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League of Legends World Championship commentators face backlash for supposed North American bias

Published: 16/Oct/2018 19:09

by Joe O'Brien


League of Legends casters and analysts have faced backlash over perceived bias at the World Championship.

A back-and-forth has been occurring between Worlds talent and League of Legends fans, with several of the former accused of favoring the North American teams in their analysis.

The sentiment with some fans, which had been growing from the play-in stage through to the main event, seemed to come to a head following a match between G2 Esports and Flash Wolves, in which G2 were victorious.

After the win, however, many European fans were critical of the post-match analysis, which they saw as underplaying G2’s achievement by focusing on Flash Wolves’ shortcomings. Comparatively, they claimed, the accomplishments and virtues of North American teams have received more attention than their EU counterparts.

The backlash was only heightened, however, after commentator Mark ‘MarkZ’ Zimmerman hit back at European fans on talk show Hotline League for their criticism.

“Raz was getting shit in play-ins, he’s apparently an NA-biased caster. Spawn was getting shit, people think he’s NA, even though he’s fucking Australian. Everyone was getting it if you didn’t dick ride European teams…This has been one of the stupidest Worlds I’ve ever seen from the European fans over-reactions to everything.”

Former League of Legend commentator and analyst Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles, who now commentates the Overwatch League, weighed in by recounting his own experience with fan backlash at Worlds.

MarkZ later took to Reddit to clarify his thoughts on the situation, recognizing that the segment relating to G2 and Flash Wolves was flawed in its focus, but maintaining that there had still been unwarranted criticism across the tournament.

“What I DO take issue with from the vocal EU fans on reddit, is that that a lot of them had been calling anything and everything bias since the start of playins. Jatt got it for even offering how C9 can get out of groups . Nearly every day of playins, I would finish the show and there would be tons of decently upvoted comments or threads about how biased everyone was (including Raz & Spawn). These would often get downvoted much later when NA woke up, but it was still a seemingly prevailing sentiment during the EU timezone.”

The League of Legends World Championship is approaching the end of its main group stage, with only one group left to be finalized. This year’s tournament has already provided some of the most surprising results to date, with the most notable undoubtedly being reigning World Champions Gen.G exiting in the group stage.

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

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 16:20

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.