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Impact explains why Liquid fans are right to be “angry” about LCS form

Published: 26/Mar/2020 5:47

by Andrew Amos

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Team Liquid’s chance to defend their LCS title for the fourth split in a row is hanging by a thread. The team’s slump has come as a shock though, and top laner Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong knows it, saying supporters should be “angry.”

For two years, Team Liquid have dominated the rest of North America. The four-time LCS champions have looked miles ahead of their compatriots domestically in recent history, although that success has rarely been translated to international glory.

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After a disappointing 2019 saw the team bow out at the final hurdle at MSI, and fail to make Worlds playoffs, there was hope for a rekindling in 2020.

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Team Liquid’s chances of lifting the LCS trophy for a fifth time straight are grim.

However, it’s fallen flat, with the team sitting right on the verge of not making the cut for LCS playoffs with a 7-9 record heading into the final week. That’s not to say their misfortunes were entirely within their control, however.

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First, it was visa issues with import jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen for the first three weeks. Then, star AD carry Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng got sick, before being benched entirely 

Once everything returned to ‘normal’ though, nothing had changed. Team Liquid were still losing, and the chance of defending their fifth straight title was slowly being cut. Fans were asking questions, and the team didn’t have answers.

Liquid did get back to their winning ways against Golden Guardians in Week 8, but Impact said despite it all, fans have every right to be angry at their performances.

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“If I was a Team Liquid fan after watching [our match against Golden Guardians], I would have been like ⁠— I wouldn’t think we did well, I’d actually be angry,” he said in an interview with Korizon’s Ashley Kang on March 25.

“If you have any eye for the game, you’d have asked: ‘Renekton and Elise didn’t do anything, so why are [Golden Guardians] winning?’” he continued.

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There’s already been questions about the team’s attitude in Spring. Doublelift’s comments about “not caring” for results domestically were spun into a lack of motivation across the board.

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While Impact disagrees with the team not having the attitude to cut it as the best in NA, the team has struggled with trusting each other since their slump began.

“We lack trust for one another,” he said. “We have to trust each other and make plays based on that, but then we started losing. That’s what happens to the losing team ⁠— you slowly lose that trust.”

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Not only that, but if they weren’t motivated, they wouldn’t care about results, Impact added. Liquid’s players aren’t there to cash checks, they are there to win.

“If we lose, we’re just as pissed. We’re just as angry as anyone. When we think about the matches, it’s all about the victories and the losses,” he said.

The team isn’t expecting an instant turn around in results, and the hope is still to go to Worlds at the end of the year. However, they’re aware they aren’t the unstoppable beasts they once were, and they have to prove they are worthy of a fifth title.

“It’s less about winning a certain game so we can make it to the next playoffs ⁠— it’s more about us increasing our performance generally,” TL’s top lane continued.

“We can’t change individuals doing bad or making mistakes. We have to play better as a team. The team atmosphere isn’t bad, and it’ll continue to get better because we are winning [again].”

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Impact is working harder than ever to make it back to Worlds.

With Cloud9 and FlyQuest to beat in the final week to even have a chance of getting to playoffs, the road couldn’t be any harder. But, in a best-of-one system, anything is possible, and Impact is still holding onto that hope.

“I believe they are beatable opponents as long as we work hard. This is the thing about League. Even if you are a strong team, you could drop a game at a moment’s notice. Nothing’s certain if we turn up at these matches.

“We haven’t given up yet. There’s absolutely no point in giving up right now. I’ve spent the last eight years of my life just playing games, so we haven’t given up any of this just yet. We want to work harder as a team.”

Team Liquid will take on FlyQuest and Cloud9 for a spot in the LCS Spring 2020 playoffs in the final week of play starting on March 28.

Entertainment

Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.