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Faker’s SK Telecom LoL team set for dramatic overhaul

Published: 19/Nov/2018 16:33 Updated: 19/Nov/2018 16:38

by Joe O'Brien

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SK Telecom T1 have announced dramatic changes to their League of Legends roster for the upcoming season.

After one of their most disappointing seasons to date, the three-time World Championship-winning organization is making sweeping changes, with several iconic players departing.

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Most significantly, bottom lane duo Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and ‘Wolf’ will be parting ways with SK Telecom. The two have been an iconic part of the roster for several years, with Bang in particular often hailed as the second star behind Faker.

After joining SKT together in 2013 as part of the SK Telecom T1 S roster, Bang and Wolf teamed up with Faker in 2015 when SKT consolidated their two squads. Following the merge, Bang and Wolf were part of four LCK victories and two World Championship victories for the team.

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Also departing the team is Jungler Kang ‘Blank’ Sun-gu, who has been part of the squad since 2016, during which time they won the 2016 World Championship, came second in the 2017 World Championship, and collected two LCK titles.

LoL EsportsSK Telecom lifting the Summoner’s Cup in 2016.

Finally, most of the team’s additions for 2018 will not return for 2019. Mid-laner Choi ‘Pirean’ Jun-sik, Jungler Park ‘Blossom’ Beom-chan, and top-laners Park ‘Untara’ Ui-jin and Park ‘Thal’ Kwon-hyuk are all leaving the team.

SK Telecom’s statement on the departing players made no mention of Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, whose contract officially expires on November 19. Though it’s not clear whether or not he has re-signed yet, it appears that the organization very much intends to keep a hold of their super-star.

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Also unmentioned and therefore presumably remaining on the roster are Support player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho – the only player whose current contract officially extends through 2019 – and back-up AD Carry Han ‘Leo’ Gyeo-re.

SK Telecom have yet to officially announce any new additions, although it was reported by former pro player and NA LCS coach Choi ‘Locodoco’ Yoon-seop that the team have signed Jin Air star AD Carry Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong to replace the outgoing Bang.

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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.