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LoL caster LS deactivates Twitter after T1 fans dox his grandmother

Published: 9/Nov/2020 1:21

by Marco Rizzo

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The uproar against the management of T1 LoL by Korean fans has continued to escalate, with LCK caster and analyst Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare forced to deactivate his account after continued harassment towards him and his grandmother. 

On a recent Twitch stream, Fnatic mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek revealed that the grandmother of the potential T1 coach has also been a target of harassment by fans of the legendary Korean organization.

“His grandmother has been harassed…and people want to do really bad things to him,” the Slovenian player said during his Nov. 8 broadcast.

The unfortunate events that have unraveled over the past week started in early November when T1 support Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho accidentally leaked Discord conversations that mentioned the addition of LS and ex-StarCraft II player Choi ‘Polt’ Seong Hun as heads of the coaching staff as part of the team’s restructuring.

Since then, LS and the T1 management have been under constant pressure from a large group of Korean fans to reverse their decision.

Personalities in the LoL esports scene like Christian “IWDominate” Rivera, Chris ‘PapaSmithy’ Smith, and Gabriël ‘Bwipo’ Rau have all commented on the severity of the situation.

“The doxxing/harassment of LS’s grandma is just sickening tbh, having to be on calls trying to plan out what to do if someone mails her something harmful or comes to her house to try and harm her in person is surreal,” IWDominate said. “How can video games make anyone do this…”

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Streamer and ex-pro IWD expressed his thoughts on Twitter

PapaSmithy did not agree at all with the way the situation had evolved.

“Seeing this crusade against LS & a bold new direction in an LCK team’s coaching staff continue to gain traction has been very disappointing to me – Fans are welcome to be skeptical, but a witchhunt to stop it happening in this scenario is peak toxic fandom IMO,” he wrote.

Nick was forced to deactivate his account earlier this week due to the amount of toxicity received on his social media platform.

T1 fans have attacked this move for two main reasons: the first being Polt’s perceived inexperience when it comes to coaching and playing League of Legends as the ex-SC2 player has not been deeply involved with the scene for any significant amount of time.

The Korean team, formerly known as SKT T1 was an organization that made its name in multiple esports due to its success in multiple games, and fans feel like this change does not align with their standards.

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Previously SKT was referenced as the GOAT League of Legends team due to being the only organization to win three Summoners Cups

The second point directly involves LS and his personality. Korean fans have referred to him as “controversial” due to his time coaching BBQ Oliviers and argument with SKT player Park ‘Untara’ Ui-jin.

Fans went so far as to hire a truck to travel the street of Seoul carrying messages against the organization’s management.

We are yet to see another response from the T1 management and whether their decision will ultimately be overturned in order to appease the fans.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale

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Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

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The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
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Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.