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LoL world champion TheShy reveals how he spends his multi-million salary

Published: 23/Oct/2019 3:44 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 4:08

by Andrew Amos

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Invictus Gaming star top laner Kang ‘TheShy’ Seung-lok is on a multi-million dollar contract in China, and in a recent interview, revealed how he puts a lot of his salary towards charity.

League of Legends players in China are celebrities. They earn massive contracts by streaming to local audiences, have lucrative contract deals with apparel and technology companies, and that’s not even considering the salaries they earn just by playing the game on stage.

There are few bigger celebrities in China than TheShy. The Korean top laner for Invictus Gaming is one of the region’s most recognizable pro players, often classed as one of the most mechanically skilled players of all time. 

However, he recently showed off his human side off the Rift, showing that while he is raking in the riches, he isn’t forgetting about his roots.

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesTheShy is one of the most popular League of Legends pros in the world.

In an interview with Korean news site Fomos, TheShy mentioned his recent charitable efforts off the Rift. Twitter user and LPL journalist ‘ran_lpl’ shared the clip on Twitter, with a translation attached.

“I accidentally made a ton of money and don’t know how to spend it,” he said. “After some talking with my parents, they advised me to do something good, so I donated it.”

TheShy revealed that he has donated over 100 million Korean won of his salary so far, which equated to about $100,000 USD. While he didn’t disclose what charity, or how many he has donated to, the gesture is incredibly thoughtful.

The money he has made is no accident though. TheShy has been a well known name in League of Legends, well before he could start playing professionally. 

He was scouted as a 14-year-old prodigy by World Elite, and streamed for them full time for over a year before pursuing pro play, even before he was old enough to play in the big leagues.

He joined Invictus Gaming in 2017 as soon as he turned old enough to play in the LoL Pro League (LPL) in China, and has since won three domestic titles and numerous accolades.

He would have amassed millions of dollars playing in China, moreso after he took home the 2018 League of Legends World Championship in a dominant display against Fnatic. IG took home almost $2.5 million dollars as a team from that win, and TheShy would have been given a nice bonus for his efforts.

However, $100,000 is no small chunk of change by any metric, and would help a charity pursue their mission immensely.

Michal Konkol for Riot GamesTheShy has donated over $100,000 to charity.

Giving back to the community is always a great thing to do, either by volunteering your time or more material objects. While TheShy might not have the time right now, his parents raised him well to teach him the values of giving back to the community in the best way he can.

Invictus Gaming still have a road ahead of them at Worlds 2019, with their quarterfinals appearance against Griffin set for October 26 at 3am PST. The defending champions finished the group stage with a 4-2 record, and will be looking to become just the second team in League history to win back-to-back World titles.

You can follow the action via our Worlds coverage hub.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: 100 Thieves start on top

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 23:49

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • LCS Lock In 2021 is a new pre-season tournament for all 10 teams.
  • 100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign.
  • CLG face Liquid next at 4pm PT / 7pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG vs Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 vs Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas vs FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm