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G2 responds to concerns over Perkz illness ahead of Worlds 2019 final

Published: 9/Nov/2019 15:57 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 16:25

by Daniel Cleary

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Fans are concerned after G2 Esports League of Legends star Luca ‘Perkz’ Perković missed out on a team press conference ahead of his highly-anticipated clash with FunPlus Phoenix in the Worlds 2019 final.

With only FunPlus Phoenix left in their way, G2 Esports is looking to become the first team in competitive League of Legends history to complete the Grand Slam on November 10 with a win at Worlds 2019.

However, many fans have become concerned for their chances after their bot-lane star Perkz missed out on a team press conference due to illness, only days away from the final series of the year.

Michal Konkol / Riot GamesFans were concerned after the G2 star missed the final Worlds 2019 press conference.

G2 Esports’ roster was initially met with some doubts leading into the 2019 season when the addition of Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther to the lineup saw Perkz give up his role to become the European side’s new ADC.

Since then, Perkz has played a huge part in G2 Esports’ success helping carry the team to wins at the Mid-Season Invitational and two domestic titles, as well as an incredible performance so far at Worlds 2019.

During the Final’s press conference on November 8, Perkz was notably absent from the lineup and when head coach Fabian ‘Grabbz’ Lohmann was asked about his missing ADC, he explained that Perkz was not feeling well.

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“Perkz didn’t feel too well today in the morning,” Grabbz revealed, “It is nothing too serious but we just thought about a precautionary measure not to bring him here so he can rest. He will be fit for the finals, hopefully.”

Although fans were concerned, G2 Esports followed up with an update shortly after with a comment on Reddit, claiming that all their players will be in top form for the Finals against FPX, “The real bad news for FPX is that everyone will be 100% on Sunday. Perkz is already getting his rest and feeling better.”

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After Perkz shared that he was staying directly next door to the FPX Doinb’s hotel room, many G2 fans jokingly pointed the blame toward the opposing mid-laner.

Keep up with all the action at Worlds 2019 on our dedicated coverage hub.

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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

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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.

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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.