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League Challenger blasts “toxic” Twitch streamers TFBlade, Tyler1, more

Published: 30/Jul/2020 23:13 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 23:19

by Alan Bernal

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League of Legends Challenger ‘Nikkone’ blasted the streaming community around the game for its toxicity, including personalities like Tyler ‘Tyler1’ Steinkamp, Julian ‘Tarzaned’ Farokhian, Ashkan ‘TFBlade’ Homayouni, and more.

There are popular personalities in League whose opinions are held in really high esteem by members of the community, largely due to their exceptional prowess in Riot’s 5v5 MOBA. But the personalities themselves are giving audiences a “bad vibe” on the whole, which has left its mark on the gaming community, according to Nikkone.

“Gaming communities didn’t used to be like this,” he said. “People that acted in an abrasive, toxic manner were not really given a platform.”

He noted a parallel between the bad behaviors of present streamers to those of pioneer gamers who had short-lived success because of their attitudes. The big difference being that people who he believes are ‘toxic’ have found sustained success in the current era.

The one-trick Fiddlesticks player highlighted clips of these streamers showing eccentric frustration in the moments before, during, or after a League game.

It’s this kind of personality that doesn’t sit well with Nikkone, especially because of the repercussions that these outbursts have in regards to weaponizing a large Twitch following.

Thousands of other people shared similar sentiments that the video is raising, as the lax and empathetic side of the community has been waning away faster than the polar ice caps.

“The old streamers that used to stream League, like [Marcus ‘Dyrus’ Hill] and the [Brian ‘TheOddOne’ Wyllie], they don’t stream League anymore. I feel like they were a better role models for the game,” Nikkone said.

While clips were mostly centered around TF Blade being toxic on stream, this theme has been echoed across the League communities, from small-time streamers to internationally recognized esports stars.

TF Blade himself was ousted from the League Partner Program on July 29. Riot wasn’t happy with the lack of improvement to his attitude in League since he was first put on a probationary period in March 2020.

This has been a point of emphasis for people in all corners of the gaming industry, and League players are voicing their support for one another in leading a community-wide change.

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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”