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LoL: Griffin under investigation after contract dispute and mismanagement allegations

Published: 18/Oct/2019 0:58 Updated: 18/Oct/2019 5:16

by Andrew Amos


League of Legends Worlds 2019 participant Griffin is now under investigation by Riot Korea after it was revealed that the team’s manager forced players into signing unfair contracts and threatened players from leaving the team.

Griffin have been the talking point at Worlds, but not for their performances on the Rift. Instead, out-of-game controversy has plagued the team’s run at the international event, with team management under fire for misconduct and players speaking out about the additional stress.

Former coach Kim ‘cvMax’ Dae-ho first came out on stream criticizing management for misconduct after his resignation, before a bevy of other team members came forward with their own experiences, including former AD carry Han ‘Force’ Sang-woo.

Now, Riot Korea and Griffin’s CEO are stepping in, after both came out with statements surrounding the allegations, and announced that they will be undertaking independent investigations into the matter.

Riot GamesGriffin’s Worlds 2019 campaign has been embroiled by off-the-Rift controversy.

Riot Korea announced that, in conjunction with Riot China, it will undertake a full investigation into Seo ‘Kanavi’ Jin-hyeok’s contract with China’s JD Gaming after the former Griffin jungler was alleged coaxed into signing an unfair contract.

Kanavi was loaned out to JD Gaming without cvMax’s approval, before manager Cho Kyu-nam went over his and Kanavi’s head to finalise a trade with the team, according to the former coach. 

Reddit user ‘pcj6151’ translated cvMax’s statement on the matter, saying that Griffin received $1.3 million for the five-year deal, with Kanavi seeing none of that and being put on minimum salary because of the high transfer fee.

Former AD carry Force also came out in support of cvMax after the initial statement on October 15. The two worked together throughout 2017 and early 2018 with the bot laner stating that the coach and Kyu-nam were “arguing all the time,” which made practice difficult. 

On an October 16 stream, translated by Reddit user ‘Calycae’, he praised the efforts of cvMax, saying that he was “88% responsible for the team’s performance,” and that he was “never an arrogant dude that said he was solely responsible for the team’s success.”

“Players followed cvMax with a blind faith,” he said. “I cannot believe players would say that he isn’t needed in the team anymore. I refuse to believe it.”

Youtube: DdangwooGriffin’s former AD carry Force backed up cvMax’s claims about Griffin management on stream.

These allegations are on top of pre-existing claims about cvMax being pushed out of the team by management, hampering the team’s efforts to prepare for the 2019 World Championship. 

According to the former coach, when he was fired the first time, the team was not informed, with management telling them that the coach was on break. He was also pressured by management to quit as early as Summer 2018, after they lost to KT Rolster in the LCK Summer 2018 finals in their debut LCK appearance.

He was eventually replaced three weeks out from Worlds by then-assistant coach Byun ‘Chaos’ Young-sub.

Griffin themselves are also launching an investigation into the allegations, and have fired Cho Kyu-nam as of October 17. In a statement on their website, which was translated by Korizon, CEO Seo ‘Shark’ Kyung-jong apologized to Griffin’s fans, and most importantly, the players.

“Through an internal investigation, for any wrong committed, we plan to invoke due responsibility to all responsible individuals involved including Director Cho Kyu-nam’s dismissal,” he said.

“However, the players of Griffin have qualified to Worlds, the biggest stage for LoL professional gamers, and are completing their due schedule. Even if you feel extreme loss and frustration about the current situation, we sincerely ask you to wait for our response until the players complete their schedule and return safely.”

Chaos has been coaching Griffin at Worlds 2019.

Griffin is currently competing at Worlds 2019, with a 2-1 game record heading into the second round robin. They will be playing out their final games against Cloud 9, G2 Esports, and Hong Kong Attitude on October 19 from 6am PST.

You can keep up with all of the action via our Worlds coverage hub.


LS reveals how xQc reached out to him during T1 fans backlash

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:57

by Alex Garton


Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare has revealed that Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel reached out to him during the T1 backlash offering his support and advice.

T1’s accidental leak that revealed LS was set to be the organization’s new League of Legends coach resulted in a wave of backlash against both parties.

Fans of the organization opted to send unjustifiable racial and homophobic abuse towards LS, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending packages to her address. T1, from an outside perspective, did not handle the situation appropriately and seemingly offered little support to LS during this period.

This resulted in LS disabling his Twitter and going completely dark for a short period of time. This was no doubt due to the amount of hate and criticism he was receiving from T1 fans. One person who reached to support him was huge Twitch personality xQc.

xQc has over four million followers on Twitch.

xQc reached out to LS during T1 fans backlash

LS revealed on stream that the Twitch personality reached out to him in support. “Before I disabled my Twitter and went dark on everything, xQc was one of the very few people who reached out to me,” he said.

It was obvious LS was surprised he had reached out to him due to the streamer’s popularity: “Despite the fact that I’m like an insect compared to him, in terms of like brand and size and everything, it’s very nice.”

LS repeated multiple times that xQc is a “real one”, showing his appreciation for his support and care.

It’s clear that xQc reaching out to LS really meant a lot to him and helped him get through the difficult patch. Sometimes, just reaching out to somebody going through a hard time can make a world of difference.

Now, it’s just great to see LS back on track with the League of Legends content and streaming again.