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Fnatic’s Nemesis explains why Faker is better than Rookie

Published: 30/Oct/2019 15:32 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 16:08

by Joe O'Brien


Fnatic mid-laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšekhas weighed in on the debate over whether Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok or Song ‘Rookie’ Eui-jin is the better player.

Faker may be considered the greatest League of Legends player of all time, but that doesn’t mean he’s without rivals. Over his career, several have challenged him, particularly for the right to be called the best mid-laner in the world, and Invictus Gaming’s Rookie is the most prominent of those challengers.

In recent years especially, Rookie has been hailed as one of if not the best mid-laner in the world, while Faker himself has seen his claim to that title slip. Though he may not match Faker’s accolades, on an individual performance level many would likely tip Rookie as the superior player, especially in 2018 when his performance helped take Invictus Gaming all the way to the Summoner’s Cup.

With the two competing in separate regions and rarely meeting internationally, however, opportunities for the pair to face off head-to-head have been limited.

Riot GamesRookie was a key factor in Invictus Gaming’s 2018 Worlds win.

For Fnatic’s mid-laner, however, it seems the choice between the pair is clear. During a recent stream, Nemesis refuted the claim that Rookie was the stronger mechanical player, instead giving a massive edge to Faker in that category.

“Rookie does not have better mechanics than Faker. All you need to do is just watch Pro View for five minutes, and after five minutes you will realize that Rookie is not even close to Faker mechanically.”

It’s still possible that Faker and Rookie may meet at this year’s World Championship, but being on opposite sides of the bracket, they’ll have to do so in the final. Faker’s SKT first has to go through G2 Esports, while Invictus Gaming will need to beat FunPlus Phoenix to advance.

If the pair do win their respective semi-finals, however, it would set the perfect stage for a duel between them, with Faker looking to reclaim his throne with a fourth Worlds title, and Rookie looking to defend the title and lead Invictus Gaming to become only the second team ever – after SKT themselves – to win in consecutive years.

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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.