 and Gen.G — two of the top Korean teams — to see who would lock in their region’s third seed.

Faker at LoL all-stars event in 2019
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Faker will not have the chance to compete for his fourth Worlds title in the 2020 League of Legends season.

T1’s lineup has changed dramatically since they last won a World Championship and Faker, the last remaining player, was accompanied by young rookies for the match against Gen.G.

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Despite being plagued with struggles throughout the Summer Split, T1 came into the match with a 1-1 record against Gen.G in the regular season, with many fans confident that they could get the win.

Unfortunately for the Demon King and his line-up of young stars, Gen.G took the series with a convincing 3-0 sweep, off the back of Ruler’s hard carry performances in the bot lane.

The Summer Split has been quite a bizarre one for the T1 organization as they received massive backlash over some of their roster decisions that they have made in recent weeks.

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There were also concerns for Faker and his future with the organization after even he was benched by Coach Kim for a brief period, with Lee ‘Clozer’ Ju-hyeon getting some stage time in the mid-lane, towards the latter half of the season.

Popular T1 players such as Teddy and Cuzz were absent from T1’s run through the LCK Gauntlet, with the likes of rising talent, Lee ‘Gumayusi’ Min-hyeong, even making his pro debut during their qualifier run in an attempt to fix their issues.

As of now, it is unclear what T1’s roster will look like moving into 2021, but fans have called for major changes after the organization has missed out on the chance to earn yet another Worlds title.

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Gen.G, however, will have their eyes set on Worlds and will be moved straight into the Group Stage, as the LCK’s third seed, after the Vietnamese teams dropped out from the competition. You can find all confirmed teams on our Worlds 2020 hub here.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.