League of Legends

LoL: Huni reveals how he’s going to claim revenge against Fnatic and SKT

Published: 10/Oct/2019 5:35 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre

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Clutch Gaming superstar Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon has revealed how his team can escape the 2019 World Championship ‘group of death,’ after the LCS third-seed team qualified into the pool alongside his former orgs Fnatic and SK Telecom T1.

The North American roster is currently undergoing a transformation between the Play-In stage, which finished with them crushing Royal Youth 3-0, and the group stage. After being the ‘big dogs’ among wildcard squads, Clutch has now dropped back to the bottom rung again.

According to Huni, who has previously played for Fnatic and SKT and collected three regional titles and a victory at MSI between the two, the LCS underdogs are now facing a challenge in the “hardest group in history.” The enigmatic Korean top laner couldn’t be more thrilled.

Riot GamesThe Korean star is quietly confident the wild meta could work in Clutch’s favor.

“It’s going to be super fun to play against Rekkles and Faker because they’re my former teammates,” he told Riot interviewer Laure Valée following the series win. “I’m especially looking forward to getting my revenge against Khan, because last time I played him, I lost.”


Despite the weight of returning to face two of his old organizations potentially weighing heavily on his mind, Huni kept the same upbeat attitude that has garnered him thousands of fans around the world: “No matter how the results turn out, it’s going to be fun. We were confident in ourselves, I think we’ve definitely gotten better compared to last week.”

For mobile users, the video segment starts at 48:02.

Although the next stage of the competition could be very tricky for Clutch — the Dignitas-owned team has found themselves with Europe and China’s second seeds, and Korea’s champs — Huni has faith the “crazy” meta will allow him to claim his revenge.

“I think it’s possible for us to succeed in this tournament because there will be a lot of big upsets, underdogs are going to win… because it’s all so unpredictable,” he explained. 

“I played top Ezreal, and no one expected it. Other people have played Heimdinger and Fiddlesticks. I think everything is just really unpredictable. There’ll be better teams no matter what, but… I didn’t expect the meta was going to be this crazy.”

Riot GamesHuni is preparing to face former teammate Faker, with whom he won the LCK and MSI.

Because his team is so clearly the least favorite to escape the stacked ‘group of death,’ there’s little to no expectations on the roster’s shoulders, Huni explained after the conclusion of the Play-In Stage. They have everything to gain, and nothing to lose, he said.

“I think as everyone knows, this group, Group C, is the toughest group ever in history, but it’s going to be fun,” Huni told The Shotcaller as Clutch began preparations for the group stage.


“These three teams (Fnatic, SKT, and Chinese powerhouse Royal Never Give Up) could all beat anyone and win the championship. They’re damn good teams, and there are so many good players. No one is expecting anything (from Clutch). I don’t think we’re going to have a good time there … but even if we lose, we lose, and if we win then it’s a lot.”

Riot GamesHuni believes Clutch Gaming’s underdog status may play in their favor in Group C.

The CG star also added one parting barb for his home region ahead of the group stage battle: “Right now NA actually did a better job than LCK because we got an 3-0 and DAMWON Gaming only got a 3-1, so NA’s third seed is better than LCK’s third seed,” he said with a laugh.

Huni and Clutch’s quest to defy the odds and lift the Summoner’s Cup in Paris in November begins this weekend, when they face RNG on Day 1. Follow all the World Championship action in Dexerto’s dedicated coverage tracker.

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

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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.