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Jensen believes Tactical is already better for Liquid than Doublelift

Published: 18/Jun/2020 6:04

by Andrew Amos


Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen’s Team Liquid got off to a solid start in LCS Summer, securing just their second 2-0 week of their 2020 campaign. The mid laner believes brighter skies are on the horizon, however, especially with Tactical in now-departed veteran Doublelift’s place.

Doublelift’s move to TSM in the offseason was the biggest shakeup across the world. After two years of success with Team Liquid, a poor showing in the team’s worst performance since 2016 saw Doublelift swap allegiances back to the black-and-white he won two titles with in 2016 and 2017.

The move, however, was mutually beneficial to both parties. TSM got their star AD carry back to hopefully get their Worlds campaign back on the rails, and Team Liquid got the hottest rookie prospect ⁠— Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra ⁠— on their LCS roster.

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Jensen has won two trophies with Team Liquid and Doublelift.

Tactical already showed his colors in LCS Spring 2020, subbing in for an out-of-form Doublelift midway through the season. In his three games on the roster, he won two ⁠— against 100 Thieves and Team SoloMid.

While it might appear like a downgrade from a seven-time LCS champion to a first-split rookie, Jensen said Liquid have only seen positives with Tactical’s full-time promotion.

“I think they’re both two really good AD carries,” he admitted to Travis Gafford in an interview, “but I’d say the biggest thing about Tactical is that he’s more selfless.”

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Tactical played three games for Team Liquid in Spring 2020.

“He won’t get annoyed if our jungler isn’t bot 24/7. He’s a rookie so he brings a fresh mindset and a better attitude towards improving. This is all stuff that’s expected when it’s a rookie versus a veteran player ⁠— they want to prove themselves.”

That’s not to discredit Doublelift’s ability though. He and Peng sat shoulder-to-shoulder on stage in what was Team Liquid’s most successful year in history, winning two LCS titles and making the finals of MSI 2019.

The veteran’s ability to come up clutch is what makes him so valuable. However, there’s a window for Tactical to make a case for himself as the best AD carry in North America ⁠— once he gets more time under his belt.

“You know Doublelift is always up there when it really matters and it comes down to all the smallest details. He’s always clutch. It’d be unfair to be like ‘Tactical is the best AD carry in NA already.’ We need to wait until the bigger matches. I think he’s a really solid AD carry though.”

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While wins against Doublelift’s TSM and Golden Guardians is a good start for Liquid, the squad has their sights set higher.

With teams like Cloud9, Evil Geniuses, and FlyQuest mounting a contest for the title, Team Liquid has to show up against the big names to prove they are worthy of lifting a fifth LCS trophy in 2020.

Jensen’s Team Liquid will face off against 100 Thieves in their next LCS bout on June 20 at 1pm PT.

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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


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.

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.