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Multiple League of Legends players disciplined during 2018 World Championship

Published: 8/Oct/2018 11:32 Updated: 8/Oct/2018 11:57

by Joe O'Brien


Multiple professional League of Legends players and staff have received warnings or fines for negative behavior.

Following routine behavior checks, Riot Games found that sixteen players and coaching staff had exhibited negative behavior in solo queue on the Korean server.

Of those sixteen, twelve have been issued formal warnings for negative behavior, including griefing or toxic language. These include three members of Vitality, two of G2 Esports, two of Invictus Gaming, two of Afreeca Freecs, and one each of Cloud9, Gambit, and EDward Gaming.

In addition, four individuals have been issued fines for their behavior. Most notable among these is Royal Never Give Up’s super-star AD Carry Jian ‘Uzi’ Zihao, one of the best and most popular players in the world, whose fine is also the most significant.

Uzi has been fine $2000 for griefing, intentionally feeding, and doing so on an account that did not belong to him. Meanwhile, Gambit Esports jungler Danil ‘Diamondprox’ Reshetnikov and Invictus Gaming top-laner Kang ‘TheShy’ Seung-lok each received $1000 fines for negative behavior.

Finally, Afreeca Freecs coach Choi ‘iloveoov’ Yeon-sung was fined $1500 for negative behavior, having apparently been reported in nearly 80 games, more than 70% of his solo queue matches in September.

The various players and coaching staff being disciplined have been in South Korea for this year’s World Championship, of which the play-in stage was completed on October 7 and the group stage for the main event kicks off on October 10.

In this instance, none of the disciplinary action has affected the ability of any of the players to compete in the event, but the formal warnings could mean a more severe punishment should the behavior continue.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.