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LEC host Sjokz responds to “disheartening” Worlds 2020 talent comments

Published: 20/Sep/2020 16:24 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 15:31

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular League of Legends host, Eefje ‘Sjokz’ Depoortere, has responded to “disheartening comments” from fans after the Worlds 2020 talent lineup was revealed.

With all of the teams for groups now locked in and the official theme song released, Worlds 2020 is fast approaching, with the Play-In stage scheduled to kick-off on September 25.

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In the last few days, Riot’s talent lineup has also finally been revealed, with members from the LEC, LCS, and LCK all confirmed to be contributing to Worlds 2020’s English broadcast.

It was previously announced that Riot would be hosting a bubble system for the major international tournament and, as a result, this year’s commentators and analysts will be hosting the event remotely from Berlin and Los Angeles.

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Sjokz and Yamato in LEC's Post Game Lobby show
Michal Konkol, Riot Games
Sjokz and YamatoCannon will make up part of the LEC’s talent lineup for Worlds 2020.

With this unusual layout, the LEC team will host all of the pre-game analysis and the LCS talent will wrap everything up with the Cooldown show, once the games have concluded.

However, this did not bode too well with some North American fans, as it meant veteran League of Legends host, James ‘Dash’ Patterson, would be featured in a different role than usual, with Sjokz set to appear as the broadcast’s lead host.

The decision sparked a lot of debate on Reddit, with plenty of controversial comments from fans comparing the two, but LEC host Sjokz has now responded to the bizarre backlash and revealed that the comments were “disheartening” to see.

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“I‘m sure it‘ll pass, but it‘s always very disheartening to see the Dash vs me comments,” she admitted before pointing out that the pair just had different styles of hosting their region’s league.

The LEC host followed up, explaining that she always puts full effort into trying to improve and claimed that she is still “seen as not professional,” before apologizing to disappointed viewers.

Despite her comments, the efforts of Sjokz and the LEC broadcast team has led to record growth for the European league since its move to franchising, with creative segments such as the LEC rap battles being well received by their viewers in recent years.

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After responding to the unusual backlash, Sjokz received tons of support from different LoL fans and personalities — with many claiming that only a select few were actually upset with Riot’s decision.

However, with Worlds getting underway soon, the popular host revealed she was still quite excited for the international event and is looking forward to putting on the “best show” with the LEC team.

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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