Former Griffin coach Kim ‘cvMax’ Dae-ho has explained the circumstances surrounding his shock resignation right before the League of Legends2019 World Championship, saying that the team turned against him.
Griffin shot up as League’s biggest rising stars in 2018, going from Challengers Korea winners to the top of LCK in a matter of months. Since then, they’ve secured another two second-place finishes in Korea’s top league, and got a spot at their first international tournament.
Behind the team was coach cvMax. He was a figurehead behind the team’s success on the Rift, having taken the young roster from being completely unknown to stardom. However, in a shock decision two weeks before the biggest event of their careers, cvMax parted ways with the team.
cvMax was Griffin’s coach for three LCK splits before being fired just before Worlds 2019.
While the circumstances of his firing weren’t clear at the time, cvMax told all on an October 15 stream while watching his team play at Worlds. The former coach was quick to point fingers at a slew of mismanagement and internal conflict being behind his departure.
According to a translation by Reddit user ‘R_CtrL’, the former coach said that there was a lot of conflict after the team were runners-up to SK Telecom T1 in LCK Spring 2019.
“After losing the Spring finals, there were a lot of conflicts with management,” he said. “One week before the Summer finals, there were issues about the quality of scrims. Manager Cho Kyu-nam accused me for the poor quality of scrims, and that other teams didn’t want to scrim Griffin because of me.”
After the organisation’s third grand finals loss in a row in Summer, cvMax was told by the team manager that he was going to be fired.
“I’m not withdrawing the fact that you are getting fired. I wouldn’t bring you here if I were to. We need to get rid of you for Griffin to win the championship,” the manager said.
The manager also said that the team “have a higher goal, so technically we can lay you off by not meeting our high standards.
“Griffin was meant to be like this and you were a lucky coach. Any coach other than you should have won the championship at least once.”
cvMax read interviews from Viper and Sword on stream, which criticized him for alleged “false claims” about the team.
He was also butting heads with benched top laner Choi ‘Sword’ Sung-won. The oldest player on the team was replaced by rookie Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon for the end of LCK Summer 2019, but has since returned to the Rift in cvMax’s absence.
The top laner said that cvMax has been spreading rumors about the team, and it’s made the team nervous heading into Worlds.
“We like him and his stream, but we found something uncomfortable from there. Therefore, if you really like this team, please stop making claims about us,” he said in an interview with Fomos Esports.
Griffin currently sit 1-1 at Worlds 2019 in Group A, behind G2 Esports.
Bot laner Park ‘Viper’ Do-hyeon was also critical of the former coach. In an interview with Naver, Viper said that cvMax had been making “a lot of false claims,” and asked that cvMax would stop making comments about the team on stream.
Griffin have been using Byun “Chaos” Young-sub as a coach since late September, with his first major appearance being at the World Championship. While there’s only a small sample size to go off – with Griffin currently sitting 1-1 in their group – the team look to be slowly settling in to their new environment.
Griffin’s next game at the international tournament will be against Cloud 9 at 10am PST on October 15. You can keep up with all of the action via our coverage hub.
Riot has confirmed League of Legends patch 11.2 is arriving on schedule — just one day later than usual — and we’ve got all the early LoL patch notes, balance changes, and more for players to dig through ahead of the Jan. 20 update.
There’s plenty of buffs, changes, and nerfs coming in patch 11.2, but there’s one thing League of Legends players are excited for over all the rest: Viego, the Ruined King, the game’s 154th champion.
The mysterious, edgy warrior has been a part of LoL’s lore for quite some time, mainly through his fabled “Blade of the Ruined King,” a buildable item, but 2021 marks the first time he’s been a playable character in Riot’s flagship title.
Viego is now set to arrive in patch 11.2, after quite the wait.
Thursday’s update will also, as mentioned, deliver a host of changes for champions, items, and even runes that have been a tad over or under-power in Season 11 so far.
Here’s all the details on LoL patch 11.2, coming (just a little late) this week.
Viego the Ruined King, champion 154, arrives in League of Legends this patch.
When is League patch 11.2 coming?
The first League of Legends of the new year is expected to roll out on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It will begin in Oceania at 10am AEST (4pm Tuesday PT), and will be rolled out in all regions at 8am from there.
Players can expect a few hours of downtime. Matchmaking and access to the LoL servers will be disabled around three hours before the patch is deployed. This will be around 6am PT on Jan. 6 for NA players, and 6am GMT for EU players.
LoL patch 11.2 early notes
Viego release locked for LoL patch 11.2
There’s a big new release on the way this week: Viego, the Ruined King, finally arrives in LoL patch 11.2. He’s been available for testing on the PBE for a week or so now, and the jungler is already taking players by surprise.
With a pseudo-assassin kit, he’s going to be a huge threat. Lurking in the shadows and controlling the magic that saps the Shadow Isles, you can expect Viego to absolutely ruin enemy teams. You can find more details on his release here.
These “healing edge cases,” like Aatrox and Olaf, are only part of League’s healing problem. Riot are also looking at generic healing reduction across the board, especially Domination rune Ravenous Hunter.
The rune is getting a scaling nerf with reduced healing per stack.
Riot aims to “widen” tank build paths
Tanks are also getting a Mythic change. With Sunfire Aegis still dominating the meta, Yetter wants to open up the choice for tanks. Frostfire Gauntlet and Turbo Chemtank are both getting buffs, acting as cheaper options to Sunfire.
Senna gets love after item rework
A number of champions got just the perfect item for their kit in the Mythic item overhaul in preseason 11. However, a number of champions lost their identity — especially users who relied on Glacial Augment.