Griffin could be kicked out of LCK 2020 over cvMax drama - Dexerto
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Griffin could be kicked out of LCK 2020 over cvMax drama

Published: 27/Nov/2019 23:24

by Andrew Amos


Riot Games has released a follow-up to their initial investigation on November 20, saying that they will be revising Kim ‘cvMax’ Dae-ho’s punishment, and that Griffin could be removed from the LCK in 2020.

A new page in the Griffin scandal has been turned, with Riot releasing a follow-up statement into the saga that has rocked Korean League of Legends.

After three players left the team earlier this week, and all other players given the option to leave as free agents, Griffin will now have to abide by a new set of Riot guidelines, or risk getting removed from the LCK.

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesGriffin could go from Challengers, to Worlds, to banned in the space of two years.

In a damning statement on November 27, Riot Korea gave an update to the community just a week after their first report.

Riot has since backtracked on some of their initial findings, including cvMax’s indefinite suspension from all Riot-affiliated tournaments.

“The committee accepts that it has not earned the trust of the players on the fairness on the penalty that was applied to [cvMax],” Riot said, according to a translation by ESPN. “Hence, we have decided to postpone the penalty that was previously issued on cvMax.”

Riot also apologised to the former Griffin coach and the wider LoL community over their lack of transparency. cvMax will now return to his post as the coach of LCK team DragonX, after signing with the organization at the start of November.

Facebook: DragonXcvMax will coach DragonX in LCK 2020, with Lehends, Doran, and Chovy rumored to join him.

Riot Korea has instead opened up the investigation to an independent third-party, who will look into the cvMax case with fresh eyes.

“The committee will commission a new investigation to a trustworthy external party, including law enforcement,” it said.

Riot also announced jungler Seo ‘Kanavi’ Jin-hyuk was granted free agency from both his Griffin contract and his loan to Chinese LPL team JD Gaming.

“Due to the complexity around [Kanavi’s] loan and transfer status and the Korean and international law involved in the situation, a significant amount of time was taken for Kanavi to obtain this free-agency status, for which we are deeply apologetic,” it said.

Twitter: Team Griffin LoLKanavi’s contract between Griffin and JD Gaming has been cancelled.

The game developer will also ensure management across all teams is up-to-standard, committing to introducing an LCK-standard contract by June 2020, and investigating all current contracts in the premier competition.

Riot Korea concluded its follow-up report by demanding Griffin make major management changes, or face removal from the Korean League of Legends system.

All executives of Still8, Griffin’s parent company, must resign before January 1, and reinstate new management before the start of the 2020 LCK season.

The new Griffin management must disclose all business interests by LCK 2020 Summer Promotion, and old management must sell their stock in Still8.

LinkedIn: Still8Still8 are the owners of Griffin, who compete in League, Overwatch, PUBG, and more.

If Griffin refuses to change their management, Riot Korea will take action against the team, including more fines and removal from the LCK and Challengers Korea tournaments. 

The saga has been lingering around the Korean rising star LoL team for the last two months, starting after the firing of coach cvMax right before Worlds 2019. Allegations of contract tampering, violence against players, and corruption have come to light since.

A petition made to the South Korean Blue House, the house of the President, has reached 200,000 signatures. This means the South Korean government will open their own inquiries into the situation and release a statement on behalf of the President in the near future.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin


After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.