League of Legends

Fnatic’s Nemesis hits back at “unprofessional” criticism from Bwipo

Published: 21/Nov/2020 11:55

by Luke Edwards


Fnatic midlaner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek has hit back at ‘unprofessional’ public criticism from teammate Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau, after the top laner suggested the team’s underachievements were down to their mid and jungle play.

It’s been a turbulent few days for Fnatic LoL fans, particularly given their all-time most iconic player has left to join their biggest rivals. In fact, it’s been a slightly disappointing year in general. Fnatic reached the LEC finals on both occasions, only to be clean-swept twice by G2. Then, at Worlds, the team suffered the competition’s first-ever reverse sweep in the quarterfinals versus Top Esports.

On Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera’s panel show, The Crack Down, Bwipo gave his take on the reasons behind Fnatic’s failure to better G2’s achievements in this season’s LEC and at Worlds.

Bwipo suggested Fnatic should have ditched their mid-jungle combo of Selfmade and Nemesis, particularly because of Selfmade’s inability to ‘play selflessly’. He then said: “This ends in me having a team that I don’t really like. I didn’t feel like our team was connected whatsoever.”

Nemesis responds to Bwipo

Nemesis took time on his stream to address Bwipo’s criticism of himself and Selfmade in Fnatic’s struggles this year. He said: “I don’t do those things, it’s super unprofessional. I don’t go into public and talk sh*t about other people from my team.”

The episode’s VOD has yet to be officially released. This wasn’t the only debate that has been sparked from it either, and Bwipo has retrospectively condemned comments made on the show about Korean culture.

It’s unlikely we’re going to be seeing Nemesis play for Fnatic ever again, anyway, as the off-season roster merry-go-round is truly underway. Having been replaced by Perkz at Cloud9, Nisqy is rumored to be Fnatic’s new mid, meaning Nemesis is likely on the way out.

With Rekkles already out the door, it’s going to be interesting to see who Fnatic bring in as his replacement too.

Fans will be hoping the new lineup can achieve big things and perhaps even provide a shock challenger to G2 Esports’ superteam. With Perkz having departed, which could cause teething issues, Fnatic will be looking to develop a team that can hit the ground running.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.