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FORG1VEN steps down after accusing S04 LoL team of not trying to win

Published: 13/Feb/2020 17:13

by Scott Robertson

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Greek legend Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou has stepped down from the FC Schalke 04 roster after their tumultuous start, and criticized the team and the players for not competing hard enough.

The 2020 LEC season for Schalke 04 has gone from bad to worse, as their star AD Carry player has decided to remove himself from the active roster, Just weeks into his first campaign in professional European League of Legends since returning from military service. In doing so, he called the team’s competitive spirit into question.

After three weeks of Spring Split action, Schalke 04 find themselves with an 0-6 record, tied for last in the LEC with Team Vitality. Just a day before their week 4 matchups against Rogue and then SK Gaming, their bot laner took to Twitter to announce he’s stepping down, and criticized the team’s lack of drive as the primary reason.

FORG1VEN claims that the current roster does not fit the principle of playing to win and being competitive, and that the organization is unwilling/unable to make the necessary roster changes to fit a competitive goal.

Stepping down “until and if they are willing to do so,” the EU LCS veteran expressed that he’d rather sit on the bench than compete in an environment of players that he sees aren’t trying to win.

Prior to the player’s statement, S04 announced that Nihat ‘Innaxe’ Aliev would start this weekend in the bot lane position, saying that “it aligns with our vision to give Academy players time in LEC if they perform well.” They also mentioned that FORG1VEN is still being counted on for the 2020 season, and stressed how dedicated he’s been.

The organization has not since responded to FORG1VEN’s statement, which came out an hour after the team announced he wouldn’t be playing this week.

His statement was met with a largely negative response from fans on both Twitter and Reddit, with some calling the decision”arrogant.”

Tzortziou has played with exceptionally high standards for his teammates for his entire captivating career, with some calling him “the most demanding lane partner” they’d ever played with. The debate regarding whether or not his “drive’ is considered ‘toxic’ has been ongoing for more than half-a-decade, even before his military service.

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FORG1VEN during his tenure with H2k.

There is no telling how this situation will pan out. S04 is now faced with the dilemma of either keeping the unhappy FORG1VEN on the bench, trading him, or attempting to meet his needs by trying to make the roster more competitive.

We will update this article if and when an official response from Schalke to his comments is made.

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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.