League of Legends

Former SKT T1 star Mata announces retirement from pro League of Legends

Published: 14/Dec/2019 16:34 Updated: 14/Dec/2019 16:59

by Daniel Cleary


Popular Korean League of Legends star Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong has announced his retirement from competitive play ahead of the 2020 season.

The popular Support player has had a storied career in League of Legends, redefining the way his role was played and winning multiple titles in both the LCK and LPL as well as Worlds under Samsung Galaxy White in 2014.

Despite winning yet another regional title in Spring during his time under SK Telecom T1 during the 2019 season, Mata revealed that his time as a competitor has come to its end.

Riot GamesMata competed alongside the SKT T1 roster during Worlds 2019.

Many fans already had questions in recent months about what was in store for Mata’s future after learning that he was moved to the substitute position in place of Effort ahead of the 2019 World Championship.

Following SKT’s defeat to G2 Esports in the semi-finals at Worlds 2019, they announced that their contract with Mata had ended on November 19, leaving him as a free agent during the off-season.

“We highly appreciate what he has brought with us this year and wish him the best of luck for his new journey,” T1’s Twitter posted, revealing the departure of the support star.

However, now that the roster moves have finally been confirmed, Mata announced his retirement in a Facebook post and highlighted some of his career’s best moments.

The popular support player expressed thanks to all of his former teammates and organizations he played alongside during his years as a competitor and thanked the fans for all of the support they had shown him over the years.

“After all the hard work, I’ve finished my career as a pro gamer,” the former SKT T1 pro admitted, “Although winning was a great way to increase your money and career, It was good to be able to feel more fans’ attention and support.”

It remains unclear what could be next for the legendary support star, however, it is likely that many of his fans would hope to see him transition to a coaching role, as many players have done in the past.

League of Legends

How to watch LPL Spring Split: Stream, standings & schedule

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:23 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 22:06

by Lauren Bergin


China has one of League of Legends’ most competitive esports scenes. Our LPL hub has everything you need to know, from the streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.

  • The LPL Spring Split group stage will run from January 9 to March 28.
  •  ¥ 4,200,000/$649,425 Prize Pool.
  • RNG and Team WE currently tied for first.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Week 1

Date Match
January 9 Top Esports 0-2 Suning
Oh My God 1-2 EDward Gaming
January 10 Team WE 2-0 Rogue Warriors
JD Gaming 0-2 Invictus Gaming

Week 2

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2-1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0-2 FunPluxPhoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2-1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2-1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2-0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2-0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2-1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2-0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 vs. LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming vs. FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LMG Esports vs. ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs. Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL Spring Split 2021: Standings

The current standings for the LPL are:

Placement Team
1 Royal Never Give Up
1 Team WE
3 FunPlus Phoenix
3 LNG Esports
5 EDward Gaming
6 eStar Gaming
6 Suning
8 Invictus Gaming
9 JD Gaming
10 Bilibili Gaming
11 Top Esports
12 Rogue Warriors
13 LGD Gaming
14 Victory Five
15 Rare Atom
 15  TT Gaming
 17  Oh My God

LPL Spring Split 2021: Schedule

The LPL hosts 2 games every day so that fans can get in on all the action. The games begin at 1AM PST/ 4AM EST/ 9AM GMT/ 10 AM CEST.